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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
SUSAN HARRIS TO RETURN
FOR SEVENTH NEECA CLINIC!

We’re very pleased to announce that
Susan Harris has agreed to come
back and do another clinic for
NEECA this year.  Susan told me that
we are now  officially the group that
she has done the most clinics for, no
small claim to fame!!









The clinic is scheduled to take
place from May 9-11
, and will once
again be held at the indoor arena of
Windswept Farm in Petersham, MA,
thanks to the ongoing generosity and
support of NEECA shown by
Windswept owner, Robin Hinton.
Cost for this clinic is $220 for NEECA
members, $240 for non-members.  
There is a nominal fee for auditing
(which we strongly recommend you
do because it’s amazing how much
you can learn just by listening to this
woman teach.)

Although we can take up to 20 riders,
this clinic is full already due to the
fact that so many former participants
have asked to ride in it again.  
However,  we start a waiting list
because we usually lose a few
riders  due to a variety of reasons
every year.  If you would like to have
your name put on the list, please
contact Caroline at
brycarmansfield@aol.com.

                                NEECA GYMKHANAS
NEECA plans to run 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 GAMES BEING OFFERED.

We have the following tentative dates:
April 27
May 18
June 29
July 13
August 10
September 21
October 19
LOTS OF NEW EVENTS HAPPENING
AT NEECA THIS YEAR!!
We have got a BUNCH of stuff going on with and at NEECA this year.    
We've got something for everyone!

New England Equestrian Showcase..........YOUTH MUSTANG CHALLENGE!  
Youth trainers from ages 8-18 will have 90 days to gentle and train a wild mustang yearling.  
They will return to compete for
"Youth Trainer of the Year" and tons of prizes at the New
England Equestrian Showcase on
June 14th & 15th. The mustangs will then be available for
adoption through live auction.  Contact Peter Whitmore at 978-652-2231 for more information.
Extreme Versatility Contest, a Drill Team Contest, stallion exhibitions, mini-clinics and an
old-fashion silent auction will also take place at Equestrian Showcase

Interested in learning, or perhaps even trying, dressage? Or western dressage?  If you are,
have we got the event for you!  Join us at the NEECA Arena on Saturday, May 17th for our first
ever
"Intro to Dressage" event.  It will be the perfect opportunity for you to try it out in a friendly,
relaxed format, with clinician/judge, Bronze and Silver medalist, Linda Parmenter.  
FORMAT:  Morning Ride - Review & Coaching-Ride a judged test after lunch.
All equines and riders of any style welcome, show attire not needed (however proper footwear
and ASTM approved riding helmets are mandatory)
Only $40 for each horse/rider combination, includes arrival snack and lunch!

More into trail riding?  Then plan to head up to Lake Dennison on Saturday, May 17th for
NEECA's Annual Spring Trail Ride.  Lots of fun, well-marked trails, NEHT mileage credit, lunch
provided.

The
NEECA Youth Horse Show will be taking place again up at the NEECA Arena in June.  
They have added some new very unique, and fun, classes to this year's show. Emphasis is on
fun and learning.  Very inexpensive, casual clothes okay.

CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UPCOMING NEECA EVENTS:
Please note that if any NEECA event
is cancelled due to weather, it will
be posted by 6:30 a.m. on the
morning of the event on this
website.
40 NEECA Members Attend March General Meeting
We kicked off our 2014 season on a great note with a packed room for our General March
meeting!  Event coordinators were on hand to introduce the different activities they were
organizing, we introduced the new Gymkhana Series and Intro to Dressage events that will be
happening for the first time at NEECA this year, discussed all that been accomplished at the
park to date, and wrapped up a very full agenda with an extremely interesting and educational
presentation by local equine dentist, Kayla Coburn.
 (pictured above courtesy of photo by Rhonda Whitney)

We announced the Beautify NEECA Entrance Competition,  Click here for more info
on that
!  We're looking for design ideas for the new NEECA driveway.
Common theme throughout the night was the need for more volunteers to help out at events.  
Please let us know if you can.