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PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Scholarships

PATH Intl. has a long tradition of offering the best in equine-assisted activities and therapies to military personnel and veterans. By providing leadership and guidance, PATH Intl. continues to demonstrate the power of the horse to change lives.

PATH Intl. is proud to offer two scholarship opportunities for veterans of U.S. military service in order to promote their continued growth and to give back to them for their service.

The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Conference Scholarship for Veterans will award one conference registration (worth $550) to the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference, to a PATH Intl. member with an honorable discharge from U.S. military service. PATH Intl. conferences are rich with educational content, professional development and networking opportunities. The conference is in San Diego, CA, October 29-November 1. A special track is devoted to the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes group during Community Connections Day. Dr. James Spira, director of the National Center for PTSD, will be the keynote speaker for Community Connections Day. If the scholarship recipient wishes to attend Community Connections Day as part of the conference, the additional fee will be paid by PATH Intl. Click here for the conference scholarship application. The deadline for the application is September 30, 2014.

For those interested in a gratifying career with daily opportunities to change lives as a therapeutic riding instructor, PATH Intl. introduces the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Scholarship for Veterans. This scholarship will reimburse the cost of pursuing PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification ($800) and will be awarded to veterans with an honorable discharge from U.S. military service. Applicants must also possess skills in the areas of equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methodology and knowledge of disabilities. In addition, applicants must successfully meet the criteria to become a PATH Intl. Instructor-in-Training and have completed at least 10 hours volunteering at a PATH Intl. center. Click here for the instructor certification scholarship application. The deadline for the application is December 31, 2014; the scholarship will be reimbursed to the individual who successfully completes a registered instructor onsite workshop and certification between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

Learn About Hippotherapy

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., defines hippotherapy as a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. The word hippotherapy derives from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. The term hippotherapy refers to the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction. This treatment strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional goals.

In 2012, of the 747 PATH Intl. Centers reporting data, nearly 250 centers offered hippotherapy at their centers.

Occasionally, those working at PATH Intl. and its Centers may be asked if we have "hippotherapists." While the term is often used, there is no such occupation as a hippotherapsit. Those who conduct hippotherapy sessions are physical and occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists. Hippotherapy is the treatment strategy these skilled professionals use to achieve pre-set functional outcomes for their clients.

Articles About ES4H

Articles and Stories About PATH International Equine Services for Heroes (formerly known as PATH International Horses for Heroes)

April 2012: "Horses for Heroes: Finding Support on Stable Ground" in Fayette Woman

February 2011: PATH International Horses for Heroes at Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped

February, 2011: PATH International Horses for Heroes Photo Essay by Martha McNiel at DreamPower

November 2010. This video was filmed in October 2010 and was shown on KTEH-TV in California the week before Thanksgiving. Jeremiah Ridgeway, a US Army Calvary Scout with the 10th Mountain Division, served 15 months in combat in Afghanistan. He is now a civilian working with the VA and with DreamPower Horsemanship (San Martin, CA) PATH International Horses for Heroes.

March/April 2010: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs magazine, Vanguard, highlights the story "High in the Saddle" (pages 16-19)

Fall 2009: PATH International Strides Magazine story, "Heroes on Horses: Partnering With Veteran's Groups"

Spring 2009: PATH International Strides Magazine story, "Riding Rehab"

May 11, 2008: Haverill Gazette story, "Shaking the Horrors of War"

Spring 2008: PATH International Strides Magazine story, "Serving the Older Veteran"

July 4, 2007: CBS Evening News Story "The Horses of Arlington"

April 2007: North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. Establishes "Horses for Heroes" Program (press release)

Fall 2006: PATH International Strides Magazine story, "I Will Never Leave a Fallen Comrade"

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