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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+   


Schneider's Saddlery 



In Kind Donors 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 15, 2015  


New PATH Intl. Online Courses Coming Soon!

PATH Intl. continues to increase the offerings of quality educational opportunities available to PATH Intl. members. This has included conference video recordings, webinars and new publications. We are now pleased to introduce online courses, beginning with the upcoming launch of the Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®. Get a taste of what's coming and watch this short video introduction to the new wave of education available from PATH Intl.

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Online Course


2015 Conference Highlights - Don't Miss It!

conference logoSession Highlights

PATH Intl. Community Connections Day is the preconference event hosted by members for members. Mix and match presentations from different PATH Intl. Community Connections groups, such as Higher Ed, Instructor, Administrator, Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Welfare and Equine-Assisted Learning, or attend the entire track of presentations from the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes community. Sessions include "Making Programs Effective for Veterans" with Melissa Hauserman; "Incorporating Veterans Into a Volunteer Program" with Joan Cutler; and "Kickin' It Up a Notch!" with the Instructor Community.

Community Connections Day is November 4 and is $60 for PATH Intl. Members.

The PATH Intl. Horse Expo is a perennial favorite included with conference registration. The expo, which is Saturday, November 7, is all about the horse. Learn about common musculoskeletal ailments of the aging horse with Dr. Ronald Genovese or how to engage the horse's mind with Paralympian Lauren Barwick. You won't want to miss Jackie Stevenson, as she demonstrates the methods discussed in Thursday's keynote address, "Some Day We'll Live Like Horses."   


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 to receive the early registration discount is this Thursday, 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 meet the criteria for the disability education core requirement and which sessions meet the criteria for general continuing education.

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

PATH Intl. PAC Benefit on Conference Registration 

PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are eligible to receive up to one free registration when three or more full price individuals are registered from the PAC. No other discounts can be used with the PAC discount. Please send in all registrations at the same time to the office. This discount is not available online. 


Cleveland Fun Fact  

In 1970, the first NFL "Monday Night Football" game took place at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets, 31-20.


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.


PATH Intl. Driving Demo Workshop

There are not many of these workshops scheduled, so don't miss this one! Are you...

  • Working toward your PATH Intl. Driving Certification? ... You are probably wondering what skills you'll need to be certified as a PATH Intl. Driving Instructor.
  • Already a PATH Intl. Certified Professional?... Then you need continuing education hours.
  • A PATH Intl. Center Administrator?... Ever think about adding driving to your service offerings?

When and Where: November 2 & 3, 2016 (Monday and Tuesday) (just prior to the PATH Intl. Conference) at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH.


Contact Teresa Morris for details. 


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Editor's Note: We apologize for the glitch on the Equine Tips webpage that made all of the tips disappear. We are working on getting it fixed. This tip, which ran in the last eNews, was only partially displayed on the webpage. It is accessible now.

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!  


Help Horses ROAR the Loudest Today Through October 12

Horse lovers everywhere have from now through October 12th to prove that HORSES have the LOUDEST ROAR. The EQUUS Foundation, a PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor, is the only horse charity of the seven in Animal Planet's 2015 ROAR (Reach Out. Act. Respond) Campaign.

Helping horses ROAR is easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Click here every day as much as possible to help horses win the $4,000 Most Traffic Award. The more clicks the better!
2. Vote here once a day for the EQUUS Foundation to help horses win the $4,000 Fan Favorite Award.
3. Share this with 5 friends to help spread the word!

Helping the EQUUS Foundation in the Animal Planet ROAR Campaign will help horses everywhere! Let's get ROARing!  


EQUUS Foundation Horse Whisperer Grant Recipients

Congratulations to several PATH Intl. Member Centers for money received through the EQUUS Foundation's 2015 Horse Whisperer grant. Click here to read the news story.

PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Old Lyme, CT

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Longmont, CO

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Johns Island, SC

Green Chimneys Children's Services, Brewster, NY

PATH Intl. Member Centers
New Canaan Mounted Troop Therapeutic Riding Program, New Canaan, CT

Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, Inc., (GALLOPNYC), Brooklyn, NY


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 PATH Intl. 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


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. 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.


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 

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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