Trail Riders of Today (TROT)Dedicated to Enjoying, Maintaining and Expanding Sustainable Trails for Equestrian Use

Welcome To TROT

Founded in 1980, TROT is an all-volunteer grassroots membership organization that provides a vital voice for the preservation and creation of sustainable trails for equestrian use. TROT promotes trail riding by holding organized rides and educational activities throughout the year, promoting safe riding, trail etiquette, and proper horses care. Join TROT – If you enjoy riding horses on trails in Maryland, want to learn about great places to ride, and would like to see these trails remain open to all riders, see our membership page to join/renew/contribute. And be sure to check out our list of scheduled rides on our calendar page.

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Many of the trails open to equestrians are multi-use trails that also are open to hikers and bikers. The success of TROT’s mission depends on the active participation of equestrian and non-equestrian trail enthusiasts, and we actively support collaborations with all users to ensure that trails are available for everyone to enjoy. Please join TROT or renew your membership and volunteer your help by contacting your local county coordinator or any of the TROT Board…

Trail Rides Please come out to enjoy a TROT trail ride and consider leading a ride yourself!  TROT trail rides are fun and a great opportunity to learn new trails, meet other TROT members, and find a new trail riding buddy.  To lead a ride, contact our trail ride coordinator, Barbara Sollner-Webb. To participate in a scheduled ride: Contact the ride leader to sign-up and learn the ride’s starting time and other details. If a…

Trail rides are a relaxing way to meet other riders and enjoy the natural beauty of open space, woods, and park land. TRAILS and MAPS Guide to Maryland Horse Trails – The Guide, put together by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, contains a large, illustrated map of the horse trails in Maryland’s 23 counties; a list of trails in each county, including telephone number, length, type of surface; and other valuable information about trail riding,…

Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Sat
all-day “Desensitizing your Trail Horse”... @ The Sevens Boarding and Training Facility
“Desensitizing your Trail Horse”... @ The Sevens Boarding and Training Facility
Mar 23 all-day
David Beard (PM Session) and Jimmy Wagner (AM Session) will lead this clinic that is aimed at helping you make your horse safer, calmer and more reliable in a variety of unfamiliar situations. This type of experience will benefit any horse and rider, especially on the trails. Gain confidence that you and your horse can handle anything the trails might throw at you. David Beard learned gentle horsemanship from Craig Cameron in Texas. He bought…
Apr
3
Wed
6:00 pm Monthly Meeting @ LIBERATORE’S
Monthly Meeting @ LIBERATORE’S
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dear TROT Members, Our next Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 3rd. All TROT members are welcome to attend. Each meeting begins with dinner at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7. This meeting will be held at Liberatore’s Ristorante in Eldersburg. They serve a variety of wonderful Italian and seafood dishes.  Check out the menu here. If you are unable to make it in person, anyone is still welcome to join by…
Apr
6
Sat
all-day Trail Ride on the Beach @ Assateague
Trail Ride on the Beach @ Assateague
Apr 6 – Apr 8 all-day
Ride with the wild ponies! This ride has been on my bucket list, and I invite you to join me. Day use horseback riding is permitted in Maryland from October 9 through May 14. An entrance fee is required for all vehicles entering the park. Sign up now to ensure your space. I am contemplating camping there for those who might also be interested. It is highly suggested that you check with your vet before attending this ride…
Apr
13
Sat
all-day Trail Work Day @ Gillis Falls
Trail Work Day @ Gillis Falls
Apr 13 all-day
Trail Work Day. Show up and make your presence known. Together we can help this area become a safe haven for our trail riders, hikers, and bikers.
Apr
14
Sun
all-day Trail Ride @ Gillis Falls
Trail Ride @ Gillis Falls
Apr 14 all-day
Trail Ride. Gillis Falls is also known as Woodbrook CWMA in Woodbine. Veteran Gillis Falls trail rider Tracy Loppatto with show us around this area which boasts miles of trails, arenas, and cross country jumps. Show some love to the Carroll County Equestrian Council and the Gillis Falls trails surrounding their awesome venue.
May
12
Sun
all-day Trail Ride @ Morgan Run
Trail Ride @ Morgan Run
May 12 all-day
Trail Ride. Veteran Morgan Run trail rider, Debbie Mullinix, will lead us on this trail ride. Morgan Run is a 1,336 acre environmental nature area featuring miles of equestrian trails in both open fields and woodlands. Only a few sections are somewhat rocky, but the vast majority of the trails have footing that is easy on horses’ feet. There is plenty of parking at Morgan Run. As always, plan to stay for the potluck after…
May
18
Sat
all-day Trail Ride @ Fair Hill
Trail Ride @ Fair Hill
May 18 all-day
Trail Ride. Fair Hill has great footing, even for the barefoot horse. But there are some areas with gravel, so for the very tender-footed horse they may require shoes/boots. Fair Hill also boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. There will be some small water crossings along the ride, as well as some bridges, dogs on leashes, and fellow riders/horses. There usually is enough trailer parking in the lot as well as…
May
20
Mon
all-day Underground Railroad Ride @ Woodlawn Park/Woodlawn Manner Cultural Park
Underground Railroad Ride @ Woodlawn Park/Woodlawn Manner Cultural Park
May 20 all-day
Thanks to the feedback received at the Carroll County end of the riding season luncheon, we have added a new adventure to the 2019 list, the Underground Rail Road trail! The trail is located in the northeastern portion of the county in the community of Sandy Spring. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is also one segment of the Rachel Carson…
Jun
16
Sun
all-day Trail Ride @ Patapsco - McKeldin
Trail Ride @ Patapsco - McKeldin
Jun 16 all-day
Woodstock Inn in Woodstock Maryland located in Patapsco State Park between Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties. This established watering hole is a favorite of Horseback riders in the area. Woodstock Inn appreciates the many riders that come to their restaurant.  There are dedicated hitching posts with signs “Horse and Mule Parking Only” in their main parking lot as well as two hitching posts in a lower secluded treelined spot away. Wait staff will sometimes add…
Jun
22
Sat
all-day Trail Work Day @ Union Mills
Trail Work Day @ Union Mills
Jun 22 all-day
Trail Work Day on horseback or on foot. You may have seen, or heard the destruction of trails that took place in 2018. Help restore the Union Mills equestrian trails back to its former glory.