Welcome to the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association website!
Hard to believe, but the end of the ride season in the NE is in sight already!
October's last CTR is the NJ Devil (in NJ of course!) on the 22nd and 23rd while the endurance season winds down with the GMHA (VT) Fall ride on the 15th and Fort Valley (VA) on the 28th and 29th. Entries for all these rides can be found on their calendar pages.
***ECTRA LOGO WEAR***
The ECTRA Board is proud to announce that they have arranged with Advanced Monograms of Torrington, CT to provide ECTRA logo merchandise! All item costs (including embroidery) are to be paid by the person ordering the item. For example: a large logo on the back of an item would be $30 while a small one on the front would be $8 IN ADDITION to the cost of the item. Please check Advanced Monograms' website by clicking HERE! Orders can be placed starting on September 8, 2016.
Please make sure that you check that you are listed in the ride results in the newsletter! If you have any questions about your mileage totals please contact Greg Senseney as soon as possible, don't wait until the end of the year!
Summer safety tip from Wilson Ring of the ECTRA Safety Committee:
Summer means hot! One of the most challenging aspects of competitive trail riding can be ensuring our mounts, not to mention ourselves, stay hydrated both during competition and on training rides. The importance of water cannot be overemphasized! Most horses and riders also benefit from electrolytes. However, there is no single solution that works for all horses, nor all riders. Use your conditioning rides to figure out what works for your horse and yourself in different weather conditions. Work with established riders and veterinarians to determine the best way to use electrolytes if you feel your horse will benefit from them. There is no single solution and what works for one horse might not work for another. However, keeping yourself and your horse hydrated can mean the difference between a perfect score and a sick horse.
Ride Managers Please Take Note:
We have a new form added to the Ride Manager's page! This is a Promotion Form developed by Patti Brooks to help promote ECTRA rides throughout the region! PLEASE click on the link here or on the RM Forms page to download the form. It is a one page questionnaire that will help Patti develop a plan for promoting your ride to the local area which we hope will not only draw in more riders, but more potential ECTRA members. If you have any questions please reach out to Patti at email@example.com