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    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?? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]



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    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?? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]



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    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 [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    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.....
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    baymare were you in Stowe in the mid to late 70's?
    And who do you remember from Trapp's? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]



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    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!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]



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    Did you ever go to the Baggy Knees?



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    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... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
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    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.



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    ... with the sound of music.....

    ROTFLMAO Duffy!!!!!!
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    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!!!!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]



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    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. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    That's right! Perfect Benz for Maria!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] He was the chestnut. Beethoven was an adorable NAW!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]
    \"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.\" -- Ralph Waldo E



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    OK, I was the giant blond bouncer at the Knees. Always hanging out w/ Bobby Roberts and that crew.

    This is me know....
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    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!

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    I winter at Stowe!!Know the baggy knees well!! mom used to party there w/ billy the kid lol



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    Yup. I'm right here....till 4/1 and will be back next winter.



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    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)!

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    Cathy Nimick and I were roomates at Ethel Walkers and then I moved to Stowe and she didn't like me any more [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] 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 [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] ) 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.

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    Hallie did you ever work @ Mad River Glen? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]



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    One of my "duffy's" came to Teela Wooket via Ethel Walker!!!! The original "Duffy" was our first family dog. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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    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



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