As a PATH Sponsor and President of Cavallo, I was asked to assist with the national award judging for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International again this year to determine the national winner out of the fantastic nominees who have already won their regional award.
My category was The Certified Professional of the Year. There were 8 regional winners in this category, and I was asked to help determine the national winner out of these finalists. There are over 4,800 PATH Intl. Certified instructors. At 877 PATH Intl. centers, these certified instructors are changing lives through the skills they teach the participants. These certified professionals are the heart of PATH Intl., and each year they are recognized and celebrated at the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual meeting. This year the conference will be held in Williamsburg, VA. November.2-5.
Tireless dedication, strength and compassion are but a few traits that comprise the character of these professionals who work to improve issues of brain trauma, sexual abuse, autism, mutism, and from mild to severe mental and emotional damage. With upwards of 60 clients/week, dozens of horses and participants who range from minors to senior, these professionals have a lot on their plates. This equine assisted therapy is a dynamic innovative method of confidence building through rapport, trust and leadership. From children with multiple diagnosis to the Equine Services for Heros, PATH is making a difference and deserves our acknowledged and appreciation.
Thankfully, this was not an exercise in judging one nominee against another and as I read through the essays of merit for each individual separately I was able to feel the character and fortitude of these wonderful human beings dedicating their efforts for the greater good. We at Cavallo sponsor several projects and this is one I personally feel very strongly about.
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