Trail Rides

GMHA Trail Ride

Competitive 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

2014 Trail Omnibus is now available! New this year...

 Please visit each ride below to download an entry form.

 **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! 

Biosecurity Fact Sheet: Help Keep Our Horses Healthy!

Know the Law, Be Prepared

Vermont Agency of Agriculture GMHA recommends that all riders and drivers review important information from the VAA regarding Vermont State Law on Horse Importation and all should consider obtaining an Exhibition Permit. GMHA has received word that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will be increasing their enforcement efforts in 2013.

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

15-Mile Mud Weekend
(April 26-27, 2014)

Get a start in competitive trail riding! Saturday's ride is an educational ride and rookie riders can choose to ride with a mentor. Sunday's ride is an ECTRA sanctioned ride or choose to ride in the pleasure ride.

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Saturday: 15-Mile Ride & Drive

This ride is an educational introduction to Competitive Trail Riding & Driving. It will closely follow ECTRA rules but is not ECTRA sanctioned. Rookie riders are offered an opportunity to ride with an experienced mentor. Please note on the entry form if you would like this option. There will be a special new rider briefing held on the morning of the ride.

Sunday: 15-Mile Conditioning Distance Ride & Drive OR Pleasure Ride

Sunday's ride is an ECTRA-sanctioned Conditioning Distance Ride/Drive. There will be a concurrent pleasure ride starting later in the morning.

See the Trail Omnibus for details!

Download Entry Form    for Saturday and Sunday's Ride & Drive and 15-Mile CDR

Download Entry Form  for Sunday's Pleasure Ride

Memorial Day Pleasure Rides
(May 23-25, 2014)

Enjoy GMHA's most beautiful trails at your leisure!

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Join 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

See the Trail Omnibus for details!

Download Entry Form

25-Mile Ride & Drive & Conditioning Distance Ride
(June 8, 2014)

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

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 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.

See the Trail Omnibus for details.

Download Entry Form

25-/25-/50-Mile & Conditioning Distance Ride
(August 2-3, 2014)

Four distances, two days! Something for everyone.

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All distances are ECTRA sanctioned.

Options galore! Your choice of:

Saturday: 25-Mile Ride or Drive

Sunday: 25-Mile Ride or Drive, or 12.5-Mile Conditioning Distance Ride

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

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

See Trail Omnibus for details!

Download Entry Form

Distance Days: Featuring the 78th Annual 100-Mile Competitive Trail Ride
(August 29-31, 2014)

Join us for the 78th Anniversary of GMHA's most historic event, plus three days of trail riding fun with a variety of distances from 15 miles to 100!

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100-Mile Ride: August 29-31 
40 miles Friday, 35 miles Saturday, & 25 miles Sunday

60-Mile Ride: August 30-31
35 miles Saturday & 25 miles Sunday

35-Mile Ride: August 30
Saturday only

25-Mile Ride: August 31
Sunday only

15-Mile Ride: August 30
Saturday only

Pleasure Rides: August 29-31
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

See the Trail Omnibus for details!

**New Weekend Discount: Stay all 3 days, mix and match your distances (CTR & pleasure), and enjoy a 25% discount on everything: rides, stabling, & event tickets

Download Entry Form  *for those of you who fill out the entry online, if you are eligible for the 25% discount enter your discount as a negative number for the Grand Total to be correct

Visit the Distance Days Facebook page!

Hunter Pace (September 7, 2014)

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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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.

2014 Hunter Pace Information

2014 Entry Form

Fall Foliage Ride I
(September 26-28, 2014)

Enjoy Vermont's finest foliage on horseback!

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Fall Foliage Ride

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. 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

See the Trail Omnibus for details.

Download Entry Form

Fall Foliage Ride II
(October 10-13, 2014)

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

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Fall Foliage Ride

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. 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

See the Trail Omnibus for details.

Download Entry Form

Ride for the Cure
(October 13, 2014)

Support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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Dressing in Pink!

5th 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. Please use this form to book a stall for Sunday night.

50-Mile & 30-Mile Endurance Ride
(October 18, 2014)

AERC & ECTRA-sanctioned. Choose your distance!

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GMHA 50-Mile Endurance

The 50-Mile & 30-Mile Limited Distance Endurance Ride will cap off the GMHA season, taking place on October 18, 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!

See the Trail Omnibus for details.

Download Entry Form

Zero to Fifty in One Day: Trail Riding Competitions & Strategies for Success
March 22, 2014

Learn more about the broad spectrum of trail competitions, from judged pleasure rides to competitive trail, to 50 mile endurance.

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Hartland Riding Club, VERDA, and GMHA are kicking off the spring riding season with a fun and informative one day clinic. The clinic is for new or prospective trail competitors, but also for anyone who values trail riding as a useful cross-training and conditioning activity. A broad spectrum of competitive formats will be covered, from judged pleasure trail to competitive distance to 50-mile endurance.

Topics covered will include:

    • horse suitability
    • equipment
    • conditioning
    • judging & scoring
    • and strategies for success

There will be short presentations, hands-on exercises with horses, and a panel discussion. All of the clinicians have twenty or more years' experience in some aspect of competitive trail riding.

  • Dan Boyer and Joan Stratemeyer are certified competitive trail judges and accomplished competitors and breeders of trail horses.
  • Heather Hoyns, DVM, is a veterinary judge for competitive trail and FEI Endurance, Dressage, and Combined Driving and an active competitor with more than 11,000 miles, including Best Condition at the 2013 Old Dominion 100 mile Endurance ride.
  • Jenny Kimberly and Debra Fisk are multiple high point winners in endurance and competitive trail, both locally and regionally.

Information and ride calendars from local and national competitive trail organizations will also be available to help participants to plan their upcoming season.

The clinic will take place from 9:00am to 3:30pm at GMHA. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The participation fee is $12 for youth (under 21) and $18 for adults.

The closing date for registration is March 14. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.


We are excited to have a full clinic this weekend!

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