2011 PATH International Region 5 Conference

Sep 16, 2011 01:00pm -
Sep 18, 2011 12:00pm


Event Description


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

 Region 5 Conference

September 16-18 2011
Hampton, GA
hosted by Calvin Center



Online registration will be open through September 2, 2011.  Registration after September 2, 2011 will need to be completed onsite.

Registration Fees:

Region5: Full Conference$150

Region 5: Friday Sessions Only $25

Region 5: Saturday Sessions Only $75

Region 5: Sunday Sessions Only $50

Region 5: Onsite Registration $175

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification or Re-Certification $20


Pre-Conference Workshops:

Mentor Training: September 15, 1 to 5 p.m. and September 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Equine Specialist Workshop: September 14-16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TENTATIVE)
email Gretchen Ahrens (Gretchen@calvincenter.org) for details and to register.

Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH International office by August 26, 2011. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by September 2, 2011. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to September 2, 2011 will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.




Calvin Center
13550 Woolsey Road

Hampton, GA 30228
(770) 946-4276

Lodging available on site at Calvin Center. Contact Marilyn at 770-946-4276 ext 221 to reserve room. $50/person/night in conference lodge double rooms.  There is an extra fee for private room.  Additional lodging may be available at local motels.



September 16, 2011

Noon to 5 p.m.: Registration/check in desk open

1 to 5 p.m.:  CAT training

1 to 5 p.m.:  American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certification or Re-Certification

4:30 to 5:45 p.m.:  Self guided facility tour of Calvin Center (volunteers present at stations to answer questions)

5:30 p.m.:  Special Meet and Greet reception for non PATH members

6 p.m.:  Official opening of conference, dinner, introductions

7 to 9 p.m.:  Team building 101: Meet other attendees at the conference while you participate in and learn easy team building activities to take home and use with your volunteers, staff or board of directors. This session promises lots of laughter , opportunities for networking and many ideas for you to take home.


September 17, 2011

7:30 a.m.:  Optional morning devotion

8 a.m.:  Registration open

8 a.m.:  Continental breakfast available

8 a.m. to 5:30p.m.:  Vendors open, tack swap room open, resource room open

9 to 10:15 a.m.: Session A

A1, Administration: Building a Team Of Instructors

Paul Humphreys, Calvin Center

How can you move team building activities from a one hour program to an all day, every day way of life at your center? Take Friday evening’s activities and dig deeper. Learn specific activities that are useful in specific situations. Learn how to build activities from staff meeting to staff meeting and how to take team building beyond the meetings. Find ways to hold instructors accountable to one another and improve communication.

A2, Equine: Explaining the Mysteries Of Saddle Fit

Nancy Bardy, Harmony Saddle Fitting

What do you do with a sway backed horse? How do you comfortably fit the high withered horse? What happens when a horse’s shape changes in the spring or fall? How can saddle fit help or hurt a therapeutic riding horse? Nancy will explain saddle fit and help participants  find solutions to saddle  fit dilemmas on a budget.

A3, Instructors: So You Want To Be an Instructor?

Mandy Branton, Chastain Horse Park and Lindsey Wood, Saddle Up

Becoming a PATH registered instructor can be overwhelming.  Mandy and Lindsey will walk you through the process and help you understand what you need to do. From the teaching lessons to the riding test, they will de-mystify the process.

10:30 to 11:45 a.m.: Session B

B1, Administration: Starting an EFL Program

Shannon Knapp, Horse Sense of the Carolinas

There are so many pieces to starting  a program from budget to administration to insurance to liability. Where do you start? What do you do? How do you turn a daunting process into something manageable? Come and learn how to get your program off the ground. While Shannon will focus on EFL, information will pertain to all EAAT programs that are just getting started.

B2, Equine: Equine Nutrition and Forage In Hot, Humid Southern Climates

Kelly Graber, Progressive Nutrition and Wade Hutchinson, UGA

Kelly will explain the dietary needs of a horse and help you understand the feeds you are feeding. She’ll teach you how to read a feed tag. She will explain the importance of quality forage in an equine program, how to test your hay/grass and interpret the test values. Wade will explain ways to improve your forage/pasture management plans, quality southern forage and how to fertilize. Together Kelly and Wade will help you find ways to create the highest quality feed programs for the lowest costs.

B3, Instructors: Effectively Working With Volunteers In a Lesson.

Lindsey Wood
Learn how to communicate with volunteers. When they aren’t doing what you want or need them to do, how do you tell them? How do balance praise and constructive criticism? In this session you will learn ways to manage a class and volunteers so that everyone walks away from the lesson with the best possible experience.

Noon to 1 p.m.:  Lunch and PATH International Update

1:30 to 2:45 p.m.: Session C

C1, Administration: Grant Writing 101

Jennifer Poland, Good Shepherd

Learn how to effectively write a grant and get funding for your programs.

C2, Equine: Assessing a Horse For an EFL Program

Shannon Knapp, Horse Sense of the Carolinas

What makes a good EFL horse? Do you want the same characteristics you look for in a therapeutic riding horse? Do you need a lively horse? A quiet horse? Can you use an unsound horse? What is a safe horse for an EFL program? Come and learn what an EFL horse assessment involves from start to finish.

C3, Instructors: Games and Activities For the Therapeutic Riding Lesson

Are you tired of Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says? Come and learn new games that will reiterate the riding skills you are teaching in lessons and use minimal (or easy to buy/build) tools.

3 to 4:15 p.m.: Session D

D1, Administration: Horses for Heroes

Interested in starting a program for veterans? In this session, you’ll learn how to partner with the VA, what terminology to use, how to make contacts to find volunteers, and where to find funding sources. You’ll also learn what has worked and what has not worked for current programs.

D2, Equine: Managing Minor Lameness In the Therapeutic Riding Horse

Dr. Robin Barrows.

All of us deal with donated horses in our program. Many of these horses are older and come with “issues”. Dr. Barrows will talk about cost effective ways to manage concerns such as navicular, ringbone, arthritis and bone chips. Learn what you can do to keep a good horse sound and working in your program.

D3, Instructors: Movement Of the Horse and How It Affects the Rider

Bethany Nugent, BEATS

What horse will provide the best movement for a rider? How do you asses a rider’s gait? How do you assess a horse’s gait? How do you determine what horse a rider should or should not ride? Bethany will talk about and demonstrate the various movements of horses and how they can help or harm a rider.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.:  Vendors open, tack swap open, resource room open

5:30 p.m.:  Appetizers and state meetings

6 p.m.:  Banquet and evening presentation: The Power of EAAT

8:30 p.m.: Campfire and cowboy poetry


September 18, 2011

7:30 a.m.:  Optional morning worship

8 to 9 a.m.:  Continental breakfast

9:15 to 10:30:  Session E

Working with specific disabilities in EAAT-chose one of three session and spend time discussing specific techniques and tools that can be used to proved the most effective session for the specific disability in therapeutic riding, hippotherapy or EFL.

            E1: Downs Syndrome with Cynthia Jones

            E2: Autism with Karen Guerra, SLP and Shelly Drummond

            E3: Muscular Dystrophy

10:45 a.m. to Noon: Therapeutic Driving 101: Come learn what therapeutic driving is all about

Noon: Box lunches to go.

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on Sep 01, 2011.
Regular registration starts on Sep 02, 2011 and ends on Sep 02, 2011.
Late registration starts on Sep 03, 2011.


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