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Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

Virginia Horse Industry Board
, presenting sponsor of the PATH Intl. Horse Expo

Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  


Silver - $7,500+   



Pewter - $2,500+   



Copper - $1,000+


In Kind Donors and Media Partners

PATH Intl. Sponsors

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+ 


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.

August 2, 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 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.

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. 


PATH Intl./Wounded Warrior Project Partnership Update

PATH Intl. and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) have enjoyed a partnership since 2011. In that time, PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers (PACs) have served more than 1,000 Wounded Warrior Project Alumni and have touched the lives of countless others associated with these veterans. 


PATH Intl. has been informed by the WWP that they are in a period of reorganization and as such will not be able to fund the 2016/2017 scholarship process for any of their provider partners PATH Intl. will continue to foster, to the best of its ability, the relationship with WWP. As one of its longest standing provider partners, we hope once their leadership changes and the dust has settled within their organization that they will consider renewing the partnership. WWP has always given very positive feedback regarding their pleasure in the significant work PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are doing to improve the lives of the WWP Alumni. Veteran participants themselves were in turn giving WWP incredible feedback about the profound influence equine-assisted activities and therapies were having on their lives. Hopefully these factors will contribute to a future continuation or renewal of a partnership. We promise to keep everyone posted as details become available.


Questions or comments, please contact Jeff Kelling, PATH Intl.  Manager of Programs and Education, (800) 369-7433, ext. 112.


Register Now for Two Online Courses

PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & EAAT Online Course
Dates: October 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: 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 


Community Connections Corner

This Month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Instructor Community where a member asks:


We have been approached by a local family service provider to provide an equine learning experience for their staff (corporate learning). Does anyone have any written curriculum, or ideas that we can use with our horses to provide this type of experience? We do have a licensed councilor to help. Just looking for a road map of ideas from others who have been there done that. Thanks in advance for your help.


If you have any advice to help this member, please click here to log into Community Connections and join the discussion.


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  

Aug 17- 20

Sept 8-11

Sept 22-24

Oct 7-10

Oct 11-13

Oct 20-23

Nov 11-13

Nov. 18-21

Dec 8-11

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

Bozeman, MT
Crownsville, MD

Goffstown, NH
Petaluma, CA

Martinsville, IN
Elbert, CO
Lubbock, TX
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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