Trail Riders of Today; Horseback riding on trails in Maryland
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Please come out to enjoy a TROT trail ride, and if possible, sign up to lead one. Either way, TROT trail rides are fun and a great opportunity to learn new trails, meet other TROT members and maybe meet a new trail riding buddy. To lead a ride email our trail ride coordinator, Barbara Sollner-Webb.

To participate in a scheduled ride contact the designated ride leader to sign up and learn the specifics of the ride, including the start time. If a ride is postponed or cancelled, the ride leader will then have your information to notify you. Also, check the website for the most current ride information. And, please, consider leading a ride of your own. It's not difficult  but is quitee rewarding. See this Trail Ride Leaders article. Also consider contributing an article to a planned newsletter series featuring trails along the Patuxant River.

All ride participants must wear a helmet, have a current negative Coggins for the horse, and be TROT members. Membership forms will be available at rides or you can join online. Note that one-day TROT memberships are available at the ride for $5 to encourage non-TROT riders to join. Also, if you need a ride to a TROT event or can offer one, please email Barbara Sollner-Webb to be listed in an upcoming newsletter. Or contact the ride leader to see if someone from your area can offer a ride.

We hope that the weekends not listed in the calendar below will be filled in -- including a ride that YOU will offer to lead. Ideally some will be on Saturdays and some on Sundays; weekday rides are also most welcome. As noted above, to lead a ride, please contact Deneen Martin at deneenmartin7@msn.com.

Ride Schedule for 2016

This year we are here also listing rides of some other groups, including The Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club (of which many TROT members are members). CPWHC invites all TROT members to these rides, but to come, you need to join CPWHC a day before the ride (only $10 single membership, $15 family membership, at <https://cpwhclub.wordpress.com> or contact <jacquiecowan@comcast.net>, 410-923-6157).  However, if you are willing to lead a TROT ride, it certainly can be set up on the same weekend, even the same day, as a listed CPWHC ride.

For updated trail ride listings, please check TROT's ride schedule here and CPWHC's, and check the TROT and MarylandTrailRiders Yahoo mailing list (see trot-md.org to join either. More rides will be announced in the next TROT newsletter!

MARCH

Thursday, March 31 - Schooley Mill Park, Highland, MD
Contact:  Debby Poole (<debby.poole@juno.com> or 301-641-8594) 
 
           
Many of us have ridden an older frisky horse, a young inexperienced horse, or a horse that may loose his cool in a group. Therefore this walk only, slower paced ride is perfect to get horses used to going out in a new place with a group and for starting a young horse; also swell for those who like to putter around. This ride is on the lovely rolling hills, woods and meadows of Schooley Mill Park (12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD; see <www.howardcountymd.gov/schooleymillpark>. It offers a wonderful ring for schooling if you want to come early or stay after, a sturdy mounting block, easy trailer parking, and good trails.

APRIL

Saturday, April 2 - North Tract  (Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, Laurel, MD),  (rain date Sunday, April 10)
Contact: Barbara Sollner-Webb (<bsw@jhmi.edu>, 301-604-5619)


Early each year we have a TROT ride at North Tract (formerly known as the "Fort Meade Trails", and the only Fish and Wildlife property that allows horseback riding) to remind riders of this great resource. Its trails and road shoulders are impressively sturdy (on old packed-stone base originally designed for military tanks), making North Tract one of the few area venues to safely ride when the ground is soaked, without causing trail damage. And riding here after wet spells will preserve your local trails.

Our ride will cover much of their almost 10 miles of rather scenic, hard-packed dirt/gravel woods trails. These are flat with no stream crossing, so good for out-of-shape and/or green horses, and are generally soft enough for bare-footed horses. [North Tract additionally has almost 10 miles of asphalt-covered road with wide, grassy shoulders that also are good for riding, even when the ground is wet.

We will have an all-walk group and one or two faster groups (walk/trot and walk/trot with a limited number of controlled canter runs). After the ride of 2 1/2-3 hours, we will enjoy a potluck lunch, so plan to bring something yummy and a chair.

Because TROT's membership turned out en masse at hearings a few years ago to present evidence that riding these trails is non-destructive, we retained equestrian access here. So come celebrate these great trails and the swell relationship we now have with the staff of this lovely Wildlife Refuge! [See article in May 2013 TROT newsletter.]

Introduction to North Tract Refuge– Sunday April 10 (rain date for April 2 ride). 
Ride Leader Barbara Sollner-Webb
(301-604-5619)

See April 2 ride for details.

Saturday, April 9 - Cedarville State Forest, Waldorf, MD.   This is a CPWHC ride (see notes above)    
Contact:   Shelby Tipton  (before 8:00 PM) 301-848-1650

We will ride at Cedarville on Saturday and then this can be our Novice Horse Camping weekend, as Cedarville State Forest offers rustic horse camping (make your own reservations with the Park by calling 301-888-1410); and then on Sunday we will ride at nearby Jug Bay. Both are very pretty parks with real enjoyable riding, so come join to check them out. [See article on Cedarville in the January 2015 TROT newsletter.]

Saturday, April 16 - WSSC's Tridelphia Trail, near Sunshine, MD,  rain date Saturday, April 23            
Contact: Barbara Sollner-Webb (<bsw@jhmi.edu>, 301-604-5619); co-leaders: Jenn and Debby Poole

Come see this still under-appreciated trail that WSSC kindly opened for us only two years ago, on the Montgomery County side of the Tridelphia Reservoir. The trail runs from Tridelphia Lake Road to Greenbridge Road, through woods and open fields, on gently rolling hills, with pretty views of the water. The helpful WSSC folks even built a new horse trailer parking lot for us, on Tridelphia Lake Road (access from Georgia Avenue, just north of New Hampshire Avenue). [See article on this new trail in the January 2105 issue of the TROT newsletter.]

Our ride will be 2 to 2 1/2 hours, with co-leaders Jenn and Debby Poole leading an all-walk group and Barbara a faster group. Shoes are not needed except for very tender-footed horses. And please bring something yummy to share for a potluck after the ride, plus a chair to sit on.

Friday through Sunday, April 22-24 – Tuckahoe Spring Fling in Tuckahoe State Park near Denton, MD

Come join our fellow Tuckahoe riders on the Annual great event, with camping on site, home-cooked meals provided, and the only hilly trails on the Eastern Shore! Details coming on the CPWHC website (<https://cpwhclub.wordpress.com>).

Friday through Sunday, April 22-24 – Ride & camp at Gettysburg, PA.  This is a CPWHC event (see notes above)
Contact:    Jen Black 410-279-4830 or <rdtwh2006@gmail.com>

Gettysburg Weekend at Artillery Ridge Campground with pot-luck dinner on Saturday night.  A group block of campsites will be held until March 15 (make your own reservations at 717-334-1288 and be sure to mention you are with the Chesapeake Club); after that, the unreserved stalls, paddocks and campsites will be released to the general public but reservations can still be made based on availability. Artillery Ridge also has a few cabins to rent.  This year, there will be NO historical ride, just camping, riding at your leisure and having FUN!!

Thursday, April 28 - Rachel Carson Park, Brookville, MD - CANCELLED
Howard County Horse positive for Herpes; Jockey Club cancels Canter for the Cause
Contact:   Laury Lobel <Laurylobel@verizon.net>

Come and join us for a ride around Rachel Carson Park in Montgomery County.  Because the parking lot has limited space, we are having this ride on a Thursday and limiting the group to six rigs.  The park is relatively small, so the ride will be between 1 ¼ hours to 1 ½ hours.  It will be a walk-only ride.  Bring a chair and your lunch to follow the ride.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Friday, April 29 - Schooley Mill Park - CANCELLED
Obstacle Clinic with Scott Purdum

Howard County Horse positive for Herpes

Saturday, April 30 - Wisteria Blossom Ride!  Rosaryville State Park  - CANCELLED
Howard County Horse positive for Herpes - and RAIN -- rescheduled for June 4th. 

Contact:   Laura Colicchio (301-856-7540,  <lavenderlady19@verizon.net>)

This will be a repeat of last year's delightful joint ride with FIRC (Frida Icelandic Riding Club) at the beautiful 982-acre Rosaryville State Park, southwest of Upper Marlboro, in Prince George's County. The timing is scheduled so we should be riding through massive amounts of magnificently blooming wisteria, as well as other lovely sections of the park. The terrain can be hilly but shoes aren't necessary.  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 be hosting a delicious Bar-B-Q, so please bring something for the luncheon and a chair.

MAY

Saturday, May 7– Fairland Park, near Burtonsville. MD   (rain date Saturday, May 28)
Contact:  Barbara Sollner-Webb (<bsw@jhmi.edu>, 301-604-5619); co-leaders:  Jenn and Debby Poole

We will again be riding the lovely trails in scenic Fairland Regional Park, which spans Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Many years ago, TROT had joined forces with Montgomery County Parks and Rec. and with the local trail/bike group, MORE, to re-build these trails, but then they had become blocked with downed trees, and a few years ago they were re-opened again. So happily, we can enjoy them again. These are really nice trails that too few riders know about and use. There will be an all-walk and a faster group; shoes needed only for very tender-footed horses. And please bring something yummy to share for a potluck after the ride. [See articles on this park's lovely trails by Mary Angevine and by Dana Grabiner in the July 2015 TROT newsletter.]

Saturday, May 21 - WSSC's Rocky Gorge (POSTPONED TO rain date - Sunday May 29)
Ride leaders - Terry Ledley & Barbara Sollner-Webb (bsw@jhmi.edu, 301-604-5619)

Come join this ride along WSSC's beautiful Rocky Gorge Reservoir, celebrating TROT's efforts to get this trail reopened a few years ago. This ride starts in West Laurel about five minutes from the Rt 198 exit off I-95 and offers magnificent views of the reservoir, with a good chance of seeing heron and maybe an eagle. And 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, Denis Webb a walk/trot group, and Barbara a walk-trot-canter group. After the 2 ½-3 hour ride, there will be a pot-luck lunch at the Webb's. Your pot-luck contribution will get ferried from the trailer parking area to the Webb's for the lunch. [Look forward to an article on the history of this trail by Terry Ledley in TROT's next  newsletter, and see one in the Sept 2014 issue.]

Thursday, May 26 –TBA 
Contact:   Laury Lobel  (<Laurylobel@verizon.net>)

Saturday, May 28 – ride at Annapolis Rock, south of Lisbon, MD      This is a CPWHC ride (see notes above)       
Contact:   Suzanne Anderson (301-646-0242 or <trailsendfarm@verizon.net>

Suzanne Anderson’s birthday ride! This is a great opportunity to explore this Annapolis Rock section of Patuxent River Park that has few trail markings, but Suzanne knows the park like her back yard!  There are some hills, water crossings, usually some mud, and generally easy footing for barefoot horse.

JUNE

Saturday, June 18 - Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County
Contact: Leah Mack, 1ecofarmer@gmail.com or text or call at 301-639-2027

Link to a map and park information HERE. Contact Leah for departure time and confirmation. We will not ride if the ground is very wet. Bring a lunch and chair for yourself and those who want to will visit together after the ride. The parking area has a port-a-potty but no water. There is a creek on the ride. Please bring a current coggins and riding helmet. Visitors can sign up for TROT membership at the ride.

Saturday, June 25 – Sweet Air section of GunPowder Falls State Park, Baldwin, Md. A CPWHC ride (see notes above)    Contact:   Jennifer Mohr  (443-610-4887 or <jenmohr1@gmail.com>)

This section of Gunpowder Falls State Park offers wooded trails, somewhat hilly, and rocky in locations, so shoes or boots are recommended. Bring water and clean up tools, and plan to take your manure with you so we keep the parking lot clean. This is a multi-use trail, and we often see mountain bikers, hikers, and dogs. A picnic area is by the trailers, so bring lunch for after the ride.

Thursday, June 30th - Morgan Run   Contact: Laury Lobel< Laurylobel@verizon.net>

Contact Laury to sign up and learn the start time and meeting place. Bring lunch; drinks and desert provided.

JULY

Saturday, July 9 ­ Woodstock Equestrian Park, near Poolesville. MD
Contact: Janet Buck (cell 973-768-1599); co-leader: Marcella Morgese

We will begin at the Moritz Greenberg Equestrian Center Main Entrance off Rt. 28 and stay on this side of the park. We ride along the edges of soybean fields to the Greenberg Challenge Loop, and the Stone Barn Loop and back. The trails are scenic, mostly flat with a few minor hills and two bridges across a small stream. No in-water crossings unless there has been recent rain. Some walkers and other riders may be encountered. Some very short rocky paths through the woods but shoes needed only for very tender-footed horses. This ride will have two groups ­ one walk only and one for a faster pace group with walk/trot/short canters. Please bring sandwiches and drinks for relaxing after the ride. Contact the ride leader to sign up and learn the start time. Bring a non-member friend to ride with you for only $5!!

Saturday, July 16 - Breezy Loop, part of the EPIC Montgomery County, MD trail system
Contact: Marcella Morgese (978-372-5307 or <Morgeseart@aol.com >)

Breezy Loop is located in Poolesville, MD at the Potomac Pony Club field with a parking lot at 19301 Bucklodge Road. The trails are scenic with varying terrain. There will be some water crossings and two road crossings, but they are not busy roads. We will pass through a few fields and ride along the edge of some lovely farms. We might be able to offer two types of ride options as the date gets closer. The ride should be about 2 hours long. Please bring sandwiches and drinks to relax after the ride. There is a picnic table in the parking area, but riders should bring chairs.

Sunday, July 24 - Rockburn to Patapsco, Howard County, MD - CANCELLED due to HEAT
Contact: Jacquie Cowan (<jacquiecowan@comcast.net > or 410-215-4979) by Thursday, July 21

For a great July ride, come enjoy the cooler shade with plenty of water crossings in Patapsco Valley State Park. We will start in Rockburn County Park and ride over to Patapsco. Expect hills, some rocks, hikers and bikers. The length and degree of difficulty will depend upon who comes along. [This will be a joint ride with Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club.]

Thurs July 28th - Rocky Gorge
Contact Laury Lobel <Laurylobel@verizon.net>

Laury's monthly ride will be in honor of Terry Ledely's 90th b-day (also Debby Pooles's 63rd, both on July 27th) one way along the Rocky Gorge Reservoir (in Montgomery and Prince George's counties) from Debby Poole's farm in Burtonsville to Barbara Sollner-Webb's farm in West Laurel, followed by a pot-luck at barbara's house.

Saturday, July 30 – NCR (North Central Railroad) / Torrey Brown trail in Freeland, MD
Contact:  Laura Colicchio (301-856-7540,  <lavenderlady19@verizon.net>); co-leader:  Barbara Sollner-Webb

The NCR trail is another treasure in our Maryland trail system that riders should get to know. It is a lovely, hard-packed dirt rails-to-trails, over 20 miles in Maryland, from just north of Baltimore to the Pennsylvania line, and then continuing another 21 miles to York, PA, basically paralleling (but not close to) I-83. At many places the trail crosses the Gunpowder Falls River, great for giving the horses a drink and cooling off. We will leave from Freeland in northern Maryland and ride about 2 ½ hours, with an all-walk group and a walk/trot/(and a little canter) group. Please bring along a contribution for a potluck lunch after the ride, at their nice picnic table in the shade.

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 10 – Fairland Park, Burtonsville, MD  (rain date Saturday, September 17)
Contact: Barbara Sollner-Webb (<bsw@jhmi.edu>, 301-604-5619);   co-leader: Jenn Poole

We will again be riding the lovely trails in scenic Fairland Regional Park, which spans Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, really nice trails that too few riders know about and use. There will be an all-walk and a faster group; shoes needed only for very tender-footed horses. And please bring something yummy to share for a potluck after the ride.

Thursday, September 29 – Ag History Farm in Montgomery County, MD
Contact: Laury Lobel, Laurylobel@verizon.net or301-774-9595) - POSTPONED due to rain - see October 6th

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 – League of Maryland Horsemen Invitational, Marriottsville, MD

TROT members are invited to the League of Maryland Horsemen's Invitational Weekend at their private campground in Patapsco Valley State Park north of Ellicott City, MD. Great riding, super camaraderie, swell food!  More info to come.

OCTOBER

Sunday, October 2 - Liberty Reservoir, in Carroll County,MD - Contact: Mary Prowell (<boprow@aol.com>)

This ride will be on a combination of a dirt fire road that goes around Liberty Reservoir and some woods trails that connect to it. The reservoir is a pretty place to ride, with views of the water while going through a mostly deciduous forest. Pack a lunch for a lunch break at a nice place along the trail. The pace will be walk/trot/canter. Depending on the number of riders, there may be a walk-only group. The footing is mostly good, although there are some rocks on the fire road, and parts of the woods trail are not well-used. There can be hikers, bike riders, and sometimes motor bikes on the fire road, so horses should be able to deal with those things. Plan to be out 2 ½ to 3 hours. Park off Deer Park Road.

Thursday, October 6 – Ag History Farm Park in Montgomery County, MD (west of Olney)
Contact: Laury Lobel, Laurylobel@verizon.net or 301-774-9595)

It will be a walk ride with plenty of opportunities for those who want to move out faster. Bring lunch and chair. Drinks and dessert will be provided by our kind hostess.

Thursday through Sunday, October 6-9 Chesespeake Get-Away weekend at Fair Hill NRMA near Elkton, MD
     
This CPWHC event  (see notes above) is a wonderful, yearly, riding and camping weekend.

Jacquie Cowan and the Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club invite TROT members to join their long camping weekend at Fair Hill's 6000 acres of rolling countryside. Fair Hill offers large, safe stalls with field camping around the barns and motels close by. This is the Chesapeake Club’s 20+ year that features lots of socializing besides riding – pumpkin carving contest, costume parade/contest, community supper around the campfire, plus miles and miles of trails. Pricing information and reservation form at <https://cpwhclub.wordpress.com> and scroll in "upcoming 2016 fun"; or email Jacquie at <jacquiecowan@comcast.net>.

Saturday, October 8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park, near Poolesville. MD
Contact: Janet Buck (cell 973-768-1599); co-leader: Marcella Morgese

We will begin at the Moritz Greenberg Equestrian Center Main Entrance off Rt. 28 and stay on this side of the park. We ride along the edges of soybean fields to the Greenberg Challenge Loop, the Stone Barn Loop, and back. The trails are scenic, mostly flat with a few minor hills and two bridges across a small stream. No in-water crossings unless there has been recent rain. Some walkers and other riders may be encountered. Some very short rocky paths through the woods but shoes needed only for very tender-footed horses. This ride will have two groups – one walk-only and one for a faster pace group with walk/trot/short canters. Please bring sandwiches and drinks for relaxing after the ride. [See article by Derick Berlage on this park in the last newsletter.]

Tuesday, October 11 – Black Hill, in Montgomery County (Boyds), MD
Contact: Grace Richards <graceann525@gmail.com>

Black Hill Regional Park is another previously beloved and then neglected TROT ride venue, now happily reintroduced by Grace Richards. It will be a walk-only ride for 1.5-2 hours. The trails are mostly tree covered with three bridges and some rocky areas, so for sensitive-footed, unshod horses you may want to use hoof boots. There is a Port-a-Potty but no water for your horses. Bring a chair and your lunch; Grace will bring lemonade, iced tea, apples and cookies.

Saturday, October 15 –Rosaryville State Park Fall Festival              

This CPWHC event  (see notes above) takes us to the historic Mt. Airy Mansion for lunch and entertainment.
More info to come.

Sunday, October 16 - Upper Patuxent-- from Long Corner Road in Damascus, MD
Contact:  Mary Prowell  (<boprow@aol.com>)

This will be a walk/trot/canter ride with multiple loops so different people can go different distances, returning to the trailers after each section. We will first do a 3-4 mile loop from the parking along Long Corner Road at the bridge over to the Howard County Hunt Club and back.  Then we'll go down from the bridge to Mullinex Mill Road, another 1.5 miles or so.  Then we will do the Mullinex Mill loop over to Rte. 94 and back (3 miles) and then back down the one-way trail to the trailers. To manage all this (about 10 miles for the full ride), it is a walk/trot/canter ride. This time of year is good to see these trails because in midsummer  there can be lots of bugs. Please note that the parking we will use along the road isn't plentiful, but several trailers will fit, so be sure to sign up for the ride quickly as spaces are limited.  Also, for a nice place to have a lunch, we will likely stop for a break on the Mullinex Mill loop where you can eat a sandwich if you care to bring one.  

Seeing these trails should be especially interesting because plans for their improvement have been the subject of articles in recent TROT newsletters (July 2014, July 2015, January 2016 and May 2016). Many of these trail sections are currently somewhat eroded and slow. But these trails are being improved by MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, an off-road biking group) which has financed an assessment of the trails. Volunteers from this bike club -- along with TROT's Amy Kimble -- have started this work in the Mullinex Mill loop, and TROT has helped finance a critical bridge study (see March 2016 newsletter). Trail construction should begin this year, and volunteers will be most welcome. Contact Amy Kimble (<amyhkimble@aol.com> or 301-748-8310).

Sunday, October 23 – Fall Trail Ride from Historic Mt. Victoria, St. Mary's County, MD

Kathy Glockner, TROT's St. Mary’s County Coordinator had informed us that the De La Brooke Foxhounds will offer its fall trail ride on Sunday, October 23, with a rain date of October 30. They will be riding out of historic Mt. Victoria, the home of Michael and Laura Sullivan, on private property. Registration opens at 10:30 am, and riders proceed onto the marked trail between 11 am and 12:30 pm. The cost is $35 per adult, and $25 for juniors, 18 years old and under.  A negative Coggins test is required at time of registration. Terrain is easy to moderate, with some small hills and streams. Riders choose their own pace through woods and along cropland. Route is approximately 10 miles, with an option to return to trailers at around the halfway point.

For further info or severe weather, please call Donna Moore at 301-643-3293 or e-mail <donna.moore727@gmail.com>. Directions: From 301, north of the Potomac River Bridge, turn onto Rte 257 (Cobb Island). Continue past Banks O’Dee Rd on the right, take the second driveway on the left, that is marked with white pillar. Follow signs to parking. Food will be for sale. Please bring water for your horse. Restroom facilities will be available.  Please, no dogs or smoking on the trails.

Sunday, October 23 - Union Mills, Carroll County, MD
Contact:   Janet Whelan (<janetwhelan@yahoo.com> or 410-790-1044); co-leader: Ivy Smink


      Come join this ride at Union Mills. This will be an approximately 2-2 ½ hour ride.  There are stream crossings and we should be in time to see the beautiful fall foliage. This ride will be walk/trot. We will need to limit the number of horse trailers because we will be riding out from Ivy Smink’s house which can accommodate approximately 6-7 trailers. After the ride, lunch will be provided back at Ivy’s house.  Hope you can join us.

Sunday, October 30 – Rosaryville Halloween ride, near Upper Marlboro, MD
Contact :  Laura Colicchio (<lavenderlady19@verizon.net>, 301-856-7540)

We will be riding 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. 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 be hosting a delicious Bar-B-Q, so please bring something for the luncheon and a chair.

NOVEMBER

Friday through Sunday, November 4-6 – Tuckahoe Fall Festival and Auction, near Denton, MD

TROT members are invited to Tuckahoe Equestrian Center's (TEC's) big fall camping/riding weekend with a huge harvest auction. TEC is a non-profit and this is annual fund raiser, to provide for the upkeep of the clubhouse, barn, arena, and trails. For more information, see the TEC Facebook page at <https://www.facebook.com/events/201104300305850> or contact Joyce Bell at <wbell2@washcoll.edu>.

Sunday, Nov. 6 – NCR (North Central Railroad)/Torrey Brown trail in Freeland, MD
Contact:  Laura Colicchio (301-856-7540 or <lavenderlady19@verizon.net>)


The NCR trail is another treasure in our Maryland trail system that riders should get to know. It is a lovely, hard-packed dirt rails-to-trails trail, over 20 miles long in Maryland, from just north of Baltimore to the Pennsylvania line, and then continuing another 21 miles to York, PA, basically paralleling (but not close to) I-83. At many places, the trail crosses the Gunpowder Falls River, great for giving the horses a drink. We will leave from Freeland in northern Maryland and ride about 2 ½ hours, with an all-walk group and a walk/trot/(and a little canter) group. Please bring along a contribution for a potluck lunch after the ride, at a nice picnic table. This will be our third attempt at this ride this year, with the previous two cancelled due to excessive heat index.

Sunday, November 13 – Patapsco Park: McKeldin to Woodstock Inn -- a new ride for TROT
Contact:  Carolann Sharpe (410 908 5599 or <blackandwhitecookie@yahoo.com>) 
 

We will begin at the McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park (at the very southeast edge of Carroll County, MD), which has excellent horse trailer parking and rest rooms. From here you can ride through miles and miles of multi-use trails that are well-maintained by park volunteers and members of various horse groups and offer beautiful views as you climb in and out of river valleys. These trails, which are very popular with the equestrian community, also have walkers, dogs on leashes, and bicycles, but they are very used to riders and tend to be respectful. Our ride will also have two water crossings and a railroad track crossing in each direction. Shoes needed only for tender-footed horses. 

We will ride to the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, MD (located in Patapsco State Park between Baltimore and Howard Counties) a favorite watering hole of horseback riders, where we will take a break for the riders to buy lunch -- please remember that TROT rides are alcohol-free. The Woodstock Inn has hitching posts designated “Horse and Mule Parking Only”, and the wait staff will sometimes add a few carrots to your wing order. However, the Woodstock Inn is also a favorite spot for motorcycle riders who can be close to the hitching posts. There is also a freight train line that runs alongside the parking lot, and if a train should pass while we are there, the uninitiated horses might appreciate a little extra support due to the loudness. Happily, there are outside picnic tables if you want to eat with your horse. [Doing this ride was discussed extensively on the TROT and the Maryland Trail Riders Yahoo list-serves, with the strong consensus that the charm of this ride is well worth the chance of train noise, noting that the horses who are already familiar with train noise will calm those who have not encountered it before.]   The ride is 1 ½ hour each way at a nice slow walk. If desired, for the return trip some of the riders can form a walk-trot group whose return from the Woodstock Inn will take about 30-40 minutes. So in total the day should be 4-5 hours of horse fun.

Saturday, November 19 - Anacostia Park Ride, starting in Cllege Park.
Ride Leader - John Angevine (301-937-0014)

A favorite TROT ride to close our 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.

Saturday, November 26 – CPWHC's annual “Turkey Gait” ride in the Manassas Battlefield Park, Manassas, VA
Contact:  Jacquie Cowan <jacquiecowan@comcast.net>, 410-923-6157

More information to follow and on the CPWHC website.

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 10 or 17 - Caroling on Horseback, Crownsville, MD
Contact: Jacquie Cowan <jacquiecowan@comcast.net>, 410-923-6157)
 

A CPWHC ride(see notes above) Come with or without a decorated horse. We will serenade Jacquie Cowans' neighbors and collect food, blankets and warm clothing for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and Homeless Services.


Trail Guides: There are a number of TROT volunteers who are happy to show Trot members their favorite trails on an individual basis. These are listed on our PARKS page.