Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. With nearly 4,500 certified instructors and equine specialists and 850 member centers around the globe, more than 7,500 PATH Intl. members help more than 54,000 children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year.
Access and inclusion – promoting diversity and opportunity in equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Compassion and caring – providing a culture of safety, understanding and ethical treatment of humans and horses engaged in equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Cooperation and collaboration – connecting and partnering with those who share the PATH Intl. vision in a mutually beneficial manner.
Education – sharing valued knowledge with our constituents to facilitate their success.
Excellence – promoting quality in all undertakings.
Innovation – encouraging and supporting creativity, inquiry and cutting-edge research.
Integrity and accountability – ensuring that all business is based on ethical principles and conducted with transparency.
Professionalism - enhancing the value and credibility of the industry.
Service - providing effective and responsive information and programs to our constituents.
Holism - promoting an awareness of body, mind and spirit in equine-assisted activities and therapies.
In October 2016 Brook Hill Farm was granted Premier Accreditation Status.
The accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation requirements based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards.