Putnam Horse Council Demise?

…It appears so.  

For the past several years, a small group of members, aging but willing, have been clearing, mowing  and marking almost 8 miles of trails in preparation for the four events that we sponsor each year (two hunter paces, a charity ride to benefit Equine Rescue, and a poker ride). This past year, some of us had to discontinue these efforts due to age/ill health.  The last straw occurred recently, when our president, Flora Lee Condello, announced plans to move away, and would therefore have to resign during 2018. The number of people who can work on the trails next year will be dwindled down to four (and we are all well over retirement age), not including the recent addition of sawyers to cut downed trees on the trails, without whom we could not have adequately cleared them.

The Putnam Horse Council this year has 31 members.  We considered joining up with our neighboring Westchester Horse Council, but their members have been inactive, not having sponsored any events for quite some time.  In contrast, Orange County Horse Council has twice our membership, is very active, and most likely has no need of us. As far as we know, there is no Dutchess Horse Council (no members are listed on the NYS Horse Council web site).

If anyone has any ideas to prevent the loss of this club, which has existed for 30 years, please email:
or come to the next meeting:
7PM, Wednesday, Nov 15 at the Mahopac Library

   We are counting on a minor miracle to save the PHC!  


The Results are IN!

Congratulations to everyone for a great fun day. Thank you to all the riders and workers. Again we had excellent weather and the trails were in super shape.

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Pleasure & Overall Winners

Vevette Greenberg
Karen Asselin

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Junior Winners
Mary Romney
Victoria Donafrio 

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Jean Sweezey
Tom Sweezey

Hunt Winner and Co-Overall Winner
Taylor Lampert
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Get full results here: 2017 Fall Pace Results


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