SUMMER UPDATE & CROSS COUNTRY COURSE INFO:
The cross country course is now open for the rest of the summer and fall. The only times it will be closed is on Sunday, September 13th while we run our Adventure Trail Day and from Oct 5th - 11th for our fall Horse Trials. Please remember the footing can be slippery and soft after a heavy rain and use caution to stay safe and not damage the footing.
THE RINGS ARE FOR MOUNTED RIDING & GRAZING ONLY
SERIOUS DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO THE FOOTING IN THE PAST BY LUNGING AND OTHER SIMILAR ACTIVITIES.
The rings, trails and fields are open for your hacking pleasure ONLY when the footing is firm enough... please use mowed paths only in every field and be considerate and do not damage the footing. Trailer parking is in the gravel parking area near the rings, accessed through the main entrance. Please remove all your hay and manure when you go, as we share this area with other activities.
ATHLETIC FIELDS ACTIVITIES: There are still some sports played on the 4 athletic fields at Pipestave HIll in the summer. The equestrian parking area is at the end of the parking lot and is off to keep it open for trailers. If you are headed up, feel free to untie the rope and go in to park. Please put the rope back up when you leave.
MILL POND AREA: Please WALK only near the pond and roadways leading to and from the pond. This area is too congested for any other gait and there are many families with young children and dogs there that are not familiar with horses. Horses are no longer allowed to wade near the dock area. There is a separate area beyond the telephone poles.
The West Newbury Open Space Committee (click here) now has their own website. This is a real bonus for equestrians as there are descriptions of all the trails on town-owned and otherwise preserved land, including some maps. Check it out!
THE MISSION OF THE WEST NEWBURY RIDING & DRIVING CLUB
The West Newbury Riding & Driving Club (WNRDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization composed of a group of horse enthusiasts (actively riding/driving and non-riding/driving as well) who seek to preserve and improve riding opportunities in West Newbury, organize riding activities with other members and the general public, and just enjoy relaxed horse-related friendships and social activities.
The town of West Newbury is also now part of the Essex County Trail Association (ECTA). Like WNRDC, ECTA is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of open trails in its local communities for the purpose of passive recreation and the benefit of the environment.
Activities during the year usually include:
- Regular meetings, often with a speaker or activity
- Trail rides
- Maintenance and improvement of the Pipestave Hill Equestrian area
- West Newbury trail network maintenance, improvement and observation
- Organizing and running the Pipestave Hill Horse Trials Series - two low-level horse trials (combined training) events open to the public
- Adventure Trail discounted to members and volunteers
- Shot Clinic (at reduced rates for W. Newbury horse residents only)
- Compilation and posting of the Local Equine Activities Calendar (a free publication listing all local equestrian activities, all disciplines included)
- Annual winter pot luck dinner, summer BBQ, holiday Yankee Swap, and other social gatherings
- Mounted and/or unmounted clinics for members only
- Substantial donations to W. Newbury service organizations (Police, Fire, Library, Emergency Management, Open Space Committee, etc.) and other local equine organizations (Windrush Theraputic Riding, MSPCA Nevins Farm, etc.)
We always welcome new members, both from West Newbury and other towns. Though we run horse competitions, most of our members are not competition-oriented. We organize the two horse trials eventing competitions to keep our exceptional facility active and as our only source of income to be able to continue to improve it and do the other activities listed above. We are both lucky and unique to have both riding rings and a small cross-country course on town-owned land so we work very hard to preserve and continually improve the facility. Times change and West Newbury is growing as well. We want to keep West Newbury horse-friendly and fun, and have a great time enjoying each other's company.
Click HERE to link to this website for all things equestrian in the New England area.
The West Newbury Riding and Driving Club is an EquineSite.com affiliate.