Riding Into the Sunset

How to stay in the saddle for many years!      

Have you lost the “oomf” to mount your horse? Is throwing 300 bales of hay harder than it once was? Then come learn ways to strengthen, supple and stretch your riding career!


Chris and Liz Keglor of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center will share information to keep our minds and bodies flexible as we practice yoga stretches and build strength that will help extend riding adventures when used regularly.

 Saturday, April 21            10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Main Activity Center

Workshop free to VHC members                               $35 non-members


During the 1.5 hour yoga session Liz will help us master breath work, hip openers, shoulder stretches, deep twists, and lateral stretches to improve flexibility, balance and connection with your horse when riding. Chris will teach us warm up and strengthening exercises to help prevent injury and improve core strength for a long riding life. Enjoy a brown bag lunch in the COC Activity Center after the sessions.

Chris is available for individual massages $45/half hour $75/hour – email keglors@yahoo.com to schedule.

The mission of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is to support and promote participation and excellence in lifelong sports with a special focus on rowing, nordic skiing, biathlon and running, to use and teach sustainable practices and to protect and manage the surrounding land, lake and trails.

VHC  BOD meeting Reminder

VHC  BOD meeting  with below agenda on March 29, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.   The meeting is open to members and is via Webex/phone.  To receive the access information on the day of the meeting,  contact me at kcolejeannette@gmail.com

Secretary Reports - Approval/review of minutes from Meg (Dec, phone meeting and annual meeting); approval of minutes from Sue (Feb 8,2018)

Treasurer Reports - Statement of Activity Feb/March; Financial Position YTD

Scholarship Criteria Finalization and Fundraising - Human/Horse Bodywork Clinic, Merck Forest Trail Ride, other

Goal Finalization

Who is organizing the membership meeting, May 5th (Groton) - we need to solicit any items from membership

Review and approval of Events: Willoughby Ride Event weekend (Sept); Long Lining Clinic (June); The older rider (April); Horses Palette (May), Horse Nutrition (October); Equine Summit (Nov); Moving the hip (TBD); Barn Safety/Emergency Response Plan (TBD)

Letter of Comment - Accomplishments Feb/March


-Jeannette Cole

AVMA Model Veterinary Act

Dear VHC members:  

Important changes in legislation come through to the Vermont Horse Council.  I want to be sure you have an opportunity to comment on this policy change. 



 South Carolina Horse Council has contacted the American Horse Council with concerns.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this document.  

Jeannette Cole, 
Vermont Horse Council President 

Annual Meeting Summary

Board member Gloria Bruce presents Horse Person of the Year award to Becky Williams of Horses Home Again

The 2018 Vermont Horse Council Annual Meeting kicked off with the presentation of the Horse Person of the Year Award to Rebecca Williams, a certified veterinary technician and director of Horses Home Again a unique equine welfare and rehoming program serving Vermont. Becky’s presentation provided information, guidance and inspiration to the 30 members and guests who attended the meeting at the Charlemont Restaurant in Morrisville.

Following Becky’s presentation, certificates of recognition were presented to a number of people who helped the Council with exceptional service and dedication. We moved through acceptance of minutes from the October general membership meeting, acceptance of the Treasurer’s report, and a brief explanation of the proposed budget for 2018. These documents and others from the annual meeting will be available at (insert link).


A review of the Accomplishments and Scorecard for 2017 and plans for 2018 was reviewed, and those present were encouraged to share their ideas for clinics, speakers and programs. This document can be found at the link above.

Attendees were encouraged to consider volunteering for committees and projects, or to consider donating to help rebuild our scholarship and equine emergency funds.

As a result of elections Jeannette Cole is president of the 2018 Board of the Vermont Horse Council. Sue Miller is Vice President, Sue Boyer, treasurer, Nancy Palermo-Lee, treasurer. The following people are directors, Morris Lasell, Jean Audet, Gloria Bruce, Jim Nickerson, Peter Otto, Chelle Grald and Heidi Krantz.

Bonnie Timmerman provided helpful information about saddle fit to close the meeting – giving us all some things to think about as we wait for spring riding!

See you Saturday!


See you Saturday at the Charlemont Restaurant for the VHC Annual Meeting

The gathering begins at 11:30 am with lunch ordered individually off the menu, and payment will be done individually.

You still have time to send in absentee ballots to Meg Costello if you are a 2018 member.

Guest Speakers include Rebecca Williams of Horses Home again, and Bonnie Timmerman, saddle fitter.

See you Saturday!

Heidi Krantz, President VHC

Horses Need Homes - and other support


Vermont State Trooper Heather Shaw and Horses Home Again have asked the Vermont Horse Council to spread the word and help find homes for 35+ horses. These are Quarter Horses who are friendly, but have not been handled frequently and have received little to no regular care including foot care. Most range in age from 5 - 15 years. This is a full surrender, so if you take a horse you will be the owner,

If you are interested, or can help with donations of feed, hay, transportation to new homes or money please contact vthorsecouncil@gmail.com for more information.

VHC Board Meeting Jan. 14

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Tthere will be a final meeting of the 2017 BOD on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7 pm by phone conference call.  The agenda is as follows:

Annual Meeting - Jeannette to lead the discussion -  Ballots, dues payment, speaker change, menu change, start time and help needed at sign up desk, ballot counting committee

Approval of Minutes 2017 -  Meg to lead the discussion

Review of Financial close out 2017 - Nancy to lead the discussion

Resolution needed for grant for Industry Survey -  Heidi to lead the discussion

Committee Leadership Vacancies -    Jeannette to lead the discussion - Safety, Services, others?  

If you are interested in attending this session, please contact Jeannette Cole at kcolejeannette@gmail.com for the participant code and phone in number.  


It's almost time!

Our Annual Meeting will take place on January 20, 2018 at the Charlemont Restaurant in Morrisville, from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. 

Rebecca Williams will share information about Horses Home Again, a local re-homing program for equines, and Bonnie Timmerman will join us to share information about proper saddle fit.

We will have a brief membership meeting and elections of the Board of Directors and Officers. Current members can vote at the meeting or with an absentee ballot. The ballot can be downloaded at the link here, scroll through the newsletter to the ballot.

The meeting is free, but we need you to register by January 12th to confirm lunch numbers. You can register online at Register for Annual Meeting, emailing vthorsecouncil@gmail.org, or by calling  Jeannette Cole at 802-595-9567 

Hope to see you there!

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 vthorsecouncil@gmail.com 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 www.vthorsecouncil.org/e-commerce/annual-membership 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 (www.fpr.vermont.gov/VOREC). 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 toJessica.savage@vermont.gov.

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: https://www.morganhorse.com/media-events/day-of-the-morgan/

Participating Farms: https://www.morganhorse.com/media-events/day-of-the-morgan/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 www.vthorsecouncil.org

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.