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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

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Tick Talk:  Horses and Lyme Disease and How to Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases

Free Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Presentation at Pepperell Public Library

Date:       Tuesday March 21, 2017
Time:       6 PM
Location:   Lawrence Public Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 
Cost:       Free but Pre-registration is required.  

To pre-register or to obtain more information, ontact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director at 978-448-0299 or email al@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.  

Spring is a great season to enjoy the outdoors, whether hiking, gardening, or just playing in the yard;  however, it is also a time when ticks are active.  How can you protect your horses as well as family and other pets from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis?  

Come learn the latest information from two experts, Dr. Katie Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health, and Dr. Kerri Mitton, DVM in Shirley MA.  Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, but especially horses.  Also covered are best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations.  There will also be a time for audience questions.

Dr. Katie Brown is the State Public Health Veternarian at the MA Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006.  Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.  In her current position, she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.  Dr. Kerri Mitton, DVM, has lived her whole life in Shirley.  A life-long horse owner herself, the majority of her clients are horse owners.

The NRWA's "Tick Talk" is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Pepperell Board of Health and made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. 

Upcoming Meetings

Date:      To be determined:  will be held concurrently with the board meeting
Time:      7:00  PM
Location:   To be determined
Please note that future PHOA meetings will be held concurrently with the PHOA board meetings.  All PHOA memebers are invited to attend.

Check the Events page for more information.

Manure / Stable Guidelines adopted by the Pepperell Board of Health

Thirteen years ago, PHOA was formed to counter the perceived threat of horse-keeping regulations proposed by the Board of Health. This year, regulations were mandated because of state requirements that towns over a certain population had to have some rules for the keeping of horses, ponies, and other “non-pet” animals. Our Animal Health Inspector, Robin Hebert, drew up some guidelines, got additional input from the PHOA Board, and they were passed by the Board of Health in April.  

The guidelines were presented at the PHOA meeting on April 25.   Robin was able to propose reasonable, common-sense guidelines that will not unduly burden the horse- owning community in Pepperell. The guidelines are published on our web site.  Click on the link "Pepperell Stable Guidelin" in the menu above, or here.

2017 Annual PHOA/NEHT Fall Frolic Trail Ride

Date:         TBD, October 2017

Place:        Nissitissit Meadows on Prescott Street  

This is Pepperell conservation land.  Be sure to clean up your trailer area afterwards and leave the Meadows sparkling!.   

We can't do it without volunteers to check and clear trails, set up, tear down, provide food, help with registration and parking and a hundred other things that go into running a trail ride event.  If you are interested in helping out with this year's ride, please check out the Trail Ride Volunteer's page on our web site.

As planning gets underway, we will be updating the Trail Ride Information page and the Events page.  Watch this space!

Entry Fee:  TBD PHOA Members   
              TBD non-members

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

Check out the PHOA Trail Ride page for more information and the entry form.


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.



Board of Directors for 2011

President:          Judy Lorimer
Vice President:  Deb Hamilton
Secretary:         Sharon Ofenstein
Treasurer:         Randy Prozeller    
Board Member: Kathy Mecurio
                          Kerry Parker
                          Karen Amiot
Check out the ads on our Classifieds Page


Check back often for new information. In the meantime, feel free to explore our site and learn more about us.