The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Award Winners were honored October 27, 2018, at the annual PATH Intl. Awards Luncheon, an exciting and much-anticipated highlight of the 2018 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, sponsored by Purina. (Each region has the opportunity to nominate individuals and equines; the winners of the equestrian and region awards were announced in July and honored, along with the international winners, at the luncheon.) Held this year in Orlando, FL, the awards luncheon celebrates the people and equines who exemplify the best of the wonderful population of equestrians, certified professionals, veterinarians, volunteers and equines who work together to change the lives of people who live with physical, mental, emotional and learning challenges.
The following people received 2018 PATH Intl. Achievement Awards:
PATH Intl. Equine of the Year Award (co-sponsored by Purina and The Equus Foundation): Petey, Region 4, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Milford, OH
PATH Intl. Certified Professional of the Year: Cheryl Holt, Region 6, River Valley Riders, in Woodbury, MN
PATH Intl. Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by AIM/Equine Network): Ellen Glover, Region 3, Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Greenville, NC
PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year (sponsored by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, makers of Adequan): Dr. Bill Mitchell, Region 8, The Right Path Riding Academy, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Drumright, OK
Also honored was Barbara Rector, winner of the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award, Adventures in Awareness, Tucson, AZ. The James Brady Professional Achievement Award honors those individuals who make lasting contributions throughout the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. We recognize them for demonstrating the highest ethical behavior in their personal and professional life; for possessing proven leadership and dedication through delivery of service, educational contribution, support and promotion of the industry; for bringing innovative ideas to fruition; for creating collaborations and partnerships to advance the work of EAAT; and for enhancing the success and knowledge of others in the association.
Click here for stories on these winners as well as the list of all region winners.
About PATH Intl.:
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl.(r)) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 873 member centers, nearly 69,000 children and adults, including 6,700 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 62,000 volunteers, 4,776 instructors, 7,943 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.
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