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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


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Interactive Vaulting Terminology Update

In alignment with terminology used by other vaulting organizations and to more accurately reflect the variety of movements taught and tested, the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Subcommittee has recommended that the term "compulsories" be replaced with "vaulting positions." All PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting materials will be updated accordingly beginning in July 2016. 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

July 19, 2016 


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Registration Now Open!  

conference logoRegistration for the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina, November 2-5 in Williamsburg, VA, is now open. Click here to register and pick your sessions.

cover of the 2016 registration bookletThe hard copy registration booklet and form was polybagged with the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides, so check your mail, or you can click the cover of the registration book (left) to open in your browser.

Did You Know? George Washington, a frequent Williamsburg visitor, did not sign the Declaration of Independence. In July 1776, he was in new York preparing to defend Manhattan against the British. Come to Williamsburg and discover the heritage and history of America's birthplace.

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 many requests this year, 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 

Exhibiting at the Conference  

Do you have a product or service equine professionals would be interested in purchasing? Educational materials, books/videos, stable or horse equipment or business consulting services are all great possibilities for selling to the 800+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals we expect to see. Click here for information or email Cher Smith. 


Job Task Analysis: The Trek Continues... 

Trek to Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

As most of you know by now, one of the major initiatives in the PATH Intl. strategic plan is to achieve independent, third party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in order to provide validation that our certification meets recognized credentialing standards. For a refresher on this this objective, read the Winter 2016 PATH Intl. Strides article. As mentioned in that article, one of the first major initiatives was to conduct a job task analysis (JTA) in order to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities a newly certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor should possess.
A group of subject matter experts, with guidance from the accreditation contractor and input from more than 1,000 PATH Intl. Certified Professionals, has completed their work. The final report is under review by staff at this point, but we wanted to share some interesting information with you, along with some of the details of the process. Read more 


Register Now for Two Online Courses

PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT Online Course
Dates: August 1-22nd, 2016
This three-week PATH Intl. online education course offers instructors an understanding of spinal cord injuries conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT.
Register Here

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Online Course
Dates: August 1-22nd, 2016
September 1-22nd, 2016
October 1-22nd, 2016
This three-week PATH Intl. education course will offer instructors an understanding of basic military culture, terminology and common reasons that veterans and service members seek out EAAT. Learners will develop communication skills, center policies and processes for participant assessment, planning and identifying precautions and contraindications.
Register Here 


Looking for Special Education Teachers/PATH Intl. Members

For research purposes, we are hoping to interview a handful of our members who are also special education teachers. The subject is how to best connect with this important group at a national level for the purpose of sharing with them the benefits of EAAT and the importance of directing their students/families to PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals.

The time required would be less than an hour initially with the potential of a workgroup being formed at a later date. Interested parties please email Kaye Marks, PATH Intl. Director of Marketing and Communications. Thank you in advance. 


Equine Tips

Noticing What Our Horses Have to Say
Intro by Trish Broersma, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
A fundamental piece of our teaching is to explain how to read a horse's body language. Here is a study that may lead you to in-depth new approaches to this subject with your students, validating the horse's ability to communicate in ways we often overlook. 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 -- Onsite registration only

Region 8, August 4-7, Tyler, TX -- Click here for a downloadable registration form. Deadline to register is Friday, July 22. 


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 22-24
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 

Eagle Mount Bozeman
Ride on LA
Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Agape Therapeutic Riding
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
High Hopes
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding 

Wylie, TX
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 
Oct 25 

Fieldstone Farm (Workshop only)
Saddle Up! (Workshop only)
BOK Ranch Inc. (Workshop Only)
Hearts & Horses (Workshop Only)
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center 
Heritage Christian Stables 

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


Driving Certification

Oct. 12-16  

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm 

Temple, NH 


Vaulting Certification 

Oct. 23-26 

Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program 

Hampton, GA 


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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