Welcome to the Vermont Horse Council

Hello VHC Enthusiasts,     

The Vermont Horse Council (VHC) needs your help!  We have newly-won opportunities to use and develop state-owned land for horseback riding and horse-drawn vehicles, and we need YOU to volunteer to work with the State folks to work out the details.

The VHC has recently entered into an agreement with the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation (FPR) to grow the use and development of horseback riding and horse drawn vehicles driving trails on state-owned land.  To accomplish this goal the VHC is teaming up with FPR district managers in each of the five districts in the state.  The FPR districts encompass the following counties:

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  • Springfield District 1: Windham and Windsor

  • Rutland District 2: Bennington and Rutland

  • Essex District 3: Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin

  • Barre District 4: Orange, Washington, and Lamoille

  • St Johnsbury District 5: Caledonia, Essex and Orleans

We are looking for individuals to serve as the VHC point of contact with district managers and stakeholders within each district.  Stakeholders might include riding and /or driving clubs, pony clubs, stables, or interested individuals.

Here are the activities we hope you can accomplish: 

  • Meeting and working with FPR district managers,

  • Outreach to local stakeholders,

  • Trail development,

  • Grant and trail proposal development. 

The goal is to plan, develop, and maintain a trail system that works for both local stakeholders and the state, with the assistance of VHC.  Can you help?  If so, please contact Jim Nickerson at Jim@dapplefield.com or 802-624-0544.

Horses are an important aspect of life in Vermont. From the days of draft horses working on the farm, the breeding of Morgan horses to our equestrian community, over 75,000 horses can be found in Vermont today. Occasionally, you will see them on the road.