2016 PATH Intl Region 08 Conference

Aug 04, 2016 07:30am -
Aug 07, 2016 02:00pm


Event Description









PATH Intl.






produced by


region 8 and




August 4-7, 2016


Tyler, TX


Hosted by:

Spirit of St. Louis Therapeutic Riding Center


PATH Intl. Region 8 welcomes you to join us for an educational and fun weekend with your friends and colleagues.





Centaur Arabian Farm

10271 FM 2813

Flint TX 75762



Lodging Options:

Courtyard at the Marriott 
7424 S Broadway Ave
Tyler, TX 75703


Rates: Call to make your reservation and refer to PATH Intl. or LSTEN to get a discounted rate of $99/night


Hilton Garden Inn
220 E Grande Boulevard
Tyler, TX 75703


Rates: Call to make your reservation by July 21st and refer to PATH Intl. to get a discounted rate of $99/night


Special Announcements:
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.




Online registration will be available through July 15, 2016. After July 15, 2016, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Registration through July 15, 2016 :



Full Conference

$95 members/non-members/students


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:



Registration Onsite:



Full Conference

$130 members/nonmembers/students


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:



PATH Intl. Standards Course:




PATH Intl. Mentor Training




PATH Intl Mental Health First Aid 






Make and Take Workshop





Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by July 15, 2016. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office July 22, 2016. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. by July 22, 2016, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.





Thursday August 4

(Centaur Arabian Farm)

PATH Intl. Region 8 Pre-Conference

7:30 to 8 a.m.


Registration open



8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

PATH Intl. Mentor Training (breakfast and lunch included)

Increase the professionalism and knowledge within your industry by sharing experiences and expertise as a mentor to help other instructors with personal and professional growth. This interactive

optional training provides PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with an overview of the mentor role and the skills and tools to mentor other instructor candidates and/or create a mentor program. Only current PATH Intl. Certified Instructors will be

eligible to take this training and be placed on the official PATH Intl. Mentor list.

*Note – please contact Jen Donahue 
(504) 812-2172 jdonahue@equest.org, to register before July 7th and for more information



8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mental Health First-Aid Course *DE and ESMHL Core (breakfast and lunch included) Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis: ® Assess for risk of suicide or harm ® Listen nonjudgmentally ® Give reassurance and information ® Encourage appropriate professional help ® Encourage self-help and other support strategies Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material. Susannah Denney, PATH certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, is the Veterans Coordinator for the Equest Hooves for Heroes program in Wylie, TX. Susannah Denney, PATH Intl Certified Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, is the Veterans Coordinator for the Equest Hooves for Heroes program in Wylie, TX. Susannah attended Webster Conservatory and has spent the majority of her career in the world of entertainment as part of the creative teams for MGM/Mirage Corporation, The Royal Lipizzaner Stallions, The Walt Disney Company, and Cirque du Soleil. Susannah comes from a family rich in military history and has experienced the pride and hardships that goes along with the life of servicemen and women. In 2011, Susannah decided to utilize her life long experience with horses to help veterans and their families with the unique challenges associated with military life. She hopes to see the stigma of mental health issues removed and equine assisted activities and therapies mainstreamed. David L. Whitley is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. He joined the team in 2012 and currently serves as Vice President of Veteran and Family Support for Allies in Service. David uses his military background and leadership ability to provide oversight and ensure all veteran support programs maintain an individualized approach. During his 20 years of active duty service, he held three military career field specialties as well as a Top Secret security clearance. His last assignment was as Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of Training Management for the 5th Medical Group at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. David was responsible for the medical training for 308 active duty and civilian medical personnel in support of Minot’s Personnel Reliability Program, the largest program in the Department of Defense for America’s only dual- wing nuclear-capable installation. David's genuine passion is for helping others during times of need. He has over 7,000 volunteer hours working with non-profit organizations and has received multiple Volunteer of the Year awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. David earned three Associate of Science degrees in Human Resource Management, Information Systems Technology and Education and Training Management. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Counseling from Liberty University. He recently completed his Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling degree and is now working on a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University as well.


1:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Make and Take Workshop for Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Location at  Smith County Champions for Children*DE

4883 Hightech Drive

 Tyler, TX 75703


We  encourage car pooling due to limited parking

Do you work with students who have limited communication skills? Have you always wanted to learn how to make die cuts? You will be making materials for your own use, so they can be tailored to your student's needs. Card stock and construction paper will be furnished. Rebecca Mercer holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Texas Christian University. She has been teaching since she was 20 years old. She retired from St. Louis School, special needs campus of Tyler Independent School District, in 2006. The last nine years were spent as a therapeutic riding instructor. Upon retiring, she formed Spirit of St. Louis TRC.  She has been married to Dr. Lloyd Mercer for more than 44 years. They have four married children and five grandchildren




5 p.m.

Dinner on your own

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

First Aid and CPR

Robin Stott is from Marchall Texas is a First Responder Director, and Instructor;  of CPR4U.  She attended a Bachelor’s Program in the Central Valley; in  California.  She has over seventeen years experience in nursing and is a licensed Texas nurse.  Her Mission: Is to provide Our Community with the opportunity to improve Safety, Health Education, reduce Company expenses; and as a result: Save lives.  She will be Teaching the needed Skills; and provide Certification; to Medical Personnel; as well as Commercial Businesses; and the General Public. She will  be covering certifications for Basic First Aid, Infant, Child and Adult CPR/AED. Those passing the course will receive their cards that same day on site.




Friday, August 5

(Centaur Arabian Farm)


7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration open


7:30 to 8 a.m.

Light breakfast

8 a.m. to 3:00 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. Insturctors Mary Guinner and Gail Pace



8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PATH Intl. Mentor Training continued



8:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Make and Take Workshop for Therapeutic Riding Instructors *DE

Do you work with students who have limited communication skills? Have you always wanted to learn how to make die cuts? You will be making materials for your own use, so they can be tailored to your student's needs. Card stock & construction paper will be furnished. Rebecca Mercer see bio in Thursday Make and Take




Lunch and Welcome

1 to 2 p.m.

Session 1


A1: The ABCs of the Behavior Analytic Approach to Teaching Children with Autism Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically validated approach to teaching individuals on the Autism Spectrum or who have developmental disabilities. Learn how to use ABA to help identify the function of problematic behaviors, teach appropriate behaviors, and strengthen communication and social skills   Courtney Therneau , MA, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a life-long equine enthusiast. Courtney has served as a volunteer with various equine therapy organizations as well as serving as a judge for regional equestrian Special Olympics. She has been working with children and adults with exceptionalities over the 5 years.




A2:  Horse Care on a Budget

2 to 2:15 p.m.  


2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Session 2


B1: Basic Equine First Aid: How to Take Equine Temperature, Respiration and Pulse When is it necessary to call a veterinarian and when can you save money by treating minor injuries yourself? Brady Brownlow has been the equestrian director at Camp Bette Perot (Girl Scouts of NE TX) for the past 29 years. He and his staff serve approximately 7,000 girls per year. He has a degree in animal science from Florida State University. He is a certified instructor through the National Trail Association.




B2:  Behavior Bootcamp (ABA Therapy) *DE This session will look at the fundamentals of behavior as well as provide an opportunity for participants to see exactly how challenging behavior is handled in a real life situation. Attendees will be invited to bring their own challenging behavior situations to be discussed at the end as time permits. Emilie Ross is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and a board certified behavior analyst. She moved to the Austin area after college and graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with her Master’s degree in autism and developmental disabilities. She specializes in working with individuals with autism and others with high levels of behavior.



3:15 to 3:30 p.m.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Session 3



C1: Strategic Planning Basics for Therapeutic Riding Centers Does your center have a strategic plan?  Is it current?  Do you review it annually?  Learn the basic elements of a strategic plan – vision, mission, goals and tactics.  Learn how to do an easy environmental scan using organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  Strategic plans provide an organization with a roadmap to future success and provide focus for leadership.  There will be plenty of time for questions.  Sam Albrecht, CAE, is the director of membership and programs at PATH Intl.  He has successfully led many nonprofit organizations, including the National Bison Association, the Society for Range Management, the Cancer Vaccine Consortium, the Commission for Case Manager Certification, and the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.  Sam has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2000 and has led strategic and business planning sessions for organizations for almost 20 years.  Sam has successfully launched two small businesses that are still in operation, one for five years and one for 15 years.  Sam has a degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA.  He holds a CAE certification from the American Society of Association Executives




C2: Padded Wooden Rocker Shoes For Laminitis/Founder Laminitis is a condition resulting in restricted circulation to the foot. The padded wooden rocker shoe by its mechanical advantages allows healing through improved vascular perfusion to the foot. Thereby, by providing improved oxygen to the tissues and pain is also relieved. Brady Brownlow see bio in B1.  Dr. Steve Hicks, DVM-1970 graduate of Texas A & M School of Veterinary Medicine -practicing veterinarian for 46 years-exclusively equine for the past 25 years -member of the Texas Veterinarian Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners.


4:45 to 5 p.m.


Pre-dinner infomercial: Keep a Lid on It

 Malinda Smith is the Founder/ Executive Director of Sunrise Riders, a PATH Registered Instructor and 1986 CHA Certified Riding Instructor. She serves as the Region 8 Representative for PATH, Intl. and also serves on the Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network (LSTEN) board. She has over 30 years of experience teaching riding at both private facilities and Girl Scout Camps in AR and Steven's Ranch in TX. She has trained and shown as well. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught in the public schools.




5 to 6 p.m.

Region 8 Conference Dinner




6 to 9 p.m.

Meet and Greet “Members Helping Members—Sharing Solutions”

Join us for an evening of learning and networking with your peers.  Attendees have the opportunity to attend three round table discussions addressing the issues we face as centers and professionals in the industry.  Bring your challenges and we will share our solutions!  (When registering, please note your top three topic choices to assist us with scheduling tables.)

Networking table topics include:

  • Administration
  • Volunteers/Coordinators
  • Horses/Equine Managers
  • Hippotherapy
  • Start-ups and ‘Young’ Centers
  • Veterans/Military  Programs
  • TR Instructors
  • Interactive Vaulting Instructors
  • Driving Instructors

Faith Affiliated Programs



Saturday, August 6  

(Centaur Arabian Farm)

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Registration open

8 to 8:30 a.m

Light breakfast

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Session 4


D1: Kinesiology Taping Part 1

This course introduces functional kinesiology taping methods to reduce or  control pain, manage swelling or edema, increase joint range of motion, improve  muscle function; and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the horse  throughout the rehabilitation process. Taping applications to maintain  functionality and comfort in training and assist with recovery will be explored  as a means to facilitating overall soundness in the equine athlete and to  enhance rehab and athletic performance via cutaneous (skin), and hair follicle  stimulation.  This  course is intended for Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Osteopathic Physicians,  Equine Chiropractors, Equine Physical Therapists,Equine MassageTherapists/Body Workers and Equine trainers with all levels of experience. Rebecca (Becky) A. McKee

PhD, CMT holds a BS in health and physical education and an MS in sports medicine from the University of Illinois. In addition a PhD was acquired in holistic nutrition.

She is an expert in Healing therapies for both humans and equine including myofascial release, accupressure, tuina, cranio-sacral and Thai massage.  Rebecca has been a clinician in equine healing arts and has dedicated her life to the education and training of students and athletes so that they may reach their greatest potential for participation in life.

She taught all levels including being a professor and coach at the collegiate and international levels. Becky owns Bodyspecialist and Equi-Balance working as a biomechanical bodyworker to create the best balance between horse and rider as possible.An avid athlete who played basketball, fast pitch softball and field hockey in college, she continued to become a natural international bodybuilder and today works at staying in shape for life’s many twists and turns.


D2:  Let's Talk About It-Adding Language to EAAT Sessions *DE and Riding Core  Have you ever wondered how to target a participant's language skills during your therapeutic riding lesson? Do you have a participant who struggles to follow directions or express their thoughts? This presentation will explain the different areas of speech and language and provide ideas to increase expressive language, comprehension, and social skills during therapeutic horsemanship lessons. Examples of speech-friendly materials and games will also be provided.   Shannon Middleton is a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist. She has over 20 years experience as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist working with individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, language disorder/delay, articulation/phonological disorder, cognitive impairment, stroke and head injury. She has worked at R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, Texas for 10 years where she also serves as the Safety and Education Director.




D3: Comprehensive Concepts about Horses in Therapeutic Riding Programs This session provides a comprehensive discussion about therapeutic riding horses. Review considerations for horse selection from the viewpoints of program needs, budget concerns, equine maintenance, and soundness. Methods to keep the horses engaged and sound along with thorough training will be discussed. Challenges, Issues and management for equines in the program will be the focus of this session Pebbles Turbeville is an associate professor and chair of the Equine Studies Department at St. Andrews University where she has taught more than 100 students in the field of therapeutic horsemanship. She is currently working on her doctorate in sports management; she received her Master’s degree in recreation from NC State and her BA degree in physical education from Columbia College. Pebbles is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, mentor faculty, associate faculty for the PATH Intl. Advanced Certification and lead faculty for the Registered On-Site Workshop/Certification. She served on the NARHA Board of Trustees and served on several committees for PATH Intl. She has presented at different national and regional conferences on several topics in the therapeutic horsemanship field. One of her favorite hobbies is equine photography. Pebbles has been published regionally, nationally and internationally in American Horse, Dressage Today, Horse Illustrated, Strides, Horse of Kings, Stable Mates, RDA New South Wales postcards and Southeast Equine Cover.  



9:30 to 9:45 a.m


9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Session 5


E1:  Kinesiology Taping Part 2





E2: BEWITHESMHL Core Participants will learn the importance of partnering with horses. This session will teach instructors and volunteers the impact of body language, equine communication skills and equine welfare management to reduce stress and improve longevity in the herd. As a foundation, the philosophy of being present—in the moment—will be explored in an interactive activity. Krista Carroll-Venezia, an accomplished rider with a degree in human development and family studies, is the equine manager of Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Spring, TX. She is a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor and an ARIA Certified Instructor. Additionally, Krista is a Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She has been in the therapeutic riding industry for eight years, building on her experience in combined training and eventing. A student of natural horsemanship, Krista weaves this training into the otherwise traditional pedagogy.



10:45 to 11 a.m.


11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Session 6


 F1: Community Alphabet: Developing Community Relations  Come to this exciting session to participate in an interactive group exercise that will compile a list of activities and ideas that can be implemented at your home center. The focus will be on administrative duties such as fundraising, public relations and marketing. Alphabet letters will help facilitate the discussion and encourage sharing and brainstorming new concepts that can be implanted on your return back home.  Pebbles Turbeville see bio in D3




F2: Complicated Behavioral Disorders *DE Explore cases involving compound behavioral disorders such as Tourette's syndrome, bipolar disorder associated with severe sleep disturbance, depression comorbid with migraine, mania and obsessive grief in order to illustrate how the various aspects of the problem interplay to make management difficult. Such cases can often present a problem for the equine professional involved in instruction and management of riders.   Lloyd F. Mercer, Jr., PhD, MD, is presently a practicing behavioral neurologist in Tyler, Texas where he has practiced for 30 years. He received an MS degree in psychology and a PhD degree in neuroscience from Texas Christian University. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including Francis Marion College in Florence, SC, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received an MD degree in 1982 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he also completed two years of pediatric residency. This was followed by a neurology residency at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and a fellowship in child neurology at Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.



12 to1 p.m.

Lunch: Trek to Accreditation and Certification with Sam Albrecht

1 to 2:30 p.m.

LSTEN Annual Meeting and PATH Intl. State Meeting to follow



2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Session 7



G1:  After the Lesson: Progress Notes and Self-Reflection, *Riding Core, Vaulting Core and Driving Core Self-reflection is a great skill for instructors! Using reflection on a regular basis helps instructors identify their strengths and weaknesses to enable refinement of teaching techniques, enhancing observations skills, and improving problem solving abilities. Accurate self-reflection will improve the effectiveness of lessons by assisting to praise the positive and focusing on key teaching moments. Come to this session and learn how to improve your self-reflection and make your next level even better than your last! Pebbles Turbeville see bio in D3




G2: Medication In Behavioral Disorders *DE  Learn what medications are usually used to treat specific conditions, including depression, anxiety, inattention, obsession and tics and what other medications are utilized when a condition fails to respond to the initial medication. Discussion will attempt to cover some of the major side-effects of medications.  Lloyd F. Mercer, Jr., PhD, MD, see bio 6E

3:45 to 4 p.m.


4 to 5 p.m.

Session 8




H1: 10 Traits That Make Nonprofits Great Ten traits to great! is Febreeze for programs wrestling with the down and dirty of developing a nonprofit. It can offer a breath of fresh air to programs stalled on the way to the next level. Learn 10 specific steps you can take home to help your staff and board plot a path to success. Content covers mission, focus, selling results, funding sources, revitalization, board and audience development, and the power of "Thank You" in reaching for excellence. Natalea Watkins came to therapeutic riding in 2000 after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. At the time she lived on a horse ranch and was assistant VP for marketing at Oklahoma State University. She joined the board of Turning Point Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center a PATH Intl. premier Accredited Center in Stillwater, OK and eventually became a PATH Intl.  Instructor, ESMHL and mentor. Natalea has worked with nonprofits as a volunteer since 1973.






H2: Different Strokes for Different Folk; Reaching and Teaching to All Learning Styles in a Group Lesson*DE and Riding Core Private lessons allow for individual focus and attention for each participant served. A group lesson raises the bar and often the stress level of the instructor, right? Not necessarily! If it is time to grow your client base by increasing the number of students in each lesson, yet you feel limited in experience instructing to a therapeutic riding group lesson, come and join this expansion experience. This session is designed to provide registered level instructors with tools for their toolbox for effectively teaching to a group. Therapeutic group lessons will include riders with similar diagnoses with different learning and processing styles. Come have fun jumping off into the ice water and warm up to expanding your skills to go beyond Instructing private lessons. Together we will face the group lesson challenges. We will explore learning styles, processing differences, inclusion strategies and activities that challenge and support individual students while successfully instructing the group. Gain valuable insight for effectively instructing an eclectic group of students while creating an inclusive and effective learning environment in the arena.  Jen Donahue is currently serving as the specialty programs and outreach coordinator for Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Wylie/Dallas, TX. She has served Equest in the past as head instructor and education coordinator, supervising, lecturing and mentoring in the biannual PATH Intl. Approved Training Course, workshops, and continuing education for instructors and riders. She has also worked with SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, as well as Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center in Lubbock Texas. Jen developed and opened the Pointe Celeste Therapeutic Riding Center in Port Sulfur, LA and served as the executive director for two-and-a-half years before moving to Texas to work for Equest. Jen received her Master’s of Science degree teaching plus 30 hours of graduate work in education while attending Loyola University New Orleans. During graduate school, she worked for the Audubon Institute and was the early childhood specialist, developing curriculum for both the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas, she volunteered with the Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center as an instructor and board member. Jen’s is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, PATH Intl. Level III Driving Instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in mental health and learning, is a PATH Lead Faculty, PATH Intl. Site visitor, PATH Intl. Driving Faculty. Jen is also a PATH Intl. Registered Mentor and serves as the PATH Intl. State Chair for Texas. Jen currently serves on the PATH Intl. Accreditation Sub Committee and PATH Intl. Driving Sub-Committee. She currently serves as the President of the Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network Board and has been leading and assisting with the planning of the Region 8/LSTEN conference for the last twelve years. Jen has had the honor of presenting at both PATH Intl. International and Regional conferences. Topics varied from Therapy Horse evaluation and Movement Analysis for Clients progress, Preventing Instructor Burn Out, Advancing your Certification, Understanding Ambient vision and how it affects Proprioception of the rider when mounted, Therapeutic Carriage Driving-the how to putting to, Advancing your PATH Intl. Certification. She loves life, people, horses, photography, public speaking, painting, and being in nature



5 p.m.

Dinner on your own

7:30-8 p.m.

LSTEN Board Meeting (Meet at Lobby of the Marriot)





Sunday, August 7

(Centaur Arabian Farm)



7:30 to 8 a.m.


Cowboy Church

8 to 8:30 a.m.


Light Breakfast




8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Session 9


I1: Business Planning Basics for Therapeutic Riding Centers –

Does your center have a business plan?  If you are an independent contractor, do you have a business plan for the services you offer/provide?  Do you need a business plan for grants and donors?  Learn the basic elements of a business plan, how to use financial data to your advantage, understand depreciation, capital budgeting, profit & loss by program, and much more.  Most importantly, learn how a business plan can be one of your most useful tools and how to easily put one together.  There will be plenty of time for questions.  Sam Albrecht

(Bio See Session C1)




I2: Transition Assessments for Students with Signifcant Cognitive Disabilities *DE Educators are now required to take a proactive role towards resolving the greatest fear of any parent of a child with severe cognitive disabilities: "What will my child do when they have aged out of the education system?" Transition planning is now a challenging and potentially expensive addition to IEP's for students with disabilities. Therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities can play a role in helping student attain transition or soft skills and can benefit by a knowledge of the techniques used to develop and meet transition goals. This session addresses planning for potentially non-verbal individuals regarding living and working in a post secondary world by Natalie Watkins came to Therapeutic Riding in 2000 after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. At the time she lived on a horse ranch and was Assistant VP for Marketing at Oklahoma State University. She joined the Board of Turning Point Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center in Stillwater and eventually became a PATH Instructor, ESMHL and Mentor. Natalea has worked with non-profits as a volunteer since 1973 and in addition to being a PATH Premier Accredited Center, Turning Point meets the national Standards of Excellence: A Code of Ethics and Accountability in the Non-Profit Sector.




I3: Equine Topic TBD

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Session 10



J1: Crowdfunding for Non-Profits Could a membership campaign replace all or some of the funds from a volunteer-crushing gala? This presentation will explore both the numbers and the backroom necessities to make a membership campaign work for your center. It's a toolkit for giving this fundraising alternative a try- what to do, what to avoid and what to consider. Cathryn Christensen is a PATH Registered Instructor, ESMHL and a mentor of both instructors and new centers in Oklahoma. She is currently a licensed Insurance Adjustor and works hard to help others in the Theapeutic Riding Industry in Oklahoma. She has served as an advisor to the OSU Rodeo Team and a consultant to the movie Cowgirls and Angels, filmed in Oklahoma in 2011. She is the Oklahoma Representative for Path Region 8 and is a member of the LSTEN Board. And in her spare time, she is also the owner of Kujente Enterprises, a consulting firm and she is also the Morrison United Methodist Church's Financial Secretary and Advisory Council Board Member.





J2: Hippotherapy Highlights Hippotherapy is utilizing the movement of a horse as a physical, occupational or speech therapy intervention to address specific client needs and make meaningful progress toward functional goals. This presentation will cover some of the basic principles, terminology, current research findings, education, reimbursement status, and certifications as related to hippotherapy and the current status of the industry. Applications to therapeutic riding centers, equine handlers and the EAAT/EAT team will be offered as well. Celia Bower, PT, HPCS is the Director of Therapy Services for Kidz First Therapy at Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center. She is a “graduate A” from the USPC and earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1993 from Loma Linda University. She has utilized hippotherapy in practice for over 12 years, is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS), and was awarded the 2015 AHA Therapist of the Year.



10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Session 11


K1 : Advancing Your PATH Certification-Instructor Panel with Jen, Pebbles, Amy Causey etc. Amy Causey is a PATH Intl. Master Level Riding Instructor and a PATH Intl. Mentor and Evaluator. Amy has mentored numerous instructor candidates at the registered and advanced levels and previously taught as a faculty member at a PATH Approved Training Course. Additionally, Amy is a licensed USEF judge and certified Special Olympics coach. Amy is also certified as a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Driving Instructor, Interactive Vaulting Instructor, and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and has advised and mentored candidates in those areas as well.




K2: Equine Topic TBD




We look forward to seeing you soon in TX!

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on May 26, 2016.
Regular registration starts on May 27, 2016 and ends on Jul 22, 2016.
Late registration starts on Jul 23, 2016.
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