2014 PATH Intl. Region 08 Conference

Aug 01, 2014 09:00am -
Aug 03, 2014 12:00pm


Event Description




PATH Intl.

Region 8 Conference
August 1-3, 2014

Baton Rouge, LA

Hosted by LSU and

Sponsored by LSTEN




School of Veterinary Medicine

Louisiana State University

Skip Bertman Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225) 578-4161



La Quinta Inn

2333 South Acadian Thruway

Baton Rouge, LA 70808-2304

Phone: (800) 642-4239 option 1

Approximately 2 miles from LSU

Attendees 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.


Super 8

821 Lobdell Ext. S.

Port Allen, LA 70767

Phone: (225) 381-9134

Approximately 4.3 miles from LSU

The current rates are $55/night - Subject to change and availability.







Online registration will be available through July 18, 2014.  After July 18, 2014, registration will need to be completed onsite.



Registration Fees:

There is no single-day or partial registration available.


Early Registration through July 18, 2014:       




On-Site Registration:




CPR/FA Challenge (to be paid onsite to instructor)



Refund Policy:
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.




Friday, August 1, 2014

(All events at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                     Registration Open

12:30 to 6:30 p.m.                               PATH Intl. Standards Course

Joan Cutler, faculty

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the newly released 2014 PATH Intl. Standards for Cerfication and Accreditation manual.

12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.           Session A

o   A1, Nature’s Health Care

Learn alternative 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

o   B1, Molly the Pony

Molly 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”!

3 to 4 p.m.                                          Session C

o   C1, Developing a Teen Council

Natalie DeJong is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, teaching at SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Cetners, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Hockley, TX.

4:10 to 5:10 p.m.                                 Session D

o   D1, Equine Nutrition
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.
Candice Wilmoth is the equine nutrition representative for Purina Feed.

o   D2, Developing 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.
Jan 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

Rebecca Gribben, Insstructor
$55 fee to be paid onsite to instructor (includes CD, 2 books and recertification)

When renewing CPR/FA certification, candidates must pass the written and skills tests. Skills tests consist of demonstrating your skills on a mannequin.




Saturday, August 2

(All events at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine)

7 to 7:45 a.m.                                      Registration Open

7:15 to 7:45 a.m.                                 Breakfast and Welcome

8 to 9 a.m.                                           Session E

o   E1, 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.
Frank 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.

o   E2, Hands-On 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.
Stephen Hefler is a deputy with the St. John the Baptist Parish, a K9 handler and a former Captain with the Garyville Volunteer Fire Department.

9:10 to 10:10 a.m.                               Session F

o   F1, Finding 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 and EAAT.

o   F2, 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

o   G1, Administrative Board: Selection and Function (1:10 to 2:10 p.m.)
Lili 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.

o   G2, 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.
Gina 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 eventing horses. 

1:50/2:20 to 5 p.m.                              Session H

o   H1, “Autism Fragile X” and “Sensory Processing and Therapeutic Horsemanship” 

·         Autism Fragile X (1:50 to 3:20 p.m.)
Jim 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
Karen 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.

o   H2, 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.
Mustajab 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

o   I1, Building Brains (5:10 to 6:10 p.m.)
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.

o   I2, 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 dynamics.
Heather 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 Meeting

7 to 8:30 p.m.                                      Dinner and Games With Rebecca Mercer




Sunday, August 3, 2014

(All events at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine)

7:15 to 7:45 a.m.                                 Breakfast

8 to 8:45 a.m.                                      Cowboy Church

9 to 10 a.m.                                         Session J

o   J1, Whoa-Ga!

"Whoa-Ga!" 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 the lesson.

Cathy Reynolds is a Whoa-Ga author and clinician.

o   J2, Setting Business Goals

Pamela Taylor 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 application.

10:10 to 11:10 a.m.                             Session K

o   K1, Cause Marketing

Learn 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!

Susan Hymel is 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.

o   K2, Equine Acupuncture

The 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 are doing.

Rebecca 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 plans. 

11:20 to 11:50 a.m.                             Conference Wrap-Up

Noon                                                   Pick up certificates



Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on May 20, 2014.
Regular registration starts on May 21, 2014 and ends on Jul 18, 2014.
Late registration starts on Jul 19, 2014.