SAU representatives attend PATH International Conference
Laurinburg, N.C. – Six members of the St. Andrews University Therapeutic Horsemanship program attended the 2011 Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) National Conference held in Lexington, KY, Nov. 9 – 13.
Professor Pebbles Turbeville, staff member Elizabeth Dulski and students Olivia Taylor, Rachel McGarvey, Sarah Lishen and Hillary Woronik made the trip thanks in part to the support of The Elizabeth Fund at St. Andrews.
“When Joe Junod and Marilyn Greene were setting up this fund to benefit the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program at St. Andrews, providing scholarship monies to allow our students to attend the PATH Intl. national Conference was at the top of my list,” said Turbeville. “There are so many educational sessions with national leaders in the field at this event that the students who attended gained great information to bring back to our program and utilize in their own professional futures.”
The experience was significant for each of the students.
“We collected new ideas to better serve our riders in the Ride-Like-A-Knight program through seminars on music, unmounted lessons and competitive opportunities,” said McGarvey.
The group also expanded their level of knowledge on the PATH Intl. community by attending a region caucus.
“We ended up meeting integral members of the Therapeutic Horsemanship profession, giving feed back in the formation of new standards, and taking part in the Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy seminars,” McGarvey shared.
The SAU representatives also had the opportunity to cheer on Ride-Like-A-Knight rider Milee Huffman, who was named the 2011 PATH Intl. Child Equestrian of the Year.
Huffman was able to attend the conference with her family thanks to the assistance of Purina. She received her award during the annual banquet dinner and got to take a tour of the Kentucky Horse Park.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.