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A presentation of
the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee webinar on equine welfare best
practices will be September 23, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight
Time. The webinar is free. Click here to sign up.
The presenter is Cathy Languerand. Cathy is a PATH Intl. Certified
Registered Instructor, a CHA Master Level Instructor, and is the PATH
Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair.
Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award
by Zoetis, presented by American Horse Publications
September 16, 2014
Bird Discount Deadline Approaching
Early bird registration
is open through tomorrow, September 17. Register now to save $135 off
the onsite price! From September 18 through October 6, registration is
$650. After October 6, you will only be able to register onsite.
You will not want
to miss this conference filled with Good Vibrations!
If you would prefer to register by fax, click here to download the registration book. Complete
the form and fax it to Amanda Walters at (303) 252-4610.
PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting
Things to Do in San Diego!
You don't have to
spend a lot of money to have fun in San Diego. Sandiego.org lists
25 free (or relatively inexpensive) things to do. Here are a few
La Jolla - The La
Jolla coastline varies dramatically - from 300 foot sea cliffs, to
rocky reefs, to golden sand coves, all for you to explore, including
miles of protected underwater preserves. La Jolla Cove is also perfect
for snorkeling or scuba diving, if you are so inclined.
Do you prefer desert vistas? Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
and experience the natural beauty of the desert. The 600,000-acre park
is one of the largest state parks in the United States.
Enjoy free organ concerts at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion
in Balboa Park. The Organ Pavillion features one of world's largest
outdoor pipe organs, a San Diego landmark since 1914, where organists
play traditional favorites, waltzes and show tunes on enormous 32-foot
You will not want to miss this conference filled with Good Vibrations! Register for the PATH
Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting by Wednesday, September 17, to
take advantage of the early bird discount.
Garnering funds is
always a priority for our nonprofit PATH Intl. Member Centers. Nancy
Paschall will help you understand the messaging differences among the
various types of fundraising in The
Essentials of Grant Writing for EAAT Programs and how
to increase the likelihood of winning grants. Dana Butler-Moburg will
help you assess your organizations readiness for a capital campaign in When to Build? An Interactive
Conversation About Capital Campaigns and Building Fundraising Capacity
to Sustain Beyond the Build.
Exhibit at the Conference
Do you have a
product equine professionals would be interested in purchasing?
Educational materials, books, videos and jewelry are all great
possibilities for selling to the 700+ therapeutic horsemanship professionals
we expect to see at the 2014 PATH Intl. Conference, October 29-November
1 in San Diego. 96% of 2013 conference survey respondents said they
will contact one or more exhibitors. Exhibiting pays off!
For more information, email Megan Ferry or call her at
(800) 369-7433, ext. 107.
Roommates for the Conference
If you are interested in sharing a room with someone at
the conference, PATH Intl. maintains a roommate/share list on the My PATH Intl. Membership
Page. While we will not match people up, we do provide contact info
of people who are looking to share expenses. Contact Cher Smith to be added to this list.
My Way Back" Documentary Available to PATH Intl. Member Centers;
Also to Screen at Conference
We at PATH Intl. know that
therapeutic horsemanship has helped thousands of our military personnel
heal from the visible and invisible wounds of war. The documentary
"Riding My way Back" tells the story of one USAF vet, Staff
Sgt. Aaron Heliker, and Fred, the horse who helped him heal.
Filmmaker Robin Fryday and Purposeful Productions, Inc., a new PATH
Intl. Corporate Member, are making the film available free of charge to
PATH Intl. Member Centers, who can then screen it in their communities
for free or as a fundraiser. The short documentary will also be
screened at the PATH Intl. Conference with time for discussion with
Aaron and with Mindy Fisher and Debbi Fisher, two PATH Intl. Certified
Registered Instructors with Rainier Therapeutic Riding, a PATH Intl.
Premier Accredited Center in Yelm, WA, where the documentary was
filmed. For information, contact Robin Fryday, the director/producer, or Peter Rosenbaum, co-director/co-producer.
Instructors: Help Us Validate an Industry Orientation Pre-Test Through
The PATH Intl.
Certification Review and Development Task Force has created an instrument
to assist those interested in entering the equine-assisted activities and
therapies (EAAT) field and who may be interested in pursuing PATH Intl.
certifications. The task force has created an Industry Orientation
comprised of three pre-tests and one survey. Its purpose is to assist the
instructor candidate in determining if pursuing a PATH Intl. instructor
certification is right for them and to decrease the dropout rate of those
who enter the certification process.
There are four sections with questions covering equine, human and
business knowledge, and a motivational role fit survey of characteristics
common to those successful in the EAAT field. The value is that both the
candidate and PATH Intl. will know from the beginning of the
certification process where the strengths and areas needing development
The Industry Orientation pre-tests and self-assessment are now at the
stage of development where the library of test questions needs to be
validated by a control group. You
as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor are our control group.
We will statistically validate that the assessment is asking the right
questions in the right way. As you have competently demonstrated the
knowledge, skills and motivations of a proficient certified instructor,
you are requested to validate the exam and survey questions. There are
168 knowledge and survey questions in this test question library. When
complete, the exam will be created by a rotating selection of the
validated questions from the test question library.
If you haven't
already, you will receive an email from CourseWebs with the subject line:
Registration for your PATH Intl. online course(s) Industry Orientation.
The email from CourseWebs will contain instructions for taking the online
course Industry Orientation.
Please take the time to help PATH Intl. build this new Industry
Orientation and survey for potential instructor candidates by completing
the Industry Orientation exams and survey for potential instructor
candidates. The more certified instructors we have participating at this
stage will help in ensuring a quality and useful tool for future PATH
Intl. Certified Professionals. The validation test will be open through
You will receive
two CEUs for completing this survey. Additionally, to
thank you for your time, two names will be drawn from those who have
completed the test to receive $50 PATHBucks. (PATHBucks are like
receiving a gift certificate that can be applied to your association
purchases, memberships or applications.)
Thank you in advance for your participation in our validation effort.
Through your input we can ensure the standards you work so diligently to
uphold in every future PATH Intl. certified instructor.
If you have any questions, please contact Stefani Viktora-Anderson, (800) 369-7433, ext. 104.
Tips From the PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee
With Your Horse
By Cathy Languerand,
PATH Intl. Equine Welfare Committee Chair
As PATH Intl. Members, we agree and understand that our work with our
EAAT horses is a partnership. We do not USE horses in our programs. We
acknowledge that horses have feelings and are able to communicate how
they feel in their own language. Our challenge is to learn to read this
unique language. As we learn to recognize their language, a two-way
"conversation" becomes possible.
Two-way, trust-based communication is one method of creating a
horse-human partnership. Let's look at what two-way, trust-based
communication looks like. Read more.
For more equine tips, and for an insightful and engaging look at the
horse-human partnership, come to the PATH Intl. Conference and horse
expo, featuring world-renowned horse clinician and trainer Chris Irwin. Early bird registration
ends September 17.
Horse of the Month
SmartPak is looking
to choose the next Horse of the Month, which will receive $100 of
SmartPak products for a month. Nominate your horse in
September for a chance to win! Photos are highly encouraged!
a Minute to ROAR for Horses
Help the EQUUS
Foundation, a PATH Intl. Sponsor, show the world how horses
"roar." Through October 7, eight non-profit animal and wildlife
organizations are competing to raise the most donations. Animal Planet is
matching these donations dollar for dollar during this time up to the
first $100,000 raised.
But you don't have to donate to help! You can help by voting who you feel
deserves the Fan Favorite Bonus of $10,000 to be donated by Animal
Visit the EQUUS Foundation page
to find out how to vote, like, share and donate.
Celebration of National Philanthropy Day
Who is your
philanthropic idol? Why do you give to PATH Intl. or your center? In
celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising
Professionals (AFP) is asking for a video answer. Submit a one-minute
video to help spread the word on therapeutic horsemanship!
Submissions are already underway, and the deadline is October 7. On
October 10, AFP will display all the videos they've received and open up
the voting. On National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, they will
announce the top five videos!
It's easy to get involved:
* Submit a video of yourself
* Ask your donors, volunteers and staff to submit videos of themselves
* Talk about National Philanthropy Day on Facebook and tweet
using #npdidol (about your videos) and #npdlove (for National
Philanthropy Day in general).
You can even use the contest to help promote your own organization as
well, creating a series of videos from supporters about what inspires
them to give.
Visit the NPD website for more
Needed to Rename Award After Paul Spiers
Dr. Paul Spiers, who served
as PATH Intl. Board of Trustees President from 2006 to 2008, was an
accomplished rider and a polo enthusiast. After an injury in 1994 while
on a hunt, Paul used a wheelchair and rehabilitated in part at Windrush
Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center
in North Andover, MA.
Paul, who passed away
September 2013, had a great passion for PATH Intl. and championed its
programs and initiatives in helping individuals to overcome challenges
and gain independence. To honor Paul Spier's passion for therapeutic
horsemanship, his friends are working to name the PATH Intl. Independent
Adult Equestrian of the Year Award in his name in perpetuity. To date,
$4,945 has been raised, and we need $5,000 by today, September 16, to
name the award (only $55 to go!). Please join us and donate
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 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
October 9-12, 2014
Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
October 16-19, 2014
National Ability Center, Park City, UT
October 22-25, 2014
Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO
November 20-23, 2014
Horse Power at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH
February 20-22, 2015
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
March 12-15, 2015
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, Williamsburg, VA
April 16-19, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and
September 24-27, 2014
Hearts and Horses,
Inc., Loveland, CO
May 27-29, 2015
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT
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