2017 PATH Intl. Region 10 Conference

May 05, 2017 05:00am -
May 07, 2017 09:00pm


Event Description


PATH Intl.





produced by


Region 10



May 5-7, 2017


Fort Collins, CO


Hosted by:
Front Range Exceptional Equestrians

PATH Intl. Region 10 welcomes you! Come and enjoy a fabulous weekend with your friends and colleagues. Lunch will be served onsite Saturday; dinner will be at CSU. All listed meals are included in your registration fee.


Please bring and donate a Silent auction item for the Region 10 Conference



As we transition to new CEU requirements for instructor renewal, please note that sessions meeting the specific disabilities education requirement are marked with *DE. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact Bret Maceyak at the PATH Intl. office.








Sessions – Friday

CSU Adams Arena Classroom

701 S. Overland Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Sessions – Saturday

Marriott Courtyard Hotel

1200 Oakridge Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525



Session Sunday

Adams and Pickett Arenas and Adams Arena Classroom

701 S. Overland Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80521



Lodging Options:



Courtyard by Marriott Fort Collins,

1200 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO  80525


For a room rate of $117 + tax please make reservation by April 11, 2017 and tell them you are with PATH International.  

Call (800) 228-9290 or (970) 212-9403 to make your reservation.



La Quinta Inn & Suites Loveland

1450 Cascade Ave, Loveland, CO 80538

For a room rate of $107.10 + tax please make reservation by April 4, 2017, and tell them you are with PATH International.   

Call the hotel directly at (970) 622-8600 or the Group Reservations Department at (866) 527-1498.


Airport info

Denver National Airport-DIA is 1 hour away from Fort Collins

Denver International Airport

8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249


Northern Colorado Regional Airport is 20 mins away from Fort Collins

4900 Earhart Rd, Loveland, CO 80538






Online registration will be available through April 21. After April 21, 2017, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Registration through April 21:


Full Conference -

$135 members

$185 non-members


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty  Members -

$115 members

Registration Onsite:


Full Conference -

$165 members

$215 non-members


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members -

$145 members

PATH Intl. Standards Course:





Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by April 21, 2017. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office between April 21 and April 28, 2017. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to April 28, 2017, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.




Friday, May 5, 2017

(CSU Adams Arena Classroom)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PATH Intl. Standards Course

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2016 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. Lunch will be provided


2 to 6 p.m.    

Registration Open

4:30 p.m.

Carpool to Tour CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH)

5 to 6:30 p.m.




Dinner on your own








Saturday, May 6, 2017

(Marriott Courtyard Hotel)

7 to 9 a.m.

Registration Open – Breakfast on your own

8 to 9 a.m.

Session A


A1, Creating Stellar Fundraising Support From Your Board Part 1 The board needs training, support and encouragement to fundraise well.  The executive director and other lead staff members are essential to the process.  When everyone understands their role and communicate openly, the process can move forward effectively with dynamite results.
KC Henry  is principal of Transitions Unlimited LLC, a consulting firm for nonprofit businesses. She specializes in organizational development, board development, strategic planning and start-up programs. As executive director at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (PAC) in Chagrin Falls, OH, she provided leadership for its $4.5 million campaign, the building of its state-of-the-art therapeutic riding facility, and the development of a staff of 31 people that served 200 students with disabilities weekly.  In 2006 she received the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement award.




A2, Developing a Successful School-based Program

In this interactive, experiential and reflective course, we will explore the intersection of social emotional learning and equine-facilitated learning with an emphasis on practicing and developing essential skills of empathy, optimism, intrinsic motivation, clear intentions, decision-making, and self-regulation, and employment of tools such as the powerful six-second pause. Attendees will learn how to develop curricula that uses these concepts to enhance learning, relationship quality and self-efficacy in their equine learning populations. Tamara Merritt, BS in kinesiology, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, ESMHL, brings 27 years of experience working in the EAAT industry. As the director of special programs at Hearts & Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in Loveland, CO, Tamara is responsible for program development, instructor education, fundraising and community outreach. Her passion lies in developing programs for youth at risk. Supervising numerous graduate students from UNC, CSU and DU, Tamara has created outcome measurement tools to track progress of therapeutic riding for the diverse clientele of Hearts & Horses. In 2009, Tamara was named the PATH Intl. Region 10 Instructor of the Year. Pamela Barker, MA, PT, is an educational psychologist and trainer in emotional intelligence (EI) and social and emotional learning (SEL), a parenting coach, and conflict mediator. She works with individuals, couples, families, schools and organizations. Pamela is certified with Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network to deliver the Self-Science and EQ Matters curricula and SEI Emotional Intelligence Assessments and with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to deliver the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence curriculum. She holds an alternative dispute resolution/mediation certificate with Mediators without Borders, is trained in restorative dialogue, and is an advanced facilitator of restorative justice practices. Her research explores the intersection of SEL, restorative justice and transformational learning in youth offenders.




A3, Preparing Your Energetic Ground for Effective EAAT

The more we teach and facilitate, sometimes the further we get from the newness and unfamiliarity of this work. We forget what it feels like to experience performance anxiety or become frightened or overwhelmed. Our horses and participants experience this regularly, more than we know sometimes. Whether your team is brand new to the work or you are just re-grounding your team, here are a few activities you can use to come back to that humble space of the beginner. Nancy Beers is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, ESMHL and CHA instructor. She has been in the EAAT field since 1984 as an instructor, program director and educator, specializing in the mental health realm. She enjoys training providers, from volunteers to instructors and therapists, in this work. She currently operates The Equine Approach, LLC, a mental health, horsemanship and leadership training program in Colorado Springs, CO.

9 to 9:15 a.m.                       



Session B

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

B1, Creating Stellar Fundraising Support From Your Board Part 2

KC Henry  see bio in A1



B2 Lesson Planning: Making Your Lessons Flow

Do you dread lesson planning? Do your lessons feel disjointed? A few tips and tricks with a new way of looking at lesson planning can make this all disappear. This presentation will help you learn how to plan your lessons so they flow effortlessly from the warm up all the way through the end of your cool down, all while supporting your riders to be better prepared to accomplish their goals. AbbyJane Ferrin is a licensed and certified therapeutic recreation specialist, a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She has 14 years of experience in the field working at the National Ability Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Park City, UT, with individuals of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. She has worked with horses personally for 25 years and professionally for 13 years.


9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

B3, Trauma-Informed EAAT

This presentation will review complex trauma as it affects youth and children, discuss how this may present in our participants, and guide program and training for staff and volunteers working with this population. Topics will include causes of complex trauma, symptoms and the diagnoses of children that often follow, the factors that build resiliency, and the incredible position we are in as EAAT professionals to contribute to building resiliency and positive growth through trauma-informed practice. Hannah LaPointe is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Hannah received her MSW degree in 2013 and currently works for the Children, Youth and Family Services Division in Larimer County, an organization that has been a leader in the field of trauma-informed practice in child welfare work in Colorado.

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.  



Session C

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

C1, Creating Stellar Fundraising Support From Your Board Part 3

KC Henry  see bio in A1

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

C2, Spinal Cord Injury 101 & EAAT

This presentation provides the basics of spinal cord injury (SCI): mobility/functional changes, emotional issues associated with SCI and important safety considerations. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the personal and professional experience of someone living with SCI for 28 years. Attendees are encouraged to share experiences of working with participants with SCI and approaches that have been developed from the experience of being a provider. Resources will be provided for continued learning and professional development. Terry Chase, MA, ND, RN, is an assistant professor, Nursing-Mental Health at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO. As patient & family dducation program coordinator at Craig Hospital, Englewood, for 18 years she created the innovative “Working with Horses Educational Experience” for SCI and TBI in-patients. Dr. Chase is a self-motivated, highly educated individual, living fully with spinal cord injury for 28 years, active in all things outdoors: kayaking, cross-country skiing, handcycling and, whenever possible, riding horses.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

C3, Promoting Health and Fitness Through Human-Equine Partnerships 

Learn how to create a groundwork class aimed at promoting health and fitness for those who exceed a center's rider weight limit. Find out how, through a human-equine partnership, participants will learn about equine health and fitness and how this partnership translates to their everyday lives. Learn about session and class objectives, setting realistic goals for participants, collecting data and troubleshooting. Hear from a participant about her experiences and have an opportunity to ask questions. Alexandra Whittey is a New York City native and started riding at the age of five and rode until 22, taking lessons, competing in hunter/jumper and cross country and training unsuccessful race horses to jump.  She took a 20-year break from riding until four years ago when she became involved with Hearts & Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in Loveland, CO, initially as a parent of a rider.  Currently, she is pursuing her PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor Certification. Sarah Champ became involved with Hearts and Horses at the dawn of its time, almost 20 years ago.  She has, since then, been a volunteer and participant in multiple facets.  She most currently serves an instructor assistant for a groundwork class and is also a rider.  Sarah's disabilities include vision impairment, epilepsy and PTSD, none of which has stopped her from doing one of the things she loves most — to ride.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Trek to Accrediting Instructors  with Kathy Alm



Session D

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

D1, Emergency Assessment: Are You Really Ready?

Have you ever wondered how your team will respond in a true crisis situation? Are you confident that you and your team have the skills needed for trauma situations? In 10 years of ski patrol, followed by 15 years in the EAAT industry, Marci Bender has acquired a unique combination of experience and will help you move your program to the next level of preparedness. This presentation will provide a framework for developing your own system for responding to both complicated equine rescue emergencies, beyond the basic assessment of injured humans, and basic triage of multiple ‘victims’. Marci Bender has a BS degree in therapeutic recreation from Penn State University. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Lead Site Visitor, PATH Intl. Utah State Chair, chair of the PATH Intl. Accreditation subcommittee and is the equestrian program manager at the National Ability Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Park City, UT.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

D2, Art in TR Classes With People of Varying Needs and Abilities

The creative process of making art in a group setting centered on horses enhances the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all abilities and ages. Artistic self-expression offers amazing positive benefits such as improving self-esteem, problem-solving skills, developing coping skills, social skills and fine motor skills. This session offers ideas in how to incorporate art in TR groups, types of media available and what populations they may best serve. Michele Bruhn [CS1] , a lifelong horse person, spent time riding, training and showing in many disciplines including dressage, western pleasure, carriage driving, hunter/jumper and trails. Michele earned a BA degree in psychology, and a minor in art before working for seven years at a behavioral treatment center with youth at risk. Once certified with PATH Intl., she created a TR program for her clients. Michele currently works at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Longmont, and is pursuing her advanced certification.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

D3, Understanding the Mental Health of Horses: Practical Ways to Support Mental Health for Equines in Your EAAT Program 

The overall health of the program horse affects the sustainability of the EAAT service, from risk management, financial and ethical perspectives. New research into the emotional and cognitive needs of horses helps us understand more about the mental health of horses, including the close connection to physical health. This presentation provides information, practical tools and tips to help all working in EAAT programs assess and attend to the mental health needs of EAAT horses. Nina Ekholm Fry is director of equine programs at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and adjunct professor at University of Denver. She is a certified clinical trauma practitioner and an executive board member of the national Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals. Nina is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL, and CHA certified riding instructor. She teaches equine behavior at Yavapai College and is a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science.

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.      


1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Session E

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

E1, Growing Your Program: Adding Therapy Services

Interested in growing and/or adding therapy services to program? This session will look at what is required when adding equine-assisted therapies and give you a road map to follow in your decision-making process. Can your program/facility manage adding services at this time? Or what do you need to put in place in order to add these services?  Who should you partner with and how can this benefit your overall program? We will focus on hippotherapy, the incorporation of OT, PT and SLP services; however, many of the same considerations can be used when looking at adding EFP as well. Jacqueline Tiley has a BS degree in equine sciences from Colorado State University. Jacqueline has volunteered at two PATH Intl. facilities in northern Colorado. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Site Visitor and a new member of the PATH Intl. Riding Certification Committee. While working for PATH Intl. as  itsdirector of education and standards, she facilitated the first PATH Intl. On-Site Workshop and Certification outside North America, in South Korea. She has been working and volunteering in the EAAT field for more than 17 years at centers in North Carolina, Texas and Colorado. Prior to equine-assisted activities being a passion she directed summer riding programs for the Girl Scouts in both California and North Carolina.


1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

E2, Harnessing the Power of Music in the Arena

During this presentation attendees will get an overview of music therapy, the effect of music on the human brain and the effect of music on horses, along with gaining techniques for how to effectively use music in their sessions. At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to describe and give examples of music therapy and how music can be used in a therapeutic manner. They will also be able to give a basic description of the effect of music on the brain, along with how horses respond to music. In the second portion of this presentation attendees will expect to gain knowledge and techniques for effectively incorporating music and music games into their equine-assisted learning, therapeutic riding or hippotherapy sessions. Attendees will leave this presentation with a better understanding of music and its effect on people and horses, along with how to more effectively utilize music in the arena. Sara Selimi graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.  She moved to Phoenix in 2009 and provided in-home music therapy services before joining Higher Octave Healing in 2010. Sara’s advanced training focus is on children with developmental disabilities with sensory integration and behavioral needs. In addition to providing music therapy services, Sara is Higher Octave Healing’s Special Programs Coordinator.  Sara is also a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor. She is currently preparing to pilot a program that incorporates both music therapy and therapeutic riding to address social skill needs for children on the autism spectrum. Sara is an avid horsewoman and knitter. She enjoys being outside and spending time with family.


1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

E3, Riding in the Moment

Riding in the Moment is a program that helps facilitate adults and seniors facing the challenges of aging, memory loss, and age or injury-related cognitive impairments to find joy in equine-related activities. For some it is a chance to experience past memories, and for others it is a new adventure.  These classes are not so much about teaching riding or horsemanship skills but are instead about just enjoying time with our equine partners. Come learn more about this inspiring program and look into maybe starting one at your center. Michele Kane is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, and program coordinator at Hearts & Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in Loveland, CO.  Beth Hoesly received a doctoral fellowship to study EAAT in fall 2015. She transitioned directly into the PhD program in occupation and rehabilitation science after earning her entry-level professional degree in occupational therapy.  Since beginning the program she has been particularly interested in hippotherapy. Beth has had the opportunity to present findings on hippotherapy and therapeutic riding from the research team’s larger EAAT study at the American Hippotherapy Association’s Annual Conference and the PATH Intl. Annual Conference. Currently, she is conducting a research study tailored to older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the equine environment for her dissertation.


2:45 to 3 p.m.


3 to 4 p.m.

Session F

3 to 4 p.m.

F1, Empowered Connections: Creating Collaborations in the EAAT Field

Looking for ways to strengthen your program and reach new populations but don't know where to start? Empower your work with new collaborations! Programs working together and collaborating with outside agencies allow for greater growth, a wealth of shared ideas and talents, and reaching needed populations. We will share our experiences collaborating two EAAT programs with a drug and alcohol treatment center and additional social service agencies. We hope to inspire other programs to think outside the box and find unique solutions that benefit both participants and programs. Cheri Trousil founded Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center 16 years ago and has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor for 15 years. Cheri is a physical therapist and has practiced for 34 years.  She is also trained with EAGALA. Beth Godbey, CTRS, LPCC, is the founder of Equine Empowerment. She has worked in the field of EAAT since 2005 when she became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor.  Beth has master’s degrees in both therapeutic recreation and mental health counseling.  Beth is also a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and is certified with EAGALA


3 to 4 p.m.

F2, Positioning Principles for Riders With Cerebral Palsy

Learn more about cerebral palsy and how to improve comfort and motor control by modifying positioning while seated on the equine. Topics covered will include origin and prevalence of people with cerebral palsy, common tone and motor patterns, precautions and contraindications, recommendations for program placement, and basic principles of positioning, and there will be a hands-on learning component. Although this session is focused on cerebral palsy, positioning principles can be applied to all riders! Beth Large became a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor in 2010, a Certified Horsemanship Association instructor in 2012, and a PATH Intl. Certified Vaulting Instructor in 2014. Beth now works as an occupational therapist at an outpatient pediatric clinic and has recently started her equine therapy company, Learning Through Motion, as an independent contractor for Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Longmont, CO. She has presented at PATH Intl. region conferences and a PATH Intl. webinar.


3 to 4 p.m.

F3 Veterans for Veterans

This session is all about the impact, importance and understanding of having veterans as volunteers for veteran classes and strategies for how this can be accomplished. This includes volunteer recruitment and volunteer roles. Jessica Christen and Tj Christen went through most of Tj's active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps together. They have many veteran friends and are active members and volunteers of the local VFW. Jessica studied PTSD in veterans while an undergrad at CSU and is immersed in the veteran culture. Tj is a former marine and as a radio operator was deployed to Afghanistan. They recently married and hope to open their own equine therapy center for veterans someday.


4  to 5 p.m.

Watch Kentucky Derby

5:30p.m. to  6:30p.m.

Adams Arena at CSU

Dinner  with Keynote Speaker Madison Shambaugh

Catered by CSU Meats, best hat/best dressed, stick horse races and other games and activities

6:30p.m. to 8p.m.

State Meetings and Kentucky Derby Party Activities




Sunday, May 7, 2017

(Adams Arena at CSU)



Breakfast on your own

8 to 10 a.m.

Session G

Pickett Arena


G1, Meet the Mustangs

Be educated, entertained and inspired as Madison introduces you to her liberty team of formerly wild Mustangs and takes you through the story and struggle of these living legends throughout American history. Learn how to understand the world from behind the eyes of the American Mustang—and all breeds of horses—as she discusses equine behavior and psychology through amazing liberty demonstrations. Then meet Zena and Zeus—some of the only liberty performing zebras in the world—and learn the similarities and differences between taming the wild: mustangs versus zebras. Madison Shambaugh was captivated by the Mustangs’ heart, mind and innate freedom. "Mustang Maddy" has made it her life's mission to promote and showcase the Mustang while raising awareness for the plight of America's wild horses. Together with her liberty team of formerly wild Mustangs—and accompanied by a unique herd of zebras—Madison travels the country to share her training methods and advocate for wild horses. Wherever she goes, Madison's message rings true: every horse has a potential for greatness; it is up to us to help them reveal it.








10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Session H



Adams Classroom and horse pens

H1, Calming Signals: Are You Listening

If you’re standing next to your horse and he looks away, do you think he’s distracted or even disrespectful? When your horse yawns, is he sleepy or bored? If he moves slowly, is he lazy? These are important calming signals from your horse; are you hearing him correctly? If riders want to understand the language of horses, we need to stop seeing our horses in our own worst image (lazy or distracted) and begin a conversation where we listen more openly, more honestly. It’s much too simplistic to lump everything a horse does into either dominant or submissive behavior. Herd life has much more nuance than that. As social animals, they work to get along, encouraging others to cooperate, and that is the conversation we should be participating in. Anna Blake is a horse advocate, professional trainer and riding instructor, teaching communication skills and dressage to horses and riders of all riding disciplines.  She’s the author of two books:  Stable Relation, a memoir and Relaxed & Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse. Blake also writes a popular, yet unconventional blog (www.annablakeblog.com) with a unique perspective that affirms her humorous and inspirational approach to understanding, training and respecting animals. Blake resides at Infinity Farm on the flat, windy plains of Colorado, home to a multi-species herd of horses, llamas, goats and Edgar Rice Burro.


10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Pickett Arena

H2, How Vaulting Can Help Youth Identified as At-Risk

This live demonstration from the Hearts and Horses Interactive Vaulting Team is designed to show the dynamics and benefits of an interactive vaulting program, for participants, volunteers and centers. The vaulters will show the progression of skills they have gained over the three years they have been participating in the program. They will demonstrate how simpler exercises, both compulsory and freestyle, lead to more advanced levels of performance. Liz de Kock is currently the equine manager at Hearts & Horses, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in Loveland, CO. She is both a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Interactive Vaulting Instructor; she is also a CHA vaulting coach. Liz has more than 45 years of experience with horses, including 30 years as a Dressage trainer. Having lived in Europe and South Africa, she utilizes a classically based but cosmopolitan approach.


10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Pickett Classroom

H3, Happy, Healthy Equines: keeping our partners sound, sane and thriving Learn new ideas for management, upkeep, fitness and overall health of your horses. One center's approach to a happy, healthy and thriving herd. Kristen Marcus  is the Executive Director for Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy. She has an A.S. in Equine Science, B.S. in Animal Science with an emphasis on equine nutrition and management and an M.S. in Agricultural Communications. Kristen previously taught Equine courses at Sheridan College and is a certified riding instructor through ARICP.

10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Pickett Classroom and Adams Arena

H4, The wonder of Mandala: Circle of Wholeness and Healing

The Mandala will be explored in this highly interactive and creative session. Participants will gain an appreciation of the Mandala and an inner awareness through experience strengthening self-knowledge, creativity, adding to a “tool box” of activities. This is a two-part experiential session: first, participants will be introduced to the Mandala through a fun and creative process in the classroom; second, at the arena participating in a modified reflective round-pen session with horses and mandala creation.

 Terry Chase, MA, ND, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing-Mental Health at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction Colorado. As Patient & Family Education Program Coordinator at Craig Hospital, Englewood for 18 years she created the innovative, “Working with Horses Educational Experience” for SCI and TBI in-patients. Dr. Chase is a self-motivated, highly educated individual living fully with spinal cord injury for 28 years active in all things outdoors: kayaking, cross-country skiing, handcycling and whenever possible, riding horses.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Adams Classroom

I5, Community Therapy Horse Training Collaboration

Learn how to engage your local community in assisting you with the evaluation, preparation and conditioning of horses for your organizational needs. Volunteers of all ages assist with training and develop an understanding and commitment to the programs through a simple, yet effective protocol that introduces horses to all the various situations and equipment unique to the EAAT environment. Horses become excellent partners and volunteers become champions and supporters of your program. Joan Heinz, inspired by a brother-in-law who was motivated to recovery from a severe brain injury by a stallion named Horizons, decided to use her love of horses to help others. With a bachelor's degree in therapeutic riding instruction from Rocky Mountain College and as a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and an interactive vaulting instructor, Joan founded an equine-assisted program that serves Northwest Colorado. Connie Sue Ellis, a lifelong horsewoman, has been the key collaborator in developing the program with Joan in Craig, CO.



Tour of the new Veterans facility at Heart and Horses


Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!



Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on Feb 23, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Feb 24, 2017 and ends on Apr 21, 2017.
Late registration starts on Apr 22, 2017.
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