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

June 7, 2016 


HUZZAH! Announcing Conference Keynote Speaker  

conference logoThe 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina, will be November 2-5 in Williamsburg, VA. Registration will open in early July, and the registration book will be included with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides. The conference sessions, workshops, special events and networking are not to be missed. Included in your registration is the keynote address on Thursday with Col. Gregory Gadson. Decorated Army veteran, actor, motivational speaker and former equine-assisted activities and therapies participant, Col. Gadson's keynote address will have all of us saying "Huzzah!"

Col. Gregory Gadson headshotColonel Gregory D. Gadson, USA (retired), served in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson's life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, Col. Gadson's greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork.

Col. Gadson was a regular participant at the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs at the Ft. Myer military base in Virginia, where he was instructed by Mary Jo Beckman, Navy Commander (retired) and founder (with Larry Pence, Command Sergeant Major, US Army, retired) of the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs.

Save the date for this exceptional event and look for more information to come. 


Deadline Approaching to Apply for PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships

Applications for the 2016 conference scholarship and the 2016 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.
Everyone is encouraged to apply! Click below to fill out the online 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


Enter the 2016 PATH Intl. Photo Contest and Win! 

Get your camera ready and enter the 2016 PATH Intl. photo contest. Gain greater exposure for your center while seeing your photos in PATH Intl. Strides, eNews, the website and a variety of other places! Winners will receive a free registration for the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting or other fabulous prizes. The deadline to submit photos is June 30, 2016.

Set your digital camera or phone at its highest resolution and take your best active photos of your center's riders, equines, volunteers and professionals. Show us your center's driving, interactive vaulting, group activities, teamwork and more! Be creative; there is no limiting your inner photographer.

Click here for specifications, submission guidelines and forms


Stable Management Tack Room Makeover Contest 

PATH Intl. Media Partner Equine Network/Active Interest Media publication Stable Management, in conjunction with its partners Horse Health Products, Organized Barn & Trailer, and Forever Fork, are giving away $1,000 in product and equipment--and a membership to USRider roadside assistance--to a deserving PATH Intl. Member Center in the Stable Management Tack Room Makeover Contest. 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.  


PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund  

The saying "when it rains, it pours" has never been more true than in Texas this year. Just when PATH Intl. was able to disburse disaster relief money to Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, a premier accredited center in Spring, TX, that had been damaged with flooding, another round of severe storms and flooding hit Inspiration Ranch again. When it rains, it pours.

To help your fellow member centers that have been damaged through flooding, tornadoes and other catastrophes, please consider donating to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate now. Thank you! 


Equine Tips

Feeding the Horse's Topline
Introduction by Cathy Languerand, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair; article by Nancy S. Loving, DVM
"What's your formula for setting weight limits" is a question I hear often. Please consider your horse's topline, which includes his spine, the muscles and nerves along the spine. In my mind each horse needs his own weight limit based on his body condition score and muscling. The percentage of muscle and flesh covering the horse needs to be assessed regularly. This score can change from month to month as work, weather and riders vary. Factors affecting your horses' body, both the type of and location of both muscle and fat include age, workload, lack of or incorrect exercise, turn out, poor saddle fit and diet. 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! 


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:

Would anyone be willing to allow me to review their budgets for driving/ riding or vaulting programs? I am in the process of a startup and was curious as to how much other programs have spent and what areas they focused on. I understand the information will be different for each area (we are in Wyoming). I am mainly looking to get an idea to build the budget from there and make sure I included everything.  

If you can help this member with this budgeting question and have some information you are willing to share, please click here to join the discussion. Any and all feedback is welcome!


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 EAAT or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit organization associated with the horse or, if not associated with a nonprofit organization, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club. Click here to download an application


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 8, August 4-7, Tyler, TX - information coming soon 


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  

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. 7-10
Oct. 20-23
Nov. 18-21
Dec. 8-11 

Hearts & Hooves (AR)
Equest (TX)
Agape Therapeutic Riding (IN)
Eagle Mount Bozeman (MT)
Ride on LA
Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MD)
UpReach (NH)
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center (CO)
High Hopes (CT)
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding 

Sherwood, AR
Wylie, TX
Milford, PA
Martinsville, IN
Bozeman, MT
Chatsworth, CA
Crownsville, MD
Goffstown, NH
Petaluma, CA
Elbert, CO
Old Lyme, CT
Lenoir City, TN 


Advanced Instructor Certification 

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

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

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


Driving Certification

Oct. 19-23 

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm 

Temple, NH 


Mentor Training 

Aug. 4-5 

Oct. 9-10  

Spirit of St. Louis
Ivey Ranch Park  

Tyler, TX
Oceanside, CA  



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