Join EQUI-KIDS for the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop and Skills Test

This three-day workshop is offered to:

  • Equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who are interested in working with individuals with mental health and/or learning issues
  • Mental Health or Education Professionals who are interested in gaining experience in incorporating EAAT into their current treatment protocols
  • Provide an overview of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) standards, core values, EAL and EAP programs, and examples of what EAL and EAP programs may look like
  • Define the role of the equine specialist
  • Educate individuals on safe equine handling practices, equine body language, and equine communication
  • Offers roleplay and hands-on experience
  • Collaborative discussions regarding the therapy and education teams and their roles
  • Prepare individuals who are seeking the PATH Intl. ESMHL Certification


February 24, 2023 to February 27, 2023
(Workshop: 2/24/23 to 2/26/23 / Skills Test: 2/27/23)


EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program


2626 Heritage Park Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456


  • Workshop & Horsemanship Skills Test: $675 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks)
  • Workshop Only: $500
  • Horsemanship Skills Test Only: $175
  • Audit Only: $250

Registration Deadline:  January 20, 2023 (Payment must be received with your registration forms in order to secure your spot)

PATH Intl. Faculty: Martha Dubensky (Mental Health Professional) and Nancy Beers (Equine Professional)
*Faculty is subject to change without notice*

ESHML Workshop

To register for the ESMHL Workshop, please download and complete the registration packet. Then, complete our online capture form and upload your completed registration packet. After you select Submit you will be directed to our online payment process.

If you are paying by a check, please send your payment to:
2626 Heritage Park Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Attn: Haley Ward

    If you are paying by credit card, you will receive a link in your email to pay for your workshop experience. Your registration is not complete until your payment is received.

    Click here to download the Workshop Application.

    Additional Information

    Certification Changes

    *Changes to the PATH Intl. ESMHL certification process went into effect on July 1, 2022. Participants must be PATH Intl. Professional Members and must purchase and complete their PATH Intl. ESMHL Application,  submit their adult and child CPR and first aid certification, and purchase their PATH Intl. ESMHL Student Manual BEFORE registering for a PATH Intl. ESMHL Workshop and Skills Test event. Once candidates purchase and submit their PATH Intl. ESMHL Application to PATH Intl. they will be sent access to the PATH Intl. Standards Course/Exam and the EFMHA History and PATH Intl. Standards Video which will both need to be completed BEFORE the workshop and skills test event. 

    PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification Program Handbook (Updated 6/2022)

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program reserves the right to cancel the workshop & skills test on or before February 1, 2023, if registration is not likely to cover expenses.  EQUI-KIDS will refund all registration fees in full should we cancel the workshop. EQUI-KIDS will NOT be responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred.

    Participants choosing to cancel after January 20, 2023 will receive a refund minus a non-refundable $300.00 processing fee.

    Late Registrations:

    Registrations may be accepted after the January 20, 2023 deadline if there is still space available, however additional fees will apply.  Please contact Haley Ward at the email address listed below for a detailed list of additional fees that will be required.


    Norfolk International Airport (ORF) 35 minutes from center

    Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) 1.25 hours from center


    There is no public transportation available.  A rental car will be required.


    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
    Virginia Beach (Oceanfront), VA (15 minutes from center)
    1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 / 757-437-9100

    Airbnb (lots of great options if you book early!)

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    Please call or e-mail Haley Ward, Program Assistant
    with any questions: | 757-721-7350

    Sponsor a Horse

    Thank you for your generous contribution.

      (The sponsor name listed above will be used for the stall plaque and custom halter plate)

      (Please note that horse sponsorship requests will be honored in the order donations are received and are subject to change due to the retirement of a horse or other circumstances, which we will do our best to communicate to you in real time)

      CheckCredit Card (one-time payment of $5,000)Credit Card (monthly installments of $416.67)


      If you have opted to pay by check, please mail it to:

      EQUI-KIDS Horse Sponsorship Program
      Attention: Victoria Arboneaux

      2626 Heritage Park Drive

      Virginia Beach, VA 23456

      We will be in touch soon to confirm your payment method and other sponsorship details.