PATH Intl. Centers

Region 10 Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2019

New Mexico

New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding

NMTRCWatermelon Mountain Pony Club (WMPC) is one of the four Pony Clubs in New Mexico and founded in the 1980s by a group of local parents who wanted their children to be exposed to the fun and the values of Pony Club. The annual Watermelon Mountain Pony Club Horse Trials is their most significant fundraiser, a wonderful opportunity to support the local Pony Club youth, and recognize the children who have developed responsibility, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence.

For the last 4 years, WMPC has invited NMCTR to bring riders and compete in the Horse Trials. May 4th 2019four of NMCTR riders participated in the WMPC Horse Trials at Expo New Mexico. Our riders rode a dressage test in the indoor arena, displaying confidence, independence and horsemanship skills that they have been working on all year!  It was amazing to see the NMCTR riders put their disabilities behind them and truly allow their abilities to shine! Well done riders! 

On June 6th, 2019, Dr. Temple Grandin visited NMCTR during a therapeutic riding lesson in the indoor arena at Hipico Santa Fe. The therapeutic riding lesson started with warmups and explanation of the lessons objectives. Dr. Grandin sat on the bleachers with all of NMCTR’s friends and family, answering questions and even inquired about letting the riders in the lesson be more independent. Dr. Grandin continued to express her view that the society needs to “stretch our children”, let them learn and stop sheltering them. After the lesson was completed, Dr. Grandin offered to have a Q&A. There were many good questions and Dr. Grandin continued to express her view that all children need to opportunity to get outside, use their hands, find their desired skilled trait. She encourages the society to get wood shop, art, and such classes back into the schools. How? Dr. Grandin suggested to start with one school at a time and when you succeed, write about it. The entire community needs to know about the benefits of children learning and pursing skilled traits. After the Q&A, Dr. Grandin signed books and took time for pictures.

NMCTR sends a special thank you to Dr. Temple Grandin for taking time out her day to visit the therapeutic riding center, encouraging our riders to succeed, and answers questions from our friends and family. NMCTR would also like to thank the Friends of the Santa Fe Library for hosting Dr. Temple Grandin and arranging her visit to NMCTR. 


The Right Step, Inc., a PAC in LIttleton, CO is in search of a part time instructor for therapeutic riding lessons. ESMHL certification a plus!  Additional stipend may also be available for administrative work. Send resume to Program Director, Janice Anglim, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 720-893-0650 for more information


Congratulations Kris and Shadow!

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Agape Acres

We have a couple of great things going on here at Agape Acres in Marana, Arizona. We just had a volunteer project day last Saturday where we started the build of our ramp and completed painting letters for use in the arena for EAL, cleaning tack and some other projects at our center.  We will be able to finish our ramp next weekend and then will be implementing our veterans program.

Also we had our second annual fundraiser in March and it was a big success we raised over $7000 which is a big deal for our little center.

We have a new logo and one of our therapy horses turned out to be pregnant and gave birth to a precious filly June 8th- we welcomed Little Bit Of Spice! Surprise!

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Congratulations Abby!

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Congratulations Dr. Cindy!

CHAPS, Sheridan, WY

We held the first of many (hopefully) driving clinics in May.  We had 13 participants and we learned about harnesses, appropriate horses, team and single driving.  We were very pleased with the turnout and are planning a second one for next spring. 

July 27, 2019 CHAPS will be putting on our 3rd Annual Tournament of Knights at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.  The Knights of Mayhem, and world champion Charlie Andrews, will be performing the joust as well as other medieval mounted games.  Tickets can be found at

Come to Ark’s Equestrian Center for the Natural Horsemanship Clinic with Tim Hayes September 28 & 29 to develop a great relationship and foundation with your horse! Learn to communicate without force, know your horses state of mind, learn problem solving and groundwork, and become your horse’s leader! Tim Hayes is a nationally recognized Natural Horsemanship Clinician and author of the popular book Riding Home: The Power of Horses to Heal. Tim conducts clinics throughout the US and Canada and is currently a visiting instructor at the University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont Departments of Animal Science. Registration for this two-day clinic is $350 per participant. Auditing is available at the rate of $35 for both days or $25 for one day. For information, registration, or directions, contact Ed Ulrich at 307-721-5193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online registration is available at The Ark Equestrian Center is located at 1375 North Pine Street, Laramie, WY 82072



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