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Working to preserve and encourage equine activities in the town of Pepperell.

For more information about our organization, click on "Who We Are"   Questions and other general correspondence may be sent to info@phoa.info

Check out the Thank You page for contributers to our club activities.

Upcoming Meetings

Fall Meeting
Date:      TBD
Time:      7:00  PM
Location:   TBD
Check the Events page for more information.

2015 PHOA/NEHT Trail Ride ---  Starting Location Change

Date:         Sunday, October 18, 2015 

Place:        Pepperell Meadows
               Prescott Street
               Pepperell, MA 01463  

The new location is right across the street from Ten Broeck farm.  There will be signs redirecting you from the original location at Kaiser's farm

Entry Fee:     $25.00

Contact:  Sharon Ofenstein:  978-433-3120 or ofensteinsko@gmail.com 

The starting location has changed, but it's right across the street from Ten Broeck, the starting point of last year's ride.  Check out the Events and Trail Ride pages for more information and the registration form.

If you're interested in joining the Trail Ride Planning Commmittee, check out the Trail Ride Volunteers Page for what's needed.

Check out the PHOA Trail Ride page for more information.


Be sure to check out the Events and Classified  pages!  Members can post ads for free, non-members for $2.00 for 3 months.  Ads posted on the web and in the newsletter.  Details on the Classified page.

---  Warning --- Road Race in Groton, MA using Groton Town Forest on October 18th
Please - no horses on the Groton Town Forest trails that day!!
We have been asked to warn horseback riders  that on October 18, the Squannacook Rivers Running Club is holding foot races in the Groton Town Forest.  Parking and the start and finish lines are at the Groton Senior Center on Route 225, but part of the race goes through the small parking lot off Town Forest Road.   October 18 is the same day as PHOA’s annual trail ride, so we're SURE none of you will be riding in the Groton Town Forest that day.  But just in case… if you know anyone who rides there regularly, please pass the word to come to our ride instead -- the running club really does not want  horses on the trail that day, for reasons of parking space and safety. 

Sunday Hunting - it's ba-a-ck!
Not content with being able to hunt Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,  hunters have filed a number of bills in the Massachusetts House and Senate that would allow hunting on Sundays. If you think that other outdoor recreational users  have the right to use the great outdoors just ONE DAY A WEEK during the fall  without having to worry about getting shot at, you need to contact your state senators and representatives  and demand that they keep the present ban on Sunday hunting. 

While most sportsmen are responsible people, there are plenty of idiots out there. A Connecticut friend’s beautiful Arabian mare was killed in her pasture. How anyone can mistake a 1,000-pound horse for a 200-pound deer is beyond me. During bow-hunting season one year,  I nearly got dumped because a bow hunter in camouflage was crouched beside the trail, bow drawn - apparently they don’t have to wear blaze orange....I didn’t know he was there, but fortunately  the horse did!

Our State Senator is Eileen M.Donoghue,  Eileen.donoghue@masenate.gov 617-722-1630.  The Senate bills are S.415, S 424, and  S. 429. 
Our Representative is Sheila Harrington,  Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov  617- 722- 2305  The House  bills are  H. 1573, H. 672, H. 762, H. 3236, and H. 3239.

Please write or call to register your opposition to any bill that would allow Sunday hunting.  Here is a sample letter:

Dear Senator or Representative, 
Pepperell has  an extensive  network of beautiful trails, which the majority of our members  enjoy riding regularly -- except during hunting season. Although some trails  are posted as No Hunting areas, many others are open to hunting, and it is not always clear which areas are safe to use and which are not.  Wearing blaze orange is not a 100%  guarantee of safety, given the fact that hunters still occasionally manage to shoot each other.  Many of our members completely avoid riding the trails during hunting season, except for Sundays, when hunting is currently banned.

Now the hunters want to take away the one day a week when we can ride with safety. Hunters  already have the other 6 days of the week to enjoy their sport; meanwhile the rest of the population - riders, hikers, birdwatchers, people walking their dogs - are limited to Sundays. If these bills pass, the rest of us will have our  enjoyment  of the outdoors curtailed even further.   The Senate bills are S.415, S 424, and  S. 429. The House  bills are  H. 1573, H. 672, H. 762, H. 3236, and H. 3239.  Please vote NO on any bill that would allow hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.


Natural Gas Pipeline:  Could be One-Half Mile From Your Home!

Do you realize that the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company/Kinder Morgan pipeline could be going about a half a mile from your home? It’s known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Northeast Expansion Project.

It is! This can not happen! It would be a death sentence for our neighborhood, our quality of life as we know it now will be non-existent and for some the safety of our children will be jeopardized.  

PHOA members Cindy and Robert McDermott put together information about the gas pipeline that is proposed to go through northern Mass and southern NH. Itʼs a long article but well worth reading, and also worth your time and energy to mobilize and fight this ill-conceived project. 

Click here or on the "Gas Pipeline Info" link at the top of this page to read this article and find out why the pipeline cannot happen and what you can do to join the fight against it.



Board of Directors for 2011

President:          Judy Lorimer
Vice President:  Deb Hamilton
Secretary:         Sharon Ofenstein
Treasurer:         Randy Prozeller    
Board Member:  Janet Maranz
                          Kerry Parker
                          Karen Amiot
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