Professional Enrichment

Training & Education

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  • Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test
  • Mentor Training Workshop
  • Longlining Workshop
  • Lunging Techniques Workshop

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test

This is a three-day workshop offered to equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues.

Workshop – November 18-20, 2016                                                                                                                 Application Deadline: October 14, 2016

 Click here for November Registration Form

The workshop is a requirement of the ESMHL certification.  It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending this workshop but it is not required.

Horsemanship Skills Test – November 21, 2016

The skills test is held on day 4 following the ESMHL workshop.
Prerequisites: 21 or older.
Current PATH Intl. individual member.
Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club C or CHA Level I.  Familiarity with PATH Intl. Standards and PATH Intl. Code of Ethics, and/or PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.


Mentor Training Workshop- May 2017 Dates to be Announced

This interactive training provides PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with an overview of the role of a mentor within the EAAT industry and the necessary skills and tools to apply this knowledge to mentor other instructor candidates.  This workshop includes 12 hours of classroom education and 8 hours of online education, which applies towards annual continuing education hours for compliance as a PATH Intl. Instructor.

Successful completion of this workshop enables the candidate to attend the Evaluator Training Workshop, beginning the process to become and Evaluator.

The registration deadline for May 2017 will be announced.

For more information about attending a Mentor Training Workshop or to discuss other workshop topics please contact Patti Coyle at or (860)434-1974, ext 124.

Mentor Training Workshop Registration Form

Longlining: Best Practices Workshop - Future 2017 Date TBD

Longlining offers your therapeutic program and equine partners many benefits to improve the overall lesson experience.  High Hopes staff and PATH International certified instructors will take you through the what’s, how’s and why’s of longlining with this interactive workshop.

Check back for 2017 dates.

Lunging Techniques Workshop Future Date TBD

Gain hands on experience with a variety of horses and equipment.  Preparing for your Advanced Certification? Interested in lungeing for Interactive Vaulting?  This workshop will set you up for success!

Check back for 2017 dates.

Evaluator Training

This one-day training will explore and define the role of the evaluator, best practices, ethics, bias and communication techniques.  The objective of the training is to enhance and build observation, evaluation and feedback skills through group activities and discussion.  Successful completion of this training enables candidates to begin the apprenticeship process, the final step to becoming and Evaluator.

For more information about attending an Evaluator Training Workshop or to discuss other workshop topics please contact Patti Coyle at or (860)434-1974, ext. 124