Our first ride was held in 1970 under the auspices of the
Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council and the then Massachusetts
Department of Natural Resources. In June of 1975, Cross
State Trail Ride incorporated as a separate organization.
From 1970 until 1973 we conducted a point to point ride, riding a
new trail each day to a new camp. In 1974 the gas crunch
became a factor and we changed the format to the “base camp”
configuration that we now use.
CSTR has a long history of distinguished operation. Our policy of being a “good neighbor” and being sensitive to our environmental impact on the areas where we ride, has enabled us to maintain a good relationship with landowners, towns, state parks and fairgrounds. Without the good will and cooperation of these agencies, we would not be able to operate.
This history has stretched to our 43rd year. In that time, we have developed a method of operation that allows us to interface with those around us and with each other. This network of methods and rules has grown over the years and developed into what we call the Cross State Village, a social structure that governs us ten days a year.
We have journeyed to all six states in New England and to New York. We have stayed at campsites especially built for horses and in areas where horses were never allowed to camp before. Private landowners and fairgrounds have welcomed us back time and again.
The August Ride is open to members only.
Each year, CSTR holds a 9 day ride that is a closed, members only ride. Membership in CSTR must be applied for. The wait list has been replaced with an application process which includes mandatory attendance in at least one June CSTR ride, a letter of recommendation from a current CSTR member and the completion of an application for membership. Visit our Membership Page for more information - Go here >>>>
CSTR June Open Ride
Our annual June ride, a two day
weekend, is an open ride that is enjoyed by members and friends,
old and new. This ride is also affiliated with New England
Horse & Trail. The ride is usually held the weekend before
or after Father’s Day.
2013 Ride entry forms and information are now available on the June Ride Page
For more information on the June Ride, CLICK HERE