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Intl. members. If so, plan to exhibit at the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference
and Annual Meeting November 6-9, 2013, in Orlando, FL!
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get a $50 discount on exhibiting anytime.
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Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
March 19, 2013
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.
29, 2013, 11:59 p.m., MDT.
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Click here for the abstract submission form.
Deadline: June 28
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.
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 timeline
for communication 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.
Connections: Your Resource to Ask the Experts
If you have
questions about what to expect on an accreditation site visit, are
unsure how to interpret a specific standard or 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 advice.
to the Newest PATH Intl. Center
Intl. welcomes the following center, which joined in February 2013:
Freedom Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies - Vestal, NY
Tip From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
Problems in the EAAT Horse - Thrush
By Marcie Ehrman, PATH
Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
Most of us have probably heard the old horseman's saying, "no hoof,
no horse." Almost every aspect of your equine partner's life will
affect his feet, from his conformation to his feed to the surfaces he
rests, plays and works on, and, conversely, the condition and health of
his feet will affect every aspect of his life. There are numerous
problems that can affect your horse's hooves, and this article will list
some of the more common ones, and focus on thrush. Future articles will
discuss other frequently encountered hoof problems. 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.
Things Happening at PATH Intl. Centers!
PATH Intl. Center
Highlighted on CNN Heroes Story
Congratulations to Pony
Power Therapies, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited
Center in Mahwah, NJ, which was highlighted on CNN last week as part of a
Heroes story. Pony Power Therapies partner with CNN Hero Danielle Gletow,
the founder of One Simple Wish to improve the lives of children in foster
care, some of which have the added burden of children with disabilities. (Click here for the story
and video.) "There is no end to the work that can be done with
these amazing animals," said Dana Spett, the executive director of
Pony Power Therapies. "Hopefully this will help educate the public
further on the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted
activities. What a great industry we have and thank you [PATH Intl.] for
keeping the standards so high."
Blogger on Autism Speaks Discusses Benefits of Therapeutic Horsemanship
Alicia Kershaw, founder and
executive director of GallopNYC in
Brooklyn, NY, was a guest on the Autism Speaks blog on
March 8. Alicia wrote about the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship for
those on the autism spectrum. As Alicia reports, "'I didn't know my
child could DO that!' is the most frequent comment we hear from parents
and teachers watching our riders. It's one of the many ways we know that
Therapeutic Horsemanship really works."
Intl. Center Honored as Non-Profit Business of the Year
Equestrian Center, Inc., in Cold Spring, NY, will
be honored on March 21, 2013, at the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Awards Dinner as Non-Profit Business of the Year for
"demonstrating outstanding contributions to the community."
Station Features PATH Intl. Center in a Remarkable EAAT Story
Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl.
Premier Accredited Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA, was featured on the
NBC4 News, with a story about a girl with cerebral palsy and her
progress--including first steps--because of therapeutic horsemanship at
the Shea Center.
Maddie Fragner's parents turned to a therapeutic riding center in San
Juan Capistrano in a desperate attempt to treat the little girl's
cerebral palsy. Click here to watch the
Intl. Center Membership Renewals Due by March 31
Center membership renewals
are due by March 31, 2013. After that, memberships
will expire and you will lose your original join date; if you want to
continue being a PATH Intl. member after the expiration date, you will
need to re-join.
As a reminder, center renewals were due December 31, 2012. Centers renewing
between now and March 31, 2013 must include a $50 late fee with their
center renewal. The 90-day membership renewal grace period began on
January 1, 2013. If you have already renewed your center membership,
Centers: please note the Accreditation
Reinstatement Policy for PACs
who do not renew prior to March 31, 2013.
Click here to renew online.
NOTE: The center's primary contact or executive director must be logged
in to their personal account in order to renew online.
A hard copy renewal is still an option. Download and complete the center
renewal booklet and renewal invoice from the PATH Intl. website, and mail
Click here to download the center renewal
Centers that prefer to pay by check may now complete the center renewal
booklet online and mail a check for center membership dues.
Click here for
instructions on renewing your center membership online.
Reminder: Send in Your Instructor
If you are renewing your
center membership online, be sure to send in your instructor report. The
membership department has received many online renewals but only a
handful of instructor reports. Your
center will be considered non-compliant if the instructor report is not
New Members Equals Opportunity for Prizes!
We at Professional
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) know
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
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
April 20-23, 2013
Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program in Hampton, GA
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
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center in Burnsville, NC
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
May 28-30, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT
October 18-20, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ
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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