The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, located just 11 miles from Killington, is Vermont’s only resort with a full service equestrian program. While offering accommodations and activities all 4 seasons of the year, the equestrian programs are available in summer months - June through October.
Set on 350 private acres and abutting the Green Mountain National Forest, riders have easy access to over 40 miles of trails. With meadows, woods, streams and sweeping views of a 740 acre lake and the surrounding Green Mountain range riders will experience some of the most scenic trails in New England.
The Resort's Equestrian Center comes alive June through October, catering to horse riders of all levels - novice to advanced. Guests will enjoy guided trail rides on horseback with breathtaking views, lessons in English or Western, introduction to cross-country jumping, dressage and more. Working with many of the same horses for years, the staff can help each rider choose the perfect mount. Or if you prefer, bring your own horse and take advantage of on-site stabling.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations in classic and luxury Lodge rooms and suites, luxury cabins and a wide variety of guest houses. In addition to the riding programs, in summer guests have access to fishing, boating, a private beach on a pristine mountain lake, heated pool, disc golf, tennis, volleyball, clay bird shooting, hiking and cycling trails. In winter, guests enjoy quintessential Vermont activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides. The resort also offers free daily shuttles to nearby Killington for Alpine skiing.
Year-round, guests have access to a brand new full service spa & salon, hot tub, fitness room, yoga studio, sauna and health & wellness programs. Also on property guests enjoy creative cuisine in the Mountain Top Dining Room & Tavern, In summer months outdoor terrace seating takes full advantage of the spectacular view.
Within just a few miles, guests can visit several of Vermont’s local breweries/wineries/cideries, the state’s largest year-round farmer’s market, antiquing, retail shopping, golf, a wide variety of outdoor activities, scenic drives (with covered bridges and the world’s best foliage!), farms, ‘maple sugar makers’ and more.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort’s central Vermont location makes it a short drive from all points in the Northeast and because of its ease of access to major northeast cities and airports, it has a wide appeal for nation-wide and international travelers.
Children’s Summer Horsemanship Camp
The Mountain Top Inn's Children’s Summer Horsemanship Camp is very popular with young guests who are specifically interested in “everything horses”. It is a fun learning experience and a memorable part of their summer vacation. The program is offered from July 1 to August 14 for children ages 6 – 12.Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance. We strongly suggest booking when making your room reservations since space is limited.
Children’s Summer Horsemanship Camp is for children ages 6 – 12 years and over 42″ tall and is available Monday through Friday 9:30 AM – 3:00PM from July 1 to August 14. Space may be reserved on a daily or weekly basis. Weekly – $450.00 per child; Daily – $125.00 per child
‘Giddy-Up and Go’ 2-Night Girls Getaway
Let’s face it, sometimes you just need to get away with the with your best friend! This package is the perfect combination of fresh air, the outdoors and pampered luxury!
The Mountain Top Inn's ‘Giddy-Up & Go’ Getaway includes:
Overnight accommodations for two nights (double occupancy)Country breakfast served on the Terrace each morningOne hour scenic trail ride per personOne hour massage of your choice for each person in our new spaDaily afternoon refreshments in the main lodge lobbyUse of our lake, private beach, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, heated pool, tennis & volleyball courts, disc golf, hot tub, sauna & fitness center.Tax and resort fee included
Package rates for 2 guests are $860 in a Classic Lodge Room ; $1,100 in a Luxury Room or Cabin ; $1,300 in a Luxury Suite
‘Giddy-Up and Go’ Getaway is valid Sunday – Thursday during the months of June through October only (excluding Columbus Day).
**During the month of June any additional trail rides will be offered at a 25% discount. Note that packages are not available Columbus Day Weekend. A peak season charge of $200 will be added during foliage season.
Availability is limited. Horseback riding must be booked in advance of your arrival. Call 802.483.2311. Email the Mountain Top Inn.
Equestrian enthusiasts will love this special riding package. Explore miles of scenic trails on horseback with The Mountain Top Inn & Resort's "Horseback Riding Vacation". Valid June - October. Our “Horseback Riding Vacation” starts at $1275 double occupancy; $1050 single occupancy and includes a variety of cool perks. Learn more at the Mountain Top's website, by calling 802.483.2311. Email the Mountain Top Inn.
Summer Horseback Riding Clinics
Our 2017 Riding Clinic schedule at the Resort’s Equestrian Center starts in May and will continue throughout the season.
Following is the start of our list of clinicians who will be leading the programs and highlights of their expertise.
Daryl Kinney – Three Phase Eventing Stadium and XC Jumping
May 29, 2017
Daryl Kinney is an upper level event rider who has spent the last 9 years working and training with Denny Emerson at Tamarack Hill Farm. During this time, Daryl has competed several of Denny’s horses, bringing them up through the levels. In 2015, Daryl and long-time partner, Union Station, were able to make the move up to Advanced. While in college, she spent time in Belgium working for Karin Donckers and in Germany at the German National Riding School. In addition to working at Tamarack, Daryl enjoys teaching clinics around the country.
For information & registration call 802.483.2311. Space is limited for each clinic.
Meg Hilly – Dressage Clinic (details TBD)
June 8, 2017
Deb Danforth -Partnership Training – on the flat or over obstacles.
June 27, 2017
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 and OHSA level-2 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 enjoys working with horse and rider teams, both on the flat and in pattern work – guiding them to a better partnership.
This clinic will be tailored to the skill level, interest and/or problem area(s) of the horses or riders attending. Learn how to get a better ride on the flat, improve transitions, gaits, flexion and body control. Develop the confidence to read and guide your horse to a better ride or 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 overcome them. Discover how much fun you and your horse can have as a team. Open to both English and Western riders.
Sue Berrill – Mid-Summer Tune-up
July 24, 2017
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.
Horse Riding Lessons & Clinics, Beginning Dressage, Cross Country Jumping, Trail Rides, Full Service Spa & Salon, Private Beach, Lake, Boating, Disc Golf, Tennis Court, Sand Volleyball, Outdoor Heated Pool, Clay-bird Shooting, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Yoga Classes, Fitness Center, Sauna. Winter activities XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating and more.
Known for creative menus using many local ingredients, the Mountain Top Dining Room and Tavern (with outdoor terrace in summer) offer some of the best food in central Vermont. Menus change seasonally to allow the Chef to take advantage of the freshest ingredients from area farmers and vendors.
Guest accommodations range from Classic and Luxury Lodge Rooms & Suites , luxury cabins and a wide selection of Guest Houses. The Cabins and some Guest Houses are pet friendly. Real estate opportunities are available in the Trailside Cottages Development.
The Mountain Top Inn's location in Central Vermont offers our guests easy access to a variety of Vermont sites, attractions and activities: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Morgan Horse Farm, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Vermont Marble Museum, Simon Pearce Hand Glassblowing, as well as extensive antiquing.
At a Glance
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is central Vermont’s premier setting for a "Horseback Riding Vacation". Enjoy one, two and three hour trail rides through 350 acres, surrounded by Vermont’s Green Mountains and overlooking a recreational mountain lake.
Burlington, VT or Albany, NY
Riding Style/ Ability
English & Western/ Beginner - Advanced
June through October
20 for horseback riding
Corporate Groups, Retreats, Meetings Welcome
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Rates/ Payment methods
Horseback Riding Vacation starts at $1275 for 3 nights/double occupancy.
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