LTA News

  • 29 Mar 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    The 2018 Lyme Hunter Pace is scheduled for Sunday, 9/30.

  • 29 Mar 2018 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    Please note that the 2018 Scrabble Ride has been cancelled due to the time needed to clean up the trails after the stormy winter and spring.  If you would like to help please send an email to

  • 23 May 2016 6:56 AM | Anonymous

    SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH - Rain Date 6/19

    Early Registration Ends Soon!
    Registration Limited to 40 Teams!

    What is the Scrabble Ride all about?
    The Scrabble Ride is a fun competition of teams of 2 or 3 riders combining the following:

    • A scenic 1½ hour ride  through the beautiful waterfront property of Lord Creek Farm
    • The ability to earn extra Scrabble points by signing in at 3 check points set up along the course
    • Teams have the option to earn additional points by successfully completing Mounted Game activities at each of the 3 check-points. 
    • Upon completion of the course, teams will play a 30-minute competitive game of Scrabble.


    • The Scrabble game will be played in 3 groups as rider teams return from the course.  There will be a prize for the team with the highest Scrabble score + points earned for each of the 3 groups.
    • There will be an additional prize at the end of the day for the team with the highest score of the day.
    • There will be a Grand Prize for the Team that competes in both the Scrabble Ride and the Lyme Hunter Pace on 9/11/16 and has the highest combined score for the two events. 

    Rules and Registration

    • Registration will be limited to 40 teams first come first served so sign up right away!
    • Entry fee $60 per ride including lunch. Early registration discount of $10 prior to June 1st. 
    • Entries must be received by June 8th.
    • Registration:  Online at homepage; click Scrabble Ride in bottom right corner. Payment options are PayPal or Credit Card.  Or print this Registration Form Scrabble Ride ENTRY FORM MAILER 2016 .pdf, fill it out and mail it and a check per the instructions on page 1 of the form.
    • Entry fees will be refunded in full until June 8th. After June 8th no entry fee will be refunded without a note from a doctor or veterinarian.
    • Proof of negative Coggins and rabies within 12 months are required with entry.
    • Start times will be between 8:30am and 11:00am.
    • Start times will not be guaranteed unless accompanied by your entry fee received by June 8th.  Indicate your preferred time to go on your entry form and we will try to accommodate you.
    • Be on time as we cannot guarantee you another start time due to the large number of entries.
    • Mandatory safety-check prior to start.
    • THIS IS NOT A RACE, however, all teams must finish the course and be ready to play Scrabble by 1:00 or be disqualified.


  • 07 May 2015 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    From Cathy Leinert MFH, Tanheath Hunt

    A gorgeous sunny day greeted all the riders, auditors and spectators who came to Lord Creek Farm for the private Intro to Foxhunting Clinic, given by Tanheath Hunt Club. The morning began with a lecture covering all aspects of foxhunting, including a brief history and an explanation of Drag Hunting. We talked about proper attire for horses and riders, with a show and tell of the proper clothing. Much time was spent covering etiquette in the hunt field, with the 3 cardinal sins emphasized. Staff positions-Master, Huntsman, Whipper-In, Wheel Whips, Fieldmasters, and the fox—were explained with an emphasis on safety for all-horses, hounds and humans. Many people had questions and all participants were given booklets from the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Pony Club members were given their own "kid friendly" booklet. We then began the mounted part where riders were able to practice the field exercises that they would use on a hunt. Master Cathy Leinert took the Hilltopper group and Whipper In Liz Esmiol took the Walk Trot group of both adults and kids. Once everyone had the basics and felt comfortable, we went on a short Mock Fox Hunt. Sarah Nash was the fox with Huntsman Sherri Colby after her, followed by the Hilltopper Field and the Walk Trot Field. The "chase" ended in the Jump field, where the spectators had gathered to watch the riders against the beautiful backdrop of the water. Many were heard to exclaim how well all the riders were doing for the first ever hunt. The most adorable pair of the day went to a tiny rider and her equally tiny pony! Riders' faces were beaming with smiles and accomplishment and comments of "awesome" echoed. We then hacked back to the farm where we had a bountiful Tea, courtesy of Whips Mel and Dave Oliveira.  It was a most successful day with approximately 20 attending- adult riders, Pony Club riders, and auditors and spectators. We are all looking forward to the fall hunt season! Thank you Janie, Lyme Trail Association and Connecticut Valley Pony Club!
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  • 03 Sep 2014 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Lyme Trail Association has been approved for 501c3 status as a public charity by the IRS. Contributions to the LTA are deductible under section 170 of the IRS code retroactive to March 13, 2013.

  • 29 Aug 2014 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 Rain or Shine

    Come and enjoy the trails at Lord Creek Farm.  A Hunter Pace is a low key competitive event derived from foxhunting. Teams of two or three riders follow a marked and timed course up to 9 miles to include 2-3’ jumps; riders may go over OR around all fences. Teams follow a course over terrain which is meant to stimulate that of a foxhunt-requiring a mixture of gaits that a foxhunter would typically utilize.

    Riders will have a choice of competing in one of two divisions: Hunter (a faster pace designed to imitate that of a fox hunt for experienced riders) and Hilltopper (a more leisurely pace than Hunter-about 25% slower, for the novice rider and/or horse).

    The Lyme Hunter Pace prides itself on offering a low-key atmosphere for riders to learn and practice their skills in a competitive and supportive environment. Come enjoy the spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley from Lord Creek Farms.

    CHECKPOINT:  Riders must check in for a mandatory 3 minute hold at the half-way mark.

    Don’t forget to enjoy a chili lunch before or after your ride!  Provided by our local Connecticut Valley Pony Club.

    Proceeds to benefit:

    • Lyme Trail Association
    • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.
    • Connecticut Valley Pony Club

    Click here for the 2014 Hunter Pace Entry Form Mailer

    You can also contact Sarah Carlson at for more information or for questions.

  • 28 Jan 2014 9:59 AM | Anonymous
    Please take a moment to peruse Lyme Trail Association's first Year End Report. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish since incorporating in March and hitting the ground running in July!
    Lyme Trail Association Year End Report for 2013

  • 20 Nov 2013 1:24 PM | Anonymous
    The Lyme Trail Association has been very busy since its formation in March, 2013. We have been establishing the organization, participating in the planning and implementation of 2 very successful events at Lord Creek Farm, performing trail maintenance (including improvements to a significant wetlands crossing and to the trails and jumps off Tinker Lane), and filing for 501c3 status.

    Currently, our efforts are being directed towards preparing our website for the solicitation of prospective members. Our plan is to send an email in early January with an invitation to join Lyme Trail Association. At that time, those of you who are interested in membership can go to our new website to learn more about the LTA and sign up online.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions please direct them to and we will respond as soon as we can.  Feel free to visit the new website. You can submit your email address to subscribe to the latest news updates from the Lyme Trail Association!

    Best wishes for the holidays.

    Cheryl Kelly Heffernan

    PS. If anyone is proficient in database programming and would like to help to guide the LTA in setting up and managing its activities online please email us at Your help would be much appreciated.

Mailing Address: Lyme Trail Association, 133 Mitchell Hill Road, Lyme, Connecticut 06371
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