PATH Intl. Honors Its 2019 International Award Winners

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Award Winners were honored November 9, 2019, at the annual awards luncheon, an exciting and much-anticipated highlight of the association’s 50th anniversary, celebrated at the 2019 PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting, presented by title sponsor 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 Denver, CO, headquarters of the association, 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 partner together to change the lives of people who live with physical, mental, emotional and learning challenges.

The following people received 2019 PATH Intl. Achievement Awards:

PATH Intl. Equine of the Year Award (co-sponsored by Purina and The Equus Foundation): Cameo, Region 6, Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program  in Union Grove, WI

PATH Intl. Certified Professional of the Year: Joan Cutler, Region 8, Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Dallas, TX

PATH Intl. Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by AIM/Equine Network): Terry Wilk, Region 8, Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Dallas, TX

PATH Intl. Veterinarian of the Year (sponsored by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, makers of Adequan): Dr. Patrick Breen, Region 8, ROCK Ride On Center for Kids, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Georgetown, TX

Also honored was Amanda Hogan, winner of the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award, Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in North Andover, MA. 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.

Also recognized were the following international winners, selected from the regional winners announced in July:

PATH Intl. Adult Equestrian of the Year: Hunter Adkins, Region 8, Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Dallas, TX

PATH Intl. Youth Equestrian of the Year: Andrew Robinson, Region 8, Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Dallas, TX

PATH International Equine Services for Heroes® Equestrian of the Year: Mitchell Hedlund, Region 8, Equest, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Dallas, TX

PATH Intl. thanks all the judges who made difficult decisions and all those who nominated horses and humans.

To see a list of all the winners, international and regional, visit

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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