Region 8 Conference
August 1-3, 2014
Baton Rouge, LA
Hosted by LSU and
Sponsored by LSTEN
642-4239 option 1
Approximately 2 miles from LSU
may call the group desk and ask for the special rate of $69/night for PATH
Intl. Reservations must be made no later than July 11, 2014, in order to
guarantee this special rate.
Approximately 4.3 miles from LSU
rates are $55/night - Subject to change and availability.
registration will be available through July 18, 2014. After July 18, 2014, registration will need
to be completed onsite.
There is no single-day or partial registration available.
Registration through July 18, 2014:
Challenge (to be paid onsite to
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at
the PATH Intl. office by July 7, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a
written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by July 18, 2014.
Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to July 18,
2014, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for
cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.
August 1, 2014
(All events at LSU School of
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration
12:30 to 6:30 p.m. PATH Intl. Standards Course
must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the newly released 2014 PATH Intl. Standards for Cerfication
and Accreditation manual.
p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Session A
therapies using essential oils to comfort, enhance performance, reduce recovery
time, soothe strains, manage pain and specific conditions for you and your
equine (and other two- and four-legged friends).
Presented by Barbara Tyre
1:50 to 2:50 p.m. Session B
the Pony was rescued by Kaye and Glenn Harris after Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately,
several months later she was attacked by a pit bull, another Katrina
rescuee going through emotional trauma. Although Molly’s other numerous wounds
healed, her leg did not make it. Her rescuer and now owner went to bat for
Molly, requesting amputation and a prosthesis. A children’s book, which has
traveled around the world, was written about Molly’s story. Kaye and Glenn
formed a nonprofit foundation called “Kids
and Ponies – Molly’s Foundation.” Molly visits organizations such as hospitals,
schools, nursing homes and army bases. Kaye receives requests from all over the
United States for her to come spread her “Molly Magic”!
4 p.m. Session C
a Teen Council
a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, teaching at SIRE, Houston’s
Therapeutic Equestrian Cetners, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in
4:10 to 5:10 p.m. Session D
Grass or alfalfa? Oats or barley or mixed? Do you need to add supplements? A
horse’s dietary needs change with both age and the work he is asked to do. Come
learn new information and get your questions answered.
Wilmoth is the equine nutrition representative
for Purina Feed.
Programs for Riders With PTSD
Join us to learn how All Xena's Horses, near Houston, TX, uses a riding
simulator, "live" horses, goats, dogs, plants and prayer in their
one-of-a-kind program tailored to reaching clients with PTSD. Included will be
mounted and umounted program options, unique resource considerations and how to
find and train the ideal volunteer team. Discussion will focus on military
veterans, though the best practices presented are equally applicable to victims
of sexual assault, violence or other traumatic incident.
Shultis, a 2006 graduate of the
United States Naval Academy and veteran of the US Navy served around the
country and in Afghanistan as a Public Affairs Officer. Jan is founder, owner
and operator of All Xena's Horses, LLC, outside of Houston, TX.
5 p.m. Dinner
on Your Own
5 to 9 p.m. Hospitality
Room – with light refreshments
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. CPR/FA Challenge
$55 fee to be paid onsite to instructor (includes CD, 2 books and
renewing CPR/FA certification, candidates must pass the written and skills
tests. Skills tests consist of demonstrating your skills on a mannequin.
(All events at LSU School of
7 to 7:45 a.m. Registration
7:15 to 7:45 a.m. Breakfast and
8 to 9 a.m. Session
LSU Tour and Equine Endoscopy
Tour LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine facility. There will also be a
demonstration of endoscopy with a horse on a treadmill.
M. Andrews, DVM, PhD, received
his MS and DVM degrees from Washington
State University. He has held university appointments at Louisiana State
University and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He
received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in Animal Health in 1999 and
the Webster Pendergrass Award for Outstanding Service, UTCVM, in 2008. Laura M. Riggs, DVM, PhD, DAVCS,
attended the veterinary school at the University of Tennessee and completed a
large animal internship and a surgical residence at the University of Georgia.
She is currently an assistant professor of equine surgery at LSU.
Fire Extinguisher Class
If you are faced with a small fire, will you know how to operate the fire
extinquisher that has been hanging on your tack room wall gathering dust, or
would you have to read the instructions while the flames moved on? Learn what
you need to know. You will also learn about recharging extinquishers and why
the expiration dates are important.
Hefler is a deputy with the St.
John the Baptist Parish, a K9 handler and a former Captain with the Garyville Volunteer
to 10:10 a.m. Session
Our Why: Psychological
Flexibility as a Model of Therapeutic Change Within EAAT
As EAAT instructors, we have personally witnessed the healing our participants
experience as they work with their horse. We’ve watched their struggles with
depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD or autism start to fall away, and the research
has been broadly supportive of our observations. Examine how the three
components of psychological flexibility-being aware, open and active-might play
in the skills you train in EAAT.
Lisa Wegener is currently the director of riding programs
at Stormwalker Ranch and aids with lessons and program development at All-Star
Therapy Group in both Bartlesville and Ramona, OK. She began her experiences
with EAAT as a rider, then volunteer, and finally is working toward her PATH
Intl. instructor certification. She finished her Masters of Science degree in
psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she studied under
Dr. Emily K. Sandoz and was a member of the Louisiana Contextual Sciences
Research Group. She is currently pursuing research and writing in the area of ACT
EFMH Veterans Panel Discussion
10:20 to 11:50 a.m. LSTEN Business
Meeting and PATH Intl. Standards Hearing
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch and PATH Intl. State Caucuses
1:10 to 1:40/2:10 p.m. Session G
Board: Selection and Function (1:10 to 2:10 p.m.)
Kellogg, executive director of
SIRE, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Hockley TX, has been involved
in the therapeutic riding industry since 1987.She is a PATH Intl. Certified
Master Instuctor and recipient of the 2002 James Brady Professional Lifetime
Achievement Award. Before coming to SIRE she served as the director of ManeGait
Therapeutic Horsemanship and the program director at Equest Therapeutic
Horsemanship, both PATH Intl. Accredited Centers in Texas. She has been
instrumental in developing therapeutic equestrian programs, served on numerous
committees and task forces and travelled abroad representing the industry.
Equine Massage (1:10
to 1:40 p.m.)
Learn the benefits massage offers for therapeutic riding horses and equine
athletes who may be sore. The presenter will demonstrate evaluation and show
reactive points to benefit the horse in the long term when working under continual
physical stress with disabled populations.
Gendusa specializes in equine
sports massage and has been certified by Equissage. Gina is a senior at
Southeast Louisiana University where she majors in business. She has been
riding and has been around horses since she was little, and though she was not
interested in veterinary medicine, she wanted to help horses. She found the
equine massage therapy field and became certified. Gina is currently working on
to 5 p.m. Session
“Autism Fragile X” and “Sensory Processing and Therapeutic Horsemanship”
Autism Fragile X (1:50 to 3:20 p.m.)
and Diane Bentler live in
Rowlett, TX. They have two children, Amy and Bill, with Fragile X. They have
been part of the Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship program for the past 14 years and active advocates in the Fragile X
community since 1988 when their children were first diagnosed. In 2000 they
founded the Northeast Texas Fragile X Resource Group with the mission to
educate and provide information about Fragile X.
Sensory Processing and Therapeutic
Horsemenship (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
Learn the basics of sensory integration theory, the characteristics of various
sensory processing disorders, and the differences between sensory processing,
modulation and regulation. We will discuss how to organize a riding lesson to
optimize sensory processing and help participants learn to regulate themselves.
The presentation will include examples of activities and sample lesson
strategies for specific types of riders
Gardner has a Master’s degree in occupational
therapy, is a hippotherapy clinical specialist, PATH Intl. Certifed Master
Instructor and Driving Instructor Level II. She is a partner in Silver Lining
Therapy and an adjunct professor at Lone Star College. Karen is certified as an
advanced practitioner in Natural Lifemanship for Trauma Focused Equine Assisted
Psychotherapy. She is an active member of the AHA faculty and has presented at
local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics within
occupational therapy, hippotherapy, adaptive riding and horse training.
Handling Trailer and Equine Emergencies and Trailer Safety (2:20 to 5 p.m.)
Dr. Mirza will be teaching the
“Trailer Accidents and Equine Emergencies” section of this session. He will be
sharing his knowledge of emergency and critical care of equines in this
hands-on workshop. Stephen Hefler
will be teaching the “Trailer Safety” part of this class. He will teach you the
DOT requirements for your trailer as well as how to check tires, brakes,
inspection stickers and other mandatory paperwork.
H. Mirza is a clinical assistant professor
for Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He has his Master’s degree from Louisiana
State University and a veterinary degree from the University of Agriculture,
Faisalabad, Pakistan. His particular interests include emergency and critical
care, colic in equines and long bone fractures. Stephen Hefler, see bio in session E2.
5:10 to 5:40/6:10 p.m. Session I
Building Brains (5:10 to
Come hear how ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center is changing brains
through their new GaitWay to the Brain program. Explore how the brain is
designed to work, why it doesn't and how to change that.
Robin Harwell, MA, CCC-SLP, is the
GaitWay to the Brain program coordinator with ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in McKinney, TX. She has more
than 35 years of experience in the field of therapy. She runs a private
practice, teaches around the country as well as internationally and consults
with various centers to integrate her brain building approach into their
existing programs. She applies the neuroscience to build attention in the brain
so that any brain can lay down neural pathways that impact function. Visit her
website at www.buildthebrain.net.
Forces of Horses: Biomechanics of the Horse Influencing Your Riders (5:10 to 5:40 p.m.)
Analyze the current research that focuses on calculating the force transferred
through the equine musculoskeletal system onto a rider as described by inverse
Richbourg is a second year PhD
student in the department of veterinary clinical sciences with research focus
on equine motion analysis. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from
Young Harris College in north Georgia with a major in biology and a minor in
mathematics. In her free time, Heather volunteers as an auxiliary mounted
police officer in Mobile, AL, with her horse, Pixie.
6:20 to 6:50 p.m. LSTEN Board
7 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Games With Rebecca Mercer
August 3, 2014
(All events at LSU School of
7:15 to 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8 to 8:45 a.m. Cowboy Church
9 to 10 a.m. Session J
is a series of mounted and unmounted exercises using yoga poses to teach
horseback riding. Asanas are taught on the yoga ball in an unmounted lesson to
develop muscle memory, then transferred to the saddle in the mounted portion of
a Whoa-Ga author and clinician.
Setting Business Goals
brings over twenty years of experience in management consultation, working
across privately owned, publically traded, and non-profit entities. Pam has
served her clients as a buyer’s advocate and management coach. Her projects
often are designed to overcome hurdles specific to the client organizations.
Pamela has also helped her clients build organizational frameworks that balance
the needs of growth and risk management. She advises her clients on system
development and subsequent process design with an emphasis on practical
10:10 to 11:10 a.m. Session K
about cause marketing. Louisiana’s legal term is “co-venturing,” the public
association of a for-profit company with a nonprofit organization, intended to
promote the company's product or service and to raise money for the nonprofit.
It may be just what your program needs to get ahead!
a freelance writer and photographer, nonprofit consultant for social enterprise
development and cause marketing/alliances. She has been the director of social enterprise
for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Service includes
acupuncture and rehabilitation for small animals, horses and farm species.
Professional care is provided by trained and certified individuals who promote
patient healing and improved well-being by augmenting traditional medical
treatments with a variety of options. Come learn about the exciting things they
S. McConnico, DVM, PhD, is a professor of equine medicine with
the equine health studies program in the department of veterinary clinical sciences,
School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. She is a recognized
expert in the field of equine internal medicine particularly equine
gastrointestinal health and infectious diseases. She is the coordinator of
LSU-SVM’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team Partnership, the equine branch director
for the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and an affiliate faculty member
with LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. Dr. McConnico played a key
leadership role in rescue and response activities resulting in successful
recovery and reunion with owners of over 500 Louisiana horses, post-hurricanes
Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike and continues to assist Louisiana and other states
with the development of veterinary and animal disaster mitigation and response
11:20 to 11:50 a.m. Conference Wrap-Up
coming. Have a safe drive home!