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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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 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..

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• 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.


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.

Equine Affaire Volunteers Needed!

The Equine Affaire ( in Springfield, Ma is right around the corner! Region 1 will once again be an exhibitor in the Better Living Center.  This is a great opportunity to provide outreach to PATH Intl. members, non-members, and the equine community about PATH Intl. and the equine assisted activities and therapies. Please consider volunteering at the booth!  Those that commit to and spend 4 hours at the booth receive an admission ticket paid for by the Region 1 Outreach Allocation. A huge thanks to Katrina Manegio for continuing to coordinate the booth and volunteers!  In order to sign up to volunteer, please go to  


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.

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Maine News:

LaDawn Therapeutic Riding in West Kennebunk had a successful show team this year. We just finished our series of 4 shows! 7 students from LaDawn participated throughout the season at open horseshows, and were successful, each winning at least one 1st place ribbon!  We all had a great time, and enjoyed the show atmosphere. It gives each of the riders a reason to progress and get better with their skills; plans are already being made for next year.

LaDawn is currently looking for a new horse to join the program.  Please contact Donna at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Riding To The Top in Windham hosted a PATH Intl. ESMHL Workshop and Skills Test and an OSWC for Registered Instructors in August. We had attendees from across the country and were pleased to have Ann Alden and Susanne Haseman as our faculty for the ESMHL and Gisela Heimsath Rhodes and Antoinette DeGruccio as our PATH Intl. faculty for the OSWC.


RTT is also pleased to announce that Kate Jeton has joined our staff as Program Director.  Kate was a former volunteer and Board member and has been a life long horsewoman.  In addition to her strong knowledge and understanding of RTT, she is a PATH certified instructor and brings a wealth of organizational development experience to her position.  Welcome Kate!

October 19thand 20th, RTT is hosting Nicole Birkholzer for a clinic on “Meet Your (TR) Horse in the Now”.  Nicole is an equine advocate, educator, author and former ED of a therapeutic riding center.  She brings these unique talents together in helping staff and volunteers at therapeutic riding centers and horse owners in general, learn how to effectively connect with our horses, living in the now.  FMI contact RTT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many centers in Maine are gearing up for the Maine Equestrian Special Olympics Competition for riding and driving on September 29th!

New Hampshire News:

Touchstone Farm inTemple a 47 year old nonprofit Equine Therapeutic Riding and Carriage Driving facility was needing help with a small, but very meaningful project. The New Hampshire Landscape Association came through in a HUGE way!  Our indoor arena, although complete with a power lift for assisting our therapeutic riding clients onto horses, was sparkling on the inside.  However, the outside entrance had never been fully filled in and graded for the smooth and easy access needed by our clients vans or shuttle buses.  The deep ruts and slope of the driveway would make pushing a wheelchair or pulling a vehicle up to the front door of the arena extremely challenging, especially during the rainy season and the winter months.

Our therapeutic programs serve veterans and their families as well as children and adults struggling with Autism, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and/or loss of limb even Cerebral Palsy.  We feel strongly that veterans have given enough to our country so we try to find ways to offer these programs at no cost to them.  Incurring large costs to redo the entrance way of the indoor arena would mean less funding for our Financial Aid ability next year.

Knowing that the NH Landscape Association (NHLA) often becomes involved in community service projects, Touchstone Farm reached out to NHLA to help improve an area in front of their large indoor arena and create better access to it.  Over the course of two days, members of NHLA cleared, regraded and brought in gravel to create a more usable space for trailers, parking and year round access to the indoor arena.

NOW…..  Thanks to the NH Landscape Association awarding Touchstone Farm with their service project, we have a wonderful level, graded and smoothly packed parking lot and entrance way to our indoor arena.  This allows our instructors to spend much more time facilitating lessons instead of struggling with parking and pushing the wheelchairs through a modified field with deep ruts and steep slopes.   We have gained at least 15 minutes for each lesson on the horse as well as a much safer parking lot for all and a more aesthetically pleasing front entrance way to the arena!

The New Hampshire Landscape Association is a statewide association with 175 members made up of Landscape Contractors, Nurseries and Garden Centers, Landscape designers and Architects, Landscape Equipment and Materials dealers and research and Educational professionals. Their mission is to educate and promote professionalism and the use of Best Practices among our members through our annual Conferences and other educational opportunities as well as through our NH Certified Landscape Professional program.

A HUGE “Thank You” goes out to Chuck Simpson of Simpson Landscaping from Dublin, NH and Dave DeJohn of DeJohn Landscaping from Canterbury, NH for providing equipment and labor; Pellettieri Associates of Warner, NH for the donation of $500.00 towards materials, Dirt Doctors of Pembroke NH for the use of their compactor and Leighton A White of Milford, NH for the delivery of over 100 yards of crushed gravel.  

Touchstone Farm is a 501(c)3 nationally recognized equine educational and therapeutic facility.  As the 2018 Peterborough Chamber of Commerce nonprofit of the year, we continue to be a community leader recognized for our innovative approach to equine-based therapeutic programs.  We received a 100% accreditation score in 2016 by PATH Intl., (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International).  With nationally certified therapeutic riding instructors, highly trained volunteers, liability insurance, a large string of well-trained and safe horses, classrooms and extensive riding facilities, Horse Power at Touchstone Farm is the ideal setting for its highly successful equine-based therapeutic programs.

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown is currently renovating a house on the property to be able to provide a variety of retreat opportunities as well as housing for trainings held at the facility.  We are very excited to be doing our first retreat weekend Oct. 19-21 with Camp Resilience (  This weekend will provide Veteran’s with the opportunity to participate in a variety of equine activities. 

The Resilience Reinsprogram continues to be successful in providing youth and their parents with the tools necessary to become resilient individuals.  The program is geared towards youth that have experienced a trauma.  While the youth are working with a mental health professional, ESMHL, and awesome ponies, the parents have the opportunity to attend a parenting group, Parent Café.  At the conclusion of both groups, a family style dinner is served by various community organizations, businesses, and individuals.

UpReach celebrated our fabulous volunteers at a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Sept. 22 to thank them for their 12,184 logged hours for 2017-2018.  The following awards were presented:

Youth Volunteer of the Year-Raiden Ferreira

Adult Volunteer of the Year-Chris O’Brien

Wise Volunteer of the Year (55+)-David Abbe

Family Volunteer of the Year-Joe & Delaney Riley

Group Volunteers of the Year-Saint Anselm College & Eversource

Community Partners of the Year-Kiwanis of Manchester, Queen City Rotary, Greater Boston Charity Horse Show

Becky Mignona Bingo Volunteer of the Year-Kim Gagne

President Volunteer Service Award Winners:

Gold: Young Adult-Raiden Ferreira, Adults-Cliff Cote, Colleen Hernandez, Cindy Padilla, Jasmine Plaza

Silver: Teen-Sarah Gault, Young Adult-Delaney Riley, Adults-Christine Fleuraguste, Betty Gagne, Kim Gagne, Bill Jones, Larry Kanan, Pat Kane, Celeste Lesmerises, Darla Monbouquette, Debbie Smith, Roger Streeter, Tom Wilczek

Bronze: Young Adult-Ani Allayan, Ebony Green, Anneka Paelnick Adult-Ali Curran, Danielle DiMarzio, Bibi Hernandez, Susan Higgins, Mandy Houston, Nancy LaChance, Judy Laforest, Jim Lombardozzi, Hilary Maddus, Lindsey Mcbrierty, Chris O’Brien, Patti Sexton, Beth Titus, Colleen Dichard, Julie Hiag, Jim Lalla, Donna Wilczek, 

An additional 39 volunteers were recognized for volunteering 50 hours of their time.   We are grateful to all of our volunteers for their time and talents!!  

Vermont News:

High Horses in Sharon had a very busy summer as we partnered with 3 different camps. We partnered with Camp Akeela for the 4thyear; this was our second year with a camp for the kids at the Upper Valley Haven and our first year working with kids from East Valley Academy. Each camp had slightly different needs and it was fun to learn about the campers and they learned about horses and gained skills. We also ran our regularly scheduled lessons and took on 3 instructor mentors this year! We are excited that we will be hosting our first registered instructor workshop and certification in November 2-5th.  We would also like to give a shout out to our volunteer of the year – Bill Link - for all of his amazing assistance in lessons and around the barn!

Mark your calendars early! Next year High Horses will be hosting Sharon Wilsie & Heidi Potter for two exciting clinics on Horse Speak the dates are June 21-23 & August 23 -25, 2019. We hope to see you there.

Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy in Middlesex is now in the ninth season of our signature after-school program for students on the autism spectrum. Eight students, eight horses, eight aides, eight weeks, and a combination of singing, riding, grooming, farm work, and team building that builds community and brings many smiles.  We're also collaborating again with our local mental health agency on an after-school program for students with emotional challenges. Last spring they did a series of unmounted lessons and now they are looking forward to their six mounted sessions. We're happy to report that our new therapy horse, Lady, a 15.2 chestnut QH mare, is living up to her name!  

Massachusetts News

Linda Crabtree of Circle of Peace, who, over the last ten years has dedicated and volunteered her time to demonstrate and present therapeutic methods --  Reiki, Equine Acupressure Basics and Meditation -- at PATH Intl. Regional and National Conferences, and MA State Meeting, now offers to come to your EAAT center and teach classes that bring the therapeutic team (animals and people) together to Relax.Connect.Renew. Classes include Equine Acupressure Basics, Greeting and Grooming with Gratitude, and Meditation. These classes are an investment for the health of the therapeutic team and are a great option for continuing education credits. Information will be forthcoming on her website,

Connecticut News:

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Centerin Middletown had another fun-filled summer! Following the six-week therapeutic riding session and a number of field trips for children in the community with needs, the summer wrapped up with a four-day integrated program for children 6-12 years. The Horse Adventure program focuses on children feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments, making lots of new friends (two and four legged) while building their horsemanship skills on the ground and in the saddle.  The center was also fortunate to add another valued member to our equine team. Jimmy, a beautiful chestnut gelding, had a previous career as a fox hunter! He’s just in time to help serve riders in our fall programs.  Wishing all of our friends in Region One a happy and successful fall season.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme is wrapping up a jam-packed summer with eight weeks of camps, a summer community riding program, and their therapeutic summer riding and driving programs all finishing at the end of August.

Summer kicked off with Immersion Camp, a collaboration between High Hopes and the Lawrence + Memorial Hospital catering for children with autism and sensory disabilities. After five weeks of all abilities summer day camp, High Hopes then offered its’ second annual week-long VetKids program, designed to develop communication, relationship building, and self-awareness skills children and young adults who share the unique challenges of service families. A week of Horse Sense Youth Camp for students followed, focusing on character development in youth at risk.

We were also honored to partner this summer withSafe Futures, a domestic violence advocacy organization, to offer weekly riding lessons, a family field trip, and two spots in our Horse Sense youth camp. Families were able to have a safe bonding experience, while the horses facilitated exploration of communication techniques, assertiveness, and healthy boundary-setting.

High Hopes continues to attract Instructor Training Candidates from Around New England – and Around the World.  Erin Cardea is from Massachusetts and works as an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Johnson & Wales University. Having been awarded her Path Intl. Registered Instructor certification, she is now teaching at High Hopes as well as carrying out her many responsibilities at the J&W Providence Campus in Rhode Island.  Tracy Eastwood Sturtevant lives in New South Wales, Australia, and following her Registered Instructor certification, she has returned to the McIntyre Center to spread the ethos of PATH Intl. and High Hopes to the Antipodes. Having spent the winter in New England, Nejra Pinjo has returned to Bosnia Herzegovina. Her PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification, along with her CHA level 11 Certification will help her achieve her dream, of using Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies to help individuals impacted by the Bosnian war. Congratulations to all three candidates and we cannot wait to see what they go on to do.

Talking of which, if you are a PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course alumna, High Hopes would love you to get in touch to hear what you are doing now!



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