NEECA 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pete Whitmore -President, Sue Ellen Mowcomber -V.P., Margo Petracone -Secretary, Pat France -Treasurer, Althea Bramhall, Pam DeGregorio, Caroline Mansfield, Laurie Neely, Frank Whitney, Anne Zukowski
A number of years ago, local horse enthusiasts in the North Central region of Massachusetts had a dream of developing an equestrian park in that area. The main purpose of this park would be to provide equestrians in the region a place where they could come with their horse(s) to participate in the activity of their choice, whether it be trail riding, showing, or participating in clinics, etc.
When a large parcel of land suitable for this purpose became available for sale, this determined group of people approached the town of Athol for assistance and, with the support of the town, purchased the property. This was the beginning of the NEW ENGLAND EQUESTRIAN LAND MANAGEMENT CONSERVATION CORPORATION, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting in the development and operations of lands set aside for the specific purpose of equestrian use for present, and future, generations of horse lovers.
Under the guidance of the NEELMCC; the New England Equestrian Center of Athol (NEECA) was created: an organization of dedicated members willing to donate their time and labor to ensure that the Equestrian Park continues to thrive, grow, and provide opportunities for riders, drivers and others to enjoy the over 200 acres we call home.
NEELMCC/NEECA started with 6 members, and ended 2017 with over 210! Through grants, fundraisers; horse shows,
clinics, wine tastings, auctions and tack sales, along with"hands on" work days up at the park, our membership has
turned the dream into a reality. We now have a 240' X 100' main arena at the park, and a second one that can be divided into two warm-up rings or a driving or dressage arena. Our trail loop was recently expanded, widened and graded, and has a 2- 2' 6" cross country course on it, along with a versatility "confidence" course at the trailhead. We have a large trailer parking area adjacent to the main ring, and additional parking for cars and trucks. We currently have a generator driven PA system, and are exploring bringing electricity into the park.
Come see what we have to offer for your own riding or driving pleasure, and consider leasing the New England Equestrian Center of Athol's park for your club or organization's event.