Secretary Report of the Vermont Horse
Held at the NEKET camp field in Victory,
Meeting called to
order by President Ken Hoeppner at 9:12 am
Directors Present: Ken Hoeppner, President; Patricia Branon, VP; Brenda
Lasell, Secretary; Morris Lasell, Roger Morin, Phyllis Civitello, and
Mike Benoit all Directors.
Michael Civitello, Bea Morin, Marilyn Martinez, Karen Orne, Bob & Lynn
O’Connell, Mario Salois, Jesse Salois, Mary Gilman, Eric & Suzanne
Martin, Tim & Clara Davis, Michelle Pike, Karen Blow, Jess Taylor,
Martha Benoit, Jazmyn Whitcomb, Branda Charhette, Leah Favreau, Doug,
Melissa, Logan & Hayley Abbott, Dave Delano, Emily Delano, Lynn Knight,
Suzanne Hoeppner, Sharon Paton and Chuck Fergus.
Kapovkranidis, Sally Gaynor-Knecht and Baillie Knecht.
made by attendees.
REPORT: Brenda read the
secretary report from the last meeting of May 20, 2012. Mike Benoit
made the motion to approve as read. 2nd by Phyllis Civitello.
REPORT: Brenda read the
9-4-12 treasurer’s report as sent to her from Terry Rose as follows:
Petty Cash: $63.80
Total Balance: $
Jane Thompson fund
has $480.00 and Sarah said Jane would have wanted it to go to a
committee within VHC that helps horses.
We brought in
$8472.38 and spent $9260.22 so far this year.
Mike Benoit made the
motion to approve as read. 2nd by Karen Blow. So moved.
REPORT: Brenda read the
membership report sent by Terry Rose as follows:146 addresses which
compares to 130 addresses on 5/20/12. 240 names with 215 voting rights
which compares to 210 names with 188 voting rights. 93 email addresses
which compares to 84 email addresses who get newsletters via email.
12 Lifetime, 10
Business, 65 Family, 9 Farm/Club, 50 Individual, 0 Junior. Breakdown by
County: Addison - 9, Bennington - 3, Calendonia - 8, Chittenden - 21,
Essex - 2, Franklin - 10, Grand Isle - 1, Lamoille - 11, Orange - 14,
Orleans - 11, Rutland - 3, Washington - 19, Windham - 2, Windsor - 8,
Out of State - 24 and we swap 5 newsletters. Cindy Cross-Greenia is no
longer a member.
Ken reported that
the Vermont Farm Bureau is working for the horse people through their
magazine “VERMONT FENCES” and lobby for us also.
Ken attended the VT
Wildlife Management Area meeting in Montpelier in regards to closing off
trails to horses, bikers and hikers. He said there were only 3 horse
people there to represent the horseback riders. He is hoping he can
work with the VT Farm Bureau on this issue.
Ken has received a
letter from Greg Western from Cross Vermont Trail Association, Inc.
explaining a project to repair a section of trail in East Montpelier
damaged by the flood of 2011. Ken asked Morris to contact Greg about
the VHC trail fund for assistance.
The Lamoille Valley
Rail Trail is still in the works with ACT 250.
Ken is working on
getting the filming done for the public service announcement. It will
be shot on September 19th from 1:30 to 4:30 from Patricia
Branon’s farm in Fairfield, VT. Vermont Farm Bureau, UVM, Guy’s Farm &
Yard, and Tony’s Tack Shop are all donating money to help pay for the
cost. The VHC share will be $250.00. Morris made the motion for VHC to
pay the $250.00 up front. 2nd by Karen Blow. So moved. Ken
presented a script and there were lots of comments to add to it. There
is a time limit so he will see what he can do. Betsy Greene would put
this on UTUBE. The announcement will be played on WCAX & WPTZ.
Council: No report.
Trail Ride: Karen reported
she has 80 people signed up and September 10th is the cut off
Fund: No report.
Park: No report.
Technical Rescue: No report.
Carmel Stone has resigned. Jess Taylor may be interested.
Equestrian Trails (NEKET):
Chuck Fergus presented a report of the NEKET system which is on file.
He also submitted a letter of goals and needs for a better trail system
that is on file. Chuck brought up the fact that the south area we ride
in is also part of a Wildlife Management Area. Mike Benoit brought up
the subject of new maps with GPS coordinates that should be done. Chuck
had that also in his report. Mike also said there are still
opportunities to add trails in the North area near the Bloomfield
Store. Sharon Paton has been helping maintain trails and reporting any
problems to the committee. Martha Benoit is the chair person of the
Driving: Brenda reported
there were four new rewards achieved by riders. Report is on file.
(general 4H): Missy Abbott
talked about the “River of Life” youth camp and how youth from
her club went with our scholarship help. Missy has a slide show she
would like to show. Morris received a letter of thanks from an
attendee. Morris has also received a request recently from a youth for
help in southern VT.
(Cliff/Floyd): No report.
Fund: Morris said this is a matching fund grant for up to $ 350.00. Other
horse groups can apply for this.
Ken has listed the VHC Tunbridge Ride. There are horse services linked
from our site. Example: 32 farriers, stables, veterinarians, horse
activities, etc. He wants to have a donate Pay Pal account set up for
VHC. Equine Site gives us a 1 hour update each month for $ 35.00.
Karen Blow is listed as committee chair but she said she is not.
Federation: No report.
VHC Equine Policy
Committee: This is being
reviewed by the current directors and the Vermont Farm Bureau.
Directors: Patricia Branon
reported that the directors met on June 12th, 2012 in regards
to Cindy Cross-Greenia’s letter and had no findings of wrong doing.
Mike Benoit reported that Large Animal Technical Rescue (LATR) is being
worked on for being a state level rescue. Carmel Stone is working on
Happy Birthday to
Patricia Branon : )
date: January 2013 Looking
at dates available around the 12th. Brenda will contact for
availability for the Berlin Extension Service meeting room.
Meeting adjourned at
10:30 am. Everyone headed for their horses and the trail !!!
Submitted by Brenda Lasell, Secretary