View Full Version : Att'n: Alec, haligator, BostonBanker, et al: IS THERE A VERMONT CLIQUE? Or: calling everybody who voted for Fred Tuttle

Mar. 5, 2001, 04:05 PM
Are Vermonters doomed to being not-quite-Canadian clique members, or are we actually able to establish a clique of our own?

I have lived in VT off and on since the early 70's when I came out to do a stint as a riding counselor at camp Teela-Wooket. (See various summer camp threads). Stayed on and spent some time driving a sleigh for the von Trapps, among other things. Have settled now in Springfield, older but not necessarily wiser, and am in the process of building an indoor and establishing our own fun, family, lesson and low-key showing barn.

Now, from what I have observed, in order to really become a clique we first have to declare ourselves and then be able to maintain an almost interminable thread about nothing in particular. Are you game?? /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 04:05 PM
Are Vermonters doomed to being not-quite-Canadian clique members, or are we actually able to establish a clique of our own?

I have lived in VT off and on since the early 70's when I came out to do a stint as a riding counselor at camp Teela-Wooket. (See various summer camp threads). Stayed on and spent some time driving a sleigh for the von Trapps, among other things. Have settled now in Springfield, older but not necessarily wiser, and am in the process of building an indoor and establishing our own fun, family, lesson and low-key showing barn.

Now, from what I have observed, in order to really become a clique we first have to declare ourselves and then be able to maintain an almost interminable thread about nothing in particular. Are you game?? /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Lord Helpus
Mar. 5, 2001, 04:30 PM
Hey, I lived in Vt before I ever lived in California. And now that the Question for Merry thread is gone, I am game to participate in another meaningless exchange of non-information /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I lived in Stowe (I have already determined that Alec painted my father's house many years ago) as a teenager (many, many years ago) and showed all over VT on the summer circuit. Trouble is, I have gone brain dead, and aside from Carl Bessette, I cannot remember any names.....

Mar. 5, 2001, 04:49 PM
baymare were you in Stowe in the mid to late 70's?
And who do you remember from Trapp's? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:22 PM
Okay, Alec, this is pretty ancient history, but here goes.

I did the horses at Trapps for one fall foliage tourist trail riding season and one winter of driving the Belgians (Prince and King, I kid you not) for the ski-shop coffee-shop sleigh ride shuttle. Scariest horse experience of my whole life (and there have been some doozies) is still the day those two bolted with me after being spooked by a town truck.

People I remember: Britt, bartender; Bill, chef; Larry Damon, ski-pro (before the ski shop burned); I also met his successor at the "new" ski shop, Ned and his girlfriend Stacy who used to ride with me and was a former Foxfield Drill Team member. Mike Lamere, bartender (no, it is NOT a coincidence that I knew all the bartenders). Many others, but I am very hazy on names.

I lived in the Stowe/Morrisville area until 78 or so, the last few years running a barn out on Rt. 100 called Ryder Brook. We showed the VT circuit and had a small summer program. Eventually the barn went under (saddest day of my life watching some of my faithful schoolies get auctioned off), and I moved to Norwich, VT to run barn there for a couple of years.

Names from the Ryder Brook years: Kathy Nimick, the DeCelles, the Davisons; many more but my brain capacity is seriously limited these days.

After Norwich took a brief hiatus from the horse biz, then wound up teaching at Dartmouth's Morton Farm both for the college and community programs.

Okay, now it's your turn!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:26 PM
Did you ever go to the Baggy Knees?

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:43 PM
Maria VonTrapp bought, who was it, Beethoven, Baymare and Kryswyn, from camp?? LOL She was a regular at "Early Week" at Teela Wooket. We used to go to the lodge for visits.....memories...that song is singing in my head....the hills are alive... /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:51 PM
Duffy, Maria (as in "how do you solve a problem like...) bought Benz, aka Mercedes Benz. I used to have to escort her on her rather sedate fall foliage treks. As a matter of fact, we used to hack right past the baron's grave...

I got the job because Joan from camp recommended me to them. Room and board and $100 a week-- at the time, that was a really good gig!!

Alec, yes I used to go to the Knees. Also the Rusty Nail, TopNotch (esp. for the Isaacson Bros. or Jon Gailmor), the Matterhorn to shoot pool for quarters, and the Shed for Shedburgers. Come on now, 'fess up.

Duffy, you went to St. Lawrence, right? Were the Cobbs there then? They had just left Stowe when I lived there. Carl was gone too, but used to come up and give clinics.

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:52 PM
... with the sound of music.....

ROTFLMAO Duffy!!!!!!

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:54 PM
It was a pretty amazing setting when they had the jumpers at Trapp�s for a couple summers.

Horses and Stowe don�t get along any more. The people who come there now come to shop���and horses are so.....uh....dirty. OMG what if they got manure on their new Excursion!!!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 05:57 PM
Yup, Duane and Marilyn Cobb were there... Duane left, I think, by the time I was a Junior? Marilyn stepped right in. We were still National Champions my Junior year. /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That's right! Perfect Benz for Maria!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif He was the chestnut. Beethoven was an adorable NAW!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 06:00 PM
OK, I was the giant blond bouncer at the Knees. Always hanging out w/ Bobby Roberts and that crew.

This is me know....
Snowbound kennels (http://www.retrievertraining.net/snowbound/snowbound.htm)

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:29 PM
You truly are among us in Virginia?

We plan to attend Blue Ridge next week. Not one to miss the opportunity to live vicariously through BB connections!

Look for us some where reasonably level - we are the giant shoe box painted white and yellow with the victuals overflowing!

[This message was edited by Everythingbutwings on Mar. 05, 2001 at 09:38 PM.]

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:39 PM
I winter at Stowe!!Know the baggy knees well!! mom used to party there w/ billy the kid lol

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:39 PM
Yup. I'm right here....till 4/1 and will be back next winter.

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:46 PM
Hello Fellow Nut Cases Who Do Not Flee South in Winter,

Vermonters Unite! Hear ye, hear ye, we horsemen of the Independant Republic of Vermont, have now gathered together under the auspices of this BB and declared ourselves to be our own separate and strong clique.

In order to be a true member of the Vermont clique, you must truthfully answer the following questions and adhere to the following bylaws:

1) You may not go to Florida or California for longer than 10 days each winter. Should your trip exceed 10 days, a written explanation must be supplied to the other Vermont clique members and you better make it good!

2) You must truly understand and respect the multiple uses of duct tape and baling twine when trying to make an anti-grazing device for your neighbor's fat pony.

3) If you did not vote for Fred Tuttle, your reasoning on other matters will always be suspect.

4) Through the Six Degrees of Teela-Wooket and Camp Navajo we must find that we are all somehow related.

5) Have you at some point tried to ski-jour with your off-the-track-Thoroughbred?

6) Bonus! Does the interior of your car or truck smell when it thaws out in the spring?

Vermonters, we shall crush all other cliques and take no prisoners (unless they know how to run the manure spreader and can bale hay with the best of us)!

Hallie McEvoy
Dutchess of Bolton Valley

Lord Helpus
Mar. 5, 2001, 07:48 PM
Cathy Nimick and I were roomates at Ethel Walkers and then I moved to Stowe and she didn't like me any more /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif I think she still lives there -- my dad and her parents are friends and occasionally I get word...

And Ryder Brooke -- we boarded there when it first opened.

Was the Hunt going when you guys were there? My mom started the hunt (Green Mountain Hounds.) I still have a picture of my father blessing the hounds at the very first hunt meet, Sept.7, 1968. (attached). Bily Goetz (sp? -- this is the second time I have edited her name and I still do not have it right /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif ) was a whipper in and (if you can tell) is the person on the chestnut horse standing sideways right in the middle of the picture --with the red pinny on.

During HS I was in a production of the Sound of Music at the Stowe Theatre (I was a nun --"How do you solve a Problem Like Maria?") and Maria came the opening night. It gives me butterflies just remembering that performance....

Oh God. Take me back to California -- I am too old to remember all this.

[This message was edited by PamM on Mar. 06, 2001 at 08:02 AM.]

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:51 PM
Hallie did you ever work @ Mad River Glen? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:53 PM
One of my "duffy's" came to Teela Wooket via Ethel Walker!!!! The original "Duffy" was our first family dog. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

second chance
Mar. 5, 2001, 07:55 PM
what if you show in Vt. quite frequently? Or at least I did when I had my tb. I used to compete at GMHA's jumper shows, I never had the guts to enter their event there. I have done Huntington Farm's events and Vershire Riding school's event. I also have trained with Denny Emerson and Lynn Cotes- Holmes and Chad Geeter(event riders)

I used to have Dr. David Lamb do some chiropractic work on my tb too. I used to go up there every week and travel through South Strafford to Denny's.

Only went to Gmha 1 time though. Competed in Puddle Jumpers i think and up to 3 ft

Mar. 5, 2001, 07:57 PM
Kathy Nimick was my high school art/photo teacher and tried to fail me!!!!

Rider Brook is open again.

I knew Maria... /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 08:36 PM
I think we should give 'second chance' a first chance. Heck to be a VTer all you have to do is speak poorly.........well....and drink a lot! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 08:40 PM
Ummmm, Alec....I think those criteria about let just about everyone in, dontcha think? /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 08:44 PM
Good point....Lets see... I gus u dont hav to b 2 smart iether..... /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 09:31 PM
Oh yeah..Vter's go to bed early....Wait till tomorrow /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 09:33 PM
Ok, the last one leaves me out!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 09:43 PM
PamM your photo of the Blessing of the hounds brought a lump to my throat. I used to hunt with them regularly from 74 through 78. It was one of my functions working for the Trapps to keep Lynn and Johannes' hunters fit, as well as one or two horses from the trail string for guests. Then I got to hunt, too. I remember heifers jumping out of the field with us up on Edson Hill, the looming coops in the Waitsfield territory, and a lot of glorious times. I also used to feed hounds occasionally for then-huntsman Billie Goeltz when I lived at Ryder Brook.

Cathy Nimick still lives in Morrisville, but I haven't seen her in ages. And Pam, if you went to Walkers you must have ridden with Captain Mihaly who was also riding master at Teela-Wooket.

Well I must admit I am thrilled with the response to the Vermont uprising! And I'll have you know that for all you Fred Tuttle fans, my two brothers-in-law make a brief appearance in "Man with a Plan"--they are the two guys chopping corn with a blue Ford tractor! Spread Fred!

p.s. To haligator: does it count that my husband enjoys chasing the horses around the pasture on his snowmobile? And that, being good VT horses, they now chase him BACK? /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Mar. 5, 2001, 09:59 PM
Billy had a big hunter [17+] named Monster didn't she?

Mar. 5, 2001, 10:13 PM
When I knew Billie she had an elderly mid-sized dark bay gelding named Tom that she hunted hounds off of.

I do remember that those were the days when I could work all day, party all night, and still get four horses ready for hunting next morning, as well as hunting myself. Youth is definitely wasted on the young!

I looked up your pic on the website but can't say that I remember you. I vaguely remember Bobby Roberts. Roger Elkins? Being a sportsman you must have known him. I used to have a great yellow Lab that was descended from Ann Simoneaux's dogs. It's getting late for me, middle-aged mom that I am now, and I'm starting to wander.

Is the arena at Ryder Brook still standing? I know the old farmhouse burned down years ago.

Mar. 5, 2001, 10:37 PM
OMG We got our first lab from Ann!!
Everyone knows Roger E.
Rider brook is running again...

Lord Helpus
Mar. 6, 2001, 06:05 AM
Baymare --

My father lent (gave?) his horse to Johannes to hunt after my mother left town, and he had no where to keep him (mother was the horse person, dad just liked to go trail riding)... he was a huge ugly nasty tempered old black thing called King of Spades. Was he around when you were there? In fact I that horse is standing in back of my father in the picture -- so he may have been retired by the mid 70's.

Mar. 6, 2001, 07:11 AM
As a matter of fact, I hunted him a few times, and had to keep him fit as a guest horse. He was a big ol' rawboned thing, and as I remember him he did make a lot of grouchy faces but was basically very honest and a solid field hunter. He was ridden periodically by a man named Marcus Hall, who I had thought was his owner.

This is the second major trip down memory lane (the first being the Teela-Wooket thread) I've had thanks to this BB. Just the thing when you're stuck home in a blizzard! PamM, do you ever vacation or visit up here anymore? I'll meet you at GMHA with a horse and we can go for a hack!

Mar. 6, 2001, 07:17 AM
Getting in a little late, my family skiied at Stowe for a bunch of years when I was a teenager. We used to stay at the Stowehof Inn and ski with Billy, the very cute headwaiter who was also a marathon runner. I have been to the Baggy Knees, probably 1978 and 1979.... Alec, I may have gotten past you with a fake id.... Were you there then?

Mar. 6, 2001, 08:00 AM
Yep, Alec, I worked at Mad River Glen from about 1983-1985. Did you work there? A lot of that time is very fuzzy for reasons better not reviewed on this BB!

Green Mountain Hounds - In 1982, I ended up with the last of the Green Mountain Hounds - Ides of March. She unfortunately passed away within a year due to a brain tumor. You can still see bits and pieces of the hunt fences throughout the Waitsfield-Warren area.

There's a new hunt up this way - the Few Hounds Hunt based out of Richmond (notice the name - it fits). I plan to hunt with them this fall on Doris, my sort-of broke TB broodmare (7 foals). I'm sure Doris will be thrilled.

Ahhh, Ryder Brook - yep, it's still there. And Cathy Nimick still teachs in the Stowe area.

All those names you are all coming up with! I keep saying "yeah, I remember them".

I still miss the Stowe Horse Show when it was at Von Trapp's - talk about a perfect place for a Grand Prix!

Hallie McEvoy

Mar. 6, 2001, 08:11 AM
Yes, it counts that your husband chases the horses with the snowmobile! I think that might have to be added to the list. I love the fact that they chase him back. A friend's husband has a new snowmobile this winter because a cow (of all things) attacked his old one when it was left in her pasture. Remember, never tick-off an elderly cow!

By the way, you know you're lived in Vermont too long when you actually EAT something your dog or cat brings home. Our Timmy (aka Timothy Jordon Wentworth of the Cowtail Clan) is a rather large cat - he brought home a still living ruffed grouse last year that he discovered feasting on our raspberries. Due to the unfortunate health state of the ruffed grouse, my husband dispatched it quickly and we ate it ourselves, but we did share with Timmy. We cooked it on the Weber grill.

Bear in mind, this is the same cat that brought home a living mink.

Disclaimer: For those militant vegetarians who are absolutely disgusted by this story, please remember that the ruffed grouse would not have lived after being mauled by our cat.

Hallie /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 08:22 AM
Yikes, here I am, a TRUE Vermonter (seven generations on my dad's side, back to the Abnaki's on my mom's), and I don't think I qualify! I don't drink too much (okay, not at all), have never heard of those camps, never tried ski-jouring behind my OTTB (my trainer at the time would have KILLED me), and didn't vote for Tuttle (technically, I don't think I could vote then - but even if I could have, I think the whole man with a plan thing was stupid). However, will you all here my case as to why I SHOULD be permitted?

1) My idea of "going south" this winter was a 3 day trip to NYC.

2) I can keep a barn running with merely duck tape (no, not DUCT tape) and baling twine.

3) I own a pair of boots that could double as tractor tires.

4) Heck, my car stinks BEFORE it thaws out.

5) I have gone swimming outside during January thaw (actually, I was swimming across the flooded ring trying to save jumps).

6) I know what "porch-ranging" is /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif although I have yet to take part.

7) I know most of the people mentioned in regards to Ryder's Brook.

8) I have pictures of the Grand Prix when it was at Von Trapps (which is funny because many of the jumps are now at the farm I ride at).

Please, can I join? I promise to be good...errr, bad. Well, whatever gets me in.

Mar. 6, 2001, 10:00 AM
Hallie!!!!!!!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Snap out of it!!!!!!! 1+1=2 I'm Alec from Mad River!!! You know...Steve Jones, Tom Silva, ALEC SPARKS. Ring a bell? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

second chance... you're in as far as I'm concerned.........Even if you don't drink.... /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 10:36 AM
Okay, Alec, I thought it was you, but I just don't think of you as a 'horse person' - I think of you as a Ski God. How the heck are you? What are you doing hanging around the COTH BB? By the way, I've got great pictures of you goofing off at Mad River, and some really funny pictures of Edie, Kristi, Steve, Tom, and my ex-husband, Patrick.

Boston Banker - you're in the Vermont clique as far as I'm concerned. By the way, are you screen-named after the horse Boston Banker that Diane used to have at Catamount? I remember that horse really well - I got in trouble from Diane for not pinning it high enough in a hunter class some years ago when I used to judge a lot at Catamount.

Now, here is our challenge - do we want take in clique orphans from New Hampshire and Maine in our group? Could we become the Upper New England Clique?

Hallie /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 10:39 AM
Ski God, Dog Trainer Extraordinaire, and Newcomer to Eventing! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 10:58 AM
I definately overlap the borders! Grew up in NH, we have a cabin in the Northeast Kingdom of VT...... and we ski every winter at Stowe........... I did the resort hack barn thing for a bit at the Mt. Washington Hotel in NH........

Mar. 6, 2001, 11:27 AM
Ski god? /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif More like out of control, immature, fun loving, barbarian�......OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I haven�t changed! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I rode as a kid, played a little arena polo in Stows and decided it was time to learn how to ride correctly last spring. 2 horses now and another in April. Help I can't stop buying horses /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I'm in Middleburg till 4/1 Then back to Addison...

Mar. 6, 2001, 11:32 AM
The national news and the weather channel all think VT ME NH is one big state called New England so let combined forces and rule the WORLD /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 11:37 AM
Could it be?? I like it!! lol

Live in NH, Ski in VT and Maine, Show in VT...I'm in!!

Mar. 6, 2001, 11:42 AM
After all, one of my favorite horseshows when we were doing the old VT circuit was Labor Day at the Lancaster Fair in NH. I'll never forget the hunters going at the same time as the chain-saw contest, plus having a caged lion (yes, that's LION) just across from the conclusion of a forward six on the outside course. Let me tell you, there were a lot of variations on the forward six. Ours was the famed "Pepe LePew" canter--maybe about eighty strides??? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 11:45 AM
We will, we will, ROCK you..... /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Quick someone come up with a flag design for the clique from hell........I think something like a horse jumping over a skull and cross bones would work. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 01:34 PM
I lived in Vermont for 10 years and showed for 5 of them. I remember seeing Hallie judge at Meadow's Run, went to tons of shows at Catamount, remember seeing Boston Banker at same, took some clinics with Carl Bessette and leased my horse to a client of Kathy Nimick (Shaw Hill right?), went to the Grand Prix's at Stowe and GMHA is my absolute favorite show grounds.Is that enough?

Please, please please /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 01:49 PM
Ok, come on now:) My baby was THE ULTIMATE vt horse- Stephanie Miller owned him, From Hill Top- Finishing Touch:)

And I believe I have had the pleasure of being judged by Hallie as well- Spectrum Benefit anyone??

Mar. 6, 2001, 01:53 PM
Learned to ski in Vermont, spent several winter vacations at Stowe, rented ski houses in Vermont for eight or nine years, went to summer camp in New Hampshire for years, sailed in Maine, will show in Vermont this summer if my horse is sound. I think that qualifies me for "dual citizenship" in NY and VT/New England clique.... I'll even wear my leather pants to VT gatherings to spice things up.... /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Lord Helpus
Mar. 6, 2001, 01:55 PM
I know I am a generation older, but my favorite show was the Montpelier Show with the outside course up and down the hillside. I remember coming off at the jump right at the bottom of the steep hill and having all the air squeezed out of my lungs, so that I was lying there gasping and struggling for breath. One never forgets such a moment.

I also remember driving home from the Woodstock show just in time to see men walk on the moon.... /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Where were the rest of YOU when men walked on the moon? /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:02 PM
but before it moved to GMHA ..also Lion's Club, Steeple Ridge,etc., etc. etc.

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:08 PM
A man has walked on the moon?

Lions Club was my first VT Experience EVER:):) Never been back since...

I LOVE Spectrum at GMHA- could be my fave show. None of the pressures of the big show, but is classy and well run and SO MUCH FUN.

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:13 PM
Becca; That's funny!

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:22 PM
Wow! Although I suppose it should go to someone that actually lives there. /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I loved Woodstock's woods, taking the horses into the stream and the "must have" photo with that house/barn in the background /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:29 PM
Spottedhorsetc.etc. Woman didn�t need much of a fake �ID� to get in the Knees in the 70�s. Yes, I was probably there� /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:39 PM
I showed at Woodstock (GMHA) and Essex Junction back in the dark ages. /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Dry Clean Only
Mar. 6, 2001, 02:39 PM
Ok the founder of the NH clique is grudgingly coming over to the cow side...
Does being dragged across the field only to lose a 1200 pound WB gelding I was lunging at GMHA when I was about 12 allow me in? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I remember another horse ending up in Woodstack that same weekend.
You VT's can possibly understand us NH people though - at least you guys have actual rated hunter shows!(:sob:)

Mar. 6, 2001, 02:40 PM
Well then I'm sure I saw you, Alec. Funny, most bars had a similar policy in the 70s;)

For future reference, I've been informed that the suffix myspottedhorseissoundthis week is too long, so I've shortened it some. Guess I should just go back to plain old AHC....

Although it's way in advance, we should definitely have a COTH BB gathering during the Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show.... I'm hoping to be there with several other BBers from my barn for at least the week of July 11. Anyone else going?

Mar. 6, 2001, 03:10 PM
The heck with boring old President, Vice-President titles, let's be royalty!

I hereby nominate DBToo for Empress of the Vermont Clique - it is somehow very appropriate that she no longer lives in the state, and hence, will make a totally unbiased Empress.

I nominate Alec as Lord and Protector of the Realm, even if he can not stop himself from buying more horses.

Baymare should be a High Priestess - in that capacity she can be an advisor to DBToo, as well as our Ruling Director of Fun and Frolic (sorry - once you admitted to hanging around Stowe in the 1970s we know you know how to have fun).

BostonBanker, you simply must be a Baroness!

Everyone else, please give yourself a lofty title and join our inane fun.

As for myself, I shall retain the title of Dutchess and slave to pregnant Thoroughbred broodmares.

I suggest we move quickly and take in any members of the adjacent kingdom of New Hampshire, as well as the far kingdom of Maine.

United we can crush that darn Virginia clique and rise above that Canadian clique.

Hallie, Dutchess of Bolton Valley

Mar. 6, 2001, 03:29 PM
Oh I LIKE that.

Who will be rumour monger/town crier?

Our frozen cousins in NH and ME are more than welcome to join my (oops I mean our) empire.

Mar. 6, 2001, 03:30 PM
Although we must get together before then [Manchester?] we�ll have a gathering at our place this fall����.This may get ugly... /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 03:51 PM
But I simply cannot resist a shot at being High Priestess. Do I get to issue edicts, or do only Empresses and Duchesses get to do that? I know--confessions! I get to hear confessions! Right? And then, in my capacity of Minister of Fun and Frolic, I'll post them all here right away!

Well I do fully intend to have a major barn-warming party when we get the roof on our indoor. The good news is-- you are all invited! The bad news is-- it looks like it may never stop snowing so construction is waaaaaay slow! But I hope before Manchester. /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 04:07 PM
is for Boston Banker to answer Halligator's question about riding out Diane's. It's been driving me crazy!!!

Lord Helpus
Mar. 6, 2001, 04:38 PM
As the oldest, it is appropriate. Then I can go out and get some of the world's most revolting hats! With a feather sticking out the side.

All my life I have been practicing the royal wave: Hold out arm, forearm vertical, palm out. S L O W L Y rotate wrist from side to side while turning neck from left to right and nodding slightly at the applause of the common people. Royal smile firmly fixed in place, even as my grandchildren are destroying the image of the monarchy I have worked so hard to build.

SEE! I am GOOD at this! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:07 PM
I need a sword!!!!!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:18 PM
As a resident of the N.E. Kingdom of Vt for the last 16 years I have to admit that even though I grew up in Conn. I now (like the Weather Channel) consider New England to consist of only VT,NH and ME. GMHA is Robin (my 13 yr old daughter) and my favorite place to go, esp. the Spectrum Show. But we'll have to check out Manchester this year if there is going to be a BB get together.

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:20 PM
PamM I'll never forget where I was when they landed on the moon because it was my fifteenth birthday. July 20, 1969. I was at summer youth music camp at the University of Illinois... sort of my introduction to the partying skills that stood me in such good stead when I lived in Stowe!

The Montpelier show was no more when I showed the VT circuit, but there still was a Brattleboro show and the hunt course was on a side hill. We would go to Gilnocky, then camp overnight at Brattleboro and hope for enough time to go swimming at the swimming hole under the covered bridge.

Baymare, High Priestess (how about Moon Goddess??) and Minister of Fun and Frolic.

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:32 PM
Welcome to the kindom RR. Select a title and become regal like the rest of us. I heard it snowed a little bit lately.. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:44 PM
I volunteer to be Ambassador to the Canadiens since we only live about an hour from the border.

Alec- we only got about 8" of snow here but some parts of the state got alot more. Right now I just wish we could skip March and April altogether and go straight to May. I think you have the right idea going to Va for the winter, but the furthest south I've been this winter is White River Junction.

Mar. 6, 2001, 05:54 PM
WOW you travel a lot for someone from the NEK /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 6, 2001, 06:40 PM
LOLOLOL - Yup, I rode Boston throughout most of his show career in Vermont, and yes, I was at Diane's. Eeeks, memories. I think I remember the very show you mentioned, Hallie! Hehe. Come on, we all know Boston deserves every blue ribbon given out at every show in the country.

I have to say, for all the bad memories, there were a lot of good ones at Catamount too. Maybe I'm biased, but those were some kick-butt shows. Darn, now I'm getting all nostalgic.

SPECTRUM!!! My all-time favorite show! I'm wearing my Mickey Mouse bathrobe right now! I won it in Hunter Hack. Pretty funny, considering I chipped AND added in the line. But the judge loved Boston /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Steeple Ridge was my first ever "away" show, when it was down in Ferrisburg. Did anyone go the time it was at Taproot? The show from HELL! Mud, mud, everywhere, and that teeny indoor. I have a videotape of Children's undersaddle, with 13 kids riding in it.

And someone was smart enough to only go to Lion's Club once? Is it just me, or does it ALWAYS rain at that show???

Who are you dbtoo? If you don't want to post, e-mail me! That's driving me crazy.

Okay, I vote for a get together in the very near future. Name the place, and I'll be there!

Mar. 6, 2001, 09:01 PM
My name is Diane and I was Mindy's only adult. I owned Haliendar and Killington. I'm sure you don't remember me. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif That's okay.

Didn't you have a pony before Boston Banker? What was its name? You don't have to tell me your full name but were your initials RS or RD? Did you have the biggest smile in the show ring or was that the other R ? Give me some hint becuase I've been racking my brain ever since you started posting on this board.

I thought it was a pretty great show circuit. I wish we had it here. Yes, it always rained at Lion's Club and Woodstock too for that matter.

Mar. 7, 2001, 05:10 AM
Okay, I am going to TRY to be un-offended on this one, Diane!!!

RD was my best friend at the time - she had the big gray/white TB.

RS was another kid in the barn. She had a pony when she was at Catamount - an adorable large chesnut Farnley.

One R has fallen to the "bad" side, the other one, I just feel kind of sorry for due to some recent problems in her life. In all honesty, I have a hard time picturing a big smile on either of their faces!

My name is Betsy. Neither of the R's showed Boston. After I had him, Boston was leased for a year to a girl who was just off the ponies, and then he was sold out of Vermont.

I actually do vaguely remember the horse Killington - or the name at least!

Here's me and Boston @ GMHA over a whopping four-foot fence (please, do not adjust your screens!)

Mar. 7, 2001, 07:50 AM
It is unbelievably gorgeous, a classic day-after-the-humongous-storm. No clouds, little wind, and March sunshine that you can actually feel. And did I mention the snow? Driving down my hill today it felt like being inside a bobsled run. One lane only, banks so high I can't see over them even from my obscene gas-guzzling oversize vehicle. If we get another storm this weekend we are in trouble because yesterday my husband already stacked it as high as the bucket on the tractor can reach! The horses were up to their bellies. And the best part of it is...there was school today!

Why would anybody go south for the winter?

Mar. 7, 2001, 09:39 AM
Didn't mean to offend you. /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif What didn't you like?

Too bad about the R's. At least some of the kids that rode then stayed good and last I heard were doing IHSA.

I'm having trouble placing you but give me a little while. I left mid-1995 so does that excuse me ?

My first full day as Empress and already I've let down my subjects. How sad.

Mar. 7, 2001, 10:53 AM
I was only jokingly offended, Diane! Some bad memories in regards to the R's - you may have never heard the whole story if you left in 1995 - feel free to e-mail me if you are interested. I don't think it is appropriate to post here, but everyone can see the whole story when my made-for-TV movie comes out: "As the Barn Turns" (or maybe, "As the Sawdust Blows". Not sure yet!).

You are definately excused for not remembering me if you left in '95! That was the first summer I showed Boston, so I'm impressed you remember him! I showed another bay TB the year before that. His name was Trooper, and I leased him from Cobble Hill. Just did the little x-rail classes though, so I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't remember him either!

Mar. 7, 2001, 11:01 AM
But when we got there we heard he was unavailable so I tried Killington instead !

I remember him beign a cute horse and was disappointed that he was taken!

Now I'll read the rest of your post /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 7, 2001, 12:25 PM
Thats the one.. taf was at Cobble Hill..(Where I got Hilltop.... )

And Boston- I have more Mickey Mouse paraphernalia lying around!! I must have 6 plastic backpacks!! Goodwill is an official carrier of Disney goods thanks to all my donations!

Mar. 7, 2001, 01:47 PM
Bright blue sky, SUNSHINE !, and warm enough for just a sweater. The snow is melting, (only problem is that it is threatening to start running into the indoor ring and the tack room) I've been out digging little ditches through the ice in the driveway to make it run away from the building, but it's worth it to see the sun!!

Mar. 7, 2001, 04:45 PM
It was, though. I was perspiring freely in my T-shirt as I shoveled the porch roof today...
Must have been 35 in the sun! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Where is your barn, RuralRider? I have a good friend in Danville that I visit periodically. Do you have a boarding barn, lessons, event, show??

Mar. 7, 2001, 04:55 PM
Baymare Our barn is on the Barnet/Waterford line just south of St. Johnsbury. It's a boarding/lesson barn geared to 4-H kids and Novice adults. Pretty low key, but I like it that way.

Who's your friend in Danville?

Mar. 8, 2001, 06:43 AM
That's so funny dbtoo! Trooper was a pretty good guy. He was great to learn x-rails on, but we ended up giving him back before the end of the lease. He just wasn't physically strong enough to jump much higher. He'd get very sore, and when he was sore, he was nasty. Poor little guy /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Mar. 8, 2001, 07:54 AM
RuralRider, my friends name is Penny Hoblin. She moved up to North Danville from Newbury just last fall. She has your classic VT assortment of equines in her backyard and is always on the lookout for local horse contacts. Maybe we can stop by and say hello sometime!

Do you have an active 4-H locally? That is the type of participation I would love to have at our barn, but there doesn't seem to be much of a group around here.

Mar. 8, 2001, 10:09 AM
Can I come and play??

I spent summers in VT both as a camper and counselor at Teela-Wooket, skied at Stratton and Magic Mountain and keep turning down invitations to go ski-watching at Madonna where my brother has a time share. I showed at Woodstock, GMHA and Young Entry wherever the Dotoli's happened to be that summer.

For personal references I submit High Priestess Baymare, and Duffy both of whom are (just slightly) older than I am.

For criteria, I will submit that I knew before Duffy's post that Maria Trapp's ex TW horse was Benz!

Let me state this appeal to the Protector of the Realm: As someone who was once spoonfed a whole pint of Ben & Jerry's while driving to Burlington on her day off, don't you think I deserve to get at least a visa for this clique? /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 8, 2001, 10:17 AM
Vermont clique is now open to anyone that has been to VT, thought about going to VT, knows anyone who's been or thought of going to VT, knows where VT is and who has heard of VT!!!!!!!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 8, 2001, 10:47 AM
They have to have actually set foot IN the state ... once ... for a second ... sometime in their lives.

HOw's that for a compromise?

Mar. 8, 2001, 02:25 PM
I think Court Jester is perfectly appropriate, though perhaps remembering your skills on skit night, Court Dramatist would be good, too. Or perhaps Court Gadfly? /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 8, 2001, 05:11 PM
Just let me know the next time you're going to be in the area.

There are quite a few active 4-Her's in the area. Most of the kids in my club ride or have ridden at my barn, and it makes a nice built in group of kids who have the same interests as my daughter, esp. since she's been homeschooling for the last year. It works out well that there is another parent in the group that does all the organizational stuff and I'm "tech support".
I'm also lucky that we have a really involved group of parents who help out alot and don't just drop the kids off.

Mar. 9, 2001, 07:18 PM
I'm so depressed. After 3 days of mild weather I thought mud season was officially here. The dirt roads were thawing out (always makes driving an adventure) and I was going to take my mare out for a ride tomorrow. It would be fun to get out and let her stretch her legs a bit. I think we need the High Priestess to intercede with the powers that be and bring back Spring (or at least Mud Season)

Mar. 9, 2001, 07:24 PM
Ah yes, the only thing better than VA red clay, is VT MUD! Do yourself a favor: Run, do not walk, and buy a pair of the Tack Classic Muck Boots (High version) You will laugh at the mud and your tootsies will sigh in comfort. Reinforced, insulated and waterproof they are the hottest item in VA this spring. Do NOT delay!!!

Mar. 9, 2001, 07:33 PM
I got a pair for Christmas /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif They're great, very comfy. But I don't think they're going to be tall enough for the worst of mud season, probably have to fall back on the knee high Tingleys. And I've been known to lose those in the heifer paddock on a bad day /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Mar. 9, 2001, 08:22 PM
I remember what else was great about the Catamount shows ....those french fries!! They were even good when Katherine (remember her) put sugar all over them instead of salt. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 9, 2001, 08:57 PM
OK.....Now who's had "Al's" french fries???

Mar. 9, 2001, 09:23 PM
But these are even better..Joe's Snack Bar in Jericho????

Mar. 9, 2001, 09:28 PM
That question could be debated for years. The most important thing is to have the �Al�s� experience� /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 9, 2001, 09:39 PM
Do they still do the Saturday night hot rods?

Mar. 10, 2001, 04:01 PM
But it didn't quite work. A mere 8" or so of new stuff on top of last weeks three feet. And it's supposed to rain on Tuesday...

I have been wearing my Muck boots all winter for those robe-and-nightie dashes out to the barn at 11:30 pm (after I've fallen asleep on the couch pretending I'm watching the news) for carrots and good nights. They are great. The older I get the more I appreciate things I can put on without bending over!

My horses are bored and ready to go back to work, although they have been having a bit of fun playing hide-and-go-seek around the snowbanks in their paddock. They also have a lot of fun playing queen-of-the-mountain on the pile of fill we dumped in there last summer when excavating for the indoor. Eventually it will be some sort of permanent bank obstacle, but for now it is equine entertainment.

I've never had Al's french fries, but I don't suppose Snow's creamy stand still exists on Rt. 100 on the way to Morrisville?

Mar. 10, 2001, 04:14 PM
Or is that the "other" state?

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> They have to have actually set foot IN the state ... once ... for a second ... sometime in their lives.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I watched Bob Newhart, does that count?

If the O M Mtn and Cog Railway are in VT then I was there. Besides, I have adored Morgans since childhood.

Back in my early teen years on a family outing to Stratford Hall (The Lee family home, sorry, I am a Virginian)

As we entered the estate, we first encountered a series of paddocks and pastures. We stopped immediately to see the beautiful horses, several mares with new foals and a few horses kept separately. A gorgeous black came strutting animatedly towards us. MOM! That is a MORGAN!

Turned out that Stratford Hall at that time was host to the US Park Service Morgan Horse Breeding Farm. Long gone now, but the stallion was so obviously true to type and beautiful!

[This message was edited by Everythingbutwings on Mar. 10, 2001 at 06:28 PM.]

Mar. 10, 2001, 04:16 PM
Joe's was THE best part about riding at Catamount. The french fries were good, but nothing could top a Gummy bear sundae after a long show. We once got there almost an hour after closing, and were complaining so loudly outside that they re-opened to make us sundaes!

Rick's Chuck Wagon did the Catamount shows. I once got my trainer an order of fries and covered them with sugar as well!

And Al's French Fries...with so much vinegar applied that it leaked out the bottom of the carton...and a black raspberry/vanilla swirl creemee!

Darn it, I'm getting really hungry!

Mar. 10, 2001, 04:55 PM
Wings the Cog Railway is on Mt. Washington and both it and The Old Man are in N.H. But they're in northern New England and not that far from VT so I think you ought to qualify /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Lord Helpus
Mar. 10, 2001, 05:01 PM
Baymare, I don't know if Snows is still there (I am sure Alec will though). But having discovered a Ben and Jerrys on Rte 100 just South of town when I was there 4 years ago for a family reunion (my father still lives in Stowe -- up on Sterling Ridge) the question now is : WHO CARES about Snows?

AHHHH Mud Season. The fifth season... I remember well, driving my jeep up Edson Hill Road during mud season. You picks yur rut and youse stays in it for the duration of the drive.

And I too remember The Shed... And Shedburgers. I also remember one night at The Shed, drinking 11 Stingers without standing up. Then I had to get up to go to the bathroom and I fell flat over.

AHHHH, The Shed.....

I do not miss VT's mud season. Right now in KY we are going through a poor imitation of the real thing, and that is quite enough for me.....

Mar. 12, 2001, 06:51 PM
Oh dear, we seem to have sunk to page three, and those self-styled "hicks" from NH and ME are still going strong.

PamM I had my initial Ben and Jerry's experience in Burlington at the very first B&J's in an old gas station...it may have been Jerry himself who scooped my scoop...Before that I used to LOVE going to the UVM dairy for a butter crunch cone.

Also, the most embarrassingly public display of drunkeness of my life occurred at the Shed. It involved most of a fifth of Johnny Walker Black and an unfortunate encounter with my ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Sometimes I am positively glad I'm an old f*rt now.

Kryswyn, I had to go to Randolph VT today to see a friend who's in the hospital there. I drove by the sign for Rt 12 North that said Roxbury, 14 miles. I just about made the turn. Maybe one day I will, just to see if the barn is still standing.

Mar. 13, 2001, 07:43 AM
Attention all VT clique members�.. I�m returning in 3 weeks and can�t face riding in a small dusty indoor after spending the winter in M-burg! PLEASE turn up the heat and leave the door/windows to your home open to help expedite snow melt.

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The Shed�hummmm�Seems like a waitress was trying to call the police one night because she thought we were having to much �fun��. /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 13, 2001, 10:48 AM
Hello all and Alec! Yes I do live next to the crazy guy and have shared a few bottles of Champagne with him. I do the dog thing and the horse thing and the ski thing, not quite in that order. I have done the Local VT circuit for 6 years or so and have had a great time. This will be the 4th season on the super nice clev. bay gelding I have on loan from Lori at Morton Farm in Dartmouth. NO none of you can have him. She tells me all the time that people want him. He is a good-do-B! He has taken care of my sorry butt over a few jumps and even helped me win an Equit. class OF at GMHA. speaking of GMHA i was a camper there from age 11-16. I LOVED IT!!! still do wish I could do the adult camp. Next week I'll be getting Alec's beast ready for him to come home from VA. His wife and I will try to get him ship shape after a layup. Anyway I was a PC'er from PemiValley Pony Club in Plymouth NH growing up. Nancy Guyotte was our coach! she was awesome and still is! love to chat
Alec dared me to use the email address it is a joke! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Mar. 13, 2001, 11:40 AM
Hay krissy....More power for the VT clique!! I don't know where everone is but you neet to decide what title you'll asume......I think you could be a.....ah....you better decide /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Nice email addy /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

DON"T mess up my horse!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I'll do that this summer /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 13, 2001, 12:29 PM
I hardly think so!! Alec has been telling his wife how hard he is working trianing dogs and all but what he is really doing is RIDING all DAMN day and foxhunting ALL the time. Those of us here stuck in the snow in VT only can dream of popping over fences on a hunt. Going to the Hunt Ball in a real suit even!! mmmmm maybe I'll teach your horse some tricks?? haha by the way I've officailly skied 5 times this year! smuggs was great! The Bush was ok too. do you want to strap on the old boards when you get back? maybe we could have a ski meeting for all the VT cliques in the winter and horse show meeting in the summer??? /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 13, 2001, 02:09 PM
OH great!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Don't start telling the trugh about me! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I'm trying to get people to think I work for a living. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Lavender Menace
Mar. 14, 2001, 10:10 AM
I'm so bummed I missed the beginning of this post. I was on spring break and have been going through major internet withdrawal. Anyway... I'm from Vermont! I know it says I'm from Massachusetts, but that's just where I go to school. Many of the places you all have mentioned are very familiar to me--especially in the Stowe region. I worked at the Stoweflake Inn a few years ago and my brother works at the Stowehof Inn now...

I've lived in VT since I was three, mostly in central Vermont but later in the Burlington area, and Stowe. Being away from home is killing me right now, and reading all these posts about VT is super. Long Live the Vermont Clique!!


Mar. 14, 2001, 05:18 PM
Alec, I'm afraid that even if everybody in the state turned the heat up and left their windows open it wouldn't be enough to melt all this snow. Monday the dirt roads had thawed out enough to go for a ride and let my mare stretch her legs a bit, but we've had another 5" since then and it just keeps coming.

All this talk about Ben and Jerry's is going to make me forget about my good intentions to limit the desserts between now and show season.

Mar. 15, 2001, 02:48 PM
While I live in Ct, I try and escape to Vermont any chance I can get. I lived in Northfield for four years when I was in college and rode in S. Royalton at Hitching Post Farm and showed there and at GMHA. Any one from the Randolph area and remember the Rotary club raffleing off a Morgan colt about 15 years ago??? Well, my friends are the ones who won him and I had use of him all through my college days. What a great horse he ended up being!!!

I also lived for a while down in Randolph and worked for the Vermont state police out of the Bethel barracks.

The biggest mistake I ever made was heading home to California (where I'm originally from) right after college. Within a year I had moved back to the east coast. I wanted to go back to Vermont but my sister was living in Ct and was desperate for a roomate so I ended up here in CT instead of Vermont...the sacrifices that we make for family!!!

Gotta love Mad river Glen for skiing, I remember many times ditching class and heading over the gap for an afternoon of skiing!!!

AS for fries....come on folks...who else here loves Nectors gravy and fries...just the thing to munch on after an evening in B-town!!!! Of course the onion rings from Onion Flats outside of Randolph on the way to Bethel are really really good tooo!!!

Just thinking of Vermont is making me miss it...think Hubby and I need to make a road trip north very, very soon!!!!!

Mar. 15, 2001, 03:56 PM
my trainer and his parents had a farm in Vermont, They bred, raised and trained morgan horses and i go to vermont sometimes, can i join?


Mar. 15, 2001, 04:07 PM
I hope your friend is in good spirits and here's another hug for you

Yes, please take the turn off someday. In early spring when everything's beginning to bud. The barn is still there but gone are the archery fields, replaced by tennis courts. Perhaps the caretaker (lives in white house by old 3rd class ring I believe) will let you time travel.

Mar. 15, 2001, 07:28 PM
Thanks, Kryswyn. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Welcome LoriO and KatyO. And Steve, if you have a Morgan, you definitely have a little piece of VT!

RuralRider, we didn't get snow we got dreck, and yet another no-school day. /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Alec, there is NO WAY. In four weeks we will be up to our armpits in MUD, and about the only antidote would be a good old fashioned pub-crawl up the Mountain Rd.

Do you know, the first time I saw a sign for "Frost Heaves", I thought it must be a new kind of breakfast cereal guaranteed to make you gag... /infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Mar. 15, 2001, 08:07 PM
Okay, so I came up with the perfect Vermont idea. I'm going to build a barn under a biodome! Or, even better, I'm just going to build a biodome OVER the barn I'm at now. Someone pointed out that it would probably cost about 8 billion dollars, so I decided I didn't need to cover the hay fields. So, about 20 acres covered would be my guess...both barns, all the turn-out, and the outdoor ring. Maybe 2 billion dollars? Anyone want to chip in with me? Just think, no snow, no mud, no rain...lots of nice turn-out year round, no need for the indoor (except for little lesson kids).... I'm accepting donations now. E-mail me for the address to send the money, and to reserve your stall.

Mar. 15, 2001, 10:09 PM
at 2:00 in the morning. They're not french fries, they're a meal!

Lord Helpus
Mar. 16, 2001, 06:11 AM
Others have thought of such a life -- only they call it FLORIDA -- but it costs about the same....:D

Mar. 16, 2001, 11:05 AM
Ah, but in my limited viewing of Florida (lots of trips to Orlando growing up), I never saw big grassy fields with horses grazing on them. THAT is what my bio-farm will offer that Florida can't. Plus, no hurricanes, and no wet/dry spells. Gentle rains every night...sunny days...sweeping the clouds away, on our way to where the air is sweet...Okay, focus. Anyway, my farm is gonna be so much cooler than Florida. Just you wait and see!

Mar. 17, 2001, 11:44 AM
Hummm...biodome....now why didn't I think of something like that?????

Mar. 17, 2001, 05:26 PM
Your stall is reserved, Lori! Now, all you have to do is send a check for 1 million dollars to ME!

Mar. 17, 2001, 06:52 PM
Well, the Vermont clique was represented at Mosby's last night in the form of Alec, as well as Kryswyn and myself (via skiing and Teela Wooket LOL). We talked fondly of the great state. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 17, 2001, 07:00 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Alec said, "OH great!! Don't start telling the truth about me! I'm trying to get people to think I work for a living." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

HA! You blew that fallacy right out the window last nite at Mosby's! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 18, 2001, 12:18 PM
How cool. I hope you poured one for the old High Priestess. Nothing more important than promoting good inter-clique relations! Duffy, why don't you show in VT this summer, and Kryswyn why don't you bring a mobil tack shop to Manchester? /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 19, 2001, 06:00 PM
Where the heck is everyone!!! We are looking like losers with our lack of aimless chatter cluttering up the COTH H/J board. After you post here go to the� horse care� forum and please respond to the post by �ice cream girl� if you ever hope to see a free pint coupon in person! /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 19, 2001, 06:13 PM
A Vermont clique by definition should be almost speechless (role model: Silent Cal Coolidge). So, long periods of pondering attest to your authenticity.

Mar. 19, 2001, 06:18 PM
That and were busy drinking /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif 2 week countdown...is the snow melting in the Champlain Valley /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif Oh yeah, my new saddle is in, does anyone have some money I can have /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Please. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mar. 19, 2001, 06:41 PM
Can I join your Vermont Clique?? PLEASE???? I used to show at GMHA every summer, and at Gilnocky Farm over the 4th of July- I remember when Fran and Joe had summer camp in Vermont, and Carl Bessette was so democratic to the competition- Gilnocky Farm, (The Smiths) always had a party on the night of the 3rd, at the house after the show, and the Bronsons were usually there. Many nights were spent at the Kedron playing darts, and wining, dining, and WHINING< after a horse show. It was the best part of the summer. Does this Count??? I would live in VT, if I were not in VA. Can't say I miss that much snow though, Sorry Guys.

Mar. 19, 2001, 07:03 PM
I'm so sick of snow!!!! I wish I had xray vision like superman and just make all this nasty white stuff go away!!!!!!

Baymare, I remember the first time I saw a Frost Heaves sign. I remember thinking ..."what the hell is a frost heave???" Found out really quick what they were when I drove over it!!!

Mar. 19, 2001, 08:44 PM
Hi All,
Okay, I broke the rules of the Vermont clique - I went someplace warm for a week. Do I now lose my title as of Dutchess of Bolton Valley?

Since I just feel that you are dying to know where I went....I was in the Dominican Republic for a week at Casa de Campo.

While there, I tried to qualify for a Darwin Award by playing polo for the first time in ten years (bear in mind I have not actively ridden in five years due to my judging and work schedule).

There I was in a 2-on-2 scrimage playing with three Dominicans (2 goaler, 3 goaler, and a 4 goaler)who spoke not a word of English other than "Go to Goal"! We were flat out at warp speed up and down the field. I actually heard the wind whistle through the holes in my head several times.

The guys were nice and allowed me to score two goals without killing me.

I fell in love with the one polo pony - Corasena -and have actually now looked into importing her into the great Republic of Vermont. This is because five horses is just not enough and I truly want to be totally broke and have no money for food or clothing because I am feeding so many equines.

So, what is my punishment for leaving Vermont for a week in winter?

Hallie /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mar. 19, 2001, 10:07 PM
You want heat! You'll get HEAT !!!

Mar. 20, 2001, 07:57 AM
Did you miss the "Blizzard of ought-one"?? If so, may you be stuck in mud up to your armpits until June! (The rest of us certainly will be).

Okay, it is the first day of spring. I can actually see little bits of my driveway surface, and my clothesline no longer looks like it is meant for Lilliputians. (i.e., you could hang a pair of jeans up with more than a 6" inseam without them contacting the snow.) We pulled the mares' shoes yesterday in anticipation of having six weeks when it would be impossible to keep shoes on anyway. And I saw a red-winged blackbird yesterday. Otherwise, you know what? It still looks an awful lot like winter out there!

Hey Southbound, we used to show at Gilnocky every summer. We even had a couple of Gilnocky Connemara/TB crosses in the barn, and they were GREAT little horses. I think anybody who has been to GMHA and Gilnocky qualifies for at least honorary membership in the VT clique, especially since there seems to be a sizable VT/VA overlap.

Another piece of VHSA trivia: I remember seeing Schuyler Riley show children's hunter at Essex Junction!

Mar. 20, 2001, 09:54 AM
See, Vermont can be nice! What a gorgeous day yesterday! And another one today....

I took one of the schoolies outside and groomed her in the sun. It was the only time I've ever had that horse NOT try to bite me while I was currying. She was too busy enjoying the weather. I'd forgotten what it was like to feel the wind on the back of your neck, and NOT cringe from it!

Mar. 20, 2001, 05:16 PM
You know you're from Vermont when:
1. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars
waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
2. "Vacation" means going to Burlington for the
3. You measure distance in hours.
4. You know several people who have hit moose
more than once.
5. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the
same day.
6. You use a down comforter in the summer.
7. Your grandparents drive at 65 mph through 13
feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without
8. You see people wearing hunting clothes at
social events.
9. You install security lights on your house and
garage and leave both unlocked.
10. You think of the major food groups as deer
meat, beer, fish, and berries.
11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your
girlfriend knows how to use them.
12. There are 7 empty cars running in the
parking lot at the Derby store at any given time.
13. You design your kid's Halloween costume to
fit over a snowsuit.
14. Driving is better in the winter because the
potholes are filled with snow.
15. You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and
flannel pajamas.

16. You know all 4 seasons:
almost winter, winter, still winter,
17. It takes you 3 hours to go to the store for
one item even when you're in a rush because you have
to stop and talk to everyone in town.
18. You actually understand these jokes and
forward them to all your friends from Vermont.
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Mar. 20, 2001, 06:07 PM
Alec, great post! Too true!I'm still laughing. And I will e-mail it to all my VT friends.

Anybody have any recommendations of which are the best VHSA shows (besides GMHA) ?

Mar. 21, 2001, 06:44 AM
Those are perfect, Alec! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Mar. 21, 2001, 05:10 PM
Hi All,
Yep, it's Spring all right - another Nor'easter heading our way. Estimates of 5-10". Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I will now run shreiking into the night - we will not see bare ground at this rate until July.

The snowbanks around the dog run are over ten feet high - if anything slides I am sure to lose one of the Corgis (Cookie and Fergie) or the Jack Russell Terrorist, Bubba Russell. Cookie is the Corgi that has accompanied me to numerous events all over the country including Rolex, Foxhall, Fair Hill, Festival of Champions, and a bunch of Long Island shows. At this point, I think she is probably qualified to fence judge.

Does anybody remember July 4, 1979 when it actually snowed? It was my first July in Vermont and I remember thinking 'what the heck have I gotten myself into'. Note that I continue to be a slow learner, and hence, continue to live in Vermont.

Hallie, Dutchess of Bolton Valley

Mar. 21, 2001, 06:18 PM
I don't think my kids have had a full week of school since Christmas. Or does it just seem that way? I just heard up to 15", which would be incredibly depressing. Only yesterday I was standing in the muddy paddock in my shirtsleeves, currying an ecstatic mare who stood there soaking up the sun with her eyes closed and lower lip hanging.

Alec, do you REALLY want to come back? /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Mar. 21, 2001, 09:48 PM
NO!!! /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Mar. 22, 2001, 09:13 AM
yes Alec it did take me an hour and 1/2 to get to Burlington today because of all the SNOWWWWWWWWWWWW. Addison County, specifically your driveway! Sarah will wait to plow until you get home. Where the hell is jumping on OLN is it not on Sat anymore???

Mar. 26, 2001, 06:56 PM
I'll be home on Fri and it looks like I'm bringing 50 degrees and rain. Get out your water wings it's gonna get deep /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Apr. 1, 2001, 12:03 PM
�..News flash� I�ll be returning to VA on Tuesday till all the damm snow melts at our place in VT.��.See ya soon! /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Apr. 1, 2001, 04:56 PM
Alec - PLEASE can I come with you??? I promise to be good and wait on you hand and foot if you only let me come! And I have an 1100 pound, 16.2 hand friend who'd like to come too. He says he promises to be good and not kick things if he can come to Virginia and play outside.

Apr. 2, 2001, 12:44 PM
Seriously, I saw on the WCAX news this weekend that they had to add an extension to the stake on top of Mt. Mansfield that measures snowfall. That means they had something over ELEVEN FEET at the stake.

You may have to forfeit your status in the VT clique if you don't come home and face up to this.
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Apr. 2, 2001, 04:35 PM
Seriously...How much is on the ground in Burlington? Not counting the piles of shoveled, plowed stuff.

Apr. 2, 2001, 07:31 PM
At home in Addison, one of the areas that gets the least amount of snow in VT, there is over 14� in the fields. It�s so dense you can walk on it! Jay Peak is reporting 600� on total snow fall this winter.

Boston-B you�re welcome in Middleburg anytime! We�re easy to find. *hick*

On a really bad note the WB I way buying and picking up while I was here, got caught in a wire fence and is laid up for 6 months!!!!!!!!

Anyone know of a 17H+ pony I can lease for the summer?

Apr. 3, 2001, 07:28 PM
Keep your eyes peeled for a white Tahoe and a silver and blue trailer driving aimlessly around Middleburg! I'm on my way.

Tristan may not be quite 17hh, but he's pretty darn big, and for a home away from the snow, you can ride him all your little heart desires:)

May. 9, 2002, 02:40 PM
I dug this up for the NE newbies to check out... /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You never know where the edge is till you step over it. The trick is to scramble back up before it's to late.

* Charter member, saftey is overated clique.*

May. 9, 2002, 02:41 PM
Can we get this moved to Off Course? Thank you. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You never know where the edge is till you step over it. The trick is to scramble back up before it's to late.

* Charter member, saftey is overated clique.*

May. 9, 2002, 02:55 PM
We have a house in northern VT (Greensboro to be exact). So, I've spent MANY summers, winters, and falls there, I've also spent a LOT of time in Putney, VT b/c my 3 brothers went to boarding school there, and my school for one year was based out of Putney (my school was a homeschool school). I just remember all of the summers finding people that had horses I could ride(mostly huge draft crosses), etc. The past 3 summers I've been off showing and haven't gotten to spend much time up there, but my brothers and I go up at other times during the year.

May. 10, 2002, 07:10 AM
Hi All,
'Typical' Vermont weather over the past few weeks....90 degrees one day, 35 the next, and then an earthquake which rattled the dogs and cats off the bed.

Quick - someone remind me why we are live here!

Semper Eadem,
Hallie McEvoy

May. 10, 2002, 06:54 PM
Haligator, Long time no see.. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Ya need to move out of the Mt's to the banana belt. Things are much warmer here.

We should try to hook up this summer. Wanna give me a jumping lesson? /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You never know where the edge is till you step over it. The trick is to scramble back up before it's to late.

* Charter member, saftey is overated clique.*

May. 10, 2002, 06:56 PM
Hey!!???!!?? It didn't move up after my last post???!!??

You never know where the edge is till you step over it. The trick is to scramble back up before it's to late.

* Charter member, saftey is overated clique.*

May. 11, 2002, 07:11 AM
Hi Alec,
Sure, let's do a jumping lesson this summer. If you want to come out, I'm doing an adult jumping clinic at The Livery in Hinesburg on June 2. We have an adult clinic there once a month for the Broken Nail Riders (as in "darn! I broke another nail"). It would be great to have you join the crew which includes two eventers, three H/J riders, and the best jumping mule you've ever met!

Let me know.

Semper Eadem,
Hallie McEvoy

May. 21, 2002, 07:05 AM
Gator, I'm not allowed to visit/post on the HJ BB very often so I just saw your post! /infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I'm not sure bout the 2nd Mrs. GDG wants to go to the dressage schooling show. *sigh* Maybe her horse will be lame and I can come jump, not ride in 20M circles.:rolleyes:

I'll let ya know. In any case I'll catch up with you sooner or later. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

back to the bat cave..........ie Off course /infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

You never know where the edge is till you step over it. The trick is to scramble back up before it's to late.

* Charter member, saftey is overated clique.*