A Big Thank You to Virtual Conference Presenters

In what is becoming a much anticipated annual event, the PATH Intl. Virtual Conference was a definite success. Held in late April, this conference enjoyed a record number of 253 attendees from around the world, gathering to learn from industry experts. As one attendee put it, "The virtual conference gets better and better every year."

The virtual conference is a gathering of ideas, minds and hearts, instructors, therapists, researchers, administrators, volunteers, dreamers, makers, movers-and-shakers from around the world to learn about and support those in the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. And it all happens from the comfort of an attendee's home, office or even barn. "It's such a cost effective option," said one attendee. "I can afford to attend conference now!"

PATH Intl. extends its deepest gratitude for making this virtual conference our biggest and best yet. The feedback PATH Intl. has already received has been positive and wonderful. PATH Intl. thanks all who participated, and we would also like to take the opportunity to extend a huge thanks to all our presenters. One attendee said, "It's amazing to get time to talk with the presenters and get questions answered." We thank the presenters for participating in this distinctive event.


  • Malaika Albrecht and Sherri Moore, "Mini Horses, Maximum Benefit"
  • Dana Barton, "ADA Basics"
  • Liz Coan, "Autism Across Environments"
  • Julie Goodnight, "Teaching First Canter"
  • Christie Kappert, "The Right Horse Initiative: Adoptions and Pilot Programs"
  • Christy Landwehr, "Risk Management for Horse Programs"
  • George Paffendorf, "How to Develop a Successful Driving Program Using and Innovative Approach"
  • Jochen Schleese, "The 8 Myths of Saddle Fit"
  • Hallie Sheade, "Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in EAAT Participants"
  • Aviva Vincent and Lauren Simak, "Behavior Management in Therapeutic Riding and Driving for Instructors"

Each professional shared their knowledge and passion in unique and wonderful presentations. Without their time and efforts we would not have been able to make this event possible.

If you didn't get a chance to attend the virtual conference, recordings of all sessions will be available individually to all industry professionals later this year. For information on this virtual conference, visit https://www.pathintl.org/path-intl-conferences/2019-virtual-conference.

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 more than 6,700 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, 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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Cher Smith, Communications Specialist
(800) 369-7433, ext.123


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