Courtesy of GRTA
Greenwich Riding Trails Association celebrates a century of its annual Greenwich Horse Show, which takes place in June.
Westchester and Fairfield share many similarities, one being the deep-rooted, world-class, equine culture. This year, local hippophiles unite just across the state border as the Greenwich Riding Trails Association (GRTA) celebrates the centennial of its annual Greenwich Horse Show.
This history, according to the organization, is that at the turn of the 20th century, “a group of Greenwich land owners and riders began to work together with developers and the Town of Greenwich to maintain and preserve some of the original trails in the area, trails that had been created by the local Native Americans and then by the early settlers, while also building some new trails. In 1914, seven landowners formed the Greenwich Trails Association, and in 1953, it became the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association, a chartered nonprofit.”
Since then, the GRTA’s mission has been to “preserve, protect and promote open space, historic trails and the tradition of horseback riding for our community and future generations.” Over the years, the organization has hosted several annual fundraisers to support its mission. The event takes place on June 12 at Pierson Drive in Greenwich.