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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.

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  • 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 »
  • 2019 Ride List

    2019 Ride List

    Updated as of 8/28/19!   Read More »
  • Buck Shrader

    Buck Shrader

    Buck Shrader passed away April 26, 2019. He was an lifetime and honorary member of ECTRA who timed over 8000 miles of rides and was an ECTRA Volunteer of the Year. With his wife Donna, he helped run many rides starting in 1979 until his retirement (from ECTRA) at the … Read More »

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