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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+  

Markel Insurance 


Silver - $7,500+   


Virginia Horse Industry Board


Bronze - $5,000+   

EQUUS Foundation 



Pewter - $2,500+   


Schneider's Saddlery 



Copper - $1,000+

SureHands Lift & Care Systems 


In Kind Donors and Media Sponsors

Kentucky Performance Products


AIM/Equine Network   


Updated Instructor Compliance and Continuing Education Requirements

If you haven't already familiarized yourself with the updated requirements for instructor compliance and continuing education effective January 1st, 2016, please take a moment to review the comprehensive update booklet. Additional information about the continuing education activity categories will continue to be provided in PATH Intl. eNews throughout the remainder of the year.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

October 6, 2015  


PATH Intl. Receives VA Grant

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce that it has received a $176,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for direct service and training for veterans and wounded service members to receive equine-assisted activities and therapies. This grant is part of a total $8 million that was awarded to national governing bodies for adaptive sports. PATH Intl. was one of 89 awardees.

"We are pleased that our award was increased from last year's amount," said Sam Albrecht, PATH Intl. Director of Membership and Programs. "We had direct service and training requests that greatly exceeded our available funding last year. This year's award will allow us to serve more disabled veterans and disabled service members."

With last year's grant of $100,000, PATH Intl. trained more than 30 individuals in a three-day intensive workshop on the military and veteran culture, safety and how centers can best partner with equines in a therapeutic horsemanship program for veterans. More than 100 veterans were directly benefited with therapeutic horsemanship sessions. Equipping PATH Intl. Centers with saddles, lifts and ramps provided indirect benefit to another approximate 100 veterans.

Click here for information on the VA Adaptive Sports Grant.


Field Test Standards Electronic Vote

The first year of the electronic voting process for standards was a success!


In an attempt to make the voting process available to a wider reach of members than those typically present at the annual meeting held at the international conference, the membership and programs and standards oversight committees discussed a change in the voting process for standards in November 2014. An informational webinar was launched in March of 2015 and it was viewed by approximately 300 members. Comments and feedback were solicited a number of ways including at region conferences, the field test standards community connections page and a survey from which 44 comments were received. At the close of the vote, 383 member votes were received.

From the votes received, all field-test standards were passed. After the vote however, concern was raised regarding FTS 6. It was pointed out that the standard had not been in field test for two years, as was written in the original explanation of the standard. For background, the explanation was added to the standards manual in the 2014 edition to give members a brief context and history of the standard's development. After field test the explanation is dropped and is not included in the manual. The explanation for FTS 6 states that this standard will be in field test for two years. A two-year field test is not required and the PATH Intl. Accreditation Committee saw no reason to delay the vote, and therefore it was included in the 2015 vote. However, after review by the PATH Intl. Strategic Initiatives Review Committee, the standard will now go back to field test for an additional year. For questions about FTS 6 or other questions regarding the PATH Intl. standards, please contact Jeff Kelling, PATH Intl. Programs Manager.


Online Registration Deadline This Friday!

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Did you know the conference is less than a month away? You may still be trying to decide whether or not to join us. The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting remains an exceptional value for members. When you consider all the meals, the education sessions, the fun parties, the horse expo and the inspirational awards banquet, the PATH Intl. Conference is valued at nearly $3,000 per person. Additionally, you are helping to shape the future of your organization as you network with like-minded individuals. It's a great deal!


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 online registration is THIS FRIDAY, October 9After Friday, registration will need to be completed onsite, and the price goes up to $705 for members, $730 for non-members.

Session Highlights

Invest in the next generation of PATH Intl. Certified Instructors by attending "A Guide for Mentors." This session, led by Melissa Conner and Joelle Devlin will review topics every mentor should cover with trainees. 

If you want to strengthen the volunteer relationships at your center, the conference has sessions to help. "Educating Hippotherapy Volunteers" will discuss the challenges and opportunities in providing the appropriate background and support. "Training Volunteers Using the Language of Equus" will show how to design a volunteer training program using the language of horses to cause awareness of the impact of volunteers on our equine partners. A research project involving volunteer/rider dyads called the "Take Home Program" will show how volunteers impact and enhance communication and social interaction. 


Cleveland Fun Fact  

Whether you are interested in food, wine (more than 50 wineries are in the Cleveland region) or craft breweries, Cleveland offers many tours and tastings. Click here to begin your adventure!


Innovative Research Is Taking Place at PATH Intl. Centers!

PATH Intl. is excited to announce the publication of a groundbreaking study related to the welfare of therapeutic riding horses in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. The study, titled "Effects of Therapeutic Riding on Measures of Stress in Horses," was conducted in cooperation with PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH. Click here to access the abstract and highlights of this cutting-edge study.


PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund

It is a scary world out there sometimes, and sometimes a center might need some assistance in dealing with the scariness. The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund can help. Its purpose is to assist PATH Intl. centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or man-made catastrophic disasters. Hurricane Joaquin counts. If you are a center in need of assistance, click here to begin the process. If you would like to help fellow PATH Intl. centers, make a donation here


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Face Value: Equine Expressions Defined Through EquiFACS
By Christina Russell, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member

Professionals who work with horses have long understood that horses communicate through body language, vocalizations and facial expressions. This often may be one of the first lessons we teach our students and volunteers in order for them to better understand how to safely work around horses.... A recent research project from the University of Sussex (Jean Wathan, Anne M. Burrows, Bridget M. Waller, Karen McComb) descends deeper into the subtleties of equine communication. 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!  


PATH Intl. Community Connections Corner

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In the Spotlight
This Month's discussion topic comes from our Instructor Community, where a member is asking for input from fellow instructors regarding giving verbal instructions to participants:

A great question has come up a few times in working with some of my instructors in training: How can you teach a "why" without overwhelming a rider's auditory processing system? Often, our riders can only take on a certain amount of sensory information. How do instructors balance less verbal instruction without turning into the dreaded traffic cop?

If you have any advice for this member, please click here to join the discussion.


Information Needed on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

Kelsey Large, a senior communication sciences and disorders major at the College of Wooster, is conducting an independent research study on parental perceptions of how equine-assisted activities and therapies impact the listening and spoken language skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is looking for a center that works with this population for information. Please email Kelsey if you can help.


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. 


PATH Intl. Center Program Horse Named Thoroughbred of the Year

Tristan (Tap Til Dawn), the first program horse at Dream Catcher Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Center, has been named the Thoroughbred of the Year by the Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program. Click here or here to read the article.

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program award recognises a thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted activities and therapies or police work. Congratulations, Tristan, Dream Catcher and founder Joan Blank!


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!  


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


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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