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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International -- April 16, 2024

A Gentle Reminder About Copyright Infringement and the Internet

All materials created by PATH Intl. including things such as the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, PATH Intl. Strides Magazine, the PATH Intl. Instructor Education Guide, the website, etc., are all protected property and copyrighted. This means content from any of these examples and others may not be shared or reproduced without permission in print and on digital platforms. This includes uploading content online and is covered by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and specifically Section 512(c)(3). The DMCA is a 1998 United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization. It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works, commonly known as digital rights management. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.

Call for Volunteer Judges for PATH Intl. Awards

Join the PATH Intl. awards process as a judge to read and score essays. This is a rewarding volunteer opportunity to read nominations that are encouraging, challenging and inspiring!

How it works

  • Volunteers carefully read and evaluate 2-3 short essays (200 words or less) per nomination.
  • The PATH Intl. office will provide clear guidelines and forms on how the nominations are to be evaluated and scored.
  • The judging process requires a time commitment of approximately five hours between June 7 and June 21, 2024.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be a PATH Intl. member in good standing
  • Must have access to a computer with internet
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Excel and have the ability to view/edit/save scoring documents

How to Apply

Submit your name, member number, region, and email to by May 27th.

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

Helmet Accessibility Discussion - Friday, April 26th 7:00PM ET

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 ET.


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.

Quick Survey to Gather Helmet Data on Participants with Cochlear Implants

Are you an instructor with a current participant(s) using/wearing cochlear implants? If yes, please participate in the survey here to help us better understand how you meet the needs of those participants.

PATH Intl. is Once Again a Premier Partner of Horses for Mental Health's Seen Through Horses Campaign Starting May 1st

PATH Intl. is proud to be a Premier Partner of Horses for Mental Health to help highlight their Seen Through Horses campaign all through the month of May! This campaign seeks to raise funds for 80 of Horses for Mental Health's charity partners (some of which are PATH Intl. Member Centers) to help continue to provide equine-assisted services. Stay tuned in the month of May for another round of inspiring videos about the healing power of horses and how you can donate.

PATH Intl. Region Leadership Teams Seek Ambassadors

Are you an enthusiastic PATH Intl. member looking for an opportunity to become more involved in PATH Intl. and the EAS industry? If so, then consider joining your region leadership team as an ambassador! Ambassadors work directly with the region representative to professionally represent PATH Intl. and provide ongoing outreach to PATH Intl. members and centers in their region. This is also an opportunity to share successes and challenges of the members in your region with the membership outreach committee (MOC), help plan and deliver educational and networking events to members, and truly make a difference in the EAS industry. If you’d like more information, reach out to your region representative listed below or contact Dionne Newton, MOC Chair ( or Anna Warbritton ( If you’re ready to be considered for a position as an Ambassador, please apply here.

Current region representatives and their contact information are listed below. Those regions with * have current ambassador positions that need to be filled immediately. Other regions may have upcoming openings, please contact your region representative to see what may be available.

Region 1 – Leora Barry (

Region 2 – George Paffendorf (

*Region 3 – Ashlyn Batten (*

Region 4 – Brooke Archer (         

*Region 5 – Robin Bramson (*

*Region 6 – Rachel Gaardsmoe (*

Region 7 – Jennifer Volkmann (

*Region 8 – MG Tindall (*

Region 9 - Polly Cohen (

*Region 10 – Marci Bender (*

Region 11 – Courtney Mellor (

Upcoming Free Member Education

FREE member-only PATH Intl. virtual education opportunities! All event links can be found on Member Connection. Want to attend but can't make it? Don't worry, all membership outreach committee-hosted virtual events are recorded and saved on Member Connection here

Lunch & Learn: Addressing Emotional Distress in Adaptive Riding Lessons (1 CE)

Presented by Allison Garlick 

Hosted by the Region 10 Representative 

May 3, 2024 

12:00pm-1:00pm MT

How to be Creative in Securing Teaching Hours (esp. group lessons with 3 volunteers) for CTRI (1 CE) 

Presented by Leora Barry, OTR/L, MA licenses Riding Instructor, CTRI, PATH Intl. Mentor

Hosted by the Region 1 Representative

May 14, 2024 

9:00am-10:00am EST

Staying in Your Lane (1 CR ESMHL) 

Presented by Narissa Jenkins & Connie Baldwin MS, LMHC-S

Hosted by the Region 5 Representative 

May 20, 2024 

6:00pm-7:00pm EST

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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 onsite

Region 2   ...June 8-9, 2024 - Virtual - Register Here

Region 3   ...2025 TBD

Region 4 . ...May 3-5, 2024 - Holland, MI - Register Here - Online registration closes soon!

Region 5   ...August 16-18, 2024 - Ocala, FL -  Registration opens in June

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

Region 7   ...February 21-23, 2025 - Richmond, IL

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

Region 9   ...June 14-16, 2024 - Ellensburg, WA - Register Here

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

Region 11 ...2025 TBD

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 2-4, 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

October 23-26, 2024

Reins of Life, Inc.

Michigan City, IN

Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Training Course

August 16 - October 5, 2024


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