NEECA News -- JULY 2022

NEECA has a BUSY few weeks ahead. We have something happening nearly every weekend at the park. And talk about diversity! Gymkhanas, a Hunter Pace, Versatility Clinic, and a Mustang Makeover Challenge! The sheer scope and variety of events our organization manages to offer is truly impressive, and one of the things that makes NEECA so special. The term "multi-discipline" is important to us, and we prioritize offering events that will appeal to a wide variety of horse people. Whatever your interest, we've got something for you!

We've highlighted the events happening in the next month below. For more information, please visit our FB page:, or the calendar page on our website:, where you can click on each event for more details.
Robbie Potter Horsemanship Demo
Has Been Cancelled. We will announce a new date as soon as possible.
NEECA Gymkhana, #5
Sunday, Aug. 21st
Mustang Makeover Challenge
Saturday, Aug. 27th at 10 a.m.
Pete Whitmore Versatility Clinic
Saturday, Sept. 10th.
Be one of the first 10 people to pre-register for NEECA's first ever Hunter Pace and receive FREE entry to the Obstacle Course! Go to for more info and to register. Contact event organizer, Stephanie Tessier, at for more information.
SUE ELLEN MOWCOMBER- has been a member of NEECA since moving to our area in 2009 and a board member since 2010. Sue Ellen grew up in Northern Ohio and fostered a deep connection with animals from a very young age.
She attended The Ohio State University college of veterinary medicine and graduated with her DVM in 1989 and moved to New England. She currently owns and practices medicine at Family Pet in Athol.
Though she has occasionally done low-level competitions, her real Equestrian love is trail riding. She, her Haflinger cross Rory, and friends can be seen strolling along the trails at NEECA and other Equestrian-friendly parks in the area.
She introduced a successful Triathlon competition for NEECA this year and has been active in coordinating with the town for the benefit of the park. Her next major effort will be helping to expand the NEECA trail system so that it can connect to areas outside the park and offer more variety and distance to our riders
Two Spots Available in Sept. 24th Equine Rescue Clinic
We'd like to offer our members "first dibs" on these spots before we advertise them on FaceBook. Cost is $60 for this clinic. Contact if interested, but don't wait too long because these spots fill fast!
COMING SOON! At the beginning of this year, the NEECA Board of Directors sat down and created a list of goals that we wanted to accomplish in the coming year(s). On the top of this list was to finally have a "real" food booth at NEECA. Well, we're pleased to announce that we are very close to achieving that important goal. Our new food booth is almost ready to go, and we'll soon be able to serve burgers/hot dogs/ drinks/snacks and more at NEECA events. The booth has electricity, a refrigerator and (when it finally gets delivered) a real deal concession window for our volunteers to work out of. We are very excited to be able to offer this service for the convenience of our event participants and spectators. Booth is located on the right side of the arena, just look for the sign below.

We will be looking for volunteers to help man the booth at various events, otherwise it will not be open. If you are interested in helping out, even for just one event a year, please contact
Interested in listing your business? Sign up and payment can conveniently be done online at, follow link from home page.
What to know about riding at NEECA.....
  • The NEECA gates are usually closed in order to deter mischief, but they are NEVER LOCKED
  • Park is open from Dawn to Dusk every day
  • Members are welcome to ride at the park anytime
  • If you would like to use the Main Arena, cost is $5 per 90 minute session, and you need to contact to schedule a time
  • We ask that you sign a waiver before riding at the park. You can do so online:
  • Please close the gate when you leave, as long as there is no official event taking place that day
  • Clean up around your trailer before leaving. There is a dumpster on site for trash, and please pick up all manure left in parking areas
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?
Here's How!
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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
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.
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"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."