The Maryland Combined Training Association began in 1972 and is still growing and connecting eventers in Maryland! We welcome you to the MCTA family and hope you have a great experience at all of our activities! Shawan Downs is a beautiful property we are blessed to be able to utilize for equestrian sport and is the site of the annual recognized horse trials, cross-country schooling after the event, and a following unrecognized, "schooling" horse trial as well (all weather permitting). MCTA members who volunteer will earn MCTA Bucks, redeemable for discounts on MCTA activities! (Information here: All our volunteers are deeply appreciated and valued! Thanks for joining us, and you will have a great time.