Our Mission

The West Newbury Riding & Driving Club (WNRDC)

The West Newbury Riding and Driving Club began as a social group in 1920.  Today our mission has expanded.

Our Mission

As a group of horse enthusiasts (actively riding/driving & non-active as well) is to:

  • Preserve and improve riding opportunities in West Newbury
  • Organize riding activities with members of the equine community & the general public
  • Promote camaraderie and understanding with all users of the preserved open space areas
  • Enjoy relaxed horse-related friendships and social activities

WNRDC is incorporated as a Massachusetts non-profit organization Section 501(c)(3).

Members do not have to be residents of West Newbury, Massachusetts or active riders. Our mission is to preserve and improve riding opportunities in West Newbury, Massachusetts, organize riding activities with other members and the general public, and just enjoy relaxed horse-related friendships and social activities.

We are 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.

We run horse competitions but most of our members are not competition-oriented. We organize two horse trials eventing competitions to keep our exceptional facility active.  As our only source of income, we are able to continue to improve the Pipestave Hill Equestrian Recreation Area as well as organize other equestrian oriented activities. We are both lucky and unique to have both riding rings and a small cross-country course on town-owned land and we work very hard to preserve and continually improve the facility.

 Activities During The Year Usually Include:

  • Regular meetings, often with a speaker or activity
  • 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
  • 3PH, Combined, Dressage only and Western Dressage (see Horse Trials for details)
  • Adventure Trail discounted to members and volunteers
  • Jumper Schooling Shows
  • 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 and summer BBQ, and other social gatherings
  • Mounted and/or unmounted clinics
  • Make substantial donations to W. Newbury service organizations (Police, Fire, Library, Emergency Management, Open Space Committee, etc.) and other local equine organizations (NEER, Windrush Theraputic Riding, MSPCA Nevins Farm, etc.)