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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
PATH Intl. a CFC Participating Charity
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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.
Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International
counting down: 8 days to the PATH International
Disabilities Panel Questions
The General Session at this year's conference on Friday,
November 11, will be a Disabilities Panel. The panelists are
professionals and experts in their respective fields. However,
they may not be individuals who are familiar with
equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Advance
questions from attendees will help them prepare for the panel.
Questions may be general or about a specific participant with
a specific need. The forum moderator will also welcome on-site
questions, but advance preparation will help the panelists
anticipate the types of questions they are likely to be asked.
Click here to go to a survey page
where you can enter questions you would like to ask any of the
panelists. Confirmed panelists:
Myra Beth Bundy, PhD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cynthia Dunn, PhD - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Amber Fleming, MsSPL - Speech Impairment
Stacey Grider, OT - Visual Impairment
Daniel Hudson - Traumatic Brain Injury
Margi Stickney, EdD - At-Risk Youth
Kristen Wheeler, SPL - Down Syndrome
This open-forum discussion should prove to be informative
and interactive, and we are glad to have the opportunity to
offer it to you.
We are all looking forward to this year's Conference and
Annual Meeting in Lexington, KY. The success of this event
depends on many volunteers doing a variety of tasks
throughout the conference. We need people willing to
volunteer in shifts of two or four hours (more if possible)
throughout the week.
Click here to download the
volunteer contact information form and job descriptions
from the conference volunteer section of the website.
Currently there are needs for the following:
Silent Auction set-up, Tuesday, 10
Silent Auction, Friday, 8 a.m.-noon
Merchandise Booth set-up, Tuesday, 12-2
Merchandise Booth, Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.;
Wednesday, 12-6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday (prior to
presentations and breaks)
Room Monitors Thursday: "Fund Raising at
Horse Show Time"; "Insurance/Risk Management"; "Leveraging
On-Line Channels"; "Fundraising 101"; "Solving the Puzzle";
"Building a Solid Grant Proposal"; "Research"; "Effect of
EFP on PTSD in Youth"
Room Monitors Friday: "On Course to
Compete"; "Morning Glory No More"; "Disaster Awareness";
"Veterans, Horses & PTSD"
Speaker Assistant: Saturday, "Using Driving
to Support Motor Vehicle Skills"
Breakfast Ticket Takers: Friday, 6:45-7:30
Send the form back by e-mail as soon as possible to Pat
Kline or fax it to her attention at (859) 252-5016. If
you have any questions or concerns, please call Pat at (859)
Note: Room monitors must be conference registrants and will
be asked to show their wristbands at volunteer check-in.
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.
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.
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.
The Late Marjorie Kittredge Honored as Recipient of
Anson W. Taylor, Jr. Award
The Equine Land
Conservation Resource (ELCR) has named the late Marjorie V.
Kittredge of Massachusetts as recipient of the Anson W.
Taylor, Jr. Award for Leadership in Equine Land Conservation.
Marjorie, who helped found PATH Intl. (then NARHA), died in
The award, being awarded posthumously, was presented to
Marjorie's son Charlie Kittredge and daughters Lucinda
Sullivan and Ellen Scott by ELCR CEO Deb Balliet and ELCR
Advisory Council member Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld during a
special ceremony during the General Assembly of the
Massachusetts Special Olympics Fall Tournament, Equestrian
Finals, on October 15 at Kittredge's Windrush Farm in Boxford,
Watch the video here (thank you to Lisa Derby Oden of Blue
The 2011 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting marks the
first time the Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated
Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship has been awarded. It is
for the person who is an EFP/L professional or studying to be
Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national
not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land
for horse-related activity.
Equine Tips From the Equine Welfare Committee
A New Interest in Eating
By Jayna Wekenman
The following explains a bit about enrichment and directions to
create a cheap and reusable feeder that encourages foraging
behavior. Enrichment techniques are widely used in zoos,
aquariums, research and teaching facilities to encourage more
typical behaviors and discourage atypical behaviors. Some
behaviors (like cribbing and weaving) shown by domesticated horses
are atypical to their species and signs of stressors in coping
with their environments (FASS, 2010). Incorporating enrichment for
horses may also alleviate these behaviors and environmental
stressors in programs. I encourage you to look more into
enrichment and atypical behaviors before incorporating enrichment
techniques with your horses.
Materials: clean plastic jug (orange juice, bucket, soda bottle,
etc.), twine, scissors, food (treats, grain, hay cubes)
- Cut holes in the clean plastic jug (larger in size for
larger pieces of food and smaller for smaller).
- If desired, hang the container. When hanging, the container
swings and creates a different challenge than when placed on the
ground or in a feed bunk. I have used plastic orange juice
containers and strung twine through the lid.
- Fill the container with the chosen food and present it to
the horse. When knocked, food falls out, which encourages
This feeder can be used in stalls, turn-out areas or elsewhere,
and it can be hung over a rubber mat or feed trough if there is a
concern about horses eating off the ground. Use a break-away rope
and hang the feeder high enough so horses don't get tangled in the
rope. Also, document behaviors shown, levels of engagement of the
horse, changes in behaviors (atypical and/or typical), and any
other safety concerns your program may have. Enrichment techniques
implemented strategically can serve as part of the program and may
overcome symptoms associated with mental, physical and emotional
burnout for horses and personnel.
Notes: Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS). (2010).
Guide for the care and use of agricultural animals in
researching and teaching (3rd ed.). Retrieved from FASS website:
The Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging
educational exploration from our readers. We'd love to hear your
feedback! Please let us know if you have any questions about our
tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would be
interested in learning more about in the future. Email
Kristin Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!
Horses for Heroes Name Change Update
When the NARHA Horses for Heroes initiative launched in 2006, the
association was made aware that the catchy name had already been
trademarked. At that time legal consultation advised that we would
likely be okay for the time being as long as we always used the
name NARHA with it. Since that time it has become increasingly
apparent that the association, and its members offering services
to veterans and wounded service personnel, must set themselves
apart from the pack.
Legal counsel has directed the need for the association and its
members to no longer use Horses for Heroes. That name has spread
and is being used by innumerable groups. Some groups are
positively wonderful. But, not all of these entities are providing
EAAT and they certainly are not operating within PATH Intl.
standards and guidelines. In order to protect the association and
its members from inadvertent association with these groups, a new
name for the initiative will be coming soon. It is unfortunate
that we will have to leave such a catchy name behind but it is for
good reason that a transition must be made.
PATH Intl. remains committed to helping this valiant population
experience the benefits of EAAT. The association will continue to
help centers to begin providing services to veterans and wounded
service personnel and provide a network of mentors who have been
successful initiating partnerships with their local Veteran's
Please be patient as the association, the passionate and dedicated
task force and its legal team work to find a positive solution.
Watch for an announcement soon.
PATH Intl. Center Seeks Others to Petition International
Special Olympics Committee
Journeys in Bridgton, Maine, seeks other centers from across the
country to help petition the International Special Olympics
Committee in Washington, D.C., to add therapeutic carriage driving
to the state event. This year, Equine Journeys was invited to do a
lunch time demonstration of therapeutic carriage driving and
received very favorable responses.
They would like to put together a group of PATH Intl. centers that
would like to initiate a petition drive to add this activity. If
you have experience petitioning this organization or want to join
the effort, contact
Mario Pascarelli at (207) 353 402.
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 ...
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. 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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