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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+   



the official feed of PATH Intl.



Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  



Silver - $7,500+   


Virginia Horse Industry Board 


Bronze - $5,000+   


Equus Foundation 



Pewter - $2,500+   


EQUUS Foundation 



In Kind and Media Sponsors

Kentucky Performance Products


AIM/Equine Network   


Important CPR and First Aid Clarification

Current First Aid and Adult & Child CPR certifications continue to be required for all certified instructors. However, instructors in good standing no longer need to submit documentation of these certifications with their annual compliance and membership renewal. Instructor candidates pursuing certification and those seeking reinstatement must submit documentation of current First Aid and Adult & Child CPR before certification may be granted. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

August 4, 2015  


PATH Intl. Connections at Special Olympic World Games

Jacob McManus at the World Games

Jacob McManus at the World Games

In case you missed it, here is a brief video of Jacob McManus' dressage pattern at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this past weekend. Jacob has been riding at Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Harvard, IL, for years. Jacob won the bronze in English Equitation and Silver in Dressage.

Jeremiah Schedlock, a participant at Horses with H.E.A.R.T. in Chino Valley, AZ, took 3rd Place in Equestrian Dressage and 5th Place in Equestrian English Equitation at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

NDR Therapeutic Riding in Norco, CA, was chosen to host a training camp for the USA Special Olympians, who used the facility and its EAAT horses to prepare for the 2015 World Games competition at the LA Equestrian Center. What an honor!

Congratulations to all those who participated at the World Games, and kudos to the instructors and volunteers who were dedicated to helping them get there!


Registration Now Open for 2015 Conference

Click here to register and pick your sessions for the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, November 4-7 in Cleveland, OH.

2015 reg book coverThe hard copy registration booklet and form was polybagged with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, so check your mail, or you can click the cover of the registration book (left) to open in your browser.   


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. 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.  


Exhibiting at the Conference 

Do you have a product or service equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books/videos, stable or horse equipment or business consulting services are all great possibilities for selling to the 800+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals we expect to see. 85% of 2014 conference survey respondents said they would be likely to contact one or more exhibitors. Exhibiting pays off! For more information, email Cher Smith or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 123. 


Updated ESMHL Booklets

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the release of updated Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) certification and application booklets. We hope these updated booklets will greatly clarify the steps and requirements for completing the ESMHL certification. Please visit the ESMHL certification page to access the updated booklets.

While the formatting of the paperwork for the ESMHL portfolio has been updated, no changes have been made to the paperwork requirements themselves. If you have already compiled your portfolio using the paperwork in the previous version of the ESMHL certification booklet, you may proceed with submitting your portfolio. If you are just beginning to compile your portfolio, please use the paperwork included in the new certification booklet for ease of processing.


CEU Spotlight - Disability Education Core Requirement

What is disability education?
As defined by PATH Intl., disability education is educational activities that provide the student with greater understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and/or behavioral impacts experienced by individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The education received should help the instructor understand how to communicate with and more effectively instruct a wide range of EAAT participants in order to increase the efficacy of the learning environment. 

As part of continuing education core requirements, instructors should spend at least 6 hours each year focused on gaining in-depth knowledge about disabilities and how components of disabilities manifest in the lives and activities of individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The intent of these hours is to expand knowledge and strengthen the instructor's ability to communicate with individuals with disabilities, thereby diversifying the tools PATH Intl. Certified Instructors possess to effectively serve a broader range of populations.

What types of activities satisfy this core requirement?
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PATH Intl. Community Connections Corner

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In the Spotlight
This month's question is about billing for services, a question a lot of our members have:  

I am looking to revamp our billing policies and was wanting some feedback on a few problems that we have come across.

1. Credits: How many centers give out credits for canceled lessons due to weather or other circumstances other than a rider canceling on their end? We currently offer up to 2 ground lessons a session if the weather is too hot/cold to ride and after that we issue a credit.

2. Billing hippotherapy: Do you bill the rider or the therapist provider? We do not have a  therapist on staff but contract with an OT clinic.... we do provide the horses, facility, and if the therapist is not an Instructor we provide an instructor for the lesson. Currently, if the therapist cancels on their end then we issue a credit.

I feel like we are giving out too many credits and I am wondering what other centers do to combat this problem.... after all, every credit we give out we have to raise from somewhere else.

Read the responses and join the discussion! The 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!


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Cathy Languerand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair

Charmed had a special day today; it was his birthday. The staff and volunteers both a.m. and p.m. made his day special with a birthday carrot cake, extra love and rubs in all his favorite places. (He will actually lift a hind leg as a signal to rub his belly.) As I describe Charmed you will realize how much we have put into his rehabilitation. 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!  


SmartPak Horse of the Month

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 

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 

Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program 

Hampton, GA 

October 22-24, 2015 

Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center 

Bend, OR 

October 29 - November 1, 2015

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
November 20 - 23, 2015 

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

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
April 21 - 24, 2016  




High Hopes Therapeutic Riding 

Old Lyme, CT 

May 24 - 26, 2016

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




Touchstone Farm 

Temple, NH 

October 7-11, 2015

November 2 - 3, 2015
Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Center
Chagrin Falls, OH




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