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January 5, 2016  


PATH Intl. Governance Committee Seeking New Task Force Members  

The Governance Committee of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees is forming a task force to review several sections of the bylaws and to originate a new section relative to credentialing. There is an extensive review by the Governance Committee, Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees on the output of this task force with the completed revisions up for membership vote at the next general meeting.

Task force applicants with experience in developing and editing bylaws, knowledge of nonprofit governance and strong writing skills should submit their resume and brief cover letter demonstrating experience and intent by January 21, 2016, to Margo Parks.

All applicants will have a response prior to February 1, 2016.

Thank you for your interest in helping with this important task.


Riders Assistance Fund Scholarship to a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center  

PATH Intl. is pleased to grant one Riders Assistance Fund Scholarship to a child equestrian at one PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in 2016. The application can be found under "My Center Membership" (you must be logged in). All applications are due by February 25, 2016. Each center may nominate only one child.

Questions? Please contact Cher Smith or call her at (303) 452-1212, ext. 123. 


Last Call for VA Grant Applications for Equipment Funding

January 8, 2016, is the last day to submit an application for equipment funds for veterans' programming. If you haven't done so already, please have your PAC's application submitted by the end of the day on January 8th.

Click here for the application


Community Connections Corner

community connections bannerMeet other PATH Intl. members, discuss topics of interest, share resources, post events, email members directly from the site and support peers. Join Community Connections, the PATH Intl. social media platform and discussion forum.

This month's post is asked of the Administration Community, where a member asks:

Does any center have experience working with recovering, severely burned individuals?

If you have experience in this area and can provide some feedback for this member, please join the Administration Community and post your reply. 


Equine Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee

Sharing Space With a Loose Horse
By Cathy Languerand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair

I have not been bitten by a horse for 20 years until a week ago, when a slightly food-aggressive horse tried to grab hay out of my arms and got my hand....So when a horse is at liberty in his own space, stall or paddock and someone enters that space, how does one stay safe? 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!  


PAC Featured in Magazine  

Congratulations to Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, or MANE, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Pike Road, AL, which was recently featured along with other Alabama EAAT centers in the article "Horses That Heal," in Alabama Living. Click here to read the full article.  


Information Needed From Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

Kelsey Large, a communication sciences and disorders senior at the College of Wooster in Ohio, is completing her senior independent study thesis on parental perceptions of the impact of equine-assisted activities and therapies on children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In order to conduct this study she has developed a survey for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and participate in horseback riding or any form of EAAT or hippotherapy. Click here for information about the survey and a recruitment flyer for distribution to parents of children currently in your program. Click here for the survey link


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 

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   

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Goffstown, NH
September 22-25, 2016 


Advanced Instructor Certification Only

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding 

Old Lyme, CT 

May 24 - 26, 2016 



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