Event Details


2014 PATH Intl. Region 02 Conference

Mar 27, 2014 12:00pm - Mar 30, 2014 12:30pm
Event Type: Conference
Category: Regional Conference




PATH Intl.



Region 2 Conference

March 27-30, 2014


Carmel and Brewster, NY


Hosted by:
NYSTRO and Green Chimneys



Community Growth and Teachable Moments



General Information:


Our conference this year focuses on therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities for program staff and instructor development, growth and nourishment. The Clearpool Education Center itself offers attendees quiet, peaceful beauty. The weekend will provide us with great continuing education, networking opportunities, socializing as well as time to restore and re-nourish ourselves. We are excited to be presenting a wonderful program with awesome presenters on a wide variety of topics, all related to therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities. Learn, network, relax, eat, have fun, smile.


Thursday and Friday we are excited to offer the PATH Intl. Mentor Training course. This is a great workshop for all instructors! Even if you don’t want to mentor, the interactive course content is great to have in dealing with all sorts of teaching situations. This course is being offered for only $130, which includes materials, exams, mentor bio website listing and food – PATH Intl. faculty members are generously donating their time. This is an incredible opportunity!!!


We are asking that all attendees/centers please bring an item to contribute to the silent auction.


State meetings will be held after dinner on Friday.


Please note that there will be limited meal selections. Special dietary accommodations, specifically those other than vegetarian, cannot be guaranteed.




Conference Locations:

Conference Tracks and Lodging:


Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus

33 Clearpool Road

Carmel, NY 10512

Double occupancy camp cottage rooms are available. Rooms are $35/night per person.  Must bring own linens (sleeping bag/pillows/towels). Shared baths. It’s camping in cozy, warm cabins! Rooms are booked through PATH Intl., please do not contact Clearpool. Roommate requests may be made by contacting Karen Bocksel at (631)375-3941.


Barn Track:


Green Chimneys Brewster Campus

400 Doansburg Road

Brewster, NY 10509

Office Phone:  (732) 446-0945



Additional Nearby Lodging Facilities:
(about 20 minutes from Clearpool and Green Chimneys Campus)


Courtyard Danbury - $95/night (203) 730-2228


Hampton Inn Danbury - $76/night (866) 460-7454


Holiday Inn Express Danbury - $109/night (203) 205-0800



Online registration has been extended through March 17, 2014.  After March 17, 2014, registration will need to be completed onsite. There will be limited availability, so please register early.


Registration Fees:

 Regional Conference Only


Registration through March 17 -

Members $150

Non-members $175


Student Rate through March 17 -




(Students must bring a valid college/university id)


Registration Onsite -

Members $ 200

Non-members $225

Regional Conference with Mentor Training (PATH Intl. members only):


Registration through March 17 –

Members $280



Registration Onsite –

Members $330


PATH Intl. Mentor Training Only (PATH Intl. members only):


Registration Through March 17 -

Members $130



Refund Policy:
Note extension of refund policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by March 10, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by March 11-17, 2014. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to March 17, 2014, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.





Thursday, March 27             
(Activities at the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus)

Noon to 8:30 p.m.                   Mentor Training (One hour dinner break, 6-7 p.m.)




Friday, March 28                   
(Activities at the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus)

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.                  Mentor training (with breakfast and lunch)                                         

12:30 to 5:30 p.m.                   PATH Intl. Standards Course

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2013 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual. (No meals are included.)
Octavia Brown, Faculty

4 to 6:30 p.m.                          Conference Registration Open

6 p.m.                                      Dinner

7:30 p.m.                                 State Meetings



Saturday, March 29

(Activities at the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus)

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.                     Breakfast

7:30 to 10 a.m.                        Conference Registration Open

9 to 10:30 a.m.                        Session 1

o   1A, Job Training for High Functioning Youth With ASD
This pilot program explored the use of equine-assisted therapy to impart job skills to higher functioning youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Partnering with schools, participants did an 11-week training session followed by 11 weeks as Gallop NYC volunteers. Extensive materials and curriculum were developed including evaluation tools.
Presented by Alicia Kershaw, executive director Gallop, NYC.

o   1B, Creating an Instructor-in-Training Program for Your Center
This presentation will outline the development of the Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) Instructor-in-Training program. Sample documents will be provided, including screening procedures, program prerequisites and requirements, and the ITT program manual.
Presented by Kelly Rodgers, MTR Program Director and a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor; and Katie Streett, head instructor at MTR and a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor.

o   1C, Teachable Moments:  Participants, Horses and Volunteers
Using video samples, the presenting team will review and identify appropriate scenes to demonstrate properly executed teachable moments, ineffective teachable moments and missed opportunities for a teachable moment.
Presented by Marny Mansfield, MS, MSOTR/L, PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, clinical coordinator at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding; Dr. Shelly Pope, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL, program director at Pegasus TR; and Emily Wygod, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and program coordinator at Pegasus.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.         Session 2

o   2A, Pet Partners
Learn about Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) and its program for certifying horses used for therapeutic purposes as well as their respected therapy animal program.
Presented by Nancy George-Michalson, Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program Coordinator, NYC; and Tom Shaffer, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, NJ, EAGALA Equine Specialist and owner of a certified PP horse.

o   2B, Disability Update: Epilepsy Today
This training seminar includes the latest medical information with an up-to-date multimedia presentation. Learn the different types of seizures, how to recognize seizures and administer the appropriate first aid.  Presented by Allison Benett, community resource specialist, Epilepsy Society of Southern NY and Capabilities Partnership, Inc.

o   2C, Facilitation Through Instruction: Fostering Independence Through Experiential Learning
This presentation will take a close look at the difference between instruction and facilitation by introducing experiential learning as a viable option for successful EAAT, both mounted and unmounted.
Presented by Christina Russell, equine program coordinator at Green Chimneys, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL and an EAGALA Equine Specialist.

12:15 p.m.                               Silent Auction Bidding Begins

                                                Items will be distributed at 9 p.m. ~ cash or check only please.

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.                   Lunch

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.                     Guided Nature Hikes

2:45 to 4 p.m.                          Session 3

o   3A, Nothing About Us Without Us:  Improving Sensitivity When Communicating With Individuals Who Have Disabilities
All work with equine-facilitated activities and therapies involves interaction with individuals who have some level of disability. Success in our work depends on effective and sensitive communication. This session will give instructors, therapists, administrators and volunteers tools to assist learning in the area of effective communication.
Presented by Sarah PIctor, PT, DPT, PCS, associate professor at D'Youville College.

o   3B, Warrior Camp at Touchstone Farm
In November 2013, 12 military combat veterans assembled at Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire to participate in a week-long treatment program for PTSD. Central to the program was the EAGALA-model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. The program will be described in a lively presentation that will include photos and film from Warrior Camp.  Presented by Boo Martin, PATH Intl. Certifed Master Instructor, founder and executive director of Touchstone Farm, and Eva Usadi, founder and director of Trauma and Resiliency Resources.

o   3C, Stable Foundations: How Farm-Based Vocational Programs Build Better Futures
This presentation will be geared toward developing a vocational work program for both teen and young adults with learning challenges. Learn how partnering with equines helps build social skills, communication skills, empathy, respect and responsibility. 
Presented by Christina Russell, equine program coordinator at Green Chimneys, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL and an EAGALA Equine Specialist; and Alix Sugarman, EAGALA Mental Health Specialist, Art Therapist.

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.                     Session 4

o   4A, Nothing About Us Without Us: Improving Sensitivity When Communicating With Individuals Who Have Disabilities ~continued

o   4B, Warrior Camp at Touchstone Farm ~ continued

o   4C, Fusion Model: Combining Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning for Children Living in Group Homes
Learn how to create an effective model for children living in a group home setting who have experienced trauma. Pony Power developed a riding model that works toward sensory integration, positive body awareness, skill-building and a sense of achievement and self-confidence. Handouts will address cultivating a committed adult volunteer base and how to generate a funding stream to sustain this type of programming.  Presented by Dana Spett, founder and executive director Pony Power Therapies; and Bonnie Malajian, director of Stable Insight Program at Pony Power Therapies.

6:15 p.m.                                 Dinner

7:30  to 9 p.m.                         Equine Safety and Rescue Training - Part 1

Presented by Roger Lauze, equine rescue and training coordinator, MSPCA

                                                (see details listed on Sunday morning)

9 p.m.                                      Silent Auction Pickup ~ cash or check only please.




Sunday, March 30

(Breakfast at Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus. All remaining activities will be at the Brewster Campus, which will be outside/in the barn – please dress for the weather)

7:30 to 8:15 a.m.                     Breakfast and Distribution of Conference Certificates
(Clearpool Campus dining hall)

9:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m.                 Equine Safety and Rescue Training – Part 2

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), the national authority on equine emergency response and rescue will present this hands-on training session with their innovative rescue equipment, including the Original Rescue Glide and their horse mannequin, Lucky. The morning will be tailored to our needs discussed at the lecture on Saturday evening and will include material on large animal body language and behavior, general equine safety and use of equipment. 
Presented by Roger Lauze, equine rescue and training coordinator, MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

1 p.m.                                      Box lunches available for pick up

1:30 p.m.                                 Tours of Green Chimneys Brewster Campus will be available
(You can also sign up on Saturday onsite.)



Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!


Early registration ends on Feb 09, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Feb 10, 2014 and ends on Mar 18, 2014.
Late registration starts on Mar 19, 2014.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).