NH Sen. Boutin Defends NH Equestrians

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Manchester, NH – State Senator David Boutin defended New Hampshire’s equestrian community at a Manchester Water Works public hearing on new rules to restrict horseback riding throughout the Lake Massabesic watershed. Boutin (R-Manchester) joined nearly 300 concerned citizens to testify against the proposed rules, citing a lack of any scientific evidence that restrictions on equestrians would do anything to improve or protect the region’s water quality.

“New Hampshire’s equestrians are among the best stewards of our public lands, and have been using and protecting Lake Massabesic for centuries,” Boutin said. “The Manchester Water Works Committee may have the best of intentions to protect water quality, but these proposed rules are not supported by any scientific evidence, and would do nothing but restrict the ability of horseback riders to enjoy one of our state’s greatest multi-use resources.”

Horse owners and riders packed the Manchester Public Library for last night’s public hearing on the proposed rules. Boutin has already convinced the State Department of Environmental Services to withdraw similar restrictions on horseback riding. Boutin was also instrumental in blocking last year’s proposal to ban horseback riding in state parks. His efforts drew praise from the crowd and from the state’s equestrian community.

“He was amazing. The amount of work that Sen. Boutin put into getting the details to the Water Works Committee was amazing,” said Doug Whitfield of Manchester. “He did a great job for his constituents, and for anyone who uses the lake.”

Attachment- Caption- Senator David Boutin (R-Manchester) testifies before Manchester Water Works Committee on effect of proposed restrictions on NH equestrians.