2017 Vermont Horse Council Nominations

Greetings VHC Members! It is that time of year when we need to elect our Executive Board and open Board of Directors seats. In my short time as a BOD (since January) I have seen a huge amount of growth and working together to achieve major milestones. I am impressed to say the least! We have an organization to be proud of—onethat continues to develop and gain credibility across the state of Vermont: from state agencies and businesses to teaching organizations and individual horse owners.
A big round of applause to ALL who have served and helped move efforts forward in 2016! A special thank you to Karen Rosemark (BOD 2013-2016) for initiating various endeavors and carrying the torch, then graciously pass the torch for others to hold and shine bright. Karen generously donated her time, energy and funds. We all sincerely hope she continues on in some capacity to contribute her value to VHC.
For upcoming 2017, all four seats on the Executive Board need your consideration, as well as 2 BOD seats. Any VHC member can run for these positions, and as Nominations Committee Lead, I am putting forth the following people as prime nominations.

—Lucinda Newman (BOD)

Executive Board of Directors
1-year term

Position: President                         Candidate: Heidi Krantz
I live in Craftsbury with my husband, dog Koivu and 3 mares – 2 Morgans and a Mustang. I’ve learned a lot about different personalities living with this “family”! I’d like to be president of the Vermont Horse Council one more year because I would like to complete some projects such as the new corrals at Groton with Phyllis Civitello, signing a cooperative agreement with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to solidify our relationship as their equine trail partner, and to host a second Equine Industry Summit. I hope to continue our successful work with the Governor’s Highway Safety Alliance under the leadership of Carmel Stone, and to undertake an equine industry economic impact study for the state of Vermont. Raising awareness of the Vermont Horse Council and the resources we can provide to horse owners in our state is another important goal.
I have ridden and owned horses for nearly 50 years. I was active in 4-H as a kid, and enjoyed learning about many disciplines including trail riding, competitive driving and dressage. I have had 5 horses in my life – watched 2 during their birth and sadly have had to bury two. It has been a privilege to be part of the Vermont Horse Council – thank you for that opportunity.
Position: Vice President                Candidate:  Jeanette Cole
I am Jeannette Cole and am running for the office of Vice President of the Vermont Horse Council.  Currently I am serving as one of the Board of Directors.   I recently retired after 39 years in various management roles within food manufacturing.   My family (husband and two children) and I have had the privilege of living in Vermont since 1996.
Some of you who are long time members of the Vermont Horse Council will remember that I have served as secretary for this organization for two terms when Mike Benoit was president.  In addition, I have been an active voice and volunteer in the equine trail development within Groton Forest. Currently I have an interest in building my teaching skills to introduce and foster connections between horses and youth.  I am a life long learner; horses have helped to fulfill this core value since 1962.   I have served on the board and in a secretarial capacity for the Eastern Competitive Trail Riding Association (ECTRA), have received my Level 1 Centered Riding Instructor Certification (now lapsed), participated as an auditor or rider with several natural horsemen including Dave Ellis, Jody Grimm-Ellis, Greg Eliel, Buck Brannaman, Glenn Stewart, and Sarah Grimm and have enjoyed being involved in several different capacities with my local riding club (Midstate Riding Club).  All of these experiences have broadened my understanding of myself, improved my horsemanship skills and connected me to a cherished community throughout the United States and Canada. 
With my business background, my proven track record of leading and participating on successful teams and my strong desire to be a part of the continued growth in membership and partnerships with many disciplines within our communities and organization, I hope you will look favorably on my candidacy.  I very much want to bring each member’s voice to the future direction of the Vermont Horse Council.  Thank you for your consideration. 
Position: Treasurer                         Candidate: Gloria Bruce
My name is Gloria Bruce and I am a wife, mother, and want-to-be homesteader that lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  I have served as Treasurer for the Vermont Horse Council for the past year and I have been requested to service the council in this capacity for another year.
In the past year, we have transitioned our financial record-keeping and management to Quickbooks Online.  This transition has provided a number of benefits to include the ability for more than one person to access our financial platform at any given time from any given location.  This provides a check-and-balance environment that adds security for VHC financials.  Further, we are now able to track the engagement of our members year-over-year and we are able to provide more detailed information regarding our income, expenses, events and similar. The transition to Quickbooks is not yet complete as there are still opportunities for the VHC to leverage the Quickbooks platform in new and exciting ways.  If I continue on I would be in position to assist the VHC in furthering this transition.
I hold an M.S. in Management and Leadership and a B.S. in Corporate and Organizational Communication.  I am, at present, the Director of Communications and Marketing at Lyndon Institute, an independent high school located in Lyndon Center, VT.  I have served on a number of Boards throughout my career to include the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the Vermont Arts Council, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Nulhegan Gateway Association to name a few. 
Position: Secretary                          Candidate: Terry Rose
My name is Theresa Ferris Rose and everybody calls me Terry. I am running for Secretary of the Vermont Horse Council. I have been Secretary for the last 3 years. Before that I have held the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer. I am also on the Tunbridge Ride Committee, have helped with the latest version of the by-laws and was past membership chair. I also belong to Dog River Horse Club, Mid-State Riding Club.
I would like to run for Secretary as it allows me to be involved with a dynamic group of people, use my organizational skills, communicate with great leaders and get a lot accomplished. This is the best way for me to serve at VHC as constant committee work can be a challenge.  I type 100 words per minute, use Microsoft word, email and excel.  I have held this position and taken notes at board and general membership meetings for the last 3 years. I have made sure to get my minutes to the Board for approval prior to submitting them to the newsletter chair. My skills, personality and experience with the organization makes me a great fit for this position!

Board of Directors
3-year term

 Morris Lasell
I am Morris Lasell from Williamstown, VT   I have been a member of the Vermont Horse Council since 1979.  I have served as a director several times and I have worked on several committees.  I have worked on the Highway Safety Committee, The Clif Murray and Floyd Fuller Scholarship Committee, The Youth Scholarship Committee, the Nominating Committee, Farm Show Committee and the Trail Maintenance Fund Committee.  I served as president in 1976, 1977 and again in 2003.  I was Vice-President for 2016.  I am a member of the Cross State Trail Ride Assoc., Dog River Horse Club and Orange County Farm Bureau.  I have served in the Town of Williamstown as a lister for 3 years and was on the Select Board for 9 years (3 years as chairman).  I owned and operated my dairy farm in Williamstown for over 40 years.  I am looking forward to helping the VHC Board of Directors continue with our many worthwhile projects.  
Candidate: Jim Nickerson
I’ve been a VHC member for a little over a year. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of working with other members on growing our relationship with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in developing a partnering agreement that positions the VHC as the point of contact for equestrian use of state properties.  At the resource level, we have worked to expand trail use of the Willoughby State Forest, NEKET and the adjacent Victory Basin.  My equestrian career has included ownership of a 30-stall boarding and training facility for ten years and participation in Norfolk Hounds in Massachusetts where I earned my colors, Shamrock Hounds in Georgia and North Hills Hunt in Nebraska.  My current work as Vice President, Energy Services involves the siting and permitting of large scale energy projects around the country.  I see an important VHC goal as positioning the council to foster others in developing workable plans for using the extensive public land resources available to the equestrian community.

—Lucinda Newman, Jessica Riley and Jim Nickerson

The Places My Horses Take Me……

Gem of gems, a mix of my two passions; education and equines.  I have so many wonderful discoveries through my horses and this past month was no exception.  I landed in Kansas for the Coalition of State Horse Councils (a sub section of the American Horse Council) fall symposium. 

This year’s symposium was hosted by the Kansas Horse Council and was held October 28- 30. Before you snap your fingers and say, “oh darn, I missed it!” mark your calendar for November 10-12, 2017 when the next symposium will be held in Lexington, KY.  Meanwhile, I hope this overview will entice your participation in your state horse council and encourage you to attend next year’s event.

This meeting is a must do for equine enthusiasts interested in networking, increasing personal knowledge and observing equine related activities across the United States.  As a first-time attendee, I expected to participate in a three-day sit down conference.  Was I ever wrong!  The Coalition this year was represented by 16 states and the creativity for promoting equine education, legislation and activities was equally diversified.

Day one included speakers from The Certified Horsemanship Association (event planning, marketing and social media); Nonprofit Connect (Recruiting, Building, Maintaining and Managing and Effective Nonprofit Board); a Multi-User Trail Panel (successes and challenges for trail use by multiple groups); Equisure (assuring proper insurance coverage).   After dinner entertainment was a very informative and engaging presentation by Rob Kornacki entitled “Comanche, Famed Equine Survivor of Custer’s Last Stand”.  As a door prize, I won a Pulitzer Prize finalist book, Empire of the Summer Moon, written by S.C. Gwynne.   This true story is broadening my late 1800’s US history knowledge.

Day two had us up early and on a luxury bus headed to Kansas State Veterinary College where we heard presentations from veterinarians regarding drug compounding issues and pending legislation, mare fertility, research on tendon and ligament injuries and biosecurity.  After a delicious BBQ lunch, the Fort Riley Mounted Cavalry treated us to an exhibition ride.  Seeing a group of talented US service men in period uniform with their equally talented equine partners in period tack was a moving experience.

After the exhibition, we boarded the bus and headed through the Flint Hills section of Kansas to Mill Creek Lodge (built in 1865).  We received an oral history of the area from historian, Jim Hoy and upon arrival heard topics on Non Profit Board Compliance Issues (Denise Farris, Farris Law Firm); Hutchinson Correctional Facility Wild Mustang Program (Dexter Hedrick, Director); and saw some heartwarming videos from the sponsor of the event Merial (check out the one that thanks dads and moms).  After another delicious meal, we boarded the bus and enjoyed the documentary UnBranded over the backdrop of the sun setting on the prairie. 

Day three was a half-day dedicated to the CSHC business meeting before we all said our goodbyes and exchanged contact information.   My horses have brought me to yet another beautiful part of our country, have again widened my community and continue to add to my equine knowledge.  I hope they have also encouraged you to join us in 2017. 
—Jeannette Cole

ECTRA Winter Getaway & Annual Meeting

Looking for some fun things to do in the winter months when riding might not be in full swing…. 
You might be interested in the winter getaway sponsored by the Eastern Competitive Trail Riding Association (ECTRA).  All are welcome to attend.  There will be some very good speakers and it is always fun to mingle and chat with equestrians who know all the good trails in the Northeast.

ECTRA Winter Getaway & Annual Meeting

February 3, 4 , 5, 2017 Holiday Inn – 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA Intersection of I-495 & Rte. 111, Exit 28
We are preparing for a SPECTACULAR Winter Get-A-Way in 2017!!!

We are lengthening the span of our weekend to begin Friday at noon and end Sunday at noon. This will give us ample time to hear from our amazing selection of speakers!!  

  • Used Tack Table – got stuff you don’t need? Someone might NEED it!! Please make sure you TAG all of your items with your NAME, contact NUMBER & PRICE! Thank you
  • Silent Auction – if you would like to donate an item to ECTRA for the Silent Auction, please let me know. I will need a description of the item & recommended minimum bid. You will be referenced in the Weekend Program as a Silent Auction Sponsor.
  • Trade Show – Vendors! Please contact Louise to reserve a space – there is no charge. Louise Lester, 10 Hartley Lane, Raymond, ME 04071, (207) 894-8185, louise1@maine.rr.com
  • Door Prizes and 50/50 – if you would like to donate a door prize, please let me know. Also, come prepared for the 50/50 raffle at the Banquet!
  • FMI - Char Jewell, 17 Hartley Lane, Raymond, ME 04071, (207) 210-0541, ban_zus@yahoo.com   

Abridged Version of Vermont Horse Council Membership Meeting October 22, 2016

The 2016 fall quarterly meeting of the Vermont Horse Council, Inc. was held at Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) Building in Rochester, VThknox@fs.fed.us; (802) 767-4261 X 530).

Willoughby:  The committee met with Lou Bushy regarding horse campsites. VHC will show him the plans. The committee wants to stress VHC did have a permit and permission for all of the trails and roads used at the ride. The committee hopes to have another ride next year.

Tunbridge:  Motion was made to let the Tunbridge committee spend up to $900 on entertainment in 2017. The money will come from money received from the silent auction. Motion made by Morris Lasell, seconded by Phyllis Civitello.
Equine Summit: Jessica Riley spoke. The Summit will be held October 26th at VTC's Judd Hall. Primary goal is to bring equine industry professionals together to discuss challenges they are facing. A round table forum will be used for discussing equine economic impact within the state. The committee hopes to grow in number in the future.  

Jim Nickerson spoke about the Willoughby ride. There were questions regarding the location, the Insurance binder, and permits from the state. Questions about the permit ensued. Heidi is taking volunteers for dealing with the insurance, managing permits with the state, etc.  Jim suggested an annual fee of $50 for access to the state parks to cover VHC rides for the year. All approved.

Membership: Currently we have about 180 addresses. We are hoping for additional memberships after the Equine Summit, which was held on October 26, 2016.  Twenty-five (25) members receive their communication via USPS.
Jill DeVoe handed out her contact info, as she is now Newsletter editor. She is looking for feature stories of members. Meg Costello also offered to submit a write up about Groton to Mane Stream.

Website: Statistics regarding website traffic was shared by Heidi Krantz (5,706 visits; 13,878 page views; 4,073 audience size).  VHC pays $300 annually to Michelle Warren (webmaster) for her work.

The Clever Clover 4-H Club invited Heidi to an event they had where they demonstrated safety on horseback when trail riding and when on horseback in general. A newspaper article from The Herald of Randolph was shared with the group.

Heidi told about a horse in Jeffersonville that was struck by a car as the owner was walking a team up the road. Heidi contacted Judy Simpson and the event was reported on WCAX. The owner of the car was ticketed and given 2 points on her license. The "horses on the road" law does still exist, however horses are covered under "vulnerable users", which is a stricter classification. 

Governors Safety Alliance: Carmel will post on our website/newsletter, etc. Drivers' Ed and Governors highway safety information.

Nominations committee was appointed: Jessy Riley, Lucinda Newman, Jim Nickerson

Quilt Raffle was done:   James Deberville won the pillow,  Patricia Maloney won the quilt

By-laws results as counted by Jeannette Cole, Morris Lasell and Terry Rose were read and all proposed amendments were approved. Results as follows: Change #1 approved 23 to 5, Change #2 approved 20 to 8, Change #3 approved 21 to 7, Change #4 approved 22 to 6, Change #5 approved 23 to 4 with one blank, Change #6 approved 22 to 6, Change #7 approved 19 to 9, Change #8 approved 23 to 5.

Meeting adjourned at 3:20 pm; motion made by Sue James, seconded by Jeannette Cole.
—Terry Rose, Secretary

Tunbridge Ride 2016

How could it get any better? After all, isn’t it enough to see amazing horses, smell that great horse smell, and meet up with riders from all over the northeast and Canada? All of this in a backdrop of quaint VT at the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds?  I’ve grown accustomed to anticipate the beauty of the VHC Tunbridge ride every year.  It’s more than just “a ride”.  It’s an experience!  But the experience changed.  And in a good way.
The first stop is the entrance gate for registration and Coggins checks.  Everyone’s so pleasant.  Is it just because you’re getting away with your horse – or are horse people just happier people?( Hey, wouldn’t that make a great t-shirt slogan?) 
Anyway, it’s noisy but in a good way – of people happy to see you return and of folks happy to escape for the week-end.   Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont (of course), and Quebec, CA provided riders, rigs and horses of every size and a variety. 
Friday evening everyone mingles – greeting old riders and their horses. But it is also tradition to bring old tack or anything else to get rid of and offer it like an enormous garage sale.  Peeking into everyone’s piles of goods is such fun.  I look forward to it and try to clean out my barn for this ride. I picked up a Ralph Lauren shirt and a horse emblazoned denim vest for one of the gals watching my farm (she loved it).  I also picked up some very old but beautifully tooled stirrups – to use as decorations in our home.
When Saturday morning rolls around and we all meet for breakfast – the smells of coffee, sausage, and pancakes (with real butter and maple syrup of course) are like icing on the cake.
But we couldn’t wait to hear about the trails. Want to escape today’s fast world, with its constant news, texts, and emails? At Tunbridge we converse face-to-face. There is no internet here. In fact, I had no phone service (Sprint), but my husband did (AT&T).  You can’t read about the trails – you have to listen to Karen Blow as she describes them.  And she passes out maps so that you can look at them at the same time.  Be sure to listen for the color of ribbons used. Each day is different.
We had new caterers this year and when we all came in for dinner, they asked that we take seats at the tables which were already set, complete with cloth napkins perched on our plates.  Crackers and cheese were on tables and we were served salad and bread before they opened up the rest of the food-line. Ham, chicken and stuffing were next with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and a pie table that wouldn’t quit.
I promised myself to take it easy at meal times – but fell short – as the food was awesome. Add to that a silent auction, quilt raffle, and both new and returning faces made for a lot of energy in the room.
We missed Saturday’s ride because my horse was lame. Sunday my horse was better and we were excited to get out.  For awhile the ride was familiar – riding down the class 4 roads bordered by farms and vine draped fencelines.  We followed our perfectly laid out trail of pink ribbons.  Sometimes we think our horses see them before we do. They always seems to know when to turn.  Soon enough we were off the road and into the woods – climbing.  Tall trees and deep mossy ground surrounded us.
Such peace. There were old logging trails with turns pulling us deeper into the woods.  Finally we popped out on top with a spectacular panoramic view of the VT mountains.
Breathtaking.  We snapped a few pictures and pressed on.  The horses padded softly on the trail – even when we cantered it sounded soft and muffled.  Another peek out for some foliage and back into the woods for some more riding along gorgeous turning paths.  More of this and 12 miles later we were back home with huge smiles – like always. 
Tunbridge is the best.  Catered meals, horse smells, people laughing, the bonfire and singing, but most of all a community of like-minded people who are kind, and gracious. Even the new folks were just like old friends from high school.  Nothing beats this ride. But then let’s face it – horse people are just happier people. The VHC annual Tunbridge Trail ride just might be one reason why.                                                                                                                                     
—  Bea Gorin

Vermont Horse Council Equine Industry Summit

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Location: Vermont Technical College

 Summary Report

The first annual (in a number of years) Equine Industry Summit hosted by VHC at Vermont Technical College was a successful event. Over 60 business people attended from all facets of the equine industry, including farriers, veterinarians, directors of breed organizations and riding and driving clubs, stable owners, 4-h leaders, equine program college faculty, representatives from the State of Vermont Tourism Department, the State Veterinarian, and a number of VHC Board members and general members.

The key note speaker, Barbara Lindberg of the Cazenovia College Equine Business Department, and interim director for the New York State Center for Equine Business delivered an engaging and informative key note discussion on making equine businesses viable.

Roundtable discussion based around the topics of Liability and Legislation, Youth, Economic Impact, Recreation and Access were quite productive and many attendees felt not long enough (for further details on roundtable discussions, notes will be available on the VHC website soon). An exit survey was given to attendees at the end of the day and the results were quite positive overall. People felt the location and accommodations were more than adequate, including the food (always important!), would have liked the roundtable discussions to be longer (also a good thing- no one was bored or felt they dragged on too long), and the majority of attendees found the key note speaker helpful and interesting (a few people found her speech to be basic and solid business strategies, something those folks may have already been exposed to). Feedback that has been received “through the grapevine” after the summit has also been quite positive. The results of the working groups were voted on at the end of the day using colored dots, with blue as most important, red as second most important, and green as third. VHC’s goal of proceeding with an economic impact study was welcomed by the attendees, with 42 people choosing this as one of their top three choices for a topic to further investigate (Dots 42, blue: 29, red: 8, green: 5). Of particular importance to people in regards to the impact study:

a.      Number of horses involved

b.      Number of people involved

                                                              i.      How involved in the business of horses (i.e feed store, vet,

                                                             ii.      Income of people

                                                           iii.      Must know how to obtain survey

1.      Website, Vermont Horse Council


Other top short and long term goals include:

1.      Creating Partnerships within Vermont to support and encourage Youth (Dots 28, blue: 5, red: 12, green: 11)

a.      Identify “connectors” and influence in the horse community

b.      School and recreation department alignment

c.       Develop mentorship pool (“minions”, lifetime sports, interscholastic program)

d.      Existing agricultural organizations (FAA, IEA, 4-H, Pony Club)

2.      Insurance plus liability issues, definition, categories (Dots 30, blue: 7, red: 9, green: 14). Additionally, 17 people included developing a clear definition of horse related business for agricultural purposes (Dots 17, blue: 5, red: 6, green: 6). This could possibly be included with Insurance??