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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International -- March 5, 2024

2024 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award Nominations Open Through May 27th

The PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution to the equine-assisted services(EAS) industry. James Brady was the press secretary to U.S. President Ronald Reagan who was shot during an assassination attempt in 1981. The failed attempt paralyzed Brady who, as part of his physical therapy, began therapeutic riding with his horse. He said riding helped him improve his balance and muscle control more than traditional therapy. Brady was an ally of then NARHA, and subsequently, the association named its most prestigious award in his honor.

Winners of this award are recognized for demonstrating the highest ethical behavior in their personal and professional life; for possessing proven leadership and dedication through delivery of service, educational contribution, support, and promotion of the industry; for bringing innovative ideas to fruition; for creating collaborations and partnerships to advance the work of EAS; and for enhancing the success and knowledge of others in the association. Full criteria for the award may be found here.

The nomination form can be found here and the reference forms are here. Completed James Brady Professional Achievement Award nominations and reference forms may be submitted to by May 27, 2024. A PATH Intl. staff member will be in touch with the nominator throughout the process of judging.

PATH Intl. Staff Professional Development Day - Wednesday, March 6th

Professional development is an important part of everyone's career path, including the PATH Intl. staff. The PATH Intl. office has reserved this Wednesday, March 6th, as a day for all of our staff to engage in professional development trainings to advance their skill sets. Staff will not be replying to phone calls and emails on this day. Please leave us a message so we may be of service to you the following day.

March is Equine Fecal Month! Get Tips from Zoetis, the Official PATH Intl. Equine Health & Wellness Partner 

Did you know that March is Equine Fecal Month? Fecal egg count (FEC) tests help ensure you target the right parasites at the right time without overtreating your horse to help prevent parasite resistance. Schedule your FEC appointment today and learn about targeted deworming by visiting the Zoetis Equine Blog here.

PATH Intl. Quarterly Equine Welfare Committee Tip

This quarter's PATH Intl. equine welfare committee tip is all about embodying compassion in the barn to help make a more positive atmosphere for humans and equines alike. Click here to read this tip by committee member Melissa Yarbrough.

Center Member's Spring Ahead with Grant Funding Support

All PATH Intl. Center Members receive access to GrantStation, a powerful online tool providing the resources for all your grant seeking needs. Join, renew, or learn more about Center Membership here or email questions directly to

Survey of Instructor Perceptions of Horses in EAS

For more information about this survey and to participate please click here.

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

Region 2   ...June 8-9, 2024 - Virtual!

Region 3   ...March 22-24, 2024 - Toano, VA - Register Here - Online registration closes Friday!

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

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

Region 6   ...March 8-10, 2024 - Neenah, WI - Register onsite.

...............  ...Show us your swag at Region 6! Click here to sign up!

Region 7   ...2025 TBD

Region 8   ...August 2-4, 2024 - Dallas, TX - Submit Abstract

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

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

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

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:

April 4-7, 2024

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Redmond, WA

April 16-19, 2024

GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center

Milford, PA

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 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 5-8, 2024

EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program

Virginia Beach, VA

Driving Workshop & Certification:

May 8-12, 2024

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm

Lyndeborough, NH

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