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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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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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

September 6, 2016 


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Early Registration Discount Ends Soon! 

conference logoThe early registration discount ends September 16! What are you waiting for? The 2016 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor Purina, is November 2-5 in Williamsburg, VA. 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 descriptions, bios, events and more are inside.

Session Highlights
In the Mental Health Track, Joanna Becker and Denise Luft discuss how mindfulness exercises may be helpful for people who have difficulty engaging in traditional practices in "Incorporating Mindfulness Into EAP." Administrators will discover strategies in "Find the Pot O' Gold: Prospecting for Grants" with PAC Executive Director Nancy Paschall. Instructors can learn about summer immersion programs with Sarah Carlson and Donna Latella or lungeing curriculum with Anja Cain and Amanda Gerald. The Veterans Track features a session on taking veteran horsemanship skills to the next level and a veterans panel with conference keynote speaker Col. Gregory Gadson, who will also speak at the luncheon on Thursday

About Williamsburg  

Williamsburg isn't all colonial tours and living history lessons. If history isn't quite your thing, there is still plenty to see and do for everyone! Explore the river on boat tours or paddleboards. Sample local beverages during brewery or winery tours. Art galleries, museums, parks, shops, entertainment -- Williamsburg has it all! Click here to plan your time before and after the conference. 


In Case You Missed It: Trek to Accreditation eNews 

In our ongoing efforts to communicate with you about the PATH Intl. steady course toward applying for National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification, we have introduced a regular eNews communication. This is another way for the association to keep members apprised of the process, completed tasks and next steps. It is also integral to the association's commitment to remain open to feedback, ensuring that all voices are heard during the process.

The Trek to Accreditation eNews will be sent on a regular basis to communicate developments specific to this project, and a Trek to Accreditation page has been created on the PATH Intl. website where you can read past newsletters and keep up to date on the process. Read more here


PATH Intl. Education Offerings 

Online Course: PATH Intl. Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI), Paralysis & EAAT  

Dates: October 1-22nd, 2016

This 3-week PATH Intl. online education course will offer instructors an understanding of SCI conditions and how to apply this knowledge to the development of safe and effective EAAT lesson plans. Course curriculum will focus on integrating new ideas for offering a participant-centered approach to planning and facilitating EAAT. The course is eligible for six hours of disability education and six hours of continuing education hours on the annual certification compliance. This is 12 hours total of continuing education hours. Sign in when registering to receive your PATH Intl. Member discount.

Click here to register.

Webinar This Friday 

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.

Live Webinar: Friday, September 9th, 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time (10:30 a.m. Eastern)

Click here for more information and registration


Community Connections Corner 

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

We are working to update our seizure policy and would love to hear what other centers are doing. Please share what your considerations are, does it matter if the client/rider is in hippotherapy versus TR, etc. Thank you!

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


The EQUUS Foundation Announces Grant and Scholarship Recipients 

PATH Intl. Bronze Sponsor The EQUUS Foundation announced that it awarded more than $250,000 in grants and scholarships this year. Grants are awarded to equine charities operating at the highest standards for horse care. Many of the recipients are PATH Intl. Member Centers. Click here for the list and to watch highlighted videos on some of the programs.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to the EQUUS Foundation, co-sponsor with purina of the PATH Intl. Equine of the Year, for its generous support of PATH Intl. and continued dedication to improving the lives of equines.  


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. 


Research Participants Needed for Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Study

Rebecca Wara-Goss, a doctoral student at California Institute of Integral Studies, is looking for participants for a study investigating the experiences of women veterans with military-related PTSD who participated in an equine-facilitated/assisted psychotherapy (EFP/EAP) treatment program. Participation in this study will help further the knowledge and appreciation of the unique experiences women veterans have with equines during psychotherapy treatment.

Click here for an information flier, or email Rebecca Wara-Goss, (408) 641-0589. 


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  

Sep. 8-11

Sep. 22-24
Sep. 28-Oct. 1 

Oct. 7-10

Oct. 20-23

Nov 11-13

Nov. 18-21

Dec. 8-11

Maryland Therapeutic Riding
UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
DreamPower Horsemanship
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding 

Crownsville, MD

Goffstown, NH
Gilroy, CA
Petaluma, CA

Elbert, CO
Lubbock, TX
Old Lyme, CT
Lenoir City, TN


Advanced Instructor Certification 

Oct. 7-9 

Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center 

Augusta, MI 


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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