NEECA News -- MARCH, 2022

Each spring we plan a work day up at NEECA to prepare the park for the upcoming season. NEECA is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. Our clinics, shows, demos, workshops, trail rides, gymkhanas.......are all made possible by the hard work and generous donation of time by our members. And our Work Day is no exception. We count on our membership and friends to show up, if just for a few hours, to get NEECA spruced up and ready to host all the great events we have planned for the year.

We hope that you will plan to join us this year to help out. There's plenty to do, which means there's always something for everyone to do! So please Save the Date and help NEECA put our best "hoof" forward this year!
Work Day Scheduled April 9th
NEECA is looking for a food booth committee, with a chair, that would handle all aspects of a food booth operation, from purchasing supplies, scheduling, staffing, clean up, etc.

NEECA Event Organizers would coordinate with the Food Booth Committee about needs for various events.

NEECA would cover the cost of at least one of the members Serv Safe Certification if they commit to working a minimum amount of events for the season. We have so much going on this year at the park, and being able to offer refreshments is an important part of each event's success. Id you think you could help us out with this important job, please contact Caroline at Thanks!
Online registration for Triathlon is now available!

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Meet NEECA's Board of Directors!
MARGO NEYLON PETRACONE - grew up on a small dairy farm in Barre. In 1975, she built her own farm on land from the family farm.  At eight, she got her first very OWN horse and the rest is history.

When she was thirteen, her parents “went out on a limb” and bought her a three year old huge, but exceptionally kind and talented Appaloosa. Learning everything from a wonderful 4-H teacher and experienced Barre Riding and Driving Club members, she went on to show this horse to New England Champion Appaloosa.

She was a member of MASSOI Equine Search and Rescue Team, working with the State Police; president of the Barre Riding and Driving Club for many years. She is now on the BOD of Cross State Trail Ride & NEECA, in addition to serving on the Ware River Watershed Committee.

Nowadays Margo mostly trail rides, but also likes to dabble in gymkhana and versatility.
STEPHANIE TESSIER - Stephanie fell in love with horses as a little girl. After graduating from high school, she went into the business world and lost touch with her horse friends. Fortunately Stephanie was given a 3 year old Quarter Horse, Timmy, as a birthday gift. Timmy renewed Stephanie’s love and passion for horses. During the many years they spent competing, trail riding and hanging out together, new friendships were forged. 

While Stephanie no longer owns a horse of her own, she leases Zoe and continues to compete and ride whenever possible. Stephanie’s love for animals doesn’t stop with horses. She has also fostered and adopted many dogs from local rescue groups. 

Stephanie can usually be found helping out at NEECA events, cheering others on, offering words of encouragement and making newcomers feel welcome. 
Many thanks to the following businesses who have already signed up to be a part of NEECA's Online Business Directory. We hope to make this Directory the "go to" reference spot for equestrians looking for services in this area.

Interested in listing your business? Sign up and payment can conveniently be done online at, follow link from home page.
A NEECA membership is only $25/year, and comes with all the great benefits listed below. But, more importantly, it is your introduction into a community of caring, dedicated horse owners who are committed to creating something very special and unique. Your membership fee goes towards the continued development of NEECA.
Want to join NEECA, or renew your membership?
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About NEECA Membership Benefits.......

The following businesses and professionals support NEECA by offering special discounts to our members (current NEECA membership card most be shown to receive discounts):

MassHorse Magazine (free online subscription)
Hardwick Farmers Co-op (3% Off All Purchases, add'l 7% off on special Members Sale Days)
Horseback & Body Massage ($10 off, 413-320-7690 )
Family Pet Vet Service ($15 off annual exam, 978-249-4626)
Déjà vu Women's Consignments (10 % off, Main Street, Athol)
Orange Tractor Supply (10% off all HORSE supplies)
Mending Fences Animal Wellness (Discount off Massage + MagnaWave Treatment for your horse. $180 value, only $155 for NEECA members, 508-864-9840 )
Premium Home Inspection LI LLC ($25 off inspection, 413-378-8202)

White Pickets Studio (10% off, Petersham, MA)

Plus NEECA members receive special rates on certain NEECA sponsored events throughout the year.
Support NEECA When You Shop!
AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at and choose New England Equestrian Center of Athol as your charity.
What do YOU want to see at NEECA?
The NEECA Board is always on the look out for new events, clinics, etc. to offer our membership. Do you have an event you'd like to see happen at NEECA? Or a new obstacle in the Confidence Course? We welcome your input and suggestions! Email us at with any suggestions you may have concerning something new or fun to do at NEECA! Or come to the March 23rd General Meeting and share your ideas then!
"The mission of NEECA is to preserve and protect land for equine interests while promoting good horsemanship and educating equestrians for the betterment of the horse now, and for the generations to follow."