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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:      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.

Build a School in Africa Benefit Ride
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Location:  Willowbrook Farm
                 90 Mill St., Groton MA
Co-sponsored by the Littleton Horseowners Association and affiliated with New England Horse and Trail
Mileage:  Aproximately 7 15, or 20 miles
Coffee and donuts in the AM.  Home cooked African buffet dinner after the ride.
Entry fee:  $25.00 for adults, $15.00 juniors if pre-registered (call or email registrations by Wed. 8/17).
                  $30.00 post-registration.
Check-in time:  8:30 AM.  Ride Briefing 9:15 AM.  No ride-outs after 10:30 AM
Check the events page for directions and the entry form.  Contact Judy Lorimer, 978-433-2384, jmlorimer@verizon.net or jmlorimer@juno.com

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.

Natural Gas Pipeline:  All Work Has Been Suspended!

On April 20th, Kinder Morgan announced it was suspending all work on the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Thanks to a truly incredible wave of grassroots resistance, New England is so much closer to a clean energy economy and a healthier future.

For two years, local leaders from more than 50 impacted towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and across the region have poured themselves into revealing Kinder Morgan's proposal for what it was: an irresponsible, expensive plan to take public and private lands in order to export fracked gas for corporate profit. 

Read more about this victory by clicking here!  

2016 Annual PHOA/NEHT Fall Frolic Trail Ride

Date:         Sunday, October 23, 2016

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:  $20.00 PHOA Members   
              $25.00 non-members

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

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.

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.



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
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