Savannah Station Charity Golf Tournament – Guthrie, OK

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Register for the first . Benefiting the Therapeutic Riding Program that benefits children and adults from Piedmont, Edmond, OKC, Bethany, Tuttle, Mustang, Union City, El Reno, Okarche, and Yukon. Please call Velinda at 405-651-2324 or email



Region 8 Conference Registration is now open!

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Print  Region Logo green
You’re Invited!
PATH Intl. Region 8 Conference
Hosted by: R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids TAMUS Courtney Grimshaw Fowler
Sponsored by: LSTEN
College Station, TX
July 31 – August 2, 2015

The PATH Intl. Region 8 Conference is July 31 – August 2, 2015, in College Station, TX. This promises to be a wonderful conference so we hope you will join us!

Online registration will be available through July 15, 2015. After July 15, 2015, registration will need to be completed onsite.

Click here to register online. Then click the “register for this event” button at the bottom of the agenda screen.

As you pick your sessions, please note that the session listing may be over multiple pages. You will need to click on each page number of the session listings and select your sessions prior to clicking “next” at the bottom of the online registration. The page numbers can be found just under the search box, on the session listings screen during online registration. Once you have selected all of your sessions, you can then click “next” and proceed with checking out.

If you have questions, email Amanda Walters:

Conference Location:

Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex, 3240 F&B Road.College Station, TX 77843

(979) 458-9166

Lodging Options:(rates are subject to change)
Executive Inn and Suites
901 East University Dr.
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 260-9150
Rate: Book by June 30 and refer to PATH Intl. to secure a rate of $72.99/night plus tax.

Four Points by Sheraton College Station
1503 South Texas Ave.
College Station, TX 77840
(979) 693-1736
Rate: Book by July 10 and refer to PATH Intl. to secure a rate of $113/night plus tax.

Silent Auction
If you have items to donate for the region 8 conference silent auction, please bring them with you to the conference. Any revenue generated helps offset region conference expenses, which helps to keep registration fees down. If you have questions contact Amanda Walters, ext. 105.

Region 8 Helps Centers With Disaster Relief

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Texas and Region 8 Members:
Help With Disaster Relief

Please contact me to assist in directing aid should the flooding and weather take a toll on your operations. We are sending prayers for recovery and quick response!

Jen Donahue, PATH Intl. Texas State Chair
Cell/mobile: (504) 812-2172

From Malinda Smith, Region 8 Representative
For centers outside Texas, contact your respective State Chairs concerning  issues like this so we can be the eyes and ears close to home for the PATH Intl. office.

Arkansas — Kimberly Haley
Louisiana — Larry McCaleb
Oklahoma — Cathryn Christensen
Texas — Jen Donahue

Remember that the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund can help if your center is in need due to catastrophic disasters not normally covered by operating insurance. This includes flooding. Click here for information and to download the Disaster Relief Fund application.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
PO Box 33150
Denver, Colorado 80233
(800) 369-7433

Equine Summer Free Clinic

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 am at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, OK. Hosted by Horse Feather Equine Center.
Topic:  Summer Issues–Bites–bugs or snakes, etc, stings, itches- signs, symptoms, treatments along with Supplements and over the counter meds, etc.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 am at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, OK.  Hosted by Horse Feathers Equine Center
Topic:  Chiropractic and Saddle Fitting Clinic.

For more information contact:  405-260-7281

Horse Feathers Equine Center Facebook Page

See Facebook page for updated clinic information.
See Facebook page for updated clinic information.

Horse Feathers Facebook Page

Onsite Workshop and Certification – Stillwater, OK July 24-26, 2015

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On Site Workshop and Certification

Stillwater, OK


Friday, and Saturday, July 24-25, 2015


Worshop Brochure

Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, 2015


Turning Point Ranch Foundation
3108 N. Madison Ct.
Stillwater, OK 74075

Natalea Watkins

Phone: (405) 747 0925

2015 Oklahoma State Meeting – 5/17/2015

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What a wonderful time we had at the Oklahoma State Meeting held on May 17, 2015 at Coffee Creek Riding Center, Edmond, OK!  Thank you to Joy and her people for making us feel so welcome.  We enjoyed a presentation by LSTEN/Region 8 representative, Jen Donahue from Equest in TX who shared with us the changes and new things coming down from the International offices.We were excited to hear about the improvements being made to the quality of standards and training being done for our industry.

We spent a good majority of the time hearing about how each of us began our Therapeutic Riding journey and what is happening at each of our centers.

Then the women of Coffee Creek gave us a tour of their facility and shared how it has grown and evolved over the 38 years it has been in existence.  Then we went into their arena and they shared with us their wonderful games and tools they used for lessons.

I am so excited to see the growing and improving community of Therapeutic Riding that is happening in Oklahoma and can’t wait for us to get together again.

Here are a few notes of what came out of that meeting:

Judy Smith (Right PathTRC, Drumright, OK) spoke to us about the Vista/ AmeriCorps grant program that can pay full or part time salaries at a non-profit.  Deadline for 15/16 is June 3rd Details at…  You can contact her for more information.

Mindy Hole of spoke on her saddle company that is working on making adaptive tack for therapeutic riding.

Judy Smith also spoke on Right Path’s Hooves on the Ground program a partnership with a Tulsa area Vietnam Veterans’ group  and some of the new things happening there.

Oklahoma Caravan – those who want to go to the Region 8 meeting, August 1,2 & 3 in College Station, TX  can contact us and we can carpool/caravan to the meeting together to save money and make it a more enjoyable trip.  Also, if anyone needs a room mate, email one of us and we can send out a notice to help find a roommate:

Natalea Watkins –

Cathryn Christensen –

Joy Milligan from Coffee Creek did a great presentation on some of the toys they use to work with younger children.  Most of their wonderful collection comes from:

We talked a bit about the Literacy Programs happening at some of our centers and here are some resources if you are interested:
Literacy Books:

There is a Coaches training session for Equestrian class of Special Olympics coming up on June 9 in Stillwater.  Here are a few other Professional Equine Associations with special classes:

National Snaffle Bit Association:

Pinto Horse Association: Challenged Rider Lead Line

Special Olympics Equestrian coaches training is at 6pm June 9 in Stillwater.  Go to for details.  If you are coming to Stillwater for the meeting, call Natalea and we’ll meet for a light dinner before.

Our 2016 Oklahoma State Meeting will be May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will announce more as we get closer.

Cathryn L Christensen
Oklahoma Representative
Region Eight
PATH International

2015 Oklahoma State Meeting
2015 Oklahoma State Meeting
Sharing a bit about ourselves, how we got into TR and what is happening at our centers
Networking and sharing, what a wonderful sight.
Taking a break.
Food and Friends, what can be better?
Thank you to Velinda Baker for being my wonderful “camera-woman” as Jen Donahue shared updates about PATH Intl.
Joy and her crew sharing about the learning tools they use during lessons.
We are all enthralled by the wealth of knowledge being shared.
Thank you to Coffee Creek.