Apr
6
Sep 7

Midstate Riding Club Drill Team

Are you looking for some exercise for your body and mind? Would your horse benefit from the same? Then please come and join the Midstate Riding Club drill team.

Equestrian drill teams have evolved from their original military origin into synchronized, precision maneuvers on horseback purely for the enjoyment of participants and a variety of audiences. Horses learn to modulate their gaits effectively, work in close proximity with other horses and become softly responsive to rider cues. Teams can consist of 4 to 20 members and often perform to audiences worldwide. Two famous drill teams of note are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Queen’s Guard. Competitions are held within the United States under the governance of the United States Equestrian Drill Association (USEDA). This might be our future vision, but for our team, we will start with the basics.

We will begin human practice on April 6, 2017 at 6 pm at Charlie Ballou’s indoor arena. The address is 3138 West Street, Brookfield, VT 05036. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm. Drill safety, patterns and music will be the order of business for the first four weeks.

May 4, 2017, weather permitting; we will bring our horses to the Midstate Riding Ring in Randolph, Vermont. From that day through September 7, 2017 we will improve our drill skills with our horses each week.

All members are welcome to attend free of charge. Jeannette Cole will be the drill coach and will offer guidance and encouragement from the ground. If you are not a member, but would like to join the group please access the membership form on the Midstate Riding Club website (http://www.midstateridingclubvt.org).

All sessions start at 6 pm and end at 7 pm. Helmets are required for all mounted sessions. We will start slowly, working at a walk or a trot. Therefore, if you are a beginner to drill team we hope you will feel quite welcome. These sessions are about having fun with your horse, enjoying time with your equine community and learning new skills.

Hope to see you in April!


May
21
5:00 pm17:00

Equine Communication Made Easy Workshop

The workshop on May 21 is Horse Speak with Sharon WIlsie

Co-sponsored by VHC and Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program at Good Hope Farm 57 East Shore Road South Hero, VT 05486

Pricing:

including lunch, dessert, snacks and beverages

Participants with Horses

  • $125 VHC members          
  • $160 non-members

Auditors

  • $40 VHC members
  • $35 VHC Junior members       
  • $50 non-members
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    Sep
    8
    Sep 10

    NEKET Ride

    Sept. 8-10, 2017

    Check back later for more details!


    Feb
    4
    1:00 pm13:00

    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

     

     

     

    Jan
    28
    8:30 pm20:30

    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

     

    Oct
    22
    11:30 am11:30

    VHC Rendez-vous and Membership Meeting

    Date: October 22, 2016

    Time:  11:30 AM - 3 PM

    Rochester Ranger District Office   99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT
    shared driveway with Sunshine Valley Berry Farm north of Rochester on Route 100

    Join your Vermont Horse Council friends in Rochester, VT to learn about the Robinson Integrated Project - a Green Mountain National Forest land management effort for nearly 60,000 acres in Addison, Rutland and Windsor Counties. Holly Knox of the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts will introduce the project, discuss how the process works, and then listen to feedback and suggestions.
    The by-law committee will present proposed amendments for a vote by the membership. A warning and copy of the proposals will be sent to current members via US Postal Service and will be posted on our website.
    We'll have our VHC program updates, a potluck lunch and an opportunity to share stories from a summer of riding fun!

     

     

    Sep
    15
    Sep 18

    Tunbridge Fair Horse Show & Gymkhana

    September 15/16/17/18  Tunbridge Fair Horse Show & Gymkhana

    Join our weekend trail ride through Vermont’s beautiful Mountains at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds.  The weekend includes 2 day trail ride with an approximately 12 to 17 mile loop each day. (A shortcut route will be available after we reach the lunch spot). The trails are dirt roads, up and down hillsides, so get ready for a wonderful weekend of trail  riding. 

    Visit our Tunbridge Page for more info

    Sep
    7
    Sep 11

    NEKET Trail Ride

    Date: Sept. 7-11, 2016

    Location: NEKET Trail

    Location:  2364 Victory Hill Road , North Concord Vermont 05858

    Turn onto Victory Road from route 2 in North Concord Vt. Go about 4-5 miles and turn left onto Victory Hill Road ( road is dirt, just before Victory Hill Road is a cow farm on the right and an old school house on the left. ) go up big hill, road will split, and stay right . After a small bridge take a right into Walt's driveway by his farmhouse . The field is outback. Look for signs. Please, no one park in the middle of the field - stay to the outside. Call Melissa Abbott's cell for more info (603) 833-1767.   

    Aug
    28
    7:30 pm19:30

    DRHC Gymkhana

    August 28             
    DRHC Gymkhana Rain
    date @
    Carpenter Park in Washington,
    Jim
    883-5571 (If not needed,? A fun day)

    Aug
    26
    Aug 28

    Willoughby Ride

     

    Vermont Horse Council will be having a ride for it's members in the Willoughby State Forest again this year on August 26th to August 28th.  Camping is being donated by the Mary Theotokos Retreat Center on RT 5A.  Same field as last year.  Water will be provided for horses via a hose into the field.  If water is easier for you to bring you might consider doing that since hauling it across the field is still something you'll have to do.  No access inside the retreat this year, a port-a-potty will be on site.

    All VHC members are welcomed and the fee per person for the weekend is $20.00.  If you are not a member you have a chance to become a member before the ride or at the ride.  . 

    Please download and fill out the WSF Entry Form and  Liability/Release form below. For now the trails have been identified, approved, and mapped out for riders to enjoy. Karen Rosemark is lead on this committee, please contact her for more information:  waterdanceacres@yahoo.com.

    Phase #1 Map of the Willoughby Trail (download pdf here)

     

     

     

    Aug
    20
    11:30 am11:30

    VHC Competitive Trail Ride ***CANCELED***

    What is a Competitive Trail Ride(CTR)?

    A CTR is a judged and timed ride that covers any distance of 25 miles or more. Rides of greater than 40 miles usually take place over multiple days.  Most one day rides are 25 or 30 miles.

    CTR's are set up to be timed, with acceptable times based on an average speed of approximately 5.6 mph. e.g. for a 25 mile ride, acceptable times are 4 hrs 10 minutes to 4 hrs 40 minutes.  Early or late arrivals are subject to penalty points.

    Judging and scoring is based totally on the condition of the horse. As is sometimes said, “riders don't count”,as long as you can sit a horse for 25 miles, whether you are lame or not doesn't matter. 

    Horses are inspected by a veteranarian and/or lay judge before and then again after the ride. Points arededucted for any changes for the worse.  The horse that changes the least is declared the winner.  Even though we all strive for it, the horse doesn't have to be perfect at the beginning, as long as the judge determines it is sound enough to begin.  The health and safety of the horse is the ultimate concern of the judge(s). Any noticed lameness, stress, or abnormality before or during the ride may result in elimination. A pre-printed score sheet is used for each horse, with “before” and “after” columns for each general area being judged. Just a few of these areas include lameness, scratches and abnormalities on each leg and tack area, plus metabolics concerns such as dehydration, pulse and respiration, and temperature.

    CTR's in the eastern United States are sanctioned by the Eastern Comptetitive Ride Association (ECTRA). All times, rules, judging criteria are determined by ECTRA.  ECTRA also tracks all horse and rider mileage for it's members.  Some people try to accumulate mileage on their horses and for themselves, while others strive for excellence. Both are rewarded.  One rider has accumulated more than 50,000 sanctioned miles! That is a lot of 25 – 100 mile rides!

    For more info on CTR's, I refer you to the ECTRA web site: www.ectra.org  and the ECTRA rulebook at: http://ectra.org/cms/images/stories/ECTRA_Rulebook/2016_ECTRA_Rulebook.pdf

    Vermont Horse Council is hosting a CTR on August 20 at the NEKET trail system in Victory. The ride will be 25 miles. There will be the traditional judged ride, plus a Pass/Fail division for those that want to ride without receiving a score just a Pass or Fail grade.  There will also be “Conditioning Distance Ride” of 13-15 miles.  It will be judged as a Pass/Fail. If you don't think you or your horse isn't “up” for 25 miles, this might be a choice for you.  Entry forms can be found on the VHC web site at www.vthorsecouncil.org

    A few tips for new CTR/CDR riders:

    You'll need a Coggins and Rabies.  When the vet comes out to administer, ask him/her to watch your horse trot in hand and look for anything that might be a hinderance.

    -        Proper tack fit is essential, both for conditioning and during competition. No piece of tack should cause rubs or hair loss.

    -        Ask your farrier is they think your horse is capable of carrying 25 miles over varying terrain.

    -        Practice, practice, practice.

    -        Go on the ECTRA Facebook page or their Yahoo group and ask questions. They are very willing to help new riders.  See if any seasoned riders are near you and will go on a practice ride with you.

    -        Most riders compete against their previous scores and are willing to help you become someone your horse is proud of!

    -        Any breed or type can be successful in this sport and many breed organizations have award programs that make it more fun.

    Aug
    17
    7:30 pm19:30

    DRHC meeting & Fun @ Carpenter Park

    August 17      
    DRHC meeting & Fun @ Carpenter Park in Washington,
    Picnic style
     potluck Jim 883-5571
    (Funny Business only, bring the hole family)

    Horseshoes and Horse Hoop shoot (5:30 social time, Meeting at 7:00)