Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award
by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications
August 6, 2013
PATH Intl. Conference Registration Book
You should now have the summer issue of PATH Intl. Strides
magazine with the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference Registration Book. In it,
you will find the sessions schedule, hotel information, some fun things
to do in Orlando, the Horse Expo line-up with the closing event at
Arabian Nights and of course the registration form. Online registration is now
If you have
questions about registration, contact Karen Province or call her at (800) 369-7433, ext. 111.
If you feel baffled at times by the
names, types, functions and usefulness of social media, "Has
Social Media Changed Everything ... or Nothing in Center Fund
is the session for
you. Arlene Alen, vice president/director of marketing and development
for Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Inc., in Chino Valley, AZ, and PATH Intl.
Board of Trustees member, discusses social media campaigns for fund
development and why a plan is necessary.
Equine-facilitated learning is growing by lengths
and strides. In the interactive session "Saddle
Up for Success With Equine-Facilitated Learning,"
presenters Debbie Anderson and Blair McKissock explore what defines
EFL, the training required and will give an overview of facilitation
techniques for centers to create diverse, sustainable EFL programming.
Join us for Destination: Success!
Them In Member-Get-A-Member Drive Winners
Our third annual
Rein Them In Member-Get-A-Member drive ended on June 30th, and resulted
in numerous new member referrals. Congratulations to Cindy
Joyce from Region 1 who won the pick-a-trip weekend and to Healing
Strides of VA from Region 3 who won the second
prize of a $100 gift card. All members who recruited new members were
entered in to a drawing for a free conference registration, and Helen
Jennings from Dubai was the lucky winner.
Thank you for
helping to keep our association strong!
and Instructor Membership Renewal
1, 2013, membership renewal notices will be sent electronically.
Individual and instructor members will be able to renew online or by
downloading a membership renewal form and the instructor compliance
form from the PATH Intl. website on the My PATH Intl. Membership
page. To ensure that membership renewal notices are received,
members will need to be proactive in keeping their email address
current in their member records. If you have questions regarding
updating your email address, please contact Jorian Stuckey, (800) 369-7433, ext. 119.
Intl. Webinar on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
PATH Intl. will
hold the webinar "Riding in the Moment: A Program for Persons With
Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia" on August 24,
2013, at 5 p.m. Mountain time. It will be presented by Stef Vikora,
Program Director at Hearts and Horses, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited
Center in Loveland, CO. If you would like to attend this pertinent and
informative topic, contact Denise Fager or call her at
(800) 369-7433, ext. 114.
Nutrition 101 - Part I
By Donald R. Kapper,
PAS, and Marcie Ehrman, PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Member
All of us who own/manage horses are interested in optimizing their health
and improving their performance. Understanding how the quality of forage
they eat can affect their digestive function and their health is a great
place to start when reviewing best management practices.
This article is divided into two parts:
- Part I
will highlight the importance of knowing the forage 'type' and 'quality'
you are feeding at your center. Putting this knowledge to use will
greatly benefit your horses' over-all health and performance.
- Part II
will feature how the horse's digestive system functions and why they
are selective 'continuous' grazers of forage. See why feeding more
forage and less grain mixture is better for your horses' health and
The mainstay of all horse diets is the forage they consume. It is
essential that every horse owner/manager understand how the equine
digestive tract functions optimally and how forage quality and quantity
will help maintain the health of your horses, reduce the incidence of
colic and keep your horses performing up to their potential. Read more
Volunteer Award Winner for July
The July winner of
the Bimeda Volunteer Award was Michele Sandefur of Therapeutic Animal
Partners in Columbia, TN. "Michele has been a gracious volunteer for
13+ years. She is a PATH Intl. Instructor, weekly feeder for our equine
partners, supporter at numerous special events and the veterinarian to
our barncats and bunnies."
Your center can recognize and thank a volunteer. Nominate a volunteer
from a PATH Intl. Center, and he or she will have a chance to receive a
"Thanks for Your Time" Bimeda $50 American Express gift card.
In addition, Bimeda will donate a 25 dose pack of Bimectin, Exodus and
Equimax dewormers to the volunteer's center. Visit Bimeda Equine for
Intl. Announces 2013 Region Award Winners
A big congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
Every year, PATH Intl. centers and members nominate the very
best equestrians, certified professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and
equines serving at PATH Intl. Centers, and we are pleased to announce the
regional and equestrian award winners. Each year becomes more difficult
to choose from among the outstanding nominations. This year, PATH Intl.
received an astounding 227 nominations, demonstrating once again the high
quality of service our centers offer. It takes a lot of time and thought
to nominate someone, and we thank everyone who nominated someone.
(Remember that nominations are now accepted year round.) A special
thank you also to our judges for making the difficult decisions.
Click here to see a list
of the 2013 PATH Intl. Region Award Winners.
Intl. Membership Purchasing Survey
Help PATH Intl. and
possibly win a prize by taking 10 minutes or less to tell us about your
purchasing habits! In order to serve our members best, we seek to partner
with appropriate industry organizations and companies. So every couple
years PATH Intl. gathers purchasing data on its membership.
Click here to complete the
survey by August 20, 2013. This survey should take less than 10
minutes. Respondents who would like to be entered in a drawing can win 16
prizes, including feed coupons, bags of horse treats, dewormers, books
and even a $25 American Express gift card! (Thank you to Bimeda/Equimax,
Triple Crown Nutrition and Horse Sense of the Carolinas for these
If you have any questions, please contact Megan
Ferry at PATH Intl. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Show Benefits Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies
The Niche Gallery in
Saratoga Springs, NY, announced the opening of its new show, "The
Foal Project," a series of images taken by photographer Lisa Miller,
who has been responsible for a couple of covers of PATH Intl. Strides
magazine. These 40" x 60"signed and numbered limited edition
pieces are printed on metal and depict the moment of connection between a
mare and her foal at birth.
Project," which will be at The Niche through the end of August, is a
not for profit traveling gallery show to raise awareness and funding for
equine-assisted activities and therapies. Proceeds go to the Foal Project
Donor Advised Fund established at the Adirondack Trust Company Community
Fund in Saratoga Springs, NY. From there, the funds are used to fill
grant requests made by equine-assisted activities and therapies centers.
Some of the centers that have received funding from the Foal Project
Donor Advised Fund include Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in
West Bridgewater, MA; Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association, a PATH
Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Teton Village, WY; and STAR Riding and
Driving, Inc., in Aiken, SC.
The Foal Project has gained national attention with media coverage on
ESPN.com and many other news sources. For information on the Foal Project
or to request a grant form please
contact Lisa Miller at email@example.com or (315)
Your PATH Intl. Participants With Donated Ribbons
Would your program like to reward your
riders and volunteers with donated ribbons? Perhaps your center would
like to create a ribbon tree or ribbon wreath out of donated ribbons for
your next fundraiser.
Ribbon Recycling collects donated ribbons for distribution to therapeutic
riding centers and directs donors to "donate locally," as well.
Please let Ribbon Recycling know if your center would be
interested in receiving donated ribbons. Simply fill out the form
on its site. Include in the comments that you would like to be
contacted by ribbon donors. Ribbon Recycling will then list your center
on its site so that local donors may contact you directly. If you have
questions, contact Julie Beaulieu at Ribbon
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
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.
October 15-19, 2013
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH
Vaulting Workshop and Certification combination event
Specific schedule sent
by host site.
August 6-9, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX
Advanced Certification Event
September 7-8, 2013
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA
October 18-20, 2013
Horses Help in Phoenix, AZ
PATH Intl. Mentor
August 9-10, 2013
SIRE in Hockley, TX
August 13-14, 2013
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH
December 7-8, 2013
Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Brewster, NY
August 16-17, 2013
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, CT
August 24-25, 2013
Equest in Wylie, TX
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