About The MBLA

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The Middlebury Bridle Land Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of our region's bridle trails for horseback riding. Our members work to upgrade and maintain existing trail systems as well as acquire and expand our riding territory for generations to come. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many generous landowners who grant us the privilege of riding on their land. Without their support, many of our trails would be lost.


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Since the turn of the 19th century, horseback riding has evolved from necessity to recreation. With roots going back to before the Middle Ages in Europe, the tradition of fox hunting has evolved in modern times to an enjoyable cross-country sport. The Middlebury Hunt was formed in 1945 by a group of dedicated riders who loved the unspoiled country of Middlebury, Connecticut. The Middlebury Bridle Land Association continues the tradition of the Hunt every fall by holding a Hunter Pace, which is a timed trail riding event over a set course with optional jumps. The MBLA welcomes all disciplines of riders to enjoy our country trails and join us in our efforts to preserve and protect our equestrian heritage.

Join Us Today

Your membership support is vital! Each day we are losing more and more open spaces to development - never again to be reclaimed for riding. Your membership strengthens our efforts in preserving our bridle land for generations to come.

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