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Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Hello World, Meet the Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International!
In the next few editions of PATH Intl. eNews, we will
explore the content of the association's new name and tagline.
Today let's look at the word "association."
It is a universal truth that there is strength in numbers.
PATH International's mission is to promote excellence in
equine-assisted activities and therapies. We uphold that
mission through instructor certification, center
accreditation, educational opportunities and being a voice for
EAAT. None of us could do that alone. Alone we couldn't
identify and refine disciplines and activities to help nearly
43,000 men, women and children participants. Alone we couldn't
develop and field test standards to promote safety in the
industry. Alone we couldn't certify over 3,500 instructors nor
count nearly 800 centers worldwide that uphold PATH
But there is strength in numbers.
PATH International - the Professional Association
of Therapeutic Horsemanship International - is the total of
the active participation of its members. Each member brings to
the association skills, talents, knowledge, expertise and
enthusiasm, and all of that is shared with every other member.
Because of our size (nearly 8,000 members worldwide) we are
recognized as an expert in the EAAT field. We are looked to
for safety standards, and our influence is felt at many
different levels, from each parent looking for a respected and
trusted therapeutic center for her child, to those in the
medical field considering therapeutic horsemanship for their
patients; from the person with a love for horses who wants to
be an instructor to the center who hires him because he is
certified by PATH International.
Through an international association, standards are developed
and field tested, and PATH International is recognized as a
leader for safety in the EAAT industry. Those standards are
reviewed by you, our members, and are updated yearly so that
those who benefit from our services know that our certified
instructors and centers can be trusted to provide them with
the highest quality of therapeutic horsemanship.
In addition to the standards, professional development is
continuing education through workshops and conferences,
including the upcoming international conference, shows the
association's commitment to lifelong learning and a
recognition that we as professionals stay current in our
Being a member of an association also provides networking
opportunities. Through opportunities to volunteer at either
the center level or on committees, members can network with
peers across the globe. This proves a great resource for any
future research, job opportunities and information sharing. If
you haven't yet been to a conference, the
2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting is
the best way to start building your network of peers. Regional
Conferences are a wonderful venue to exchange best practices.
All of these are benefits of belonging to an association that
represents your professional interests: The Professional
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
Look for PATH Intl. Strides Magazine and
Conference Registration Book in Your Mail!
excited that the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual
Meeting registration book is in the mail. You will be able to
see the great session line-up we have prepared for you and
begin deciding which networking events you would like to
Of special interest will be keynote speaker Phil Tedeschi, the
Big Lex Exhibitors Bash, the annual awards banquet, the Horse
Expo, which will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park,
and The Mane Event closing reception.
Click here for the digital registration book or
here for information on the conference.
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
Hallberg to Consult as Communities Coordinator
Leif Hallberg, MA, LCPC, has been hired by PATH International
to consult with the organization in the role of Communities
Coordinator. She will be working on creating a new membership
program for association members. Leif is also a licensed
clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in private practice in
Bozeman, MT. Leif has been a member of PATH International
since 2006. She previously served on EFMHA's board from
2007-2010. She is currently serving as the volunteer chair of
the EFP/EFL Membership Task Force. Leif is the author of
Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the
A Few Name Change Tips
The responses to our new name have been overwhelmingly positive.
It's wonderful to see so much excitement about being a part of
this association, and we know that excitement will spill over to
the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting - our
first conference as PATH International.
While most of the responses have been positive, we did hear from a
center about the financial impact of the name change on centers. A
few tips are listed below to help your center and your students as
well as your community navigate through the name change.
1. Do a full audit on what your needs are and what you currently
have on hand. Prioritize your needs according to your budget, your
financial resources and your human resources.
2. Issue a press release about the name change and ask for
patience during the transition. We at the national office are
still finding things that need to be changed. It's a long process
with many parts!
3. Only print new items as supplies are exhausted. We recognize
that it is perhaps more professional to change everything all at
once. But we also recognize that that's impossible in this economy
and with the nature of the work we do. Again, we stress, exhaust
your supplies first, and replace them with the new name as needed.
4. Talk to your printers and see if they would be willing to make
a donation of print work.
5. Check with your volunteers and people in the community to see
about website changes and updates. Remember, your youngest
volunteer might be the best!
These are just a few ideas to help get you started. If your center
has other ideas or has done something that was particularly
helpful, we'd like to hear about it!
Send us an email. Post it on
Facebook (and make sure to "like" us there!). Let other
centers know what you have found that works.
As always, thank you for making us a great membership association,
and thank you for your patience!
American Horse Council Update From Kay Green
In June, I attended the American Horse Council (AHC) Conference in
Washington, DC. The AHC represents the horse industry in
Washington. The meetings were very informative.
All breed births are down as are registrations and transfers of
registrations (meaning, new owners do not register).
Statistically, the breed birth numbers are closer to 1980-90s
There are concerns within the industry that there will not be
enough horses for demand.
Small regional horse shows are suffering while the major horse
shows are doing well - the best horses are being imported from
1. Declining ownership
a. Fewer people are buying
b. Lower bidder prices
2. Young people are not entering the horse world
3. Young people are not staying with horses as they get older
4. Children are more interested in computers, gaming systems and
5. It is becoming too expensive to own property for horses or
boarding is too expensive
(Note: The Department of Agriculture statistics show that the
U.S. is losing over 1 million acres of land each year to golf
courses, housing, etc.)
6. The average horse owner is over 40 years old
7. Less than 50% of the U.S. population has the northern European
influence that is horse oriented
8. Owners do not seem interested in registering horses
On the other side of the issue, the Unwanted Horse Coalition
currently lists 170,000 unwanted horses. It started a program
called Operation Gelding that provides gelding services at greatly
The AHC, with the help of Dr. Jerry Black, DVM, at Colorado State
University, is developing a National Equine Health Plan to protect
equines at shows against health threats such as the recent Equine
Throughout these meetings, representatives of the different breeds
approached me to say they have horses available for our industry.
PATH International is working with some of them to determine how
best to get this information to PATH International members and
centers. I'll let you know as we progress.
EFP/L Membership Task Force Update
and EFL Community!
Reading the 2011 PATH International Conference brochure nearly
brought tears to my eyes. On every page there is evidence of the
blossoming inclusion of EFP and EFL throughout the association as
a whole. I thought about all of the hard work, passion, and energy
so many people put into making this integration happen and I
wanted to take a moment to thank the visionaries and the hard
working volunteers who made this possible. First, I want to thank
the PATH Intl. staff and the Board of Trustees for their complete
support, without which we simply would not be where we are.
Second, I want to thank Trish Broersma and Miyako Kinoshita as
well as all the EFMHA board members whose leadership and vision
enabled us to get here. Finally, I want to thank the EFP/L
Membership Task Force whose dedication and hard work has surpassed
all of my expectations. Together we did this!
Take a moment to revel in the beauty of true integration! Every
member plays a part in making this an invaluable whole!
Leif Hallberg, M.A., LCPC
Chair of the EFP/L Membership Task Force
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
http://www.ckrh.org/nesmh.html for more information
Healing Reins in Bend, OR
Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO
PATH Intl. Advanced Level Certifications
Little Bit TRC in Woodinville, WA
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
Region 8 Conference in Baton Rouge, LA
PATH International Conference in Lexington, KY
Please visit the
PATH Intl. calendar
for a list of 2011 Registered
On-Site Workshops and Certifications.
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