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Have Fun and Raise Money for NARHA
NARHA's silent auction is always a fun-filled and high demand event of the NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting and this year's promises to be no different. Proceeds from the silent auction help NARHA and the hosting region support safety and professionalism in the community of special people and equines who offer equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).
Download the Silent Auction form here or on NARHA's website. Use this form to donate to the silent auction or to donate items for the registration bags. Or give a form to someone you know who would love to donate to the cause of improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
NARHA will be putting together a good number of baskets for
the auction. We need 11 for the region baskets and extra ones
for some very special gift baskets. If you have baskets you'd
like to donate to help us out, please contact
NARHA to Participate in EAAT Demonstration at World
NRHA (the National Reining Horse Association) has invited NARHA and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope to participate in two demonstrations at the World Equestrian Games on Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, in the John Deere Reining Arena. NARHA and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope will show "the power of the horse of change lives" in this unique equine-assisted activities and therapies demonstration.
The WEG plans to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the Kentucky Horse Park and projects October 2-3 to be two of the busiest days. These demonstrations guarantee to bring great exposure to the EAAT industry and the good work happening at NARHA centers.
The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports. The Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended
We know that you are as excited as we are for the
2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting,
sponsored by Purina! With so many fantastic sessions
and workshops, the awards banquet on Saturday night
and our beautiful state of Colorado, the National
Conference is the premier event in the
equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.
We also know that the original conference
registration deadline fell between paydays. Add the
Labor Day holiday in the middle, and many people
weren't able to get registered. But we want to make
sure that everyone can get to Denver for this
fabulous conference. So we have extended the early
bird registration rate, but only for a few more
Through September 30, members will still be able to
register for $500 and non-members for $560. Then,
October 1-18, members will be able to register for
$600 and non-members for $660. After October 18, you
will only be able to register at the door. Onsite
registration will then be $675.
That's a SAVINGS of
almost $200 if you register now!
The 2010 NARHA National Conference and Annual
Meeting, presented by Purina, is November 3-6. Join
us in Denver and help NARHA celebrate the
innovation, hard work and spectacular
accomplishments of the EAAT industry.
Click here to register
to check out the conference web page
and check back often to view conference updates as
Sponsored by: Purina Mills, Markel Insurance
Company, American Quarter Horse Association, Triple
Crown Nutrition, Adequan, Certified Horsemanship
Association (CHA), EquuSpeak LLC, American Paint
Horse Association (APHA), Farnam, Platinum
Performance, Equine Network, Fortis Fine All
Company, AAEP Foundation, WESA, Craig Hospital,
Show-me Animal Products
NARHA National Conference Session Highlight
This year's workshops and sessions at the 2010 NARHA
National Conference, presented by Purina, promise to
year Amy Newman presents a workshop in the Practical
Applications track, "Developing
a Horse Maintenance Program
." In this workshop,
you will create a comprehensive horse maintenance
program that reduces stress by learning how to
evaluate the current condition of program horses,
develop a fitness and/or behavior management protocol
and match horses to riders.
Amy has worked in the equine-assisted activities and
therapies industry since 1995. She is a NARHA
Certified Master Level Instructor, a site visitor and
evaluator and the head instructor of a
Need a Roommate for the Conference?
There has recently been a large addition to the rooming list for the conference. If you are interested in sharing a room with someone, please check the roommate list.
An Important Message to All Riding Certification Candidates
and Host Sites
Congratulations to NARHA's riding certification candidates
on your accomplishments thus far. NARHA certification
takes work and determination to achieve and we commend you
for making this goal a priority and working hard to
NARHA is implementing a new procedure, effective
November 1, 2010, that addresses the situations in which
a candidate planning to attend a certification does not
have an Instructor in Training (IT) letter in hand at
the time of the certification.
NARHA has long had a procedure that required all
certification candidates to have an IT letter and
produce it for the center hosting the certification test
32 days in advance of the certification they plan to
attend. The NARHA office does not rush an IT letter to
any candidate nor can we email an IT letter directly to
a center. Should a candidate sign up for a certification
without the requirements in hand, he/she risks not
completing the requirements, thus being unable to test
and the possibility of losing the certification
fee. Please remember to confirm the host site's refund
policy in case you do not receive your IT letter in time
for the certification.
If any candidate chooses to test without an IT letter
the candidates and host sites should be aware of the
following processing fees that will be assessed
effective November 1, 2010, by the NARHA office prior to
his/her certification being issued.
1. If the candidate does not have an IT letter by the
time the candidate presents him/herself for
certification testing and the evaluator allows the
candidate to test because they have reviewed the
candidate's paperwork and feel the candidate has
completed the required materials and can move forward,
the candidate will be invoiced an additional processing
fee of $150 to be paid to the NARHA office prior to
his/her certification results being released.
2. A fee will also be assessed to the host site of $75 per
candidate who tested without an IT letter.
Ultimately, it is every candidate's responsibility to ensure
all requirements have been met by the appropriate deadlines
and that his/her IT letter is in hand in order to test for
certification. All candidates who have signed up to test for
certification are emailed about 30 days prior to their
selected certification by the NARHA office with an update on
their status as it relates to their IT letter. If the
candidate is missing an item and does not have an IT letter
in hand, he/she is notified.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at
(800) 369-7433. Kelly Sullivan (ext. 104) or Tara McChesney
(ext. 114) are happy to assist you in your certification
Good luck in achieving NARHA certification!
NARHA Is Looking for Additional Members to Subcommittees
Three NARHA subcommittees are seeking enthusiastic new members to join the committees. To download a full description and information on how to apply, click on the links below.
Join one of these committees and help make a difference in your membership organization!
CHA International Conference Only a Month Away
for the CHA International Conference at The Oaks Equestrian Center in Lake City, Florida, just outside of Jacksonville October 21 - 24, 2010.
With Olympian David O'Connor, Combined Driving Guru Chester Weber, Dale Myler of Myler Bits, Julie Goodnight from HorseMaster TV, Daniel Stewart of USET, Karen Murdock trick trainer, Mitzi Summers, Teresa Kackert, Heidi Potter, Dawn Samuelson from Through the Horses Eyes and vets, dentists, chiropractors, trail experts and more - this is an event you do not want to miss! And you can ride great school horses with these experts! Check out the full schedule of speakers and topics here
. You and your horses will benefit greatly by your attendance. Click here
for more details.
Equine-Facilitated Therapist to Be on Dr. Phil
Dr. Laura Trask, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA, will be on the Dr. Phil show September 24, 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on CBS. Trask is an equine-facilitated psychotherapist and will be talking about the benefits of of EAAT to improve the lives and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. For information on Dr. Trask, visit www.drlauratrask.com
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact Tara McChesney at
800-369-7433, ext. 114, or
for further information. All dates
are subject to change.
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification held
the last 2 days
April 26-29, 2011
WindRidge Therapeutic Equestrian Center
NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held
on the last day
Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida
Boca Raton, FL
Mentor Training Workshop
Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program
NARHA National Pre-Conference event
NARHA National Pre-Conference event
NARHA will also hold driving evaluator training at this time
Please visit the NARHA calendar for a list of 2010
registered on-site workshops and certifications. Please note
the list is not complete, there will be more NARHA Registered
OSWC events added in 2010.
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