Conference Highlights

A big heartfelt thanks to the Drury Hotel and the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding (NMCTR) for hosting an amazing Region 10 conference in Santa Fe, NM, May 18-20, 2018! One of the highlights of the conference was Colin Holmes, keynote speaker at the awards luncheon at the Drury Hotel on Saturday who gave an awesome speech on how therapeutic riding has changed his life and helped others! Check out Colin’s speech here.

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Colin Holmes Region 10 Conference in NM 

Region 10 awards luncheon Region 10 Certified Professional of the Year Alejandra Lara 

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Region 10 Volunteer of the Year Region 10 Conference 

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New State Chairs

Welcome Kristen Marcus, Wyoming, and Ashley Armijo, New Mexico, as our new Region 10 State Chairs!

New Mexico

Congratulations to Ashley Armijo for being featured along with NMCTR on KOB4. Click here to watch the KOB Payit4ward.

Click here to read NMCTR Riders Compete in the WMPC Horse Trials. Congratulations to NMCTR!

Congratulations to Karen Evans and Las Campanas Compadres on becoming the newest PATH Intl. Member Center in Santa Fe, NM!


Congratulations to Beth Godbey and Equine Empowerment Center, a new PATH Intl. Member Center in Ridgway, CO. Click here to read the story in Telluride News.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center was featured recently on the U.S. Department of Defense website. Click here to read the story.  

CHA International Conference in Fort Collins, CO*
Save the Dates! Plan on joining us for the Certified Horsemanship Association International Annual Conference in Colorado. Dr. Temple Grandin is keynoting at the awards banquet on Sunday night. This event is open to the public and full conference participants get to ride on well-trained school horses in the sessions! Special day rates are available! There are great press discounts available as well. To find out more contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The conference includes mounted workshops for participants, lessons from master level certified instructors, top veterinarians, horse trainers and much more. Click here for information. 

*Disclaimer: Non-PATH Intl. Member Center events are listed for informational purposes only as a service to our members. The listing does not imply endorsement. CEUs may or may not be available for these events.

Hearts & Horses Scores 100% on Accreditation Site Visit
Hearts & Horses, in Loveland, Colorado, is excited to announce that it has passed its recent accreditation site visit with a score of 100%! Over 21 years ago, Hearts & Horses began with the intention of operating under the PATH Intl. standards, and we appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated through the on-site evaluation process, which covers a wide range of areas such as horse management, safety equipment, quality of instruction, facility operations, volunteerism and administrative practices. “By attaining its PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center status, Hearts & Horses has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards when introducing individuals with special needs to a variety of equine-assisted activities,” said PATH Intl. Chief Executive Officer Kathy Alm. “PATH Intl. accreditation is a respected benchmark in the EAAT industry. It demonstrates leadership and a commitment to safety and to the highest professional standards.” Congratulations Hearts & Horses!

Upcoming Professional Development at Hearts & Horses
For registration and more information:

  • PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning - August 21-14, 2018 Faculty: Trish Broersma (Equine Specialist) and Susanne Haseman (Mental Health Specialist)
  • AHA Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Course - October 10-13, 2018 Faculty: Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, MS/CCC-SLP (Disclaimer: Non-PATH Intl. Member Center events are listed for informational purposes only as a service to our members. The listing does not imply endorsement. CEUs may or may not be available for these events.)
  • PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop (only) - October 19-21, 2018 Faculty: Sandy Webster , PATH Intl. Master Instructor, Vaulting Instructor and ESMHL; CanTRA Coach
  • PATH Intl. OSWC Registered Instructor workshop and Certification - November 14-17, 2018 Faculty: Michele Lafleur, PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, and Amy Sheets, PATH Intl. Master Instructor


Click here to read the Horses with Heart newsletter for July 2018 

Region 10 Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2018

New Mexico

Ruth B is considering hosting a 3-day Masterson Method Equine Specialist training clinic at Equine Spirit Sanctuary in New Mexico next year (2019). She is aiming for June and would need a minimum of 7 confirmed participants to host the clinic. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap via email to let her know if you would be interested in doing this clinic. If there is enough interest she will start getting everything in motion. Link for more info -

Loving Thunder completed at 12 week riding program over the summer for children in the foster system of New Mexico. Grant funding was procured and provided no cost riding to 12 families. The children ranged in age from 5 to 15. They started their program with learning ground handling skills, bareback riding, and ended with saddle riding and a horse show to exhibit their skills. They completed a drill team pattern including lots of reining, trotting and pattern memorization. One parent was quoted “This program is an experience that all foster children should experience. The horses made them excited each week, they looked forward to grooming (being responsible), and giving respect to the horses and each other, lastly it improved their confidence beyond belief.” 

Loving Thunder featured their 2017 Gypsy Gift Horse at the NM State Fair this year. She paraded up and down main street meet fairgoers up close and personal. “Poetry of Lexlin” has had a busy year including, visits to senior centers, the NM Railyard Market, Ballooning for Downs Syndrome, Walk for Autism, walked through our brand new Big R Store and shopped for her own brush. All while she is being saddle trained at the ranch. She loves all the attention she gets, she is a people magnet and a great Ambassador for promoting therapeutic riding in New Mexico.

New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding has been on the news lately! Our director, Ashley Armijo was recently featured on KOB’S Pay It 4ward segment. Ashley was nominated by her friend, Natalie Butler, for her work at NMCTR. She was surprised by KOB while working with riders at NMCTR, where she was surprised with a $400 award and a BIG thank you for her hard work and dedication to others. Congrats Ashley! NMCTR is so proud to have you! Video Link

NMCTR Receives an $84,000 Grant from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission
New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding received a grant for $84,000 from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commision. The monies will be granted over two year grant cycle and be used to enhance and maintain NMCTR's children and youth programs. NMCTR has a School Outreach Program and a Self-Mastery Program for the children and youth of Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The School Outreach Program provides scholarships for the Santa Fe public schools that gives four classes a semester free therapeutic riding lessons for an 8-week session. The Self-Mastery Program provides scholarships for at-risk teens that are referred from the suicide prevention project, Santa Fe youth shelters and Santa Fe juvenile detention programs.

PATH Intl Therapeutic Riding Centers from all over the state of New Mexico bring their riders with special needs to compete at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, NM. The 4th annual Horses Helping People Horse Show was designed to give individuals with special needs an opportunity to compete and have fun in specialized events that demonstrate all their abilities and accomplishments! This year there was independent and supported english classes, independent and supported western classes, veteran classes and a lot of smiles. Video link


StableStridesHorizontalColorWe are so excited to announcement that…from this point forward, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center will be known as StableStrides. We have a new logo and a new tagline: Health and Healing Through Horses. Video linkPage link

Save the date for the Region 10 Conference, StableStrides (Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center), in Colorado Springs, CO, May 3-5, 2019.

Do you use adopted horses in your program? We want to hear about it! The Right Horse Initiative is working to improve the lives of horses in transition by changing the conversation around equine welfare and massively increasing adoption. Adoptable horses are often healthy, good minded and athletic horses who have found themselves in transition through no fault of their own. The EAAT industry has successfully transitioned many of these horses into therapy roles. Join the conversation and tell your adoption success story at


Hoof Falls & Footfalls Goes International!
By Saebra Pipoly
South Korea Workshop ParticipantsI had the immense honor of traveling to South Korea to work with the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) in August. KRA has a branch of their business that offers therapeutic riding and they were recently contacted by local officials to launch a new pilot program to serve the Korean Firefighters.

During my two weeks in South Korea, I taught a basic and intensive workshop at the Let's Run Park Seoul to therapeutic riding instructors and other equine professionals that came from all over South Korea. The workshop focused on building, teaching, and sustaining an equine program for Firefighters, specifically those who may be exhibiting symptoms of PTSD, acute stress disorder anxiety, stress, and physical ailments due to the unique factors of their job.

This workshop hit very close to home in several different ways. First, after a lifetime with horses I know (and you all know) firsthand how lives can be changed through interacting with horses and I was so excited to share information and techniques with instructors on the other side of the world. Second, I am a police wife (yes...different from firefighters but our families experience a lot of the same things). Seeing the impact that the job and shift work have on first responders is not just something I know about, it is a firsthand reality. Addressing mental health, building resiliency, and keeping our first responders and military personnel not only physically safe but mentally safe should be utmost priority no matter what country they live in.

The equine program for firefighters starts in mid September at various therapeutic riding centers across South Korea. Keep our South Korean instructors (most certified as Registered or Advanced TRI through PATH Intl.) in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on this exciting new journey! I have no doubt they will provide a safe, quality equine program to the Firefighters. I am looking forward to hearing updates (and will share them with you all) about all the amazing things done and lives impacted by our fellow instructors and four footed colleagues in South Korea!

Click Here to view the South Korea- Aug. 2018 Photo Album!

Saebra Pipoly
Owner/Founder of Hoof Falls & Footfalls, LLC
PATH Intl. Advanced TRI, ESMHL, Instructor Mentor
PATH Intl. Registered OSWSC Associate Faculty/Evaluator

Task Analysis: If you are an instructor you have probably heard this term. Task analysis is a key block of the foundation that makes up a solid instructors. A lot of people know 'what' task analysis is...but actually implementing it and the 'how' of task analysis can sometimes seem llusive. Read the blog post here.

This fall, Horses Help will be conducting its first research project with ASU doctoral student and Horses Help volunteer, Allison Solarz. Allison is pursuing her Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) in Mental Health degree. For her research project, she will be measuring the effects of Equine Assisted Activities on family function using our Family H.E.R. D. program. H.E.R.D. is an acronym for Honor. Emotion. Respect. Devotion. The family program is designed for all members to experience activities and challenges together while learning about horses. Families will learn about equine communication, care and handling in groundwork activities and challenges such as grooming and leading. It gives an opportunity to learn about the individual person as well as how the family functions together as a whole. The Family H.E.R.D. program is not a therapy program, but rather an opportunity to experience horses and barn-style learning together.

Welcome StephanieSilver Linings would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Stephanie Green. After seven and a half years with Silver Lining Riding, founder Amanda Hart has decided to take some time and be a full time mom. Thank you for your service Amanda!

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor OSWC
November 17-20 (17-19 for workshop; 19-20 for certification)
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December 12-15
Horses Help
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Congratulations to Marci Bender Park City, UT on becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor!


Congratulations to Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy. The Sheridan Press featured one of their veterans in the article, "Paylor Finds a Second Wind With CHAPS."
Reach 4A Star Riding Academy is excited to have started our veterans’ program due to the generosity of the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes grant. This pilot program allowed us the opportunity serve veterans in our community and get the word out about the power of the horse with healing. We are exploring additional grant opportunities to continue to fund this program and expand services to include family.
Summer was busy with camps this year. Besides providing Leadership Horse Camps for Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, we partnered again with Central Wyoming Hospice to serve 45 youth ages 6-16 who are experiencing grief. We offer two 3-day camps in order to accommodate this many kids, and we are currently creating a grief camp tailored toward adults. 
Our mental health programs continue to grow with increasing collaborations with a local counseling center as well as the Department of Family Services. We currently offer programs for individuals and groups of adolescents to improve communication skills, problem solving, and team work while working with the horses. The counseling center has requested additional programs for their elementary school aged clients and for clients with chronic mental illness who live in group homes.

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

Region 10 Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2019

Changing Reins

By Ronda Ward
RondaIt has been a privilege to serve as your Region 10 Rep for the last 2 years. As we transition into a New Year, I want to "applaud" the "Outstanding work and professionalism reflected in your programs, and leadership in the field of EAAT witnessed by me during visits with centers and members throughout the Region. As instructors and volunteers, you give selflessly of your time, skill and talent to truly make a difference in the lives of the Special needs and Veterans community!“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you are the world!” To your riders and families you are the “world,” empowering them to let their light shine making the world a brighter place! Our Region Leadership Team (RLT) has volunteered over 1018 hours promoting PATH Intl. through booths, education days, conferences, and Outreach to the community. Within the last 2 years, the RLT team is also responsible for giving guidance and support to 4 member centers in their quest to acquire their PATH Intl. Premier Status. Congratulations to those centers for achieving this goal of excellence, while also acknowledging the amazing work accomplished daily by all the programs within Region 10. I want to personally thank the outgoing RLT team for all their time and dedication to the membership and welcome the new RLT team serving in 2019! You all have my boundless respect and admiration for the skills, talents and gifts you bring to the EAAT industry. PATH Intl. is blessed to have such talented and skilled professionals working within the field of EAAT, ensuring that our organization excels into the future. It is with great excitement that I pass the reins to Saebra Pipoly (our new incoming Region 10 rep) with the confidence that I am leaving you in exceptional and capable hands! Saebra will be a strong voice and advocate representing Region10 and the EAAT community. Best Wishes for a Prosperous and Blessed New Year! Ronda Ward (outgoing Reg 10 Rep)

Save the date

Save the date for 2019 Region 10 conference hosted by Stable Strides May 3-5 Colorado Springs, CO. May 3-5, 2019

Submit abstracts soon by January 25th to ensure we have a great conference! Call for Abstracts

Reserve rooms at the Drury Hotel

New Mexico

AshleyNew Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding, Santa Fe, NM
Ashley Armijo attended the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the developmentally disabled community for 8 years. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. When she is not working, she spends her time competing at 3-day eventing horse shows with her horse show horses. Her desire to help others and her love for horses led her to seek her PATH International Instructor Certification. She joined the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding's team in 2013.

NMCTR's Therapy Horse Won Thoroughbred of The Year
NMCTR Flash HorseThe New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding's therapy Horse "Fly" won the T.I.P Thoroughbred of the Year Award. The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work.The award include a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if not associated with a non-profit organization, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club. "Fly" is a 20-year old thoroughbred that raced on the track for 7 years before becoming a show horse. After recovering a broken leg, "Fly" began a new career in therapeutic riding. Fly's warm heart and will to want to change lives makes him a popular and adored horse. He knows when to comfort with the touch of his nose. He senses a rider's instability or fear, and moves gently and carefully, knowing it is not a time he should race ahead or leap high. He patiently allows a rider with Parkinson's disease, because of shaking hands and restless legs, to repeatedly joggle the reins and kick him. Racing for 7 years, competing in the show ring, overcoming a broken leg, and now giving back to the community... he is a special horse.

NMCTR Received a $10,000 Grant from The Onota Foundation
The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding received a $10,000 grant from Onota Foundation. The Onota Foundation believes that the most pressing need for humanity today is to rediscover its place in nature and to live in balance with its natural surroundings. The grant monies will be used for the horse care expenses of the NMCTR herd and to enhance the volunteer outreach.


Stefani ViktoraColorado State Chair
Stefani Viktora
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Stefani is a Colorado transplant and has been involved in the equine assisted activities and therapies industry for nearly 15 years. She grew up volunteering at a therapeutic riding center in Iowa, and has spent the last few years in Colorado instructing and consulting at a variety of EAAT programs, and is currently the Head Instructor at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center. She enjoys staying involved with PATH Intl. by serving on the Interactive Vaulting Certification Subcommittee and as an Accreditation Site Visitor. In her free time, you’ll usually find her off on a backpacking adventure.

PATH Intl.Registered Instructor Workshop and Certification
Hearts & Horses, Loveland, CO
May 29 - June 1
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The Ups and the Downs: The Effects of Stimulants/Depressants, Mood Stabilizers, and Antidepressants
January 24, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
Horses Help, Phoenix, AZ, Midwestern University H.O.M.E. Projects
Are you a parent or caretaker of someone with behavioral or processing difficulties that requires taking daily medications? Maybe you simply interact with individuals taking mood altering prescription medications on a regular basis? During our presentation, we will be taking a look into how some common behavior/mood altering drugs may affect young children and adults. We’ll touch upon a few different drugs from each class and how they not only affect the body, but also how they can affect behavior. Together, we hope to open up an interactive discussion and answer questions that others might have not only on how some of these commonly prescribed medications work, but on how you may observe the effects and manifestations of taking them.
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Upcoming Events, Horses Help, Phoenix, AZ, Midwestern University H.O.M.E. Projects
Diabetes, Prevention & Management
March 2019
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Zoonotic Diseases
April 4, 2019
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Family H.E.R.D. Research Project
Horses Help is halfway through a research project that started in September. The purpose of the study is to determine whether or not an equine assisted activity program, such as the Family H.E.R.D., has a positive impact on family function. We are still recruiting families for this project. A total of ten families have participated. There are currently six spots open that are needed for data collection. Participation is free to families who meet the criteria.Any family interested in participating in the research study will need to be able to commit to three consecutive weeks. The program is offered on Monday evenings, Friday evenings, Saturday mornings or Saturday afternoons, and at least one child in the family must be age 10 or older. The research program is set up in three phases. Each week the family completes one of the phases. All activities and challenges are centered on learning about interacting with horses as family members will have multiple opportunities to work closely with the horses. Each phase teaches something new and interactive about horses in a groundwork setting.

Phase one focuses on three concepts: building a rapport and caring for horses, seeing the world from a horse’s perspective and learning about equine communication. Families are engaged in game-like activities and challenges in which they will experience the three concepts. Phase two focuses on understanding and accepting differences by learning about herd dynamics. Families will learn the importance for animals of prey to work together and accept the differences in hierarchy and personality within the herd and how it can relate to family dynamics. Finally, in phase three, families will learn to establish and maintain boundaries while working with horses on and off lead. Concepts learned from phases one and two will also be revisited in phase three to help with the success of leading.

Data collection includes filling out questionnaires prior to starting the program, after the completion of the three weeks and again after three months. All names and identities are withheld for confidentiality. The H.E.R.D. program is not a family therapy program, but an opportunity for families to enjoy being outdoors together while learning about horses and interactions.

All families are welcome to participate as long as they meet the following criteria:
• At least one family member is an adult 18 years or older
• At least one child in the family is 10 years old or older (mini mum age of 7)
• Everyone in the family is able to read, write and speak English
• Everyone in the family is capable of giving consent to participate in the study
• Family can provide their own transportation to and from Horses Help

Family will be able to participate in all three weeks of the Family HERD program

Interested in partaking in the Family H.E.R.D. research study? Contact Kerri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 602-569-6056. There is no cost for participation.

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Workshop and Certification
Hosted by Horses Help, 2801 E Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85050
April 10 - 12, 2019
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Workshop Fee: $375*Workshop Fee: $375*
Workshop Audit Fee (with manual): $160*
Workshop Audit Fee (without manual): $120*
Note: Audits can be added on to a Certification registration. Just add both to your cart!

Certification Dates: Friday, April 12th - Saturday, April 13th 2019
Certification Fee: $380*
Workshop & Certification Package Fee: $720*
Reimbursement Policy: Refunds are offered ONLY in cases of documented illness or injury. Non-Refundable office fees for documented injury: $100 for Workshop, $75 for Certification, $15 for Audit-no Manual, $45 for Audit- with Manual

Registration Deadline: March 13th, 2019

Please Note: Certification candidates MUST submit all required Phase II paperwork (including Documentation of Teaching Hours and IT Letter) to Horses Help by March 29, 2019 to participate in the April 12th & 13th certification. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be familiar with all PATH Intl. certification components, processes, and submission requirements.
Please refer to the PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor Application Booklet and the PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor Certification Booklet for details.

Horses Help has a maximum weight limit of 180-200 lbs. for the riding portion of the Instructor Certification, depending on the horses available during the event. All Candidates will be weighed in on the first day that they arrive at Horses Help.

Information about Workshop & Certification Start Dates/Times to help you plan your travel arrival and departure times:
• Workshop Check-In begins at 11:30am on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
• Workshop Concludes at 1pm on Friday, April 12th
• Certification Candidates must check in by Noon on Friday, April 12th (for those attending Certification only)
• Certification Concludes at approximately 5:30pm Saturday, April 13th

Welcome StephanieRegion 10 Communication Chair - Stephanie Green
Silver Lining Riding, Waddel, AZ
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Stephanie grew up in a small ranching town in western New Mexico where she learned to ride on the ranch horses. The only lesson she received was from her grandfather who told her, “Heels down, hold on.” She has refined her technique since then, and has been a PATH certified instructor at Silver Lining Riding in Waddell, Arizona, for the last three years. Stephanie lives in Goodyear, Arizona with her husband, Michael, and her two kids, Kadence and Jesse.



AbbyJane UtahUtah State Chair
AbbyJane Ferrin
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AbbyJane Ferrin is a licensed and certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, a PATH Intl. certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and Mentor. She has 16 years of experience in the field working at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah with individuals of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. She has worked with horses personally for 27 years and professionally for 16 years. She currently lives and works on her ranch with her three young kids and mixed herd of Missouri Fox trotters, Mustangs, donkeys, cattle and sheep. Her hobbies include horseback riding, biking, running, backpacking, skiing, gardening, and camping with her family.


Kristen ChapsNew Wyoming State Chair
Kristen Marcus is a native Wyoming girl who grew up on a ranch raising cows, horses and pigs. She has been horse-crazy her whole life and wanted to pursue a career in equine veterinary medicine until life took an unexpected turn. Kristen's first child was born with cerebral palsy. Kristen chose to stay at home with her daughter while going to school 3/4 time to obtain a Master's Degree in Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University. Her master's thesis was a case study involving a young girl with severe anxiety and a therapy horse named Spud. This study spurred Kristen to get involved with a center and begin teaching her young daughter horsemanship. Several moves later, Kristen and her family returned to Wyoming where she is now the Executive Director for Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy in Sheridan, WY. woman with two horses

CHAPSCHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy
CHAPS expanded the EAL programs this year to serve Pre-K children at the Child Development Center and Seniors at Daybreak, a local senior day program. These groups are in addition to serving veterans at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming. Our ponies travel to the facilities once a week to provide a fun learning experience for everyone. The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly good and we are excited to see our new clients each week. CHAPS has no heat in our facility so we are shut down from November to March. This program fits neatly into our schedule and allows us to serve more of our community.

Region 1 Conference News:

The Region 1 Conference was held June 2 & 3 at the beautiful Camp Akeela and High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program. Over 86 attendees attended fabulous presentations by a variety of professionals on topics related to disabilities, administration, horse care, self-care, and more. We were excited to have Kathy Alm, PATH Intl. CEO, Ross Braun, President of the Board of Trustees, and Patti Coyle, Board of Trustees Secretary and Region 1 member.

During the Saturday night dinner, we recognized Region 1 Award winners:
Horse of the Year—Watson, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Goffstown, NH
Veterinarian of the YearDr. Kirsten Glass, High Horses Therapeutic Riding, Sharon, VT
Volunteer of the YearJacqueline “Jackie” Kangley, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Old Lyme, CT
Credentialed Professional of the YearLindley Christina “Tina” Fransioli, Windrush Farm Equitation, Inc., North Andover, MA

Thanks to everyone who completed the conference survey! We appreciate your feedback and will use the information gathered to continue to improve the conference experience and education.

Camp Akeela

Region Leadership Team

Sharon Wilsie at High Horses

Linda Crabtree at High Horses

Fun had by all!


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2019 AQHA Regional Show:

The AQHA Regional Show to be held at Eastern States Expo in July of 2019 and is working on the inclusion of EWD (Equestrian’s with Disabilities). EWD classes include both supported and independent divisions. The class are HUS, Equitation (pattern) Western Pleasure, Horsemanship and Trail (pattern classes) You do not need to own a QH to enter. All classes are Walk/Trot or Walk/Jog. Elizabeth Craig Smith would like to know if folks in New England are interested and would they have participants to compete. She herself is a competitor in EWD Nationally and is quite excited by this prospect. Please contact Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information or would be interested in participating.


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.

Please contact Kristen McGraw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Maine News:

Carlisle Academy in Lyman continues to offer monthly training clinics in both para-dressage and para-driving with FEI trainers Deb Dean Smith and Scott Monroe, both seasoned clinicians in their respective fields with a keen interest in assisting para-athletes, and in particular, veterans coming into the sport. Each clinic includes a Lunch & Learn for para-eligible athletes, including veterans and personnel, to learn more about the sport pipeline. For more information about upcoming clinics go to:

Feature Para-Equestrian athlete:
Mika participated in the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Coach Pilot Program at Carlisle Academy on May 25-26th. USEF Head of Coach Development Michel Assouline worked with 13 coaches and 7 demonstration athletes from all over the United States to develop their coaching methodology, including their philosophy, approach, and sport-specific knowledge. Mika was one of the demonstration riders, who was also newly classified as a para-equestrian athlete with USEF Classifier Kerri Sowers at the event.

Mika Mckinney is a lifelong equestrian from Belfast Maine. In 2017 Mika was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 21. Following an intensive chemotherapy regiment, Mika had her left leg amputated above the knee. Previously, Mika competed on Mt. Holyoke college’s collegiate dressage and hunt seat equitation teams, representing them at the Nationals multiple years. While Mika was in chemotherapy she captained and led her IDA team to the reserve collegiate national champion title, contributing a winning ride at her level. Mika is a USDF Bronze Medalist with hopes of finishing her needed PSG scores for her silver. Mika was able to get back in the saddle just 41 days post amputation at Carlisle Academy and then traveled to Wellington, FL to continue riding and training with Barton Patrick and Kathy Connelly at Haven Safe Farm.

Manes and Tails, located in northern Maine (Aroostook County) have at long last purchased their own facility and working hard at getting ready for a summer of day camps and therapeutic riding! Congratulations!!

Riding To The Top in Windham, is looking forward to hosting two training workshops in August (ESMHL and OSWC). For more information or to register, go to: and scroll down to the bottom of the page. The ESMHL workshop is scheduled for August 10-13 and the OSWC is scheduled for August 17-20. In addition, RTT is hosting a ½ day Driving Workshop on August 22nd with Mary Gray. Final details are being worked out for the Driving Clinic—if interested in learning more about it or attending please email Mario Pascarelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Hampshire News:

Full Circle Farm in Newport, NH is delighted to have achieved their nonprofit status.

Special Equine Connections for Riding Therapy at Whispering Horse Stables in Boscawen has recently joined PATH Intl as a member center.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown wrapped up the Vocational Training program pilot in June. Two students came to the barn 2 mornings a week to learn the ins and outs of employment in the equine industry. In the fall we will be offering the program to students and will be adding an adult cohort. For more information, contact Allison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hermman’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions are making a visit to UpReach over Labor Day weekend, performing four shows. For more information contact Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calendar of events: Contact Kristen McGraw at 603-497-2343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information or to register
• Open Barn Day for Military Families-July 28
• Lipizzan Stallions August 31-September 3

Vermont News:

Vermont Horse Assisted Therapy in Middlesex, VT held an eight-week spring after-school session for students with special needs that ended with a crowd of family and relatives gathering for the demonstration of new skills and the awarding of homemade ribbons for "Bravery", "Trotting Champion", and "Most Improved." One mom wrote: "Oh my goodness! T. loved his first session yesterday! He was a different kid last night...he seemed so much more mature too! Thank you so much for offering this (program) and you might have a hard time getting rid of him!" In July we will offer half-day week-long camps for students-at-risk through the Clara Martin Center in Randolph, VT.

High Horses in Sharon, VT had an amazing spring and was very honored to have hosted the Region 1 Conference. We were so delighted to see so many smiling faces at our facility on Sunday! The presentations were insightful, well presented, on topic and all received positive feedback. Mother Nature was very kind and provided us a weekend of glorious sunshine.

Our annual fundraiser benefit horse show in conjunction with the Green Mountain Horse Association is June 20th. We are looking forward to stiff competition in both the jumping and dressage arenas. Some High Horses staff may even be competing this year.

Dan & Whit’s a local market will be hosting a wine tasting to benefit High Horses on July 11th. If you are in the Norwich, VT area stop in to enjoy a variety of wine flavors.
We have been enjoying learning from Sharon Wilsie author of “Horse Speak” and Heidi Potter author of “Open Heart, Open Mind” and will have them both back later this fall. Heidi will do a Centered Riding Clinic August 25-26th.

October is when High Horses plans the annual Hoofin’ It ride-a-thon. Beautiful foliage is still blazing and the trails are magnificent. Come enjoy 8 – 10 miles of Vermont trails for a great cause.

Connecticut News:

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, in Middletown CT had a busy spring! The center, which is an affiliate of the Hospital for Special Care, served over 95 individuals through the therapeutic riding program and equine-assisted learning workshops and programs. The busy month of June kicked off with five instructional staff attending the informative (and fun!) region conference in Vermont, then returned to Manes to celebrate our participants during Horse Show Days, a week-long event to showcase their accomplishments for family and friends. The week ended with the annual Freedom Ride & Walk, raising over $5000 in support of the program.

Manes & Motions also welcomed newest herd member Jimmy, a beautiful chestnut gelding that was a hunt horse from Fairfield County. The summer six-week session is sure to go by quickly with over 70 participants, wrapping up the second week of August after a four-day integrated program for children called Horse Adventure. Wishing all our friends at Region One an enjoyable summer. For more info on Manes & Motions, visit www.manesandmotions.




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