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Region 2

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New Jersey
New York
Washington D.C.
Middle East

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Region 2 Leadership

Major George W. Paffendorf

Region Representative

Valerie Parody

Region Ambassador

Sara Cohen

Region Ambassador

Pam Hayes-Houldin

Region Ambassador

Renee Dixon

Region Ambassador

Karen Garland

Region Ambassador
Communications Chair

Major George W. Paffendorf, U.S. Army, Retired has more than 23 years of military service. After the Army he worked with at-risk youth for the State of New Jersey and retired as the State Director for Youth Programs and Special Initiatives. A lifelong horseman, he is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI), Driving Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) and Mentor. George has served as the Chair of the PATH Intl. Driving Subcommittee and as a member of the PATH Intl. Oversight Committee. He is currently the PATH Intl. Region 2 Representative. George has completed the PATH Intl. Advanced Veterans Training and is certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) as an Equine Specialist for Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning (EFMHL). He is certified by Irwin Insights in Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD) (Now Moral Compass), is a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and is a licensed New York City Carriage Driver. In addition, George served many years with Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC) and was the Founder and Director of Operation Centaur, Centenary University’s horsemanship program for Veterans. Recognized for his selfless service he was selected for Knighthood in the Order of Saint George and has been awarded Centenary University’s highest honor, The Gold Dome Award. George has an MS in Social Science and an Honorary DHL. Email:

Regional Awards


Equine of the Year

Mane Stream

Credentialed Professional of the Year

Nancy Heller
Great and Small
Boyds, MD

Equine of the Year

SUNY Cobleskill Equine Center
Cobleskill, NY
Mary Shunk

Credentialed Professional of the Year

Mary Shunk
Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
Port Deposit, MD
Liz Fortes

Credentialed Professional of the Year

Liz Fortes
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Brewster, NY
Katherine Intano

Volunteer of the Year

Katherine Intano
Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
Port Deposit, MD

Latest Regional  Events

2024 PATH Intl. Region 2 Virtual Conference
| June 8, 2024
– June 9, 2024
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PATH Intl. Region 2 welcomes you to a virtual, educational weekend from the comfort of your own home/barn! Links will be provided to registrants via email by Tuesday, June 4.  Please be sure your email is correct in the PATH Intl. portal.  Registration is required to count for CEU's.
PATH Intl. Region 2 Conference - June 3-5, 2022
Hackettstown, New Jersey
| June 3, 2022
– June 5, 2022
PATH Intl. Region 2 Conference – June 3-5, 2022 Therapeutic Riding at Centenary Hackettstown, NJ Karen Brittle –   Register Here Region 2 Information  Region 2 Conference Schedule Region 2 Conference CEUs  
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