The quality of the presentations was tremendous. Heidi attended the pre-conference workshop designed for experienced instructors that dealt with identifying human body types, horse body types and how these impact the comfort and balance of the rider on the horse so that instructors can choose mounts that facilitate the maximum ability of the rider. Other workshops covered goal-driven curriculum development, facilitating mental health issues in therapeutic riding, and managing the older horse in therapeutic riding programs. Mari presented a workshop on long lining (driving from behind) and how to get a horse ready to be part of a hippotherapy program. With the help of Alex, they put on a fun and interactive clinic.
Mari is a state chair for PATH, representing Northern California. As such, she was part of the planning committee for the Region 11 conference. The dedicated group of state chairs and regional reps put on a fabulous conference that was educational and enjoyable.