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Equestrian Center

Horseback Riding Clinics

Our 2016 Riding Clinic schedule at the Resort’s Equestrian Center continues into late summer and the fall.
Following is our list of clinicians who will be leading the programs and highlights of their expertise.


Daryl Kinney  – Three Phase Eventing Stadium and XC Jumping

June 17, 2016
October 12, 2016

Daryl Kinney is an advanced level event rider who has worked closely with Denny Emerson for over 8 years.  She has a positive, encouraging teaching style and deliberate constructive training methods.  Daryl focuses on building a relationship of trust between horse and rider so they can work better as a team. Visit Daryl’s blog here.

Just added, in conjunction with this clinic:   Saddle Fitting with Jay McGarry of Trumbull Mountain Tack.   Is your saddle as comfortable for your horse as it is for you?  Let Jay do an evaluation to find out.  Flocking adjustments will also be available.  Call for availability and pricing.

Registration closes September 28.  For information & registration call 802.483.2311. Space is limited for each clinic.


Sue Berrill – Three Phase Eventing Spring Tune-up

May 16, 2016
$75 Private 1 hour
$60 Semi-Private/Per Person (2 participants)
$50 Group/Per Person (3 participants)

Sue Berrill, an advanced-level event rider, has been riding for over 30 years. She has had a great deal of success bringing along a wide variety of horses and has successfully competed in, placed/won at prestigious competitions such as the Area 1 Championships, American Eventing Championships, and CIC/CCI */** at Stuart, Radnor, and Bromont. Her students range from the non-competing to Intermediate/** level in eventing. She also partners with Denny Emerson at his Tamarack Hill Farm teaching at the THF Adult Camp, in addition to teaching clinics throughout the northeast. When Sue isn’t competing or away at clinics, she can be found at her Greylock Farm in Brownsville, VT furthering the education of a horse or a student. Sue thoroughly enjoys helping her students realize their goals whether they are learning to jump, trying to understand dressage, or competing in their first Three-Day-Event.

Sue LOVES teaching! Whether it be human or equine, she loves to teach.  For this clinic lessons will be available in any one of the three phases of eventing.
Sue strives to create a program that fits an individual’s needs. Whether you are a serious event rider, a pleasure rider just wanting to be more knowledgeable or skilled, we are delighted to work with you. Usually dressage lessons are taught as privates and as an added benefit to both the horse and rider, jump and xc lessons are usually semi-private or small groups. Visit her website here.


Ron Hoague – Equine Photography for All Levels

June 19, 2016
$100 Per Person for Resort Guests
$150 Per Person for Non-Guests
*Maximum of 12 participants will be allowed in this clinic.

Ron Hoague is a multi-discipline photographer who has experience in equine, wedding, portrait, and commercial photography.  He grew up in Vermont and is now based in the Burlington area.  Entering the craft of photography 25 years ago, his study of photography and the use of light to create extraordinary images led him to become a professional four years ago.   His equine experience includes being the official photographer at open, gymkhana and dressage shows, commercial equine images and being published in Horse Illustrated Magazine.  He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and a pro member of the Equine Photographer’s Network.

When it comes to equine photography, Ron loves horses as a subject since they are so expressive and noble.  Photographing and connecting with them makes us all realize humans owe our very existence to them. The ripple of muscles in a stallion or the soft light flowing through a mane isa type of beauty that is admired by everyone.   Ron’s equine photographs are a combination of his love for them and his ability to capture this beauty with a click of the camera.  His work can be found at his website here. Join Ron Hoague for a one-dayworkshop at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Vermont’s premier equine vacation and lodging facility in Chittenden, VT, with the focus on learning techniques to take your equine photos from snapshots to professional level images. Through classroom instruction, practical demonstration and hands-on practice, you will leave with a better understanding of how to capture great images of horses. The workshop will be a study of light and best practices to recognize not only the amount of light, but also the quality.  This class is for all skill levels, beginners to advanced photographers. (All participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the settings of their chosen camera system). The day will begin with a short classroom segment where we will get a review of the basics of photography, equipment recommendations, and examples of how to ‘see’ light.   We will then enjoy some of Vermont’s most beautiful scenery by shooting several photo set-ups in various locations around the Resort.  Among others, shoots will include an environmental portrait session with a horse and rider, a shoot typical of horse show conditions, and a pasture shoot with horses on the move.  Throughout, Ron will share tips from his experience on how photographer position, light direction and camera settings can be used to create better pictures.


Deb Danforth -Trail Obstacles: From Show Precision to the Extreme

June 28, 2016

Deb Danforth has been immersed in the horse world and in the fields of horse judging, riding instruction and youth mentoring for many decades. She has bred, raised, trained and shown Appaloosas in all disciplines for more than 40 years, qualified many horses for the World Show and produced several futurity winners.  Deb is also well known in Vermont for her dedicated service as a 4-H leader and coach of the state’s horse judging team.   She is a New England 4-H certified A list judge with more than 35 years of judging experience.  Deb has specialized in working with riders through teaching, training and mentoring for over 30 years.  She is an adjunct professor at Vermont Technical College where she teaches and coaches horse judging.  Deb has been instrumental in the creation and organization of many Extreme Trail events run by the Green Mt Appaloosa Horse Club at local fairs.

This clinic will be tailored to the skill level and interest of the riders attending.  Whether you want to learn how to nail our show pattern or test the trust and partnership of your mount with the extreme, you will have fun with this one.  Learn how to control your horse’s body over obstacles and earn the 10 or plus maneuver score.   Develop the confidence to read and guide your horse through any type of course.  Learn some exercise and training techniques to keep your horse focused and interested in a good ride. Find the challenge areas and work to overome them.  Discover how much fun you and your horse can have over a pattern obstacle course.

                                                                                                                                                                              

Jane Rodd – Holistic Horsemanship

Stay Tuned for more clinics with Jane during next year’s (2017) season!

Jane Rodd, PhD, BHSI, USDF Silver Medalist and Certified Instructor
Owner and Trainer: 5pHorsemanship
Relaxation, suppleness and strength are keys to keeping your horse sound and enabling him to be an athlete.  Join Jane in learning a fun and challenging series of flatwork/dressage exercises, with or without ground poles.  Cavaletti,and/or gymnastic jumping can be included for those who like to leave the ground.
A lifetime of experience with horses, combined with a doctorate in educational psychology, has given Jane the skills to be both a horsewoman and a people person, able to find the key to success for every individual horse/rider combination.
As a teenager she evented, jumped, hunted, and even competed in gymkhana! Later, trained with top riders such as Lucinda Green, Leslie Law, and Ferdi Eilberg, and competed at advanced level. More recently, her focus had been on dressage. Jane has trained many young horses from success in breed shows to FEI level. Jane and her students have won regional and national awards from Training through FEI level. She has helped hundreds of riders become more accomplished in dressage and jumping, and finds pleasure in their riding, and in achieving their goals. From fun, progressive group sessions to intensive individual training, Jane enjoys helping riders work in harmony with their horse.