2017 VHC Reciprocity Ride

VHC Reciprocity Ride - Scholarship Fund Raising
Saturday, July 22, 2017 (rain or shine) 10 am – 3 pm
65 Preston Road, Orange, VT 05641

Come join us for this fun event geared toward youth and the young at heart. The VHC scholarship committee is hosting a Reciprocity Ride to raise funds for our scholarship accounts. It is specifically geared toward youth as a way to give back to our horse community. All of the entry ($50) and any additional pledges that participants raise and donate are 100% tax deductible. There will be 6-mile loop and an approximately 12-mile loop to choose from. The trails are wooded and field and for the most part groomed and wide so they are specifically suited for a mentor and youth, novice youth or the young at heart. Our hope is that riders experience the joy of the trails with their equine partner. We hope you will be inspired to raise money for this important mission. Three scholarship funds exist; Cliff Murray and Floyd Fuller Memorial Fund (college), Youth Fund (< 19 years old), and Adult Continuing Education (> 19 years old). Detailed descriptions can be found on the VHC website under services/scholarships.

On-line entries are encouraged or printed forms and check can be sent to (checks payable to VHC): Cortni Cleveland, VHC Treasurer PO Box 574 Hardwick, VT 05843 (802) 472-8448 We will have a staggered start of riders starting at 10 am. Please note there are 30 rider spots. Entries are on a first come basis. We highly encourage pre entry. If spots are open on the day of the event, entries will be taken at that time ($25 post entry fee applies). Please call the ride manager, Jeannette Cole (802-595-9567) to assure availability if you are post entering. We will enjoy each others company, but in order to assure all funds are used to support youth scholarships, this is a “no frills” ride. Please bring food and non-alcoholic drink for you and your horse. Negative Coggins test within 1 year, VHC membership and certified helmet required

Day Riders Only - Tunbridge Ride
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Enjoy pictures and details from our 2015 Tunbridge Ride:

The Happy Trails of Tunbridge, VT

It’s September 25, 2015.  Trailers by the dozen appear at the Tunbridge VT World’s Fair Grounds at 1 p.m. Creaking rigs, neighing horses, and the clatter of trucks heading  toward the entrance gate signals the beginning of The VHC annual Tunbridge Trail Ride.

Tunbridge welcomes the 140 or so riders and horses with open arms.  The small but mighty town of 1284 people (2010 census) has covered bridges and churches that make the National Registry of Historical places.  Its World’s Fair has a history of its own, and the Fairgrounds are spotless – even starch white – in presentation.   Horse-camping here is a privilege. Whether you wire off a small paddock for your horses or use some of the stalls on the campgrounds, everyone feels safe and nestled-in at night when the air chills down, and the bonfire is lit.  

Personally, I tell friends it reminds me of a family reunion.  Families come from near and far.  There were riders this year from Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Hampshire.  It’s like all your friends meeting at one spot, bringing their favorite animals, favorite food, and happy demeanors.

Tunbridge, where you can ride up and down hills, through stunning greenery, rivers with covered bridges, pastures, farms, even cemeteries.  Did I mention how happy everyone is?  There are old friends, new friends, but everyone acts like they’ve known you forever.    The healthy smells of fall are in the air along with the familiar trail ride smells – horses, leather, coffee, bacon, sawdust, and hay.  And the ground shakes from the pounding of horses in big and small riding groups exploring the perfectly marked trails of 12-15 miles each day. The catered food is fabulous: bag lunch on the trail and hot breakfasts and dinners in the Fairground’s Gilman building.   

This year our weather was awesome: cool nights, crisp mornings, then warm temps in the day.  Horses were eager to go and the sights were pure Vermont.  The VHC Annual Tunbridge Trail Ride is a gift of gold.  I didn’t hear any complaints, except one.  A rider said to me “I could stay here a few more days and I’d pay double to do it.”  Can’t really call that a complaint. I’m sure a lot of people felt that way.

The VHC Tunbridge Committee is already working on next year’s ride.  Personally, I can’t wait.   Also check out www.onthespotphoto.com, under galleries, select equine folder and then selectVHC tunbridge Galleries 2015 and see the water crossings, trails, and lunch pictures for that weekend. See you there!

—  Bea Call-Morin and Terry Rose, October 2015