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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 ride is postponed or cancelled, the ride leader will notify you.
  • Check the TROT website and TROT and Maryland Trail Riders listservs for the most current ride information.
  • All ride participants:
    • Must wear helmets
    • Provide appropriate documentation of current negative Coggins test for the horse, in compliance with Maryland state law.
    • Be a TROT member – One-day TROT memberships are available at the ride for $5

If you need a ride to the event or can offer one, please email Barbara Sollner-Webb, so that this information can be included in an upcoming newsletter, or contact the ride leader.

 

Trail Maintenance

Anytime you are on a trail ride and if safe to do so, you can perform trail maintenance by clipping branches that impede passageway along a trail.  In addition, you can participate in scheduled trail maintenance days.

Amy Kimble is the TROT Adopt-A-Trail coordinator and she has challenged all TROT members to perform two hours of trail maintenance a year.  Please contact Amy for additional information about participating in trail maintenance activities.  She can be reached at 301-748-8310 or amyhkimble@aol.com.

Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.

Calendar

Sep
23
Sat
Trail Ride @ Fairland Park
Sep 23 all-day

Rain date Saturday, September 30.

We will again be riding these lovely trails. See write- up for April 29 ride..

Sep
28
Thu
Trail Ride @ location to be determined
Sep 28 all-day

It will be a walk-only ride, but folks who want to go faster can ride away and then re-join the group.   Bring a chair and your lunch to follow the ride.  Drinks & dessert will be provided. More information to come.

 

Oct
1
Sun
Trail Ride @ Riverbend Park
Oct 1 all-day

Come discover or re-discover trails just south of the Potomac River, in Virginia. The ride will start from the trailer parking lot of Riverbend Park and will take us along the Potomac Heritage trail, the Bootlegger and Carriage trails,  and  others  in  and  between Riverbend Park and Great Falls National Park. Expect some hills, gravel, and some patches of rocks as well as hikers, picnic parties and mountain bikers. But first and foremost, expect some great views of the Potomac river and nice shade. Shoes or boots are recommended but horses with strong barefoot hooves should be fine. Considering the terrain, the ride will be mostly at a walk with some trotting here and there. The ride will cross a couple of streams but bring water for your horses for after the ride. Bring chairs and snacks for after the ride. The number of trailers that the parking can accommodate is limited, so sign up early and trailer pool as much as possible.

Oct
12
Thu
Trail Ride @ location to be determined
Oct 12 all-day

Rain date Thursday, October 19. More information to come.

Oct
14
Sat
Trail Ride @ Little Bennett
Oct 14 all-day

Rain date Sunday, October 15.  This is a favorite riding venue. More information to come.

Oct
21
Sat
Obstacle Training Event @ Schooley Mill Park
Oct 21 all-day

TROT will hold another non-judged Obstacle Training Event at Schooley Mill Park on Saturday, October 21, 2017 (rain date of Saturday, October 28). There will be coaches to help you with the obstacles, as needed. Follow the Schooley Mill trails through spooky pre-Halloween obstacles for you and your horse. There will also be an award for the best costumed horse and rider, with your picture in the TROT newsletter. This obstacle event is free for TROT members. If you bring a guest to the event, they pay a $25 entry fee that includes a year membership to TROT – or they can just join TROT for $20.

Volunteers are always needed and very appreciated. Contact Deneen Martin at <deneenmartin7@gmail.com> or 301-467-5335.

More information to come in the August TROT newsletter.

Trail Ride @ Patapsco Park
Oct 21 all-day

Our  ride  begins  at  McKeldin  Park,  which  welcomes  horse trailers to park by the basketball courts. The ride is all-walk, 1.5 hours to the Woodstock Inn restaurant along the Patapsco River and 1.5 hours ride back. There are two water crossings. Depending on water levels, it can be a swift moving water but still a very easy crossing. We tie up across from a train track.

Oct
26
Thu
Trail Ride @ location to be determined
Oct 26 all-day

It will be a walk-only ride, but folks who want to go faster can ride away and then re-join the group.   Bring a chair and your lunch to follow the ride.  Drinks & dessert will be provided.   More information to come.

Oct
27
Fri
Trail Ride @ Rosaryville Halloween ride
Oct 27 all-day

We will ride at the beautiful 982-acre Rosaryville State Park, southwest of Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County. The timing is scheduled so that we should be riding through spectacular fall foliage. And come in a costume! The terrain can be hilly but shoes aren’t necessary except for very tender-footed horses. We will be riding from Laura’s house that abuts the park (not from the main park parking area). And after the ride Laura will host a delicious Bar-B-Q, so please bring something for the luncheon.

Nov
2
Thu
Trail Ride @ WSSC's Rocky Gorge
Nov 2 all-day

Come ride along WSSC’s beautiful Rocky Gorge Reservoir, celebrating TROT’s efforts to reopen this trail a few years ago. This ride starts in West Laurel about five minutes from the Rt. 198 exit off I-95. It offers magnificent views of the reservoir, with a good chance of seeing heron and maybe an eagle. Despite the name, the footing is fine for barefoot horses, with plenty of easy stream crossings to water the horses. Terry will lead a walk-only group and Barbara a walk-trot (maybe a bit of canter) group. After the ~2 1⁄2 hour ride, there will be a potluck lunch at Barbara’s house, where your potluck contribution will have already been ferried. [See articles on this venue in the May, 2016 and September, 2014 newsletters.]