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PATH Intl. Sponsors

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
Schneider's Saddlery 



In Kind and Media Sponsors

Kentucky Performance Products


AIM/Equine Network   


Need a Roommate?

If you are interested in sharing a room at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel for the conference, contact Cher Smith to put your name on the list. You can access the list on the Members Only page of the PATH Intl. website. NOTE: PATH Intl. will not match up conference attendees but only supply the information. 


Centers in the News

Congratulations to Horses with H.E.A.R.T., a PATH Intl. Member Center in Chino Valley, AZ, and participant Jeremiah Schedlock. Special Olympics World Games equestrian medalist Schedlock was featured in The Daily Courier of Prescott, AZ


Call for Volunteer Webinar Presenters

To help meet the growing need and demand for education among PATH Intl. Certified Instructors, we are looking for volunteers to present webinars about specific disabilities, sensory trails, equine behavior, teaching methodologies and volunteer management. Please email Stefani Viktora-Anderson with questions.

Steps to apply
1. Complete the online Webinar Presenter Application
2. You will be notified within five business days if your presentation has been selected.

a. If selected, sign a PATH Intl. Speaker Release Form

b. Provide PATH Intl. with PowerPoint presentation slides two weeks prior to your scheduled presentation for review, formatting and presentation rehearsal.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

August 18, 2015  


New PATH Intl. How to Start an EAAT Center/Program Book

cover of How to Start an EAAT Center/programThe PATH Intl. How to Start an EAAT Center/Program has been updated and is available in print or electronic download. It is a basic information source for those wishing to start an EAAT center/program. The new content delivers information on laying the proper foundation for center sustainability, which includes best business practices and industry standards. This packet includes practical advice, job descriptions, copies of the most recent PATH Intl. membership publications and other information readers will find practical and useful.

To purchase:

Members discount price $30    Non-members $50

Members discount price $50    Non-members $75


Congrats to PATH Intl. Conference Scholarship Winners

PATH Intl. works diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Donors and sponsors give generously to make these opportunities available to the greatest number of people.

Congratulations to the following, who are the recipients of the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships! Thank you to all of those who took time to apply. For applicants who weren't selected, please apply again next year for the 2016 conference in Williamsburg, VA. There is no limit to how many years you may apply!
Thank you to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. (If you would like information about donating to scholarships, contact Kathy Alm.)

2015 Conference Scholarship Winners
Donna Carlson, Perkasie, PA
Jennifer Almond, Norwood, NC
Joyce Rogliano, Coconut Creek, FL
Brenda Corujo, San Juan, PR
Lynn Riddell, New Baden, IL
Amy Tripson, Guyton, GA
Kim Sievers, Auburndale, WI
Jessica Moorhouse, Franklin, OH
Jaqueline Wein, San Ramon, CA
Katie Powell, Hyde Park, VT

Marjorie Kittredge Scholarship
Lauren Weisberg, Ardsley, NY


Lodging Information for the 2015 Conference Hotel

We have confirmed with the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel that there are rooms, including doubles, available at the hotel.

Due to system limitations with the hotel online and phone reservations, the general Marriott reservation team is not able to guarantee double rooms. However, rooms are available! Please contact the hotel's direct group housing team, Joseph Zjaba (216) 696-5600 ext. 4515 or Laura Linares (216) 902-4101, to make your reservation and/or to follow up on your reservation.


If you made a reservation at an alternate location because the hotel's system reflected the lack of double rooms, consider canceling that reservation in order to join your colleagues at the Renaissance Cleveland to be in the heart of the action. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have had making your reservation. Contact Joe or Laura directly; they promise to take good care of PATH Intl. attendees. 


Please let the PATH Intl. office know if you have trouble completing your reservation so we can address it with the hotel.


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Cleveland!


2015 Conference Highlights - Don't Miss It!

Calling All Experienced Instructors!

If you have seven or more years teaching as a certified instructor in the EAAT field, then we want you! For the first time, a specialized alternate workshop is being offered at the upcoming international conference in Cleveland exclusively for experienced therapeutic riding instructors. It is a full day workshop with a small group of people (50 max) to learn and discuss advanced technique when it comes to matching horses, riders and tack. Take an in-depth look at conformation of horse and rider and how the two interact, as well as see how tack affects this relationship. After lunch, small groups will have the opportunity to work with an adult rider enrolled at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center to put into practice what they have learned.

Faculty: Jenny Nell, Joelle Devlin, Sandy Webster, Teresa Morris, Octavia Brown and Marsha Anderson

NOTE: You must be registered for the conference to attend. An additional charge of $60 will cover the cost of transportation and lunch. Do not sign up for any sessions on Friday at the hotel, as this is located off site at Fieldstone Farm and will take place during scheduled session times.


Click here to register and pick your sessions

for the 2015 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, November 4-7 in Cleveland, OH, presented by title sponsor Purina.  

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

Continuing Education Credits 

PATH Intl. has received approval from NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). Eight sessions have been approved for CEs. Sessions fill up quickly, so register and pick your sessions as soon as possible. 


Video Contest 

Time is running out for the fun videos contest submissions! 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.

Cleveland Fun Fact

We know that Cleveland is called the Rock and Roll Capital of the World. But did you know that it was Cleveland DJ Alan Freed who coined the phrase "rock and roll" on his radio station in the 1950s? Cleveland also hosted the very first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball. 


Upcoming Webinars

Mounted Games - Recording Available!
Missed the live webinar and need more therapeutic riding games for your bag of tricks? Join us for this webinar on mounted games presented by PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor Sandy Webster. This exciting webinar covers the hows and whys of incorporating mounted games into your lesson plans, how to utilize mounted games to reinforce riding skills and 10+ plans for mounted games!

Click here to purchase.

Business Planning for EAAT: Tuesday, August 25th, 2 p.m. Mountain Time
Learn the basic elements of a business plan, how to use financial data to your advantage, understand depreciation, capital budgeting, profit and loss by program and much more. Most importantly, learn how a business plan can be one of your most useful tools and how to easily put one together. There will be plenty of time for questions.

Click here to register.

Adaptive Tack Webinar:  Wednesday, September 2nd, 1 p.m. Mountain Time
Join presenter Naomi Heller in this insightful new webinar to discuss the role of adaptive tack for mounted participants. Learn how and why to adapt tack, while considering the safety and comfort of the equine and participant, and acquire creative solutions to common adaptive tack questions.

Click here to register.


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

How Their Whiskers Help Horses See
Dr. Marty Becket
Did you know that in Switzerland and Germany their governments have banned the clipping of horses whiskers? Here's why: A horse's muzzle is soft and velvet-like. Personally, it's one of my favorite places to pet on our Quarter Horses Pegasus and Sugar Babe. But that pettable muzzle isn't why clipping a horse's whiskers is a bad idea.

In the midst of the marshmallow-soft skin are scattered, coarse hairs, called vibrissae, or tactile hairs. These whiskers are a result of millions of years of evolution to help horses sense their environment. 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!  


Member Benefit From PATH Intl. Media Sponsor

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that long-time media sponsor Active Interest Media/Equine Network has renewed its sponsorship of PATH Intl., and that is great news for PATH Intl. members. Members may receive deep discounts on magazines like Horse & Rider, EQUUS, Practical Horseman and more. Click here to visit the Equine Network Store and start your subscription today!

Thank you, AIM/Equine Network for your generosity and support of PATH Intl.


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Congratulations to Dax and PATH Intl. Member Center Miracles in Motion in Keene, NH. Dax is the SmartPak Horse of the Month for August. Click here to read Dax's story. Dax will receive SmartHoof Ultra Pellets in his SmartPak. 


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 

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  

EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
Virginia Beach, VA
January 28-31, 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
Driving Demo Only  



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