2014 PATH Intl. Region 11 Conference

Apr 24, 2014 10:30am -
Apr 27, 2014 12:00pm


Event Description



PATH Intl.



Region 11 Conference

April 25-27, 2014


Oceanside, CA


Hosted by:
Ivey Ranch Park Association




Conference Tracks/Lodging:


Courtyard Marriott Oceanside

(800) 321-2211

3501 Seagate Way

Oceanside, CA, 92056-2673
Contact them by March 21st and refer to the PATH Intl. Region 11 Conference to get the reduced rate of $95/night.


Mentor Training and Barn Track:


Ivey Ranch Park Association

220 Rancho Del Oro Dr.

Oceanside, CA 92057

Phone: (760) 722-4839



Online registration will be available through April 11, 2014.  After April 11, 2014, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Regional Conference Only Registration:


Through April 11 -

$170 members

$190 non-members


Onsite -

$185 members

$205 non-members

Mentor Training with Regional Conference:


Through April 11 -

$ 325 members



Onsite -

$ 365 members


Mentor Training Only:


Through April 11 -

$155 members



Onsite -

$180 members


Guest Casino Dinner and Del Mar Show Ticket: $20


Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by April 2, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by April 3-11, 2014. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to April 11, 2014, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.






Thursday April 24

(All events are at Ivey Ranch.)

10:30 to 11 a.m.          Registration Open

11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.    PATH Intl. Mentor Training: Day 1

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. Any member is welcome to take this training but only current PATH Intl. Certified Instructors will be eligible for the official PATH Intl. mentor list.

Note: Participation in this training requires completion of the PATH Intl. Standards Course or online CAT Course along with the self-study exams unless you have taken them within the last year. You will not be registered as an official mentor until you have completed both exams. (dinner break 5 to 5:30 p.m.)


Friday, April 25

(PATH Intl. Mentor training is taking place at Ivey Ranch. PATH Intl. Standards Course is taking place at Courtyard Marriott.)

7:30 to 9 a.m.              Registration Open

8 a.m. to Noon            PATH Intl. Mentor Training: Day 2

Noon to 1:30 p.m.       Registration Open

1 to 8 p.m.                   PATH Intl. Standards Course

Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2013 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification & Accreditation manual.
Ainslie Kraeck Faculty



Saturday, April 26

(All events are at Courtyard Marriott.)

7 to 8:30 a.m.              Registration Open

8:30 to 9 a.m.              Conference Welcome

9:15 to 10 a.m.            Session A

o   A1, Creating and Expanding Programs for Veterans and Their Families

If your facility is interested in either starting a program to work with veterans and their families or if you wish to expand a currently running program, join us for this presentation. Topics covered will include various types of programs that can be created within your facility, ways to connect and partner with outside agencies, and various activities from the fields of EFP and TH that can be utilized when working with veterans and their families.

Cherie Page graduated in 2012 with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She recently completed her post-doctoral internship with DreamPower Horsemanship, where she provides equine-facilitated psychotherapy services to children and adults on an individual and group basis. She was responsible for creating the curriculum for their social skills group: Farm Friends and assisted with creating a program for homeless Veterans. She is currently in the process of becoming a therapeutic riding instructor with PATH Intl.

o   A2, Miniature Horses: Maximum Benefits

Participants will learn the benefits of and ways for incorporating miniature horses into a therapeutic riding program. They will be introduced to the variety of programs offered by DreamPower Horsemanship in which clients work with minis. They will also hear about selection, care and training of miniature horses for therapeutic horsemanship, equine-facilitated learning and equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
 Lisa Naab graduated from Argosy University in 2012 with a Masters degree in counseling psychology. She is a marriage and family therapist intern (MFTI) and a therapeutic riding instructor-in-training (TRIT) at DreamPower Horsemanship in Gilroy, CA, where she has been a volunteer for a year and a half.

10 to 10:15 a.m.          Break

10:15 to 11 a.m.          Session B

o   B1, Basics of ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis
This presentation will review Autism Spectrum disorders, the latest statistics and discuss applied behavior analysis and evidence based approaches for instructing learners with autism. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss challenging client behaviors and how to effectively produce measurable, meaningful outcomes for clients.
Matthew Carbone, MSEd, MA, BCBA is a regional manager for VBA. He supervises school district ABA programs and provides direct supervisions for clients in behavioral home programs. Gretchen Grundon, MA, BCBA is a credentialed early childhood special education teacher who is also a regional manager for VBA and supervises ABA programs for a school district and provides parent training. Dr. Matthew Howarth, BCBA-D, received his PhD in teaching as applied behavior analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently the president of Verbal Behavior Associates, a non-public ABA company that provides behavioral services to children through the San Diego Regional Center and school districts.

o   B2, Develop Your Eye and Expand Your Bag of Tricks
This presentation is designed to help instructors identify the weaknesses and strengths in riders’ position, use of riding aids and improve the instructor’s ability to provide effective feedback. An open forum, we encourage all participants to share their ideas as we discuss different teaching methods: verbal cues, exercises, demonstrations, visualizations, etc.  Make sure you are taking notes because you will be able to greatly enhance your instructor “bag of tricks”!
Amy Sheets is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor and Lead Evaluator for PATH Intl. workshops and certifications and a past committee chair of the riding instructor certification sub-committee. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching therapeutic riding and has conducted workshops and instructor certifications across the United States and Israel. She currently has her own business, Hoofbeats Horse and Rider Training, in Bonsall, CA.

11 to 11:15 a.m.          Break

11:15 a.m. to Noon     Session C

o   C1, PATH to Paralympic Equestrians: Creating a Show Team
Learn the role of therapeutic riding centers and how it can impact Para Equestrian (dressage, reining, or jumping). Understand the process and standards of Para competition as well as the areas in which our centers can potentially participate.
Megan McQueeney is a USDF bronze and silver medalist who has been teaching riders with disabilities for more than a decade. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and achieved the B rating from the US Pony Club.  She continues to compete in dressage, eventing and jumpers, and is enthusiastic about developing Ride On's Horseshow team. Brie Wilson is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and has been the head instructor at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship since 2008.  She has assisted in building the program and creating a happy, healthy environment for horses and riders alike.

o   C2, Helping Veterans With Miniature Horses
You will be amazed by the versatility and capabilities of our tiniest equines and the love and joyful healing affect they have on people of all ages. Experiences and insights from miniature equines visiting patients at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, the Long Beach Veterans Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Unit and the Sepulveda Veterans Hospital will be shared. You won’t want to miss Pearl the Wonder Horse as we discuss volunteering, stories about wonderful human-equine interactions and much more.
Victoria Nodiff was born in Manhattan, NY and received her BFA in 1976 from the California Institute of Arts. She has exhibited her paintings in one person and group shows as well as in permanent collections. She has been an equestrian for 35 years and competes in Dressage, having earned her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. She is a wife and mother.

Noon to 1 p.m.            Lunch

1 to 1:45 p.m.              Session D

o   D1, Farm Friends: Learning the Skills for Social Success While Having Fun at the Farm
Are you interested in creating an EFP/EFL social skills group for children and teens at your facility? This interactive presentation will include an example of a social skills curriculum, ideas of what social skills to target, activity ideas and a chance to participate in a social skills activity aimed at anti-bullying, increasing self-esteem, and self-respect.
Cherie Page graduated in 2012 with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She recently completed her post-doctoral internship with DreamPower Horsemanship, where she provides equine-facilitated psychotherapy services to children and adults on an individual and group basis. She was responsible for creating the curriculum for their social skills group: Farm Friends and assisted with creating a program for homeless Veterans. She is currently in the process of becoming a therapeutic riding instructor with PATH Intl.

o   D2, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Equine-Assisted Interventions
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe effects that may occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy and is the leading cause of mental delay. Therapeutic horse programs offer an alternative intervention that focuses on the unique ability of the horse to command respect due to their size and require the participant to be engaged both physically and mentally when caring or working with them.
Barbara Auerback is a retired attorney serving as a board member at Ridgewood Ranch T.R.A.I.L.S., a therapeutic program in Willits, CA.  She has extensive knowledge of FASD and has presented at conferences and seminars to recognize the effects of FASD and negotiate for treatment. Prior to becoming an attorney, she practiced as a speech pathologist/audiologist.

1:45 to 2 p.m.              Break

2 to 2:45 p.m.              Session E

o   E1, Communication for Children With Special Needs
Learn about a variety of communication devices and communication applications that enhance the student’s ability to communicate during daily activities including academic and leisure time. Strategies will be reviewed to encourage and motivate the student to use these devices to comment, answer questions and make choices during a variety of activities, decreasing thier communication breakdowns and frustration.
Dana Easterling, M.A.CCC-SLP, has more than 24 years of experience in communicative disorders. Her background has been with clients 12 months to eighteen years of age exhibiting a variety of speech and language disorders and currently provides speech therapy to children on the autism spectrum, as well as typical students. Some of her students use augmentative communication devices or tablets with communication applications to assist in their daily communication with peers, teachers and family members.

o   E2, Generating Awareness Through Public Relations

This presentation will provide basic information about how public relations outreach and awareness tactics can generate awareness of a PATH Intl. facility.  Learn how to prepare a press kit, how to write a news release, what might generate news about a facility and how special events may be used to generate awareness. Also covered will be how to handle a crisis or management situation.
Ruth Limtiaco is owner of TLC PR, a public relations firm with 25 years of experience in the Hawaii marketplace. Her firm has opened major resorts, provided outreach and awareness programs for attractions, retail operations, nonprofits and corporate clients. The company is also responsible for Hawaii’s pedestrian safety education program as well as other safe driving programs for the State Department of Transportation. Her company’s web site may be viewed at www.TLCPR.com. 

2:45 to 3 p.m.              Break

3 to 3:45 p.m.              Session F

o   F1, Unmounted Exercises to Improve Your Riding
Horseback riding is an athletic activity for both the human and the equine. Treating the body as such will help improve riding for all. This presentation will demonstrate stretches and exercises for the human to improve everything from the head to the toes and can be done right before getting on the horse or at home between rides. Exercise modifications will also be discussed.
Alicia Roe has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor since 2004. She has been with the Therapeutic Riding Program at Helen Woodard Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA ever since and has been managing the program for the last 7 years. Over the past 10 years she has watched riders with various skills grow up in the program and mentored many candidates to become certified instructors.

o   F2, Causes of and Solutions to Instructor Burn Out
Our riding instructors are the backbone of our programs. Sometimes due to the high stress of our jobs, burnout can happen. This presentation will discuss some of the common causes of instructor burnout, methods of preventing it and possible solutions.
Dana Vennen began her career in therapeutic riding as a senior in high school. Now, decades later, she is the executive director of Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii and the PATH Intl. Region 11 Representative.

4:30 p.m.                     Board Buses for Casino Dinner and Del Mar Horse Show



Sunday, April 27

(All events are at Ivey Ranch)

9:30 to 11 a.m.            Session G

o   G1, Interactive Vaulting: Come Play With Us
Learn the differences between developmental, competitive and interactive vaulting as you experience the benefits of interactive vaulting first hand (concepts of play, empathy for the horse, movement, team work and sharing). This hands-on experience will expose you to the qualities of the vaulting horse and the various purposeful components in an interactive lesson; including the warm up, games, compulsories, focus activity and cool down.
Sandy Webster, the 2012 PATH Intl. James Brady Award recipient, is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor, E.S., Vaulting Instructor, Accredited Site Visitor, and Riding and Vaulting Evaluator. She has 30 years in the EAAT industry as an instructor, executive director and consultant who has developed several PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers. Contact:  sandy@gaitsofchange.com. (949) 701-5271 Region 11 Ruff’n Tumbers will be assisting.

o   G2, “Trailer Safety for Your Horses” and “Feeding the Senior Horse”

§  “Trailer Safety for Your Horses” -9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Loading, unloading, tying, safety releases, bedding, shipping boots, weight considerations and order of loading are all things to know a lot about when transporting your most precious cargo.  Be well rounded in your trailer knowledge; know purchase points and what to look for when assessing a trailer. Also learn how to check and keep up with the important maintenance elements of your trailer.
Patrick Lyons is the president of Southwest Trailers and has been in the industry for over 18 years. His expertise includes trailers, maintenance, fabrication, safety standards and finding the right fit for each client.

§  “Feeding the Senior Horse" – 10:15 to 11 a.m.
Gain insight from a veterinarian’s point of view on how to feed a senior horse and some of the challenges you may encounter, including roughage and concentrate selection and their form, how to overcome dietary restrictions due to age related changes and supplementation of the senior horse.
Daniel H. Grove, B.S., D.V.M., received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of California at Davis and then his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. Since then, he has been in private practice in North San Diego County, the last six years running his own veterinary practice.

11 to 11:15 a.m.          Break

11:15 a.m. to Noon     Session H

o   H1, Equine Acupressure: Keeping Therapy Horses Balanced and Happy
Acupressure is ideal supportive tool for horses in a working environment and allows them to maintain physical and emotional balance and wellbeing, helping them to work longer, and be calmer and happier. We will be discussing the basic principals of acupressure and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and also showing participants some useful points for keeping their horses in balance as well as points for various issues their horses may be having. We will be doing a hands on demonstration as well as providing handouts and information to take home and try on your horses.
Nedra Abramson has worked in animal rescue for the past 11 years. She became a Reiki Master in 2008 and started her journey towards becoming a small animal acupressure practitioner in April of 2010. She is nationally certified in small animal acupressure and equine acupressure through NBCAAM.

o   H2, Equine Chiropractic and Stretches

The purpose of this session is to educate the attendees on the correct techniques of proper equine stretching and the benefits of doing so. Effective ways of stretching a horse beginning with the head/neck, legs (both front and hind) top line in a manner that is not harmful to the horse and the owner/rider will be demonstrated.
Donald Moore, DC, is a fourth generation human chiropractor and a second generation equine chiropractor and has been serving and caring for both in Southern California for the past 15 years. He works with the top veterinarians in California and has traveled all over educating and adjusting.




Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!

Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Feb 18, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Feb 19, 2014 and ends on Apr 11, 2014.
Late registration starts on Apr 12, 2014.


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DOCX 2014 PATH Intl. Scholarship Application