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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.

Latest News

  • ECTRA’s Annual Winter Get-Away February 21-23 in Hershey PA!

    ECTRA’s Annual Winter Get-Away February 21-23 in Hershey PA!

    Dr. Lynne Johnson is our main speaker for the 2020 Winter Get-Away Annual Meeting! Read More »
  • ECTRA Board Nominations

    ECTRA Board Nominations

    ECTRA announces the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors for the upcoming year: President: Rebecca Wachtel Vice President: Dr. Joan Hiltz Treasurer: Megan Thompson Secretary: Geneva McNamara Board members: Jim Theurer Esther Fiddes Dr Martha Demson Completing their current terms next year are: Katie Vogel Jenny Kimberly The … Read More »
  • Howard (Neal) Shaffer

    Howard (Neal) Shaffer

    Many of our members who also do AERC rides are familiar with the Shaffer family as Neal, Debra and Austin were often seen riding together.  Neal had a number of hoses through the years but Rushcreek Regan is the one most of our recent members will remember.  We just received … Read More »

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