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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International -- April 2, 2024

Nominate Someone Today for the 2024 PATH Intl. Equestrian of the Year Awards

Nominations for exceptional equestrians participating at PATH Intl. Member Centers are open! There are three equestrian of the year award categories including Youth Equestrian, Adult Equestrian, and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian. One recipient will be chosen from each category. 

Criteria for these award is as follows:

The equestrian has a disability or special need and participates in an equestrian activity at a PATH Intl. Member Center in good standing.

Age requirements (age as of January 1st, 2024):

Youth Equestrian – Must be 4-17 years old

Adult Equestrian – Must be at least 18 years old

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian – Must be at least 18 years old and either currently enlisted in the armed services or a veteran.

The Equestrian of the Year nomination form may be found here. The accompanying reference form may be found here. Any, questions, please contact

PATH Intl. Office Closed Friday, April 5, for Staff Mental Health Day

The PATH Intl. office will be closed this Friday, April 5th, for a staff mental health day. PATH Intl. staff were graciously invited to visit PATH Intl. PAC The Sunny Horse Foundation, in Colorado for a half day of equine-assisted learning in personal development. Remote staff will be spending reflection time with their own equines as well. PATH Intl. staff are encouraged to use the remainder of the day to reflect, connect with others and nature, soothe and refuel minds, spirits and bodies. We hope you are able to do some of the same and wish everyone a good weekend. We will be back to business as usual on Monday, April 8th.

Helmet Accessibility Discussions

You might recall taking part in a PATH Intl. survey about proper-fitting helmet accessibility for individuals who are hard to fit for medical and protective hairstyle reasons. You might even have joined a town hall discussion where the data from the survey was presented to helmet manufacturers and other attendees. Since that town hall, there have been several follow-up conversations and emails. We're excited to share the next community conversation/townhall will be on Friday, April 26, at 7:00pm.


The townhall will be facilitated by Shelly Watts. PATH Intl. Board of Trustees Member and DEI Committee Chair Aviva Vincent will share a high-level overview of what has happened to date, PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm will join the panel, and Danielle Santos from Charles Owen will tell us her thoughts since hearing the survey data and her hopes and aims for the near future. Please consider joining the townhall to share your thoughts and questions.


Registration is required. Click here to register.

Show-Stopping Biosecurity Blog from Zoetis, the Official PATH Intl. Equine Health & Wellness Partner 

Do you plan to travel with your horse(s) this spring and summer? Dr. Holly J. Helbig, equine technical services veterinarian, Zoetis, has tips to help prevent the spread of infectious equine diseases. Visit the Zoetis Equine blog here to learn more.

PATH Intl. Volunteer Recruitment Toolkit Request for Materials

As a strategic plan priority created directly from listening to members and centers, PATH Intl. is developing a volunteer recruitment and retention toolkit this spring for center members, and we need your help. To help us craft an efficient and useful toolkit we are looking for samples of the following resources from any members or centers willing to share:

  • Volunteer job descriptions for: sidewalker, horse leader/longliner, able-bodied whip, header-driving, expediter/lesson assistant, barn assistant, and any additional roles you may have like special events, social media/office/virtual roles
  • Volunteer recruitment flyers
  • Social media recruitment graphics or links to posts for sample language

We will also be grateful for samples of any other recruitment tools or recruitment campaign schedules anyone is willing to share. Please send resources to Sara Conant,

Free Member Education

Recordings available now for PATH Intl. Members only

Sign into PATH Intl. Member Connection and click the drop-down menu on resources, or simply click here for the page. If you cannot see the recording link, confirm you have logged in. The newest offering in the library is a Lunch and Learn: Why Care About Equine Cognition. Watch now for 1.5 CEUs!

Region Conferences

Questions about regional conferences? Contact Marsha Anderson, PATH Intl. region conference coordinator. Watch eNews for abstract submission and/or registration information as it becomes available. You can also visit the region conference webpage to find more detailed information for all region conferences.

Region 1  ....April 19-21, 2024 - Amherst, MA - Register Here - Registration closes Friday!

Region 2   ...June 8-9, 2024 - Virtual - Registration opens soon.

Region 3   ...2025 TBD

Region 4 . ...May 3-5, 2024 - Holland, MI - Register Here

Region 5   ...August 16-18, 2024 - Ocala, FL -  Submit Abstract

Region 6   ...March 7-9, 2025 TBD, MN.

Region 7   ...2025 TBD

Region 8   ...August 2-4, 2024 - Dallas, TX - Registration opens in May.

Region 9   ...June 14-16, 2024 - Ellensburg, WA - Registration opens soon.

Region 10 ...September 13-15, 2024 - Sheridan, WY - Submit Abstract

Region 11 ...April 12-14, 2024 - Fallbrook, CA - Register onsite.

PATH Intl. Events Calendar

Each certification has specific requirements that must be completed prior to registering for all PATH Intl. certification events. Please review the requirements in the respective certification handbooks, available for free on the PATH Intl. website. For more information about upcoming events click here. All event dates are subject to change and may be cancelled due to low registration. The deadline to register for an event is 30 days prior to the event's start date. Please contact with questions.

Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning (ESMHL) Workshop & Skills Tests Currently Open for Registration

May 2-5, 2024

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Goffstown, NH

May 13-16, 2024

Bison Strides EAS (NDSU Bison Strides)

Fargo, North Dakota

May 23-25, 2024


Elbert, CO

June 6-9, 2024

Good Hope Equestrian & Regenerative Farm, Inc.

Halifax, VA

June 20-23, 2024

Healing With Horses Ranch

Manor, TX

June 27-30, 2024

On Eagles' Wings

Fairmont, WV

July 10-13, 2024

Horses Help

Cave Creek, AZ

July 18-21, 2024

Inspiration Ranch

Magnolia, TX

August 15-18, 2024

REINS California

Fallbrook, CA

August 20-23, 2024

Hearts & Horses Inc.

Loveland, CO

September 3-6, 2024

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

Richmond, IL

September 5-8, 2024

EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program

Virginia Beach, VA

September 13-16, 2024

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Naples, FL

December 12-15, 2024

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding

Lenoir City, TN

Driving Workshop & Certification

May 8-12, 2024

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm

Lyndeborough, NH

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