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NARHA Named as Beneficiary of BreyerFest Donation
Once again, Breyer Animal Creations has announced that NARHA
is a BreyerFest Beneficiary for 2011. BreyerFest is an annual
three-day model horse collector's festival and horse fair held
at the Kentucky Horse Park. This year, the event, BreyerFest
Fairy Tails, will run July 15-17.
Every year, specific beneficiaries are selected as recipients
of donations raised through BreyerFest activities, including
raffles and auctions.
Click here for information on Breyer Animal Creations and
BreyerFest Fairy Tails.
We thank Breyer Animal Creations, and its parent company
Reeves International, for its continued support of NARHA.
NARHA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers
Each year the NARHA National Conference and Annual
Meeting provides the equine-assisted activities
and therapies industry the most valuable and
comprehensive education opportunities available. A
broad spectrum of session content is needed to
offer a rich and invigorating experience for all
The 2011 NARHA National Conference is November
9-12 in Lexington, KY. At this time NARHA
is conducting a call for papers. Come
present at the 2011 National Conference and share
how you, your organization or your research can
help improve the equine-assisted activities and
This year, abstract submission will be
handled electronically only:
Abstracts must be submitted to NARHA by
2011. No submissions will be
accepted after April 5.
NARHA Region 7 Conference Date Change
In order to
offer NARHA Region 7 conference attendees a better option of
scheduled workshops and presentations, the Region 7 conference
has been moved from May 13-15 to July 29-31, 2011,
to be held still at the William H. Darr Agricultural and
Equestrian Center at Missouri State University in Springfield,
MO. Keep checking the
Region 7 page on the NARHA website for registration and
scheduling details as we look forward to this exciting
conference in Springfield.
workshop and certification co-sponsored by Region 7 and
Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks, scheduled for May 13-15, has
not changed and will be held at the Darr Center in
Springfield, MO. Sign up soon!
Click here for information.
The NARHA 2011
Region Conferences are on the NARHA website. Check the
Region Conferences page for dates and registration
NARHA 2011 National Conference Scholarships
NARHA continues to work diligently to obtain funding sources
to ensure the maximum opportunity to underwrite scholarships
for NARHA's National Conference and Annual Meeting. As leaders
in the industry we are committed to providing our members with
opportunities for continuing education and professional
development. We are excited to offer these opportunities to
experience the NARHA National Conference to those new as well
as experienced in the field.
This year we are happy to announce a new scholarship to be
awarded annually, the Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine Facilitated
Psychotherapy and Learning (EFP/L) Scholarship to be awarded
to a person who is an EFP/L professional or studying to become
The 2011 NARHA National Conference and Annual Meeting
Scholarship application and the 2011 Marjorie V. Kittredge
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship
application are due by email, fax or posted no later than June
Click here to download applications.
We wish you the best of luck with your application.
NARHA Now on Twitter
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your member organization. You can now follow NARHA on twitter.
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NARHA Subcommittee Seeks Additional Members
The NARHA Driving Certification Subcommittee seeks enthusiastic
new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong
interest in therapeutic riding and driving and a desire to
continue the development of and improve the NARHA Driving
Instructor Certification Process.
Click here to download information
Center Membership Renewal
Win a Dover Saddlery Gift Certificate when you Renew your
Center Membership by March 15th
Renew your center membership by March 15, 2011, and be entered to
win one of three $200 gift certificate from Dover Saddlery. You
can get a good blanket to finish out the winter or any other
product they offer. Your center will also be entered in a drawing
for other prizes, including one of five $75 Equestrian Collections
gift certificates or a NARHA dry erase emergency contact board.
All centers that have renewed by March 15th are eligible for the
If you need assistance with the process, please let us know. If
your renewal paperwork is "in the mail," thank you very much for
recognizing the value of the benefits your center derives from
your association membership such as NARHA brand recognition,
access to the Foundation Directory online and your center listing
on the NARHA website!
Membership Grace Period Policy
Individual and center members are extended a 90-day grace period
following the current membership date to renew their membership. A
member who completes the membership renewal process during this
time maintains the original membership join date and remains
eligible for longevity programs and other tenure-based
benefits. After the 90-day grace period a member can rejoin the
organization and receives a new join date.
The grace period is
the amount of time after a membership expires and before a payment
is made. During this time the member continues to receive
benefits. When the grace period expires, if the member has not
renewed, the membership is changed to inactive status.
Centers that Renew by March 31st will maintain their original
Your center's NARHA membership enables us to continue to expand
the benefits we offer to our centers as NARHA members, promote the
efficacy and legitimacy of equine-assisted activities and
therapies and strengthen the miraculous work taking place daily at
NARHA centers like yours.
Reminders for All NARHA Instructor Certification
NARHA policies and procedures are in place to ensure
consistent handling of all applicants. Effective
November 1, 2009, any candidate without an
Instructor in Training (IT) letter reflecting that
he/she has met all of the Phase I requirements 32
days prior to the certification he/she intends to
attend will not be rushed through the office process
in order for the candidate to attend. The office
recommends that any candidate applying for
certification familiarize themselves thoroughly with
the Phase I certification requirements and send in
their application to the office in plenty of time to
complete the components in order to attend their
Also, effective November 1, 2010, if any candidate
chooses to test without an IT letter or is allowed
to test and the IT letter is not in hand, the
candidate must be aware of the following processing
fee that will be assessed by the NARHA office prior
to their certification being final.
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
paperwork and feel the candidate has completed the
required materials and can move forward with
testing, the candidate will be invoiced an
additional processing fee of $150 to be paid to the
NARHA office prior to his/her certification results
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. NARHA
offers professional certifications and candidates
testing should be accountable for managing the
professional credentials supporting their career
goals. All candidates who have signed up to test for
certification are emailed by the NARHA office
approximately 30 days prior to their testing with an
update on their Phase 1 status. If the candidate is
missing an item and does not have an IT letter in
hand, he/she is notified.
All candidates can attend the workshop and
certification together where they are offered. The
Riding Certification Subcommittee continues to
recommend attending them separately so candidates
have the opportunity to practice new skills after
the workshop, prior to attending certification.
Please note your workshop is good for two years from
the time you took it, even if you took the workshop
prior to 2010. Your 25 hours of practice instructor
teaching are also good for two years.
or call (800) 369-RIDE (7433)
with questions regarding the 2011 on-site instructor
workshop and certification process. Thank you!
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114 for further
information. All dates are subject to change.
NARHA Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
April 29-May 2
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association in Ocala, FL
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., in Boxford, MA
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
NARHA Advanced Level Certifications
April 29-May 1
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in
Three Gaits, INC in Oregon, WI
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center Inc in Old Lyme, CT
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas
NARHA Driving Workshops and Certifications
Workshop is held the first 3 days, certification is held
the last 2 days
Wind Ridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Longview, Texas
Hands-on Workshop Only
Horse Power in Temple, NH
Demo Workshop Only
Brave Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center in
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc., in
NARHA Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days and certification is held on
the last day
There are currently no Vaulting Workshops scheduled for 2011.
Please check the
NARHA Events Calendar
Mentor Training Workshop
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Annapolis, MD
Please visit the
for a list of 2011 Registered on-site
workshops and certifications (they are a light teal green
color). Please note the list is not complete. There will be
more Registered OSWC events added.
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