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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.


Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+

 Virginia Horse Industry Board

Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  


Silver - $7,500+   



Pewter - $2,500+   



Copper - $1,000+


In Kind Donors and Media Partners


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 9, June 3-5, Ellensburg, WA
Region 10, May 20-22, Casper, WY
Region 11, June 3-5, Elk Grove, CA 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

May 3, 2016 


Help PATH Intl. Centers by Donating to Disaster Relief Fund 

flooded barnOur thoughts and well-wishes go out to our centers in Texas that  experienced flooding during the last round of storms. (Pictured, PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch in Spring, TX. All 15 of their horses and barn cat (who was rescued via kayak by a neighbor) were safely evacuated but their entire facility suffered major damage from the flood waters.)

Please remember that whatever the disaster, PATH Intl. might be able to help. The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund was created to help centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance. Click here for more information and to apply.

Do you want to help aid in disaster relief? Please donate to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund and help your colleagues, PATH Intl. horses and centers in need.


The PATH Intl. Credentialing Trek Continues

Most of you know by now that PATH Intl. is working toward having its registered level therapeutic riding certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

"Regardless of industry, there is a common need to increase public safety and ensure quality services. To help fulfill this need, government agencies, regulatory bodies, employers, insurers, associations, and individual consumers turn to credentialing." 

- Credentialing: What Is It and Why Is It Important? (c) ICE 2015

A vital part of ICE's mission is to educate stakeholders, including the public, about the importance of credentialing to ensure competence across professions and occupations. This three minute, thirty second video, "Credentialing: What Is It and Why Is It Important," will answer some of the non-PATH Intl. specific questions you may have.

So where is the association in this process?
A job task analysis was recently conducted by a third party to help determine what the daily job function is for the certified registered therapeutic riding instructor in order to design a valid certification test. The office has received the final report from the analysis, and we're excited to begin to analyze and interpret the data. This will take a little time, but we'll keep members apprised of that process and the findings.

What's next? A change to the PATH Intl. bylaws is required to address establishing the system that will result in the autonomy of the certification and education requirements. Updates on this progress will also be coming soon.   

Have more specific questions? This PATH Intl. Strides article is a great place to start, and a detailed webinar will be available toward the end of May. Watch the eNews for details. 


New Webinars Available

Cerebral Palsy: The Basics

Presented by Stephanie Kubarth, OTR and Wendy Miklaszewski, OTR
This webinar will provide education on the four types of cerebral palsy, as well as common symptoms, including hypertonicity, hypotonicity, visual deficits and primitive reflexes. In addition, the presenters will also review PATH Intl. precautions relating to cerebral palsy and common medical equipment used by riders with CP. This webinar is eligible for 1 hour of disability education on your annual certification compliance.

Live Webinar: Thursday, May 19th, 9 a.m. MDT

 Click here for more information and registration. Log in to your PATH Intl. account to access member pricing.

Take the Reins on Your Volunteer Screening

Join PATH Intl. Copper Sponsor CastleBranch for this educational webinar on the importance of background checks for your volunteers and how to keep your program/organization safe and credible. Learn why background checks are important when hiring volunteers and the types of background checks available. Additionally, presenters will dive into the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and how this impacts volunteers. Learn what you need to do to stay compliant and get a better understanding of the laws. This webinar is eligible for one hour of continuing education on your annual certification compliance.

Live Webinar: Wednesday, June 1st, 12 p.m. MDT

Click here for more information and registration. Log in to your PATH Intl. account to access member pricing. 


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

conference logoRecognize 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 Friday, May 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. MDT.

The nomination process is now easier than ever. 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 Jaime Covington or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 125. 


Thanks for Sharing Your Preferences

A quick thank you to the overwhelming number of respondents to the recent purchasing preferences surveys. We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to contribute to the association's knowledge regarding individual member and center executive director spending habits. Results were promised to the center EDs who participated and shared their contact information, and $100 in PATHBucks were promised to a random respondent from the individual members who left their contact info. The winner was Virginia Womack! 


Don't Miss Out on the Latest Online Course from PATH Intl.  

The PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course offers 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.

The next section of the PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis and EAAT online course will begin June 1, 2016. In addition, this course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on your annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours.

Click here for course syllabus, pricing and registration information.

"I truly learned so much information in three weeks from taking this course. I can honestly say I feel more comfortable taking on a client with some degree of a SCI and teaching them successfully." Elizabeth, a SCI course participant 


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 comes from the Administrator Community where a member asks:

HI All,
Does anyone have a written policy for background checks for employees? Our insurance company encouraged us to do background checks so we did but we don't have a policy in place. We would appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks

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

Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which Is Less Stressful?
By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
We're getting the message now: Horses don't like being separated from other horses. And as the research pours in, we're finding more and more support for that idea. Case in point: British researchers have confirmed that horses tend to show more physiological signs of stress when they're housed in individual stalls, whether they act like it or not. Read more

The PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee is committed to refining and deepening 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! 


Veterans Mentorship Program at BraveHearts Summary   

Last year in November BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Harvard, IL, began mentoring veterans to become PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructors so they could teach other veterans riding while providing much needed peer-to-peer support. The mentorship program was led by PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor Meggan Hill-McQueeney and assisted by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor Paddy McKevitt and PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and United States Marine Corps veteran Nick Montijo. Read more. 


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  

May 16-19
May 17-19
June 2-5
June 16-19
July 7-10
July 22-24
Aug. 4-7
Aug. 8-11
Aug 17- 20
Aug. 25-29
Sept 8-11
Sept 22-24
Oct 20-23
Nov. 18-21
Dec. 8-11 

North Dakota State University
Potter's Ranch (KY)
We Can Ride (MN)
Reins of Life (IN)
Hearts & Hooves (AR)
Equest (TX)
Agape Therapeutic Riding (IN)
Eagle Mount Bozeman (MT)
Ride on LA
Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MD)
UpReach (NH)
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center (CO)
High Hopes (CT)
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding 

Fargo, ND
Union, KY
Minnetonka, MN
South Bend,IN
Sherwood, AR
Wylie, TX
Milford, PA
Cicero, IN
Bozeman, MT
Chatsworth, CA
Crownsville, MD
Goffstown, NH
Elbert, CO
Old Lyme, CT
Lenoir City, TN 


Advanced Instructor Certification 

May 23-26
June  2-4

Aug 8-10
Aug 12-14
Aug 23-25
Sept 3-4
Oct 7-9  

High Hopes (CT)
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center  (Workshop ONLY)
Fieldstone Farm (Workshop only) (OH)
Saddle Up! (Workshop only)
BOK Ranch Inc. (Workshop Only) (CA)
Hearts & Horses (Workshop Only) (CO)
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center  

Old Lyme, CT
Augusta, MI

Chagrin Falls, OH
Franklin, IN
Woodside, CA
Loveland, CO
Augusta, MI 


Driving Certification

June 26-30
Oct 19-23 

Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm 

Aubrey, TX
Temple, NH 


Mentor Training 

May 6-7
October 9-10 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Ivey Ranch Park 

Old Lyme, CT
Oceanside, CA 




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