Award Nomination Forms

Award Nominations

Do you have a talented equestrian at your PATH Intl. center? Do you admire a particular instructor or an equine specialist in mental health and learning? Does a special horse, mule or mini that has a priceless attitude call your center home? Do you know of a volunteer or veterinarian who generously gives time at a PATH Intl. center?

Now is the time to submit an award nomination for these special individuals and animals.

New 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Program - Nominations Open Now

As part of the strategic plan and from member input, staff has been reviewing processes related to the international conference to better serve the membership. One of the areas reviewed was the PATH Intl. Awards Program. We understand that time is a resource that many member centers do not have enough of, and we have heard that is one reason centers do not always nominate for the awards program. Because all of our equines, volunteers, veterinarians and credentialed professionals are deserving of recognition, the nomination forms have been streamlined into a short form so member centers can nominate in less time. We piloted this new nomination form with the veterinarian award in 2017 and had an increase in nominations of 238%. Also recognizing that travel to the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting may pose financial worries and that family and friends are not always there to share in the excitement, the regional awards will be presented at the regional conferences. This may be more convenient and less expensive for the award winners, families and friends to attend. International winners in all categories, including the equestrian winners, will be honored at the international conference.

Below is a summary of the changes for 2018:

  1. The awards nomination form for the equines, volunteers and veterinarians will be abbreviated with criteria based on previous year’s criteria. From the forms meeting all of the criteria, the regional winner in each category will be selected in a random drawing.
  2. The awards nomination form for the credentialed professional will be abbreviated with criteria based on previous year’s criteria such as being a member in good standing, minimum length of certification/service, contribution to program and adhering to PATH Intl. Standards/code of ethics and ranking of attributes.
    a. The regional winner will be based on the highest score.
    b. In the event of a tie for regional winner, the winner will be selected by random from those tied with the highest score.
  3. The regional winners will be asked to submit reference forms for consideration in selection of the international winner.
    Nominations must be submitted by FEBRUARY 19, 2018. This is to ensure that regional winners are notified in time for the 2018 region conferences.

Here is a summary of the required criteria for the 2018 PATH Intl. Awards Nominations:

General Nomination Criteria:
Nominating Centers must be current center members in good standing.
Only one nomination is allowed per center per category.
In the Equine, Veterinarian and Volunteer categories, the center is not eligible to submit a nomination if they had a regional winner in that category in 2017.
The nominee is ineligible if they have one a PATH Intl. award in their respective category in the last five years.

Equestrians of the Year Criteria:
The equestrian participates in an equestrian activity at a PATH Intl. Member Center in good standing and has a disability/special need.
The adult equestrian must be at least 18 years old as of January 1, 2018
The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes equestrian nominee must be at least 18 years old and a military veteran or currently enlisted in the military.
The youth equestrian must be at least 4 years old but under the age of 18 as of January 1 2018

The Equestrian of the Year is not a regional award, and will not be randomly selected from qualifying nominations. The Equestrian awards will have reference essays judged by a panel of volunteer judges to determine the winner in each category.

Equine of the Year Criteria:
The equine’s previous experience has added value to his/her services in the field of EAAT at the nominating center.
The equine has an excellent attitude for work in the field of EAAT.
The equine’s contributions are significant to the nominating center.
The equine has good relationships with the participants with whom he/she interacts with at the nominating center.

Volunteer of the Year Criteria:
The volunteer has been active in the center’s program for the entire year prior to this nomination and is still active at this time.
The volunteer is not paid for his/her time at the center.
The volunteer’s contributions to the center are of the highest quality.
The volunteer is reliable and consistently follows thought with his/her commitments
The volunteer’s contributions have helped enhance the ability of the center to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies.
The nominee has a long history of volunteer service, either at the center or elsewhere in the community.

Veterinarian of the Year Criteria:
The veterinarian volunteers at least a portion of his/her time or products to the nominating center.
The veterinarian is currently licensed in his/her state or county of practice.
The veterinarian demonstrates compassion and respect for participants and clients.
The veterinarian demonstrates safe, ethical and humane treatment of equines.

Credentialed Professional of the Year Criteria
The credentialed professional is a current PATH Intl. member in good standing
The credentialed professional holds a PATH Intl. certification or EFP or EAL credentials.
The credentialed professional has a minimum of 2 years’ experience in their respective field.
The credentialed professional demonstrates excellent teaching, facilitating or other related skills.
The credentialed professional demonstrates compassion and respect for students, clients, staff and volunteers.
The credentialed professional demonstrates safe, ethical and humane partnering with equines.
The credentialed professional adheres to all applicable PATH Intl. Standards, guidelines and code of ethics.
Additional information for the credentialed professional to be submitted will include credentials, certifications, and experience information, and the nominator will be asked to rank certain attributes of the nominee. Please be sure to follow the instructions and rules described on the nomination form.

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Forms

Equestrians of the Year
   Equestrians of the Year reference forms

Equines of the Year

Credentialed Professionals of the Year

Volunteers of the Year

Veterinarians of the Year

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