Renew VHC Membership for 2018 Year

Dear Vermont Horse Council Member,

Your membership provides important support for the work of the Vermont Horse Council, and as 2017 comes to a close we’d like to thank you for helping us achieve a number of goals set at our February Board Retreat and based on your participation at our vision activity at our Annual Meeting in January.

Together, we have:

  • Installed 4 more corrals at Groton State Forest
  • Purchased the pens for the remaining 4 corrals
  • Hosted 4 educational clinics – including lameness, equine communication, Western dressage and hoof care
  • Hosted 4 membership meetings highlighting member facilities
  • Applied for and received a $1,900 matching grant to help pay for the Groton Corrals
  • Hosted the Reciprocity Ride and raised $765 for our Scholarship programs
  • Awarded 3 youth scholarships totaling $680 and a $1,000 college scholarship
  • Hosted the Second Equine Industry Summit
  • Created a database of equine-related businesses
  • Represented the equine industry at the Senate and House Agricultural Committees
  • Began fundraising for an Equine Industry Economic Impact Study

Your membership provides financial support and demonstrates your support of our mission, vision and goals.

Please renew your membership today, and consider an additional donation to support our work in 2018.

Heidi Krantz, President


Board of VHC Meeting December 18

The Board of the Vermont Horse Council will meet via telephone on Monday Dec. 18 at 7:30 pm.  The draft agenda is attached. All meetings of the Board are open  and have a period for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. 

Please email or call Heidi Krantz at 802-586-7559 to obtain the call in information, and to arrange to receive any documents.


Thanks and a Request...


This is the time of the year to share appreciation and gratitude and the Vermont Horse Council deeply appreciates our members and volunteers who support the Council financially and with their time and energy. 

Much has been accomplished this year and we hope you'll join us at the Charlmont Restaurant in Morrisville on Jan. 20 to celebrate these accomplishments, to share your thoughts on projects for next year and to participate in elections.

We also ask that you'll take a few minutes now to go to and renew your membership now, and consider an additional, tax deductible donation to support operations, scholarships or other VHC projects.

Your support is the foundation of VHC's growth. Thank you.

Heidi Krantz, VHC President

​Last Chance to Comment on Equestrian Needs! Please take follow the link to the survey today!​


Last Chance to Comment on Equestrian Needs! Please take follow the link to the survey today!

Dear VOREC Partner,

Thank you to those of you who attended one of the seven VOREC Outdoor Recreation Economy Forums. We had 408 people attend these meetings and share in rich conversations with their neighbors and colleagues.

We have compiled all of the comments for you to review on our webpage ( This also includes all comments received as of 11/6 on our online survey (841 total respondents).

Our steering committee will be meeting on November 28th to review all comments and compile them into recommendations to the Governor.

Given our timeline, we are asking that all comments and online survey responses be completed by November 27th. Reflections on the public comments should be emailed

Thank you for sharing in our excitement as we move ahead: we will need your help and interest to take the next steps.

Best Wishes,

Michael Snyder, VOREC Chair
Commissioner,     VT Forests, Parks, & Recreation

VHC Receives State Building Communities Recreation Grant


VHC Board member and Groton Committee chair Phyllis Civitello accepts a check for $1900 matched by  VHC to complete our corral project at New Discovery States Park.

Heidi applied to the state Building Communities Recreation grant. 37 applications were received and VHC is pleased to be a recipient. Phyllis plans to arrange a work day next spring to install the remaining corrals! 

Open Barn Event sponsored by American Morgan Horse Assoc.

On October 28 or November 4, the American Morgan Horse Association is sponsoring a nation-wide Open Barn Event in an effort to share the love and appreciation Morgan owners have for their horses. People who are familiar or unfamiliar with the Morgan Horse can get an up close and personal introduction to the versatility of the breed, the history that has been instrumental in shaping our nation, and the many reasons the Morgan Horse is our Vermont State Animal.

Event information:

Participating Farms:

Our barn in Bristol will be open for this event and our three Morgans will be available for rides and carriage drives. Please feel free to contact me for further information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Cindy Mayer
4395 South 116 Road
Bristol, VT 05443
Cell: 802.345.1074, Home: 802.453.5129


Hoof Care Presentation at Stowe Equestrian Center


Join VHC Next Saturday, Oct. 21 at Stowe Equestrian enter on Route 100 in Morrisville for a presentation on hoof care by farrier Jen Poulin, Owner of Cold hollow hoof Care.  

Meet at 9:30 am for a tour of the facilities by host Ronda Foster, owner of Stowe Equestrian, followed by brief updates on VHC projects and programs. Jen Poulin will cover lots of info on hoofs, care options in an interactive and fun way!

Bring a chair and a dish to share if you'd like. Ronda will provide some chili!

More details at

VHC Survey

The Vermont Horse Council Board of Directors is asking all VHC members to take a moment to complete this survey to provide us with a better understanding of your interests regarding VHC meetings and programs. The survey is both easy to complete and very brief. It should take you only 5 minutes to complete. All survey responses are fully confidential. The insights from the survey will be used to help us develop meetings and programs that are supportive of our member’s collective interests.

VHC Awarded Grant

Good News! 

We have been awarded a grant from the State Recreational Facility Grant Program Building Communities for $1,900 to complete horse corrals at the New Discovery Campground at Groton State Forest. The Council will match those funds to install the remaining corrals at the campsite.

The equine site at New Discovery has seen increased use this summer with the installation of 4 corrals in the past year. 

Installation of the remaining corrals will likely take place next spring when the park reopens. In the meantime - donations are still being accepted to help defray the costs of this popular project. To Donate (choose donate for Groton/NEKET funds button)


The 21st Annual Benefit Trail Ride

The 21st Annual Benefit Trail Ride is on September 9 - just around the corner! Ride gorgeous trails, take an optional splash in the lake, enjoy a homemade BBQ lunch, and take home a T-shirt. CHAMP staff and volunteers work hard to make this a wonderful day for everyone. Riders raise $125 (or sometimes much more!) to participate, making this one of the most important annual fund-raisers for CHAMP. Sign up by visiting Or call 802-372-4087 to join the fun as a volunteer -- set up lunch and/or hold a horse while riders take a lunch break. See you there!

Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forum

Please attend one of the meetings listed below to be sure equestrian recreational interests are considered in this important state initiative - read on for more info...

Dear Colleague,
I am writing on behalf of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to invite you to participate in a Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forum. We are hosting seven of these Forums around the state in September and October, and we hope that you can attend one. Please feel free to spread the word to people and organizations that you think would be interested.  You can find a copy of our press release here:

All meetings are open to the public, and take place from 6-8 pm. Open House style, so come when you can!

 Dates and Locations:

  •  Tuesday, September 12th: The Best Western, 45 Blush Hill Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676. 6-8 pm.
  • Monday, September 25th: Island Pond Town Hall, 49 Mill St, Island Pond, VT 05846. 6-8 pm.
  • Tuesday, October 3rd:  Community College of Vermont,  60 West St, Rutland, VT 05701. 6-8 pm.
  • Tuesday, October 10th:  City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 6-8 pm.
  • Monday, October 16th:  The Evening Star Grange 1008 East-West Rd, East Dummerston, VT 05346. 6-8 pm.
  • Monday, October 23rd:  Hartford Town Hall 171 Bridge St White River Junction, VT 05001. 6-8 pm.
  • Tuesday, October 24th: The West Mountain Inn, 144 W. Mountain Inn Rd, Arlington, VT 05250. 6-8 pm.

We will be looking for feedback and ideas on how Vermont might achieve the following principal objectives:

  1. Promote business opportunities.
  2. Increase participation opportunities.
  3. Strengthen the quality and extent of our recreational resources.
  4. Strengthen the stewardship of our recreational resources.

For those who cannot attend an in-person meeting, an online survey will go live on September 12th on our webpage,

For more information about this initiative, please visit If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please contact me anytime.

Best Wishes,

Jessica Savage
Recreation Program Manager
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3801

NOTE: new email address:

NEKET/ Victory Trail Work Day

“VHC is looking for volunteers to help with some trail clearing ahead of the annual Victory Trail ride scheduled for September 8-10.  We'll meet at Walt’s field at 9:00 AM on August 26th .   

Contact Jim Nickerson at or  802-624-0544.  Jim will provide details and directions to Walt’s field.  Please don’t just show up in case the date changes.

Annual Victory Basin Camping and Ride Event

Northeast Kingdom Equestrian Trail

Annual Victory Basin Camping and Ride Event

The Vermont Horse Council (VHC) is hosting the annual Victory Basin Ride in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. The ride is free for members – joining is easy – just visit!

Camping for self- contained units and tents is available and two marked trails available. On Saturday there will be both Kirby and Bog group rides.  The majority of people ride the Bog loop. On Sunday the majority of people ride the Kirby loop.  Maps are available at

The Bog loop is 19 miles, has some hills but nothing too steep. It consists mostly of wooded trails, a few water crossings, pipe and powerline and dirt road.  There is a long bridge near the end of the trail. The bridge is safe. The trail length can be shortened by returning along River Road. The Kirby Loop is 15 miles and a mix of dirt roads and trails and several hills. Shoes or boots are recommended.

Register and join on-line or send printed forms and check payable to VHC (for new members) to: 

Cortni Cleveland, VHC Treasurer
PO Box 574
Hardwick, VT 05843
(802) 472-8448

We will enjoy each other’s company, but this is a “no frills” camping and ride event.  Please bring food and drink for you and your horse. 

 Negative Coggins test within 1 year, VHC membership and certified helmet required





Photos Needed

"The Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (FLVRT) are looking for horse pictures to post on their new web site.  They should be taken in Landscape, jpg format and on any section of the LVRT.  Nice background with trail obvious; clear focus; single or group pictures appreciated. Please send the photos to

Please  be aware that these pictures will be public property and you are giving permission to use them by providing the picture. "

Thank you from Donna Higgons, Chair, FLVRT