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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. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

September 1, 2015  


2015 Conference Highlights - Don't Miss It!

conference logoSession Highlights

Whether you are an instructor wanting to improve your lessons, a director looking for ways to grow and sustain your center or a mental health professional ready to learn about equine-assisted activities and therapies, the PATH Intl. Conference has a session track to help you get the most out of your conference experience.

Here's a small sample:
Instructor Track: In Operation Mustang, Meggan Hill-McQueeney and Paddy McKevitt discuss how partnering with wild horses has proven life-changing and beneficial for the horses, veterans, volunteers and staff.
Administration Track: Take away a plan for meeting your center's needs in Capacity Building: Growing Time, Treasure and Talent at Your Center with Dana Butler-Moburg.
Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Track: Rough Ride: How to Reach Difficult Boys Through Horses with Christina Russell will give attendees strategies for understanding and working with at-risk boys.

Other tracks include equine, equine-assisted learning, volunteer and participant tracks. But don't worry; you can mix and match as much as you would like -- but only if you register! 


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. The deadline for early registration is September 17!   

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.

The PATH Intl. Conference offers a plethora of opportunities to obtain instructor compliance CEUs. The conference program will delineate which sessions apply for the disability education core requirement and which sessions apply for general continuing education.

Sessions fill up quickly, so register and pick your sessions as soon as possible. 


Cleveland Fun Fact  

One of the world's largest indoor Ferris wheel's is located in the International Exposition (I-X) Center next to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It is 125-feet tall and rises approximately 35 feet above the main roof.


PATH Intl. Now Accepts Checks Electronically

Have you ever thought, "I would like to pay for my membership online but I don't have a credit or debit card?" Now you can pay for your online purchases in the PATH Intl. store using the routing and account numbers on your check by selecting ACH as your payment method.


Calling All Evaluators! Riding Certification Subcommittee Openings Available Starting January 1, 2016

We are now accepting volunteer applicants for the Riding Certification Subcommittee (RCSC). The RCSC is responsible for working with the PATH Intl. Certification Coordinator to review and develop all levels of riding certification materials, education, processes, and procedures in alignment with the PATH Intl. Strategic Plan. The RCSC also handles riding certification appeals and consults on candidate accommodation requests.

*    Advanced or Master Instructor
*    Associate or Lead Evaluator preferred, Apprentice will be considered
*    Available for monthly conference calls
*    Willingness to lead and/or participate in work groups within the committee
*    Initiative to take on projects to accomplish committee goals
*    Consistent access and prompt communication via email in between monthly conference calls

Although the official start date of the term is January 1st, we will request your presence on the subcommittee calls as early as October for orientation purposes.

If you are interested in applying, please submit your qualifications and a letter of intent to Jeff Kelling and Bret Maceyak by September 30, 2015.


Adaptive Tack Webinar Tomorrow!

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.


A Friendly Reminder

Please remember to update your mailing address and email in order to receive PATH Intl. news and membership cards. If your email address starts with info@, admin@, executivedirector@, etc., please change it to a non-role-specific email, such as an email address that uses your name. Role specific addresses are removed from our broadcast lists, and you will not receive information from us. Free email addresses, such as those provided by gmail or yahoo, are easy to set up. This assures Constant Contact, our broadcast delivery service, that we are not sending out spam and allows us to maintain our high reputation. Thank you! 


Community Connections Corner

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In the Spotlight

This month's topic is posted in the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Community, where a member has a question about partnering with the local VA:


We are getting ready to begin a new veterans program at our center this fall here in Oklahoma and will be working with the local VA. Are any of you currently working with the VA and how does that partnership work for you? Do they just provide referrals or what other resources do they contribute to your program? Would love to hear what's working for you! Thanks!


If you have any feedback for this member or would like to see the responses from other members, click here to see the post.


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Grooming: Building a Connection
By Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
During our monthly equine welfare committee conference call, I agreed to write a "Tips" article on flies. I actually did start writing the article. And then, while grooming my pony, I began to think about the meaning of the words, "grooming as ceremony," one of the topics we discussed in a planning session for our presentation at the PATH International Conference. 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!  


IMPORTANT NOTICE: CPR and First Aid Requirements

Documentation of current Adult & Child CPR and First Aid certifications IS STILL REQUIRED to complete all PATH Intl. certifications. As a PATH Intl. certified professional, you are expected to maintain these certifications to uphold PATH Intl. safety standards and retain instructor compliance. Copies of these certifications may be requested at any time at the discretion of PATH Intl. Failure to supply documentation of current Adult & Child CPR and First Aid certifications in a timely manner will result in non-compliant instructor status.


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

The 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


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  Workshop and Skills Test 

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  


Advanced Instructor OSWC 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding 

Old Lyme, CT 

May 24 - 26, 2016

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


Driving OSWC 

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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