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PATH Intl. Conference

Charlotte, NC  | October 26-28, 2023

The 2023 PATH Intl. Conference Promises
an Exceptional Experience!

The organization is always pleased when able to deliver exactly what members and certified professionals have requested and need: professional development, quality CEUs to maintain certifications, networking with colleagues and perhaps even a break from the day-to-day hard work of running and working at a center. The 2023 conference is shaping up to be an outstanding education and networking event in a fantastic location. Please join us! The next in-person international conference won’t be until 2025.

Vaccines are not required to attend the conference.

Masks are not required but are encouraged especially for those who are not vaccinated and anyone who might feel more comfortable wearing one.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 during the conference, please stay in your hotel room.

If you need a home test, please email . PATH Intl. staff have a limited number of home tests available that can be delivered to your room.
If you test positive for COVID-19 during the conference, please stay in your room and email  . We will not release your name, but we will let conference attendees know that someone has tested positive, so they can choose to take a home test or get a PER test before returning home to keep family members safe.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa 

Great rates include breakfast for all rooming guests!

5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (704) 455-8200

PATH Intl. has negotiated a discounted hotel rate of $172 (single/double/triple/quad) plus 13% sales tax. The contracted rate is good until either the room block sells out or until September 25, 2023. Availability and rate cannot be guaranteed once the room block is sold out or after this date.

The hotel conference rate includes:

  • Complimentary in-sleeping-room internet access in rooms booked within the PATH Intl. room block.
  • Complimentary made-to-order breakfast for each guest registered in a sleeping room. Guests not listed on a reservation cannot access the complimentary breakfast.

Important Note: The hotel is extending breakfast to the third and fourth guests in each room with no increase in price. However, to receive enough breakfast vouchers for everyone, please follow these instructions:

To secure complimentary breakfast vouchers:

If making your reservation online

    • At the top of the reservations page change the number of guests to the number of people who will be in your room.
    • Enter the primary person’s name in the reservation form under Guest Name.
    • To add a second name, click on “Add a Guest.”
    • To add third and fourth names, click on “Special Request.” In the comment box add the third and fourth names.

If making your reservation via phone

    • Provide the reservation agent with the name of each guest in the room.

Hotel reservations can be made online or by phone.

Check-in is 4:00 pm and Check-out is 11:00 am. Early check-in and late check-out requests will be based on hotel availability.

PATH Intl. has contracted 10 ADA rooms.
Click here to learn about the hotel’s other accessibility features.

7201 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (704) 453-2600


Make your Reservation Online >


Note: Availability and rates are not guaranteed, and are at the hotel’s discretion.

7601 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (704) 454-7862

Make your Reservation Online >

Note: Availability and rates are not guaranteed, and are at the hotel’s discretion.

7300 Scott Padgett Pkwy
Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (980) 313-3100

Make your Reservation Online >

Note: Availability and rates are not guaranteed, and are at the hotel’s discretion.

2023 Exhibitor Information

The 2023 PATH Intl. Conference promises to be an event filled with networking, exceptional education sessions and fun. You won’t want to miss the excitement of this year’s conference. The exhibitor’s center is ready for us to set up and provide our attendees with your services and products. PATH Intl. would like to thank the following organizations for choosing to exhibit at the 2023 PATH Intl. International Conference to share their products and services with members and professionals in the equine-assisted services industry:

  • The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is located 20 miles from the hotel. Transfer times, on average, are approximately 30-35 minutes, depending on the time of day.
  • The Concord Regional Airport is located 4 miles from the hotel. Transfer times, on average, are approximately 10 minutes, depending on the time of day.

The hotel does not operate an airport shuttle.

  • Transfer options from The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord are:
    • Taxi approximately $40.00 one way
    • Uber/Lyft – approximately $35 one way
  • Transfer options from the Concord Regional Airport to the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord are:
    • Taxi approximately $10.00 one way
    • Uber/Lyft – approximately $12 one way
  • Self-Park: Onsite Parking $8.00 per day 

Click here for the driving instructions.

Located in south-central North Carolina just 20 minutes northeast of Charlotte, Cabarrus County is home to five municipalities, including the cities of Concord and Kannapolis and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant. Concord is the county seat and largest city in Cabarrus County in the state of North Carolina. The city is considered a relatively old town by US standards, as it was incorporated in 1806 but offers a wider variety of activities as do the surrounding cities. Check out the links below for things to explore while you’re at the conference!

Need more ideas, click here.    


Scholarship applications are closed for 2023 with the exception of the DEI Scholarship open until June 21, 2023.

As leaders in the industry, PATH Intl. is committed to providing members with abilities to pursue their continuing education and professional development through the PATH Intl. Conference.

PATH Intl. is pleased to offer The Pat & Jackie Mullins International Conference scholarship, The Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning Scholarship, and The Teresa Morris New Generation Scholarship once again.

Applications are accepted online only no later than May 29, 2023. Applicants will be notified by July 31, 2023.

2023 Call for Abstracts is now closed!

Please read about presenting at the premier equine-assisted services event contained in the following link to the 2023 call for abstracts. Then use the abstract submission guidelines within to join industry experts with fascinating topics they wish to share with the approximately 500 attendees at the PATH Intl. Conference. The PATH Intl. Health and Education Advisory selects the presentations from the pool of submissions.

Awards Nomination Process and Ceremony

Awards Nominations are Closed for 2023

Do you have a talented equestrian at your PATH Intl. center? Do you admire a particular instructor or an equine specialist in mental health and learning? Does a special horse, mule or mini that has a priceless attitude call your center home? Do you know of a volunteer or veterinarian who generously gives time at a PATH Intl. center?

Now is the time to submit an award nomination for these special individuals and animals.

2023 PATH Intl. Awards Process

In 2018 as part of the strategic plan and from member input, staff reviewed processes related to the international conference, and one of the areas reviewed was the PATH Intl. Awards Program. We understand that time is a resource that many member centers do not have enough of, and we have heard that is one reason centers do not always nominate for the awards program. Because all our equines, volunteers, veterinarians, and credentialed professionals are deserving of recognition, the nomination forms were streamlined into a short form so member centers can nominate in less time. In 2023 all award nominations will be scored, and in the event of a tie, the winners will be selected randomly out of those with the highest tied score. Also, recognizing that travel to the PATH Intl. Conference may pose financial worries and that family and friends are not always there to share in the excitement, the regional awards will be presented at the regional conferences. This may be more convenient and less expensive for the award winners, families, and friends to attend. International winners in all categories, including the equestrian winners, will be honored at the international conference.

Below is information on the awards process and criteria for each award category.

If you have any further questions, email or call (800) 369-7433.

  • The awards nomination form for the equines, volunteers and veterinarians will be scored based on criteria, experience, and ranking of attributes as indicated on the form.
  • The regional winner will be based on the highest score.
  • In the event of a tie for regional winner, the winner will be selected by random from those tied with the highest score.
  • The awards nomination form for the credentialed professional will be scored with criteria such as being a member in good standing, minimum length of certification/service, contribution to program and adhering to PATH Intl.
    Standards/code of ethics and ranking of attributes.
  • The regional winner will be based on the highest score.
  • In the event of a tie for regional winner, the winner will be selected by random from those tied with the highest score.
  • The nominators of regional winners will be asked to submit reference forms that include essays for consideration in selection of the international winner. Regional winner reference forms will need to be submitted by May 29, 2023, to be considered for the 2023 PATH Intl. award in their respective category.
  • Nominations for regional award categories must be submitted by January 9, 2023. This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2023 region conferences.
    • If in Region 7, these nominations must be in by December 26, 2022, to have time to score prior to the Region 7 conference.
  • Equestrian of the year awards are national awards, and the nomination deadline for this category is May 29, 2023.
  • Nominating centers must be current center members in good standing.
  • Only one nomination is allowed per center per category.
  • In the Equine, Veterinarian and Volunteer categories, the center is not eligible to submit a nomination if they had a regional winner in that category in 2022.
  • The nominee is ineligible if they have won a PATH Intl. award in their respective category in the last five years.
  • The equestrian participates in an equestrian activity at a PATH Intl. Member Center in good standing and has a disability/special need.
  • The adult equestrian must be at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2023.
  • The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes equestrian nominee must be at least 18 years old and a military veteran or currently enlisted in the military.
  • The youth equestrian must be at least 4 years old but under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2023.
  • The Equestrian of the Year is not a regional award. The equestrian awards will have reference essays judged by a panel of volunteer judges to determine the winner in each category.
  • The equine’s previous experience has added value to his/her services in the EAS industry at the nominating center.
  • The equine has an excellent attitude for work in the EAS industry.
  • The equine’s contributions are significant to the nominating center.
  • The equine has good relationships with the participants with whom he/she interacts with at the nominating center.
  • The volunteer has been active in the center’s program for the entire year prior to this nomination and is still active at this time.
  • The volunteer is not paid for his/her time at the center.
  • The volunteer’s contributions to the center are of the highest quality.
  • The volunteer is reliable and consistently follows thought with his/her commitments.
  • The volunteer’s contributions have helped enhance the ability of the center to provide equine-assisted services.
  • The nominee has a long history of volunteer service, either at the center or elsewhere in the community.
  • The veterinarian volunteers at least a portion of their time or products to the nominating center.
  • The veterinarian is currently licensed in their state or county of practice.
  • The veterinarian demonstrates compassion and respect for participants and clients.
  • The veterinarian demonstrates safe, ethical, and humane treatment of equines.
  • The credentialed professional is a current PATH Intl. member in good standing.
  • The credentialed professional holds a PATH Intl. certification or EFP or EAL credentials.
  • The credentialed professional has a minimum of two years’ experience in their respective field.
  • The credentialed professional demonstrates excellent teaching, facilitating or other related skills.
  • The credentialed professional demonstrates compassion and respect for students, clients, staff, and volunteers.
  • The credentialed professional demonstrates safe, ethical, and humane partnering with equines.
  • The credentialed professional adheres to all applicable PATH Intl. Standards, guidelines, and code of ethics.
  • Additional information for the credentialed professional to be submitted will include credentials, certifications, and experience information, and the nominator will be asked to rank certain attributes of the nominee.
  • Please be sure to follow the instructions described on the nomination form and fill out the form in its entirety.

The PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the industry of equine-assisted services (EAS). (James Brady was the press secretary to U.S. President Ronald Reagan who was shot during an assassination attempt in 1981. The failed attempt paralyzed Brady who as part of his physical therapy began therapeutic riding with his horse. He said riding helped him improve his balance and muscle control more than traditional therapy. Brady was an ally of then NARHA, and subsequently, the association named its most prestigious award in his honor.)

Winners of this award are recognized for demonstrating the highest ethical behavior in their personal and professional life; for possessing proven leadership and dedication through delivery of service, educational contribution, support, and promotion of the industry; for bringing innovative ideas to fruition; for creating collaborations and partnerships to advance the work of EAS; and for enhancing the success and knowledge of others in the association.

PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award criteria and forms:
(The application deadline is May 29, 2023.)


Equestrians of the Year – Now Closed for 2023

The application deadline is May 29th, 2023

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is closed for 2022. More information for 2023 submissions coming in January!