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PATH Intl. Sponsors

If you have questions about sponsoring PATH Intl. or exhibiting at the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting, please contact

Megan Ream Ferry


Title Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor
Tekna Saddles 


Gold Sponsors

Bayer Healthcare Animal Health

Equine Network/AIM



Silver Adequan 




American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)  






Triple Crown Nutrition 



American Hippotherapy




Freedom Rider 

Horses and Humans

   Research Foundation 

Horse Sense of the


JJ Cano Fine Art  

Natural Lifemanship 

Ohio University Southern 

SureHands Lift & Care



Markel, Gold Level Sponsor

Thank you to Markel Insurance for renewing as a Gold Level Sponsor of PATH Intl! Learn about available insurance options from Debi DeTurk Peloso at the PATH Intl. Conference.    


Become a Corporate Member

Are you interested in getting your business in front of PATH Intl. members, but not sure you can commit to being a sponsor? Join PATH Intl. as a Corporate Member! More details can be found on the Corporate Member page or contact

Megan Ream Ferry with questions.   

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

    August 21, 2012


The Jockey Club T.I.P. Program Announces Winner

Aspen in a TR lessonCongratulations to Rainier Therapeutic Riding Center's horse Maud Star, aka Aspen, who was named The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Thoroughbred of the Year Award recipient. The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work.

Aspen is a therapeutic riding horse at the Rainier Therapeutic Riding center in Yelm, WA, which provides therapeutic horsemanship to wounded, active-duty and veteran members of the military. Aspen, who had raced 32 times and won nearly $10,000 in his four-year racing career, is the oldest horse in the program and has helped more than 26 riders overcome the wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, anxiety disorders and other physical injuries.

"Aspen is a program favorite who stands quietly for riders as they overcome their fears and anxieties of working with a large horse for the first time," says Elisia Mutter, executive director. "His quiet insistence that his handlers ask him for things correctly helps these amazing people once again have the confidence to be a leader."

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. Information about T.I.P. is available on its website or on Facebook.


PATH Intl. Conference Highlights

2012conflogoThe PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting has a long-standing reputation of providing the very best educational content for attendees. This year, we are pleased to announce two new tracks that offer exceptional learning experiences. The Equine Health and Well-Being Track focuses on our equine partners. Sessions include improving horse-human communication, tips and techniques for facilitating your equines' education, training exercises beneficial to therapeutic horses and parasite control. The Innovate Track shifts our thinking out of the box. Sessions include a look at the future of the industry from a millennial perspective and facility design with Todd Gralla, whose company Populous helped design the 2012 London Olympics equestrian stadium.

With the presentations, the banquet, the Horse Expo, the silent auction, and the fun to be had at the closing reception, you won't want to miss a minute of the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3. Look for the registration booklet included with the Summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides. Click here to register online or click here to download the registration booklet.


Exhibit at the PATH Intl. Conference

Do you write books, consult or provide another skill that would be of interest to your fellow members? Consider reserving an exhibitor booth at the 2012 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, October 31-November 3, in Bellevue, WA.    


Exhibiting at the PATH Intl. Conference will get your business in front of nearly 1,000 professionals in the therapeutic horsemanship industry! Click here to learn more about the opportunities available to PATH Intl. Members receive a $50 discount any time.


Numerous individuals have sold out of their books, games or other materials by taking advantage of the opportunity to get in front of fellow members. Let this be your year!


Finding a Roommate for the PATH Intl. Conference

If you are looking for a roommate for the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, PATH Intl. maintains an unmoderated list of those who are seeking rooms and those who are seeking roommates. Click here to see the list. You must be logged in.  


If you would like your name put on the list, email your information to Cher Smith. Also, don't forget to check with your friends and colleagues on PATH Intl. Community Connections as another avenue to find roommates.


Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2012 PATH Intl. conference registration scholarship winners! Thank you to everyone who submitted applications. 


winners responsesGeneral Scholarship:

Claire Adamson 

Brittany Aspen 

Charlotte Bass 

Holly Byers 

Patty D'Andrea 

Christine Davis 

Pam Dance 

Susan E. Grant 

Tammy Harty 

Jeffrey Kyle Hensley 

Natalie Langston
Peggy Lore 

Cherie Page 

Virginia Mae

Mary Riffon 

Jodi Teal 

Amanda Weaver 

Michelle Weed


Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship:  

Elisia Fernandez Mutter 



Welcome New Centers!



PATH Intl. welcomes these centers that joined PATH Intl. in July 20012. Welcome! If you want information on center membership, contact Karen Province.

This Old Horse, Inc., Hastings, MN
EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding Inc., Kokomo, IN
Challenges Met Equine Therapy LLC, Fort Payne, AL
CS Ranch, Marland, OK
New Canaan Mounted Troop Therapeutic Riding Program, New Canaan, CT
Take The Reins, Thompsons Station, TN
The Legacy Complex, Abilene, TX
Heaven's Gates Inc, Seville, OH
Hopes, Dreams and Horses, Inc, Jupiter, FL
Verde View Equestrian Center Inc, Harpursville, NY
PHI 4, Armstrong, MO


Coordinator Position Open in the PATH Intl. Office

PATH Intl. is seeking a Credentialing Programs Coordinator, a full-time position in the Denver, CO, office. Experience in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies is a plus. For a complete job description, click here. Please submit your resume and application to the attention of Jeff Kelling.


PATH Intl. Subcommittee Seeks Additional Members

The PATH Intl. Driving Certification Subcommittee seeks enthusiastic new members to join the committee. Applicants should have a strong interest in therapeutic riding and driving and a desire to continue the development and improvement of the PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Certification process.

Click here to download the volunteer application. Send the completed application and your resume to Denise Fager


PATH Intl. Faculty Development Task Force Looks for Additional Member

The Path Intl. Faculty Development Task Force is looking for a new member. The mission of the task force is to develop criteria for new and continuing faculty trainers, to review processes and procedures and to recruit and train faculty for PATH Intl. credentialing and educational programs. Background in education or training is helpful, along with the ability to attend a morning conference call once a month.

To apply please fill out the volunteer application and submit it with a resume to Jeff Kelling


Exciting Update to Community Connections: Resources

There has been a great new update to PATH Intl. Community Connections! All PATH Intl. members can now upload items to the Resources page. This is a great way to share valuable resources such as job descriptions, volunteer manuals, lesson plans, etc. Each week the site will feature a resource as the Upload of the Week. Share your resources, and yours may be featured on the site!

Last week's featured upload included multiple documents from the 2012 PATH Intl. Region 5 Conference in Tampa, FL. You can locate and download these documents in the Resources section of the Region 5 Community, or you can click on the Resources button on the main black navigation bar.

If you have any questions about uploading resources, please contact Rachel Davis on Community Connections.  


PATH Intl. Free Webinars on Equine Care

The next Best Practices for Equine Care webinar is August 27. Attendance is limited to 25 per session so please register now through the PATH Intl. online store.

Additional dates are September 16 and October 19. 


PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, contact Denise Fager at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, 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 Find a Center 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
August 27-30, 2012
National Ability Center in Park City, UT

September 14-16, 2012
Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft, NJ

October 17-20, 2012
Hearts & Horses, Inc. in Loveland, CO

PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and Certification combination event
Workshop is held the first 2-1/2 days, certification held the last 2-1/2 days. Specific schedule sent by host site.

September 25-29, 2012
Horse Power @ Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
The event will start the evening of the 25th and end the evening of the 29th; contact host site for detailed schedule.

PATH Intl. Advanced Certification Event
September 10-12, 2012
BraveHearts in Harvard, IL

October 14-15, 2012
EQUEST in Wylie, TX

October 22-23, 2012
Ride On in Chatsworth, CA

November 16-18, 2012
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Annapolis, MD

PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
October 21-24, 2012
Hearts & Horses in Loveland, CO    


PATH Intl. Mentor Training

August 25-26, 2012

Equul Access, Inc., in Hutchinson, MN

October 15-16, 2012
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ

October 30-31, 2012
PATH Intl. Conference in Bellevue, WA

Please visit the PATH Intl. events calendar for a list of 2012 Registered On-Site Workshops and Certifications. 



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