The Trail Riders Of Today (TROT) was founded in 1980 by a group of 22 riders seeking to save a trail in the Paint Branch Stream Valley of Eastern Montgomery County Maryland. TROT grew and grew as word of its efforts spread and as it became evident that trails throughout the state were in jeopardy.
TROT is now dedicated to the preservation of existing equestrian trails and the establishment of new trails throughout Maryland and neighboring states. Some trails are on public lands while others are on private land, some of which are subject to development.
TROT has active county chapters in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne and Wicomico counties. Membership includes individuals in most Maryland counties, as well as in D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Please join us. Consult our membership page for information on becoming a TROT member.
To see if there are any active equestrian related issues in your area, please contact your county coordinator
TROT does not seek to stop development. Rather, it works with developers, through established development processes in the various jurisdictions, to secure equestrian easements or other rights of way that will permit preservation or re-routing, rather than closure, of trails through or around developments. In some cases, the development process can provide opportunities for the establishment of new trails where access did not previously exist.
TROT also works closely with various county, state and national authorities to ensure that public recreational lands are open to horseback riders. In its short history, TROT has been instrumental in the establishment and expansion of many miles of park trails. In addition, TROT is an active member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and works to assure that new trails being created on abandonded railroad rights of way do not exclude horseback riding.
TROT recognizes that many trails exist on private lands through the generousity of individual landowners; we promote safe, courteous riding practices that respect the rights of landowners and encourages members to seek community goodwill.
TROT gratefully acknowledges the support of public officials who have responded to the needs of horseback riding citizens, and thanks the many TROT members who have spent countless hours in meetings and hearings presenting TROT's message to those officials.
TROT needs the active participation of all horsemen. Please volunteer your help by contacting your local county coordinator. And, once again, please join us. Consult our membership page for information on becoming a TROT member.