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The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and the American Paint Horse Foundation will continue an innovative partnership designed to help train therapeutic riding instructors. This alliance, which was founded in 2013, provides scholarship assistance to potential instructors of therapeutic riding. While open to anyone with skills in equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methods and disabilities, preference for scholarships will be given again to medical professionals.
Founded in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs, more than 4,200 PATH Intl. instructors have helped in excess of 56,000 children and adults find strength and independence through involvement with horses. The average cost of registration for a PATH Intl. certification workshop and test, which takes place over three days, is $800. The American Paint Horse Foundation seeks to assist individuals interested in certification through the application and acceptance of one-time, $800 scholarships.
The APHF scholarship is open only to first-time applicants, and all applicants must be APHA members and PATH Intl. members in good standing. Additionally, candidates must meet the PATH Intl. criteria to become a Registered Level Instructor In Training and have completed at least 10 hours volunteering at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
Two $800 scholarships were awarded earlier this year, and applications are being sought again by the American Paint Horse Foundation, whose primary mission centers on heritage and education. Formed in 2005, the foundation is chartered as a nonprofit corporation. Learn more about how the foundation benefits the lives of American Paint Horses and their enthusiasts at aphfoundation.org.
PATH Intl. is proud to announce that it has been named the recipient of the 12th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. The award, sponsored by Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, and presented by American Horse Publications (AHP), recognizes innovation, leadership and service.
The other finalists were Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA), KY; Tootie Bland, Owner and Producer of Road to the Horse, TX; and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), CT.
The remaining 17 nominees were:
The Equine Industry Vision Award is the first major award to showcase innovation across the equine industry. The award serves as a unique recognition of ingenuity and service, and benefits the industry by inspiring these qualities in others. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry. Previous recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O'Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, and Equine Land Conversation Resource in 2012.
PATH Intl.™ has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for WWP alumni. WWP has made a significant gift of a $200,000 grant to PATH Intl. for the purpose of awarding scholarships for EAAT to WWP alumni who have expressed an interest in therapeutic horsemanship.
About the Selection Process
An electronic broadcast was sent by WWP to 1,834 of its alumni, defined as Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001. The initial broadcast focused on regions identified by WWP as needing activities for local WWP alumni. Local alumni interested in participating in EAAT returned an expression of interest to WWP. WWP matched those alumni from 11 states with PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers that offer services to veterans.
Premier Accredited Centers in the cities and states nearest the alumni are being contacted to determine capacity for accepting new participants. If that capacity exists, the Wounded Warrior alumni will be eligible for up to 10 classes and his or her scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to the center after the completion of the session.
About the Future
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve injured servicemen and women with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
Tens of thousands of Wounded Warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. To learn more about WWP, click here to see how it influences the innovative programs and services offered to Wounded Warriors.
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