Event Details


2014 PATH Intl. Region 07 Conference

Feb 20, 2014 12:30pm - Feb 23, 2014 12:00pm
Event Type: Conference
Category: Regional Conference




PATH Intl.



Region 7 Conference

February 20-23, 2014


Burr Ridge, IL


Hosted by:
Ray Graham Association




Conference Tracks/Lodging:


DoubleTree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook

1909 Spring Road

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Phone: (630) 472-6000

Hotel will begin taking reservations on Monday, January 27. Book by February 6 to secure a rate of $95/night.

Barn Track:


Hanson Center/Ray Graham Association

15 W 431 E 59th Street

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Phone: (630) 325-5330



Online registration will be available through February 12, 2014.  After February 12, 2014, registration will need to be completed onsite.


Registration Fees:

Registration through February 12:


Full Conference

$125 members

$135 non-members


Friday Only -

$70 members

$80 non-members


Saturday Only -

$85 members

$95 non-members


Sunday Only -

$50 members

$60 non-members

Registration Onsite:


Full Conference -

$140 members

$150 non-members


Friday Only -

$80 members

$90 non-members


Saturday Only -

$95 members

$105 non-members


Sunday Only -

$60 members

$70 non-members

Pre-Conference workshop:


Through Feb. 12

$60 members

$70 non-members



$70 members

$80 non-members


Refund Policy:
Full refunds are given only if a written cancellation request is received at the PATH Intl. office by February 4, 2014. A 50-percent refund is given if a written request is received at the PATH Intl. office by February 12, 2014. Individuals who do not submit a written request to PATH Intl. prior to February 12, 2014, will not receive a refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather unless the conference is canceled.






Thursday February 20

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

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

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.           Preconference Workshop (Hanson Center)

o   The Visible Horse and Rider: Anatomy in Motion™
This is a unique visual presentation on the biomechanics of the horse and rider anatomy. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how the horse and rider move and what is needed to balance the two.
Peggy Brown, Toledo, OH, is an Advanced Level IV Centered Riding and Centered Driving Clinician, ARIA certified instructor educator and testing staff member. She has trained horses and riders for more than 30 years at her stable Walnut Hill Farm and has presented clinics and demonstrations worldwide.


Friday, February 21

(All events at the DoubleTree)

8 to 9:15 a.m.              Registration Open (coffee and light continental breakfast available)

8:45 to 9:25 a.m.         Region 7 Meeting and PATH Intl. Update

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.       Session A

o   A1, Stress and Burn Out in the EAAT Industry
This session will focus on a common problem in the EAA/T industry and look at how to recognize the symptoms of burnout and how to avoid it.
Kim Henning, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor, Site Visitor, Standards Course faculty, Registered Instructor Evaluator and head instructor and education coordinator at Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center.

o   A2, Key Topics in Teaching: How to Help Your Riders Progress
Peggy Brown, “The Visible Rider”, will share insights from her many years of teaching on how best to bring riders along at any ability level. Peggy will share techniques, tips and activities that can be done in the arena with your riders.
Peggy Brown is a Level IV Advanced Centered Riding and driving instructor and is certified as an expert instructor through the American Riding Instructor Association.

10:30 to 10:45 a.m.     Break

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.     Session B

o   B1, Why Doesn’t My Horse Do What I Want It To?”
Presented by David Nobbe, director of the Illinois Horse Council.

o   B2, Fundraising/Marketing
This session will offer really practical and affordable marketing ideas that can assist your fundraising and program marketing. Quality strategies that can be implemented by your center staff will be discussed.
Adam Bocik, chief marketing officer for Cosgrove Partners and Amanda Bocik executive director with Agape Therapeutic Riding.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Lunch  and State Meetings

1 to 3 p.m.                   Session C

o   C1, Administrative Panel Discussion: What I Learned From My Biggest Mistake
Panelists include Adam Bocik, chief marketing office for Cosgrove Partners, Amanda Bocik, executive director with Agape Therapeutic Riding, Tiana Brazzale, grants administrator with Ray Graham Association Sara Foszcz, board president with Main Stay, Meggan Hill-McQueeny, president of Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Mary Illing, Program Director with Walk On.

3 to 3:15 p.m.              Break

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.         Session D

o   D1, Incorporating Games to Enhance Riding Skills
Including games in your lesson can augment riding skills being taught and challenge all types of riders while having fun. Games discussed will be demonstrated along with supplies needed and pictures of riders playing them. Handouts will be included.
Cheryl Case, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced instructor, Ray Graham Association and Christi Fiorini, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Ray Graham Association.

o   D2, Board and Leadership Development
Learn about effective leadership strategies and principles that you can practice every day at your center. Learning how to lead is critical to a center's success and sustainability.
Amanda Bocik, executive director with Agape Therapeutic Riding.

Dinner on your own


Saturday, February 22

(All events at Hanson Center)

8 to 9 a.m.                   Registration (light breakfast available)

9 to 10:30 a.m.            Session E

o   E1, Space Is the Place: How Does Your Energy Affect Others?
We live and work in a field interacting with others: volunteers, horses, students and parents. Rarely, do we take the time to reflect on our own energy output and the way we may impact those around us. As a leader and or support in a successful team, it is important to understand the subtleties of body language and how to recognize what belongs to you and what belongs to somebody else. In this presentation, you will learn about your energy, how it affects others and then how the horse perceives us, for they, as flight animals have a most sensitive energy response. Demonstrations will be done with horses and a few audience participants who will be able to experience the deep sensitivity of our equine partners.
Lori Cohen, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, approved Eponaquest facilitator and certified educator, Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program

10:30 a.m. to Noon     Session F

o   F1, Vet Talk: How Equine Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Therapy Horse
Dr. Heinze will be out in the arena with horses discussing and demonstrating how to help keep our equine partners healthy.

Noon to 2 p.m.            Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

Table groups include: advanced certification; volunteers; driving; events and fundraising; instructors; veterans/wounded warriors; administrative issues; ethics and alternative programming – day camps/field trips/etc.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.         Session G

o   G1, Animal-Assisted Activities: Good For a Sunny or Rainy Day!
Equine and animal-assisted activities can be helpful for groups working on cooperation and social interaction, and are also useful to enhance individual partnership with the horse. Animal-assisted activities can be a specific program offering or function as an alternative activity if mounted lessons are not ideal on a certain day. This hands-on session will introduce a few activities that you can make your own based on the needs of your clients.
Carla Kaizen, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and certified educator, Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program.       

3:30 to 5 p.m.              Session H

o   H1, 10 Ways to Use a Mustang in Your Programs: Refining Your Horsemanship to the Highest Degree
Come and think outside of the box and explore the many uses of mustangs in programs. Innovative programming and training ideas will be presented as we look at the ways Mustangs provide our participants with a new view of the world, opening doors and presenting challenges. Further discussion specifically on foundation horsemanship, veterans and the veterans conference will also be emphasized.
Meggan Hill-McQueeney is the president/ COO at BraveHearts, a PATH Intl. Certified Master Iinstructor and Evaluator who has served on multiple committees and a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and the Special Olympics Illinois Coaches Trainer. Paddy McKevitt is the director of operations and foundation horsemanship leader at BraveHearts, a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and Special Olympics Equestrian Coach. He has years of experience training and gentling domestic and wild horses, including the training of his zebra and has travelled with the US Olympic team as farrier. Sarah Newland is the program director at BraveHearts, a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Associate Evaluator as well as a recreation therapist. In addition, she is a Special Olympics equestrian coach with years of trail and reining experience.

5:30                             Dinner (Hanson Center)

Recognize Region 7 winners from the 2013 PATH Intl. Conference
Ann Henslee, guest speaker



Sunday, February 23

(All events at the DoubleTree)

8 to 9 a.m.                   Light continental breakfast

9 to 10 a.m.                 Session I

o   I1, Winning on the Web!
Interested in improving your productivity in the office?  We will introduce you to many web based tools you can incorporate in your EAAT center that will help you market and manage your program cost effectively and efficiently (so you can spend more time in the barn!)
Erin Bevington, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and financial and administrative manager with HETRA.

10 to 11 a.m.               Session J

o   J1, Developing a Mentoring Program for Your Center
Not sure what to do when someone comes to you and says they want to become an instructor? There are many options for mentoring, some more effective than others. Come and gain insight on important considerations when starting a mentoring program and various options in implementing it. Already have a mentoring program? Come and share your successes and challenges with others!
Dionne Newton, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor, Mentor, Kansas State Chair and program manager with Heartland Therapeutic Riding in the Kansas City Metro area.

11 a.m. to Noon          Session K

o   K1, People Development: How to Work and Communicate Well With Others.
Therapeutic riding is a field that involves working with people in many different capacities - staff members, riders, volunteers and donors just to name a few.  Improving your people skills will help you and those you interact with in all areas of your work life.
Cindy Schwarz
is the Director of Learning and Development at Power Construction. She is a trained Leadership and Life Coach with 15 years of experience in leadership and coaching.

Noon                           Surveys, certificates and departure!




Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home!

Early registration ends on Jan 22, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Jan 23, 2014 and ends on Feb 13, 2014.
Late registration starts on Feb 14, 2014.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).