Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
March 5, 2013
New Members Equals Opportunity for Prizes!
We at Professional
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) know
that our current members are the best possible source for new members
who could benefit from all PATH Intl. has to offer.
With our special Member-Get-A-Member drive, we've made referring
colleagues to PATH Intl. easier than ever! Forward an application to them or direct
them to the PATH Intl. store to
join online. Ask your friend to enter your name as his/her
"referred by." Then tell another friend... and another... and
another to win prizes.
Last year, Pebbles Turbeville of Region 3 was the 1st prize winner and
won the pick-a-trip weekend package. Horses Help of Region 10 won a
$100 gift card, and Amanda Costa of Region 5 won the drawing for a free
Thank you for your efforts for all members recruited by
June 30, 2013!
Intl. Gathering Information on Member Research
One of the major
areas of growth within the equine-assisted activities and therapies
(EAAT) industry is research in all areas of equine/human activity.
Numerous PATH Intl. members and centers are driving this activity. At
this time, the association would like to gather information on who is
doing research, topics of research, plans for publication, academic
partners, etc. The purpose of this request is to facilitate discussion
among PATH Intl. members, to keep them informed of the exciting work
being done by association members, to create a PATH Intl. Community
Connection group for researchers, to create a research page on the PATH
Intl. website to offer opportunities for interaction and discussion and
to support and promote the work of PATH Intl. members.
We invite PATH Intl. members and centers who have
completed, are currently conducting or planning to conduct research
projects that have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to send
any information they are willing to share publicly to Jeff Kelling, PATH Intl. Programs and Education Manager.
for a PATH Intl. Conference Scholarship!
PATH Intl. continues to work diligently
to obtain funding sources to ensure the maximum opportunity to
underwrite registration scholarships for the PATH Intl. Conference and
The 2013 conference scholarship application and the 2013 Marjorie V.
Kittredge Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship
application are due by email to Rachel Davis no later than
June 28, 2013.
encouraged to apply! Click below to download applications or find them
on the 2013 PATH Intl.
2013 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
2013 Marjorie V. Kittredge Equine-Facilitated
Psychotherapy and Learning Scholarship
PATH Intl. Conference Information
The 2013 PATH Intl.
Conference and Annual Meeting page has detailed information on the
great Orlando, FL, location and links to possible fun-in-the-sun
activities in the area. Information about the conference site and
hotel, the Caribe Royale, has been updated.
To reserve your room, call (888)
258-7501 and reference PATH Intl. or reserve your room online.
Deadline: March 29, 2013, 11:59 p.m.,
Click here for information and guidelines.
Click here for the abstract submission form.
Deadline: 12 midnight, MDT, May 20.
Intl. Master Certification Process Updated
employers and participants' families that you have the ability to step
into any instruction situation in the field of EAAT and manage
effectively. Apply for your PATH Intl. Master Certification!
A volunteer team
of advanced and master instructors have recently updated and completed
the Master Certification Application booklet. Some of the revisions
include an updated process map to clearly lead candidates through the
certification activities and deadlines, an updated timeline for the
2013 certification, samples of case study submissions and a
communication timeline with the examining panel.
PATH Intl. Master
Instructors have a strong background in horsemanship, teaching and a
thorough knowledge of a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional
disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding and other
EAAT. They are also qualified to train other therapeutic riding
instructors to the advanced level. PATH Intl. Master Instructor
Certification is designed for all instructors who wish to be recognized
at the highest level of their profession.
To learn of
prerequisites, qualifications and fees for master instructor
certification, click here.
For the 2013 cycle
only, an Intent to Apply form and application fee are due April 1st.
The remaining deadline dates depicted in the flow chart will remain in
effect. For the 2014 cycle, the Intent to Apply deadline will return to
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Fager.
Evaluator Update Webinar
March 26 at 4 p.m. PST
April 17 at 4 p.m. PST
PATH Intl. Master Instructor and Lead Evaluator, will be giving an
evaluator update webinar for those evaluators who missed the last one.
There is no cost! In this mandatory webinar, Sandy will be presenting
the new riding/teaching forms with instruction on how to use them.
These will be the only live webinar offerings, so please plan on
attending one or the other.
Please email Corey Campbell to sign up. If you have questions regarding
the evaluator update, contact Denise Fager.
Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Equine Travel Patterns in Snow
By Jayna Wekenman,
PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee member
Have you ever wondered how your equines use paddock areas in the winter?
do they travel, with what frequency and why? Snow is great for tracking
travel patterns and gaining insight to these questions. Locations without
snow can also track travel patterns by observing wear patterns of forages
and ground substrates. In this article, I describe my experience and
insights after observing snow disturbance in the paddock of my two
equines. Try a similar observational exercise specific to your
organization. The results may only be speculation, but a perspective on
equine travel patterns can lead to insights on equine behavior,
well-being and property use. 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.
EFP Experience Needed for Research Study
Are you a mental health
professional who is actively incorporating equine-assisted activities
into your practice? If so, Taylor M. Ham, a graduate student in the
marriage and family program at Virginia Tech, invites you to participate
in a research study for her master's thesis about uses of equine-assisted
psychotherapy or equine-facilitated psychotherapy to treat relational
All information given will remain confidential and anonymous, and IP
addresses will not be recorded.
Click here to participate
in this study. Thank you in advance for your time and contribution to
the field of equine-assisted psychotherapy.
For more information, contact:
Taylor M. Ham
Available to Researchers Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Horses
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.
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
Contact Loop Abroad for information.
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
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
May 18-19, 2013
Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville, MD
June 13-14, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT
June 28-29, 2013
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center in Williamsburg, VA
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