Roll Out the Red Carpet for the 2018 PATH Intl. Award Winners

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) takes great pride in the exceptional equines, credentialed professionals, volunteers and veterinarians who serve at PATH Intl. Member Centers and the quality of equestrians whose lives—and horsemanship—have been enriched through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). PATH Intl. is pleased to announce the 2018 PATH Intl. Adult, Youth and PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Award winners and the region award winners (equines, credentialed professionals, volunteers and veterinarians).

All region award winners will be recognized, and the 2018 PATH Intl. equine, certified professional, veterinarian and volunteer of the year will be announced at the 2018 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in Orlando, FL, Saturday, October 27. Also announced at the awards luncheon will be the recipient of the prestigious PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement award, recognizing the contributions to and advancement of the EAAT field.

Every year industry judges select the PATH Intl. award recipients from a large number of outstanding nominees. This year, the judges read through the more than 250 nomination essays to select the award winners. PATH Intl. thanks the judges who made the difficult decisions and selected the award winners. PATH Intl. also thanks the individuals and centers who nominated the humans and equines demonstrating excellence in their field, and we offer congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

(PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers are shown in italics.)

2018 PATH Intl. Winners

Adult Equestrian of the Year: Sharon Daspit, Region 8, Healing With Horses Ranch, Manor, TX

Youth Equestrian of the Year: Kenbe Rogers, Region 5, Saddle Up!, Franklin, TN

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian Recognition Award: Kristie Weems, Region 8, REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, McGregor, TX

2018 PATH Intl. Regional Winners

Region 1

Equine of the Year: Watson, UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc., Goffstown, NH

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Lindley Fransioli, Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., North Andover, MA

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Kristen Glass, High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, Sharon, VT

Volunteer of the Year: Jacqueline Kangley, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme, CT

Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec

Region 2

Equine of the Year: Moose, EquiCenter, Inc., Honeoye Falls, NY

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Renee Dixon, Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program, Port Deposit, MC

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Laura Faulkner, Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Bedford, NY

Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Stickney, EquiCenter, Inc., Honeoye Falls, NY

Region 2 includes the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; and Scandinavia, Europe, Middle East

Region 3

Equine of the Year: Peanut, Horse & Buddy, New Hill, NC

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Malaika Albrecht, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Greenville, NC

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Sally Vivrette, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, Mebane, NC; and Horses for Hope TRC, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Volunteer of the Year: Ellen Glover, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, Greenville, NC

Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

Region 4

Equine of the Year: Petey, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, Milford, OH

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Cindy Redolfi, The Therapeutic Riding Institute, Centerville, OH

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Ryan Zimmerman, Riders Unlimited, Inc., Oak Harbor, OH

Volunteer of the Year: Darlene Bell, Dreams on Horseback, Blacklick, OH

Region 4 includes the following states: Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Ohio; and the Canadian Province of Ontario

Region 5

Equine of the Year: Willie, McCormick Research Institute, St. Cloud, FL

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Mandy Branton, Chastain Horse Park, Atlanta, GA

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Eric Martin, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Lenoir City, TN

Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Edgell, Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc., Ocala, FL

Region 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Africa

Region 6

Equine of the Year: Bud, HorseSense for Special Riders, La Crosse, WI

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Cheryl Holt, River Valley Riders, Woodbury, MN

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. John Froning, Equul Access, Inc., Hutchinson, MN

Volunteer of the Year: Christine Cavanaugh, Equul Access, Inc., Hutchinson, MN

Region 6 includes the following states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Region 7

Equine of the Year: Waldo, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, NE

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Jamie Janssen-Casey, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, Harvard, IL

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Jim McCaslin, Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities, Wayne, IL

Volunteer of the Year: Sheila North, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, NE

Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Region 8

Equine of the Year: Miss, R.O.C.K. Ride on Center for Kids, Georgetown, TX

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Joy Ferguson, Compadres Therapy, Inc., El Paso, TX

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Bill Mitchell, The Right Path Riding Academy, Drumright, OK

Volunteer of the Year: Laurie Cox, The Right Path Riding Academy, Drumright, OK

Region 8 includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas; and Mexico, Central America and South America

Region 9

Equine of the Year: Shahar, Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Dana Eklund, Eagle Mount – Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Gary Cook, Eagle Mount – Bozeman, Bozeman, MT

Volunteer of the Year: Mike Bozzo, NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham, WA

Region 9 includes the following states:  Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia

Region 10

Equine of the Year: Cola, Hearts and Horses, Inc., Loveland, CO

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Alejandra Lara, National Ability Center, Park City, UT

Veterinarian of the Year: Colorado Equine Veterinary Services, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Elbert, CO

Volunteer of the Year: Jane O’Hearn, Silver Lining Riding Program, Surprise, AZ

Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Region 11

Equine of the Year: Winnie, Saddle Pals Therapeutic Center – UCP, Sacramento, CA

Credentialed Professional of the Year: Lisa Cotta-Meek, Happy Trails Riding Academy, Tulare, CA

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Richard Markell, The J.F. Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Volunteer of the Year: Jean Kvamme, Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center, Felton, CA

Region 11 includes the following states: California, Hawaii and Nevada; and Asia and Pacific

Early registration for the PATH Intl. Conference, presented by title sponsor Purina, is currently offered online at pathintl.org, as well as more information about conference sessions, the Rosen Centre and fun things to do in Orlando.

About PATH Intl.:
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

For more information, contact:
Cher Smith, Communications Coordinator
(800) 369-7433, ext. 123
csmith@pathintl.org

 

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