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If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2016 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+   



Pewter - $2,500+   



Copper - $1,000+


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Center Renewal Packets

Center renewal packets have been mailed.

This packet includes the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation CD. Please watch your mail.


Permission to Print Standards Manual

If you need permission from a commercial printer to print the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, the permission letter can be found here

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

March 1, 2016  


Apply Now for PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships   

It is the desire of PATH Intl. to provide the maximum opportunity to offer registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, and the association works diligently to obtain funding sources for such scholarships.

PATH Intl. is pleased to once again offer the 2016 conference scholarship and the 2016 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship. Applications are due by email to Karen Province no later than June 20, 2016. Applicants will be notified by email on July 29, 2016.
Everyone is encouraged to apply! Click below to download applications or find them on the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference page.


2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship
2016 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship   


PATH Intl. Call for Abstracts Deadline MARCH 14   

The deadline to submit abstracts for the PATH Intl. Conference is March 14, 2016. No submissions will be accepted after March 14. Abstracts may highlight an organization's innovations or personal research and how they may benefit the equine-assisted activities and therapies field.  

Abstract submission will be handled electronically only. 

Click here to download abstract information.

The conference will also include a poster session. Presenters may submit an abstract for the poster session by following the same directions as for the traditional classroom presentation. Click here to download additional information on poster sessions.

Click here to begin the abstract submission process.

The 2016 PATH Intl. Conference is November 2-5, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA.  


HUZZAH! Nominate Your Horses and Humans for the 2016 PATH Intl. Recognition Awards  

Recognize the outstanding individuals and equines at PATH Intl. Centers for their extraordinary accomplishments by nominating them for recognition at the national level.

Nominations are due no later than May 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. MDT, but it is not too soon to start filling out your nomination forms to avoid a last minute rush!

The nomination process is now easier than ever. All forms can be filled out online; simply fill out the online form and your response will be automatically submitted!

Click here for more information on award nomination submission and for the links to the fillable forms.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 103.


New PATH Intl. Online Course: Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT  

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the launch of the online course Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT. This 3-week PATH Intl. education course aims to provide focused education on conditions related to spinal cord injuries (SCI) and paralysis, and to discuss best practices for providing equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to individuals with physical and/or emotional challenges related to living with SCI and paralysis.

The course will offer instructors an understanding of SCI conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective EAAT lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT.

PATH Intl. thanks the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for underwriting the content development of this new online course.

The first section of the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course will begin March 1, 2016, and run each month during 2016.

Click here for course syllabus, pricing and registration information


Horses That Heal Documentary Now Available: Screening Showdown Competition for PATH Intl. Centers  

poster for Horses That Heal documentary 

Horses That Heal, the documentary by PATH Intl. Media Sponsor RIDE TV and F2 Media, is available for purchase. Visit the iTunes store and RIDE TV to order your DVD today. Watch the trailer here.

PATH Intl. Centers interested in hosting a screening in their communities should enter the Screening Showdown Competition by filling out a requirements form and sending to RIDE TV by March 31, 2016. RIDE TV and F2 Media will fly out representatives to the winning center's screening.

The best way to stay in the loop with everything Horses That Heal is to join RIDE Nation by going to the website, clicking "Join" and filling out the form. Be sure to like the Horses That Heal Facebook Page (Horses That Heal) and follow it on Twitter (@HTHDocumentary).   


Thank You, Survey Respondents!

PATH Intl. thanks the more than 1,000 instructors who participated in the Job Task Analysis survey in February. This analysis, conducted by an independent third party, will supply a foundational blueprint for the job of a therapeutic riding instructor and provide a basis for determining key competency criteria. This is the first step in a continuous process of improving PATH Intl. certification programs. 


We are happy to announce that the winner of a $100 American Express gift card was survey respondent Ellie Hardnack. Congratulations, Ellie!


Community Connections Corner

Meet 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 featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Instructor Community where a member asks:


I am helping run the Instructor Training (IT) program at our barn and one of the hardest things we run into is teaching the ITs how to give effective - and lots - of feedback. Some catch on really quickly, and others just don't know what to say or how to say it - they have a less developed eye and verbal response.

Mentors, what are some things that have helped you teach new instructors how to improve the amount and kind of feedback they give?

Instructors, what helped you learn to give good feedback while teaching?

Things I have done so far include:

·         encouraging them to really research and know what they're teaching

·         during the lesson feeding them prompts of what to say

·         during the lesson prompting "why" after they say anything

·         watching videos together and pausing to talk about what feedback we could give

·         encouraging them to talk as much as possible during lessons (with riders that can take it)


If you have any helpful ideas, please click here to join the discussion. It is vital that PATH Intl. Instructors-in-Training receive the best mentoring possible to help them succeed and become top-notch instructors. Any and all feedback on this discussion is welcome!


Equine Tips

Stepping Into a Higher Intelligence
By Trish Broersma, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

It is often challenging to find ways to talk about working with horses as sentient beings, and to articulate what it is like to have a horse as an active co-facilitator in groundwork sessions for equine-facilitated psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning. There is an invisible, nearly indescribable quality that we are seeking in interactions. It goes beyond accomplishing measurable skills that we are used to seeking in performance-oriented, typical riding lessons or the usual horse training.

Last week Chi Gong Instructor Chad Moyer said that one of his greatest challenges with Chi Gong is to move out of "doing" into "following." 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!    


Center Membership Renewal

The deadline to renew your center membership was December 31, 2015. Renew as soon as possible in order to avoid a lapse in your membership. You must include a $50 late fee with your renewal

Online center renewal for 2016 is available, and it is especially easy to renew your membership before it expires.

Click here to renew online. NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged in to their personal account in order to renew online.

If you need to update the primary contact for your center, please send in a center change notification form or a  premier accredited center change notification form.

Of course, if you prefer to send in a hard copy renewal, that is still an option. Download and complete the center renewal booklet and renewal invoice, and mail it in.

Centers that prefer to pay by check may complete the center renewal booklet online and mail or use an electronic check for center membership dues.

For more information about renewing your center membership, please visit our FAQ page or the Center Renewal page


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 

SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Hockley, TX
March 16-19, 2016 

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center
Toano, VA
March 31 - April 3, 2016  

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center
Milford, PA
April 14-17, 2016 

Horses Help
Phoenix, AZ
April 14-16, 2016    

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
April 21 - 23, 2016  

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
May 16-19, 2016   

Potter's Ranch
Union, KY
May 2-5, 2016 

Reins of Life
South Bend, IN
June 16-19, 2016 

Hearts & Hooves
Sherwood, AR
July 7-10, 2016 

Agape Therapeutic Riding
Cicero, IN
August 8-11, 2016 

Eagle Mount Bozeman
Bozeman, MT
August 17-20, 2016 

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Goffstown, NH
September 22-24, 2016 

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Elbert, CO
October 20-23, 2016  



 Advanced Instructor Certification 

Certification Only 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding 

Old Lyme, CT 

May 23 - 26, 2016

Workshop Only
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta, MI
June 2-4, 2016 

Workshop Only
BOK Ranch, Inc.
Woodside, CA
August 23-25, 2016 

Workshop Only 

Hearts & Horses, Inc.

Loveland, CO 

September 3-5, 2016

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Augusta MI
October 7-9, 2016 


Vaulting Certification 

Equine-Assisted Therapies of SF  
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
April 7-10, 2016  

Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
April 20-22, 2016 

Mentor Training

Free Spirit Riders, Inc.
Fond du Lac, WI
April 8-9, 2016 

Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
April 17-18 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Old Lyme, CT
May 6-7, 2016 

Ivey Ranch Park
Oceanside, CA
October 9-10, 2016 



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