SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2022 LOCATION: Holiday Inn Suites & Conference Center
Session G // 8:30-9:30am G1, USPC Resources for Your Lesson CE How to use the United States Pony Club badge program, games and gymkhana rule books to aid in keeping riders and horses engaged and adapting for a variety of rider needs.
Kimberly McDonell began taking lessons in Scotland around the age 3. She joined Pony Club while living in the UK and competed in show jumping (both indoor and outdoor), dressage, horse trials, working hunters and show ponies. In 1988 her family moved from England to Houston, where she continued as a Pony Club member. Kimberly would age out of Pony Club with an H-A rating (now certification). She has stayed involved with USPC as a chief horse management judge. Outside of Pony Club Kimberly competed through first level dressage and through the preliminary level in USEA horse trials. In 2010 she obtained her registered level certification through NAHRA (now CTRI through PATH Intl.) and eventually obtained the ESMHL. Kimberly currently serves on the LSTEN board as well as the Texas state co-chair. Outside of the horse community she has a BA degree in history from Sam Houston State University and has been teaching 7th grade Texas History this school year. She is also active in her local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter as vice-regent and has an interest in genealogy and traveling via car to explore new places!
G2, Process Paradise – Using Paperless Processes to Drive Continuous Improvement CE If you've wondered what going paperless can do for your organization or if you've succeeded in going paperless and would like to share the uplift and how you overcame barriers, this session is for you.
Kim Vest is an expert in strategic planning and organizational operations. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who began her career as a systems engineer overseeing safety, service quality and performance management for multi-billion-dollar companies. She retired from for-profit work and spent eight years using her skills to boost local nonprofits through work at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and United Way of Greater Houston. Vest joined Inspiration Ranch in 2019 as director of operations and oversees both the equine-assisted therapeutic riding and equine-assisted mental health programs as well as safety, herd, volunteer, property and community outreach management for the 40-acre ranch.
G3, Childhood Learning Differences, Learning Interventions, Sensory Integration and Movement, Part 1 DE Is a child keeping up with peers? Why not? What is happening? What can you do?
Gayle Y. Fisher is an activist mom of a 9th grader with learning differences. She is an educator, author, advocate, ally, and learning differences consultant, and has been living in the spectrum 12+ years. She teaches non-credit workshops as an adjunct at Lonestar College System (LSCM) Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) campuses and out in the community. She is founder at GettingSorted.com, founding co-facilitator of SpecialNeedsSibs.org and OurTrainingCenter.org; and writes at IfWeLearnDifferently.com. She is on the advisory council of the Center for School Behavioral Health Collaborative (CSBH), participates on several teams of Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Community Taskforce (BHSP) and on the boards of NAMI-Greater Houston and Cafe Azul, and contributed to Autism Moms Are Beautiful. She loves to collaborate and always has new projects she is working on, including Aprendemos Diferente, Lights! Camera! Action! Share the Knowledge Brown Bag Lunches, a documentary series (Neurodiversity Stories of Heart, Challenge, Strategy) and First Responders Supports When Dealing with Neurodiversity. She has earned an MEd degree, Ed Tech from Texas A&M, a B.B.A. degree in finance from University of Houston, and an AA degree in pre-engineering from Houston Community College. More can be found at GettingSorted.com.
Session H // 9:45-10:45am H1, My XYZ Won’t Do This, That, Or the Other Thing ... What Should I Do?! Part 1 DE The panel will discuss the causes of some of the most commonly encountered rider, volunteer and horse behaviors that often interfere with the instructor’s implementation of their lesson plan. First, what is the source of conduct? Is it primarily behavioral, sensory processing or lack of training? Next, should the issue be addressed and corrected in the moment, or will it require a methodical approach that may require a longer period? After potential causes have been established, the panel will explore examples of short- and long-term interventions and methods of redirection that may prove successful. Time permitting, attendees will be invited to share other examples of difficult situations and successful methods of modification.
Anthony Busacca is a PATH Intl. Master Level Riding Instructor, CTRI and ESMHL, with over three decades of experience in the EAS profession. He is a PATH Intl. Lead Faculty/Evaluator for riding instructor certification and currently serves as the education coordinator at Inspiration Ranch in Magnolia, Texas.
Keith O'Connor, MA, SPL-CCP, is a speech and language pathologist with over two decades of experience working with children on the autism spectrum in school districts in the greater Houston area. He has volunteered with therapeutic riding programs for over 12 years and is currently working with Inspiration Ranch.
Darlene Cary is a PATH Intl. CTRI, with experience in a variety of equestrian pursuits. She currently serves as the therapeutic riding program manager at Inspiration Ranch, overseeing all aspects of program operation.
H2, Fundraising as a Herd CE We think fundraising is important, especially in these times where the need for our services is much greater than our ability to serve. We propose to create one or more 'consortia' of EAS centers in Region 8 to raise funds for our work as a herd rather than to compete as individual centers for necessary resources. Come brainstorm and organize with us!
Patty D'Andrea is the program director at Healing with Horses Ranch (HHR). Patty is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, CTRI and founder of HHR in 2011 based in the greater Austin area. She has 30 years of experience in therapeutic horsemanship.
Becky Lentz, PhD, is a scholar/educator/policy advocate with more than 20 years of varied experience in the nonprofit sector. She also leads a new volunteer team at HHR called the Connections Crew whose goal is to develop long term relationships with funding partners.
Arianna Roman is the development director at HHR and has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector specializing in building programs and managing funder relationships. With a BA degree in organizational communications, Arianna is an expert at corralling talented herds.
H3, Childhood Learning Differences, Learning Interventions, Sensory Integration and Movement, Part 2 DE See Session G3.
Session I // 11:00-12:00pm I1, My XYZ Won’t Do This, That, Or the Other Thing...What Should I Do?! Part 2 DE See Session H1.
I2, Understanding the Accreditation Pathway for the PATH Intl. CTRI CE Gain more understanding of the process and reasoning for accrediting the CTRI certification. Why CTRI? What does it mean? Sanna Roling is a member of the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council.
I3, Budgeting for Today and Tomorrow CE Learn how your organizational and program budgets can be your best friend in fulfilling your mission and building a stronger future.
Joe Wappelhorst has been a nonprofit leader and administrator for over 25 years. After 18 years of ministry work Joe found himself with a passion to serve people with life challenges through a number of organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation Texas, Literacy Advance and now six years at SIRE. Outside of SIRE, Joe enjoys the simple pleasure of being a grandfather.
Lunch // 12:30-2:00pm PATH Intl. Region 8 Awards and State Meetings
Session J // 2:00-3:00pm J1, Efficient & Effective Lesson Planning CR All With some forethought, planning lessons for an entire semester can be done efficiently as well as effectively. We will go through two exercises that will provide the basis for addressing rider goals, maximizing planning time and having fun to boot! This will be a totally interactive session—come ready to share your ideas and experiences.
Joelle Devlin holds PATH Intl. Master Instructor, CTRI and ESMHL certifications. She is a Lead Evaluator for Advanced and Master Certifications, past chair of the Riding Certification Subcommittee and a PATH Intl. Mentor. She is currently associated with two TR programs in the Houston area, including our host center, Inspiration Ranch. She's written a LOT of lesson plans over the years and is willing to share how to be not only effective but also to be efficient in providing quality service to our riders.
J2, Human Resources Basics for EAS Centers CE This presentation will cover the H.R. management basics including talent management, culture building, compliance and documentation, disciplinary actions.
Lili (Elizabeth) Kellogg is the CEO of Equest in Dallas and has been involved in the EAS industry since 1987. Before taking the helm at Equest she served as the executive director of SIRE in Houston, the director of ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship in McKinney, Texas, and for 20 years, the program director at Equest. Prior to moving to Texas in 1984, she served on the faculty in the equine management department of the University of Minnesota Technical College in Waseca. Lili received her BS degree in animal science from Colorado State University, is a PATH Intl. Master instructor, PATH Intl. CTRI, PATH Intl. Accreditation Site Visitor, a PATH Intl. ESMHL and a PATH Intl. certification faculty/evaluator. Lili has served on numerous industry boards, committees and task forces and was the 2002 recipient of the PATH Intl. James Brady Professional Achievement Award. Lili is currently serving on the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees.
Martha Johnson is the business and human resources manager at Equest in Dallas. Martha came to Equest as the accounting manager in July 2005 and in 2017 transitioned to the business and human resource manager. Martha has worked in accounting since 1987 and has owned and operated her own business. At Pro America where she worked from 1985-1997 Martha was the sales support manager and had a team of 20 direct reports. At Equest, she is responsible for many accounting functions including payroll, audit, employee and facilities insurance, and human resources.
J3, Building a Resilient Human Herd CE Building a resilient human herd invites attendees to learn practices based in mindfulness and backed by neuroscience to help staff and volunteers become grounded and well-resourced to better serve clients and equines alike. Learning objectives include gaining an understanding of: principles of resilience as they apply to individual volunteers, practitioners, and centers; the connection between self-wellness, center-wellness, and professional ethics; and how to audit centers for optimal resourcing. We will explore topics of: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as it relates to PATH Intl. centers, burnout culture vs. wellness culture, the signs and symptoms of burnout, and how to apply organizational health practices to cultivate truly trauma-informed spaces.
Allison Gregurich is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning residing in Austin, TX. Allison offers one-on-one sessions, workshops and consults. She is the founder of Embodied Being and is constantly exploring and refining best practices for accessible somatic practices. She can be reached via email at email@example.com
Session K // 3:15-4:15pm K1, Understanding Behavior: Are You Maximizing Their Intrinsic Motivation? Part 1 DE We will cover children's undesired behaviors, with and without learning differences, re-directs, intrinsic motivation, multiple intelligences, classroom management, natural consequences, sensory integration / somatic learning, executive function, trust and boundaries.
Gayle Y. Fisher, see Session G3.
K2, Research, Riding, Horses, Oh My! CE Research is important to all those who love horses! Why? Because we need to know what works and what does not so that we can provide better services to our riders and horses. Grant writing might seem intimidating at first, but the more you learn and find out about the grant writing process, the more you will find research fascinating. Some questions you might ask: "Why do horses react the way they do?" or “Does human interaction with a horse have a positive or negative effect on the horse?" or How do horses sense our fear?" or "How can we provide a better experience for our riders?" These are a few questions you might want to research by breaking the questions down and searching for the right information. This session will help discover research and how it can benefit your program and the entire horse community.
Dr. Pebbles Turbeville is the executive director for Horses and Humans Research Foundation. She recently completed her doctorate in sports management with an emphasis in leadership. She received her master’s degree from NC State and her BA degree from Columbia College. Previously, she was associate professor and chair of the sport studies department at St. Andrews University where she taught students in the therapeutic horsemanship industry. She has been an adjunct professor and consultant for other higher education institutions in the equine studies industry. Pebbles served on the PATH Intl. (then NARHA) Board of Trustees and on several committees for PATH Intl. She has certifications from PATH Intl. as an Advanced Instructor, a Mentor Faculty, as 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.
K3, Roaming Tracks to Improve Horse Health and Decrease Cost CE Implementing a roaming track in all size horse operations. Participants will be introduced to a track system that involves 72 horses.
Bob Byrns in his role as PMC manager, developed the track system used by Parsons Mounted Cavalry at Texas A&M. The system has been featured in national publications and has allowed the unit to dramatically improve herd health and reduce costs. The horses in PMC are used both as cavalry mounts and in the therapeutic and veterans riding programs at TAMU. Bob has used groundwork methods to improve horses with hundreds of A&M Cadet students as well as PATH Intl. and CHA professionals at both ROCK in Georgetown and Courtney Cares at A&M. Bob is a PATH Intl. Instructor and CHA Certifier. His experience encompasses English, Western, Military riding and team driving. His programs while manager at Parsons Mounted Cavalry have been featured in both state and national publications. Bob is also a trained English and Western saddler with 20+ years’ experience in all types of saddlery fitting and repair. He owned and operated Saddle Up saddle shop associated with Charlottes Saddlery in Houston for 11 years.
Session L // 4:30-5:30pm L1, Understanding Behavior: Are You Maximizing Their Intrinsic Motivation? Part 2 DE See Session K1.
L2, Creating a Culture of Safety by Making Safety Safe CE Every organization claims to have built a culture of safety, but often, employees would disagree. When safety is a top value, we tend to use fear as a motivator: “Don’t do that or you’ll get in trouble,” “Hang on, the safety manager is nearby; we don’t want him to see this” I have heard these lines countless times. Yet I’ve never once heard, “Oh I can’t wait until our next safety meeting.” Let’s be honest, safety culture tends to have a negative stigma behind it. How can we fix this? First make safety safe, then begin to build your culture of safety. How do we do this? We use mistakes to make us better in the future; we use tools such as “The 5 Why’s”; we emphasize the reasons behind safety; we make everyone responsible for safety (and do so without everyone groaning); we make it fun; we encourage the safe behavior; and most importantly, we make sure everyone knows why we work so hard to be safe. Cole Moxley is the property and compliance manager for Inspiration Ranch and has been on staff for five years. He developed our current safety manual and has worked with the safety committee to build true culture of safety.
L3, A Case Study of the Utilization of the SPM to Demonstrate the Benefits of Occupational Therapy Incorporating Equines in the Improvement of Sensory Processing in the Home CE This abstract is designed to demonstrate how occupational therapy incorporating equines utilized as a therapeutic intervention can improve sensory processing issues that children face in the home. Occupational therapy incorporating equines is defined as an alternative multimodal intervention that involves partnering with a horse to enhance core impairments. Sensory processing refers to the mechanisms of how we feel. It is how we use what we sense to make sense of the world around us and basically how we function daily in our world. Sensory processing issues often lead to difficulties with performing basic activities of daily living and often lead to behavioral problems as children have difficulty making sense of sensory input in their home environment. The Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) is a standardized assessment that assesses a child’s sensory processing problems in the home as well as demonstrates improvement in sensory processing in the home with therapeutic and multimodal interventions. At the end of the presentation, attendees will gain a broader knowledge of the benefits of occupational therapy incorporating equines for improving sensory processing in the home.
Tunesha Banks, OTR, OTD, MBA, is a native Mississippian and has been a resident of Texas since 2010. She has a BS degree from Tuskegee University in occupational therapy (OT) and a doctorate degree in OT from Creighton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Woman’s University. Tunesha has 21 years’ experience as an occupational therapist working in a variety of settings, including geriatric patients, skilled nursing facility, acute care for adults, pediatric home health, school and outpatient clinics. Within the pediatric setting (children 0-21 years of age), Tunesha has worked with children of all abilities including but not limited to children with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and children on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Her specialized training in sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatment has afforded Tunesha the opportunity to provide OT that focuses on the child’s abilities and assists them in achieving skills for the job of living. Tunesha is AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics. She has had the privilege of being a mentor for therapists in the area of sensory integration, on-boarded new employees and is responsible for the evaluation and treatment of children birth to 21 with an array of diagnoses and impairments. Tunesha is also an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University.
Dinner on your own // 5:30-7:30pm
Keynote Speaker - Temple Grandin // 7:30-9:00pm Off Location