Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Ensuring Excellence and Changing Lives

aka PATH Intl.   |   Denver, CO   |


The PATH Intl. mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. We do this by offering valued services and programs to our centers, certified professionals and members, advancing the status and professionalism of PATH Intl. and the industry, and ensuring organizational stability, sustainability and effectiveness.

Our vision is to be a global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit.

PATH Intl. Members and Centers are located across the globe.

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Ms. Kathy Alm

Main address

PO Box 33150

Denver, CO 80233 USA

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Formerly known as


North American Riding for the Handicapped Association



NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (E03)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Professional Societies, Associations (W03)

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Our programs

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Center Accreditation

There are more than 800 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Member Centers in the United States and around the world providing equine-assisted services. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic horsemanship, a center may offer any number of equine-assisted services, including PT/OT/Speech incorporating horses, mental health incorporating horses, equine-assisted learning, driving, interactive vaulting, or ground work.

Center Members are organizations operating a program providing equine-assisted services committed to PATH Intl. standards for safe, ethical and professional practices. Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards for administration, facility, and programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

PATH Intl. offers the only accredited certification in the industry - the Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification. PATH Intl. offers two additional levels of riding instructor certification (advanced and master), two levels of driving certification, an interactive vaulting certification, and an equine specialist in mental health and learning certification.

Certification demonstrates a commitment to the highest level of professionalism in equine-assisted services. Instructors applying for certification must complete a written exam and demonstrate both horsemanship ability and the ability to teach a safe lesson in the chosen discipline for individuals with special needs. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning candidates must pass a written exam and the Practical Horsemanship Skills Test.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

PATH Intl. provides education on equine-assisted services to assist centers and credentialed professionals in providing the safest and most effective services for participants. Through in-person conferences, virtual courses and webinars, PATH Intl. provides important and critical education for the equine-assisted services industry.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Safety Award 2005

Certified Horsemanship Association

Equine Industry Vision Award 2013

American Horse Publications

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financial information can be viewed in the association's annual reports.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

According to the PATH Intl. Strategic Plan (refreshed in 2016), the following are the organizations's goals:
1. Credentialing. We are recognized by the EAS (Equine Assisted Services) industry, health and wellness and education communities and the public for our excellent and rigorous credentialing and standards that enhance the professional credibility of individuals and centers.
2. Continuing Education and Knowledge Management. In order to promote professionalism and support sustainability of EAS, PATH Intl. connects members and provides access to resources, information and networks.
3. Quality Assurance. Our quality assurance program enhances instructors' and centers' ability to deliver safe, superior services and programs.
4. Capacity Building. Our financial model enables us to meet our strategic goals.
5. Brand Awareness and Partnerships. PATH Intl. advances awareness of our brand with communication efforts, partnerships, alliances and relationships.
6. Center Sustainability. Every PATH Intl. Member Center has access to the tools, education and resources available to be a sustainable business.

Goal 1: 1) Become an accredited credentialing program that validates the quality of our standards, certifications and accreditation. 2) Evolve to meet the credentialing needs of the industry. 3) Increase the awareness and value of PATH Intl. credentialed programs that result in highly trained PATH Intl. Certified Professionals and Accredited Centers. 4) Increase marketing and communications to targeted audiences related to the credentialing process.

Goal 2: 1) Identify and promote internal and external educational opportunities that support PATH Intl. standards and result in highly trained equine-assisted services (EAS) professionals and excellent service delivery. 2) Create partnerships with higher education and other organizations to cultivate future generations of highly trained EAS professionals.

Goal 3: 1) Develop and implement programs that promote compliance with the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation, membership and quality assurance to enhance industry safety and optimal outcomes. 2) Increase awareness and communicate the value of a quality assurance program so that all consumers and constituents recognize the professionalism and excellence of PATH Intl. standards, certifications and accreditations.

Goal 4: 1) Develop strategies to address financial issues resulting from organizational changes associated with the implementation of accredited credentialing. 2) Develop strategies to address human resource issues due to organizational evolution as a result of accredited credentialing.

Goal 5: 1) Promote the PATH Intl. brand as the premier organization for EAS. 2) Identify and align with key organizations in order to educate them on the importance of PATH Intl. standards and credentialing.

Goal 6: 1) Determine and share proven, effective and sustainable business practices for centers in the EAS industry. 2) Monitor and track overall results to continuously refine best business practices.

PATH Intl. is committed to assessing the needs and overall satisfaction of its members. One of the best ways to reach more than 8,000 members is by survey. As the association continues working toward the goals set by the PATH Intl. Strategic Plan, surveys are also one of the best ways for the members to provide feedback to the association.

Two surveys recently conducted were the Membership Survey, which related to education and member benefits; and the Center Employment Survey, a professionally led survey that provided a general overall picture of employment at PATH Intl. Member Centers, including benefits offered, staffing hours and general compensation.

PATH Intl. formed a Strategic Planning Committee comprised of PATH Intl. Board of Trustees members. A strategic planning consultant was also contracted to provide research and analysis. Further, input was gathered from members and stakeholders who provided invaluable feedback and information that informed the final strategic plan and goals.

International/Regional Conferences and Virtual Conference: The PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting offers academic sessions, hands-on demonstrations in sessions that utilize equines and networking opportunities. PATH Intl. Region Conferences offer a more intimate, local conference experience within each region for members to attend educational seminars, connect with others in their geographical region, receive updates on safety standards and share teaching ideas. The region conferences are also excellent outreach opportunities to gain new members and promote awareness of PATH Intl. The PATH Intl. Virtual Conference, launched in May 2017, provides education opportunities completely online for those unable to attend the annual conference.

Communications: PATH Intl. Strides quarterly magazine, PATH Intl. eNews and other publications provide valuable educational information and updates to the PATH Intl. membership. Additionally, offers an indispensable tool for communication with the PATH Intl. membership and the general public.

Industry and Association Awareness: Through attendance at tradeshows and conventions, the PATH Intl. presence is furthering awareness of equine-assisted services (EAS) in general and most importantly the vital role PATH Intl. plays in credentialing member centers and professionals. PATH Intl. has presented at or had a booth at the American Academy of Family Physicians annual conference, the American Psychological Association convention, the US Pony Club convention, Equine Affaire-Massachusetts, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, and the Council for Exceptional Children convention, resulting in approximately 200,000 individuals having an increased awareness of the industry and association.

Mentor Training: The PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop assists Instructors-In-Training to link with highly qualified PATH Intl. Certified Instructors to fulfill the required 25 mentored hours for the certification process. This is accomplished by training current PATH Intl. Certified Instructors about the needs of mentees and the responsibilities of being a mentor.

Distance Education: Several online courses are currently being offered along with webinars and in-person workshops and many session recordings from PATH Intl. conferences. More online offerings are continuing to be made available through this ever-growing initiative.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edmund Milford

Milford's Business Consulting, LLC, Owner

Term: 2021 - 2023

Susan Becklenburg

The Barn Therapeutic Riding Center

Scott Carver

Tanger Outlets, Sr. Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis

Adam Daurio

Colorado State University Director of Administration and Outreach-Equine Sciences, Temple Grandin Center

KC Henry

Owner Transitions Unlimited

Lili Kellogg

CEO, Equest

Robin Krueger

CFO Northwest Center

Brandan Montminy

Associate Locke Lord, LLP

Jessica Normand

Zoetis, Senior Manager, Equine Marketing Pharmaceuticals

Lynn Petr

Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Exectuive Director and Founder

Ashley Phelps-Dunn

Banfield Pet Hospital, Associate Veterinarian

Aviva Vincent

Fieldstone Farm TRC, Director of Program Quality

Veronica Lac

HERD Institute

Christina Sorenson

Marianne Collins

Collins Edge Consulting

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2023

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  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.