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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.
Come ride on top of Catoctin Mountain in the Frederick County Watershed. It is beautiful here, but some of the trails are rocky, so shoes or Easyboots are recommended. We will begin riding from the intersection of Tower Road and Gambrill Park Road. Pack a snack and beverage to enjoy during this 2-hour, all-walk ride. I look forward to enjoying your fellowship. By the way, it’s cooler up here on the mountain during the hot days of summer.
Rain date Saturday, September 30.
We will again be riding these lovely trails. See write- up for April 29 ride..
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.
Rain date Thursday, October 19. More information to come.
Rain date Sunday, October 15. This is a favorite riding venue. More information to come.
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.
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.
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.
Rain date Tuesday, November 16. More information to come.
A favorite TROT ride to close TROT’s organized trail riding season. This is a fantastic ride with many special views, including the Lincoln Cemetery and Bladensburg Waterfront. We will travel along the Anacostia River on a very nice path, traversing over and under bridges and roads, passing playgrounds and outdoor workout equipment. A great ride to give green horses experience with hikers, bikers, dogs, and strollers.