Welcome to the Vermont Horse Council

***** Membership meeting at Pond Hill Ranch on Saturday, May 18th at 10 am.  Hope to see you there. 
Sadly, because of the rain, the educational event, CONCEPT to CANTERING,
featuring the Pond Hill Drill team has been CANCELED.  They haven't had time to practice due to the weather.  *****

Hello VHC Enthusiasts,     

Happy spring! The shedding has begun in earnest and trails are opening. Please remember to bring your equine partner into work again slowly so they remain sound for a great year of adventures together.

I am thrilled to let you know that the Vermont Horse Council has just signed a cooperative agreement with the State of Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation for multi-use trails that includes equines both riding and driving horse drawn vehicles. Both parties will work cooperatively to provide & maintain a functional and user-friendly multi-use horse trail system on state-owned land and to minimize user conflicts. The agreement has been years in process and a deep thank you go to the VHC Equine Activities Committee Jim Nickerson, Michelle Grald, Jean Audet, Jennette Cole, & Heidi Krantz for seeing this through to its fruition, a job well done to one and all.

Our next membership meeting is May 18th at Pond Hill Ranch in Castleton from 10:00-12:00. You may want to bring a lunch. Our agenda is below. After the meeting our second educational offering will be presented, “From Concept to Cantering” The Pond Hill Drill Team will illustrate their training and choreography of their outstanding drill team. We hope to see you all there.

AGENDA FOR VHC MEETING May 18, 2019 Pond Hill:

10 am - 10:30 am           Meet and Greet (Membership renewal if needed)

10:30 am – Noon            Business Meeting

                                         - Secretary Report

                                         - Treasurer's Report

                                         -  Membership Income Comparison from last year

                                         - Equine Activities Committee Update

                                         - Services Committee Update

                                         - Administration Committee Update

      - Promotions Committee Update

                                         - Trail Projects for 2019 - Grant proposals



2019 Educational Events:

  • May 18, 2019 , DRILL TEAM - from Idea to Cantering in Formation (Pond Hill Drill Team) *** canceled ***

  • ·June 9, 2019, Working Equitation demystified (High Horse Farm, Sharon, VT)

  • July 13, 2019, Your Body/Your Horses Body (Field Farm, Barre, VT)

If you would like to help on a committee or with the impact study please reach out to a Board Member.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 18th at Pond Hill in Castleton, VT.

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.