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To carry on with making valuable education available to members that we’d originally planned for the PATH Intl. Conference, this year PATH Intl. will provide three different webinar series through fall and winter. Each series will feature a unique area of focus and will be presented by the experts whose abstracts were chosen for the international conference! The choice of series will include program (September), disability (October), and administrative (January). Each five-week series will include one webinar per week and require no travel!

Member discount price: Only $149 for each full five-session series!
Standard price: $199

October Disabilities Series Presentations

Cerebral Palsy: A Refresher and the Value of Adaptive Riding, Carol Hobbs, PT - 

10/14/2020 1:00pm MST, 1.5 DE

Welcome to a brief refresher course on cerebral palsy! This webinar will cover some of the motor effects in our clients and the most beneficial interventions—including, of course, adaptive riding. The majority of the time will be spent in lecture based on literature review and professional experience, but there will also be a bit of time to work in small groups comparing and contrasting two different clients with cerebral palsy and the best interventions for each of them.

Learning Objectives:

1) List three effects of cerebral palsy on the child.
2) Describe, in broad terms, the normal motor development of a child.
3) Provide three treatment strategies for the client with cerebral palsy, including the expected benefits of each.

Biography: Carol Hobbs, PT, has been a practicing physical therapist since 1985 and spent three years in the pediatric sector. She has been adjunct faculty at a local university since 2015.  

Horses and Education as Arthritis Therapy (HEAT Study), Dr. Sharon White-Lewis, RN

10/20/2020, 1:00PM MST, 1 DE

The quality of life for adults and older adults is negatively impacted by arthritis pain, stiffness, and decreased function. Equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) provides unique movements to the rider’s joints and muscles, improving pain, range of motion and quality of life and has improved outcomes in balance, gait, strength, functional mobility and spasticity for older adults, stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis patients. This study measured the effects on patient’s joints, pain, quality of life, muscle and cartilage before and after either arthritis education or EAAT. This new and innovative treatment for arthritis has much promise.

Learning Objectives:

1) Learners will analyze how EAAT improves pain, range of motion and quality of life for arthritis sufferers.
2) Learners will describe the challenges in biomarker evidence associated with arthritis research.
3) Learners will describe the mechanisms associated with physical and psychological improvements from EAAT in arthritic adults.

Dr. Sharon White-Lewis has been a funded researcher for over 20 years with a recent focus on equine-assisted therapy research for arthritic adults. She is a licensed healthcare worker who now conducts university-supported research. She has published this study, a concept analysis of horses as healers, and a systematic review of EAAT targeting physical symptoms in adults. All publications are in peer review papers. Currently, Sharon is collaborating with eight countries to continue with a fully powered research study based on this original arthritis study.

Risk Assessment and Response for Equine-Assisted Therapy Professionals, Dr. G Thomas Manzione, LPC, BCPC, CAC III, NCAC II, ESMHL; and Jaclyn Manzione, MS

10/30/2020 1:00PM MST, 1 DE

Equine specialists in mental health and learning professionals, along with other certified professionals, will be informed as to how to assess mental health clients for potential risks relating to participation in equine-assisted therapy sessions and explore appropriate responses to occurring escalating behavior and crisis. General information regarding constructive ways of relating to those dealing with a major mental illness will be offered. Specifics to those with personality disorders will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

1) Learn how to assess a mental health client (before, during, after) for potential risks relating to their participation in equine assisted psychotherapy.
2) Learn how to appropriately respond to escalating behavior and crisis.
3) Learn about the personality disorders as represented in the DSM-V and speak to the safety concerns for both the client and the equine in this diagnostic category.

Dr. G Thomas Manzione holds a PhD degree and is a certified PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a licensed (LPC) and certified (CAC III) behavioral health care professional in Colorado with over 25 years of experience as both a psychotherapist and chief administrator for various mental health organizations. Their clinical background includes treating adolescents, adults and families challenged by a variety of psychosocial and mental health issues. They are known for their work with both forensic clients and clients with co-occurring disorders.
Jaclyn Manzione has a master’s degree and is a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a certified Equine Gestalt Coaching Method practitioner and a registered psychotherapist (NLC) in the State of Colorado. They provide professional equine-assisted coaching to clients of a nonprofit organization serving homeless, displaced youth in crisis. They are the scientists who conducted a recent research project that examined the relationship between a specific equine-assisted psychotherapy method used and changes that occurred in the feelings and emotions of their clients. 

Behavior: What’s the Function? Dr. Andrea L. Suk

11/2/2020 9:00AM MST, 1.5 DE

Are you seeking additional strategies to help your EAAT participants become more independent? Do you wonder how participant behavior is affected by the environment and people around them? Is your praise to EAAT participants really effective? Andrea Suk will present on a variety of specific behavioral strategies that can be utilized in the EAAT environment. Her presentation will include frequent opportunities to practice strategies in a hands-on learning environment. Reinforcement, praise, chaining, shaping, goal-attainment, preference identification and error correction are just a few examples of what attendees will learn during the session. All reviewed behavioral strategies have been identified as effective for teaching individuals with disabilities to learn new skills and change problem behaviors. Session participants will leave with numerous strategies that can be immediately implemented within the EAAT environment.

Andrea L. Suk joined the Zarrow Center in 2016 as a Doctoral Sooner Scholar. Andrea obtained her bachelor’s degree as a learning behavior specialist from Bradley University. She has taught in both Illinois and Arizona as a high school special education teacher where she also quickly developed the role of preparing students for careers after graduation. Upon completing her master’s degree in transition through the University of Kansas, she became a transition specialist in Texas. During this time, Andrea completed over 150 transition plans for students in both high school and middle school settings. Andrea has received distinct recognition for her leadership as the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor group for high school students) mentor of the year in Phoenix, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year (Glendale, Arizona), and is a Target Grant Field Trip recipient.

Teaching Riders With Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Myalgia, Julie Freeman

12/4/2020 10:00AM MST, 1 DE

Misconceptions about pain can be a major roadblock to effective interventions. Learning how the nervous system experiences pain gives us guidelines for teaching riders who are in pain.

Learning Objectives:

1) Learn the history of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, myalgia
2) Gain an overview of the nervous system and muscular system
3) Explore four common beliefs about how the nervous system processes pain
4) Receive general teaching guidelines  
5) Set an intention

Julie Freeman is a professional anatomist and is a certified yoga therapist, a board-certified practitioner of complementary and alternative medicine, a licensed massage therapist, certified in reflexology and holds a master of acupressure. As a professional anatomist, PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding and Driving Instructor and yoga therapist, Julie works with equine professionals to help them understand the science of the body, exploring how the body is connected to its parts.

Annual Meeting & Uniform Terminology Consensus Panel

November 6, 2020
Terminology panel at 10:00 a.m. and annual meeting at 11:00

The PATH Intl. Annual Meeting typically held at the international conference will be held virtually November 6 allowing access to all members! The meeting will be preceded by a panel discussion with the EAAT Baseline Definitions Work Group. The annual meeting and panel discussion will be free for all members and registration information will be available soon!

2021 and 2022 Conferences

Please stay tuned for updates as details will follow for the newly reimagined opportunities we'll be presenting for this fall. And save the date for next year's conference when we can all be together again, October 14-16, 2021, in Charlotte, NC, AND St. Louis in fall of 2022!


We have had many wonderful sponsors and exhibitors over the past years. Their participation is what makes it possible to host these fun and educational events and allows us to award scholarships to dozens of deserving attendees. We want to sincerely thank them for their support.

More information will be coming soon about possible exhibitor and sponsor opportunities.


The James Brady Professional Achievement Award recognizes the contributions made to the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). The award is presented in the name of James Brady to recognize a professional who has made contributions in the creation or development of industry-advancing ideas, initiatives, programs or events, and the winner will demonstrate a sustained and lasting contribution to the EAAT industry, both within and outside of PATH Intl. Click here for criteria and forms. 


Do you know of an outstanding PATH Intl. Instructor or Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, a hardworking volunteer, a dedicated volunteer veterinarian or dependable equine deserving of many carrots and hugs? We want to hear about them! Each year PATH Intl. honors riders, certified professionals, volunteers, volunteer veterinarians, equines and contributing professionals from each region at our awards ceremony—they are, after all, the backbone of and the reason for our incredible organization! 

Nominations for regional award categories (credentialed professional, volunteer, equine, veterinarian) must be submitted by December 1, 2020. This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2021 region conferences.

Equestrian of the year awards (child/youth, adult/independent adult and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes) are national awards, and the nomination deadline for this category is May 28, 2021.

Click for nomination forms.



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