Monday, May 14, 2018

Robin and Wilson Groves Article

All of us have been lucky to run across Robin and Wilson Grove.
Most of us have competed with Robin and Wilson. 
Many of us have taken lessons with Robin and Wilson.
Some of us have even had horses trained by them. 
I believe the term is " my horse has been Groverized " !
Here is a great article about the great duo.

Douglas Bejarano

Who is looking at our web site ?

Good afternoon! I wanted to send VERDA some positive feedback- I was teaching an environmental science lesson to some elementary students this past weekend, and when they were doing a natural resource webquest they ended up on your webpage (this page here They thought I should tell you we were using the land conservation links there and found some great information so thanks :) we enjoyed learning about horse riding as well!

The kids also decided it would be nice of us to return the favor, so I had them pick out a good conservation page for us to share with you!

"Home Science: Backyard Conservation" -
It has lots of great information for kids on conservation so they thought it'd be a helpful link for you to add to the land conservation sites on that page they found... would you be able to? They'd be so proud and I'd love to show them their suggestion :) Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!!

Miss Ainsworth and Lauren, Ashlee, Jordan, and Lane

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Year End Awards for 2017

High Point VERDA Rider attending Vermont rides

January Thaw 25 CTR  Ride       Jenny Kimberly 
                       25 CTR Drive       Robin Groves

Brown Bag    15 CTR                  Sara Lareau 
                       25 CTR                 Rhonda Batchelder

Bare Bones   30 Endurance         Cynthia Seames
                      50 Endurance         Steve Rojek

GMHA Spring 25 CTR               Rhonda Batchelder

GMHA Spring Endurance 
                          25 Mile             Susan Boyer 
                          50 Mile             Dedra Fisk

Moonlight Endurance
                         50 Mile             Haley Abbott
                         75 Mile             Heather Hoyns
                        100 Mile            N A 
                         50 mile            Cathrine Demick
                         day 1 25          Kathy Callen-Rondeau
                         day 2 25          Nancy Gaynor
                         drive 25          Robin Groves

GMHA Distance Days
                        3 day 100       Steve Rojek
                        3 day 75         Sarah MacDonald
                        2 day 60         Nancy Gaynor
                        1 day 40         N A 
                        1 day 35         Haley Abbott
                        1 day 25         Chelsea Bouchard

VERDA Silver Hill CTR 25 Susan Boyer 

Warren Tessier 30 CTR        Debra Fisk

GMHA fall Endurance 
                         30 Mile        Kat Waters
                         50 Mile        Debra Fisk 
Kedron Fall Foliage 30
                        Ride             Rhonda Batchelder 
                        Drive           Wilson Grove 

High Score Rider               Debra Fisk 
             2nd                        Rhonda Batchelder 
             3rd                        Susan Boyer 
             4th                        Steven Rojek 
             5th                        Kat Waters 
             6th                        Catherine Demick
             7th tie                   Susan Boyer 
             7th tie                   Suzette Fagan
             9th                        Nancy Barci

High Mileage Rider           Debra Fisk 
             2nd                        Rhonda Batchelder 
             3rd                        Steven Rojek 
             4th                        Kat Waters 
             5th                        Catherine Demick
             6th tie                   Susan Boyer 
             6th tie                   Suzette Fagan
             8th                        Marlene Bottesi
             9th tie                  Anne Marie Savino
             9th  tie                 Sarah MacDonald

High point Horse               DB Prophet
             2nd                        Steelpiece One Night only 
             3rd                        Texas Sonset
             4th                        High Brook Quintessential
             5th                        SB Socrates
             6th                        Psynammon's Reilly 
             7th                        Tupelo Ace
             8th                        Dioner 
             9th                        Daystar Bentley

High Point Driver             Robin Groves 
           2nd                         Wilson Groves 
           3rd                          Jenny Kimberly 

High Point Junior             Haley Abbott 
         2nd                          Olivia Turney 

High Point Arab              DB Prophet owner Deb Fisk 
High Point 1/2 Arab        Texas Sonset  owner Catherine Demick 
High Point Morgan          Steelpeice One Night Only owner Rhonda Batchelder 
High Point Grade             Dioner owner Sarah MacDonald 

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