Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program

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Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program is a Premier Accredited Center of PATH Intl. Our mission is to provide professional and compassionate equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals with special needs, military veterans and active duty personnel.

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor On-Site Workshop & Certification

Workshop March 18-20, 2020

Certification March 20-21, 2020

The purpose of this event is to ensure that all candidates interested in becoming PATH Intl. Certified Instructors have the necessary experience and skills to meet PATH Intl.’s rigorous standards for teaching equine-assisted activities and therapies. Please refer to the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Application booklet for a listing of all criteria for certified instructors and read the PATH Intl. Registered Certification Policies and Procedures booklet, both on www.pathintl.org.

Throughout the workshop, you will be provided with invaluable instruction, insight and teaching strategies from experienced professionals. The workshop will also incorporate hands-on activities, including role-playing and live skill demonstrations. The workshop portion, which is required for certification, serves as an educational review of the criteria but cannot and does not provide the sole education necessary to pass the certification. Auditors have the opportunity to learn about therapeutic riding, various disabilities, teaching techniques, and the equine assisted activities and therapies industry.

The certification evaluation is where you will be tested on your teaching and riding abilities. Candidates will ride a pattern on assigned horses that meet their riding style and requirements. Candidates will also teach a 20 minute lesson to two individuals with disabilities.

Only individuals who have completed Phase I of the instructor registration process and who have turned in all Phase II paperwork to RFJ will be eligible for certification evaluation.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided all days of the event.

Cost: Workshop only ($400)       Certification only ($350)      Both - Workshop & Certification ($700)

Audit (does not participate in hands-on activities) - with PATH Intl. manual - ($125)    

- without PATH Intl. manual - ($100) 

Student discount of $25 (for audit only.  Send copy of valid/current student ID with application)

for more information and forms, Go to our Events page and click on either Workshop or Certification.

You can also email hminer@rideforjoy.org or call 208 454-8894.

Grotto Network 2018

“My son is 37 and autistic. Although he has been on horse rides before, never has he been taught to ride: to start, stop, turn, trot, stand up, ride over objects, and back up. He has been taught all of these things since starting the program eight months ago. Each lesson is different yet builds on the foundation of the previous lesson. At home, I train staff for many weeks. At Ride for Joy, I give the instructors one guideline and they know exactly how to give my son a safe, successful, educational, and enjoyable riding experience. No matter what kind of day my son is having, he is always ready to go to Ride for Joy. If he is reluctant to do something on a Ride for Joy day, all I have to do is say, ‘Do this so we can go to Ride for Joy’ and pow!, it gets done. Ride for Joy is the highlight of our week. The Ride for Joy lessons provide my son a time to connect and learn and to experience thrill and freedom. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
— Father of Rider

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208 454-8894 (phone) 28379 El Paso Rd. Caldwell, ID 83607 208 550-3208 (fax)