Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted services (EAS) for individuals with special needs. With nearly 4,800 certified instructors and equine specialists and 873 member centers, nearly 8,000 PATH Intl. members around the globe help almost 69,000 children and adults — including more than 6,700 veterans and active-duty military personnel — with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. In addition to therapeutic riding, our centers offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including PT/OT/SLPs using equine movement, mental health incorporating equines in a treatment plan, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, groundwork and stable management. More recently, programs offer equine-assisted leadership, services in human growth and development to serve wide-ranging audiences for such educational purposes as leadership training, team building and other human capacity enhancement skills for the workplace and for daily use.
In 2021, Patty McGill, Program Director at Hinchinbrook Farm, was asked to sit on the regional leadership team for Region One that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont (i.e, New England, Atlantic provinces & Quebec).
Her duties include:
- Serve as member of the RLT.
- Provide regular communication to PATH Intl. members in your area, sharing local information, resources, opportunities and news.
- Promote and share PATH Intl. resources with area members.
- Host or facilitate at least one state or area-wide meeting/education/networking event each calendar year in addition to meetings held at the PATH Intl. Region Conferences.
- Representing your state/area, work with the RLT to determine which networking, educational and outreach opportunities should be part of the Region’s Outreach Plan and Budget.