Washington Bridle Trails Association
Meadowbrook Stables

Washington Bridle Trails Association
The Washington Bridle Trails Association was organized in 1940 to encourage an interest in horses and horseback riding and to develop and improve Washington's bridle trails. For many years the organization acted as a spokesman for the horse lovers of Washington, representing local horse interests and encouraging a higher standard of care and treatment of area horses. Since its inception the association has sponsored horse shows several times a year and has been an organization to which both experienced and novice riders may belong with equal benefit and enjoyment.

Of the many horse lovers who have served WBTA in the past, Colonel Rene Studler was among the most notable. A retired Army Colonel whose colorful military career began as an aviator during the First World War, Colonel Studler was an avid horseman and a leader in local equestrian activities. He sat on the board of WBTA for well over a decade, nearly a third of that time as president, and was largely responsible for the revitalization of the Washington International Horse Show, of which he was executive vice president. The WBTA Grand Champion Pleasure Trophy is presented at the Annual Banquet each year in his name.

From its beginning as one of the premier local horse shows in the Washington area, offering 12 classes (over fence heights starting at 3 feet 6 inches), the WBTA Hunter and Jumper Show Series has grown to offer nearly 100 classes, both rated and unrated, for all ages and skill levels. If you have any fond remembrances of WBTA that you'd like to share, we'd be happy to hear from you!

Today WBTA holds schooling shows at Meadowbrook Stables. Each year a charity is selected to receive a portion of the proceeds from the horse shows. Our 2016 charity is Mid-Atlantic Bullies, an organization dedicated to rescuing pit bulls and finding forever homes for each animal. The 2016 charity was Mid-Atlantic Bullies, a rescue for pitbulls.Our 2015 charity was Jill's House, an organization that gives respite to families with children who have intellectual disabilities. Our 2014 charity was Danny and Ron's Rescue, an organization dedicated to rehoming homeless dogs. Our charity in 2013 was Thoroughbred Placement Resources, an organization dedicated to rehoming off-the-track Thoroughbreds. The 2012 charity was Second Chance Wildlife Center, an organization to rehabilitate and release injured native wildlife. The 2011 charity was Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue.
Meadowbrook Stables
WBTA has a long association with Meadowbrook Stables, which was considered one of the finest saddle clubs in the East when it opened in the fall of 1934. Occupying several acres of Rock Creek Park along East-West Highway, the facility was established by the Meadowbrook Saddle Club to promote Olympic-quality equestrian events and to provide city residents with opportunities for open-country riding

Throughout its history, Meadowbrook has hosted premier local, national, and international shows, and it continues to host the WBTA Hunter and Jumper Show Series today. Its inaugural event, the Maryland Parkway-Meadowbrook Horse and Hound Show, was attended by such notables as the US Army's Chief of Cavalry and the Ambassador of Italy (who showed his famous jumper, Mussolini); prizes donated by the Secretary of State were awarded by his wife. In succeeding years, the society and sports pages of the Washington Post and Washington Star often gave full-page coverage to shows at Meadowbrook, paying particular attention to spectacular spills and fashionable attire. Meadowbrook hosted the first Inter-American Horse Show in the fall of 1936 (admission 50 cents) and, in the fall of 1938, the District of Columbia flag was raised for the first time as part of the International Horse Show.

Edward Strother, a traditional farrier who plied his trade for over 30 years, once worked out of the tiny blacksmith shop on the grounds of Meadowbrook. Using a manual blower to fan his fire, Mr. Strother spent one day a week handcrafting shoes, and the rest of the week caring for horses throughout the Washington area from the back of his sedan.

In addition to the ribbons and trophies awarded at each horse show, yearend championships, grand championships, and sportsmanship awards are presented each year at the annual banquet.


Pre-Short Stirrup
Short Stirrup
Long Stirrup
Young Horsemanship
Adult Horsemanship

Novice Hunter
Large Pony Hunter
Low Hunter
Small/Medium Pony Hunter
Short Stirrup Hunter
Low Children's Hunter
Low Adult Hunter
Low Pony Hunter
Hopeful Hunter
Adult Amateur Hunter
Thoroughbred Hunter
Children's Hunter
Working Hunter

Pleasure Horse 2'
Pleasure Horse 2'6"
Pleasure Pony

Low Jumper
Novice Jumper
Hopeful Jumper
Schooling Jumper
Modified Jumper

Grand Championships
High Point Young Rider
High Point Junior Rider
High Point Adult Amateur Rider
High Point Professional Rider
High Point Hunter
High Point Jumper
High Point Equitation
High Point Pleasure

Sportsmanship Awards
The Claude E. White Memorial Trophy
for a Junior rider
The James B. Edson Memorial Trophy
for an Adult rider
The Rest Assured Memorial Trophy
for a distinguished horse or pony
The Bobo Perpetual Memorial Trophy
for service to WBTA
The Helping Hand Trophy
for a horse-show parent

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1108 East Capitol Street, N.E.
Washington , D.C. 20002
Phone 202.543.1946
Fax 202.543.5512