Trail Rides

78th Annual 100-Mile RideCompetitive Trail Riding (CTR) and Endurance are both long distance riding sports that differ in several ways.

CTR offers shorter distances where the rider travels the same moderate pace within a set window of time to complete. Endurance offers the rider an opportunity to race a well prepared horse, however, the majority of riders prefer to finish within a time suitable for their horse’s level of fitness and well within the time allotted. Both sports are strictly governed by veterinarian judging criteria to ensure that the horse’s welfare is kept paramount. Any serviceably sound, well-conditioned horse, who is ridden properly, may partake in either sport.

Pleasure Riding is offered throughout the GMHA season. Rides can range from semi-structured weekend events, to unstructured Member Day opportunities. Organized events offer a lunch or hospitality stop along a pre-set trail course, while unstructured rides offer permission access to a range of trail courses to be ridden independently of a group event. In both cases, riders choose to ride out at their own horses’ pace and pleasure.

Interested in learning more about Competitive Trail Riding? Why not volunteer to help at a ride?

Trail Omnibus

The Omnibus has everything you need to know about GMHA's Trail Events! Download your copy for all the info on our Competitive Trail, Endurance, Pleasure Rides, and Members' Days. Read the Trail Omnibus first, then download an entry form for the event you'd like to enter!

2014 Trail Omnibus 

Check back for the 2015 Trail Omnibus.  

**Special Note for 2015: GMHA will be going green! The Omnibus will be distributed by email, and is always available here on the website. If you would like to continue to receive the Omnibus by mail, please contact us! 

Visit the Distance Days Facebook Page for information and updates about Distance Days!

Trail Clinic
(April 25, 2015)

New format for 2015. Details to come!

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2014 Trail Clinic

 

 

 

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15-Mile Mud Ride & Drive and 5-10-15-Mile Pleasure Ride
(May 2-3, 2015)

New format for 2015. Check out the details below!

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2014 Mud Ride

New: There will be one ECTRA sanctioned 15-mile conditioning ride and drive on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be an option for a 5,10, or 15-mile pleasure ride or drive. 

Saturday: 15-Mile Conditioning Distance Ride & Drive: This is an ECTRA-sanctioned Conditioning Distance Ride/Drive. 

Sunday: 5-10-15-Mile Pleasure Ride/Drive: Pick your distance! 

 2014 Results 

Trailer Rides
(May, September, October 2015)

New format for 2015. Check out the details below!

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The Trailer Rides are back! Join us the Thursday before each Pleasure Ride as we trek to different locations and explore the trails as a group!

Memorial Day Trailer Ride (May 21): Mt. Tom

Fall Foliage I Trailer Ride (September 24): Weathersfield Dam 

Fall Foliage II Trailer Ride (October 8): location TBD

Memorial Day Pleasure Rides
(May 22-24, 2015)

Enjoy GMHA's most beautiful trails at your leisure!

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2014 Memorial Day Pleasure RideJoin us for this year's Memorial Day Pleasure Rides!

We invite riders of all disciplines, ages, and abilities to join us for these opportunities to enjoy GMHA’s legendary trails at your own pace with your favorite friends, both human and equine.

Each day begins with a light breakfast fare and ride briefing. Trail is then open for riders to head out at their own pace on either a short loop or long loop option; depending on weather conditions, lunch may be served at a scenic spot along the way or back at GMHA.

The Pleasure Rides offer many opportunities for socializing.

  • A small BYOB, Welcome Gathering is held for Friday arrivals in the Members’ Room.
  • A lovely dinner buffet is held Saturday in the Youth Center at GMHA with fun activities planned.

Maximize your options to include sightseeing nearby spots of interest, shop downtown, or just hang with your horse under the stable’s eaves, after a good day’s ride. The weekend concludes with a Sunday brunch buffet. Please see pricing details in the Omnibus.

No Frills Pleasure Rides
(June & August)

Trailer in, ride a trail, and share a potluck lunch!

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New for 2015! Join us for one or all three of our No Frills Pleasure Rides. Trailer in to GMHA, pick a trail and distance to ride, and share a potluck lunch when you return!

June 12, August 1, August 30

25-Mile Ride & Drive & Conditioning Distance Ride
(June 13, 2015)

Pick your distance: 25-miles or 15-miles. Both rides are ECTRA sanctioned.

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2014 June 25-Mile
ECTRA Sanctioned ride.

Choose to ride or drive in the 25-Mile CTR or ride in the 15-Mile CDR. 

25-Milers will depart beginning at 6:30am, and 15-Milers will depart beginning at 8:30am.

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50/25-Mile Endurance Ride
(June 14, 2015)

New for 2015! Following the June 25-Mile. Details to come!

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New for 2015! There will be a 50/25-Mile Endurance Ride held after the June 25-Mile ride. Make it a weekend trip and do both!

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25-/25-/50-Mile Ride
(August 1-2, 2015)

Pick your distance! All distances are ECTRA sanctioned.

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2014 50-Mile DriveOptions galore! Your choice of:

Saturday: 25-Mile Ride or Drive

Sunday: 25-Mile Ride or Drive

50-Mile Ride or Drive: Ride 25 miles on both Saturday & Sunday

Join us for a great weekend of trail riding at GMHA! 

Note: There is no longer a CDR offered with this ride.

2014 Results 

Hunter Pace
(August 29, 2015)

A beautiful course staring and finishing at GMHA, with a good variety of optional and inviting jumps make this a not-to-be-missed event!

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2014 Hunter PaceJoin us for the second year! The course will be approx. 8 miles of open grassland and beautiful trails with a great selection of optional jumps, none exceeding 3’3”, all with go‐arounds. There will be a halfway rest with water for horses and light refreshments for riders.

Teams of 2 or 3 riders may enter the 'Hunting' division if they intend to go at a good hunting pace, or the 'Hacking' division if they intend a more leisurely ride. Ribbons to 8th place in each division. Dress safe and tidy according to weather ‐ approved helmets compulsory.

 

Distance Days: Featuring the 79th Annual 100-Mile Competitive Trail Ride
(September 4-6, 2015)

Join us for the 79th Anniversary of GMHA's most historic event, plus three days of trail riding fun with a variety of distances from 15 to 100-Miles!

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100-Mile Ride: September 4-6 
40 miles Friday, 35 miles Saturday, & 25 miles Sunday

60-Mile Ride: September 5-6
35 miles Saturday & 25 miles Sunday

35-Mile Ride: September 5
Saturday only

25-Mile Ride: September 6
Sunday only

15-Mile Ride: September 5
Saturday only

Pleasure Rides: September 4-6
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 

Visit the Distance Days Facebook page for picutres from the event!

2014 Results

Fall Foliage Ride I
(September 26-27, 2015)

Enjoy Vermont's finest foliage on horseback!

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2014 Fall Foliage 1We invite riders of all disciplines, ages, and abilities to join us for these opportunities to enjoy GMHA’s legendary trails at your own pace with your favorite friends, both human and equine. Ride some of Vermont's most scenic trails at the height of foliage season!

Each day begins with a light breakfast fare and ride briefing. Trail is then open for riders to head out at their own pace on either a short loop or long loop option; depending on weather conditions, lunch may be served at a scenic spot along the way, or back at GMHA.

The Pleasure Rides offer many opportunities for socializing. New this year, a small BYOB, Welcome Gathering is held for Friday arrivals in the Members’ Room. A lovely dinner buffet is held Saturday in the Youth Center, at GMHA, with fun activities planned.

Maximize your options to include sightseeing nearby spots of interest, shop downtown, or just hang with your horse under the stable’s eaves, after a good day’s ride. The weekend concludes with a Sunday brunch buffet. Please see pricing details in the Omnibus.

Fall Foliage Ride II
(October 9-11, 2015)

GMHA's scenic trails. Fabulous foliage. You, your horse, and your friends. What could be better?

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2014 Fall Foliage 2We invite riders of all disciplines, ages, and abilities to join us for these opportunities to enjoy GMHA’s legendary trails at your own pace with your favorite friends, both human and equine. Ride some of Vermont's most scenic trails at the height of foliage season!

Ride one, two, or all three days- the choice is yours.

Each day begins with a light breakfast fare and ride briefing. Trail is then open for riders to head out at their own pace on either a short loop or long loop option; depending on weather conditions, lunch may be served at a scenic spot along the way, or back at GMHA.

The Pleasure Rides offer many opportunities for socializing. New this year, a small BYOB, Welcome Gathering is held for Friday arrivals in the Members’ Room. A lovely dinner buffet is held Saturday in the Youth Center, at GMHA, with fun activities planned.

Maximize your options to include sightseeing nearby spots of interest, shop downtown, or just hang with your horse under the stable’s eaves, after a good day’s ride. The weekend concludes with a Sunday brunch buffet. Please see pricing details in the Omnibus.

Ride for the Cure
(October 12, 2015)

Support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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2014 Ride for the Cure


6th Annual Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure

A 10-Mile Pleasure Ride from the GMHA Grounds.

For ride details, or to register today, please visit www.komenvtnh.org!

Stabling is available through GMHA for Sunday night- day stalls are also available on Monday. 

50-Mile & 30-Mile Endurance Ride
(October 17, 2015)

AERC & ECTRA-sanctioned. Choose your distance!

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The 50-Mile & 30-Mile Limited Distance Endurance Ride will cap off the GMHA season, taking place on October 17, 2014. The trail course design will continue with the format of varying loops, all returning to camp each time for the mandatory hold and vet check. This ride draws both Competitive Trail riders and Endurance riders, as many folks enjoy competing in both types of distance riding.

GMHA’s trails offer terrific views of Vermont’s best scenery at the height of foliage season- a sight that is not to be missed!

2014 Results

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