Parelli & Horse Sense Make an Impact at PATH International Conference (November 2011)
Richard Knapp, Parelli 2-Star Junior Instructor & Shannon Knapp, founder & president of Horse Sense of the Carolinas spent a week at the PATH International conference in Lexington, KY Nov 8-12. PATH International used to be known as "NARHA"; the new name stands for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, which includes Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, & Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy & Learning (EFP-EFL), among other activities.
Over 750 participants attended the conference, and many dropped by the Horse Sense table to learn about the benefits of Parelli Natural Horsemanship for therapeutic horsemanship programs. As one of the first presentations of the conference, Shannon spoke on "The Role of the Horse in EFP/EFL" to a standing-room only audience of over 250, discussing the importance of assessing horses for this special kind of work. She introduced both Parelli's Horsenalities™ and the 7 Games™ as key ways to assess suitability of horses for any therapeutic horsemanship program. Many conference attendees expressed delight to see Parelli represented at the PATH conference, and were excited to see information specific to their needs & to meet professionals fluent in therapeutic horsemanship.