Advanced Instructor Level Certification Preparation Workshop

June 19 – 21, 2017     Registration Deadline: June 12, 2017


PATH International

Workshop Options

Mock Candidate: $500 | Space limited to 4
Auditor: $300 | Space limited to 12



Agape North in Cicero, IN

24970 E. 95th Street
Cicero, Indiana 46034
Questions: Shirley Mascoe | 317-773-7433

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Advanced Instructor Level Certification Prep Workshop Details

The Gaits of Change Advanced Instructor Preparation Workshop is a three day educational session intended to demystify the concerns and expectations of the PATH International certification. This Advanced Preparation Workshop gives you the education and practice necessary to begin your journey towards the Advanced Instructor status. Candidates will take a mock written exam, teach mock lessons and demonstrate their lunging ability. Candidates will be required to submit a DVD of their personal riding of the required movements.

At the end of the workshop, candidates will receive one-on-one feedback evaluating one’s readiness to attend a PATH Advanced Instructor workshop/certification.


Lunch and snacks will be provided to attendees.  Breakfast and Dinner will be on your own. Please let us know if you have special dietary restrictions.

Workshop Components

  • Overview of the Advanced Instructor Preparation Course
  • Purpose of the Advanced Certification
  • PATH Advanced Instructor criteria s PATH Advanced Instructor Application
  • Mock written exam
  • How to Lunge safely and effectively
  • Advanced Instructor riding component
  • Advanced Instructor Stable Management components
  • Teaching three riders with cognitive impairments at the advanced level
  • Teaching three riders with physical disabilities at the advanced level
  • Teaching two riders without disabilities
  • Developing a personal plan to reach your goal of the Advanced Instructor status
  • Continuing Education for instructors of all levels

Workshop Options

Mock Candidates | Fee: $500 | Register Early! Space limited to 4

Participants will be provided with an in-depth overview of the criteria for the successful PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor and the expected certification process.

The workshop will cover all topics related to the PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor certification including live examples of lessons at the advanced level, lunging techniques, stable management, horse assessment lesson planning and the written exam. Candidates will also be will be given the opportunity to be “assessed for readiness” during their riding, stable management, lunging and teaching of both riders with disabilities and typical riders. The course includes the opportunity to have constant praise and feedback related to the areas of testing without the pressure of the test. The candidates will be given the tools to do their own S.W.O.T. analysis with regards to their “readiness to test”. The candidate’s self –analysis and S.W.O.T. analysis is then assessed by Sandy whereby a strategic plan is developed for each individual candidate.

Auditors | Fee: $300 | Register Early! Space limited to 12

By auditing this workshop, participants will be taught the criteria needed to start the preparation process towards advanced certification.  Auditors will also have the opportunity to participate in all classroom and field educational components, engage in group discussions, receive a mock written exam and observe mock lessons.  The knowledge obtained in this workshop will give every instructor the tools to “Raise the Bar” in their own teaching, riding and horsemanship whether they are planning on preparing for the Advanced Instructor certification or not.

Advanced Instructor Preparation Workshop Schedule

Day 1  | 9:00 –  5:30 PM

Overview of Advanced Level Certification and Process, S.W.O.T. analysis

Practical hands on stable management, assessment of the program horse, lunging techniques, riding expectations and mock written exam. Mock candidates will have opportunity to display their stable management skills, lunging and riding and receive feedback.

Day 2 |  8:30 – 5:00 PM

Lesson planning, progress notes, live examples of Advanced Cognitive, Physical, Typical lessons, managing volunteers, tips on teaching groups, advanced levels of using adaptive equipment and discussions of each area presented.

Day 3 | 9:00 – 6:00 PM

Mock Assessment for Advanced Instructor Certification Candidates

Teach 3 lessons | Cognitive, Physical, Typical

*Participants are encouraged to stay to observe candidates teaching & group evaluations

About Sandy Webster: Master Instructor & Facilitator

Having found success both as a winning equestrian competitor and as a leader and innovator in the therapeutic riding industry, Sandy Webster’s commanding style inspires all. Her dedication to educational excellence is the foundation of Gaits of Change. Sandy’s contributions span all fronts, yet her passion is teaching and education. Her workshops and speaking engagements are popular and successful, as she is an energetic, dynamic presenter who makes the material and work fun. Sandy’s passion for excellence is infectious and students often stay after hours to learn more!

Sandy’s Qualifications:

  • PATH Master Instructor
  • CanTRA Advanced Instructor/Coach
  • Canadian Equestrian Federation Level 2 Coach (Eventing); Level 1 Coach
  • PATH Course Conductor and Examiner for Registered & Advanced Instructors; Accreditation Site Evaluator
  • Licensed Thoroughbred Trainer, Exercise Rider and Jockey

Over 30 years of experience as a professional in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies:

  • 14 years as Program Director
  • 8 years as Executive Director
  • 10 years as Program Consultant

Additional Experience

  • Accomplished Public Motivational Speaker, Clinician and Instructor
  • Coach for riders with disabilities at 2 Paralympics & 3 World Championships
  • Accomplished 3-Day Event rider; qualified for the PanAm games
  • Developed “integrated equestrian sport opportunities” for riders with disabilities across Canada
  • “A” Pony Club Graduate
  • First Female Jockey in Canada
  • Represented United States & Women in the Racing Industry
  • New Zealand Jockey

Club Successful Start-up Programs

  • Equine Assisted Centers• Alabama • Trinidad • California • Canada • New Zealand