Board Liaison for Building
Erik Fleming owns and operates two farms in Hardwick, MA with Olympic equestrian gold medalist, Torrance Watkins. Totaling more than 615 acres of pristine pastures, hay fields, and woodlands, Morningfield Farm trains intermediate and advanced level riders and horses. In 2007, Erik and Torrance completed construction of a state-of-the-art 18-stall stable, and plans are currently underway for the construction of an indoor arena in an effort to become a complete training facility.
From 2000-2004, Erik and Torrance hosted the Over the Walls Horse Trials, one of the premier horse trials in the United States. In 2004, Over the Walls was one of only four World Cup Qualifiers in the US, an event that saw the nation’s best horses and riders compete for the right to represent the United States at the 2004 Eventing World Cup Finals in Pau, France. In addition to also hosting the USEA Gold Cup Series in 2004, the United States Equestrian Team and the Canadian Equestrian Federation used Over the Walls as their final run before leaving for Great Britain to compete in the prestigious Burghley Three-Day Event. The Canadian’s also chose Over the Walls as their final selection trials for the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to moving to Hardwick in 1995, Erik served as President of both the Fleming Corporation and Legend Airways, Inc. These companies primarily focused on aviation services (leasing, freight operations, corporate promotions/hospitality) and real estate development. Erik holds a commercial pilots license and for eight years performed in air shows involving single engine bi-plane aerobatics and large multi-engine WWII aircraft. He also competed and judged in aerobatic flight contests on a national level and served as an instructor pilot in aerobatics.
Erik is the chairman of the Hardwick Planning Board, chairman of the Hardwick Master Planning Committee, a member of the Hardwick Zoning Board of Appeals, and past chairman of the Hardwick Zoning By-Law Committee. Erik currently serves on the board of directors of the Worcester County Farm Bureau, and is a former board member of the Hardwick Farmers Exchange, The Hardwick Conservation Trust, and the United States Aerobatic Team.