2024 MCTA Annual Silent Auction!

Maryland Combined Training Association
January 2024
12:00 PM EST
January 2024
12:00 PM EST

About Our Auction


All items are available for bidding beginning one week before the January 14, 2024 MCTA Banquet! Auction will end PROMPTLY at 12pm (right before our guest speaker) - please feel free to bid as often as necessary on your phone!

You must make an account with 32auctions.com to participate in the auction, and you must log into the account to place a bid. If you don’t see a “Bid” button, double check that you are logged in!

You can choose to place an actual bid OR a proxy bid. An actual bid will bid the amount you enter. A proxy bid will bid the item up by the next applicable dollar increment, and then when others bid, will automatically increase your bid up to and including that amount you entered.

If you are attending our January 14, 2024 MCTA Banquet: please pay for all items ASAP (payment will be required to take items home). If you are not attending the Banquet, please pay for all items no later than Sunday, January 21, 2024. If you do not pay for your item timely, MCTA reserves the right to sell your item to the next highest bidder.

Items must be paid through Paypal, but you do not need a Paypal account; you can use your credit card or debit card to pay for your item.

For winners of physical items, please see "Pickup/Shipping Instructions." Shipping is available at buyer's expense. Email merrilyn.ratliff@gmail.com for arrangements.

Your Support Counts!
The Maryland Combined Training Association's annual silent auction brings together all kinds of items donated by our wonderful sponsors, members, local businesses, and friends. The proceeds from the auction primarily fund MCTA's yearly grants, awarded to deserving MCTA members to encourage and further their education and experience in eventing. Proceeds from this year will also be used when possible to repair and refit Shawan Downs in preparation for MCTA's annual flagship Recognized Horse Trials.

History of MCTA Scholarships
In 1976 Dr. George Roveti, MCTA’s third president, chose Sidney Brigham (head riding instructor at St. Timothy’s School), Janet McBrien (head riding instructor at Goucher College), and Iva Gillet (past Green Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club D.C.) as the group’s first Scholarship Committee. The basic guidelines and selection criteria were formulated, and one grant was awarded. The initial recipient was a young riding instructor, Robin Stemler, who used the funds to train with Bruce Davidson (Sr.). A second scholarship was soon added so that one could go to a junior and one to a senior if applicants warranted, and the program was later named in memory of Joan Leigh Thomas Barthel, a long-time MCTA volunteer who had served on the scholarship committee before her untimely death. In 1982 a “Youth Grant” was briefly added for members 13 and under. Then the 1984 committee developed the “Floating Grant” to be used in the event that there was more than one especially deserving applicant in a given category.


About Maryland Combined Training Association

Welcome to the Maryland Combined Training Association! One of the oldest local affiliates of the U.S. Eventing Association, MCTA was organized in the winter of 1972 just as the sport was beginning to grow in North America. The group organized its first horse trial at Jackson Hole Farm in Upperco that same spring. Since its first year MCTA has grown steadily and is now a busy organization consisting of well over 100 members.

Not only does it host a USEA-recognized event including all the divisions from Beginner Novice through Intermediate each spring, but it also holds two unrecognized events: the “Starter” and “Jenny Camp” horse trials. Throughout the year MCTA and its individual members also organize mounted clinics, cross country schooling sessions, and all sorts of other educational programs for both horses and riders.
Each year MCTA also offers high score awards, members-only competition trophies, financial grants, and the general camaraderie for local eventing enthusiasts.

Holding all this activity together is MCTA’s comprehensive and regularly updated website, which includes a huge calendar, classified ads, breaking news, and many member resources. In addition to the website, the organization communicates with its members primarily through Facebook and frequent email blasts announcing its own and its members’ competitions, clinics, programs, etc. and providing other timely information.

Needless to say, all of this activity does not run itself. MCTA is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that relies on the membership to enjoy AND assist at its various functions. PLEASE freely offer your help. We NEED you to keep MCTA as successful and worthwhile as it currently is!

Thank you for supporting our Auction as we look forward to the 2024 season.

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