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Platinum Sponsor - $15,000+  

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, presenting sponsor of the PATH Intl. Horse Expo

Gold Sponsor - $10,000+  


Silver - $7,500+   



Pewter - $2,500+   



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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. 


Need a Roommate?

If you are interested in sharing a room at the Williamsburg Lodge for the conference, contact Cher Smith to put your name on the list. You can access the list on the Members Only page of the PATH Intl. website. NOTE: PATH Intl. will not match up conference attendees but only supply the information. 

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

August 16, 2016 


PATH Intl. Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients 

A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees! 

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Award Winners 

Every year, PATH Intl. centers and members nominate the very best equestrians, certified professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and equines serving at PATH Intl. Member Centers, and we are pleased to announce the regional and equestrian award winners. Each year our judges face an increasingly difficult decision to choose from among the outstanding nominations, once again demonstrating the high quality of service PATH Intl. Centers offer. Thank you to all the nominators for their dedication in recognizing the achievements of those in equine-assisted activities and therapies. A special thank you also to the judges!

See the list of the 2016 PATH Intl. Region Award Winners here.

Scholarship Recipients

PATH Intl. works diligently to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting. Donors and sponsors give generously to make these opportunities available to the greatest number of people.

Congratulations to the following, who are the recipients of the 2016 PATH Intl. Conference Scholarships! Thank you to all who took time to apply. For applicants who weren't selected, please apply again next year for the 2017 conference in San Antonio, TX. There is no limit to how many years you may apply!

Thank you to our donors and sponsors who make these scholarships possible. (If you would like information about donating to scholarships, contact Kathy Alm.)

General Scholarship Recipients 

Caitlin Chlosta, Region 1, Mashpee, MA
Whitney Feltner, Region 4, Kalamazoo, MI
Rachel Gaardsmoe, Region 3, Garner, NC
Mary Graham, Region 5, Tallahassee, FL  
Sarah Reega, Region 10, Loveland, CO
Trecia Rodgers, Region 8, Victoria, TX
Kathryn Simons, Region 2, McKees Rocks, PA
Sarah Southern, Region 5, Acworth, GA

Marjorie Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning Scholarship Recipients 

Toni Lima, Region 4, Novelty, OH
Erin Teigen, Region 2, Crownsville, MD 


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Register Early!  

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. Or click the cover of the registration book (left) to open in your browser.

Session Cancellation 

Session E2, Easy as One, Two, Three: Designing Activities for Sequencing Skills Building has been replaced with the following:
E2 Mentoring: Sometimes You Are Worlds Apart
Marny Mansfield
From the framework of an international mentoring relationship, mentoring will be explored from agreements, communication and reflective practice to technology, teaching and tips.
Marny Mansfield has an MS degree in animals and public policy, an MS degree in occupational therapy, and is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, mentor and faculty.

We Want Your Videos! 

Gain notoriety and bragging rights by showing conference attendees the great time had by all at your center. This was a huge hit last year! The conference host committee will judge and select the top two or three to show at the awards banquet on Friday, November 4, with others being shown throughout the conference. We aren't looking for promotional videos, but rather the videos that highlight your center's staff, instructors, participants and equines having a great time. Click here for an example from Hearts & Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Loveland, CO, the big winners from last year.
Email your videos to Cher Smith. For larger video files, mail a CD or flashdrive, or email Cher for Dropbox instructions. Note: We need the actual video, not a YouTube or Vimeo link. Submissions must be sent by September 15 to allow time for judging. Please include a photo/video release form with submission.

New This Year: Reserve a Banquet Table 

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.

It's Historical! 

Colonial Williamsburg is a 301-acre living history museum. Costumed employees work and dress as people did in the era, sometimes using colonial grammar and diction. Surviving colonial structures have been restored to estimates of their 18th-century appearance, with traces of later buildings and improvements removed. Of the approximately 500 buildings reconstructed or restored, 88 are labelled original. Unlike dry, dusty textbooks, Williamsburg will awaken a love of history! 


Tips for Supervising Instructor Candidates 

Supervising an instructor candidate's practice teaching hours is more than just a signature. If you are a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor helping a candidate through the riding instructor certification program and are unsure where to start to offer quality guidance, review these helpful hints to assist you in offering effective candidate support. 


Equine Tips 

Understanding pH in the Equine Digestive Tract
From Kentucky Equine Research
In-depth discussions of the equine digestive tract invariably mention pH, especially in reference to the stomach and hindgut. What is pH and how does it factor in the well-being of horses? 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!  


New PATH Intl. Webinar: Cultural Considerations of Using Signs in EAAT

Sign language is being used more frequently with people with a variety of diagnoses. In this presentation, learn the history of American Sign Language, aspects of the Deaf culture, the difference between American Sign Language and Sign English, controversy surrounding the use of sign language, and how to incorporate signs into individual and group lessons. This webinar may be used by PATH Intl. Credentialed Professionals as one hour of disability education.

Elizabeth (Beth) Large completed four semesters of American Sign Language coursework at Kent State University, where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology. She became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor in 2010 and a PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Instructor in 2014. Beth obtained her Master's of Occupational Therapy degree in 2016 and now works as a pediatric occupational therapist in addition to working as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor in Northern Colorado.

Live Webinar: Friday, September 9th, 8:30 am Mountain Time (10:30am Eastern)
Click here for more information and registration


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. 23-25
Sept. 3-4
Oct. 7-9
Oct. 25

BOK Ranch Inc. (Workshop Only)
Hearts & Horses (Workshop Only)
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Heritage Christian Stables

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 

Sept. 7-8 

Oct. 9-10  

Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida 

Ivey Ranch Park  

Coconut Creek, FL
Oceanside, CA  



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