PATH Regional Conference

PATH Regional Conference

March 18-20
Aiken, South Carolina

General Information

Locations
Friday, March 18, and Sunday, March 20, held at Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs:
1123 Edgefield Hwy.
Aiken, SC 29801
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Saturday, March 19, held at Horse Creek Academy:
1200 Toolebeck Rd.
Aiken, SC 29803
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Hotel Accommodations
Use registration code PATH Region 3

Holiday Inn Express
2897 Whiskey Rd.
Aiken, SC 29803
803-508-7700
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Hilton Garden Inn
350 East Gate Dr.
Aiken, SC 29803
803-641-4220
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Carriage House Inn
139 Laurens St.
Aiken, SC 29801
803-644-5888
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Agenda

Friday, March 18, 2022
Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs

Registration and Welcome
10:00 – 1:00

Session A
1:30 – 2:30

Session B
2:45 – 3:45

Session C
4:00 – 5:00

Session A
1:30 – 2:30

Session A1 – Loose Lips – Melissa Abbey

Loose Lips: How to Talk to and About Your Equines in Way that Encourages Participant Connection


Our offhand remarks about horses can deeply wound our participants and interfere with their relationship with their horse. Learn how some simple changes to your organization’s language can make all the difference.

Melissa Abbey is the director of Ride Like a Knight, the Therapeutic Horsemanship program at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg NC.  She serves as Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Horsemanship at the college and as a member of the PATH International Mental Health and Learning Subcommittee.  She has worked at four other PATH Centers in the 13 years she’s been in the EAS industry: As a volunteer, a psychotherapist intern, an Instructor, volunteer coordinator, and leading EAL classes.

Session A2 – It’s Not Just A Float – Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

It’s Not Just a Float! Balance Begins in the Mouth!


Proper horse care includes a yearly dental examination.  D,uring this session, Dr. Cissell will explain the benefits of a thorough dental exam, what to look for in developing a relationship with a practitioner who provides dentistry and answer questions about your horse’s mouth.

Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, graduated from Auburn University and went to complete his internship and surgical residency at Virginia Tech.  After completion, he stayed at Virginia Tech as a clinical instructor of large animal clinical sciences.  His experiences brought him to Arizona, where in addition to his veterinary practice, he served on the board for a therapeutic riding center.  Prior to joining Mid Atlantic Equine Dentistry, Dr. Cissell worked at North Carolina State Veterinary Hospital as a clinical veterinarian in the quine emerged,cy service department.  He now resides in Aiken with his wife and three children.

Session B
2:45 – 3:45

Session B1 – Horse Agility is Cool – Anna Baucum

Horse Agility is Cool


Come and learn about a new and exciting way to present groundwork skills to your clients!  Learn about horse agility (yes, this is a real thing!) and how it can help your clients develop a deeper bond with their horse and gain confidence, problem-solving skills, and creativity all while having fun!

Anna Baucum has a degree in psychology and has been involved with horses for 22 years. She is currently an equine vet tech and participates as an ESMHL in an EAL program with at-risk youth. She is a program supervisor at Brook Hill Farm, a PATH Intl. premier accredited center. 

Session B2 – The Therapeutic Riding Horse from Head to Hoof – Dr. Jen Reda

The Therapeutic Riding Horse – from Head to Hoof


During this session, Dr. Reda will share strategies on evaluating a horse for a career in therapeutic riding and explain components to a Pre-Purchase Exam.  There will be a hands-on experience sharing tips to evaluate a horse before adding them to your program.

Jen Reda was born and raised in Florida and began riding horses at the age of six. She rode both Western and English growing up and competed in local barrel races, in addition to breaking and training young horses. Dr. Reda attended veterinary school at the University of Florida; she then completed her internship at Southern Equine Service. After practicing for a while in Florida, Dr. Reda knew she wanted to rejoin Southern Equine and officially returned as an associate. She loves all aspects of ambulatory medicine including reproduction, lameness, and wellness care. In her spare time, Dr. Reda enjoys traveling and living on Salt Life Farm with her family, horses, and dogs. She is a member of the AAEP and AVMA.

Session C
4:00 – 5:00

Session C1 – Three Simple Steps for Happier Horses, Leaders and Staff – Julie Robins

Three Simple Steps for Happier Horses, Leaders and Staff


Our program horses are key to the success of our work with clients. Helping them be happy and content in their job is critical. How our volunteer leaders handle our horses can be tricky but with 3 Simple Steps, you can empower your staff and volunteers for success.

Julie Robins is the founder of The Horsemanship Academy and her mission is to educate, inspire and empower horse people to connect better with confidence. Julie has been a PATH Advanced Instructor Since 1994 and has a wide variety of program experience.  

Session C2 – Zoetis – Mark Chrisman, DVM

Zoetis: Always by the Side of Horses and their Humans


Dr. Crisman received his DVM in 1984, from the University of Warsaw, Poland. He completed an internship and residency in 1987 at Washington State University in Large Animal internal medicine.  He became a Diplomate (Equine Internal Medicine) in 1990. From 1987 to 2010, he served on the faculty of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where he was a Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.  He has authored over 85 refereed publications and book chapters. He joined Zoetis as Senior Veterinarian in July of 2010 and joined the board of HHRF in 2020.

Facilitated Networking Sessions and Dinner
5:30 – Dinner and Games at Great Oak.

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Horse Creek Academy

Registration
8:00 – 9:00

Session D
9:00 – 10:00

Session E
10:15 – 11:15

Session F
11:30 – 12:30

Lunch
12:45 – 2:15

Session G
2:30 – 3:30

Session H
3:45 – 4:45

Dinner
6:00

Session D
9:00 – 10:00

Session D1 – Challenge Accepted – Sarah Newman

Challenge Accepted


Challenge Accepted is a visual presentation discussing the realities of teaching riding skills to low-functioning participants.

Learning objectives:
Define the characteristics of low-functioning participants.
Understand theories about the efficacy of EAS for low functioning individuals.
Develop strategies to assist low-functioning participants to succeed in EAS.
Instructors will gain an understanding of how to plan lessons that engage low-functioning participants.

Sarah Newman, PATH CTRI at HALTER in Spartanburg, SC. Instructor for 5 years, volunteer for 13 years. Retired pediatrician.

Session D2 – Increase Your Funding Using Data and Research – Nancy Paschall

Increase Your Funding Using Data and Research


Understand the differences between outcomes and outputs, learn what data is important and where to find data and research to support grant proposals.

Nancy Paschall, PATH ESMHL, is the current President of the Horses and Humans Foundation Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships, (HALTER) in Spartanburg SC. She has been involved in research in EAS for 15 years at two  EAS centers.  She is the author of a 2013 study, “Association Between Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Social Communication and Sensory Reactions of Children with Autism” in The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Her current research includes using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) for participants in therapeutic riding, and the impact of psychotherapy incorporating interactions with horses on adolescents with serious mental health conditions.

Session D3 – Evoke the Strategic Essence of Your Brand – Gary Finnan

Evoke the Strategic Essence of Your Brand


Most ideas never see the light of day. Many creative endeavors never get off the drawing board. It is the evolution and refinement of creative ideas or objectives into solid business and brand strategy that involves the culmination of collective thought and capabilities in order to become or to establish how a group or team will function when executing initiatives. The core objective is to define Total Asset Performance.

Gary Finnan is an award-winning inspirational author, designer, entrepreneur, and creative expression mentor. He is a sought-after presenter with a powerful yet down-to-earth, story-driven, and humorous style. He has an ability to not only inform and inspire but leave participants with tangible, actionable ideas, strategies, and practices proven to make a difference in both work and life. Gary’s first book, Hector at Ground Level, and his various online and interactive programs provide a rich platform for teachable moments with different age groups and levels of creative expression. He shares in his own work with the same passion he hopes to reveal when exploring the essence of his clients and associates. He utilizes a depth of experience gained in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States to bring a fresh cross-industry and global perspective. Gary has taught at Sonoma State University Wine Institute and has co-hosted retreats in the US and Europe. Born in Scotland, and raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Gary splits his time between Sonoma County California, and Aiken South Carolina with his wife Eva and two daughters.

Session E
10:15 – 11:15

Session E1 – Eyesight vs. Insight – Kimberly Taylor

Eyesight vs. Insight


This presentation is to educate on blind participants because there is a lack of knowledge on the part of center staff of the impact blindness has on program participants and lessons. The goal is to give center staff the tools to improve their programs for blind participants.

Kimberly Taylor, blind from birth, with 15+ years riding experience at two PATH centers and a BA in Psychology, this participant loves educating others about daily life with blindness. This participant taught independence skills to blind adults for nearly 10 years during her day job and has taught several blindness lectures at the current PATH center, including a PATH State Education Day and a PATH National Conference. Other blindness presentations include guide dogs, adaptive aids for seniors, summer camps, and school presentations.

Session E2 – Grant Writing Tips for Success – Jo Anne Miller

Grant Writing Tips for Success


Funding your center involves revenue streams of many sources – grant writing is one of the easiest ways to fund your center.  Learn the basics of grant writing, where to find grants, and get helpful hints from behind the scenes, to help have your grant accepted. The presenter has worked on both sides of the process, as a grant writer and has worked in the industry, reviewing grants to be funded.  

Jo Anne Miller is the Executive Director of a fully accredited Equine Rescue and PATH Premier Accredited Center.  She is a professor of Equine Science at Randolph College and has helped EAS centers with strategic planning and creating revenue streams.  She successfully funds her organization with many grants and has served on the board of a national grant-making organization in the field.

Session E3 – Photography – Pebbles Turbeville

Photography


A picture is worth a thousand words.

A photo chosen to include in a publication, social media, or on the internet provides a view or insight into the program’s professionalism and effectiveness. A quick search on the internet brings up photos that give the viewer a positive or a negative glimpse of a program. The negative glimpses are a concern for the program and the industry as a whole. A photo that does not meet the standards of the industry sends the wrong message to the general public. Making a poor photo choice can degrade the professionalism and effectiveness in the eyes of the viewer. There are a few key points to consider in order to assure that a photo is truly worth the right thousand words.   

Pebbles Turbeville is currently the Executive Director for the Horses and Humans Research Foundation. She is and has been an adjunct professor as well as a consultant for other higher education institutions in the field of Equine Studies. Pebbles received her doctorate of Education in Sport Management with Sports Leadership Specialization from United States Sports Academy, master’s degree from NC State, and her BA from Columbia College. Previously, she was the Associate Professor and Chair of the Sport Studies Department at St. Andrews University Pebbles has certifications from PATH Intl. as an Advanced Instructor, Mentor Faculty, Associate Faculty for the PATH Intl. Advanced certification and Lead Faculty for Registered On-Site Workshop/Certification and Mentor Training. One of her favorite hobbies is equine photography.

Session F
11:30 – 12:30

Session F1 – Grief Explored – Adrienne Freeland

Grief Explored


Equine Assisted Learning to make sense of grief and how it affects us and our family dynamics. Compensatory techniques for accepting that we all grieve differently. Even the same family members that lost the same person, each family member lost someone different. 

Adrienne Freeland, PATH CTRI, has her Bachelors of Science in Recreational Therapy from West Virginia University.  Adrienne owns and operates Holistic Horsemanship Services, a non-profit business in Northern Virginia that connects horses and humans through Equine Assisted Learning.  She is also the Equine Module Provider for Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, and hosts grief support groups in the barn with the horses in collaboration with Blue Ridge Hospice.

Session F2 – Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends – Samantha Bannock

Don’t Burn the Candle at Both Ends


Feeling overwhelmed? Underappreciated? Feel like you are burning both ends of the candlestick? Join this interactive presentation to get some techniques and strategies to manage burnout for yourself and your equine partners. During this presentation, I will interact with people in the audience to increase engagement allow us to work on the following learning objectives: 

•    Participants will identify three early signs of burnout. 
•    Participants will describe three ways to prevent burnout. 
•    Participants will explain three ways to manage individual, industry, and equine burnout. 

Come enjoy this interactive presentation to decrease burnout for yourself, your center, and your equines. 

Samantha Bannock is a native Californian who graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Equine Science. She has spent 10 years in the equine industry utilizing her expertise in a myriad of specialty areas including reproduction, rehabilitation, equine facility management, as well as equine assisted services.  Samantha has managed a diverse population of employees, as well as served veterans, high-risk youth, and participants with emotional, cognitive, and physical needs throughout her career.

Session F3 – See Yourself as a Brand – Gloria Gonzalez

See Yourself as a Brand, Not Just a Non-Profit


Sometimes when we focus on the non-profit and program sections of our organizations, we forget the marketing side of our business. Branding often becomes something done in haste or a very long time ago and becomes stale, often hindering rather than helping your organization. This presentation aims to help focus on the importance of GOOD branding and tips on how to get the most for less amount of money.

Gloria Gonzalez, PATH, CTRI, studied Graphic Design at SCAD while riding on the Equestrian Team for 4 years.  In addition to being an instructor and Certified Special Olympics Coach, Gloria has over 11 years of experience in marketing and has worked at the two largest advertising agencies in South Carolina, working with clients such as South Carolina Tourism, Verizon, Progressive Insurance, LGE Appliances, Sears Automotive, Denny’s and Milliken/Maxwell.

Lunch
12:45 – 2:15
PATH International Update

Session G
2:30 – 3:30

Session G1 – Equine Services for Veterans – Wendy Schonfeld & Raymond Fernandez

Equine Services for Veterans


RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center in Clover, SC, has been conducting its Equine Services for Heroes program for the past 7 years. This year they have introduced Raymond Fernandez as the Veterans Services Coordinator. Ray is a Vietnam Veteran with a diagnosis of severe PTSD and depression. Together, they will discuss their program: the challenges, the benefits, and the success of the program. They will discuss how to start a program. How to get Veterans to participate and the challenges to expect. They will discuss the many successes for the men and women that they serve in the program. Raymond will discuss the different branches of the military and how together in the Equine Services for Heroes they all come together to heal. 

Wendy Schonfeld, the Executive Director of RideAbility will present with Veterans Services Coordinator Raymond Fernandez

Session G2 – Be Prepared to Stop – Eva Finnan & Gary Finnan

Be Prepared to Stop: Words Whoa Wisdom


As an equestrian, we all know what it feels like to be unsure, personally or professionally. It takes a certain courage to be prepared to stop and re-calibrate our desires and objectives. However, a shared expectation and clear direction make it possible to live fully in your element and creative expression when working and communicating with horses.

Eva Finnan, PATH CTRI, ESMHL, knows how horses can be the catalyst for positive change and personal growth. Powerful equine assisted activities are an effective way to reach people who may be struggling to fully express themselves. 

Gary Finnan is an award-winning inspirational author, designer, entrepreneur, and creative expression mentor. He shares in his own work with the same passion he hopes to reveal when exploring the essence of his clients and associates. Eva and Gary live on Sparkleberry Farm in Aiken, South Carolina, and have two daughters.

Session H
3:45 – 4:45

Session H1 – Lessons in Reading, Riding, and Arithmetic – Jo Anne Miller

Lessons in Reading, Riding, and Arithmetic


Equine Assisted Learning in Academics is a new and emerging field.  Learn how educators working with riding instructors and an ESMHL create lesson plans that can provide visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning opportunities through actual academic lessons done in the arena, helping kids of all ages, improve their grades at school. The participants will learn how to create their own academic lessons in conjunction with an educator, with the goal of learning about how they could implement EAL in their programs, partnering with schools to provide a new revenue stream for their center.  

Jo Anne Miller began her career as a learning disability teacher.  Today she is the Executive Director of a fully accredited Equine Rescue and PATH Premier Accredited Center.  Brook Hill is home to a full-time school for at-risk youth, combining equines and academics.  She is a professor of Equine Science at Randolph College and was a previous co-chair of the Equine Welfare Committee for PATH Intl, and currently serves on committees for HETI, the EQUUS Foundation, HHRF, and the Virginia Horse Council.

Session H2 – Becoming Trauma Informed as a Practitioner and Center – Nancy Paschall

Becoming Trauma Informed as a Practitioner and Center


Trauma Informed Practices cross all aspects of a center and impact participants, providers, families, and volunteers. Understanding trauma and implementing trauma informed practices are essential.

Nancy Paschall, PATH eSMHL and formerly a mental health and addictions therapist is the current President of the Horses and Humans Foundation Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships (HALTER) in Spartanburg, SC. She has provided extensive services to people with physical and emotional trauma, was the rural domestic violence and child abuse analyst for Virginia, and has implemented trauma-informed care best practices at HALTER. She has been involved in research in EAS for 15 years at two  EAS centers and is currently involved in an equine-facilitated psychotherapy study for traumatized adolescents.  Her current research includes using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) for participants in therapeutic riding, and the impact of psychotherapy incorporating interactions with horses on adolescents with serious mental health conditions.

Dinner
6:00 – Farm Supper and Awards at Great Oak.

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs

PATH Intl. State Meetings facilitated by State Chairs
9:00 – 10:00

Session I
10:15 – 11:15

Session J
11:30 – 12:30

Session I
10:15 – 11:15

Session I1 – Strategies for Riders with Autism – Carisa Hooks

Strategies for Riders with Autism


This presentation will provide an overview of the special needs and considerations that need to be taken into consideration when working with riders with Autism. There will be some specific lessons and activities shared that have been implemented. 

Carisa Hooks worked as a special education teacher with self-contained students for 23 years. She currently holds a National Board Certification. She has worked as a PATH therapeutic riding instructor for the past 6 years. She graduated with her MSW in 2020 and currently works as a school social worker at a school for students with severe mental and physical disabilities. She also has an adoptive son with Autism and mental health needs who has taught her more than any of her academic activities combined. 

Session I2 – Dimensions of Diversity – Veronika Williams

Dimensions of Diversity


This presentation is a basic overview of terms frequently used in conversations about diversity. Along with defining terms associated with diversity, the presentation will introduce simple take-home strategies to begin cultivating an inclusive environment at the attendee’s centers.

Veronika Williams is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in training and a member of PATH Intl. Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Lynchburg. While receiving her degree, she was the Secretary of the Black Student Association and founded an organization called Woman to Woman, with the purpose of creating an inclusive and safe space for women of color.

Session J
11:30 – 12:30

Session J1 – Guided Herd Observation – Kim Hallin

Guided Herd Observation


When thinking about what piece of education was most helpful in developing more horse-centered programming, guided herd observation came to the forefront. Instructors, volunteers, and participants become very familiar with the equines they work with in a lesson setting. But what are the individual horse’s personalities, patterns, and preferences when they are allowed to move within a group of friends in relative freedom? Who are they as a herd community and as individuals? How do they express themselves, negotiate space and boundaries?

Kim Hallin is the founder and President of Unbridled, LLC in Charleston, SC, and the author of Horse Wisdom: Life Lessons for Humanity. Kim specializes in demystifying horse behavior, nurturing the horse-human bond, and facilitating transformational cross-species healing and growth. Kim is a passionate voice for positive change in the horse industry.

Session J2 – Research Demystified – Pebbles Turbeville

Research Demystified


Does EAS research have you perplexed, confused, or frustrated  This session will explain what Horses and Humans Research Foundation is and what we do. Research will be explained including research types. How can research help centers and where to locate quality research. We will also discuss current research studies and their impacts. This session will make research fun and informative.
The participants will be able to:
•    Describe research and several types of research methods
•    Describe how to find research
•    Describe how research can assist centers 
•    Discuss current research in the field of EAS

Pebbles Turbeville is currently the executive director for Horses and Humans Research Foundation. She is and has been an adjunct professor as well as a consultant for other higher education institutions in the field of Equine Studies. Pebbles received her doctorate of Education in Sport Management with Sports Leadership Specialization from United States Sports Academy, master’s degree from NC State, and her BA from Columbia College. Previously, she was the Associate Professor and Chair of the Sport Studies Department at St. Andrews University Pebbles has certifications from PATH Intl. as an Advanced Instructor, Mentor Faculty, Associate Faculty for the PATH Intl. Advanced certification and Lead Faculty for Registered On-Site Workshop/Certification and Mentor Training. One of her favorite hobbies is equine photography.