Vice President Candidate, Chelle Grald

Hello! I live in Weathersfield, VT, with my husband, Eric, and three gaited pleasure horses. For the past five years, I have been the Trails & Rides Manager at the Green Mountain Horse Association. My experience in running organized trail rides and managing a very large privately-owned trail system has been helpful in serving VHC as a Board member in 2018. Now that I am stepping back from my role at GMHA, I would like to become more involved with VHC. I have been active in VHC for the past three years, primarily as a trails advocate. I am trained in sustainable equestrian trail design, construction and maintenance and have offered help to the Vermont FPR and the Green Mountain National Forest. We have several projects in the planning stages where VHC is working with those entities to expand or establish equestrian trails on public land. I have authored several articles on trail topics and have spoken at the Vermont Recreation Conference. I will be speaking at the International Trails Symposium in Syracuse, NY this Spring on the topic of conflict on multi-use trails. For the past 2 years, I have been VHC’s delegate to the Coalition of State Horse Councils meeting. I look forward to continuing to learn from other Horse Councils and bringing that knowledge back to Vermont. I see the most important initiatives coming for VHC in 2019 to be: completion of the Economic Impact Study, execution of the new MOU with Vermont FPR for trails, continued advocacy and work on public trails all across the state and the growth of our membership and donation base. I will be out of state during the Annual Meeting, unfortunately, but I hope you will consult with others on the Board who have worked closely with me over the past few years and feel free to reach out to me by email with questions.