Upcoming ECTRA Meetings

  • April 20, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • June 15, 2021

Please note all meetings will start at 7pm and will be held via Zoom.  For more information on joining the meetings please contact Carolyn Blocker.

2020 Horse and Rider Mileage

The 2020 Year End Mileage totals for riders and horses are now available HERE.  Please check this list for updates and if you have any questions please contact Beth Sheldon.

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. https://aerc.org/static/temp/COVID-19_Guidelines.pdf)

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.