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April 5, 2016  


PATH Intl. Joins IAHAIO   

PATH Intl. is pleased to announce it has joined the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO). Its mission is to provide international leadership in advancing the field of human animal interaction. This is accomplished through research, education and collaboration among their membership, policy makers, clinical practitioners, other human animal interaction organizations and the general public. Its goals include new research, education, practice development, idea sharing, building collaborations and educating policy and decision makers about the benefits of human animal interactions.

Because their mission and many of their goals align so well with PATH Intl., because we are a leader in EAAT and IAHAIO is looking for a voice to represent the EAAT field, and because this exposes us to what is happening under the larger Human Animal Interaction umbrella including research, joining IAHAIO is in alignment with our partnership goal and beneficial to PATH Intl. and our membership.

If you would like information on IAHAIO, please visit its website.

A benefit for current PATH Intl. members is that they will receive the IAHAIO member discount for the IAHAIO international conference, which this year is in Paris, France, July 11-13, 2016. Click here for more information. Join us in representing the EAAT field!    


Save the Date for PATH Intl. Conference     

The inspiring awards banquet. The exciting hands-on horse expo. The motivational keynote luncheon (speaker to be announced soon). The high quality education sessions. The time spent with friends and colleagues. You look forward to these every year, and this year's conference in Williamsburg, VA, will not disappoint. Save the date -- November 2-5, 2016! Look for registration to open in July, but don't wait to book your room now at the Williamsburg Lodge. Click here for info, and be sure to check back often for all the up-to-date details. Huzzah!

Applications for the 2016 conference scholarship and the Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship are due by email to Jaime Covington no later than June 20, 2016. Applicants will be notified by email on July 29, 2016.
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  

Call for Judges
Are you interested in being part of this exciting process? Any member may apply to be part of the judging process for the PATH Intl. annual awards.

If you are interested in serving as a judge, please submit the following to Jaime Covington by May 31: name, membership number, region and email address, and please confirm that you do have access to a computer and Internet June 7-21, 2016.


Click here for award nomination information and fillable forms


Updated Advanced Certification Program Booklets  

As of March 7th, PATH Intl. is pleased to announce updated application and certification booklets for the Advanced therapeutic riding instructor program. With the implementation of a formal application for this program, PATH Intl. will be able to provide Advanced candidates with guidance and information about Advanced educational opportunities, including certification prep courses, and upcoming certification events. Please visit the PATH Intl. website to download the new booklets. 


PATH Intl. Region Conferences 

PATH Intl. Region Conferences are a great way to get continuing education credits for instructor compliance and a wonderful way to network with others in your region. Visit the region calendar page often for information or click below for the agenda and registration information.

Region 4, May 20-22, Union, KY
Region 9, June 3-5, Ellensburg, WA (registration will be open this week)
Region 10, May 20-22, Casper, WY
Region 11, June 3-5, Elk Grove, CA (registration will be open this week)


Equine Tips

Let Horses Be Horses
By Jo Anne Miller, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member

Equine Welfare. As a new member of the Equine Welfare Committee I ask myself, what is the definition? I have run a horse rescue and rehabilitation center since 2001, using our rescue horses in our PATH Intl. therapeutic riding programs. Our rescue is fully accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries as well as the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, great honors in the industry. But what does equine welfare really mean? 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!    


Community Connections Corner

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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 post comes from the Administrative Community where a member asks:

Hi, I am looking for advice on things to consider when thinking about starting a small riding program. I have the opportunity to lease out a horse property where I would be able to operate a program, but I really need to have a realistic plan on what all it entails to start one up on my own. My thoughts are that I would lease about four horses for Spring, Summer and Fall and the owner would either take them back, or cover their board for the winter season. I would like to expand to hippotherapy and equine-assisted learning, but I really know nothing about either of those fields. Any information from others who have started out on their own is greatly appreciated!

If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log in to Community Connections and join the discussion.


Long-Time Member Retires

PATH Intl. congratulates Margo Dewkett, founder and executive director of Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Longview, on her retirement. The pastor at First United Methodist Church in Longview said, "She's touched a lot of lives, and she has helped bring health, healing and hope to a lot of people and families." Click here to read the article.

While Margo will be missed, her influence, knowledge and passion will continue. Margo, here's to the next leg of the journey! 


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 

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 

Hearts & Horses, Inc.

Loveland, CO 

September 3-5, 2016

Certification Only  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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