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Check out our 2011 sponsors and exhibitors in Lexington, KY,
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
Donate While You Shop AND Eat
Want a way to give to your
center AND to PATH Intl. without spending any more money? PATH
Intl. has found it in
www.escrip.com. Register on this website and shop online
with national merchants such as Best Buy, Amazon.com, iTunes,
and more, earning 10% or more for PATH Intl. and up to two
other charities (such as your center, a local school, etc.).
Escrip also has a dining program, where you can dine out, and
a percentage of the meal supports PATH Intl. If you have any
questions about this program, please contact
Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
counting down: 22 days to the PATH International
If you haven't registered yet, don't wait! You have until
to register online, and then registration goes to onsite only.
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.
Wristbands at Registration
At registration you will be given a wristband, which must be
worn on your wrist. You will need to show your wristband to
get into any event, session, meal and to get on the bus for
the Horse Expo or enter the Mane Event Closing Reception. The
wristband will be in your registration packet and must be put
on when you check in. This policy will ensure that everyone
who registered gets the full benefit of the conference. If you
lose your wristband, you will need to check in at registration
and show your photo I.D. every day to get tickets for each
session and event. If it breaks, please bring it to
registration for a replacement.
Lexington, KY, Weather
Consider the weather when you start
packing for the conference. On average, the temperature in
Lexington in November is in the mid- to upper-50s during the
day and in the mid- to upper-30s at night. While the majority
of the conference is indoors, including the Horse Expo
sessions and closing reception, exploring the Kentucky Horse
Park will take you outdoors between museums, barns, etc.
PATH Intl. Community Building Initiative:
Connect With Your Community at the Conference
to find out what all this community conversation is about?
Start by visiting the PATH Intl. Community Connections booth
located next to the registration desk at the 2011 PATH
International Conference. The booth will be staffed by members
and friends of the PATH Intl. Community Building Work Group on
Tuesday 8-10 a.m.; Wednesday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.,
7:45-9 p.m.; Thursday 8-8:45 a.m., 5:30-6:00 p.m.; and Friday
12:30-1 p.m., 4:40- 5:30 p.m.
When you register, you will
find that your name badge has two parts, one for your name tag
and one that has a blank sheet of paper. To help you begin
connecting to other members with similar interests, come by
the PATH Intl. Community Connections booth for stickers and
other decorations that will show off your communities of
Also at the
Community Connections booth will be information about how to
join the community groups of your choosing, and how to access
the new PATH Intl. Communities Connections networking site.
In addition to
the booth, an exciting interactive community building
experience will take place on Wednesday, 7:45-9 p.m. Don't
miss this as it's a great opportunity to network and connect
with other members with similar interests and to learn about
PATH Intl. Community Connections.
morning at the Committee Updates presentation, the communities
work group chair will provide some additional information.
We can't wait to see you all in Kentucky!
Please share your thoughts by contacting a PATH Intl. staff
member or one of the following work group members:
Chair Tracy Weber,
Kali Welch or
Read more to learn about this exciting initiative and
those individuals paving the way.
Place Your Bets on the Society of Visionaries!
you heard the rumors? The Society of Visionaries, which began
at the 2010 National Conference and Annual Meeting in Denver,
will host its first Visionaries-only gathering at Keeneland
Racetrack and Darley Thoroughbred Farm in Lexington, KY, on
November 12, 2011. By joining the Society of Visionaries, you
can meet legendary jockey Chris McCarron and see stallion Holy
Bull, as well as other famous stallions.
Click here for more information on how you can join us at
this exclusive gathering in Lexington or to learn more about
the Society of Visionaries.
PATH Intl. Instructor Interviewed on Radio to Promote
Wysocky, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, was
interviewed on October 5 by Horses in the Morning radio show
("the first live morning show with an equine theme") to talk
about her new equestrian mystery The Opium Equation.
Click here to listen. Lisa will be speaking at the
conference on how to keep horses happy and productive in
lessons. She will also be exhibiting at the conference, so be
sure to look for her in Exhibit Hall.
PATH Intl. a CFC Participating Charity
you a member of the US Armed Forces or a federal government
employee? If not, do you know someone who is? PATH Intl.,
listed as NARHA, is a participating charity in the Combined
Federal Campaign. Give $1 per paycheck to underwrite the cost
of producing the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification
and Accreditation Manual. Designate Code 23051 to give to
If you'd like
more information on how you can give to PATH Intl. through
your paycheck, please contact
Megan Ream at (800) 369-7433, ext. 107.
PATH Intl. EFP and EFL Membership Task Force Update
We haven't shared a
progress report lately, but fear not, we have been very busy! Over
the past few months we have been focused on wrapping up a number
of projects. We are excited to announce that the new
Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) Manual will be for sale by
the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting. This
was a huge project, and thanks to Teresa Bennett-Pasquale, Shannon
Knapp and the EFP and EFL Membership Task Force, it is a useful
and practical manual that is a valuable resource for anyone
interested in EFP.
We have also been putting the finishing touches on the EFP and EFL
preconference workshop to be presented on Tuesday, November 8, at
the 2011 PATH International Conference and Annual Meeting. The
presenters are excited about this event and feel it will provide
people with a wealth of practical information and ideas about
providing EFP and EFL services.
We have also been working closely with the Certification Review
and Development Task Force, helping to identify key criteria for
all PATH Intl. certifications. We have been helping the Community
Building Work Group launch PATH Intl. Community Connections, the
new member program. Finally, the revised EFL definitions and
Guidelines for Practice have been reviewed by the PATH Intl. Board
In all, we have been very busy and we look forward to seeing and
meeting all of you at this year's PATH International Conference
and Annual Meeting.
Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee
The following safety tips are intended to help you observe,
educate and shape your choices in order to create a safe, calm
loading session. These tips can, and should, be taken into
consideration when learning trailering techniques, reintroducing a
horse to the trailer and teaching a young horse to get in and out
of a trailer.
If you set goals for your trailering process in the same way you
would for a riding, driving, interactive vaulting, EFP/EFL or any
other program session, you will be setting yourself up for
- Start by taking
complete responsibility for yourself, your horse and your
equipment, including the trailer.
- Know your own
limitations and level of experience. Ask your horse only what
you know you can achieve.
- Wear a safety
helmet/hat and gloves.
- Work with a
- Know how to
choose and use appropriate equipment.
- Keep your
horse's adrenaline down by breaking the session down into small
steps with clear rewards. Study the equine's body language to
learn where you place your eyes, how you stand; even your
breathing can effect communication.
- Know what
motivates your horse. Not all horses consider food a reward.
Other rewards include release of pressure, being removed from
the loading area or a rub in his favorite spot.
- Food in a bucket
can be given once your horse is fully loaded.
Food becomes a bribe when used to lure the horse into the
trailer. This will not create leadership or partnership.
- Safe and calm
only happen when your horse accepts what you ask.
- Refine your
ability to read your horse's body language, especially at the
threshold or entrance of the trailer. Watch to see if he looks,
smells, touches and tests with both front feet.
Know that your
horse is confirmed in his knowledge when you can calmly move all
four of his feet both in and out of the trailer and have repeated
this several times in a row. In addition, you will need to
schedule other sessions where you repeat this exercise several
times with the trailer located in other places. Remember to create
a benefit for you and your partner.
More information about trailering and trailer loading of equines
can be found on several websites and in books including:
Trailering Your Horse: A Visual Guide to Safe Training and
Travel, Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh
The ESMHL Certified Instructor Option - Did You Know?
With the launch of
the new ESMHL certification came concerns that current certified
instructors practicing in the field of mental health and learning
would need to invest a lot of time and money to attend a workshop
and skills test to gain this certification even though they have
already been doing the work. Since PATH Intl. did not have this
certification available when many dedicated instructors entered
the field of mental health and learning, we heard their concerns
and created the PATH Intl. certified instructor option.
Read more ...
Certification: Policy Changes, a Recap and a Reminder
An accommodation is an adjustment or an adaptation of a component
or components of the Registered Instructor Certification Process
in order to meet the special needs of the candidate. Requests for
an accommodation to any part of the process must be made in
writing and submitted to the PATH Intl. office with the initial
application form or 60 days prior to OSWC. No special form is
needed. All requests for accommodations will be reviewed by the
PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee on an individual
basis, and applicants will be notified of the committee's
decision; this can take up to 60 days. For more information,
please contact the PATH Intl. office.
It is every candidate's responsibility to check with each
individual host site for the refund policy when he or she signs up
for a workshop and/or certification.
Please be aware any certification candidate who tests at a
certification after June 1, 2011, does need to demonstrate a
proper posting diagonal for their riding pattern. This is a
criteria in the certification booklet. In the past, western riders
did not need to show a proper posting diagonal, just a posting
rhythm, but 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 diagonals.
What Is the Appeal Process?
1) If a candidate does not pass any or all components of
certification for PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Status and
would like to appeal the results, a written request for appeal may
be submitted to the PATH Intl. office within 15 business days of
receipt of written notification from the office. The request must
state the reasons for the appeal. Note: It may take up to 60 days
to review your appeal; this time frame can not be guaranteed.
2) The Riding Certification Subcommittee will review the original
application, examination and certification results.
3) If the Riding Certification Subcommittee affirms the failing
score, the candidate may appeal in writing to the Certification
Oversight Committee. The appeal to the Oversight Committee must be
made in writing and submitted to the PATH Intl. office within 30
business days of receipt of written notification from the Riding
5) The Oversight Committee will review the original application
materials, examination and certification results. Updated or new
information will not be taken into consideration.
6) Decisions of the Certification Oversight Committee will be
Receiving Final Certification Results
Once a candidate attends an onsite certification and receives his
or her results it can take the office 30-45 days to mail out the
official results letter and corresponding information after the
completion of a certification. Please be patient and plan to wait
at least 45 days before receiving your official results letter. We
will not rush or email anyone's official letter.
Candidates who need to resubmit a video should wait to receive the
results letter and video requirements prior to taping their video.
Video resubmissions can take up to 60 days to process.
PATH Intl. 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 that need to re-submit a video to complete
their certification process utilizing our new system.
International candidates can also use this system to submit videos
to PATH Intl.
Read more ...
An IT letter is required for all certification candidates 30 days
prior to attending a certification testing of their choice (does
not apply if a member is just taking a workshop).
If a certification candidate arrives on-site or signs up for a
certification without an IT letter, it is up to each individual
evaluator to review the submitted phase 1 and 2 paperwork and
ensure the candidate has completed CPR, First Aid, both online
exams and a horsemanship skills checklist. If all these items are
present, the evaluator will determine on a case by case basis if
the candidate will be allowed to test at certification. If the
candidate does test without an IT letter, he or she will be
assessed a $150 fine prior to the certification being final and
the official results process by the PATH Intl. office. Each host
site is also assessed a $75 fine that may be passed along to the
25 Hours of Practice Teaching
Twenty-five hours of practice teaching must be completed, no
exceptions. If you have not completed 25 hours of mounted, group
instruction under a current certified instructor you can not test.
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 for the 25 hours 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.
If any 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
the certification results being released and officially recorded.
A certification candidate cannot act as an instructor until this
fee is paid, and the hours performed under the 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. PATH Intl.
recommends confirming your mentor is current prior to performing
Scheduling Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
PATH Intl. is
excited to see so many individuals interested in the 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.
If you are thinking
about your 2012 schedule, we would love to get your event on the
calendar and begin advertising 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 you are
interested in hosting at your Premier Accredited center in 2012,
please download the
intent to host booklet from the website, or for more
Abby Hendren at (800) 369-7433, ext. 104.
Workshops and Certifications
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 its 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 (This workshop and certification are
offered just before and up the road from the PATH
International Conference November 9-12 in Lexington, KY)
August 7-11, 2012
BraveHearts at the Bergman Center in Poplar Grove, IL
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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