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October 4, 2016 


Deadline for Online Registration Approaching: Register by October 10 for Discount 

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The deadline for online registration is October 10. After that, registration must be done onsite at full price--$705 for members, $730 for non-members.

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. 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.

Silent Auction

If you have items to donate for the silent auction, please contact Barb Ford or click here for a silent auction donation form. Don't forget items for the region baskets. Contact your region rep for details. 


Last Call for Center Videos  

Time is running out to submit your center videos for the fun conference contest. As a reminder, 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.  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 October 10 to allow time for judging. Please include a photo/video release form with submission. 


2016 PATH Intl. Photo Contest 

PATH Intl. thanks all who submitted photos to the 2016 PATH Intl. photo contest. We had nearly 200 submissions this year. The quality of photos was excellent, and we had a difficult time narrowing it down! The photos captured so clearly the love exhibited between humans and horses, the joy of EAAT participants and the wonderful happenings at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

Champion: National Ability Center, Park City, UT
Reserve Champion: The Red Barn, Leeds, AL
Honorable Mention: Naples Equestrian Challenge, Naples, FL; Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, Chagrin Falls, OH

Look for photos from award winners and other entrants in upcoming issues of PATH Intl. Strides, eNews, Facebook and the PATH Intl. website. Congratulations to the winners! 


Bylaws Vote at This Year's Annual Meeting

This announcement is to inform the PATH Intl. membership of proposed bylaws amendments by the board of trustees and bylaws review committee. These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds majority vote of the voting members present and voting at the PATH Intl. Annual Meeting that will take place Friday, November 5, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA at 7:30 a.m., provided that full text of the proposed amendments shall have been delivered to each voting member in the notice of the meeting.


There are several bylaws amendments to be voted on at this year's annual meeting.  Click here to learn more. To learn why bylaws change votes happen at the annual meeting, click here


In Case You Missed It: Trek to Accreditation eNews

In the ongoing effort to communicate with members 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, the association introduced a regular eNews communication, the Trek to Accreditation eNews. 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 has been 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. Look for issues you might have missed, a members Q&A page, and read more here.


Community Connections Corner 

community connections bannerThis month's featured Community Connections post is addressed to the Interactive Vaulting Community where a member asks:

Hi! I'm doing research about how therapeutic riding/interactive vaulting is beneficial for children (specifically) who have cerebral palsy. I'm interested in focusing on how therapeutic riding/vaulting has helped not only the children, but also the families of the children who ride/vault, specific beneficial practices, and equine selection. This is for a paper I'm writing for college. This is what I need for resources: "At least 5 sources, 3 of which should be from an academic, peer-reviewed journal article. Two or more can be newspaper articles from respected papers, such as the New York Times, or policy statements. Newspaper articles must be from the last 5 years." Please feel free to share and comment/PM me with information!

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


Advanced Exam Announcement 

The PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Certification Workgroup is proud to announce the release of an updated advanced riding instructor online exam. All questions have been reviewed for accuracy with criteria, grammar and citations. The list of recommended resources has been updated and is available in the advanced application booklet, as well as on the welcome page prior to the start of the exam. NOTE: No paper copies of this exam may be administered unless the candidate has received an accommodation from PATH Intl. permitting a written version of the exam.


This exam is a prerequisite for certification eligibility, and exam scores are valid for one year. The updated exam goes into effect October 1, 2016. Candidates who signed up for the exam prior to October 1st have until December 1st to complete the former version of the exam for their score to be honored


Online Education 

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

Dates: December 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: November 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  


SmartPak Horse of the Month

Lance, a 12-year-old American Paint from Equines Assisting Special Individuals, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Jasper, AL, was named the SmartPak September Horse of the Month. Lance and his center will receive SmartDigest and SmartHoof Ultra Pellets. Congratulations, Lance and EASI! Click here to read Lance's story.

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  

Oct. 7-10

Oct. 20-23
Oct. 27-30 

Nov. 10-13

Nov. 18-21

Dec. 8-11
Feb. 23-26, 2017 

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

Petaluma, CA

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


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 

May 19-20, 2017 

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.  

Old Lyme, CT 



Please direct correspondence about this newsletter to PATH Intl. eNews coordinator. PATH Intl. eNews is a benefit of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International membership. No portion of this publication may be reproduced by any mechanical, photographic, scanned or electronic process without written permission from PATH Intl. PATH Intl. reserves the right to reject, accept and edit submitted material. PATH Intl. eNews is intended as an information exchange and an opportunity for communication for members in the field of equine assisted activities. The opinions, practices or products presented in PATH Intl. eNews do not necessarily reflect PATH Intl. policy, imply PATH Intl. endorsement, or comply with PATH Intl. standards.