PATH Intl. Centers

Equine Affaire Volunteers Needed!

The Equine Affaire (www.equineaffaire.com) in Springfield, Ma is right around the corner! Region 1 will once again be an exhibitor in the Better Living Center.  This is a great opportunity to provide outreach to PATH Intl. members, non-members, and the equine community about PATH Intl. and the equine assisted activities and therapies. Please consider volunteering at the booth!  Those that commit to and spend 4 hours at the booth receive an admission ticket paid for by the Region 1 Outreach Allocation. A huge thanks to Katrina Manegio for continuing to coordinate the booth and volunteers!  In order to sign up to volunteer, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4FAAAD229-2018.  

NESAR:

Many members of Region 1 are not aware that there is a non-profit organization, New England Special Activities Resources (NESAR), which was established to provide scholarships to Region 1 members. The scholarship program focuses on individuals who might not be able to attend educational programs and certifications without financial support.

Scholarship applications are approved by the Scholarship Committee and are capped at 50% of tuition costs or $300, whichever is less. Only tuition costs are eligible for scholarship. Housing or travel expenses are not considered.

To qualify for a NESAR scholarship, you must be a current PATH Intl. member, reside or provide equine assisted activities in PATH Intl. Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, or Vermont), and have not received a NESAR scholarship within a 2-year calendar period. The application can be found on the Region 1 page of the PATH Intl. website or by clicking here.

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Maine News:

LaDawn Therapeutic Riding in West Kennebunk had a successful show team this year. We just finished our series of 4 shows! 7 students from LaDawn participated throughout the season at open horseshows, and were successful, each winning at least one 1st place ribbon!  We all had a great time, and enjoyed the show atmosphere. It gives each of the riders a reason to progress and get better with their skills; plans are already being made for next year.

LaDawn is currently looking for a new horse to join the program.  Please contact Donna at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Riding To The Top in Windham hosted a PATH Intl. ESMHL Workshop and Skills Test and an OSWC for Registered Instructors in August. We had attendees from across the country and were pleased to have Ann Alden and Susanne Haseman as our faculty for the ESMHL and Gisela Heimsath Rhodes and Antoinette DeGruccio as our PATH Intl. faculty for the OSWC.

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RTT is also pleased to announce that Kate Jeton has joined our staff as Program Director.  Kate was a former volunteer and Board member and has been a life long horsewoman.  In addition to her strong knowledge and understanding of RTT, she is a PATH certified instructor and brings a wealth of organizational development experience to her position.  Welcome Kate!

October 19thand 20th, RTT is hosting Nicole Birkholzer for a clinic on “Meet Your (TR) Horse in the Now”.  Nicole is an equine advocate, educator, author and former ED of a therapeutic riding center.  She brings these unique talents together in helping staff and volunteers at therapeutic riding centers and horse owners in general, learn how to effectively connect with our horses, living in the now.  FMI contact RTT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many centers in Maine are gearing up for the Maine Equestrian Special Olympics Competition for riding and driving on September 29th!

New Hampshire News:

Touchstone Farm inTemple a 47 year old nonprofit Equine Therapeutic Riding and Carriage Driving facility was needing help with a small, but very meaningful project. The New Hampshire Landscape Association came through in a HUGE way!  Our indoor arena, although complete with a power lift for assisting our therapeutic riding clients onto horses, was sparkling on the inside.  However, the outside entrance had never been fully filled in and graded for the smooth and easy access needed by our clients vans or shuttle buses.  The deep ruts and slope of the driveway would make pushing a wheelchair or pulling a vehicle up to the front door of the arena extremely challenging, especially during the rainy season and the winter months.

Our therapeutic programs serve veterans and their families as well as children and adults struggling with Autism, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and/or loss of limb even Cerebral Palsy.  We feel strongly that veterans have given enough to our country so we try to find ways to offer these programs at no cost to them.  Incurring large costs to redo the entrance way of the indoor arena would mean less funding for our Financial Aid ability next year.

Knowing that the NH Landscape Association (NHLA) often becomes involved in community service projects, Touchstone Farm reached out to NHLA to help improve an area in front of their large indoor arena and create better access to it.  Over the course of two days, members of NHLA cleared, regraded and brought in gravel to create a more usable space for trailers, parking and year round access to the indoor arena.

NOW…..  Thanks to the NH Landscape Association awarding Touchstone Farm with their service project, we have a wonderful level, graded and smoothly packed parking lot and entrance way to our indoor arena.  This allows our instructors to spend much more time facilitating lessons instead of struggling with parking and pushing the wheelchairs through a modified field with deep ruts and steep slopes.   We have gained at least 15 minutes for each lesson on the horse as well as a much safer parking lot for all and a more aesthetically pleasing front entrance way to the arena!

The New Hampshire Landscape Association is a statewide association with 175 members made up of Landscape Contractors, Nurseries and Garden Centers, Landscape designers and Architects, Landscape Equipment and Materials dealers and research and Educational professionals. Their mission is to educate and promote professionalism and the use of Best Practices among our members through our annual Conferences and other educational opportunities as well as through our NH Certified Landscape Professional program.

A HUGE “Thank You” goes out to Chuck Simpson of Simpson Landscaping from Dublin, NH and Dave DeJohn of DeJohn Landscaping from Canterbury, NH for providing equipment and labor; Pellettieri Associates of Warner, NH for the donation of $500.00 towards materials, Dirt Doctors of Pembroke NH for the use of their compactor and Leighton A White of Milford, NH for the delivery of over 100 yards of crushed gravel.  

Touchstone Farm is a 501(c)3 nationally recognized equine educational and therapeutic facility.  As the 2018 Peterborough Chamber of Commerce nonprofit of the year, we continue to be a community leader recognized for our innovative approach to equine-based therapeutic programs.  We received a 100% accreditation score in 2016 by PATH Intl., (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International).  With nationally certified therapeutic riding instructors, highly trained volunteers, liability insurance, a large string of well-trained and safe horses, classrooms and extensive riding facilities, Horse Power at Touchstone Farm is the ideal setting for its highly successful equine-based therapeutic programs.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown is currently renovating a house on the property to be able to provide a variety of retreat opportunities as well as housing for trainings held at the facility.  We are very excited to be doing our first retreat weekend Oct. 19-21 with Camp Resilience (https://www.prli.us).  This weekend will provide Veteran’s with the opportunity to participate in a variety of equine activities. 

The Resilience Reinsprogram continues to be successful in providing youth and their parents with the tools necessary to become resilient individuals.  The program is geared towards youth that have experienced a trauma.  While the youth are working with a mental health professional, ESMHL, and awesome ponies, the parents have the opportunity to attend a parenting group, Parent Café.  At the conclusion of both groups, a family style dinner is served by various community organizations, businesses, and individuals.

UpReach celebrated our fabulous volunteers at a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Sept. 22 to thank them for their 12,184 logged hours for 2017-2018.  The following awards were presented:

Youth Volunteer of the Year-Raiden Ferreira

Adult Volunteer of the Year-Chris O’Brien

Wise Volunteer of the Year (55+)-David Abbe

Family Volunteer of the Year-Joe & Delaney Riley

Group Volunteers of the Year-Saint Anselm College & Eversource

Community Partners of the Year-Kiwanis of Manchester, Queen City Rotary, Greater Boston Charity Horse Show

Becky Mignona Bingo Volunteer of the Year-Kim Gagne

President Volunteer Service Award Winners:

Gold: Young Adult-Raiden Ferreira, Adults-Cliff Cote, Colleen Hernandez, Cindy Padilla, Jasmine Plaza

Silver: Teen-Sarah Gault, Young Adult-Delaney Riley, Adults-Christine Fleuraguste, Betty Gagne, Kim Gagne, Bill Jones, Larry Kanan, Pat Kane, Celeste Lesmerises, Darla Monbouquette, Debbie Smith, Roger Streeter, Tom Wilczek

Bronze: Young Adult-Ani Allayan, Ebony Green, Anneka Paelnick Adult-Ali Curran, Danielle DiMarzio, Bibi Hernandez, Susan Higgins, Mandy Houston, Nancy LaChance, Judy Laforest, Jim Lombardozzi, Hilary Maddus, Lindsey Mcbrierty, Chris O’Brien, Patti Sexton, Beth Titus, Colleen Dichard, Julie Hiag, Jim Lalla, Donna Wilczek, 

An additional 39 volunteers were recognized for volunteering 50 hours of their time.   We are grateful to all of our volunteers for their time and talents!!  

Vermont News:

High Horses in Sharon had a very busy summer as we partnered with 3 different camps. We partnered with Camp Akeela for the 4thyear; this was our second year with a camp for the kids at the Upper Valley Haven and our first year working with kids from East Valley Academy. Each camp had slightly different needs and it was fun to learn about the campers and they learned about horses and gained skills. We also ran our regularly scheduled lessons and took on 3 instructor mentors this year! We are excited that we will be hosting our first registered instructor workshop and certification in November 2-5th.  We would also like to give a shout out to our volunteer of the year – Bill Link - for all of his amazing assistance in lessons and around the barn!

Mark your calendars early! Next year High Horses will be hosting Sharon Wilsie & Heidi Potter for two exciting clinics on Horse Speak the dates are June 21-23 & August 23 -25, 2019. We hope to see you there.

Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy in Middlesex is now in the ninth season of our signature after-school program for students on the autism spectrum. Eight students, eight horses, eight aides, eight weeks, and a combination of singing, riding, grooming, farm work, and team building that builds community and brings many smiles.  We're also collaborating again with our local mental health agency on an after-school program for students with emotional challenges. Last spring they did a series of unmounted lessons and now they are looking forward to their six mounted sessions. We're happy to report that our new therapy horse, Lady, a 15.2 chestnut QH mare, is living up to her name!  

Massachusetts News

Linda Crabtree of Circle of Peace, who, over the last ten years has dedicated and volunteered her time to demonstrate and present therapeutic methods --  Reiki, Equine Acupressure Basics and Meditation -- at PATH Intl. Regional and National Conferences, and MA State Meeting, now offers to come to your EAAT center and teach classes that bring the therapeutic team (animals and people) together to Relax.Connect.Renew. Classes include Equine Acupressure Basics, Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude, and Meditation. These classes are an investment for the health of the therapeutic team and are a great option for continuing education credits. Information will be forthcoming on her website, www.circleofpeace.com

Connecticut News:

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Centerin Middletown had another fun-filled summer! Following the six-week therapeutic riding session and a number of field trips for children in the community with needs, the summer wrapped up with a four-day integrated program for children 6-12 years. The Horse Adventure program focuses on children feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments, making lots of new friends (two and four legged) while building their horsemanship skills on the ground and in the saddle.  The center was also fortunate to add another valued member to our equine team. Jimmy, a beautiful chestnut gelding, had a previous career as a fox hunter! He’s just in time to help serve riders in our fall programs.  Wishing all of our friends in Region One a happy and successful fall season. www.manesandmotions.com

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme is wrapping up a jam-packed summer with eight weeks of camps, a summer community riding program, and their therapeutic summer riding and driving programs all finishing at the end of August.

Summer kicked off with Immersion Camp, a collaboration between High Hopes and the Lawrence + Memorial Hospital catering for children with autism and sensory disabilities. After five weeks of all abilities summer day camp, High Hopes then offered its’ second annual week-long VetKids program, designed to develop communication, relationship building, and self-awareness skills children and young adults who share the unique challenges of service families. A week of Horse Sense Youth Camp for students followed, focusing on character development in youth at risk.

We were also honored to partner this summer withSafe Futures, a domestic violence advocacy organization, to offer weekly riding lessons, a family field trip, and two spots in our Horse Sense youth camp. Families were able to have a safe bonding experience, while the horses facilitated exploration of communication techniques, assertiveness, and healthy boundary-setting.

High Hopes continues to attract Instructor Training Candidates from Around New England – and Around the World.  Erin Cardea is from Massachusetts and works as an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Johnson & Wales University. Having been awarded her Path Intl. Registered Instructor certification, she is now teaching at High Hopes as well as carrying out her many responsibilities at the J&W Providence Campus in Rhode Island.  Tracy Eastwood Sturtevant lives in New South Wales, Australia, and following her Registered Instructor certification, she has returned to the McIntyre Center to spread the ethos of PATH Intl. and High Hopes to the Antipodes. Having spent the winter in New England, Nejra Pinjo has returned to Bosnia Herzegovina. Her PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification, along with her CHA level 11 Certification will help her achieve her dream, of using Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies to help individuals impacted by the Bosnian war. Congratulations to all three candidates and we cannot wait to see what they go on to do.

Talking of which, if you are a PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course alumna, High Hopes would love you to get in touch to hear what you are doing now! https://highhopestr.org/contact-us

 

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