2014 PATH Intl. Region 06 Conference

Mar 07, 2014 10:00am -
Mar 09, 2014 11:00am


Event Description

PATH Intl.



Region 6 Conference

March 7-9, 2014


Rice Lake, WI


Hosted by:
Nature’s Edge Therapy Center





Conference Tracks:


Lodging Option 1:


Rice Lakes Elks Club

36 East Eau Claire Street
Rice Lake, WI  54868



Microtel Inn & Suites
2771 Decker Dr.

Rice Lake, Wi 54868

(715) 736-2010


Barn Track:


Lodging Option 2:


Zuzek Farm

1680 23rd Street
Rice Lake, WI  54868



Days Inn Rice Lake
1710 S. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

(715) 234-4444




Online registration has been extended through February 17, 2014.  After February 17, 2014, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Full Conference Through February 17 -


$100 members/students

$120 non-members

Saturday Only Through February 17 -


$75 members/students

$95 non-members

Full Conference Onsite -


$120 members/students

$140 non-members

Saturday Only Onsite -


$95 members/students

$105 non-members


Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by February 3, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by February 10, 2014. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to February 10, 2014, will not receive a refund.  There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.






Friday, March 7

(All events at Rice Lake Elks Club.)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.         Conference Registration Open and Silent Auction Items Drop Off

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.    PATH Intl. Standards Course (Formerly CAT Course)

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the of the 2013 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification & Accreditation manual.
Marsha Anderson

6 to 7:30 p.m.              Welcome Banquet and Keynote

                                    Come enjoy a four course dinner sponsored by the WI Horse Council and WI Equine Foundation.

7:30 to 9 p.m.              Keynote Address - Keeping Your Dream Alive
Noel Smith
, president and owner of Erv Smith Services in Eau Claire, WI will encourage you to keep your dream ALIVE. Noel’s reflections will focus on the challenge of funding non-profit organizations and the understated value of volunteers.



Saturday, March 8

(All events at Elks Club except for afternoon barn track. Afternoon barn track is at Zuzek Farm.)

7 to 8 a.m.                   Breakfast

7 to 10 a.m.                 Conference Registration Open and Silent Auction Items Drop Off

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.           Silent Auction Open

8 to 9 a.m.                   Session A

o   A1 - Wait More, Speak Less, Use Visuals
Learn communication strategies for students with pervasive developmental disabilities including symbols, pictures, social stories, sign language and more.

Joan Duncanson is a teacher at DCD Bridge View School with St. Paul district 625.

o   A2 - Parent Perspective
This presentation will give a basic overview of Autism and describe how it affects riders on the spectrum including those that are nonverbal. 
Amy Katterhagen is the mother of an 11 year old girl with Autism who has been riding for 6 years. Amy is also a board member with Miracle Horse Riders near Alexandria, MN.

o   A3 - Para Dressage
Alexandra Philpi, British Horse Society Instructor, competes in jumping, dressage and eventing. She became involved with Para Dressage at the elite athlete level in 2004 and attended each Paralympics with Team USA since. Currently she is the equestrian director for YMCA Metropolitan Milwaukee running a year round lesson program for able-bodied students and students with cognitive and physical disabilities.

9:10 to 10:00 a.m.       Session B

o   B1 - Therapeutic Horsemanship With Veterans
Lia Sader is the executive director of Stepping Stone Farms.

o   B2 - Reflexes, Development, Home Programs and Hippotherapy
Heidi Sovacool is an OT, AHA therapist and PATH Intl. Certified Regsitered Instructor.  She completed MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorymotor Reflex Integration) training through Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute and MNRI Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration training in 2012 and is working towards acquiring IPET and Core Specialist training.

o   B3 - Understanding PTSD
Lt Col Air Force-Retired Diana Liedtke Thorpe is the Horses for Heroes program director and a lead English instructor at WillStar Riding Academy in Bemidji, MN. Diana served as a Military Nurse, suffers from PTSD and has served on the board of Riders of Victory Therapeutic Horseback Riding for those with Special Needs

10:10 to 11 a.m.          Session C

o   C1 – Marketing Your Horse Program to Military Personnel
This session will teach you how to communicate with military personnel and  give you an understanding of the military ranking system so you are prepared to interact with the military.
E4 Specialist Army National Guard Brian Lesetmoe graduated from Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College with a business certificate in sales and marketing. He is now training to be a National Guard Recruiter for the state of Minnesota.

o   C2 – Joyful Wellness Through Laughter Yoga
Let group laughter exercises and yoga breathing show you how to laugh without relying on comedy, Humor, or jokes. No mat needed, your health is a laughing matter!
Barb Flouro is a retired special education teacher and a Certified Laugher Leader since August 2012. She teaches workshops and retreats throughout WI.

o   C3 – Equine Nutrition: Understanding Forage and Feed Quality
Craig Sandmire, BS animal science, is an equine nutrition specialist and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has managed a Clydesdale carriage operation and was an employee of Tri-County Farmers Co-Op as a livestock production specialist, mill manager and general Manage, before joining Doctor’s Choice Supplements in the role of Equine Nutrition Specialist in 1999.

11:10 a.m. to noon      Session D

o   D1 – Incorporating EAAT Research Into Your Program
In this session we will discuss the latest EAAT research and send you home with ideas on how to appropriately incorporate these findings into your promotional materials. In addition we will discuss program assessment and how research collaborations work.
Erika Berg, PhD, assistant professor of animal science at North Dakota State University, coordinates the minoring program in therapeutic horsemanship. Erika is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Associate Faculty Evaluator and member of the Riding Certification Subcommittee.

o   D2 – Sensory Games and Activities Use In Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Come and have fun gathering sensory games and activities ideas to add to your therapeutic riding lessons.
Rosemary Palmer, OTR and a level 1 Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, graduated from Mount Mary College and has a background in sensory integration in children and adults with Autism.

o   D3 – Understanding and Treating Functional Impacts of Brain Injury and Related Behaviors
Laurie Rumpf is the program director of adult residential services at Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, WI. .is a certified brain injury trainer and has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with traumatic brain Injury and various other disabilities.

Noon to 1 p.m.            Lunch and PATH Intl. Update

1 p.m.                          Silent Auction Closes

1 to 5 p.m.                   Barn or Elks Club Track – pick one track

o   Barn Track (at Zuzek Farm)

                                                              i.        (1 to 2 p.m.) Whole Horse Veterinary care for Therapy Horses
Go beyond simple vaccinations and treating problems as they arise to a discussion of how a horse’s teeth, feet and the spinal column can be used in a preventative approach to lameness and the evaluation of animals’ comfort level. Using a live horse, learn what to look for in regards to subtle lameness or pain issues that may negatively affect balance, cadence, attitude and ultimately the ability to perform at its peak.
Brenda Tabor, DVM, cVMRT, cVSM, has started her own ambulatory equine practice working with various animals. In 2013 Dr. Tabor joined Northwoods Animal Learning and Wellness Center in Chetek, WI, working with an alternative approach to whole animal wellness and lameness issues. She is also active with the Humane Society of Barron County and is one of Nature’s Edge Therapy Center’s primary veterinarians.

                                                             ii.        (2 to 3 p.m.) How the Track We Use Impacts the Horse and Rider
This live demonstration will illustrate the effect of various tack and equipment on the riders’ movement patterns.
Ann Davis, PT with Nature’s Edge Therapy Center. Alycia VanderBent, BS animal science. Nicole Wittmann, PT with Nature’s Edge Therapy Center.

                                                            iii.        (3 to 5 p.m.) Mounts and Dismounts
A variety of mounts and dismounts will be explored to help instructors learn how to maximize rider independence, safety, proper body mechanics, as well as the comfort of our equine partners. Interactive problem solving is encouraged, so bring your questions and challenges.
Marsha Anderson, MA animal science is founder, executive director and head instructor of Equal Access, Inc. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor, Mentor Faculty, Lead Evaluator, Standards Course Faculty and Lead Site Visitor. She is also Chair of the PATH Intl. Certification Oversight Committee and a member of the Certification Review and Development Task Force. Erika Berg, PhD, is an assistant professor of animal science at North Dakota State University and coordinates the minoring program in therapeutic horsemanship. Erika is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Associate Faculty Evaluator and member of the Riding Certification Subcommittee. Dena Duncan is the executive director at Three Gaits, Inc. A PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor, Site Visitor Faculty and an Evaluator Faculty Apprentice.

o   Elks Club Track (at the Elks Club)

                                                              i.        (1 to 2 p.m.) Generating PR When You Are Not a PR Person
Learn the when, how and whys to do press releases.
Mary Narges, MA social welfare, is a co-founder of Free Spirit (Special People in Riding Therapy) Riders, Inc. in Fond du Lac, WI. She has served as the center’s executive director since 1987 and authored the book “The Chronicles of Free SPIRIT Riders:  A Quarter Century of Therapeutic Horsemanship”.

                                                             ii.        (2 to 3 p.m.) Fundraising Events That Are Sustainable
Explore the 3 fundraisers Freedom Farm depend on every year.  See what has been very successful and what has not. Bring your administrative questions for the open group discussion time. It will be a great opportunity for new and experienced centers to share, get ideas, answer questions and leave inspired.
Susie Bjorklund is the founder and executive director at Freedom Farm, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL. Sue Claussen has been the office manager at Freedom Farm for 10 years.

                                                            iii.        (3 to 4 p.m.) Developing Partnerships and curriculum With Schools
Joan Berg, executive director or River Valley Riders.

                                                           iv.        (4 to 5 p.m.) Starting A Center
Need help establishing procedures? Be prepared for success going into the future and for the longevity of your program before you even serve your participants.
Clare Palmquist, program coordinator of Project Astride.

1:30 to 5:30 p.m.         Silent Auction Pick Up at Elks Club

5:30                              Tour Nature’s Edge Therapeutic Riding Center and the Diane’s House

                                     After the barn track, we welcome all attendees to come and tour the host Center's

                                     facility, including Diane’s House which is their intensive Autism treatment center.




Sunday, March 9

7 to 8 a.m.                   Breakfast

7:30 to 8 a.m.              Region 6 Meeting (while you eat)

8 to 8:30 a.m.              State Meetings

8:30 to 9 a.m.              Standards Hearing

9 to 10 a.m.                 Session E
(Our Sunday Forums will be administered twice with many of our speakers joining our Forum leaders.)         

o   E1 - Mental Health Forum
Lead by Nikki Cohen-Wichner, LMFT, co-founder of Healing Horsemanship Foundation, Inc. and partner with Interstate Horse Center in Stoughton, WI.

o   E2 - Instructor Forum
Lead by Dena Duncan, executive director at Three Gaits, Inc. A PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor, Site Visitor Faculty and an Evaluator Faculty Apprentice.

o   E3 - Administration Forum
Lead by Susie Bjorklund, founder and executive director at Freedom Farm, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL.

o   E4 - Hippotherapy Forum
Lead by Janet Weisberg, founder of Hold Your Horses (HYH). Janet is dedicated to supporting professionalism in the EAA, is an American Hippotherapy Association board member, editor of HIPPOTHERAPY magazine, member of local and international OT associations and is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor serving on the Certification Review and Development task force for PATH International.

10 to 11 a.m.               Session F (breakout and join a different forum)         

o   F1 - Mental Health Forum

o   F2 - Instructor Forum

o   F3 - Administration Forum

o   F4 - Hippotherapy Forum





Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on Oct 07, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Oct 08, 2013 and ends on Feb 19, 2014.
Late registration starts on Feb 20, 2014.