FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Registration & Welcome
Session A 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. A1, Risk Assessment in Therapeutic Riding Programs, Part 1 CE As an Animal Science Expert, Dr. Potter provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving areas of equine science, appraisals, behavior and training, nutrition, facility design and construction, fencing, and safety issues. Objectives for this presentation are to identify potential hazards in the therapeutic riding environment, and to discuss procedures to minimize risks associated with therapeutic riding.
J. Tim Potter, Ph.D., PAS, was born and raised on a crops and livestock farm in northeast Arkansas. He completed the B.S. (Animal Science), M.S. (Physiology of Reproduction) and Ph.D. (Physiology of Reproduction) degrees at Texas A&M University in 1983, 1986, and 1990, respectively. Dr. Potter is actively involved in the animal industry and has relevant experience in both the academic and corporate arenas. He participated in numerous state, regional and national committees and boards of directors (including NARHA), and has served as a leader of several non-profit organizations and for-profit entities. Dr. Potter is employed as an Animal Scientist with Robson Forensic, Inc. He provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving areas of animal science, including but not limited to: nutrition, reproduction, behavior and training, safety issues, abuse & neglect, facility design, construction, and facility maintenance.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. A2, Sensory Integration DE Take a journey into your student's senses and how you can help them meet their sensory needs to have a safe and rewarding riding lesson. Know when your student is seeking a certain sensory and when it is too much.
Samantha Weilandearned her B.A. in Therapeutic Horsemanship at St. Andrews University in 2004 and her M.A.T. in Special Education in 2010 at Mary Baldwin College. Samantha is an Advanced PATH Intl. Instructor. She has taught therapeutic horseback riding for 15 years and has been teaching in the classroom for 9 years. Samantha currently provides services to students with Autism across the state of Alaska and teaches therapeutic horseback riding in the summers. When she is not in the riding arena or classroom, Samantha is hiking with her Corgi, Cassie.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. A3, Equine-Assisted Leadership Development™ (EALD™) CE In this session we will share the Equine-Assisted Leadership Development™ (EALD™) methodology proven in multiple PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers to develop leadership skills for local organizations (corporate/professional), colleges/universities, veterans, and at-risk youth. The methodology involves certifying your Instructors to offer & teach the EALD courses to local organizations, which then generates revenue to fund your Center's sustainability. The methodology focuses on advancing an individual or team’s leadership skills using Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) – assisting organizations and society to develop better and more inspiring leaders while creating a unique and innovative additional revenue stream for your facility. Join us to learn about the methodology, licensing, certification, and results Centers have experienced in generating revenue to support their employees, horses, programming, and infrastructure.
Jeff Arnoldis the founder of Leadership Adventures, Inc. which focuses on developing inspiring leaders around globe. He has spent a 24-year career working in corporate consulting with clients all over the world developing leaders. He has worked with more than 100 CEOs and client organizations world-wide, including Colleges & Universities, Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. He is a student of leadership and believes that each of us is on a journey to become a better leader, and that becoming a better leader is an adventure requiring both new skills and practice opportunity. In 2008, he was honored with the esteemed Inspiring Leadership award by the world's largest consulting firm as measured by revenue, a Fortune Global 500 company. He was recently featured in JH Style magazine discussing the benefits of experiential, accelerated, equine-based leadership development. Carol Petitto, Ph.D.is founder and Executive Director of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Center in Fairmont, WV. She is a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist, served on the PATH Intl. Higher Education Task Force, and was also on the PATH Intl. Membership Oversight Committee for two terms. She has been an adjunct professor in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University for the last ten years. She developed and currently teaches the PATH Intl.-based equine-assisted activities and therapies minor within West Virginia University’s equine program and is currently certified in the EALD™ program.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 Session B 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.B1, Risk Assessment in Therapeutic Riding Programs, Part 2 CE Continuation of A1.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. B2, Equine Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic CE, CR ESMHL This lecture will be a basic introduction to equine veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic as it relates to maintaining the health of horses used in therapeutic riding programs. It will allow the attendees to understand the basics of what the modalities are, when the modalities may be utilized in the treatment of program horses, and who should best be providing these modalities.
Ed Boldt, DVM, graduated in 1984 from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his certification in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1993 and his certification in veterinary chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1996. Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. Boldt had an ambulatory equine practice in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. Currently he has a private equine practice limited to complementary medicine based in Colorado, but including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Dr. Boldt is the Past Executive Director for the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, as well as a past lecturer and teaching associate for the IVAS Basic Acupuncture Course. He has lectured for the AVMA, AAEP, Nebraska VMA and AAVA.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. B3, PATH Intl. Standards and How They Apply to Instructors CE All PATH International Standards apply to PATH International Credentialed professionals. This is a summary and discussion of how they apply directly to instructors. Objective is to familiarize and remind PATH Intl. Credentialed Instructors that the PATH International Standards are a tool they should be using every day.
Joan Cutlerhas been a part of the EAAT industry as a volunteer and instructor for more than 25 years. She is a PATH International Site Visitor. Joan is currently the Operations Coordinator at Equest in Dallas, TX.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019 Session C
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. C1, Supplements: Science Behind Label Claims CE, CR ESMHL With emphasis on reducing the use of pharmaceutical agents “drugs” in horses, horse owners are turning to natural products “supplements” to ease pain, improve disease conditions, and maintain health. Many commercial supplements are available to horse owners and have label claims including among other things, relieving pain due to lameness and maintaining stomach health. Many supplements have no scientific evidence on their efficacy and frequently data is extrapolated from people and/or lab animals. The purpose of this lecture is to present scientific data on the efficacy of several commercial supplements available on the market for horses so that good decisions can be made when horses are fed these supplements. Data will be presented on several supplements as indicated below: •Curcumin extract: helps relieve pain due to lameness due to arthritis •Sea buckthorn berries & pulp: help mitigate glandular gastric ulcers •Pectin & lecithin: improves gastric ulcers •Hydrolyzed collagen: in the long term (56 days), improves gastric ulcers •A mixture of Sea buckthorn berry, Pectin, Lecithin and hydrolyzed collagen, aloe vera, glutamine: improves gastric ulcers and maintains stomach health •Zinc-Methionine (complex minerals): essential for maintaining a normal intestinal barrier and has some wound-healing effects in the stomach ulcers
Frank M. Andrews, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LAIM, Louisiana Equine Committee Professor and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. Dr. Andrews is LVMA Equine Committee Professor and Section Chief of Large Animal Medicine. His research focus is on treatment and prevention of gastric ulcer disease in horses.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. C2, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders DE With the Centers for Disease Control and Presentation estimating that 1 in 58 children are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, an in-depth understanding of autism is important to best understand a growing number of people in our communities. Recent changes in diagnostic criteria along with ongoing research related to treatment and cause afford the need for frequent updates on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The following learning goals will be addressed during the presentation: 1.Identify the most recent diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2.Site current research related to causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3.Identity at least 3 different methods commonly used as functional communication for people on the autism spectrum. 4. Identify 3 strategies for meeting and building a relationship with a new person, including a person on the autism spectrum.
Dr. Jane Morton, Ph.D, BCBA-D joined the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation in January of 2012. Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation became the Emerge Center in April 2014. She is a licensed psychologist and a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Ph. D. from the University of Georgia. From 2009-2011, Jane was the lead psychologist for the Local Autism Team with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Dr. Morton completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Jane lives in Baton Rouge and is married with 2 children, Lila and Will.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. C3, Leadership by Example CE Follow along in my journey of service to our country and community first as a Soldier then as a Firefighter/EMT and severe struggles as a result. You will live in the shoes of the homeless as well as experience a remarkable journey of recovery and hope!
Brian Paulis a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and served in the Army’s 45th Infantry Division. He also served as a volunteer Firefighter as well as career Firefighter/EMT. A graduate of English Mountain Recovery Addiction and PTS Survivor Founder/President of Veterans 4 Life USA (National Nonprofit), he is also as semi-professional football player, an actor, and a professional.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.LUNCH BREAK and PATH Intl. Update with Marsha Anderson
Session D 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.D1, Trailer Accidents and Horses CE Accidents involving equine transportation happen every so often. We will go through step by step triage and extraction of the horse.
Dr. Mustajab H. Mirza, D.V.M,MS, Dipl.ACVS-LA, is a dual national of Pakistan and the United States of America. He is a large animal surgeon. Currently he is working at LSU as a large animal emergency clinician for after-hours emergencies. He is board certified in Large animal surgery. His interests include Surgery of both soft tissue and orthopedics. Long bone fractures, laminitis, discovery of new surgical procedures and therapeutics through research hold him keen at interest. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.D2, Communication: What’s All the Talk About? DE Learn how to differentiate between left brain and right brain communication disorders, identify ways to modify and enhance the riding experience for a child or adult with a communication disorder, and implement caregiver training of techniques and strategies for carryover in the home environment.
Jane M. Ladmirault, is a full time Speech Language Pathologist at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. She has been with "the General" for 30 years functioning in many roles from staff therapist, education coordinator, to her current role of Rehab Services Supervisor. In this role, she coordinates the speech department as well as the outpatient pediatric rehab clinic (PT, OT, and ST). Jane is a member of the Stroke Care Committee and has presented at numerous stroke boot camps sponsored by the hospital. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults with dysphagia. She has hosted and presented a LSHA pre-conference course and presented to the LOTA. Jane enjoys educating therapists, patients, family members and the community making the complicated subject of communication easily understandable.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.D3, Planning for Successful Outcomes, Part 1 CR ALL Interested in being more effective in planning for success with students? Learn how to elicit responses from non-verbal students to test their fund of knowledge on a skill and how to challenge students with higher order thinking questions. In this session, participants will learn different ways to use a variety of activities to incorporate life skills in the arena setting and be reminded of WHY it is critical to allow students to have enough time to process requests and then be able to formulate their responses.
Rebecca Mercerhas a Master’s Degree in educational assessment from TCU. She has been teaching since she was 20 years old in public schools, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and at her own riding center until June 2018. She is a PATH Intl. certified professional. She and Dr. Lloyd Mercer have been married for 47 years and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Session E 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.E1, Feeding Your Most Valuable Asset CE, CR ESMHL The horse is the most valuable asset in equine-assisted activities and therapies that should be well maintained to prevent down time or a poor return on investment. This starts with what you feed them. Feed them wrong and you will have poor behavior, poor work ethic, illness, added maintenance expense, downtime from soundness issues and an early loss of invested money and time. Feed them right and you will have willing partners, minimal maintenance costs, minimal illness, longevity of the horse and maximum return on your investment of money and time acquiring and training this most important asset in your equine-assisted activities and therapies program. Geoff Tucker, DVM, started with horses professionally in 1973 and graduated from Cornell's veterinary school in 1984. His practice now is limited to horsemanship-based dentistry based in Florida and covering over 10 states. He is an author, social media specialist and avid teacher through 5 different websites he curates. His current passions are teaching horsemanship, horse dentistry and horse nutrition.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.E2, EAAT and IEPs - Opening the Gate to Collaboration CE Collaborating with local schools and special educators can benefit EAAT participants. We will review various trends, goals, best practices, strategies, policies, and terminology to help facilitate this connection for the benefit of EAAT participants. Andrea L. Sukjoined the Zarrow Center in 2016 as a Doctoral Sooner Scholar. Andrea obtained her bachelor’s degree as a Learning Behavior Specialist from Bradley University. She has taught in both Illinois and Arizona as a high school special education teacher where she also quickly developed the role of preparing students for careers after graduation. Upon completing her Master’s degree in transition through the University of Kansas, she became a transition specialist in Texas. During this time, Andrea completed over 150 transition plans for students in both high school and middle school settings. Andrea has received distinct recognition for her leadership as the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering mentor group for high school students) mentor of the year in Phoenix, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year (Glendale, Arizona), and is a Target Grant Field Trip recipient.
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.E3, Planning for Successful Outcomes, Part 2 CR ALL Continuation of D3.
Session F 5 – 6 p.m.F1, Saddle Fit and the Changing Horse CE The importance of saddle fit, and how the growth and change of both young and mature horses can influence saddle fit. Kristen Vlietstrahas over 15 years of experience in Saddle Fitting and Repair. Saddle fitting can be an intimidating and complicated process that often leaves the customer confused and not sure if they have received the best information or achieved the best results. Kristen’s mission is to make this process as simple and straightforward as possible. It is truly amazing the way that a properly fitted saddle can change your relationship with your horse and she would love to show you how we can do that together!
5 – 6 p.m.F2, From the Ground Up: How the ATHENA Horsemanship Program Supports Veterans and Builds Better Equine Partners DE, CR ESMHL This presentation describes the ATHENA horsemanship program’s 8 week pilot with the Rock On Veterans at ROCK. Through eight weekly 1.5 hour sessions, the ATHENA horsemanship program covers a basic history of classical dressage, and explores texts from the masters to inspire connection with our equine partners and ourselves. Exercises from la Guérinière, Baucher, and Luis Valença are practiced to strengthen and supple horses on the ground so they can partner better with riders throughout the week. The ATHENA horsemanship program is created and provided for use in this pilot by New Trails Learning Systems. You will learn: *What is work in hand, why was it created, and how does it help our equine partners? *What benefits did our equine partners experience during the 8 week program? *What benefits did the veteran participants experience during the 8 week program? * How can your center start an in hand program? Betsy Kahl, PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor since 2006, has taught lessons in New Hampshire, Ohio, and Texas. Currently, Betsy works as an instructor at ROCK in Georgetown, TX, and as Horse and Program Coordinator at New Trails Learning Systems in Elgin, TX. Betsy completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and earned her Master of Social Work at Cleveland State University. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Betsy has studied and practiced Animal Assisted Therapy, and has been able to partner with horses, dogs, turtles, snakes, and skunks to connect with others and facilitate change.
5 – 6 p.m. F3, Competition Potential: Creating Opportunities for Equestrians with Disabilities and Veterans CE Come and learn from the professional organizations that have made competition possible through the development of the EWD (Equestrians with Disabilities) classes. Representatives from Special Olympics, Para Equestrians, and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) will share in the discussion of the life changing opportunities that are available in the show ring. Hear from Amy Causey, a PATH Intl. Master Instructor and professional show judge, on how to prepare your horses and riders for the show arena. Gain inside information from a judge’s perspective as you gain important information on how to make competition opportunities available in your area. Panel Discussion with representatives from NSBA, Para-Equestrians and Special Olympics, moderated by Host, Jen Donahue. Amy Causeyis a PATH Intl. Master Instructor and Director of Program Quality at Equest in Dallas with AQHA competition experience and will be discussing how to prepare your horse for competition from the perspective of a Show Judge, including grooming, tacking, and rider attire. Stephanie Lynn is representing the National Snaffle Bit Association and the Equestrians with Disabilities (EWD) classes and will be discussing EWD opportunities in Region 8. Shelby Nicolettiis a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor at the North Texas Equestrian Center with experience in Dressage competition and will be discussing how to get involved with Para Equestrian Events and Competition in your local horse show community. Karen Abbottis a PATH Intl. Instructor and site visitor, and is a teacher in Hockley. She is conducting research on how you can boost participation in Special Olympics in your local area and will be discussing how to start a Special Olympics equestrian competition program in your local community. Jen Donahue (panel moderator) works for Equest as their Specialty Programs and Community Outreach Coordinator. She has also served Equest as Head Instructor and Education Coordinator supervising, lecturing, and mentoring in the bi-annual PATH Intl. approved training courses. She is a Lead faculty member for PATH Intl Registered OSWC, and Associate Faculty member for Therapeutic Driving workshops and certifications. She currently serves on the PATH Intl. Accreditation Sub Committee and PATH Intl. Driving Sub-Committee. She is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, PATH Intl. Level III Driving Instructor, PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, PATH Intl. Lead Site visitor. Jen is also a PATH Intl. Registered Mentor and is currently serving as the PATH Intl Region 8 Representative. She has presented at the PATH Intl. conferences, Region 8/LSTEN conferences, and PATH Intl Region 3 conference. Jen is known for her compassion and unique blend of deep professional expertise in therapeutic riding, education, and mental health. Jen obtained her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and earned her Master of Science Teaching in Education as well as advanced graduate work from Loyola University, New Orleans.
6 - 7:30 p.m. - Dinner and Presentations Region Update Meeting - Jen Donahue Field Test Standards Region Awards