Location DRHC has its large standard size riding arena located at Carpenter Park just off Route 110 in Washington, VT. Trail rides and other events are held throughout the area wherever a member wishes to host one.
Our purpose DRHC is a family oriented club for horse enthusiasts of all ages to encourage, stimulate and promote riding, driving, in-hand, learning, or simply enjoying the closeness of their pasture pal(s). We welcome all abilities of the person and horse, and strongly encourage varied horse events.
Our history Founded in 1991, the Dog River Horse Club, or DRHC, has continued to thrive on the enthusiasm of area and non-area horse lovers. We currently have several three-generational families who are active in the club.
What DRHC has to offer Club Arena Members are welcomed to use the ring unless there is a previously scheduled club event. Check the events page or Facebook for arena closure dates.
Parking & Amenities There is plenty of room for horse trailer parking behind the ring near the sand pit, and there is also an outhouse nearby. Members are encouraged to use the club's gymkhana and trail obstacles, following the rules posted on the building. Items include barrels, poles, bridge, mailbox, pedestal, foam mats, and more.
Member Engagement DRHC's members continue to suggest, host and work on many various family friendly activities throughout each year. Included, but not limited to, trail class challenges, English and Western dressage schooling shows, trail rides (including the annual Tunbridge ride that has riders participating from all over New England and Canada), Fall Foliage ride, a poker ride, and the annual three gymkhana circuit held each summer at the Carpenter Park arena.
We also have a riding/driving log program with awards given, see the downloadable form on the forms page. Members are encouraged to present ideas for other events or meetings to the Board of Directors for discussion and approval.
Membership DRHC has a yearly membership fee that goes the calendar year, January 1 through December 31. The current cost is just $15 per year for a single member 18 or over, or $20 per year for the entire immediate family consisting of parent(s) or guardian(s) and children under the age of 18. This gives access to all club events, use of the ring, and a discounted price for the Christmas party dinner.
Membership fees do not include the registration costs for certain club events such as the gymkhanas, trail challenges, the poker ride, and some clinics.
Member Responsibilities DRHC asks that members have an enjoyable and safe time at all events, spread the word and encourage others to join, and come on over for the few readying and cleaning up days! This club is for all, and all help and suggestions are welcomed. Arena Use Manure must be removed from inside and around the arena after every use. A Manure fork and receptacle is always at the ring, and members are to put the manure within the cement manure pit. **The town recreation department has stipulated that no horses are allowed onto the ball field.**
Our Facebook presence Our facebook page is meant to help our members connect with each other through the sharing of upcoming event information, as well as sharing photos from past events.