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New England Center for Horsemanship is an instructional, training and boarding facility that specializes in the training, riding and keeping of horses in the most natural way possible. NECH is located in Guilford, Vermont.

Heidi Potter is a Natural Style Trainer and Centered Riding© Instructor/Clinician. She is a Master Level CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Instructor/Clinician and a "HAAT" (Horse Agility Accredited Trainer) for the International Horse Agility Club. Heidi offers training, play days and competitions at her place and abroad in the exciting new sport of Horse Agility.

Heidi also shares her knowledge with horse enthusiasts by presenting at international conferences and expos around the country.

Heidi Potter

Heidi Potter is a professional horsewomen who is well known and respected for her clear, kind and consistent style of teaching and training. Horses and humans alike benefit from her extensive knowledge and gentle approach. As a natural style trainer she specializes in the gentle and progressive way of working with horses. Her ability to read the horse and then progress with calmness, clarity and consistency has proven successful in building trusting and respectful partnerships between horses and their humans. More >

Boarding Available

NECH, home of Heidi Potter Natural Horsemanship, now has 1 boarding spot available. All of our horses live outside in small herds, as nature intended. Paddocks are equipped with run-in shelters and room to roam. The barn includes box stalls, tack room, storage closet, hitching areas and a bathroom. Our property features a ring, natural & man-made obstacles, fields, brooks, a pond, trails and a small cross country jumping area. Visit our Facility Page to learn more. Contact Heidi at 802-380-3268 or e-mail heidi@heidipotter.com for more information.

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Equine Affaire, Springfield MA

Heidi will be presenting several sessions at Equine Affaire:

  • Thursday 11/13, 3:30: Horse Agility: Enhancing Your Training Program & Relationship with Your Horse In-Hand (Young Arena)
  • Friday 11/14, 10:00: Improving Your Balance & Communication through Centered Riding® (Young Arena)
  • Saturday 11/15, 2:00 pm: Tricks of the Trade for Instructors: New Ways to Teach & Understand Common Riding Skills (Mallory North)
  • Saturday 11/15, 6:00 pm: Improving Your Communication through the Reins (Mallory North)
  • Sunday 11/16, 11:15 Horse Agility: Building a Trusting Relationship with Your Miniature Horse (Young Arena)

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Join us for a Holistic Equestrian Retreat in Costa Rica!

February 15-22, 2015

Centered Riding/Natural Horsemanship

This all inclusive equestrian vacation is being hosted at the Finca Austria, a 150-acre ranch in the hills of Nosara. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, sunset, river and jungle.

This special holistic equine vacation includes daily Yoga, Centered Riding & Natural Horsemanship, trail rides, swimming with the horses and much more.

Visit www.equisolretreats.com and click on "Retreats" & "Calendar & Rates" for more information.

For further inquiry or to make a reservation contact Heidi Blackman: info@equisolretreats.com or 949-209-8755. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

2015 Event Schedule


  • Jan-March Look for 2-3 Centered Riding clinics in Florida. Details coming soon


  • February 15-22: Centered Riding/Natural Horsemanship Retreat-Equisol Equest. Retreats-Nosara, Costa Rica


  • April 9-12: Equine Affaire Ohio
  • April 18: Horse Agility-NECH-Guilford, Vt


  • May 4-8: CHA Standard Instructor Certification Clinic-Hearts & Horses TRC-Buxton, ME.
  • May 16-17: Centered Riding for Trail Riders Clinic-DeLmation Farm-Constableville, NY
  • May 30-31: Centered Riding Open Clinic-Reining Hope-Morgan, VT.


  • June 6-7: Centered Riding Open Clinic-Maple Woods Farm-Loch Sheldrake, NY
  • June 8-12: CHA Standard Instructor Certification Clinic-Frost Valley YMCA-Claryville,NY
  • June 20: Obstacle Training Workshops (under saddle)-NECH-Guilford, Vt


  • July 11: Horse Agility-NECH-Guilford, Vt
  • July 12: Versatility Obstacle/Trail Challenge-NECH-Guilford, Vt
  • July 25-26: Centered Riding Clinic for Trail Riders-NECH-Guilford, Vt


  • August 8: Obstacle Training Workshops (under saddle) NECH-Guilford, Vt
  • August 30: Versatility Obstacle/Trail Challenge-NECH-Guilford, Vt


  • September 19: Horse Agility-NECH-Guilford, VT
  • September 20: Obstacle Training Workshops (under saddle)-NECH, Guilford, Vt


  • October 10-11: Obstacle/Trail Clinic-Gallup Ridge Farm-Fort Edward, NY

Click here for more details and registration information

Quick Reads, Great Info

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fort knos
Heidi riding Fort Knox in a qualifying video for the 2011 Equine Affaire Versatility Horse & Rider Challenge.

backing from gentle touch
Horse Agility - for Minis too!
Dales pony
Building concentration and connection.

Liberty work with Crystal Gait's stallion, Homegrown
Developing Feel
"Squaring up" in Colorado
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Mission Statement

To improve the relationship between horses and humans in a safe, compassionate manner through understanding, patience, praise and clarity.

Heidi Potter Natural Horsemanship
New England Center for Horsemanship, 761 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT 05301
802-380-3268; Heidi@HeidiPotter.com