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Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  


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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+ 


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

July 5, 2016 


Registration Opens Soon! 

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 July, and the registration book will be included with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides.

New this year: Reserve a table of 10 at the 2016 PATH Intl. Awards Banquet, November 4, 2016, for $50 per table. This non-refundable fee will benefit the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund, which has been seriously depleted due to the flooding this spring, but it will also create a better system for tracking and assigning tables.

Please mark the table reservation on your online registration or on your registration form through October 10. (Don't forget to include the name(s) you would like on the table.) There will also be a signup sheet on site in Williamsburg at the registration desk through noon on Thursday, November 3. Phone confirmations will not be accepted.

If you have questions, contact Jaime Covington.

Silent Auction
If you have items you would like to donate for the conference's silent auction or know of someone who does, download the donation form, fill it out and return to Barb Ford  


Nominate PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee Representatives 

PATH Intl. is seeking Membership Oversight Committee Region Representative nominations. The PATH Intl. annual nomination process for region representatives is underway. This year nominations are being accepted for even-numbered regions: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
PATH Intl. Region Representatives serve as ambassadors for the association and as the voice of their region's members. Responsibilities may include recruiting, retaining and recognizing members; collaborating with groups within and outside of PATH Intl. that can positively impact the success of PATH Intl. members; leading PATH Intl. recognition of center and individual members and participants; and helping coordinate states, regions and PATH Intl. communities into effective networking systems.
Click here for requirements and to download the nomination form, or download the form from the PATH Intl. corporate documents page. Nominations are due to the PATH Intl. office by July 15. If you prefer, you may print the nomination form, fill it in by hand and mail it to the PATH Intl. office. All handwritten nomination forms must be received in the office by July 15 in order for the nomination to be considered.
If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Price, PATH Intl. Region Networking Coordinator. Thank you to those nominees who are willing to contribute their time in representing the PATH Intl. members in their regions. 


Equine Tips

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

Everyone "feels" stress, both horses and humans. By understanding and studying positive and negative reinforcement we learn to understand our horses and ourselves better. 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 Instructor Community where a member asks:

Can anyone share plans for building a mounting block? This is for the able-bodied students who need minimal assistance. I'm looking for plans for a sturdy one that can be built from wood. Thanks!

If you have any plans you can share, or have other ideas for this member, please click here to join the conversation. 


OSU Research Survey on Equine-Assisted Therapy 

Daniel Stroud, PhD, (principal investigator) and Leif Hallberg, MA, LCPC, (co-investigator), both of Oregon State University, are conducting a research survey designed to assess the professional practice of equine-assisted therapy. The purpose is to gain an international understanding of professional competencies and practice patterns related to equine-assisted therapy. Your contribution is extremely valuable! Your unique approach to providing equine-assisted therapy will help researchers better understand cross-cultural similarities and differences and will provide them with critical data needed to understand the scope and breadth of this industry.
Eligible participants are healthcare professionals who have provided, or are currently providing, a form of equine-assisted therapy.
Click here to participate in this very important survey. Please consider forwarding this link to any colleagues you know who would also be willing to participate.

Thank you for your time and participation! 


PATH Intl. Center in the News 

Horses with H.E.A.R.T. in Chino Valley, AZ, was recently featured in The Daily Courier in an article on Prescott Frontier Days. Congratulations! Click here to read the story


Survey on Horse Retirement 

PATH Intl. Member Caroline Martino is gathering information on horse retirement for a presentation she is putting together and would like your help. Click if you would like to participate in the survey "Retiring the EAAT Horse: Survey of PATH Intl. Centers' Challenges and Options." The survey closes July 22. Thank you for your time!  


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


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. 11-13
Oct. 20-23
Nov. 18-21
Dec. 8-11 

Hearts & Hooves
Equest (TX)
Agape Therapeutic Riding (IN)
Eagle Mount Bozeman (MT)
Ride on LA
Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MD)
UpReach (NH)
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Agape Therapeutic Riding (IN)
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
Martinsville, IN
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. 12-16  

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm 

Temple, NH 


Mentor Training 

Aug. 4-5
Sept. 7-8 

Oct. 9-10  

Spirit of St. Louis
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida 

Ivey Ranch Park  

Tyler, TX
Coconut Creek, FL
Oceanside, CA  



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