Equine Services for Heroes

PATH-Intl-Heroes-RGB-web-sm“Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives is our goal,” said Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) Past President Dr. Paul Spiers, “and PATH International wants to provide positive change for these very special lives. Our service personnel have fought to preserve our freedom, and, for many, at a very dear cost. We must be certain that if our wounded service personnel and veterans need and want this kind of help, they will get the best PATH International has to offer.” 

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Mission

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® assists military veterans through services provided by PATH International members and by providing leadership and guidance for equine assisted activities and therapies.

To accomplish this mission, PATH International centers connect with Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics, as well as individual veterans. Veterans of any age can benefit from the program and by being involved with equines.

Find PATH International Centers offering Equine Services for Heroes - filter by "Activities Offered"

Learn about Equine-Assisted Learning

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Want to learn more about starting a program at your center for veterans? Click here

Click here for the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Committee

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WWP Scholarship

The 2019-20 WWP Grant year is drawing to a close this month. October 1st will begin a new funding year, and a bit of paperwork to keep everything running smoothly. Whether you are already participating or are new to the program, please complete this application to participate in the 2020-21 PATH Intl./WWP Scholarship.

This is an open enrollment program, and your Premier Accredited Center may apply for participation at any time throughout the year. However, if you apply now, the Teammates at WWP will be able to see your center as an option for interested Warriors and send referrals for you. Having your center’s paperwork completed early allows for the quickest and most seamless service for Warriors throughout the year.

**Current Participants** Valid referrals dated no earlier than April 2020 will automatically be valid in the new grant year. If you know of an individual who would like to participate but has an older referral, please let me know and we will address this on a case-by-case basis.

We will be notified of the status of our VA Adaptive Sports Grant application by September 30, 2020. We have received this award six years in a row, and eagerly anticipate acceptance again.

VA Direct Service

We regret to inform you that PATH International has not been recommended for funding through the 2020-21 VA Adaptive Sports Grant. This is all that we know at this time. We will be able to inquire further after October 15th, and will know then if there is anything we can do to obtain partial or different funding through the VA.

Unfortunately, this means that neither the VA Direct Service nor the VA Equipment grant will be available through PATH International for the October 2020 – September 2021 grant year. The WWP Scholarship fund is still available for this period.

For those of you who have already completed the application, we apologize for the inconvenience. We opened the application early in the hopes of extending the reimbursement period from Jan – Jul to Oct – Aug. We certainly did not anticipate being denied after so many years of funding.

We will continue to update you as information is available.

VA Equipment Grant

We regret to inform you that PATH International has not been recommended for funding through the 2020-21 VA Adaptive Sports Grant. This is all that we know at this time. We will be able to inquire further after October 15th, and will know then if there is anything we can do to obtain partial or different funding through the VA.

Unfortunately, this means that neither the VA Direct Service nor the VA Equipment grant will be available through PATH International for the October 2020 – September 2021 grant year. The WWP Scholarship fund is still available for this period.

For those of you who have already completed the application, we apologize for the inconvenience. We opened the application early in the hopes of extending the reimbursement period from Jan – Jul to Oct – Aug. We certainly did not anticipate being denied after so many years of funding.

We will continue to update you as information is available.

If you have questions regarding any of these funding opportunities, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Programs Coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 303-452-1212, ext 115

Support PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®

horse and rider with sidewalkerThank you for your interest in supporting PATH International Equine Services for Heroes®. We appreciate your desire to help our veterans. Please help PATH International further fund and develop this program by making a contribution. We invite you to make an online contribution to PATH International Equine Services for Heroes. To mail a donation or to make a donation via telephone, please use the contact information below:

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes
PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233

Related Links

March 2020: Vet Activity -- Trust Walk

February 2020: Vet Activity -- Using Your Senses

Read past articles and stories about PATH International Equine Serivces for Heroes

Find PATH International Centers offering Equine Services for Heroes

Start a PATH International Equine Services for Heroes program at your center

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