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Intl. and APHF Team Up to Provide Scholarships
PATH Intl. and the
American Paint Horse Foundation have teamed up to provide scholarships
for PATH Intl. therapeutic riding certification. Designed to benefit
those who wish to further their education, this alliance will provide
scholarship assistance to potential instructors of therapeutic riding. Click here for more
must be postmarked by March 1, 2013.
devastated the eastern seaboard of the United States in late October
and early November 2012. Unfortunately, the buildings of Staten Island
Recreation Association, a PATH Intl. Center in New York, were also
completely destroyed. Because of past donations from members, the PATH
Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is able to help fund the feed and care of
their horses while the center rebuilds this spring.
Please contribute to the
Disaster Relief Fund and hopefully help meet the needs of the next
disaster victim. Thank you for your support!
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
February 19, 2013
Intl. Region 7 Conference to Be Rescheduled Due to Impending Winter
Due to the
treacherous weather being forecast to hit the Omaha, NE, area, the hard
decision has been made to try to reschedule the PATH Intl. Region 7
conference for September.
well-being are the cornerstones of this association. And those ideals
not only apply to your participants, but in this instance they apply to
you, the members, who might be driving in dangerous conditions. We
apologize greatly for any inconvenience this rescheduling may cause.
Upon the decision
regarding a rescheduled date, all registrants will be notified and any
amendments to the standard cancellation policy will also be addressed
at that time.
A huge thank-you
goes to the hard-working host committee who worked tirelessly to put
together this excellent schedule and event. We will make every attempt
to retain all of the speakers scheduled for this weekend. (As of this
morning two of the speakers had already canceled due to the ominous
Stay safe and warm! We will get back to everyone ASAP with
PATH Intl. Conference Information
Call for Papers
You, your organization
or your research can help improve the equine-assisted activities and
therapies field. Individuals interested in presenting at the 2013
PATH Intl. Conference November 6-9 in Orlando, FL, are invited to
submit a completed abstract submission form to PATH Intl. Abstract
submission will be handled electronically only.
Click here for information and guidelines.
Click here for the
abstract submission form.
Do you have a
talented equestrian at your PATH Intl. center? Do you admire a
particular instructor or an equine specialist in mental health and
learning? Does a special horse, mule or mini who has a priceless
attitude call your center home? Do you know of a volunteer or
veterinarian who generously gives time at a PATH Intl. center?
Now is the time to
recognize their efforts and submit an award nomination for these
special individuals and animals. Nominations are due no later than 12
midnight, MDT, May 20. Click here for information and for the fillable nomination forms.
If you are
interested in selling your products to nearly 1,000 instructors,
executive directors and other decision makers, be an exhibitor at the
2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting.
Detailed information on exhibiting in Orlando can be found here.
Intl. Input Solicited for Adaptive Sports Survey
play an important role in the health, happiness and overall well-being
of individuals with disabilities. As a provider of adaptive sports
services, PATH Intl. Centers strive to provide safe and effective
instruction and coaching for your program participants. Fielding a
team of trained staff and volunteers, instructors and coaches is key to
the success of your participants and athletes.
The Bob Woodruff
Foundation has funded a study to examine how adaptive sports programs
prepare volunteers and staff, instructors and coaches to meet the needs
of students and athletes with disabilities. This survey is being
conducted by Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire, in
collaboration with U.S. Paralympics and Disabled Sports USA. Your
participation in this survey is important and will help to develop a
complete picture of strengths and areas of need for training within the
field of adaptive sports.
The results of the
survey will be used in summary form. Your individual responses will
remain confidential. If you have questions about the survey, email Cara Carr
at the University of New Hampshire. A link containing survey results
and training opportunities will be disseminated to all study
participants in April 2013.
This survey will
take between 10 and 35 minutes to complete based on the number of
adapted sports your program offers. If you complete the survey by
February 28, 2013, and supply contact information, you will be entered
to win one of five $50 gas cards.
Click here to begin.
Thank you for your
participation in this important study.
Available to Researchers Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of
Horses on Humans
Horses and Humans
Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to
investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. HHRF is
accepting applications for grants up to $50,000. The Foundation's broad
research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies
that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of
life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Deadline for submission proposals is June 15, 2013.
Click here for information.
Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand Could Help Your PATH Intl. Center
If your center has
high-school age volunteers who would be interested in volunteering in
Thailand, Loop Abroad
offers experiential summer programs in Thailand for high school students.
Many of the programs feature a week living and working as a volunteer
at the Elephant Nature Park. Programs also include a two-week
veterinary service program, where students can volunteer alongside a
vet, working at a dog rescue and at the elephant sanctuary. Any student
who volunteers with Loop Abroad through a PATH Intl. Center will have
$500 of their tuition donated to the PATH Intl. Center of their choice.
Contact Loop Abroad for information.
to AQHF's America's Horse Cares Grant Program
Quarter Horse Foundation announces changes to the America's Horse Cares
grant program, which is designed to support the equine-assisted
activities and therapies (EAAT) industry.
Beginning in 2013, its general program, which helps fund educational
grants for PATH Intl., will expand to include educational grant funding
for member facilities of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA),
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and the Equine Assisted Growth
and Learning Association (EAGALA).
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. For a complete list of
the program criteria and approved curriculum, please visit AQHA's website.
Intl. welcomes these centers who joined in January 2013.
Equine Therapeutic Riding Center, Lanesboro, MA
Riding at Drakestown Equestrian, Long Valley, NJ
Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Medical Treatments for Our Equines
By Brittany Aspen,
PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member
Taking care of the older horse can be difficult; special diets,
maintaining body condition
and keeping them happy and sound can be a full time job. The horses
in the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry are usually
older and have a stressful, yet rewarding, job.
At the facility where I work, we are always looking for ways to keep our
horses happy and comfortable so they don't suffer from burn out. In the
past three years that I have been the equine coordinator at a facility of
more than 30 horses, we have tried many different
techniques--chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture--but the most
successful treatment so far has been light therapy. Read more.
The PATH Intl.
Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging educational
exploration from our readers; we'd love to hear your feedback! Let us
know if you have any questions about our tip or have a suggestion about
specific topics you would like covered in the future. Email Kristin
Mason, EWC chair. Thank you!
us in the online PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community!
Participate in lively,
thought-provoking and sometimes controversial discussions in the PATH
Intl. Equine Welfare Community. No matter your specific interest (EFP,
therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, interactive vaulting,
etc.), they ALL involve partnering with equines. Exchange ideas, ask
questions, offer comments and suggestions, and "pick the
brains" of some of our industry's most experienced and qualified
people. Access the forum through the PATH Intl. website by clicking on the
Community Connections button in the left menu. If you have any questions
about joining the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Community, please email
Moderator Patty D'Andrea.
Intl. Center Featured in Magazine Article
Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl. Center in Corvallis, MT,
which was featured in the December/January 2013 issue of Ranch & Reata Magazine, The
Journal of the American West.
Opportunity for Path Intl. Site Visitors and Center Representatives to Be
on Accreditation Work Group
The PATH Intl.
Accreditation Committee is looking for association members to serve on a
work group. The task of the group will be to review the accreditation
process and to recommend appropriate changes to the Accreditation
Committee. If you have not previously served on a PATH Intl. work group
or committee and fulfill the following requirements, you are encouraged
knowledge and understanding of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and
Accreditation and the accreditation process
site visitor or a center representative who has gone through at
least one accreditation visit
To apply, please complete a volunteer application form. Return
application and resume to Corey Campbell or call her at
(800) 369-7433, ext. 104.
No matter what questions
you might have, there are experts who are willing to help you find the
answers. Do you have questions about what to expect on an accreditation
site visit? Are you unsure how to interpret a specific standard? Do you
want to find out how your center can comply with the standards? Ask the
experts! The PATH Intl. Accreditation Subcommittee and your fellow PATH
Intl. Members are on Community Connections to answer your questions. Log
in to PATH Intl. Community Connections,
join the Standards & Accreditation community and receive expert
Intl. Events Calendar
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. homepage or on the PATH Intl. events calendar.
PATH Intl. Equine
Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Practical Skills
May 21-24, 2013
R.O.C.K., Ride on Center for Kids in Georgetown, TX
September 11-15, 2013
Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ
September 27-30, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
October 23-26, 2013
Hearts and 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.
June 29-July 3, 2013
BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove, IL
October 15-19, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
Advanced Certification Event
February 19-20, 2013
Good Hope Equestrian Center, Inc. in Miami, FL
March 14-16, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX
March 22-24, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ
May 28-30, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT
Vaulting Workshop/Certification Event
April 20-23, 2013
Hands and Hearts for Horses in Thomasville, GA
PATH Intl. Mentor Training
February 9-10, 2013
St. Andrews Ride Like A Knight in Laurinburg, NC
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