Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Changes for 2014

Juniors ride for $10.00 per day!
 This ride special for 2014 means any junior can enter out 15 mile or 25 mile CTR rides or a 30 or 50 mile endurance for only $10 bucks. Do a two day ride for $20.00 and the 3 day 100 for $30.00 !!!

Horse mileage program ends! 
 Our Data base for horse mileage has disappeared in to cyber space. We have had many discussions trying to see if we can bring it back but technology wise and personnel to do it is just an impossible task for our club. If you have signed up this year for mileage you will be refunded. As a consolation any horse a member rides will automatically gain points for the year for the year end high point breed award. You no longer have to registrar the horses you plan to ride. VERDA will be giving awards for Arab, Half Arab, Morgan and Grade.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 thaw Ride Results

We had a Real Thaw this year and on the scheduled date The cold weather early in the week broke the night before the ride and and the temps came up to a manageable 30. This years surprise was we
3 times more people in the 15 miler than the 25 mile ride.

January Thaw Ride/Drive Results

Champion:               Robin Groves & UVM Worthy
Reserve Champion: Wilson Groves & Marty

Champion:               Wendy Bejarano & Ziggy
Reserve Champion: Jenny Kimberly & Marshal
1st:                           Erin Lowe & Callie

15 Mile CDR
Jr: Gail Morse & TD Shadow Dancer
Ruth Ferland & Bie-Kin
Christina Phillips & SHG Jonas
Jennifer Ehler & RG Black Fletcher
Chip Kendall & Burt
Anne Marie Savino & Annie
Marlene Bottesi & Dixie Dee
Roxanne Winslow & Ali Kazem
Liz Tallberg

2012 Year End Awards

2012 VERDA members
top VERDA finisher(s) in each ride

January Thaw                      Courtney Walker
                                            Connie Walker
January Thaw Drive            Robin Groves
GMHA Mud Ride               Alice Bradeen
GMA Mud Drive                Connie Walker
Brown Bag                          Deb Fisk
Bare Bones                          Courtney Walker
GMHA June 25 Ride          Deb Fisk
GMHA June 25 Drive       Jenny Kimberly
GMHA July 25 Sat. Ride   Ray Johnson
GMHA July 25 Sat Drive  Wilson Groves
GMHA July 25 Sun Ride   Nancy Okun
GMHA July 25 Sun Drive Wilson Groves
GMHA 2 day 50 Ride        Gene Limlaw
GMHA 2 day 50 Drive      Jenny Kimberly
VT 100 Endurance            Christina Phillips
Moonlight in VT 50          Gene Limlaw
VERDA 100 Drive           Robin Groves
VERDA 40 Drive            Wilson Groves
VERDA 40 Ride              Deb Fisk
VERDA 35 Drive            Wilson Groves
VERDA 35 Ride              Carrie Tenney
VERDA 25 Drive            Larry Smith
VERDA 25 Ride              Deb Fisk
GMHA 3 day 100            Marlene Bottesi
GMHA 2 day 60              Rhonda Batchelder
GMHA 40                       Anne Marie Savino
Warren Tessier                Carol Metayer
GMHA 50                       Deb Fisk
GMHA LD                     Wendy Bejarano
VERDA 30 Ride            Christina Phillips
VERDA 30 Drive          Robin Groves


Champion Wilson Groves
Reserve Champion Robin Groves
1st Doug Bejarano
2nd Clark Tharrett
3rd Jenny Kimberly
4th Lorraine Thurber
5th Larry Smith
6th Scott Monahan

Champion Deb Fisk
Reserve Champion Anne Marie Savino
1st Christina Phillips
2nd Steve Rojek
3rd Rhonda Batchelder
4th Gene Limlaw
5th Courtney Walker
6th Carrie Tenney
7th Carol Metayer
8th Heather Hoyns
9th Suzette Fegan
10th Ray Johnson

Champion                        Leah Titus
Reserve Champion          Olivia Turney

High Mileage Rider        Christina Phillips
High Mileage Drive        Wilson Groves
High Point Morgan         Little Acre Prince Andrew
High Point Arab              DB Prophet
High Point ½ Arab         Zainal
High Point Grade           Dixie Dee

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Help Wanted for 2013

VERDA needs more volenteers!
We need managers for the VERDA 30 and the 100-15 Drive and Ride Along

Meeting secretary to take notes

VERDA news post person!

Always can use P & R people, water crew and scribes at rides!

Friday, December 7, 2012

2012-2013 winter meetings

Join us while we plan the upcoming years events. Meetings start with a pot luck at 6:30

November 13th    GMHA
December 11th    Polly Smiths
January 8th          Evergreen Equine clinic Dr Hoyns
February 16th      Brownsville Historical soc. Awards Banquet
March 11th          Polly Smiths
April 9th              Polly Smiths

Monday, March 5, 2012

2012 Thaw Ride Results


Place score Riders Horse

1 100 Courtney Walker Picaboo Street
1 100 Connie Walker Hermoiner Granger
1 100 Erin Lowe Callista Rain
4 99 Christina Phillips Sir Douglas
5 96.75 Heather Hoyns Zainal
6 94.5 Jenny Kimberly Shyrocco Lyric

1 98.5 Leah Titus Dixie Dee


1 99.5 Robin Groves Derwanda Ricardo
2 97.5 Wilson Groves RG Black Fletcher

New Beginners Clinic

Date : May 11th 2012 Location : Cornish Town Hall

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Cornish NH (RT

Come learn about the exiting sports of Competitive Trail Riding and Endurance riding. This clinic

will provide information about the care, fitness and preparation of your horse for these sports. With hands on experience you can learn about pacing, the vetting process, taking your horses pulse and what can and can not be used. You will observe the actual vetting in process for the following days Brown Bag 25 CTR with the instructor. Then we will finish with a questions and answer panel with judges, managers and competitors.

Contact Douglas Bejarano 802 484 3406 or

GMHA Winter Seminar

March 1, 2012 Ellen Tully 802 457 1509


South Woodstock, VT: In keeping with their mission to provide education, GMHA will be hosting a full day of equine related seminars starting with “Aiding Vermont’s Horses” presented by Gina Brown, Director of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. Topics of “Colic: How to Make Life-saving Decisions” and “Is it Just a Cough” will be presented by Dr. Daniela Bedenice of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Seminar is geared toward horse owners and horse enthusiasts, but all are welcomed.

Saturday March 17th

Tickets are $20/GMHA Members; $30/Non-GMHA Members, lunch is included.

RSVPs are required by March 12th. Full details can be viewed at or by calling: 802-457-1509

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Meeting location

Polly Smith has opened her home up for the rest of the winter meetings.
January, March and Aprils meeting will be held at her home on Hammond Hill Rd
in West Windsor VT.
From RT 44 in Brownsville turn north on to the Hartland Brownsville RD
drive a couple of miles to the third road on the right. Polly's is the first house on
the right. Note don't take the second road on the right that is the wrong end of Hammond hill!

Monday, October 17, 2011


Its time for our winter meetings to start.
Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from November to April. The meetings will be at the GMHA members room with food being served at 6:30 and the meeting starting at 7:00. The November meeting we will supply Pizza and the other meetings will be pot luck. The Febuary meeting will be replaced by the awards banquet. If you around we would love to see you there!

First meeting Tuesday November 8th 2011

Leland passes on

Anne Marie Savino had to put Leland down after the GMHA 50. She assisted in the AERC mandatory necropsy and they found he suffered from a partial twist in his small intestine. It shows you can do everything right and still suffer a loss. If you would like to send Anne Marie a donation to help with these expenses please make out a check to VERDA and send them to 374 Coon Club Rd W. Windsor Vt 05089. You can also bring a donation to the Eatathon .

Our hearts also go out the Boyers who had to put Sparker down just before the weekend.

Eatathon in on the 29th

The eatathon will be in Cornish NH and will be on Saturday the 29th with a rain date of the 30th.
Contact Ruth Ferland or Joy Axten ( Secretary )