About the MCTA

The MCTA organizes a nationally recognized Horse Trials in May at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This competition offers all levels, Novice through Advanced. The club also manages two “unrecognized” horse trials. One in June in Southern Maryland — the Starter Horse Trials and one in November held at Tranquility Manor Farm in Jacksonville Maryland. “Jenny Camp” as the fall horse trials is known, is one of the oldest competitions of its kind in our area.

Clinics are organized with Stephen Bradley, Sally Cousins, Denny Emerson, Lucinda Green, Boyd Martin, Gayle Molander, Steuart Pittman, Sharon White, Jimmy Wofford and others. Seminars and unmounted clinics are held during the winter. An Annual Banquet is held at the end of the year to get together and award the Year End Awards.

The Annual Year End Awards are presented at all levels; from Horse of the Year (both Junior and Senior) recognizing horses at the recognized levels; to the Elementary and Beginner Novice unrecognized levels. Ribbons and trophies are awarded. Over $1000 worth of Scholarships are granted by the Grants Committee on the basis of dedication to the sport, volunteerism, interest in the sport and unique needs.

Membership offers opportunities to compete at reduced rates in MCTA sponsored happenings; attend clinics, lectures and instructional programs for free or almost free; help organize MCTA activities; compete for the High Score Awards; apply for the MCTA Volunteer Grant Application, receive the newsletter and the comprehensive Maryland Area Calendar of Events; receive an unrecognized calendar with websites and telephone numbers of contacts, and meet and work with people with a shared interest in horses and eventing.

Please explore out website. If you have questions or comments please use the contacts tab at the top of this page to connect with the MCTA board members.​

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