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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International -- March 19, 2024

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,

Attend a PATH Intl. Region Conference this Year

23 Region 8 Volunteer

PATH Intl. Region Conferences provide continuing education, fresh ideas, innovative thinking, networking and PATH Intl. updates to instructors, students, center employees, administrators, volunteers and others interested in equine-assisted services (EAS), at locations across the United States. Since there is no PATH International Conference this year (save the date: November 6-9, 2025, Denver, CO) there’s no time like the present to think about region conference possibilities this year! Did you know that you can attend any region conference, not just the one in your region, or that you can present at any region conference if you're interested? Perhaps you have family, friends or colleagues that live in different states that you could visit while attending or presenting at region conferences other than your own. Check out the list of PATH Intl. Region Conferences at the end of this newsletter to see what's happening near you!

Advertise in Strides Magazine

Want to reach a targeted audience of equine-assisted services professionals with your product, service or training program? Consider advertising in Strides, PATH Intl.'s quarterly magazine, featuring the EAS industry’s thought-leaders presenting useful and leading-edge articles on everything from technical insights to heartfelt anecdotes. With options to fit any budget and significant member discounts, Strides could be the ideal way to reach PATH Intl. Members. For advertising options click here.

Spring 2024 - Ad deadline April 1st - equine welfare edition

Summer 2024 - Ad deadline June 1st - therapeutic riding instructor edition

Fall 2024 - Ad deadline September 2nd - veterans edition

Survey of Instructor Perceptions of Horses in EAS Closes March 22nd

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

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. 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.

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 onsite

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 - Submit Abstract

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

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 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 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

September 13-16, 2024

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Naples, FL

December 12-15, 2024

Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Center

Lenoir City, TN

Driving Workshop & Certification

May 8-12, 2024

Horse Power at Touchstone Farm

Lyndeborough, NH

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