Region 1

Save the date:

The Region 1 Conference will be held at UMASS Amherst April 27 & 28, 2019.  The Task Force received some great abstracts and anticipate a great conference with valuable networking opportunities and education.  Registration will be available on the PATH Intl. website beginning February 15, 2019.  A huge thanks to the Conference Task Force-Sarah Norris-Chair, Christina Richardson, Leora Barry, and Nicole Jorgenson.

Equine Affaire:

1A huge thanks to Katrina Manegio for coordinating the PATH Intl. Region 1 Booth again this year and to all the volunteers that spent time at the booth sharing information about PATH Intl. and EAAT.  In 2019, Region 2 will be co-sponsoring the booth with Region 1.  We are excited to have them join us for this great outreach opportunity!

Maine News:

PATH Intl. Region 1 will have a booth at the 2019 Southern Maine Autism Conference on March 16 (  Maine State Chair, Sarah Bronson, is coordinating the booth for the conference. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you are interested in volunteering.

Carlisle Academy Integrative Therapy & Sports in Lyman celebrated their 20thAnniversary at their Holiday Party in York, ME. During this event there were special presentations to honor long-time riders, apprentices, and board members.  Also, in December, Carlisle hosted a Dressage and Para-Dressage Clinic with Deb Dean Smith.  They will be continuing their monthly clinics with Deb Dean Smith in February and March.  For more information, go to:

Riding To The Top in Windham is off for the holiday break and is looking forward to offering lots of volunteer enrichment during the first week of January so that we’re ready for programming that begins on Jan. 7th! We’ll be offering four “Volunteer Refresher” mini sessions that will include an overview of our new and improved Volunteer Training Manual, general lesson and grooming area etiquette for safety, emergency procedures and tips for horse leading and side walking.  

During December, RTT has held working sessions for instructors and equine specialists to discuss and practice ground lesson learning modules as part of our EAL program development.  To date we’ve covered haltering, zones of regulation (human and horse!), and the Four Phases of Asking.  This has been a great learning experience for all involved and will continue on into the new year.

Finally, our Driving team is embarking on a journey of professional development and reinvigoration over the end of year break. Mario Pascarelli will be sharing insights from a webinar by Andy Marcoux titled “Driving Past the Spook.” In addition, they are also preparing to review driving games and driven dressage. The reference for this will be Carriage Games and Activities by Julia Oliver. 

When lessons on January 7th both staff and volunteers will be ready with some new tools for their lessons!! 

RTT is also thrilled to be part of multi-center study working with Robin Gabriels, PsyD from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Children’s Hospital Colorado and Matthew Siegel, MD of Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Maine Behavioral Healthcare.  The study is titled “Feasibility trial of using heart rate and electrodermal activity monitors with children and adolescents during therapeutic horseback riding.” The study’s target population are youth, 6-16 with the diagnosis of Autism. Dr. Gabriels has published a number of studies on the Effects of Therapeutic Riding in youth with ASD ( and is looking to determine the physiologic changes that occur during riding.  Pending the results of this study, Dr. Gabriels and Dr. Siegel are looking at a longer four-year study proposal.

2Lastly, RTT is considering adding Equestrian Special Olympics competition to its list of offerings. Instructors are planning to attend the training for Equestrian coaches held annually in the Spring. This is a very supportive competitive event where over 70 children and adults with disabilities participate in a full selection of classes, including driving classes at Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Pictured is Mario Pascarelli, PATH Intl. Level I Driving Instructor with client at the 2018 Equestrian Special Olympics.

3In late September, Healing Through Horses hosted their 2ndAnnual Horse Professional Demonstration Expo in New Gloucester, ME.  More than 23 Equine professionals presented on topics including equine assisted activities and therapies, veterinary and farrier care, mounted search and rescue, natural horsemanship, equine rescue and rehabilitation, dressage, western stockmanship and horsemanship, and much, much more.  The event was well attended with over 100 people visiting the farm throughout the day!  Many thanks to HTH for hosting this great education event! Pictured are attendees watching a Dressage Demo by Carissa Mallet.



New Hampshire News:

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown has completed the majority of the renovations on the Hill House and have started providing weekend retreats for Camp Resilience ( and Equine Immersion Program (EIP) with Tara Mahoney and Gerry Duncan.  We are currently working on the retreat schedule for 2019 and will be incorporating a variety of opportunities for Veteran’s, families, and continuing education for people in the EEAT industry.

Congratulations to Raiden Ferreira for receiving the Spirit of NH - Outstanding Volunteer Service Award! The Spirit of NH Awards is an annual recognition event where nominated individuals, groups, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses from across NH are honored either for their exemplary volunteerism or their promotion of volunteer service.  UpReach is exceptionally lucky to have Raiden as part of the volunteer team. Raiden always comes to the barn with a smile and is enthusiastic about anything she is asked to do. Whether Raiden is volunteering in lessons, in the barn, or out in the community he is a trusted and valuable member of the team.

On March 30 & 31, UpReach will host a Driving Demo Only Workshop.  This Demo Only Workshop is for anyone interested in learning about driving, any PATH Intl. member who is considering becoming a PATH Intl. Driving Instructor, or who would like to improve their therapeutic driving instruction skills.  The purpose of this Demo Only Workshop is to provide participants with the knowledge of basic components that are utilized by successful, entry level driving instructors. The 2-day Demo Only Workshop will cover such topics as disabilities, teaching techniques, task analysis, class structure, lesson plans, horse analysis, equipment, mounting and dismounting and volunteers.  Cost is $250 with low cost shared lodging available on site.  For more information or to register please contact Kristen McGraw at 603-497-2343 or ..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Looking for CEU’s? Consider attending a FREE Trauma Informed Care training on April 5 from 1-3pm at UpReach, 153, Paige Hill Rd, Goffstown, NH.  For more information or to register please contact Sam Porteus at ..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vermont News:

High Horses in Sharon is closing out its capital campaign. It was our aim to reach two million dollars we have $119,700 left to raise! The committee is working hard to raise the additional funds to reach our goal. 

High Horses will be hosting Sharon Wilsie and Heidi Potter again in 2019 for 3 phases of Horse Speak. Save the dates if you’d like to join in: Phase 1 is June 21, 22, & 23, Phase 2 is August 23, 24, 25, & Phase 3 is November 1, 2, 3, 2019.

We successfully completed the 5thyear of hosting the Wassail Parade in South Woodstock Vermont with 35 equine entries. It was bitterly cold, but sunshine was helpful in keeping everyone smiling. 

We will be finalizing information for our spring virtual horse show soon. Look for information on the Region 1 Facebook page.

45Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center in Brattleboro is proud to announce Executive Director Amber Thibodeau was awarded the Brattleboro Reformer’s 2018 Remarkable Woman in the Non-Profit Leader category on November 8, 2018. This was a community nominated, and voted award. Leaders in the Non-Profit, Entrepreneurial, and Business categories were nominated in early Fall, and 3 finalists from each category were selected through online community voting. Amber was selected as a finalist; she and the other 8 finalists were invited to a public reception at Brattleboro’s River Garden, where Vermont State Senator Rebecca Balint gave a keynote address. A panel of local professional women selected a winner from each category based on online votes, nominee biographies, and the responses from those that nominated the Remarkable Women. The non-profit category was by far the most competitive of the three, with 19 other nominees. Amber is honored and humbled to be recognized in our local community for her hard work and service to SVTRC. (Right: Amber with Vermont Senator Becca Balint)

SVTRC had a tremendous response to our #GivingTuesday fundraiser, earning over $2400 for the center! Through careful planning and the efforts of our board members and volunteers, we exceeded our goal, making this campaign a great success. Our Giving Tuesday chair is already thinking about ways to prepare for next year’s Giving Tuesday.


Massachusetts News

The Massachusetts State Meeting will be held at the Bridge Center, 470 Pine St Bridgewater, MA on February 10, 2019 from 10am-2pm.  For more information or to register to attend, please contact MA. State Chair, Sarah Norris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Connecticut News:

The Connecticut/Rhode Island State Meeting will be held at Manes in Motion Therapeutic Riding Center, 874 Millbrook Rd, Middletown CT from 9am-12:30pm.  For more information or to register to attend, please contact State Chair Jeanna Pellino at 860-685-0008 or ..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme has some great PATH Intl. approved continuing education opportunities!  For more information, please contact Sarah Carlson at 860-434-1974 x 115 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 4-6, 2019
Advanced Prep. Workshop for PATH Intl. Advanced Certification
PATH Intl. approved CEUs
10 Riding CR; 5De; 6CE
Reg Deadline: 01/02/19

(All lectures carry PATH Intl. CEUs - please check website for more information)
Single lecture $65 or $45*
Any 3 lectures $175
Any 6 lectures $325

1/12/19: Growth & development, mounting & dismounting

1/14/19: Physical, orthopedic & neurological impairments

1/15/19: Speech & language - precautions & contraindications

1/16/19: The effective instructor

1/17/19: The therapy horse

1/22/19: Cognitive & psychosocial impairments (Part 1)

1/23/19: Cognitive & psychosocial impairments (Part 2)

1/24/19: Facility, standards & risk management*

February 9, 2018
Sensory Integration & Autism Workshop:
Reg Deadline: 01/24/19
PATH Intl. approved CEUs = 7 DE

February 16-18, 2019
Beyond ESMHL:
Reg Deadline: 01/23/19
PATH Intl. approved CEUs
2 ESMHL CR; 6 DE; 8 CE

March 16, 2019
Managing Challenging Behavior to increase participant success:
Reg Deadline: 02/02/2019
PATH Intl. approved CEUs = 7 DE

March 23-24, 2019
Always by your side
Volunteer Management:
Reg Deadline: 03/01/2019
PATH Intl. approved CEUs
Day one = 7 CE; Day two=7 Riding CR

March 25, 2019
Therapy Horse Workshop:
Reg Deadline: 03/01/2019
PATH Intl. approved CEUs = 7 CE

April 13-16, 2019
PATH Intl. ESMHL Workshop & Skills Test
PATH Intl. approved CEUs
2 ESMHL; 6 DE; 12 CE
Reg Deadline: 03/06/19

Non-Profit Business, Development & Administrative Workshop:
PATH Intl. approved CEUs = 12 CE
Reg Deadline: Call for Info.

Rhode Island News:

The Connecticut/Rhode Island State Meeting will be held at Manes in Motion Therapeutic Riding Center, 874 Millbrook Rd, Middletown CT from 9am-12:30pm.  For more information or to register to attend, please contact State Chair Stephanie Trafka at 401-269-6251 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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