2021 ECTRA Ride Season

Once again due to the pandemic the ECTRA Board will be limiting awards for 2021 to Volunteer and Rider/Horse mileage milestones. No versatility, rookies, junior, medallions, endurance or top ten awards. 

The rides will be run as they were in 2020 for as long as COVID restrictions exist. ECTRA will only recognize a pass or fail designation. Ride scores will not be used by ECTRA for any purpose this year. Ride management may use a Pass/Fail format without offering the standard judging format. ECTRA encourages the use of the Pass/Fail format as it may reduce possible COVID exposure. 

The sanctioning of any CTR requires submission of specific items as described in the 2021 Sanctioning Criteria. These items along with the usual sanctioning requirements will be reviewed by the sanctioning director and panel appointed from the Board.  Please submit questions about sanctioning to our Sanctioning Director, Lucha Malato. Other questions about the ride season may be submitted to board members. 

2021 ECTRA Additional Sanctioning Criteria

All Competitive Trail Rides to be held will be required to submit the following additional items in order to receive sanctioning from ECTRA in 2021. The criteria is designed to make sure the ride is legal and that the insurance for the ride will not be cancelled. We are also suggesting that each ride establish a protocol for running the ride keeping Covid-19 best practices in mind and in line with state, county and local regulations. (Endurance rides are subject to the requirements for sanctioning by AERC.)

The following items will be required by ECTRA and submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the event to our Sanctioning Director, Lucha Malato. Knowing that state/county/local regulations regarding group size and travel restrictions can change weekly, we must have the sign offs at a date closest to a ride.

1. The ride is limited to no more than the number of people allowed by the state/ county/local government to be in attendance, including volunteers, ride management, crew, riders, family members and spectators. (Provide website link or approval of the group size from officials. See Item 3.)

2. Confirm that the state permits recreational events.( Provide website link or ap-proval from officials. See Item 3.)

3. Show proof of approval or provide contact information of officials who indicated that the event could be held. Officials may be county commissioner, other county officials, health department, or officials of local government. (Name and phone number of contact or copy of emails, letter required.)

4. Provide letter/documents confirming the Land Use permit.

5. If your state, county or town has travel restrictions you will need approval in writing from officials. (See Item 3.) Ride management is required to provide de- tails of such travel restrictions to all participants prior to the ride.

6. Submit your ride Covid-19 plan and make sure all participants have been made aware of the plan prior to the ride. That would be a plan as to how you are reducing close contact amongst riders, judges, volunteers, etc., handling vetting in and out and mid-point, serving foods, pre-ride briefing and awards ceremony, etc. (AERC has prepared some guidance. You may want to review it through this link.

Upcoming ECTRA Meetings

Board of Directors meeting via Zoom – Jan 19, 2021 – 7 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting via Zoom – Feb. 16, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP meeting via Zoom – Feb 20, 2021- 4 p.m.

For information on joining the meetings contact Rebecca Wachtel

Outside Mileage Form

Anyone who is submitting outside mileage is encouraged to use the online form available HERE.  You may also download the form on the Rider/Driver Form page and submitting in by mail if you prefer.  Click HERE to be taken to the download page.


Please note that the 50th anniversary shirts are sold out in Medium!

Board of Directors Elections

Slate of officers and board members for 2021:
  • President: Rebecca Wachtel
  • VP: Joan Hilz
  • Secretary: Susie Benson
  • Treasurer: Megan Thompson


  • Dr. Martha Demson
  • Jim Theurer
  • Jenny Kimberly
  • Carolyn Blocker
  • Diana Murphy

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership at large, each candidate having been endorsed in writing by not less than ten(10) adult members.  Nominations to be in the hands of the secretary not later than thirty(30) days prior to the annual meeting.

Rulebook Changes for 2020 Ride Year

New Rulebook for 2020.  See changes below!


ECTRA Rulebook 2020 693.79 KB 47 downloads


Rulebook Changes for 2020 Ride Year

Section I. W. Specific Rules for Conditioning Distance Rides (CDR) and
Drives (CDD) p.11.
The rules for a CDR & CDD will essentially follow the rules
of a standard Competitive Trail Ride (CTR). Scoring, trot out patterns and ride
time will mirror a standard ride. If a pass/fail option is offered such CDR will
essentially follow the rules of the pass/fail option for a CTR. Leg protection, a
simple down and back trot out, no time penalty if time is within 30 minutes of
minimum & maximum and an all in one final vetting. This is not all inclusive
explanation of details. You do need to review the rules in the rulebook.

Section I. Y. 5. Drug & Medication Rules p.12. The rules were updated by
putting them into a list or outline format. Also the reference to the number of
horses to be tested has been changed to read “The number of Competitive
Events and horses per event to be tested each year shall be determined by
the Drug Testing Committee based on the testing budget available.” And we
changed the name of the committee to reflect the current one, “Drug Testing

Section I. Z. Protection of Youth p.13. After careful review of the federal
government’s Safer Sports Act, it was decided that our organization was not
required to establish special training programs. However, each state already
has laws in place that require and protect those that report abuse. This
section was added to make sure anyone involved with our sport knows they
have the legal responsibility to report such abuse as well as having a legal
right to specific protection for making such report.

Section VI. Sanctioning B. Types of Events ECTRA Will Sanction 1.
Limited Distance p. 24.
Limited Distance rides will cover one day events
from 25 to 40 miles a day. Previously the limit was 50 miles. We don’t believe
there have been any CTR’s of 50 miles in over 30 years.

Section VIII Awards G. Junior Awards 1. Limited Distance p. 31. This was
changed to reflect the maximum of 40 miles for 1 day rides as noted in VI.B.1.
Section VIII Awards G. Junior Awards 2. Multi-Distance p. 31 Previously a
Junior had to complete at least 2 multi-day rides. It now allows juniors who
have only completed 1 multi-day ride to be included in awards for that

Section VIII. Awards H. Horse Awards Special 4. Rookie Horse Perpetual
Award. p. 31.
The definition of a Rookie horse has been clarified with a bit
more detail.

Section VIII. Awards J. Member Awards Special 2. Mrs. Mary Coleman
(Web) Award. p. 31.
The definition for a Rookie rider has been clarified with a
bit more detail.

Section IX. Point Schedules p. 34 Additional mileage combinations were
added to the chart to make it easier to figure out points.

E.C.T.R.A. By-Laws Article V Election of Officers & Directors. p. 36
Revision to permit ballots to be included in newsletter, not mailed; to not
require a ballot vote if a board position or officer is uncontested (only 1
candidate per opening), and to permit electronic voting if the club chooses to
do so.

2019 Award Winners

If you weren’t able to make it to the 2020 Winter Get-A-Way the list of the 2019 award winners and milestone achievements from the banquet can be seen HERE!