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have committed thus far. If you have any questions about
sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2011 PATH
International Conference and Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY,
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US Pony Club
Carrots4 a Cause
all nonprofit centers to register with
carrots4 a cause here. The Equus Foundation is sponsoring
this website, which links sponsors and other supporters with
International Horse Racing Digest. PATH Intl. receives a
portion of every advertisement sold through this online
Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Welcome to Professional Association of Therapeutic
Join us in celebrating!
The Board of
Trustees and Staff are proud to announce that NARHA is now
officially the Professional Association of Therapeutic
Horsemanship International. The association tagline is:
Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted
activities and therapies. The new association web address is:
www.pathintl.org. This name change will open doors to a
myriad of inclusive possibilities and matches the growth of
the EAAT industry. PATH Intl. vows to continue to provide its
membership with an ever-evolving and progressive level of
quality. The association promises the service members receive
will be positive, knowledgeable and friendly. The educational
opportunities offered will continue to challenge and
If you have
questions about the name change, check out
PATH Intl.'s FAQ page.
We trust this
evolution of our name will also serve to remind us all that
our professional membership association is the sum of each and
every member and professional, longtime and new; each and
every center from small to giant. The association is a
reflection of the needs and desires of its members, based on
the sturdy foundation of a truly effective committee
structure. This is YOUR association!
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
A FEW COMMENTS ON
THE NEW NAME
"I love the
name change! I don't like change and I liked NARHA, but if
NARHA has to change, this is an awesome way to go! Yeah,
PATH!" - Robin Kilcoyne
"I LOVE IT! Great choice!" - Keesler Cronin
"Congratulations! This is a great move forward." - Melissa
And from Facebook:
"It will take some getting use to saying, but I love PATH
International ... it is perfect!" - Elizabeth-Bettyann
"Thanks for the name change. I always cringe when people ask
me what NARHA stands for. ;-)" - Derrick Perkins
"Fits just right! Like it and proud to be associated w/PATH!"
- Vickie Lawrence Martin
"Love the new name. It soooo reflects the mission of my
program." - Cathleen Rahschulte
Thank you to everyone who has played a role in making
this association what it is and for helping with the naming
Promo Rate Ends Soon! Limited-Time Special Offer for
online registration fee of $475 for PATH Intl. members expires
July 5, 2011.
We are very excited to be able to offer our
members a limited-time special registration fee for the 2011
PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting.
You won't be able to pick sessions yet, but we know this
conference will wow you with a variety of education tracks,
keynote speaker Phil Tedeschi, the Big Lex Exhibitors Bash,
the annual awards banquet, and the horse expo, which will be
held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, and The Mane Event
closing reception. You will have the opportunity to select
specific sessions once they become available.
This offer is only available via online registration. No phone
or fax orders will be accepted. Official online conference
registration will begin in the summer of 2011. The 2011 summer
issue of PATH Intl. Strides magazine will also
include the hard-copy registration booklet for those
preferring to register via fax or mail. This limited-time
offer cannot be combined with any other discount offers
(including the discount for Premier Accredited Centers).
Click here to take advantage of the best savings for
room at the Hyatt Regency Lexington: (859) 253-1234 or
click here to reserve a room online. Use code g-NARH. If
you call for reservations, be sure to mention you're with PATH
Exciting Changes to PATH Intl. Video Re-Submission Process
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
is proud to announce an exciting change to our video resubmission
process. PATH Intl. now has the ability to accept video
submissions online through a file sharing system. We are still
accepting DVDs and VHS tapes, but we strongly encourage all
potential instructors who need to re-submit a video to complete
their certification process to utilize our new system.
International candidates can also use this system to submit videos
to PATH Intl. This new system will allow PATH Intl. to increase
customer service to our certification candidates re-submitting
videos for certification. This process will speed up our reviewing
time, prevent damaged or lost tapes in the mail and hopefully make
it easier for our members to submit their video.
The system is easy to use; you can upload your video from your
computer to our system. The video will be sent directly to the
office and is ready to be reviewed by our PATH Intl. evaluators.
Candidates will still need to mail or email the appropriate
paperwork for their video re-submission and pay the re-submission
fee (see your official results letter for more information) but
will no longer have to worry how to get their video on a DVD or
If you have an interest in using this new system as an Instructor
In Training who needs to re-submit a component for certification
to complete the certification process, email
Abby Hendren for information.
For all future candidates who may need to re-submit a video for
certification, this information will be included in your official
results letter sent to you by the PATH Intl. office about 30-45
days following your on-site certification testing.
Chronicle of Philanthropy has
published an article on nonprofits losing their exempt status.
This article also contains a link to the
IRS page, listing which nonprofits have had their status
revoked. If your status has been revoked, donors who wish to give
to your center will not receive a tax write-off. Make sure that
all your paperwork is filed properly. If you find that you are on
the list, contact the IRS about getting your status reinstated.
PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund
With all the recent flooding, fires and other natural disasters
throughout our world, we at Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International want to remind our centers
and supporters about the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund.
The purpose of this fund is to assist
PATH Intl.centers with an immediate need in funding expenses not
normally covered by operating insurance after natural or manmade
catastrophic disasters. If you'd like to apply for funding, please
Kay Green, PATH Intl. CEO.
Also, if you'd like to give directly to
this fund, please contact
Megan Ream or
Member-Get-A-Member Drive Deadline Approaching - June 30
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship
International knows its current members are the best possible
source for new members who could benefit from all PATH Intl. has
to offer. With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made
referring colleagues to PATH Intl. easier than ever!
Click here to learn program details!
Remember, the deadline is June 30 to be entered
into the Rein 'Em In Member-Get-A-Member Drive.
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ Page
The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning FAQ page has
Click here for the updates. If you have questions that are not
answered there, contact
Tara McChesney at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114.
Certification Update - Effective June 1, 2011
Ultimately it is every candidate's responsibility to ensure all
requirements for certification have been met by the appropriate
deadlines and that his/her mentor is a current instructor with
PATH Intl. Be sure to review all policies and procedures in our
registered booklet, updated frequently on the PATH Intl. web site.
It has recently been updated.
Download the booklet and review it so you are aware of all
requirements and policies for your certification.
If a candidate is found to have completed their 25 hours of
mentoring under an expired or non-compliant instructor the
candidate will pay a $150 fee to the PATH Intl. office prior to
his/her certification results being released and officially
recorded. A certification candidate can not act as an instructor
until this fee is paid and the hours performed under an expired or
non-compliant mentor will need to be performed again and turned
into the office within 90 days of notification from the PATH Intl.
office. If the hours are not complete within 90 days you will
begin your certification process from the beginning. A
certification candidate MUST show up to the certification testing
with 25 hours of practice teaching under a current PATH Intl.
Certified Instructor. If these hours are not in hand you cannot
test. If these hours have been completed with an instructor who is
not a current PATH Intl. instructor you will be assessed the $150
fee and have to submit proper hours to the PATH Intl. office
within 90 days.
In addition to this update please be aware that any certification
candidate who tests at a certification after June 1, 2011 needs to
demonstrate a proper posting diagonal for their riding pattern.
This is one of the many listed, required criteria in the
certification booklet. In the past western riders did not need to
show a proper posting diagonal just a posting rhythm, this policy
has been changed. All riders, no matter the discipline, must show
a proper posting diagonal. If you need assistance please consider
taking lessons from a qualified instructor to learn proper posting
Posting on the correct diagonal for the PATH Intl. certification
is defined below ("correct" diagonal in this case refers to the
"outside" diagonal based on the direction of travel in the arena):
The PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Criteria requires that all
candidates demonstrate posting on the correct diagonal during the
riding pattern. Posting on the correct diagonal refers to posting
in rhythm, at the trot, in unison with the diagonal pair of legs
indicated by the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg.
When the rider changes direction it is expected that the rider
will change the posting diagonal to continue to be in unison with
the horse's inside hind leg and outside front leg. Your body
should rise out of the saddle when the outside front leg and
inside hind leg of the horse move forward. The purpose of the
demonstration of posting on the requested correct diagonal is to
show the candidate's knowledge of diagonals, the trotting rhythm
and gait, and also how to conduct a change of the posting
If you have any questions please feel free to call (800) 369-7433.
Abby Hendren (ext. 104) and Jared Smith (ext. 126) are happy to
assist you in your certification process.
Want to Host an Equine Specialist Workshop?
It is exciting to see so many individuals interested in the PATH
Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshops.
We would like to accommodate individuals eager for certification
by holding more Equine Specialist workshops and practical
horsemanship skills tests, especially along the west coast. Help
us schedule these workshops. Start thinking about your 2012
schedule; we would love to get your event on the calendar and
begin advertising for it. All workshops will now be offered with
the new Equine Specialist practical horsemanship skills test, if
the host site chooses. Host sites can also host the one-day
practical horsemanship skills test without a workshop if they
wish, a requirement for certification. If anyone is interested in
hosting at their Premier Accredited facility, please
download the intent to host booklet or for more information
Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104.
PATH Intl. Seeks Volunteers for New Standards Manual Task
The PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation
manual has grown and evolved with new programs added over the
years. Standards have been added and rewritten to fit the needs of
the new programs. The time has come to evaluate and reorganize the
manual to bring it up to best practices and make it easier to
interpret and implement.
If you have the time and an interest in helping the association
make the Standards Manual more up to date and inclusive of our
diverse equine-assisted activities and therapies industry, please
consider joining a new task force that has been formed to examine
ways to improve the manual for centers, instructors and others in
the field. To apply for consideration by the task force co-chairs,
complete the volunteer application form on this page and
submit it to
Jama Rice no later than June 30.
PATH Intl. Seeks Volunteers for Equine Welfare Committee
In February 2011, the Equine Welfare Task Force officially became
a PATH Intl. standing committee - the Equine Welfare Committee.
The committee seeks enthusiastic, open-minded, dedicated
individual members to join us in supporting our equine partners
and other animals that may assist us in our unique fields.
If you might be interested in volunteering for the association as
a committee member, see the full job description
here. Express your interest by
submitting for review by the committee chair and members the
volunteer application found on this page to
Jeff Kelling no later than July 1.
Committee Phone Bills
members are getting huge phone bills because they are using their
cell phones rather than a land line for committee calls. If you
use Verizon, you can put the conference call number on your
"friends and family" plan. PATH Intl. is looking into this, and we
will provide you with more information when we have it.
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104 for further
information. All dates are subject to change. To register
for an event, please contact the host site directly. You can
locate their contact information under the
Find a Center
link on the PATH Intl. home page or on the
PATH Intl. events calendar
PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and
Learning Workshop and Practical Skills Testing
July 28-August 1
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, KY
for more information
Healing Reins in Bend, OR
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
PATH Intl. Advanced Level Certifications
DreamCatchers in Williamsburg, VA
Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held the first 3 days; certification is held
the last 2 days
Gayla Driving Center/U.S. Driving for the Disabled, Inc.,
in Lexington, KY
PATH Intl. Driving Workshop only
Happy Trails in Tulare, CA
If you are interested in
attending, please call the center immediately. The driving
demo workshops do count toward gaining PATH Intl. driving
PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days, and certification is held
on the last day
Riding to the Top in Windham, ME
Falconwood Farms in Conyers, GA
Mentor Training Workshop
Centenary College Equine Center in Hackettstown, NJ
Region 8 Conference in Baton Rouge, LA
Please visit the
PATH Intl. calendar
for a list of 2011 Registered
On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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