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Check our CALENDAR for information on upcoming rides and our NEWSLETTER for information on past rides.  Please contact us with any questions regarding Competitive Trail Riding!

January Thaw Ride Postponed to Sunday, January 18th Due to Weather!!!


2015 ECTRA Election Ballots are in the mail as part of the January/February Newsletter and should be received by all ECTRA members by January 15th. 

There are TWO ways to vote this year:

  1. Mail the ballot in its own envelope to: Bill Lasher, 2292 Hermance Rd., Galway, NY 12074
    1. If you choose this option please make sure put your name in the return address area of the envelope and DO NOT include any banquet information in this envelope as it will not be opened until votes are counted on February 7th.
  2. Vote in person at the annual meeting BEFORE 2pm on February 7th

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR NEWSLETTER/BALLOT BY JANUARY 15TH CONTACT JUDY LORIMER AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know.


Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, NY

February 6-8, 2015

Downloadable Schedule & Reservation Form

Friday, February 6th

3:00PM - 10PM       -Registration Table open - The Gallery (Room check-in time: after 4pm)

5:00PM - 9PM           -Trade Show, Silent Auction & Meet & Greet begin

7:00PM                      -ECTRA Board Meeting – Blue Room

7:00PM                    -Bernice Ende – a long distance rider, shares her experiences. She has ridden more than 18,000 miles – wintering in Saratoga Springs in  the middle of a 2 year ride to New England. 

Saturday, Feb. 7th

7:00 AM - 5:00PM    -Trade Show Open

7:00AM - 8:00AM      -Breakfast in the Orenda Geyser Room

7:00AM - 5:00PM     -Registration Opens – The Gallery

8:00AM - 9:00AM      -Clinic - Coesa Room, Session 1

                                    Dr. Nick Kohut: Interpreting the ECTRA Score Sheet/Horse Presentation from the Judge’s Perspective

9:00AM -10:00AM      -Clinic – Coesa Room, Session 2a

                                      Dr. Steve Mackenzie: Matching Personalities of Humans and Horses for a Successful Partnership – Part 1

10:00AM – 10:30AM   -Break

10:30AM - 11:15AM   -Clinic– Coesa Room, Session 2b

                                    Dr. Steve Mackenzie: Matching Personalities of Humans and Horses for a Successful Partnership – Part 2                                                                  

11:15AM - 12:15PM   -Clinic – Coesa Room, Session 3

                                     Panel Discussion: Organizing a Successful Clinic for Rookie Riders

12:15PM- 12:30PM     -Break

12:30PM                     -Buffet Lunch in the Orenda Geyser Room

1:30PM–2:30PM     -Clinic– Coesa Room, Session 4        

         Kitt Hazelton: Saddle Fitting (Kitt will also be available for re-stuffing saddles-contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

2:00PM                   -Voting Closes for Election in the Gallery

3:00PM - 4:30PM    -Annual Membership Meeting – Coesa Room

4:30PM                     -Meeting of the New Board – Blue Room

5:00PM                      -Silent Auction bidding ends - Trade Show Closed until after banquet

5:00PM - 6:00PM     -Social Hour – The Gallery   (Note: Cash Bar 5-7pm)

6:00PM – 10:00PM   -Awards’ Banquet in the Orenda Geyser Room 

Sunday, Feb. 8th

7:00AM - 9:00AM     - Breakfast in the Orenda Geyser Room

9:30AM - Noon          - ECTRA Judges Clinic & Ride Managers’ Forum   (All Welcome!)

11:00AM                     - Hotel Check-out time (prior to 11am) - May your journey home be safe! 

Directions:  Interstate 87, Exit 13N – Go North on Route 9 about 3 miles (4th traffic light) turn left at the entrance to the Saratoga Spa Park. In less than 1 mile bear left to the Gideon Putnam. (Hotel and parking on the right.)


Deadline January 6, 2015

Reservations MUST be made directly to the hotel (Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, NY) at (518)-584-3000 or (866) 746-1077 toll-free.  Rooms are $99 per night.  For this special price use the ECTRA Group Code: 9N59EF when making reservations.  Reserved block of rooms will be released January 7th.  Check-in time is 4:00pm.  Check-out time is prior to 11:00am.


For More Information Contact:

Bill or Joanna Lasher
2292 Hermance Road
Galway, NY  12074

If you have questions or concerns email Bill or Joanna at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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