READY, SET, GO……

Following in the able footsteps of Karen Rosemark, I have assumed the responsibility of publishing the quarterly newsletter for our members. I could certainly use your input. Please send your content, suggestions and ideas to mailto:jkcole@trans-video.net.  Deadline for submission is February 17th. The Spring edition will be posted the first week of March. Future editions will be published in June, September and December. Thank you in advance for your participation!

The Headers for the newsletter include:

FROM THE OFFICERS’ BENCH - a note to membership from one of the officers in each edition.

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT - a “get to know a member” section

WORD OF MOUSE - recommendations from membership. This could be a good book you have read, a time-saving tip, an insight you have had in horse training/horsemanship/horse husbandry, a great horse/human retreat, a worthwhile clinician, a trail or event you recommend.

VHC MEETING MINUTES

UPCOMING VHC EVENTS

UPDATES FROM THE AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL

SHARE - This section will be for letters to the editor, questions/comments we have received between publications, frequently asked questions, thank you notes, etc.  

MEMORY MULTIPLIERS - this would be a feature article; an educational piece

— Jeannette K Cole

Farm Bureau Days at the State House

January 25, and February 22, 2107

The horse community was well represented at Farm Bureau Days at the State House on January 25th. Heidi Krantz (VHC's President), Terry Rose (VHC's Secretary) and a husband and wife team, Ken and Eli Norman gathered with 20 other Farm Bureau members at the state house to help raise awareness to our State Representatives and Senators of the various types of farming practices Farm Bureau members demonstrate.

Farm Bureau President, Joe Tisbert, Legislative Director1, Lyn Demarais, joined us at the State House cafeteria for breakfast and to get to know each other a little bit and have a chance to meet legislators. At 9:30 we all went to the Senate Agriculture room where it was standing room only. Farm Bureau members told their stories about farming and the Senators were very good listeners, especially Robert (Bobby) Star, who seemed to take lead of the group. At 11:00 am our group went to the House Agriculture and Forestry room where we told our farm stories again.

Concerns about the required Ag practices were discussed, funding for Veterans for Farms was learned about, pleas for continued government funding for organic farming and farming in Vermont were heard.

One speaker pleaded we not "shake the ground too much for farmers". More than one farmer praised the Two-plus-two program between VTC and UVM.

Heidi represented VHC members very well, stating the classification of equine as livestock was very important as horses seem to have been forgotten in ag practice wording, sharing VHC view that equine businesses/farms support Vermont’s working lands, add significantly to Vermont’s agricultural economy and provide employment and business opportunities for young people in this state.

Mark your calendars for February 22, 2017 for a chance to do this again..  

 

VT Agency of Ag Launches Statewide Listening Tour for February

Under New Leadership, VT Agency of Ag Launches Statewide Listening Tour for February

Farmers are Invited to Share Ideas and Feedback 

Under the direction of newly-appointed Ag Secretary, Anson Tebbetts, and Deputy Secretary, Alyson Eastman, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has announced plans to host a statewide listening tour throughout the month of February. The public meetings, which will be held in Lyndonville, St. Albans, Brattleboro, and Middlebury, are designed to open the lines of communication between the Agency, the farming community, and the public.

“I am inviting all farmers, and all Vermonters interested in agriculture, to attend these meetings, to share thoughts and ideas about the future of farming in our state,” said Tebbetts. “I want to learn about the issues that matter most to our farmers, and how the Agency can support them.”

“We hope to hear from farmers of all types, and sizes – from maple to meat, to produce and dairy,” said Eastman. “This is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from the people who are driving Vermont’s agricultural economy.”

The meetings will be held from 10 a.m. – noon in the following locations…

  • Friday, Feb. 10– Lyndon State College Theater
  • Friday, Feb. 17 – Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center in Brattleboro
  • Monday, Feb. 27 – Middlebury Parks & Recreation Gym
  • Thursday, March 2– St. Albans City Hall

For complete location details and directions, please visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/listeningtour2017

The Agency will start the meeting with a brief but broad overview of the status of agriculture in our state, and will then open the floor to hear ideas from attendees.

For more information about the listening tour, please visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/listeningtour2017 or call 802-828-5667.

 

Trail Use Workshop

Trail Use Workshop

How to build and maintain trails for horses, bikes & snow machines

January 28 & February 4   1-3 PM

FREE

Green Mountain Horse Association Member’s Room

South Woodstock, VT

Key speaker Jim Lyall will discuss trail design to prevent erosion and methods to repair damaged areas of trail.  Landowners, trail users and trail organizations alike will benefit from these workshops.  Proper trail design and maintenance results in reduced sedimentation pollution on our waterways.  Multi-use design, culverts and bridges and trail etiquette will be covered as well as questions about specific sites from attendees.  

Jim is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in trail layout and design and comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience with trail maintenance and construction.  Jim has designed and built a multitude of trails on Mount Ascutney and the West Windsor town forest.  As a trail builder, he takes personal pride in the trail network.

Sponsored by Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District with support from Green Mountain Horse Association and a grant from Vermont Community Foundation.

ONRCD1@gmail.com

 

Reserve for the VHC Annual Meeting NOW!

The VHC Annual Meeting featuring a special presentation by Board DIrector JEan Audet about her adventure riding point-to-point in France will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Steak House on Route 302 in Barre.

Details are at www.vthorsecouncil.org. RSVP with Beve McMullin at either mac@gmavt.net or 802-496-9281 by Jan. 11.


The Board of the VHC will meet via teleconference on Jan. 11, 2017 at 7:00pm. This meeting was recently scheduled to provide an opportunity to prepare for the Annual meeting on Jan. 22. Topics to be discussed are presentation of reports, details for providing ballots and process for elections, review of information to be presented at the annual meeting.

There will be 10 minutes open for public comments at the beginning of the meeting. Members are welcome to "attend" this telephone meeting, but may not speak during the meeting unless invited. 

If you are interested in joining the call, please contact Heidi Krantz for the call in number and access code. Although this is a free call in service - you may have fees depending upon your personal telephone service.

 

 

Trail Use Workshop

How to build and maintain trails for horses, bikes & snow machines

January 28 & February 4   1-3 PM

FREE

Green Mountain Horse Association Member’s Room

5491 South Road, South Woodstock, VT 05071
Contact: Michelle Grald 802-457-1509 or michelle@gmhainc.org

Key speaker Jim Lyall will discuss trail design to prevent erosion and methods to repair damaged areas of trail.  Landowners, trail users and trail organizations alike will benefit from these workshops.  Proper trail design and maintenance results in reduced sedimentation pollution on our waterways.  Multi-use design, culverts and bridges and trail etiquette will be covered as well as questions about specific sites from attendees. 

Jim is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in trail layout and design and comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience with trail maintenance and construction.  Jim has designed and built a multitude of trails on Mount Ascutney and the West Windsor town forest.  As a trail builder, he takes personal pride in the trail network.

Sponsored by Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District with support from the Green Mountain Horse Association

Please support this VHC Effort

VERMONT HORSE COUNCIL

“Creating a unified equine voice”

www.vthorsecouncil.org

Equine Industry Economic Impact Study

Vermont's, open working landscape is of tremendous value to our current and future economic viability! It's important for all of us to know the components which keep that landscape open and valuable.

The Vermont Horse Council has determined one method to make an important contribution to our knowledge base, and we need your help.

The plan is an Economic Impact Study of the equine industry in the State. Identified as a top priority at the recent Equine Industry Summit, this will be a part of a larger study to be conducted by the American Horse Council next year. We know from data gathered by the Green Mountain Horse Association in 2010 that regional economic impact of activities at their facility are $5million per year. Based on that, we can extrapolate that the equine industry in Vermont might represent multiple millions in annual economic stimulation. This study will provide current, reliable data to quantify the impact. This data will allow us to promote the importance of the equine industry in Vermont.

There is a cost to conducting the study and a timeframe for committing to it. And, there is Plan A and Plan B for payment of the cost of the study.

Here is the situation:

 - we need to commit to the study by the end of this month

 - there is a grant which may pay for all or most of the study

 - the grant application is being filed, but the results won't be known

until next year

 - if we don't receive any or all of the grant monies, we will need

independent financing for the study

The success of the grant is Plan A. You are Plan B!!! We're asking for pledges of funds now for disbursal next year if the grant application is unsuccessful. The total funding needed is $17,790.

Won't you please consider a pledge?

Please to Contact Heidi Krantz, President of the Vermont Horse Council for details on how to help. Hkrantz57@gmail.com or 802-586-7559. Checks may be made out to VHC and mailed to 804 Morey Hill Road, Craftsbury, VT 05826.

Heidi Krantz

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Website photos wanted!

Hi VHC Members

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What a treat to have these wonderful extra days to ride!

We are looking for a new banner photo for our website. The photo size needs to be 1500 x 500 - horizontally oriented, and with a winter theme.

If you have a photo you think would work - please send it to warrensvt@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Heidi Krantz President, Vermont Horse Council

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

2016 Equine Industry Summit

Over 50 members of the equine industry in Vermont gathered on October 26 to hear some words of wisdom and encouragement from Barbara Lindberg, Director of the Equine Business Management Program at Cazenovia College, and to then engage in a series of conversations about issues and opportunities facing the equine industry in Vermont. The day culminated with voting to chose priorities for future attention - resulting in the identification of completing a equine industry economic impact study as a top priority, followed by insurance and liability issues, and creating partnerships among organizations and agencies working with youth.

Notes will be available soon - watch for a link to the VHC website for more details! Thank you to all who helped organize, facilitate and staff the event - and to Vermont Technical College, Poulin Grain and Cargill/ Nutrena for the generous support of this effort.

Heidi Krantz resident, Vermont Horse Counci

Groton Work Day Cancelled

Due to work load issues with the state staff the work day at New Discovery Campground at Groton State Forest is cancelled likely until spring - watch for further notice! Sorry for any inconvenience. Call Phyllis Civetello if you have any questions 802-685-2275.

Heidi Krantz President, Vermont Horse Council

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Groton Work Day

Join Phyllis Civitello for a GROTON WORK DAY this Saturday, October 29 at 10:00 am at the gate to New Discovery to help at a work day installing three more corrals. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 30. Contact Phyllis directly at 802-685-2275 for more information.

Heidi Krantz President, Vermont Horse Council

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford

Stalls For Rent

One or two stalls for rent in spacious barn starting in November or December. Barn has power throughout and a frost free hydrant just outside the main door. Stalls have mats. You supply all hay and grain and take care of the horse(s). Two or three acres of pasture. Pictures available. Located at 562 Ripley Rd Waterbury Center. $225/month, utilities included. Michael Roche, 802-233-7046. 

10/21/2016

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 2016 ANNUAL TUNBRIDGE RIDE!!!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 2016 ANNUAL TUNBRIDGE RIDE!!!

 

SOME NEW TRAILS WILL TAKE US THROUGH LOTS OF WOODS W/SPECTACULAR VIEWS!!

 

ENJOY THE TACK SHOP ON SITE, OUR SILENT AUCTION, ON THE SPOT PHOTO, USED TACK SALE, DELICIOUS FOOD AND NEW/OLD FRIENDS!!

 

HURRY~~~  HURRY~~~ HURRY

 

Contact

classicarriage@gmail.com

or visit http://www.vthorsecouncil.org/tunbridge-ride for more information

 

REGISTRATION IS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 11……………..