2018 PATH Intl. Region 6 Conference

Mar 09, 2018 05:00am -
Mar 11, 2018 08:15pm


Event Description


PATH Intl.






Produced by


Region 6


March 9-11, 2018


Waverly, MN


Hosted by:

Freedom Farm



PATH Intl. Region 6 welcomes you to an educational and fun weekend with your friends and colleagues. Dinner will be served on Friday, and lunch will be served on Saturday. These meals are included in your registration fee.

The Administrative Track will be held in a different building than the Equine/Instructor Track. Please make accommodations for the 5 minute walk or drive from one location to the other (both buildings are at Freedom Farm).







Freedom Farm

11500 Ferman Ave SW

Waverly, MN 55390-8609


Lodging Options:


GrandStay® Hotel & Suites - Delano  Phone: 763.972.4303

395 13th St, Delano, MN 55328



Americinn Lodge and Suites - Waconia  Phone: 952.442.8787

550 Cherry Dr, Waconia, MN 55387



Americinn Lodge and Suites - Hutchinson  Phone: 320.587.5515

1115 MN-7, Hutchinson, MN 55350










Online registration will be available through February 23, 2018. After February 23, 2018, registration will need to be completed on-site.


Registration Fees:

Registration through February 23, 2018 :



Full Conference

$105 members

$155 non-members


Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:







Registration On-site:



Full Conference

$135 members

$185 non-members



Full Conference Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members:


















Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by February 23, 2018. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office after February 23, 2018. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. by March 9, 2018, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.



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. This conference satisfies up to 15 hours of annual continuing education requirements.




CEU Conversion


Disability Education

Minimum six hours (no maximum)

60 min = 1 DE


Certification Core Requirement

Minimum of two hours per certification

60 min = 1 CR


General Continuing Education

No minimum or maximum requirement

60 min = 1 CE




Friday, March 9th



11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Standards Course


6 to 8 p.m.

Awards Dinner





Saturday, March 10


7:30 to 8:30 a.m.


7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Snacks and Coffee





8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Session A


A1, Finding & Fixing Asymmetry in the Horse RIDING CR

Helping the horse find symmetry and balance by recognizing the inside hind and outside hind in various movements. Also focuses on subjects such as knowing the timing of a verbal cue to encourage stepping under.

Elizabeth Micheel, MS, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, has a master's degree in biology and teaches anatomy and physiology courses at MN State College Southeast. She is also finishing a capstone project for a master of equestrian education degree. She is passionate about rider and horse biomechanics with an emphasis on longevity of the horse through proper training.




A2, Partnering With a University Counseling Center to Offer EFPDE

In an effort to address the rising challenge of increasing mental health needs among students in higher education, the North Dakota State University Equine Science Program and Counseling Center partnered in the fall of 2017 to pilot an EAGALA-model equine-facilitated psychotherapy group for college-aged women presenting with anxiety and depression. The group met for one and a half hours each week for eight weeks. The Self-Compassion Scale and Depression Anxiety Stress Scales were administered to students before and after the eight-week sessions. This session will discuss weekly session goals and activities, as well as assessment results.

Erika Berg holds a PhD degree in Animal Science and is the program director of the university's PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and oversees the university's minor in EAAT. Carrie Hammer is program director of the university's undergraduate equine science curriculum. Amber Bock-Gorman is assistant director of the university’s counseling center.


9:30 to 9:45 a.m.




9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Session B


B1, Equine-Assisted Learning Program Development DE

Are you interested in implementing equine-assisted learning (EAL) into your program but not sure what it would look like in practice? Are you currently providing EAL services but looking for new ideas and activities to incorporate in your sessions? Do you wonder how you can expand your EAL offerings to different populations? If so, this hands-on, interactive session is for you! You will have the opportunity to observe or participate in an EAL session, discuss potential issues that may arise and develop creative solutions.

Erika Berg oversees a minor in equine-assisted activities and therapies at a land-grant institution and is program director for the community EAAT program that offers adapted therapeutic riding and hippotherapy services. Erika is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and associate riding instructor evaluator. Marsha Anderson is founder and executive director of an EAAT program that offers adapted therapeutic riding as well as equine-assisted learning and team building services. Marsha is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, ESMHL, lead riding instructor evaluator and lead site visitor.


9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

B2, How to Run Your Center Like a Business and Still Keep the Heart CE

Do you think of the service you provide as a business or is it a service fueled by passion and giving back to the community? Fortunately, these descriptions are not mutually exclusive. Most of us join this field because of our passion for equine-assisted activities and therapies. In researching the challenge of sustainability for centers, one of the top issues consistently raised was business knowledge. In order to be sustainable, it is important to not only follow the passion and mission, but approach service delivery from a business perspective. Join PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm as she explores the steps to running your center in a sustainable manner while remaining focused on mission delivery and the “heart” of your organization.

Kathy Alm began her service as chief executive officer of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) in August 2014. For the previous 15 years she served as executive director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Woodinville, WA. She grew the previously grassroots organization from a $280,000 annual operating budget to a professional $2.1 million organization. Kathy served as PATH Intl. board president in the 2010-2012 term, first joining the board of trustees in 2005. She has facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on board, staff, fundraising and strategic planning and enjoys the opportunity to share her experience as well as learn from others. Her dedication to the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies spans more than 17 years with a passion that was ignited the moment she walked through the door at her first therapeutic riding center.



11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH/Update on the PATH Intl. Trek to Accreditation CE



1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Session C


C1, Teaching Techniques - Take Turns and Learn CR

Marsha Anderson, Erika Berg, Susie Bjorklund






C2, Equine Activity Liability Acts - Are You Blindly Galloping Along? CE  Are you prepared to defend if you or your center is sued? Hear a summary of the origin and protections of the Equine Activity Liability Acts nationwide and what it means in your state. Hear about some of the cases that have tested the immunity of the EALA and gain valuable insight and understanding why compliance with PATH Intl. standards is important in the courtroom.

Deborah Manasco is a lifelong equine enthusiast. She has competed, coached, judged and taught horsemanship in various settings for more than 40 years. In 2007, she retired from practicing law and now returns to practice with the Alabama Legislature during regular session each year. Deborah teaches therapeutic horsemanship part time at Storybook Farm in Opelika, AL, a PATH Intl. member center. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, mentor and site visitor.

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.



3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Session D


D1, Equine Gastric Ulcers and the EAAT Horse CE

A discussion of equine gastric ulcer syndrome causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Jamie Prybyl, DVM, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed an internship at Pilchuck Equine Hospital. She joined Buffalo Equine in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. She practices general equine medicine and has special interests in sports medicine, reproduction and internal medicine. Dr. Prybyl served as a board member for Freedom Farm Therapeutic Riding Center from 2010 to 2016.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

D2, Program Horses: Sassy, Stiff or Satisfied CE

Our horses are all individual and with each program horse come a set of challenges. Come explore some common challenges seen in EAAT horses and go home with some solutions and strategies to alleviate lesson horse burnout. Review PATH Intl. standards on accepting and retiring a program horse and how to incorporate it smoothly into your program.

Katie Harmelink-Roth is a large animal CVT who works at the UW Large Animal Vet School in Madison, WI. She also is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor at Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center. Katie is involved in finding new equine partners, training for program, assessing behavior problems and retiring / rehoming the program horses at Three Gaits.



4:30 to 4:45 p.m.



4:45 to 5:15 p.m.

State Meetings



Dinner on your own






Sunday March 11th

All sessions in arena



8:30 to 9:30a.m.

Session E

Region 6 RLT Meeting

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

E1, When to Let "Dis" Go: Expanding Your Focus on Ability by Recognizing Barriers to Performance DE;RIDING CR

This interactive presentation will identify strategies to help your riders be successful in your riding classes. Janet will provide some overview materials about barriers to performance commonly encountered in the group lesson setting and offer some ideas for navigating these challenges. Creative thinking and problem solving as a group will be encouraged.

Janet Weisberg, MS OTR/L HPCS, is the director and founder of Hold Your Horses (HYH) in Greenfield, MN. She founded HYH in 2006 as a small occupational therapy practice specializing in hippotherapy, and today HYH is a nonprofit organization providing multidisciplinary therapy services for people with disabilities as well as education and wellness workshops for professionals and caregivers. Janet is a hippotherapy clinical specialist (which means that at one time she had the patience to study and then sit through a four-hour certification exam). She served on the board of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., and is a past editor and now frequent contributor to HIPPOTHERAPY magazine. She has also served on a variety of task force projects for PATH Intl. and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband Luke and her favorite therapy herd member, Bentley.

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

E2, Planning for Participants with Chronic Pain and/or Chronic Fatigue DE Learn what to expect with participants who live with chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue and how to implement that knowledge to help your participants be more successful in your program. Discuss how to address the challenges of planning ahead for participants with chronic pain/fatigue.

Lisa Schabo is a PATH Intl Certified Instructor with a bachelors degree in Equine Science from the University of Minnesota - Crookston. She has been living fully with chronic pain and fatigue for 8 years.

11 a.m. to noon

Session F


F1, Panel for Questions CE

Join PATH Intl. Region 6 in an open discussion and question and answer session about “Anything EAAT.”






We look forward to seeing you soon in Waverly, MN!

Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Dec 27, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Dec 28, 2018 and ends on Feb 22, 2018.
Late registration starts on Feb 23, 2018.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 2018 PATH Intl: Region 6 Conference Full Registration
Member Fee: $105.00$105.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $155.00$155.00$185.00
 2018 PATH Intl: Region 6 Conference High Ed Membership-Faculty
Member Fee: $75.00$75.00$105.00
Non-Member Fee: $75.00$75.00$105.00
 2018 PATH Intl: Region 6 Conference High Ed Membership-student
Member Fee: $75.00$75.00$105.00
Non-Member Fee: $75.00$75.00$105.00
 Friday Awards Dinner Guest Ticket
Member Fee: $25.00$25.00$25.00
Non-Member Fee: $25.00$25.00$25.00