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Click to view/print:  2015 Membership Form (PDF)


All Memberships:

    •Receive quarterly newsletter with calendar of events, free classified ads, and area news.
    •Discount on VHC sponsored events.
    •VHC voting privileges.
    •Enrollment in the Riding & Driving Program when additional one-time fee is paid.

Club, Business, and Farm Memberships:

    •Free listing in the newsletter
    •Opportunity to list upcoming events & news in the quarterly newsletter
    •Opportunity to distribute business cards and/or flyers at trade show booth set-ups.


After we receive your completed membership application and liability form, you will receive a Welcome Packet from our membership committee, which includes:

· Subscription to Mane Stream
· Membership Card
· Riding & Driving Program Information
· VHC Scholarships information
· NEKET Trail Map
· Chart of Contacts

Doug Smith
8263 VT Route 22A,
Vergennes VT 05491

The Vermont Horse Council is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible.


  • Cliff Murray and Floyd Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Vermont Horse Council is dedicated to the support of our youth in the equine world. One method of reaching that goal is to provide financial support to young people wishing to obtain advanced training in equine studies or in occupations which are in direct support of the horse industry.

The VHC has the Cliff Murray & Floyd Fuller Memorial Scholarship for college bound young people pursuing a degree in any animal science field. This scholarship is administered by VSAC and selected and awarded by the Vermont Horse Council scholarship committee. Cliff and Floyd were founding members of the council and they were both dedicated to helping interested young people experience horses.

Basis of Program

1. A scholarship minimum of $250 will be awarded annually.
2. The chosen school must provide a quality education in equine studies or related program and must meet with the approval of the VHC Scholarship Committee.
3. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient. If the recipient is unable to use the scholarship immediately, it will be held for two years in the recipient s name.
4. Applicants must be Vermont residents. Previous recipients of this scholarship are ineligible to compete again.
5. The application for a scholarship will include:

a. Resume with your name, address, phone number, parent(s) name, address, phone number, schools attended and grades, and work experience, if any.

b. Letter giving your history of involvement with horses, community service and other activities, and your future plans.

c. Two letters of reference. One must be from an experienced horse person who can attest to your interest in equine studies and your talents with horses; and one may be from your guidance counselor or an instructor from an academic or equine related environment.

1. A scholarship committee of three impartial persons shall make the selection of those to receive the funds.
2. Selection will be based on the student s ability and aptitude for serious study, community service, leadership, financial need and achievement with horses. The scholarship committee can decide to award multiple scholarships if they have several deserving applicants.
3. Applications must be postmarked by August 15.
4. Send your complete application material to:

Karen Rosemark
Sheffield, VT 05866

  • Youth and 4-H Scholarships

This scholarship can be used for any equine activities for youth or 4-H’ers in Vermont. The amount is appropriated by the scholarship committee and can be up to half of the event total.  Applications are accepted at any time. Please include a letter of reference with your application. For more information and an application click here.

American Horse Council / Legislative Committee


The American Horse Council (AHC) is the horse owner’s voice to Congress.  They represent all aspects of the equine industry in a time when new laws, regulations, challenges and restrictions are rapidly appearing and are dedicated to making the horse industry the best it can be.  Because it takes time to get results either in Congress or through the federal regulatory agencies the AHC uses persuasion and education on a daily basis to get legislation passed.  This often takes several Congresses or even years.  Since there are other coalitions and groups with similar goals the AHC works with them as well.

The AHC is supported by the majority of the horse industry representing, owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries, and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.  The more horse people who are members of the AHC the better chance  horses and their owners will be adequately represented at the congressional level.

Several years ago the state horse councils suggested that an offshoot of the AHC be created that would speak specifically to individual state needs, although often several states have the same concerns.  The Coalition of State Horse Councils was created and meets the night before the AHC yearly meeting in Washington D.C. and then in the fall of the year for a week end to discuss specific issues facing the equine issues at the state levels.  One of the goals is to provide tools for accessing and talking with state legislatures and agencies that impact their state’s horse industry.  The Coalition has a website which is accessible at -

Tunbridge Annual Ride

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