The American Paint Horse Foundation and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International will continue an innovative partnership designed to help train therapeutic riding instructors. This alliance, which is in its fifth year, provides scholarship assistance to potential instructors of therapeutic riding. Though the application is open to anyone with skills in equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methods and disabilities, preference for scholarships will be given to medical professionals.
Founded in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs, PATH Intl. has more than 4,800 certified instructors and equine specialists and 877 member centers. More than 8,000 PATH Intl. members around the globe help more than 62,000 children and adults—including more than 5,500 veterans and active-duty military personnel—with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. The average cost of registration for a PATH Intl. certification workshop and test, which takes place over three days, is $800. The American Paint Horse Foundation seeks to assist individuals interested in certification through the application and acceptance of one-time $800 scholarships.
The APHF scholarship is open only to first-time applicants, and all applicants must be APHA members and PATH Intl. members in good standing. Additionally, candidates must meet the PATH Intl. criteria to become a Registered Level Instructor in Training and have completed at least 10 hours volunteering at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
Three $800 scholarships were awarded in 2016, and applications are being sought again by the American Paint Horse Foundation, whose primary mission centers on heritage and education. Formed in 2005, the foundation is chartered as a non-profit corporation. Learn more about how the foundation benefits the lives of American Paint Horses and their enthusiasts at apha.com/foundation.
To apply for an American Paint Horse Foundation PATH Intl. scholarship, use our online application form. For more information, contact Laura Jesberg at (817) 222-6412 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit apha.com/foundation. Applications should be postmarked by May 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified in August.
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.
The American Paint Horse Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Paint Horse Association. Its mission statement supports higher of education and heritage.