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.
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:
NEECA Fall Social Happening on Saturday, November 1st!

Once again it is with both anticipation, and a touch of sadness, that we are planning
NEECA's last official event of 2014.  Every year we end the season with our Fall Social.  
This year it will  be held up at the Athol-Orange Elks Club.  
Social hour starts at 6 pm, with
dinner being served at 7 pm.  Cost per person is $25, which includes a wonderful meal
provided by Affordable Catering.
















The auction was such a success last year that we have decided to do it again.  Last year's
guests were able to bid on a wide variety of great items donated by local businesses and
our members.  Thanks to the efforts of Wayne Whitmore from Quabbin Valley Auctions, the
bidding was spirited and folks came away with some great deals.  Even with all the
bargains, the auction proved to be the biggest fundraiser of the season for NEECA thanks
to the generosity of the donations and bidders.

The success of the auction depends on the quantity and quality of items we have to offer.  If
you have an item and/or service you would like to donate to the auction, please contact
Kathy at 978-249-2279, or email her at katdorto@yhoo.com  

In addition to the live auction, we will have a number of items available to silent bid on, as
we customarily do.  This is always a lot of fun.

We also take time at the Fall Social to review the events and milestones of the year, along
with recognizing the volunteers and coordinators who make it all happen.  No one in
NEECA, ever, has been paid for organizing an event or helping out at a work day or event.  
It would be hard to calculate the amount of hours our generous members have
volunteered over the years to help NEECA grow and develop, but the number would be in
the thousands, if not tens of thousands, at this point.  All of these volunteer hours have
contributed to the park's development and gotten it to the active, viable venue it is today,
with plenty more still to come!!

We hope you will be able to join us at this year's Fall Social,  but tickets must be
purchased in advance so that we have an accurate headcount for the caterer.  If you
would like to attend, please contact Fall Social coordinator Kathy D'Orto at 978-249-
2279, or email katdorto@yahoo.com.  Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, Oct.
24th, so don't delay!!  


SEE YOU AT THE SOCIAL!!








                      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 OCTOBER GAMES.

ONLY ONE GYMKHANA LEFT!!!
October 19

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