PEPPERELL -- The Pepperell Horse Owner's Association will hold its 9th annual Pleasure Trail Ride on Sunday, Oct. 6, departing from Ten Broeck Farm on Prescott Street.
While most of the route is off-road, the club urges motorists to be courteous when sharing the road with horses. By law, Massachusetts motor-vehicle operators must come to a stop when approaching a cow, horse or other draft animal being led, ridden or driven and vehicles shall remain stationary so long as may be reasonable to allow such animal to pass.
PHOA members explained that a little bit of caution goes a long way since even the calmest horse can get spooked and risk injuries.
Plagued by weather issues in recent years, the group hopes for a picture-perfect day to enjoy some of the areas prettiest trails. More than 50 riders are expected and will elect to take a 6-, 12- or 16-mile loop on a mix of wooded areas, dirt roads, apple orchard and fields. The group has logged many man-hours clearing trails and low-hanging branches for the safety of both horses and riders.
This annual clean up effort is welcomed by area equestrians and hikers alike.
Registrations are accepted with $25 entry fee at Ten Broeck Farm beginning at 8:30 a.m., the last ride must be out at 10 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are also provided.
PHOA is extremely grateful for the hard work and commitment that goes into this event every year, especially the club's volunteers, the hosts at Ten Broeck and Mine Brook Farms and the surrounding neighbors who generously allow pass-through as needed to optimize the routes. And, wishes to thank motorists and bicyclists in advance for their consideration.
The Pepperell Horse Owners Association is working to preserve and encourage equine activities in the Town of Pepperell. To learn more visit www.phoa.info.
PEPPERELL HORSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION