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If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, please contact Kaye Marks


Title Sponsor - $20,000+   



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Silver - $7,500+   




Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 



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Research Project Survey

Lasallian Ciampa, a student at Charles Sturt University is looking for participants for her 4th year psychology honours research project. Click here if you would like to participate in the survey or email with questions.  


Participant Definition Survey

Who is considered a participant at your center? Please take a moment to complete this survey to assist the PATH Intl. Standards Task Force ensure that the PATH Intl. Standards accurately reflect the needs of our membership.  

Thank you for your time!  

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Title Sponsor: Purina, the official feed of PATH Intl.

July 7, 2015  


Changes to Certification Compliance Requirements

"What's this? Certification compliance requirements have changed?"

That's correct. In alignment with Strategic Plan objectives of quality assurance and excellence in credentialing, PATH Intl. is pleased to announce updated Continuing Education and Compliance procedures as of July 1, 2015. The revisions focus on the pursuit of continual professional development so that our certified professionals are considered to be at the forefront of the EAAT industry.


"Does that mean the continuing education I've gathered over the last year won't be accepted?"

Not necessarily. Many of the same activities are still accepted; the new requirements delineate professional development/continuing education activities into categories. While the revisions went into effect on July 1, 2015, PATH Intl. Certified Professionals--including riding, driving and interactive vaulting instructors and equine specialists in mental health and learning--will have a choice of which compliance requirements to submit until January 1, 2016. PATH Intl. will accept both the 2014 compliance form and the 2015 compliance form through the remainder of 2015 to accommodate those who have been earning continuing education hours per the 2014 requirements this past membership year. Please note that certified professionals will be required to meet the compliance requirements exactly as they are stated on the compliance form submitted.  


"So what are the revisions?"

Click here for the revisions


PATH Intl. Offers Improved Higher Education Membership Model

higher ed logoPATH Intl. has an exciting membership for educational institutions that offer education in equine-assisted activities and therapies, and the membership model has been improved. 


Colleges and universities can incorporate equine-assisted activities and therapies into their programs in various ways: 

  • Equine-assisted activities and therapies introductory courses
  • Courses that meet the education requirements for the PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification
  • PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification as part of the program
  • Equine-Assisted Learning
  • Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy
  • Hippotherapy
  • Research in equine-assisted activities and therapies
  • Hands-on practicums with equines

Click here to learn more about the PATH Intl. Higher Education Membership 


Your Opinion Matters: Earn a Chance to Win PATHBucks

Have you ever sat in the backseat and wondered, "Why don't they ask me? I know where we're going!" PATH Intl. wants you to sit in the front seat and help navigate your member association by sharing your thoughts on our current direction. 


This membership survey may look familiar to some of you. In 2012, this survey was used to provide direction for our current strategic plan. Now we want to see how things are going. We want to know how you like your membership benefits, the association's educational offerings (online, printed and trainings), certifications and other association offerings and how that compares to the original survey.


Click here if you are an individual or instructor member

Click here if you are a center executive or director 


The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will close July 31. 


Your opinion matters. Help make a difference in your association. Take the survey and earn a chance to win $75 in PATHBucks.*


Thank you for working with us to reach our destination!


*PATHBucks are like receiving a gift certificate to PATH Intl.! PATHBucks can be applied to memberships (center and individual), PATH Intl. educational materials, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor applications and PATH Intl. conference registrations (international and regional).


Voting Now Open on Field Test Standards

Voting on the PATH Intl. field test standards is being handled electronically rather than at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. This first electronic vote, which has been approved by the Programs and Standards Oversight Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Review Committee, is now open until July 14.



As PATH Intl. continues to grow, we want to take advantage of every opportunity, including social media and electronic means, to listen to and keep in touch with our members. This electronic vote gives every member a chance to participate and will provide a greater level of transparency by the association to its members.

A FREE 30-minute informational webinar presented by the Standards Task Force on three standards currently in field test is available.


Nominate PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee Reps

PATH Intl. is seeking Membership Oversight Committee Region Representative nominations. This year nominations are being accepted for odd-numbered regions: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
PATH Intl. Region Representatives serve as ambassadors for the association and as a voice of their region's members. Responsibilities may include recruiting, retaining and recognizing members; collaborating with groups within and outside of PATH Intl. that can positively impact the success of PATH Intl. members; leading PATH Intl. recognition of center and individual members and participants; and helping coordinate states, regions and PATH Intl. communities into effective networking systems.
Click here for requirements and to download the nomination form or download the form from the PATH Intl. corporate documents page. Nominations must be received by the PATH Intl. office by July 15 in order for the nomination to be considered. If you prefer, you may print the nomination form, complete it by hand and mail it to the PATH Intl. office.
Questions? Please contact Karen Province, PATH Intl. Membership Coordinator. Thank you to those nominees who are willing to contribute their time in representing PATH Intl. to the members in their regions.   


Fun Center Videos Needed for Conference Contest

logoIn just a few days, we will open registration for the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, sponsored by Purina, in Cleveland, OH, November 4-7. A hard copy registration booklet and form is in the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, which was mailed this week.  


We're holding a contest for the most original and fun videos our centers can offer. We have a few submissions already but there is always room for more! Show conference attendees the great time had by all at your center. The conference host committee will judge and select the top two or three to show at the awards banquet on Friday, November 6. Click here for an example from The Pegasus Project Therapeutic Riding Center in Yakima, WA.


Email videos to Cher Smith or email her for Dropbox instructions. For larger video files, mail a CD or flashdrive. Note: We need the actual video, not a YouTube or Vimeo link. Submissions must be sent by September 1 to allow time for judging. Please include a photo/video release form with submission.  


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Horse Personality and Temperament Types
Molly Sweeney, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Do you know your horse's personality and constitutional type? There are many scales out there to help you determine their qualities and tendencies, so one may develop an appropriate approach to training, handling and even nutrition. The purpose is not necessarily to label or profile your horse but more to deepen your understanding of his individual nature and needs. Challenge yourself to not just look, but to see your horse in all his magnificent complexity. Read more 

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is making a commitment to refine and deepen our perspective of equine well-being to include the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our wonderful four-legged partners. Join us on this journey. Please add your thoughts on the PATH Intl. Community Connections page. It is our desire that these tips start a further discussion on Community Connections. Any thoughts? We appreciate hearing from you!  


Community Connections Corner

community connections bannerIf you are interested in meeting other PATH Intl. members, discussing topics of interest, sharing resources, posting events, emailing members directly from the site and supporting each other in the work you do, join Community Connections, the PATH Intl. social media platform and discussion forum. This Community Connections Corner will showcase a topic that is new or is generating a lot of discussion online. Join the conversation or create your own!

In the Spotlight
This month's featured discussion is a lively one, brought to you by the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community: A member asks, "I am reaching out to anyone in the community who has used or is using Parelli (or any natural horsemanship techniques) to train/play with your TR horses and anyone who has used these techniques to train your volunteer 'Leaders.' We have been dedicated to this style for one year and we have happier horses and leaders who have the skills to partner with the horses and make our lessons even better for our clients! Wanting to know other's results and how you might have used the games in your training!"

Read the responses and join the discussion!


PATH Intl. Centers Making News

NDR Therapeutic Riding in Norco, CA, has been chosen to host a training camp for the USA Special Olympians. They will use the facility and its EAAT horses to prepare for the 2015 World Games competition at the LA Equestrian Center. The training camp will be July 22-24 and the games are July 25 through August 2. The LA 2015 games mark the first World Summer Games held in the United States in 16 years. Click here for information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Congratulations, NDR, on this honor!  


Kudos to R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Georgetown, TX, which received RecognizeGood's 2015 Ethics in Business & Community Award for nonprofit organizations. RecognizeGood honors businesses, nonprofits and individuals who demonstrate exemplary ethical practices.    


The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Mebane, NC, was featured in Sidelines Magazine in March, "The Magic of Therapeutic Riding." Lara Katz, chair of the NCTRC Board of Directors, sums it up, "I've never seen anything else that offers such remarkable benefits for people with such a wide variety of disabilities."

Shamrock Reins in Pipersville, PA, was featured in a junior reporter's story for the Fox news affiliate in Philadelphia. The video report highlights equine services for veterans across the United States.  


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Congratulations to Kiddy at REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in McGregor, TX, for being named the SmartPak Horse of the Month for June. Kiddy will receive SmartFlex III Resilience Pellets. Click here to read Kiddy's story.  


SmartPak is looking to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!  


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Bret Maceyak at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, with questions. All dates are subject to change. To register for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can locate contact information under Find a Center on the PATH Intl. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.

For a full list of events, including onsite workshops and certifications, visit the PATH Intl. events calendar. 


Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Old Lyme, CT 06371
July 31 - August 3, 2015 

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
Cicero, IN
August 10-13, 2015 

Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Crownsville, MD
September 10-13, 2015  

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Elbert, CO
October 11-14, 2015   

Chastain Horse Park
Hampton, GA
October 22-24, 2015   

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
Coconut Creek, FL
January 8-11, 2016 




Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Stilwell, KS
July 13-15, 2015 

Healing Strides of VA
Boones Mill, VA
August 2-4, 2015  

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Redmond, WA
August 29-31, 2015    





Touchstone Farm 

Temple, NH 

October 7-11, 2015 

Interactive Vaulting
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
Coconut Creek, FL
September 10-13, 2015 





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