One Step Closer-PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund Helps Centers in Need

"Thank you for being there for Inspiration Ranch when we needed you most. You were our inspiration." - Sheila Greaver, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch in Spring, TX

"Thank you so much for this funding from PATH Intl. We are so grateful to have another functional shelter for our horses." - Erin Bevington, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy in Gretna, NE

Thanks to the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund, member centers facing dire needs due to natural disasters were able to move one step closer to recovery, one step closer to success.

At PATH Intl., we rely on donations to the disaster relief fund to help member centers rebuild what may have been lost to wild fires, flooding, hurricanes and other natural or manmade disasters. Granting centers funds helps move them one step closer to surviving, rebuilding and thriving. It helps them continue to provide health, recreation and well-being to their communities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

A center that received funds this year is Ride On LA in Chatsworth, CA, which evacuated 34 horses due to the wild fires in California. Center staff and volunteers from the center and the community worked through the night to find shelter for the horses. As Bryan McQueeny, Ride On's chief executive, said in an interview with The Guardian, "Every time I have been around a fire in a horse area, it is amazing to me how the equestrian community rallies...They will move heaven and earth to make sure these horses are taken care of."

One step closer. Thanks to donations from people like you, centers like these can keep providing for generations to come.

But we need your help. The devastation to our centers in the last year has been fierce and, as a result, the disaster relief fund is seriously low. If you have ever watched the news and thought, "How can I help," the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is how and now is the time. Your timely donation will ensure that centers that are hurting can get the help they need, moving one step closer to success, and that participants will continue to receive the benefits of EAAT, moving one step closer to health and well-being. If you would like to know more about the disaster relief fund, visit

Thank you for being someone else's inspiration and for being part of this amazing equestrian community, and thank you for moving PATH Intl. one step closer to its goal.

Thank you for your generosity, and happy new year!

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 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults-including 6,200 veterans-may find improved health, wellness, fun and a sense of pride and independence through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, groundwork and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are more than 62,000 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


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