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

September 20, 2016 


Hear Ye! Hear Ye! PATH Intl. Conference Offers Great Value to Attendees 

conference logoThe 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. We anticipate high attendance and sessions are already filling up, so register soon!

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.

Reasons to Attend

Are you still on the fence about attending the conference? Here are just a few of the many reasons to join us in the Revolutionary City.

1. The PATH Intl. Conference offers more than 50 education sessions, including the horse expo. This gives instructors all the CEUs they need for the year--knowledge to take home and put into practice.

2. Exhibitors! Many of them offer special discounts to PATH Intl. Conference attendees. Be among the first to see and try out new products, and talk to exhibitors about their services. This year we will see exhibitors who are new to PATH Intl. as well as many of our favorite regulars!

3. Get a chance to meet PATH Intl. Sponsors in the exhibit hall and at networking events. This is your chance to thank them for sponsoring PATH Intl. and to tell them about the wonderful work done at your centers.

4. The holidays are right around the corner, and what better time to do some holiday shopping than at the PATH Intl. Merchandise Booth or the silent auction? There are always a few new products people go crazy for (including an Equicizer Classic in the silent auction--you know you've been wanting one for your center)! You are sure to find something for your volunteers or participants. And don't forget to pick up something for yourself--you've earned it!

5. We work hard to keep the conference affordable, and it is a great value! With the education sessions, horse expo, networking events and meals, the conference is valued at $2,947 per person. You can enjoy all of this for $670.

There are many more reasons to attend the conference: Col. Gregory Gadson as keynote speaker, the general session with a panel of esteemed PATH Intl. professionals discussing equine welfare, the awards banquet celebrating the accomplishments in EAAT, and of course the naming of the James Brady Professional Achievement Award winner. Don't miss a minute of it!

Executive Directors Workshop 

Do you desire to learn from, brainstorm with and support other executive directors? Spend a day with other leaders, following an agenda of issues most important to you. There are still a handful of spots available.  

Experienced Instructor Workshop Wait List 

The Experienced Instructor Workshop on Wednesday, November 2, is now full. If you are interested in attending, contact Ashley Inghram with your name, phone number and member number to be added to a wait list. If there are any cancellations, Ashley will contact you to confirm your availability and payment information to add this workshop to your registration.  


Trek to Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Certification

PATH Intl. Members have posed some great questions about the process of applying for NCCA accreditation of the registered level instructor certification. You may have had similar questions. Please refer to the member Q & A page of the website and links to the Trek to Accreditation eNews. If you have questions that haven't yet been addressed, please use this feedback link and we'll add to the list. Thank you very much for all the feedback and interest in this process! 


Vote for the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and Region Reps 

The deadline is approaching for members to vote for the 2016 PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and Membership Oversight Committee Representatives for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Thank you for the continued support of your association.

There are two ways to vote:

1. Click here to go to the ballot. The ballot consists of nominees as recommended by the Nominating Committee of PATH Intl. and the PATH Intl. membership and contains short biographies of the candidates. Please cast your vote for Board of Trustees members and only ONE vote for your region. (In some cases, there may be only one nominee. We still need your vote, or there is an option to write in a nominee.) OR

2. Call the PATH Intl. office at (800) 369-7433, and we will mail or fax you a ballot.

Voting is open through September 30, 2016


Expand Your EAL Facilitation Skills and Grow Your Business With Help from E3A! 

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The Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A) is an international professional membership organization that builds, delivers, and supports excellence in the field of Equine Assisted Learning. Our training and services are specific to practitioners interested in building their professional facilitation skills in the coaching, leadership, corporate and personal development fields (not therapy).


If you are interested in building your facilitation skills and your EAL business, join us for our final Level 1 Certification class for 2016! The class will be offered October 20 - 26, 2016 in Kingsley, Pennsylvania.  Click here for registration information.


Equine Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 

10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis
By Christa Leste-Lasserre

Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early. 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! 


Online Education 

Online Courses Available in October: Only FIVE Spots Left in Each Course

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

Dates: October 1-22nd, 2016 

This three-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. Register Here

Instructor Training for PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Online Course

Dates: 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

New PATH Intl. Webinar Available: 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. With Beth Large
Click here for more information and registration 


Research Study: Group Work in Equine-Facilitated Mental Health  

Have you ever led equine-assisted mental/behavioral health groups? Katy Schroeder, a doctoral candidate in Counseling at Oregon State University, invites you to participate in a cross-sectional survey about the delivery of equine-assisted therapeutic groups. The purpose of this IRB-approved dissertation study is to better understand characteristics of these types of groups and the practitioners' who lead them. Click here for the survey, and thank you for your time! 


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. 22-24
Sep. 28-Oct. 1 

Oct. 7-10

Oct. 20-23

Nov. 11-13

Nov. 18-21

Dec. 8-11

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 

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 

Oct. 9-10 

Ivey Ranch Park  

Oceanside, CA  



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