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October 18, 2016 


Region Rep Election Results 

The PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee (MOC) is the voice of the PATH Intl. members, advocating for their interests to the association and the industry. The committee, through its members, actively supports the organization in identifying and implementing membership features that will enhance the value of association membership and convey the importance to the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry. Elections for MOC region representatives were held recently in the even-numbered regions. We are pleased to announce the newly elected (or re-elected) region reps. We thank them for their willingness, enthusiasm and dedication to PATH Intl. Their term will start January 1, 2017. Congratulations!

Region 2: Elizabeth Carlson (re-elected)
Region 4: Amanda Bubb (re-elected)
Region 6: Dena Duncan
Region 8: Shannon Middleton
Region 10: Ronda L. Ward  


Conference Updates

conference logoIt's hard to believe that in two weeks we will be in Williamsburg! Onsite registration is available, so if you missed registering beforehand, you still have a chance! Below are a few last minute reminders.

Experienced Instructors Workshop 

The Community Connections Experienced Instructors Workshop, Wednesday, November 2, will be offsite at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bus will leave the Williamsburg Lodge at 8 a.m.

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.  


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.


New Overtime Rule Needs Your Attention

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Are Nonprofits Required to Pay Overtime?
You may have seen or read about the ruling by the Department of Labor regarding minimum salaries for exemptions from overtime going into effect on December 1, 2016. This ruling may or may not affect you, your center, or your employees; we wanted to give you some information. Click here to read more


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From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee 

We are going to Conference!

Community Connections Workshops, November 2, 2016

Bring your questions and ideas!
Click here for topics 

Cathy Languerand

PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair

Equine Tips
20+ Thoughts About Burnout & Sour of Working Equines
By Jayna Wekenman, MA

Sour, burnout and other conditions (i.e., depressed, unhappy, behavioral vices, stressed) are concerns amongst equine-assisted fields (including therapeutic riding). Many organizations, conferences, forums, articles and workshops address concerns. Despite efforts and suggestions, these are still concerns. The following are personal thoughts relating to addressing the topics, understanding what's occurring and contributing positively toward greater wellbeing of working equines. 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! 


Help PATH Intl. Centers by Donating to Disaster Relief Fund 

Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to our centers on the east coast that experienced the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Do you want to help aid in disaster relief? Please donate to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund and help your colleagues, PATH Intl. equines and centers in need.

Please remember that whatever the disaster, PATH Intl. may be able to help. The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund was created to help centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not normally covered by operating insurance. Click here for more information and to apply. 


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; December 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

Shez Steel Smokin' goes by Smoke at Hooves of Hope Equestrian Center in Lancaster, KY, and she is the SmartPak Horse of the Month for October. Congratulations, Smoke! Click here to read Smoke'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. 20-23
Oct. 27-30 

Nov. 10-13

Nov. 18-21

Dec. 8-11
Feb. 23-26, 2017
Mar. 23-26, 2017 

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.
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship 

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


Vaulting Certification 

Oct. 23-26 

Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program 

Hampton, GA 


Mentor Training 

Mar. 24-25, 2017
May 19-20, 2017 

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.  

Goffstown, NH
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.