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May 17, 2016 


PATH Intl. Member Spotlight 

The PATH Intl. staff meets and speaks with outstanding members by email and phone all day, every day. Often times stories emerge about their extraordinary lives, even as we're conducting business. This new quarterly PATH Intl. Member Spotlight will shine the light on one such fantastic PATH Intl. member whom we encounter through day-to-day business. Enjoy getting to know some of your colleagues!

Meet Tracy Owen 
tracy-owensI was employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 26 years and was the owner/manager of a counseling agency in Shell Beach, CA. During my teen years I was fortunate to have a horse and the passion has continued throughout my adult life! My father was in a serious accident when I was 12 and sustained a brain injury. I was very involved in his care and my equestrian passion was extremely beneficial as psychologically our home life was quite challenging. While in college I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center in San Jose and was touched by the experience. Read Tracy's full story 


HUZZAH! Deadline for the 2016 PATH Intl. Recognition Awards Is Friday 

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.

Judges Needed 

Judges for the award submissions are still needed in regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Click here for information on becoming a judge


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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. This webinar is FREE for PATH Intl. Members. 


Stable Management Tack Room Makeover Contest 

messy tack roomPATH Intl. Media Partner Stable Management, an Equine Network/Active Interest Media publication, in conjunction with their partners Horse Health Products, Organized Barn & Trailer, and Forever Fork, are giving away $1,000 in product and equipment to a deserving PATH Intl. Member Center in the Stable Management Tack Room Makeover Contest, and we want your help picking one! From now until July 15, 2016, nominate a PATH Intl. Member Center (one nomination per person).

Click here to fill out your nomination form.

The grand prize winner will be selected around July 25.  


Center Membership Packets    

Center Members: The 2016 Center Membership Certificates and Standards CDs have been sent out to centers that renewed their membership and submitted all their compliance information. Any center that has not received a packet may have something outstanding on its membership and needs to contact Karen Province, PATH Intl. Membership Coordinator, or call her at ext. 103. 


Nominations Open for Thoroughbred of the Year 

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program is accepting applications for the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award through June 30, 2016. This award will recognize a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if not associated with a non-profit organization, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club. Click here to download an application


Equine Tips

The Horse and Human Connection
By Marcie Ehrman, Member of the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
As members of the Path Intl. Equine Welfare Committee, we have become increasingly aware of the enormous value of the unique relationships that develop between equines and participants in our programs. Recognizing and honoring the sentient nature of horses and their remarkable gifts for intuiting and relating to people is an essential part of the therapeutic process. 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! 


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 5, July 29-31, Starkville, MS 

Region 9, June 3-5, Ellensburg, WA 

Region 10, May 20-22, Casper, WY 

Region 11, June 3-5, Elk Grove, CA 


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. 


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  

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 

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 

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 



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