2017 PATH Intl. Region 4 Conference

Jun 15, 2017 05:00am -
Jun 18, 2017 03:00pm


Event Description


PATH Intl.






PRoduced by


region 4



Union, ky


Hosted by:

Potter’s Ranch



PATH Intl. Region 4 welcomes you to join us for an educational and fun weekend with your friends and colleagues. Breakfast will be served onsite on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday. These meals are included in your registration fee.







Potter’s Ranch

5194 Beaver Rd.

Union, KY 41091

(859) 586-5475


Potter’s Ranch Lodging:

Potter’s Ranch has various cabin options available. Please contact the ranch directly at (859) 586-5475 and ask for Mike to make your reservation.

  • Cedar Cabin - $60 single/$30 double occupancy per night for room with queen bed, rollaway and private bathroom.
  • Pioneer Cabin - $40 single/$20 double occupancy per night for room with single bed, futon and shared bathhouse.
  • Settlers Cabin - $10 single occupancy per night for bunkbed and shared bathhouse. Please bring your own pillow and sleeping bag.
  • Deer View Cabin - $60 single/$30 double occupancy per night for private room with shared bathroom.
  • Valley View - $60 single occupancy per night for private room with shared bathroom.


Additional Lodging Options (12 to 14 miles from Potter’s Ranch):

Holiday Inn and Suites Richwood

12928 Frogtown Connector Rd.

Richwood, KY 41094

(859) 493-0900


Motel 6

164 Winning Colors Dr.

Walton, KY 41094

(859) 485-2330


Econo Lodge

11165 Frontage Rd.

Walton, KY 41094

(859) 485-4123


Local Restaurant (7 miles away from Potter’s Ranch):

Boonedocks Pub & Grub

11984 US Highway 42

Union, KY

(859) 493-0100


Special Announcements:
Please bring silent auction items to support the conference and continuing education in PATH Intl. Region 4.


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.




Online registration will be available through June 1, 2017. After June 1st, 2017, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Registration through June 1st, 2017:



Full Conference:

$160 members

$220 non-members


Full Conference: Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members




Friday or Saturday Only:

$85 members

$110 non-members


Friday or Saturday Only: Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members



Registration Onsite



Full Conference:

$190 members

$250 non-members



Full Conference: Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members




Friday or Saturday Only:

$115 members

$140 non-members



Friday or Saturday Only: Higher Ed Student and Faculty Members



PATH Intl. Standards Course:






Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by June 1, 2017. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office June 1-8, 2017. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. by June 8, 2017, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.





Wednesday, June 14

11:30 a.m. to noon

Registration & Check In

Noon to 5 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. Please email Amanda Bubb to Register mae6107@aol.com space is limited (40 max) Cost 250.00

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.







Thursday , June 15




8 a.m. to noon  


Breakfast and Lunch included.





6 to 8 p.m.

Conference Registration & Check In (Silent Auction Opens): LODGE

7 to 9:30 p.m.

Campfire: Pioneer Fire Ring





Friday , June 16



Registration & Check In & Breakfast (Silent Auction Open): LODGE

All Day 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Experienced Instructor Track RIDING CORE, 3hrs of DE

For PATH Intl. Certified Instructors only with at least three years of teaching experience who are actively teaching in the EAAT Industry. Learn from advanced and master instructors, brainstorm, problem solve and take your experience as an instructor to the next level. Spend an entire day working with the single objective of improving your knowledge base through this hands-on therapeutic riding workshop with one of the industry’s most well-known and respected instructors. We will cover the matching of the rider’s conformation, the horse’s natural balance and the tack that becomes the bridge between the horse and rider to maximize results in the therapeutic riding setting. REGISTRATION CAPPED AT 40.

Sandy Webster is the 2012 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award winner. Sandy is a PATH Intl. Master Instructor, CanTRA Coach, Canadian Equestrian Federation Level 2 Eventing and Dressage Coach. She is a PATH Intl. Evaluator for the Registered, Advanced and Master Instructor Certification. She is an accreditation site visitor, mentor training and interactive vaulting faculty. Sandy has attended two Paralympics and three World Championships with riders with disabilities as their coach. She has a diverse background in many disciplines related to training horses, including racing, 3-day eventing, dressage, carriage driving and therapeutic riding. Sandy was the program director and executive director of CARD, an exceptional program in Toronto for more than 20 years. Sandy has spent the last 10 years as a program consultant while developing programs coast to coast in the United States and most recently as far reaching as Singapore and Kauai.




8:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Session A


A1, Equine Activity Liability Acts: Are You Blindly Galloping Along? CE

Are you prepared to defend if you or your center is sued? Or are you blindly galloping along without direction? 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 can be important in the courtroom.

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






A2, Vaulting Horse Training and Adaptive Vaulting VAULTING CR CE

See vaulting in action as Karin Schmidt and Grace Peterson demonstrate how vaulting can be used to initiate therapeutic outcomes. You'll be introduced to proper vaulting equipment, use of aids, handling and adaptive vaulting moves to use with individuals with special needs. 

Karin Schmidt is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor since 2002. She added several outside certifications in vaulting, riding and lungeing over the years and is actively involved with the AVA (American Vaulting Association) and the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). Karin is the owner of Legacy Stables, home of 25 horses of all sizes. She facilitates human-horse connections to individuals no matter what age or what ability. Karin is the director of the nonprofit organization "Therapeutic Horse Connection" and head coach of the AVA vaulting club "A Vaulting Connection," both based at Legacy Stables near Grand Rapids, MI. Grace Peterson has been the program director at Legacy Stables for two years. She had horses all her life and is a vaulting coach and riding instructor. She is currently training to became a PATH Intl. Instructor herself.






10:15 to 10:30 a.m.


10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Session B


B1, Organizational Sustainability CE

There are several key factors to a sustainable business: be able to define what you do, be able to design experiences to meet community needs, and to measure and support your outcomes. In this session, we will discuss how you can take this information to place value on the work you do. We will also cover the tried and true method for creating effective equine-assisted learning and therapy programs as well as how to evaluate them to ensure continued funding. There will also be time for interactive learning and specific questions.

Debbie Anderson has been involved professionally in the equine business for more than 35 years. After showing hunters and jumpers as a young girl, she graduated from college and worked as a veterinarian technician for a large equine practice. Her interest in working with children directed her into becoming an equitation instructor for a large show facility in Indiana. Six years and several world champions later, she started working in the therapeutic riding industry. Today, Debbie serves as the founder/executive director at Strides to Success, a PATH Intl. PAC in Plainfield, IN. Her experience spans more than 20,000 arena hours serving schools, mental health providers and corporate leaders. Debbie served on the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010 and still sits on numerous committees. Debbie’s qualifications include PATH Intl. certifications as both a TRI and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, E3A corporate trainer, HorseWork Master Facilitator and is also a Board Certified Equine Interaction Professional in Education. Debbie is a well-known speaker at national conferences and is currently teaching workshops and consulting with equine centers to help them build sustainable businesses. Blair McKissock has been in the field of human animal interaction and experiential education for more than 20 years. She earned her BS degree in recreation therapy and her master’s degree in education with a focus on human animal interaction. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, certified equine specialist, EAGALA Level 1 and certified Wellcoach. She is the chair of the equine-assisted learning (EAL) community for PATH Intl. and works nationally to establish standards and competencies in EAL. She is the author of Equiyo, yoga on horseback method, and has written other equine-assisted resources and curricula. She currently works as the director of education for Strides to Success, a nationally recognized center for EAL in Indiana. She is a regular conference presenter, speaker and facilitates professional development workshops supporting the growth of equine-assisted businesses.



B2, Grief Goes to the Barn (and Revisits It Too) CE

No one wants to experience it, but all of us will, several times at least, during the course of our lifetime. "It" is grief and loss, and as EAAT professionals, our very lifestyle and work puts us in the line of fire for grief and loss. Whether it is losing a horse, a student, a co-worker, a volunteer to death, or a significant change in relationship, PATH Intl. members will experience loss in our work life and in our personal lives as well. This presentation seeks to normalize the grief journey and provide coping skills, information and ideas for how a center and individuals take on the "tasks" of grief. How do we maintain professionalism and self-awareness and provide an environment that allows for recognizing that grief and loss impact us all, and there are healthy and healing ways to grieve losses.

Natasha "Tasha" Federinko has been a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor since 1994. Her passion is to welcome newcomers to the field of therapeutic riding and other EAAT. She began the process to become a licensed mental health professional in 2005 and has been in private practice since 2008. Tasha was drawn to the field of grief and loss and trauma in the EAAT and mental health areas after experiencing, as so many individuals have, trauma and loss without the needed resources available to heal. Companioning others through grief is what Tasha believes is her life's purpose. She is also guided by the immutable belief that horses are a crucial part of that journey for many individuals. She works with hospice groups, school groups and private clients in her EAP practice. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and is EAGALA Certified. Her goal in her presentation "Grief Goes to the Barn" is to educate those working in the fields of TR and other EAAT and empower them to learn more about grief, and how it impacts them, their participants and their working environment. Through education the journey becomes filled with greater understanding








Noon to 1 p.m.



1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Session C






C1, A Strong Team = A Strong Program Part 1 CE

Join us on Potter’s Ranch Team Building Challenge Course. This Session will introduce you to challenges (elements) that sequentially move your group to your pre-stated goals. This course is a great way to build teamwork and develop leadership. Potter’s Ranch Activity Director Chris Gerth will guide you through activities that you can take back with you to your barn. Build a team with your volunteers, staff, students and families and see your program flourish! REGISTRATION CAPPED AT 18

The Potter’s Ranch staff team works with more than 1,000 groups throughout each year at their Christian Retreat Center. Team building or low ropes activities are redesigned specifically to meet the goals of each group. Join in this activity to work on common challenges found in our barns and equine programs.



C2, Making Student Progress Count CE

Join us for a discussion of the importance of documenting and quantifying student progress and the ways it can be accomplished using volunteers and staff. Explore an exchange of ideas on creating forms and procedures for capturing the data that proves our programs' validity and worth when we approach potential partners and funders.

Michele Green is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and currently teaches and holds the position of program director at The Therapeutic Riding Institute (Dayton), a PATH Intl. PAC. She has experience in managing therapeutic riding program herds and facilities, as well as in training dressage horses and riders.


2:15 to 2:30 p.m.


2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Session D


D1, A Strong Team = A Strong Program Part 2 CE

C2 continued




D2, Evaluating Potential Horses Before they Join the Program CE

Having horses that are suitable for and enjoy EAAT is a must for every program. Develop your eye for what horses will work in and enjoy EAAT long term with this four-step approach to evaluating and training horses for EAAT.

Cody Bogard is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor as well as a Certified Farrier with the American Farriers Association and an Accredited Professional Farrier with the American Association of Professional Farriers. Cody has been involved in EAAT for more than 17 years and has been a farrier for nine years.


3:30 to 3:45 p.m.



Session E

3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

E1, Beyond Red Light/Green Light RIDING CR DE

Why do we do games and activities in a lesson? Is it just for fun? Is it just for our young riders? We should use games as a tool to reinforce what is being taught in that lesson for the day. Most of what we teach is done verbally and, if we are lucky, sometimes visually. However, everyone learns best when we can increase their proprioceptors in both their muscles and their brain. You will see more ”aha moments” as your riders connect their bodies to their brains.
This will be an interactive session where we will dissect what works and then work together to design activities to support your biggest challenges in the arena. We will go beyond red light/green light.

Kathy Corbett is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor who has worked with several therapeutic riding centers across the country over the past 30 years. She has served as head instructor, program director, board chair and now enjoys simply being one of several instructors with The Therapeutic Riding Institute, a PATH Intl. PAC in Dayton, OH. Sam Lape is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor who began her career at Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship while completing her BS degree in equine sciences at the University of Kentucky. Currently, Sam is community engagement and volunteer coordinator for the Therapeutic Riding Institute. She has recently earned her PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification.






E2, Volunteer Training and Beyond CE


This presentation by staff from Reins of Life will cite important topics and procedures to include in your volunteer training. Our volunteer training materials will be shared and explained, and we will make suggestions on how to keep volunteers safe, happy and engaged to keep them coming back.


Daniele Charriere, instructor (Michigan City and South Bend barns), began volunteering at Reins of Life, a PATH Intl. PAC, at the age of 13. Once she turned 18 she began the instructor-in-training process and was hired as a part-time instructor after becoming PATH Intl. certified in 2014. She enjoys working closely with the students, volunteers and horses; she couldn't imagine a better job. Marilyn Steinhiser, volunteer coordinator (Michigan City barn), has been volunteering at Reins of Life since 2014. When she retired from her full-time job in April 2016, she was hired as volunteer coordinator for the Michigan City facility. She finds that spending time with the horses and riders is as therapeutic for her as it is for the riders.



5 to 6 p.m.

Dinner and Trek to Accreditation Report by Jeff Kelling CE

7:30 p.m.

Region 4 Party(Off Site Location To Be Announced)



Saturday, June 17

7 to 8 a.m.

Breakfast with Standards Hearing CE

8:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Session F


F1, Your Board Can Raise Funds! Part 1 CE

Total quality management of your program ensures that you will be successful not only with service goals, but also with every other aspect of your center – from your volunteer program to fundraising achievement. Some basic assessment processes and accountability practices help to ensure success across the spectrum of the team members on whom you rely.

KC Henry is principal of Transitions Unlimited LLC, a consulting firm for nonprofit businesses. She specializes in organizational development, board development, strategic planning and start-up programs. As executive director at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Chagrin Falls, OH, she provided leadership for its $4.5 million campaign, the building of its state-of-the-art therapeutic riding facility, and the development of a staff of 31 people that served 200 students with disabilities weekly. In 2006 she received the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement award.



F2, Are You Ready - Preparing for Advanced Certification CE

This presentation is intended to demystify Advanced Certification and to assist those interested in pursuing this next step of their professional development to be confident in their skills by making a personalized plan.

Melissa Conner is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and ESMHL, lead evaluator, lead site visitor, and past chair of the PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee. She serves as the executive director of Renew Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. PAC in Holland, MI. Sandy Webster is a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor and is faculty for PATH Intl. as lead evaluator for the registered, advanced and master level certifications. She is also interactive vaulting and ESMHL faculty, and the recipient of the 2012 PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award for excellence in the industry.


Noon to 1 p.m.

Lunch with State Meeting (Silent Auction Closes 12:30pm)

1:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Session G


G1 Your Board Can Raise Funds! Part 2 CE

F1 continued




1:15 to 3:30 p.m.

G2, The Veteran Community and Relational Horsemanship ESMHL CR DE

Ready to develop a community where equine relationships develop mentor-ship and peer-to-peer outreach opportunities? This presentation focuses on partnering with horses to develop community and healing for veterans and their families. Find out how to start your own veteran programing with suggested community resources. Learn how to involve the veterans themselves in the future of programing at your facility. We will share our tribal story, which includes the individual successes that Reining Liberty Ranch has witnessed with our veterans.

Becki Bigelow is the executive director at Reining Liberty Ranch, a 501c3 located in Traverse City, MI, where discovery of self and renewed ability is achieved by partnering with the horse. Laurie Girardin serves as the program director and board member at Reining Liberty Ranch. Jennifer Lee is the equine director for the ranch and is the creator of relational horsemanship programs and also serves on the board of directors.



1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

G3 Adaptive Tack DE

This presentation will cover why having the right equipment matters, how to assess your participants’ needs, and how to determine what equipment could be the right fit for them. We will look at a variety of adaptive tack options, in addition to some inexpensive ideas on how to adapt what you already have to better support your participants' goals. Bring your questions to this interactive session; we will do our best to answer them!

Kim Berggren is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor at Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Augusta, MI, where she serves as the lead instructor and education coordinator and is a PATH Intl. Board of Trustees member. Kim has served as the Michigan State Chair, Region 4 Representative, and MOC Chair. Kim also is a PATH Intl. Mentor, site visitor, Standards course faculty and evaluator. Amanda Bubb is a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor at Reins Of Life, Inc., a PATH Intl. PAC in South Bend and Michigan City, IN, where she also serves as the barn manager. Amanda has served as the Indiana State Chair and is the current Region 4 Representative. Amanda is also a PATH Intl. Mentor and associate site visitor.




3:30 to 3:45 p.m.


3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Session H


H1, Ask the Expert CE

Join us for a discussion of our industry's most pressing issues with Region 4 and guest panelists. We'll collect questions early in the event to discuss with this talented panel.




H2, Pain and Our EAAT Horses CE

Learn how to tell if a horse has discomfort, even the subtle signs we did not realize until they have had enough. We will build on and review acupressure points learned at last year's conference and how they affect the horse. This session will introduce you to Lifewave patches to help with pain.

Sheryl Mankel been nationally certified in equine acupressure since October 2010. Part of the requirement for the certification was 40+ hours of a second modality. Sheryl chose TTouch with Linda Tellington-Jones in the fall of 2010, spending six days working with four-year-old untrained Arabians. TTouch is very complimentary with acupressure and easy to share. She is also a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and ESMHL and is a CHA riding instructor. Volunteering for PATH Intl. since 1977, she has seen issues arise and wanted her own training to be in a modality that would help the horses that are helping our participants. Acupressure IS IT! It is non-invasive and can be shown to anyone who wants to learn. Your horse will show you it is working!


5 to 6 p.m.


Sunday, June 18




8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PATH Intl. Standards Course  CE
Attendees must pre-register with PATH Intl. and bring a copy of the 2016 PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual.
Faculty: Kim Berggren and Teresa Morris

Note: lunch Breakfast included



We look forward to seeing you soon in Union, KY!

Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on May 05, 2017.
Regular registration starts on May 06, 2017 and ends on Jun 02, 2017.
Late registration starts on Jun 03, 2017.