Welcome to The New England Equestrian Center of Athol
Managed by The New England Equestrian Land Management Conservation Corporation

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NEECA Looks Great After
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.
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 to left.
2014 Fall Social Closes Out Another Successful Year for NEECA
For the last decade or so, the Fall Social traditionally is the last official event of the year for
NEECA, and this year was no exception.  Nearly 100 members and guests attended the Fall
Social, held once again at the Athol-Orange Elks Club.  Coordinator Kathy D'Orto did her usual
stellar job of putting together a well-organized and enjoyable evening.

Participants were able to mingle with friends while enjoying a wonderful meal put on by
Affordable Catering of Orange.  After the meal, NEELMCC President Caroline Mansfield
recapped the accomplishments of the year, along with recognizing the numerous
coordinators and volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.  We were very
pleased to report that the events and fundraising activities sponsored throughout the year
resulted in nearly $15,000 being raised for further NEECA development.

Although we are lucky enough to have a number of enthusiastic volunteers that give
generously of their time and talents, every year we like to find someone who has gone "above
and beyond" in their efforts to support NEECA and distinguish them with the Volunteer of the
Year Award.  This year's choice was a pretty easy one to make.  Pete Whitmore has been on
the NEELMCC Board of Directors for a number of years and has been instrumental in
introducing a number of new events for NEECA, including the Equestrian Showcase and the
Cowboy Wannabe Challenge.  Pete is lucky (and therefore NEECA is
very lucky) to have a
talented, energetic and supportive wife who plays a huge role in the planning and
implementation of these events, on top of having two small children to take care of!  So this
year we were very pleased to be able to recognize
Jessica Whitmore as our Volunteer of the
 As you will see from the following picture, Jess will do WHATEVER it takes to make
sure every event is as successful as it can be!  And is this woman FEARLESS or what?!?!

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of Division Champions for NEECA's first
Gymkhana Series.  The idea for a gymkhana series was first presented by NEELMCC Board
Frank Whitney, who then worked tirelessly to put together a very successful and well
attended 7 event series this past spring/summer/fall.  In spite of having some significant
up-front expenses (timer, poles, ribbons, awards), the gymkhana series was so successful
its first year that it managed to pay for all its associated expenses and STILL make a profit for

In addition to our own events being hosted at NEECA, the facility was also rented by a couple
of other organizations for their events as well, and we've already been contacted by
organizations interested in renting out the arena in 2015!
 Speaking of 2015, please be sure
to check out our Calendar of Events page as we already have a tentative listing of events
and dates for 2015 published.

Many thanks to all of our members, friends and supporters for helping to make 2014 yet
another great year for the ongoing growth and development of the
New England Equestrian Center of Athol!

About 3 years ago NEELMCC put in
a new main entrance at NEECA for
easier access to the park.  The Town
of Athol loaned NEELMCC the funds
to pay for the driveway, allowing 12
years for the loan to be paid back.  
Since then NEELMCC has given the
town $5,000 every year towards
repayment of that loan, putting us on
track to pay it off well before the 12
year term.

Shown above is NEELMCC V.P.,
Elwin Bacon and Board Secretary,
Althea Bramhall, presenting Athol
Town Manager Shaun Suhoski with
a check for $5,000 in November of
2014.  NEELMCC is very grateful for
Athol's continued support of our
In Memory...... the local horse community lost a
well-known and beloved member in November of
2014.  Don Roberts of Hardwick was an avid
horse enthusiast, former member and supporter
of both the Barre Riding and Driving Club and
NEECA, and all around good man.  He is shown in
picture at left doing what he loved to do best,
spend the day with friends getting ready to go out
on a beautiful trail ride.

RIP Don, you will be missed.

click here to read a poem written by Don
a few ago as part of a profile on him in Helen
Hill's book, "Still Riding at 80."