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SAU representatives attend regional conference

SAU Representatives at PATH Region 3 Conference

Twelve St. Andrews University representatives recently attended the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Region 3 Conference in Bluffton, S.C.

“Three students and I headed down early for the pre-conference to attend a First Aid/CPR training,” said Liz Dulski, assistant director of Therapeutic Horsemanship at St. Andrews and Ride-Like-A-Knight Program Director. “In order to keep your instructor status, you need to maintain up-to-date CPR certification.”

Director of Therapeutic Horsemanship Pebbles Turbeville transported an additional seven students to attend the conference. Students attending were Rachel McGarvey, Hillary Woronik, Beccah Yuswak, Heather Moch, Claire Pollard, Sarah Lishen, Brooke Ellington, Willow Goodman, Meghan Nedow and Megan White. An additional nine St. Andrews alumni were at the conference as well.

After attending state meetings and a welcome session Friday evening, the attendees spent Saturday in a variety of educational sessions.

“As a freshman, I wasn’t sure what to expect going to the Region 3 Conference, but it really showed me how that TH community can pull together and be a large family and inspire new recruits like myself,” said Moch.

White agreed. “It was a very educational experience where I got to meet many new acquaintances, learn new things about PATH organization, and learn how to apply that knowledge to my future career.”

Sessions on the program included topics like autism in a TH setting, connecting with the community, working with Special Olympics through the public schools, and the TH volunteer cycle.

Information gained during a session on competitions for TH riders will be utilized by the St. Andrews representatives during the upcoming Ride-Like-A-Knight Annual Show on April 20.

“I had a few ah-ha moments during this conference,” said Nedow. “A lot of pieces of the puzzle came together. I learned some good information and met some very nice people.”

Yuswak said, “The sessions inspired me with ways to improve who I am as an instructor, as well as give me ideas for my program in the future.”

The weekend ended with the Region 3 meeting on Sunday and a final opportunity for the St. Andrews representatives to make connections with industry representatives.

“I had the opportunity to network with others in the region and create paths for future employment,” said Lishen.

Pollard shared, “I was able to expand my knowledge on topics that will benefit me both now and in years to come.”

About PATH, Intl.
PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH, Intl. has nearly 800 member centers and over 6,300 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 42,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activity and therapy programs.

SAU group at PATH Region 3 Conference

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. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. 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 info@sapc.edu.


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