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Welcome to the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association website!

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!


ECTRA members have voted to allow leg protection on a trial basis for 2015

This trial will be ONLY for horses competing in the Pass/Fail Divisions. Leg protection is defined as bell boots, splint boots, or wraps.


Our Annual Meeting was a huge success and we offer our heartfelt thanks to Joanna and Bill Lasher for another STELLAR job. The Gideon Putnam really made us feel welcome. In 2016, we are hoping our Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration will be held at the Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA. We will be looking at dates in February and hope to announce them soon. Click here to see 2015 Winter Getaway Pictures


We’ve already begun our season in the North East with the January Thaw and the few hardy souls who ventured out. Next up? Bunny Hop and Rabbit Run in New Jersey at the end of March, Chesapeake Spring Rides and Foxcatcher Endurance in Maryland at the beginning of April and Cheshire in PA at the end of April! For more information on any of these rides, or to see all the upcoming events, please check our calendar.


Thanks to all our outgoing board members for the terrific job they did to help further the ECTRA mission and a very big welcome to our new board member, Esther Fiddes. We are looking forward to another great year! See the current list of board members here!


The board has been working on ways to get word of our great sport out to the public and to increase visibility since most events are not advertised beyond our website. We need to do more to let the public know about us! Would members like a pre-made flyer or brochures to post in local tack shops or feed mills? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your ideas about how to spread the word about ECTRA. I will turn this information over to our PR Committee Chair Patti Brooks.


New to ECTRA?

We are all looking for breaks in the weather to begin our training programs.

If you are visiting this website for the first time and you want to learn more about what is involved in getting a distance horse ready to compete, please check our Who’s Who list here and contact anyone there for more information.

Upcoming Rides! Note: Check Sanctioned Ride List for Ride Status

Sat Mar 28
Rabbit Run Endurance
Sun Mar 29
Bunny Hop Ride and Drive
Sat Apr 04
Spring Chesapeake
Sat Apr 11
Foxcatcher Endurance
Sat Apr 25
Old Dominion No Frills
Sun Apr 26
Cheshire and AHA Region 15 CTR Championship
Sun Apr 26
Old Dominion No Frills
Fri May 01
Biltmore Challenge Endurance
Sat May 02
Biltmore Challenge Endurance
Sat May 02 @08:00 - 05:00PM
GMHA Mud Ride and Drive
Fri May 08
New Jersey 100+ PF
Sat May 09
New Jersey 100+ PF
Sat May 09 @08:00 - 05:00PM
VERDA Brown Bag
Sun May 10
New Jersey 100+ PF
Sun May 10 @08:00 - 05:00PM
VERDA Bare Bones
Sat May 16
Glass/Lick Ridge Rides
Sun May 17
Glass/Lick Ridge Rides
Sat May 23
Sun May 24
Mon May 25
Sat Jun 13
Sat Jun 13
Old Dominion
Sun Jun 14 @08:00 - 05:00PM
GMHA Endurance
Fri Jun 26
Brookfield 50/30/15
Sat Jun 27
Brookfield 50/30/15
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