New to ECTRA?

If you are interested in learning more about what is involved in getting a distance horse ready to compete, click on our Who’s Who list HERE and contact anyone there for more information.


JANUARY THAW RIDE POSTPONED!!!!

The January Thaw ride will now be the February Thaw Ride - new date is February 3rd by which time it will hopefully be slightly warmer and people will actually have been able to ride!

 

ECTRA WINTER GETAWAY REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

This year the Winter Getaway will be held in Grantville, PA at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg from February 23 - 25th.  The registration form can be found HEREPlease note the ECTRA room rate has been extended to February 8th!

This year's speakers will be:

Dr. Harold Schott, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - Dr. Schott earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 1980 and a DVM from the Ohio State University in 1984. He worked in a private equine practice in Santa Barbara, Calif., from 1984 to 1987 and followed that with a residency and PhD program at Washington State University from 1987 to 1991. He was on the WSU faculty from 1991 to 1995 as an instructor and then an assistant professor of equine internal medicine. In 1995, he came to Michigan State University as an assistant professor and progressed to associate and then full professor. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His clinical interests include all types of urinary tract disease in horses, and his research focuses on fluid and electrolyte physiology, especially with prolonged endurance exercise. Dr. Schott’s name is synonymous with electrolyte education in the endurance world. He has performed numerous studies and supported out sport for many years.

Dr. Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS – Many ECTRA members are familiar with Dr. Harman who participated in and supported ECTRA for many years. Dr. Harman graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 with an interest in acupuncture and alternative medicine. Dr. Harman became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 1990. She decided to open her own practice and do just acupuncture, so she moved to Virginia in 1990 and opened Harmany Equine Clinic. In 1994 she became a Certified Veterinary Chiropractor and also completed an advanced homeopathic course for veterinarians. Along the way she has taken many other courses in holistic medicine for animals. Dr. Harman is well known as an expert on tick borne diseases, she regularly consults with veterinarians and owners across the country for treatment protocols. She has “written the book” on saddle fitting, with two volumes, The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Book for western and English horses. She also has a booklet to help introduce people to homeopathy for horses, The First Aid Guide to Homeopathy for Horses. Her goal is to help educate the equine industry about natural, holistic and integrative medicine.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AS A VENDOR OR HAVE VENDOR SUGGESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT BECCA WACHTEL AT: rebeccawachtel370@gmail.com

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RIDE CALENDAR FOR 2018 HAS BEEN STARTED!  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE CALENDAR! 

Ride entries will be posted as they are received!

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RIDE MANAGERS PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A NEW ADDRESS FOR RIDE EVALUATIONS TO BE RETURNED TO!  THE FORM HAS BEEN UPDATED BUT IF YOU'RE USING OLD FORMS THEY WILL STILL HAVE THE OLD ADDRESS ON THEM!  THE NEW ADDRESS IS: 3018 DUBLIN RD., STREET, MD 21154

 

RIDE MANAGERS - UPDATED CTR & ENDURANCE RIDE REPORT FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! 

 

All Ride Managers should be using the new Excel spreadsheet report forms and sending them to Patty Lambert for reporting.  Please see the Ride Manager Forms Page for links to the spreadsheets.  If you have any questions on using the new format please contact Patty at 2celtichorses@gmail.com.

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ECTRA AWARDS PAGE

Please note that this is a work in progress but it does exist!  CHANGES TO THE AWARDS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AND FULL DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

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 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT! 

Learn more about the Florida Cup from 2016 Winner Donna Curtin HERE!

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 ECTRA RULEBOOK HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2017 - YOU CAN CHECK THE LATEST VERSION OUT HERE

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***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

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RIDE PROMOTION FORM!

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 patti@pattibrooksbooks.com

 

Donna said “I cannot tell you how fortunate I am to ride Moose. He was bred by Meg Sleeper & is owned by Colleen Gallos. I've been competing him for 4 years now. He is an incredible athlete and I thank Colleen every day for giving me the honor to ride him. I love the bond one develops while competing in the three day 100 mile rides and I hope more folks get the chance to experience this unique event.”

Donna and Moose

For complete information on the ECTRA Awards program please see the Awards section of the Rulebook.

If you have any questions on awards, mileage or points please check the Who's Who List for the appropriate person to contact!

Please note the following changes have been implemented for the ECTRA Awards Program starting with 2017:

  • RIDE YEAR CALENDAR will be from Dec 1st to Nov. 30th
  • Please remember that for 2017 ONLY, the ride year will be from Jan 1st to Nov 30th. Dec 2017 mileage will be part of 2018!

  • Any Outside Miles completed in December will be credited and applied to the following year. 
  • ALL Outside Miles need to be submitted ON THE APPROPRIATE FORM. This can be either the on-line form available HERE (preferred) or you may download the form to be mailed HERE.

Outside Mileage is not considered in Back Mileage option!!

Keep this in mind if you are trying to reach a goal during the year!

  • MEMBERSHIP YEAR will continue to be Jan 1st to Dec 31st

Please also remember that these rules are always true:

  • LIMITED DISTANCE (LD) endurance miles DO NOT COUNT for ANY year-end awards. They ONLY count for lifetime miles
  • HORSE REGISTRATION IS YEARLY!!! Please remember to register your horse(s) when you renew your membership. Your horse(s) WILL NOT be eligible for awards, accrued mileage, etc. if you have not paid for registration

ECTRA YEAR END MILEAGE REPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! 

Click HERE to see the totals as of the end of 2016!

 

If you have any questions please contact either Esther at estherfiddes@gmail.com or Beth at sheldon.beth@gmail.com

 

 

2016 Awards Listing from the Banquet is available HERE for those who were not there!

The Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association (ECTRA) was founded in 1970 and is a non-profit organization vitally interested in encouraging the growth and understanding of distance riding and driving. Our goal is achieved through rider education and sanctioning standardized, veterinarian judged competitions throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

ECTRA’s founding principle that any competitive horse should have an equal chance when competing with any other competitive horse, regardless of age, sex or breed in a competitive ride or drive.

ECTRA strives to provide a rewarding way for horse people to increase their knowledge in the care and use of trail horses through its sanctioned ride events. In addition, ECTRA hopes that the use of the objective judging system will encourage a broad cross section of people to get involved in the sport.

ECTRA has developed a numerical scoring system using both subjective and objective evaluations. Specific limits are evaluated for each horse at the beginning and end of the event. Each horse starts with 100 points and the scoring of the judges determines the horse that has deteriorated the least from the initial exam to the final exam at an event. The exams by the vet and lay judge take in multiple categories including the tack and harness area (head, back, chest, tail and hindquarters), the legs, lameness, and both mechanical and metabolic fatigue.

ECTRA judges good, sound, steady and enthusiastic trail horses. The scoring system determines the best conditioned horse, not necessarily the best athlete. It may well occur, and often does, that one horse who is inherently stronger and more athletic than another, may appear superior to the another horse at the end of the event, even though it has actually deteriorated more from its original condition than has the other horse. A sanctioned event ensures consistent judging methods designed to ensure that each horse is evaluated as an individual. If the judging system is properly used, the placing of horses will be unknown until the final awards ceremony.

The use of the numerical scoring system allows the competitor a way of comparing their horses' performance from one event to the next.

ECTRA events are open to all horses, mules or ponies over 11 hands and at least 48 months of age on the day of the event for rides under 29 miles. For events over 28 miles the minimum age is 60 months. Ride distances range from 10 miles (conditioning distance or intro ride) to 100 miles.

The conformation of the horse - as well as riding or driving style – is not judged. Good horsemanship will show at the final judging when the horse is examined in comparison to the start of the event. No special type or breed of horse is required for participation in an ECTRA even, just one that is well-conditioned and enthusiastic for the job at hand.

ECTRA recognizes the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) as the premier endurance ride organization in the United States and will co-sanction rides with AERC. This is why you will see endurance rides on the ECTRA calendar as well as competitive rides/drives.

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

24 Mar 2018
Rabbit Run
25 Mar 2018
Bunny Hop PF
31 Mar 2018
Chesapeake Spring
07 Apr 2018
Foxcatcher
28 Apr 2018
GMHA Mud Ride
29 Apr 2018
Cheshire CTR & AHA Region 15 Championship Ride
28 Apr 2018
GMHA Mud Ride
11 May 2018
NJ 100+ PF
11 May 2018
NJ 100+ PF
11 May 2018
NJ 100+ PF
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