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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! ($129 for higher ed members)
Standard price: $205

January Administrative Series Presentations

How to Make Social Media an Effective Part of Your Overall Marketing Plan with Tom Tholen

1/7/2021 11:00 am MST, 1 CE

When it's properly managed, social media might be the answer to the age-old marketing challenge of delivering on the "Fast, Cheap and Good" scale. When social media is not properly managed. nightmares of every variety can strike. Learn how major companies are making sure social media can take traditional marketing plans to a whole new level.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will learn how leading companies integrate social media into their traditional marketing plans. Creating pathways and providing linkage to tools, measurement devices and leading edge techniques ensure attendees will keep pace with a rapidly developing part of marketing outreach. 

Critical Thinking to Direct Your Center's Future with KC Henry

1/12/2020, 9:00 am MST, 1 CE

Everyone thinks we are focusing daily on exactly what we should be doing. However, our instincts, daily pressures and often distorted or uninformed actions can lead our programs to go off track. Learn how Critical Thinking can be a game changer - for fundraising, board function, sustainability, staff teams, volunteers and for students. Shoddy thinking is costly. Excellence can be intentionally cultivated.

Every aspect of your organization needs to be guided by critical thought:
board functioning and development
student progress
volunteer program
center internal and external communications
succession plan
strategic planning
staff and program goals

Attendees will have a chance to vote by show of hands on the area they see as the most challenging issue at their center at this time. We will take that topic (for instance "fund-raising" ) and use it as our model for providing specific examples of how to apply critical thinking process at their center.

Assess to achieve "You will get what you measure."
Change your team's habits!

o Practice mind sharing
o Establish standards
o Work in incremental steps
o Establish clear benchmarks
o Regularly assess your progress and the results
o Ensure accountability

Evaluation of team progress:
o Are we reaching our benchmarks?
o Is it achieving the benchmarks and the desired out comes?
o Do we need to re-direct - a new vision or plan?
o Celebrate success!

Agenda for your Brain sharing meeting:
1. Establish a problem solving team
2. Clearly define the issue
3. List the possible solutions (options)
4. Evaluate the options.
5. Select an option or multiple options.
6. Clarify how to track and evaluate implementation.

In a fast moving world where there is an increasing demand for instant results it is easy to lose sight of the key things that contribute to center success. Critical thinking is the art of analyzing and evaluating the thoughts that direct our actions with a view to improving the results. You can perfect this art into all of your daily work - and also make it part of your center's culture. This focus will have a dramatic impact on your program’s future.

How to Develop a Functional Board with Lynn Petr

1/19/2020 11:00 am MST, 1 CE


Succession Planning and Land Transfer: Improve Your Chances for Success! with Boo Martin and Margo Dewkett

1/27/2020 11:00 am - 1:30 pm MST, 1 DE

It is inevitable . . . someday you will leave your leadership position. Beginning with a well-conceived plan, closely monitored execution, and flexibility to adapt to change are the keys to success.

Try not to leave your organization’s future to chance or your exit plan vulnerable to sub-optimal planning. Boo and Margo will highlight ways to weave a leadership transition strategic plan with organizational needs, such as: stakeholder relationships, personnel development, organization culture and stability, and land transfer if needed.

They will explore common challenges organizations are likely to face during a leadership transition and possible land transfer, as acquiring land during a leadership transition presents unique organizational challenges. They will focus on ways to prevent turmoil, confusion, and productivity problems as well as the impact of cultural and stakeholder issues that may arise during the transition. This presentation spotlights:

• Developing a leadership team that will champion and lead transformational change during the pre- and post-leadership transition and possible land transfer.
• A leadership transition plan that can be executed within a fitting timeframe.
• Ways to maintain and develop stakeholder relationships and relate to personnel needs.
• Methods that align long-term strategic objectives during a leadership transition for the future.

Margo Dewkett is the former founder, executive director, and head instructor of a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, Inc. located north of Longview, Texas. Her knowledge and proficiency are based on twenty-eight years in the field of equine-assisted services (EAS) and more than forty years as a professional equestrian. A PATH Intl. Master Certified Instructor and Driving Instructor – Level II, Margo is also a mentor and evaluator. A frequent presenter at PATH Intl. annual conferences, Margo’s equine-training techniques were featured in the PATH Intl. 2010 STRIDES issue and her business strategies in a 2012 issue. Margo has received numerous recognitions crediting her accomplishment. The 2013 EQUUS Humanitarian Award honored Margo’s years of dedication and commitment to the EAS field. Margo co-authored the peer-reviewed Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Actives and Therapies, published in 2016. Margo retired her executive position at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center in June 2016. Margo now spends most of her time in the Rocky Mountains hiking, taking pictures of wildlife and nature, studying geology, and painting.


Planning for Prosperity - Build or Enhance Your Fundraising Plan, with Dana Butler-Moburg, The Shea Center
Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 10am MST, Length 1hr CE

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Famous words that ring true for any enterprise that needs funds to fuel the mission. A solid development plan - or taking it up a notch on your current development plan - will enhance the viability of any program to raise the dollars they need to serve their community. Learning the basic principles of how to create a development plan will lead to increased funding and support for your program.

Learning Objectives:
1. Know what the elements of a development plan are and why they are important.
2. How to form a basic plan - what are the components. If you already have a plan, how do you enhance what you're doing.
3. Leave knowing how to make the next steps and what will follow on those steps.

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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