About Reddington Rock Riding Club
Who we are
RRRC is a private club on the edge of Shenipsit State Forest in Stafford Springs, CT. (See the link at the bottom of this page to join us!)
The purpose of the club is to encourage and promote the sport of equine trail riding.
This is done by sponsoring equine related functions, including trail rides and educational events, as well as assisting in the maintenance of bridle trails in the area.
Shenipsit State Forest
Encompassing over 7,000 acres, Shenipsit State Forest stretches from Stafford, through Somers and into Ellington, CT
The woods themselves consist largely of oak, especially red oak, which provide valuable food and shelter for deer, turkeys and other wildlife.
The forest is a popular with hikers, mountain bikers and of course horse back riders.
A Brief History of Reddington Rock Riding Club
Adapted from an article by Doris Schaeffer on the club's twentieth anniversary in 1982.
In the early 1960s the only trail rides in the Vernon, Rockville, Ellington area were 4-H rides. Several horse people suggested a family pleasure trail riding club be formed. Aileen Pfau McNeal took the horse by the reins, called local horse people, and held meetings at her home. Word got about to friends in other towns and in 1962, a charter was adopted, and formal meetings were held at various members’ homes and cottages, the “bawl room” at Leo Cohen’s Bowling Alley, AmEnde’s Arabian Barn in Vernon, the Ellington American Legion Hall, etc. The group then needed a name.
After discussion many names were suggested for the newly formed riding club. In October of 1962 charter members voted on the name of the Reddington Rock Riders which was the suggestion of the late Robert W. Aborn. In those early years, Bob Aborn permitted the riding group to use several acres of his Hopkins Road property complete with a running brook. This property was adjacent to Shenipsit State Forest. When riders entered the forest they rode in the shadow of a huge rock with a protective overhanging formation, known as Reddington Rock. According to legend, a frontiersman by the name of Reddington was attacked by an Indian, possibly a Nipmuck tribe member. During the encounter, Reddington was able to free himself and headed for the protection under the rock in a cave-type shelter. The Indian, in pursuit, ran to the top of the huge rock and plunged over to his death.
This is an old legend handed down for generations, and because of the early time and lack of complete records, it cannot be verified in the library or town records.
The name of the club was later changed from Reddington Rock Riders to Reddington Rock Riding Club.
In 1972, members raised the funds to purchase the 18-acre property located on Handel Road in Stafford Springs. Camp Glazier directly abuts the Shenipsit State Forest with its extensive horse-friendly trail system. The camp has approximately 30 camping lots with corrals, which can be rented for the season by club members. The camp also has running water, a pavilion, bathroom, and easy parking for horse trailers.