Welcome to The New England Equestrian Center of Athol
Managed by The New England Equestrian Land Management Conservation Corporation
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Click on vest to go to
NEECA Store where you
can order a variety of
customized NEECA items.
If you'd like to
see some
pictures of past
NEECA events,
please click on
following links:

Wannabe
Cowboy
Challenge
Fall Trail Ride
Pictures
Fun Day
Pictures
Picnic at the
Park
NEECA Horse
Show
Lake Dennison
Trail Ride
Versatility Clinic
Work Day
Photos
Horse Tenders
Clinic

NEECA Looks Great After
Efforts By SPRUCE UP DAY
Volunteers!

We had about 16 volunteers show up
at the Spruce Up Day on August 17th,
and we managed to get a LOT done.  
All of the picnic tables were repaired
and repainted, the storage shed was
reorganized, relocated and painted,
the weeds were cut back off the
grandstand, the food booth was
painted and we got permanent roofs
on both the food and membership
booths.  WHEW!

Many thanks to the volunteers that
took the time to help out that day:

Rosemary Lyman, Monte Roberts,
Althea Bramhall, Terry Lupien, Elwin
Bacon, Ken Wildman,  Kayla Coburn,
Kathy D'Orto, Brian Whitney, Ken and
Carol Bright, Caroline & Bryan
Mansfield, Kathy D'Orto, Pat France
and Frank Whitney.





































                          NEECA GYMKHANAS
NEECA is currently running a series of Gymkhanas in 2014 which are meant to be fun-filled
events not a “professional” competition. All ages, ability levels and disciplines are welcome.
Helmets are required for riders under 18 years old and recommended for ALL riders.

Each day will consist of 8 events of varying types to make it fair and fun for all. There will be
events with barrels, poles, jumps, obstacles, cones, flags, balls etc. or a combination of these
items. All games for the next Gymkhana will be available at the previous Gymkhana and we
plan to post them to the NEECA website as well.

Riders will be placed into one of three divisions that will be determined by the average times
from the first two events which will be the same at each Gymkhana. Riders may move to faster
divisions throughout the year but may never move to a slower division with the same horse.
The remainder of the events each day will be different each Gymkhana. We also plan to run
lead-line and driving divisions if there is enough interest.

Ribbons and points will be awarded at each Gymkhana with points accumulating towards
year-end awards. In the event of tie at the end of the day, a tie-breaking event will be run.
Entry fees for each horse – rider combination will be $40 for non-NEECA members and $35
for NEECA members for each day. Each horse – rider combination is a separate entry.
Help will be needed at the events and anyone that would like to offer their help or if anyone
has
questions contact Frank Whitney at freeway6969@msn.com or call his cell at 978-
833-2634.
 CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW SEPTEMBER GAMES.

ONLY TWO GYMKHANA DATES LEFT!!!
September 21
October 19

Registration and Warm-Up start at 9 a.m.
Games start at 10 a.m.

COWBOY WANNA-BE CHALLENGE COMING UP NEXT AT NEECA!

For the past 5 or 6 years now, one of the last official events of the year sponsored by NEECA is
our
Cowboy Wanna-Be Challenge/Picnic at the Park on Saturday, Sept. 13th.  We invite our
members to come up with their horses and practice riding and leading them through a course
of practice obstacles set up in the main arena by Pete Whitmore.  If interested, people can sign
up to participate in a very lowkey and fun competition that is held after lunch. People are
welcome to picnic, or they can plan to visit the NEECA Nibblers Food Booth!

After lunch, the official Cowboy Wanna-Be Challenge begins. For a nominal charge,
participants can challenge themselves to navigate through a course designed by Pete, utilizing
similar obstacles to the ones they were allowed to practice earlier that morning.  The course
will be timed, and competitors will receive points on how well each horse and rider team
completed each obstacle.  Lots of fun to watch, and even more fun to participate in!













You can sign up to do an easier, slightly less challenging version, or a more challenging
course if you think you are the real deal and want to "Cowboy Up"!  Either way, it's lots of fun
and great experience for your horse.!

For more information, or to register in advance, please contact Althea at  
althearealtor@gmail.com
New NEECAWear Now Available!

Thanks to the artistic creativity of NEECA member Susie Feldman, and the efforts of Sue Ellen
Mowcomber to turn a great idea into reality, we have some really lovely new options available
for NEECA t-shirts.  Susie was able to create a horse from "NEECA" and we have incorporated
her design onto some great looking shirts in a variety of color combinations.  These shirts are
available for sale at most NEECA sponsored events, or email brycarmansfield@aol.com if you
would like to order one.  Design is pictured below:
IMPORTANT NOTICE:  NEECA FALL TRAIL RIDE LOCATION CHANGE!
Due to serious damage to the Feldman's trail system from a microburst
storm this summer, we will be holding Fall Trail Ride at another location,
hopefully still on Oct. 5th as planned.   Please check back for more details
.