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in November! If you have any questions about sponsoring PATH
Intl. or exhibiting at the 2011 PATH International Conference
and Annual Meeting, please contact
Association of Equine
Show Me Animal
Ohio University Southern
& Care Systems
US Pony Clubs
Young Adult Novel
Victoria Mora's book Hope Haven is
a heartwarming coming-of-age story in which a teenager
rediscovers her faith and hope through the healing power of
horses. Every purchase of
Hope Haven through Amazon benefits PATH Intl.
Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
PATH Intl. Community Building Initiative:
Human Brains Seek Communities
brain research, often called Social Neuroscience, is exploring
the biological foundations of the ways humans relate to each
other and themselves (Rock, 2008). Much of our motivation
driving social behavior is governed by the overarching
principle of minimizing threat and maximizing reward (Gordon,
2000). We approach situations, things and people that have
more certainty and have relatedness as a way of reducing any
threats. People naturally form "tribes" or communities to
experience a sense of belonging, increasing social rewards.
While all human brains are socially driven, individuals define
what they consider "threatening" or "rewarding" based on their
beliefs drawn from their unique life experiences. One of the
most exciting elements of PATH Intl. communities is that they
are going to be driven by the passion and energy of the
membership. We've begun working on a procedure manual to help
guide and support the processes so that each community can
collectively move forward toward their individually defined
vision and goals.
The work group exploring PATH Intl. communities is researching
the various ways that it can increase the social rewards for
PATH Intl. members. One of the work group's goals is to
identify services and member benefits that would provide both
social networking and in-person opportunities for membership
connectivity. The communities will provide a place for
like-minded individuals to gather, network, share and engage
in important advocacy activities for their respective fields.
The communities also provide the PATH Intl. staff and
oversight committees the diversity of expertise needed that
brings in new members and more members.
We encourage you to begin your own community building by
contacting one of the following work group members or PATH
Intl. staff members:
Chair Tracy Weber,
Kali Welch or
Read more to learn about this exciting initiative and
those individuals paving the way.
Conference Sessions Offer Variety of Expertise
can see in the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual
Meeting registration book the great session line-up and you
can also decide which networking events you would like to
In addition to the fun networking events, the variety and
quality-level of sessions being offered is worth the trip
alone! For example, Larry Long, the director of Recreation
Therapy Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs in
Washington, DC, will be the lead speaker for the PATH Intl.
Horses for Heroes pre-conference workshop, November 8.
Click here for the digital registration book or
here for information on the conference. For information on
hotels, airline discounts or the roommate list, visit the
conference web page.
Today is the last day for the early-bird registration
discount! Register online by September 6 and save
$150 off the on-site price.
Click here to register.
If you have any further questions about registering for the
conference, please contact
Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 111.
Thank You to PATH Intl. Staff Member for 10 Years of
you have ever called the PATH Intl. office in the last 10
years, you no doubt have heard Bev Reed in member services
thanking you for calling and directing your call to the
appropriate place. Bev began working for PATH Intl. (formerly
NARHA) in August 2001 and more than anyone is the "voice" of
PATH Intl., often the only contact someone might have with the
Her good humor and dedication to PATH Intl. are evidenced
every day, so much so that on the day of her anniversary
surprise party, we had trouble getting her out of the office
so the conference room could be decorated.
Other than answering the phones and distributing the mail, Bev
enjoys gardening, and the products of her green thumb often
grace her desk. She has been married to Gary for 54 years, and
has two sons, Michael and Mark, and two grandsons, Collin and
Curtis. Her greatest joy is playing with her grandsons "if I
have the energy," she says.
If you know Bev and would like to tell her congratulations,
click here to email her.
It is to the benefit of PATH Intl. to have people like Bev
working with us. Congratulations, Bev, and a big thank you!
PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference in September
Region 5 would like to invite you to attend the PATH Intl.
Region 5 conference, September 16-18, at the Calvin Center in
Hampton, GA. Look for information to be available soon on the
PATH Intl. regional conference page.
"Rein Them In" Member-Get-A-Member Drive
We at PATH Intl.
would like to thank everyone for their participation in the "Rein
Them In" Member-Get-A-Member Drive. As a result, PATH Intl.
members recruited 96
new individual members!
Congratulations to our winners:
Lorie Miller from
Region 2 won the spa weekend.
from Region 8 won the $100 gift card.
Joyce Scott from
Region 9 won the drawing for the free conference registration.
Remember, every time you recruit a new member, you strengthen
your membership association. A vital and growing PATH Intl. means
greater recognition of safety and ethical practices in the
equine-assisted activities and therapies industry, improved
education resources and networking opportunities for all members,
and the advancement of professional standards worldwide.
Thank you for continuing to make us a strong association!
PATH Intl. Photo Contest Winners
The results are in, and the Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International is pleased to announce the
winners of the 2011 PATH Intl. Photo Contest. (Shown left: one of
5 honorable mentions. To see the full list of winners,
click here or on the photo.)
We received over
200 entries in the contest. There were so many good ones that it
was difficult to narrow it down! We had to disqualify only a few
because the photos did not meet PATH International Standards for
Certification and accreditation (e.g., if a helmet didn't fit
properly, the photo had to be disqualified). We were pleased at
the number of photos that did meet PATH Intl. standards,
demonstrating once again that PATH Intl. is a leader in safety
standards in the EAAT industry.
Thank you to
everyone who took the time to enter. Look forward to these
beautiful images and more in upcoming magazines, online, brochures
and other marketing materials.
PATH Intl. Center's Vet Recognized by AAEP
As part of its Good
Works For Horses Campaign, the American Association of Equine
Practitioners (AAEP) has named Ron Genovese, VMD, the July honoree
for helping therapeutic riding horses at Fieldstone Farm
Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center
in Chagrin Falls, OH, stay on their feet.
Cleveland Equine Clinic in Ravenna, Ohio, ensures the health and
mobility of more than 30 therapeutic riding horses at Fieldstone
Farm. About once a month, ailing horses from the clinic are
brought to the clinic for diagnostic work-ups and therapy at
reduced prices. Since Genovese began his relationship with the
center in 2008, he and his practice have donated more than $13,600
worth of services, medications and surgical and non-surgical
Click here to read more about Ron Genovese and AAEP's Good
Works For Horses campaign.
Exciting Changes to PATH Intl.'s Video Re-submission
PATH Intl. is proud to announce a very exciting change to its
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 the new system.
International candidates can also use this system to submit videos
to PATH Intl.
Read more ...
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
If you are a
current PATH Intl. certified instructor and have been
participating or plan to participate in an EFP or EFL program,
please review our PATH Intl. certified instructor option located
on page 20 of the certification booklet. This option, previously
known as the Fast Track, allows any current PATH Intl. certified
instructor to submit his or her portfolio to the PATH Intl. office
and begin taking the online exams for the Equine Specialist in
Mental Health and Learning certification.
Read more ...
Workshops and Certifications
Unless otherwise noted, contact
at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104, with
questions. 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
Horses in Loveland, CO
Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, CT
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. Vaulting Workshop and Certification
Workshop is held first 3 days, and certification is held
on the last day
Falconwood Farms in Conyers, GA
Mentor Training Workshop
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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