2019 PATH Intl. Region 03 Conference

Mar 29, 2019 10:00am -
Mar 31, 2019 11:00am


Event Description



PATH Intl.
















Region 3




March 29–31, 2019




Hosted by:



Glade Springs Therapeutic Riding Center



Daniels, WV



PATH Intl. Region 3 welcomes you to an educational and fun weekend with your friends and colleagues in beautiful Daniels, West Virginia. Your registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, 3/30. Breakfast is included with your room reservation.



All Sessions:

The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Drive

Daniels, WV 25832



The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Drive

Daniels, WV 25832

(877) 814–7316

Ask for the PATH Intl. room block, reserve by 2/20/19

$99/night, includes breakfast



This year’s silent auction proceeds are for the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund. Many PATH Intl. centers have experienced weather and fire related disasters in the last year, and the need is ongoing. Please consider donating an item or basket of goodies. Please bring your donation with you to the conference. Please email oneagleswingswva@gmail.com to let us know you have an item. The silent auction will be open Friday from 6 – 9 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Online registration will be available January 18, 2019, through March 15, 2019. After March 15, 2019, registration will need to be completed on–site.





Registration Fees

Registration January 18, 2019, through March 15, 2019:

Full Conference $175 members $225 non–members

Full Conference – Higher Ed Student/Faculty Members: $150

PATH Intl. Standards Course* $40 members $55 non–members


*Register by March 1, 2019. If less than 15 are registered by this date, this course will be canceled and refunds issued. Registration on–site is not available.


FirstAid/CPR/AED Adult/Child** $30 members $45 non–members

American Heart Association Heart Saver Course. **Register by March 1, 2019.

Registration is limited to 20.


Registration on–site after March 15, 2019:

Full Conference $205 members $255 non–members

Full Conference – Higher Ed Student/Faculty Members: $180

Refund Policy:
Written cancellation request is required for refund.

Deadline for Full Refund – Request received in PATH Intl. office by March 15, 2019

Deadline for 50% Refund – Request received in PATH Intl. office by March 31, 2019

Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. by March 31, 2019, will not receive a refund. 

*Deadline for Standards Course Refund – Request received in PATH Intl. office by March 1, 2019. No refunds after this date.

No refunds due to weather unless the conference is canceled.

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 29, 2019

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Registration


6 – 9 p.m. Silent auction opens


11 a.m. – 6 p.m. PATH Intl. Standards Course CE

Bring your 2018 Standards Manual with you. Register by March 1, 2019. This course will be canceled if less than 15 people register by this date. THE PATH Intl. STANDARDS COURSE IS CANCELED


11 a.m. – 6 p.m. FirstAid/CPR/AED Adult/Child CE

American Heart Association Heart Saver Course. Register by March 1, 2019. Registration is limited to 20.


6 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own


7:30 – 8:30 p.m. PATH Intl. Region 3 Meeting and State Meetings

Join us for drawings for goodies and surprises!


8:30 p.m. – ? Networking Session and Icebreakers

Join us for drawings for goodies and surprises!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

8 – 9 a.m. Registration and Welcome


9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Silent auction open

Session A


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A1, How to Run Your Center Like a Business and Still Keep the Heart Part 1 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 (EAAT). 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 also 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 16 years she served as executive director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center 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 EAAT field spans more than 19 years with a passion that was ignited the moment she walked through the door at her first therapeutic riding center.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A2, Conditioning the Therapeutic Riding Horse 101 CR All

Tips and tricks to getting your equine herd in shape for their job. This presentation will go over several conditioning methods, including riding and groundwork exercises.

Liz Dulski is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor and mentor and is currently the head instructor and equine manager at Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Weddington, NC. Previously, Liz was the St. Andrews Ride Like A Knight program director and approved training course faculty.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A3, From the Saddle to the Ground: The Benefits of a Ground School Curriculum in EAAT Programs CE

Learn about an extensive ground school program and how to integrate ground school curricula into your EAAT center to maximize EAAT benefits for students who may not be appropriate for or are contraindicated for mounted therapeutic riding activities.

Sherri Moore is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Interactive Vaulting Instructor. She currently teaches at and is the barn manager at Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program in Greenville, NC. She has been involved in the EAAT field for close to 20 years. Sherri lives in Greenville with her husband, four dogs, a bunny and a chinchilla.

Ashlyn Batten is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at Rocking Horse Ranch in Greenville, where she is also the volunteer coordinator and exercises the horses. She has a master's degree in sacred music from East Carolina University and plays organ for a small church near Greenville. Ashlyn has three horses, all of whom have worked in EAAT programs at some point, and a guinea pig named Ludwig.


9:30 – 9:45 a.m. BREAK


Session B

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. B1, How to Run Your Center Like a Business and Still Keep the Heart Part 2 CE

Kathy Alm See session description and bio under A1.


9:45 – 10:45 a.m. B2, Hurdles and Challenges to EAAT CE

Specific hurdles and challenges that have been identified in previous surveys in the USA provide the base for this study. The continued investigation through 2018 provides insight into barriers that can positively and negatively affect EAAT currently and in the future. The intended outcome is to help guide decisions in the EAAT field.

Pebbles Turbeville is an associate professor and chair of the equine studies department at St. Andrews University. She is currently working on her doctorate in sport management and received her master’s degree in recreation from NC State and BA degree in physical education from Columbia College. Pebbles is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced instructor, mentor faculty, associate faculty for the PATH Intl. advanced certification and lead faculty for the registered on–site workshop/certification. She served on the NARHA board and served on several committees for PATH Intl. Pebbles has taught over 100 college students in the field of therapeutic horsemanship at St. Andrews. She has presented at different national and regional conferences on several topics in the therapeutic horsemanship field. One of her favorite hobbies is photography. Pebbles has been published regionally, nationally and internationally in American Horse, Dressage Today, Horse Illustrated, PATH Intl. Strides, Horse of Kings, Stable Mates, RDA New South Wales postcards and Southeast Equine Magazine cover.


9:45 – 10:45 a.m. B3, TRAAC: Therapeutic Riding Assessment for Adults and Children CE

The TRAAC (therapeutic riding assessment for adults and children) is a tool developed to facilitate a point scale for rating student's strengths and areas of need as assessed during the riding session. This numerical scale can document present skill levels of engagement and allow for notation of progress in the different areas of riding performance.

Cheryl H. Coughlin has been involved with therapeutic riding since the age of 18. She was executive director of the PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Hawthorne Riding Centre. She is actively involved with the Therapeutic Association of Virginia, holding official positions on the board as well as chairing the national conference in 1994. She continues to sustain her interest moving from an active participating professional in the therapeutic riding industry to a research-based focus from an occupational therapist and therapeutic riding instructor perspective.


10:45 – 11 a.m. BREAK

Session C

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. C1, Train the Way To Success: Develop Effective Volunteer Training Material and Programs to Meet Your Center’s Needs CE

Design and implement volunteer training programs that will ensure the success of your volunteers, participants and programs. Walk away with tips on how to build training protocols that are engaging and keep best practices and safety at the forefront of each training and most importantly setting your volunteers up for success.

Beth Yurkovac is the operations manager for Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Williamsburg, VA. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, ESMHL and mentor. She holds a BA degree in healthcare administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and is a certified medical reimbursement specialist. Beth has more than 20 years of experience in the EAAT field, including working Internationally and developing and teaching volunteer training programs.


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. C2, Creative Programs Lead to Center Sustainability CE

There are many creative programs that create sources of funding that other centers have discovered, without compromising their mission in order to increase their revenue streams. Partnerships, alliances and programs geared to specific community needs offer centers financial stability long after the founders are gone. Based on research in the industry, new and innovative programs will be presented, and a roundtable discussion will follow, "thinking outside the box" of ways to generate more revenue, helping to make centers sustainable.

Jo Anne Miller has been involved in the EAAT field for more than 30 years. She is the founder and executive director of a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center and is a college professor of equine science. She has presented both in the United States (PATH Intl., Homes for Horses Coalition, ASPCA) and abroad (HETI) on topics on equine welfare, equine-assisted learning and best business practices.


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. C3, Equine-Assisted Leadership Development™ (EALD™) CE

In this session, the presenters will share the Equine–Assisted Leadership Development™ (EALD™) methodology proven in multiple PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers to develop leadership skills for local organizations (corporate/professional), colleges/universities, veterans, and youth at risk. The methodology focuses on advancing an individual or team’s leadership skills using equine–assisted learning (EAL) – assisting organizations and society to develop better and more inspiring leaders while creating a unique and innovative additional revenue stream for your facility. Join us to learn about the methodology, licensing, certification and results centers have experienced in generating revenue to support their employees, horses, programing and infrastructure.

Jeff Arnold has spent a 24–year career working in corporate consulting with clients all over the world developing leaders. He has worked with more than 100 CEOs and client organizations worldwide, including colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, nonprofits, and faith–based organizations. He is a student of leadership and believes that each of us is on a journey to become a better leader, and that becoming a better leader is an adventure requiring both new skills and practice opportunity. Through Leadership Adventures, Inc., he partners with PATH Intl. Member Centers to deliver accelerated experiential learning to local organizations, colleges/universities, veterans, and youth at risk to advance their leadership skills using EAL. In 2008, he was honored with the esteemed Inspiring Leadership award by the world's largest consulting firm as measured by revenue, a Fortune Global 500 company. He was recently featured in JH Style magazine discussing the use of experiential, accelerated, equine-based leadership development.

Carol Petitto, PhD, is founder and executive director of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center in Fairmont, WV. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, ESMHL, served on the PATH Intl. Higher Education Task Force, and also was on the PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee for two terms. She has been an adjunct professor in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University for the last 12 years. She developed and currently teaches the PATH Intl.–based equine–assisted activities and therapies minor within West Virginia University’s equine program and is certified in the EALD™ program.


12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and PATH Intl. Update and Field Test Standards Hearing


Session D


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. D1, Equine Activity Liability Acts: Are You Blindly Galloping Along? Part 1 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 and 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. Debbie teaches therapeutic horsemanship part time at Storybook Farm in Opelika, AL, a PATH Intl. Member Center. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, mentor and site visitor.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. D2, Interactive Vaulting at Your Center: Examples of Successful Interactive Vaulting Programs in Region 3 Part 1 CR Vaulting

The presentation "The Circular Classroom" will give an overview of the WHAT, HOW and WHY of interactive vaulting. Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding in South Carolina has offered this PATH Intl. program to public school groups for the past seven years. In the second presentation the audience will learn about interactive vaulting at Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program in North Carolina. This presentation will cover the most common diagnoses seen in interactive vaulting groups as well as the benefits of collaborative research involving interactive vaulting and ways to find appropriate collaborations for research. Following presentations there will be a question and answer period featuring a panel that will answer questions regarding many aspects of starting an interactive vaulting program: finding a suitable equine, equipment, PATH Intl. certification. Please bring your questions; the panel will try to answer them and give audience members the tools to start interactive vaulting programs at their centers!

Anja Cain is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, certified interactive vaulting instructor and B.Ed. She is the education coordinator at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding in Charleston, SC. Together with her colleague, Amanda Gerald, Anja has presented at regional, national and international conferences about interactive vaulting and lungeing.

Sherri Moore see bio under A3.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. D3, Cost Analysis: Your Value Proposition and Program Sustainability CE

This presentation will focus on the use of cost analysis and a discussion of the value proposition to enhance sustainability for your program. We will examine ways to calculate actual cost per service and how to use this as a tool to support program operation, set fee levels and understand fundraising needs. Discussion will be on the gap between tuition and actual cost as well as ways to communicate the value of services to the community.

Kathy Alm see bio under A1.


Session E


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. E1, Equine Activity Liability Acts: Are You Blindly Galloping Along? Part 2 CE

Deborah Manasco see session description and bio under D1.


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. E2, Interactive Vaulting at Your Center: Examples of Successful Interactive Vaulting Programs in Region 3 Part 2 CR Vaulting

Anja Cain, Sherri Moore See session description and bios under D2.


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. E3, How to Incorporate Vagal Tone and Core Muscle Activity Assessment Into Equine-Assisted Activity Sessions in Order to Improve Functional Outcomes Part 1 CR Riding

This presentation highlights one piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked: the vagal tone and how it can affect and be affected by the participant’s core muscle activity in equine-assisted activities. Through anatomy review, videotaped equine movement observation and experiential learning (Awareness Through Movement lesson), this presentation will develop the instructor’s and volunteer's ability to assess their rider's vagal tone and to understand the degree to which it interacts with their rider's core muscle activity and therefore posture.

Catherine Wycoff, PT, DPT, HPCS, graduated from Liege University (Belgium) in 1989 with a BS degree in physical therapy, and from Des Moines University (Des Moines, IA) with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2008. She is a certified Feldenkrais, Myofascial Release, Kinesiotaping and Anat Baniel Method (for Children) practitioner. She is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.She recently graduated from the University of Tennessee's Certified Equine Rehabilitation Specialist program.Catherine is a lifelong horse lover and rider, with experience competing in jumping and training in dressage and driving. She has been incorporating hippotherapy in her private physical therapy practice in northern Virginia since 2007. She is the owner of three horses who are involved in hippotherapy, therapeutic riding and therapeutic driving. She recently started providing physical therapy treatment for horses, specializing in rescue horses and those involved in therapeutic riding/driving and hippotherapy.She is also an ergonomics consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC, and, as such, conducts regular group presentations and trainings both in English and in French for the World Bank staff in Washington, DC, and in country offices all over the world.


3:45 – 4:00 p.m. BREAK


 Session F


4 – 5 p.m. F1, DIY (Do Your Own) Tack CE

Discover simple ways to create adaptive tack to use in your therapeutic riding program. There are many things you can DIY in your barn to create adaptive tack, from fun creative reins to simple saddle adjustments.

Liz Dulski is a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, mentor and currently the head instructor and equine manager at Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Weddington, NC. Previously, Liz was the St. Andrews Ride Like A Knight Program Director and approved training course faculty.


4 – 5 p.m. F2, Weight Carrying and Workload for the Equines in Our Centers: The Latest Research and How to Apply It to the New Field Test Standard, With the Intended Outcome of Increasing the Longevity of the Equines in Our Programs CR All

In 2017, PATH Intl. put into field test a new standard for written records for establishing weight carrying and workload limitations. Join us to learn the latest research that has been done in order to better be able to determine weight carrying and workload abilities for the equines in our centers, ensuring their longevity in the program.

           Jo Anne Miller see bio under C2.


4 – 5 p.m. F3, How to Incorporate Vagal Tone and Core Muscle Activity Assessment Into Equine-Assisted Activity Sessions in Order to Improve Functional Outcomes Part 2 CR Riding

     Catherine Wycoff See session description and bio under E3.


5:30 – 7 p.m. Dinner and PATH Intl. Region 3 Awards


8 – 10 p.m. Uncle Mike and Friends

                    Bluegrass music on the patio


Sunday March 31st, 2019

8 a.m. Silent auction item pickup

Session G


8:30 – 10:30 a.m. G1, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Insights: Neurologistics and Stay Calm Strategies DE

What makes this educational workshop exciting is that Elizabeth is on the autism spectrum and speaks of “her view” as she describes the sensory overload she endures and the coping mechanisms she has learned throughout her life. Her mother, Sue, speaks first on the underlying neurophysiology and current research in the field. As a retired physical therapist and professor of neurology, Sue presents in a manner that is upbeat, visual and interactive. Elizabeth then follows with her "Stay Calm" strategies relevant to working with participants on the autism spectrum. The daughter/mother dynamic and comfort with the subject allow the audience to become engaged with their own questions, thoughts and tips for working with those on the autism spectrum.

Suellen Hill, PT, received her degree from West Virginia University in 1972. For over 45 years, she practiced physical therapy in all settings: acute care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health, early intervention and education. Neurology has always been an interest of Sue’s, but the interest turned to a desperate need to find answers when her fourth child, Elizabeth, was diagnosed as “mentally retarded” at age six. An assistant professor of physical therapy at Pierpont Community & Technical College for 17 years, Suellen was titled faculty emerita upon her retirement in recognition of her service to the physical therapist assistant program. Sue has the ability to take complicated neurological concepts and present them in a manner that allows her listeners to utilize “neurologistics” in a variety of settings. Of interest to those who enjoy horses, Sue was the “nanny” for her family’s herd of 28 Appaloosas at Clifton Farms in Shepherdstown, WV.

Elizabeth Hill was speaking in complete sentences by the age of one and did not walk until she was two. At age four she could recite word for word the Discovery Channel episodes on Wolves and Whales, and only knew two colors, pink and blue. Finally, at age 18, the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome gave Elizabeth a sense of freedom from the taunts of “retard” she had endured for years but gave no guidelines as to her next steps. Having grown up with horses, she knew she wanted to help others discover the soothing bond these gentle giants provided. Now at 31, Elizabeth has spent years as a volunteer at On Eagle’s Wings under the mentorship of Carole Petitto. By chance, Elizabeth was asked to share her story with Carole’s students at WVU and her mother’s students at Pierpont Community and Technical College. Her rapport with her audience and her comfort with giving her inside view of sensory overload and the challenges she overcomes each day allow Elizabeth to be a strong voice for those on the autism spectrum who cannot speak.


8:30 to 10:30 a.m. G2, Support for Executive Directors: An Authentic and Honest Panel Discussion for Executive Directors in the EAAT Field CE

Improve your leadership and management skills as a panel of four current and experienced EAAT center executive directors talk about how to tackle common and shared challenges confronting EDs in this specific field and how to tap your unique talents to address them. Bring your own questions and challenges to this discussion–based workshop. You’ll learn about how to handle pressure and demands from stakeholders, facilitate change, maintain focus on your mission serving those with special needs and caring for your herd.

Susan Koehler was appointed interim executive director of Loudoun Therapeutic Riding in May 2018. As an experienced executive director and development director, she understands the complexities and joys of nonprofit work. Susan is dedicated to ensuring Loudoun Therapeutic Riding’s ongoing excellence and consistent quality of programing while drawing upon her know–how to transition LTR toward a new beginning. In 2015, BoardSource selected Susan to serve as a governance trainer, and Susan is a judge for the prestigious Center for Non–Profit Advancement AIM award for best managed nonprofit in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Laura Pallavicini is the executive director of Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center. In addition to 30+ years riding and horse experience, Laura brings professional know–how working with foster care families and children/adolescents with severe mental/emotional traumas and behavioral disorders to her position. She is a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor.
Barbara Ford is the executive director of Untamed Spirit and is a resident in counseling at Integrative Counseling and Wellness and Untamed Spirit. She also works with a variety of community mental health agencies at the farm. Barbara is a former board member of TRAV and holds a certificate in nonprofit management. From 1989 through 2011, she served as executive director and founder of EQUI–KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program. She has received the James Brady Professional Achievement Award and National Volunteer Leadership Award from PATH Intl.

Carol Young is executive director of Healing Strides of Virginia, an organization she grew over the last 10 years, coming from $140k of debt and serving 15 participants to a million–dollar facility that serves almost 200 participants a week in all of the programs combined. Carol is an entrepreneur owning her own business, which lends great experience and a working knowledge as a business leader. She has utilized those skills to successfully develop and grow Healing Strides of VA. Carol is a PATH Intl. Mentor at the registered and advanced levels, a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, EAGALA Level II/Advanced Trained Equine Specialist and certified life coach.

11 a.m. Check–out! Safe travels!



We look forward to seeing you soon in Daniels, West Virginia!

Event Type:Conference
Category:Regional Conference
Early registration ends on Jan 17, 2019.
Regular registration starts on Jan 18, 2019 and ends on Mar 15, 2019.
Late registration starts on Mar 16, 2019.