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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 2 boarding spots 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.

Saturday November 5
Obstacle Training Workshops
Build Trust & Improve Confidence

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10:00-12:00: Beginner Riders & Inexperienced Horses

1:00-3:00: Intermediate & Advanced Riders & Horses

Each Session Includes:

  1. Basic control exercises & obstacles in the ring
  2. More advanced obstacles & gate work on our playground
  3. Trail etiquette, small jumps & "stimulus" out on the property

Participation Fee: $50 per session

Pre-registration required by 11/1/14. Register early - each session is limited to 6 participants

Click here for the Registration Form

Auditors welcomed-$10 for the day

Come play on our new beginner jump course! Enjoy a safe and supportive environment where good horsemanship is the focus!

Learn how to safely improve communication & confidence under saddle by using calmness, understanding, patience & praise.

NECH Jump Course

Booking Now for 2015!
Hosting a clinic is easy. Learn what's involved and
how you can earn a FREE SPOT - click here

Equine Affaire, Springfield MA

Heidi will be presenting several sessions at Equine Affaire More info ....

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.

2014 Event Schedule

February 17, Ghent, NY
February 22, Bethany, CT

March 1-2, Fort Edward, NY

April 12-13, Columbus, OH
April 19, Guilford VT
April 26-27 Katonah, NY

May 5-9, Claryville, NY
May 17, Guilford, VT
May 28-29 Morgan, Vt.
May 31-June 1, Bethany, CT

June 8-12, Buxton, ME
June 14, Guilford, VT
June 28-29, Saco, ME

July 13, Guilford VT
July 19-21, Loch Sheldrake, NY
July 26, Guilford, Vt

August 2, Bethany, CT
August 10, Guilford VT
August 23, Guilford VT

Sept 20, Guilford VT
Sept 22-26, Claryville, NY

Oct 5, Guilford VT
Oct 11-12, Fort Edward, NY
Oct 18, Guilford VT
Oct 25-26, Newport VT

Click here for more details and registration information

Quick Reads, Great Info

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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!
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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