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Editor:Debbie Palmer
(301) 854-9763

NEWS TROT Information
December 2002 Electronic Edition Number 139

Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2003
Time: doors open 5:30 pm
Place: Howard Co. Fairgrounds 4-H Building
Directions: Rt. 144, 1 mile west of Rt. 32 and I-70 exit 80
Menu: A-I, Main Dishes
J-P, Side Dishes
Q-Z, Desserts

Come join old friends and meet new ones! Bring your friends! Bring a new member! Meet your county's representatives and fellow riders, share ideas, make plans to ride new trails and revisit old ones. And come with an appetite!!

Annual Meeting Agenda: The TROT Annual Meeting is a joint PotLuck and Business gathering of TROT members. The agenda is somewhat informal, but there will an election of board members and you will hear from Gale Monahan, President of TROT.

TROT Board members serve at least 2 years and their job is to meet once a month to discuss the business of TROT – which includes fund raisers (like the Judged Pleasure Ride), GPS mapping, legislation that concerns trails and trail riders, Fairs and expos to exhibit at, and most importantly, trails that are being encroached upon by development and public parks that need to include horseback riders!

Our current Board members include: Gale Monahan, President; Tim McGrath, Vice President; Pat Merson, Secretary; Anne Bennof, Treasurer; Kathy Dobson, Angela Klinger, Marilyn Miller, Jack Monahan, Deneen Martin and Michelle Beachley. Board Members are nominated and voted on by the TROT members present at this Annual Meeting. At the next scheduled Board Meeting, the Board Members elect officers from among themselves. The meetings are often held at Jack and Gale's house in Highland, or sometimes at another location to suit the Board members.

The final item of the Annual Meeting is a guest speaker...and this year we have Jim Lewis, DVM. Dr. Lewis will be addressing the topic of acupuncture and the West Nile virus. Further agendas will be posted at the door.

and from Prince George's County . . .
from Mary Angevine

JUG BAY News: Chris Wagnon reports that new trail markers will be in place by Spring; new maps will also be available; the bridges will have rails and the jumps should be in place! Great News from that Park!!!

This time of year brings to mind all the reasons to be thankful, and I want to especially mention Acting Park Director Marye Wells-Harley for her exceptional efforts with respect to changes made at the Riverdale Community Park; Mr. Gene Giddens for his most gracious attention over all these years; Ms. Jackie Gilbert for giving us her time as needed; Chairman Hewlett and the Members of the Planning Board for so politely listening to my messages; to Bill Gordon for his fine management of the natural surface trails in Fairland Regional Park; and to Fred Shafer of the Transportation Department for his unwavering patience (this year, especially!) as we hash out the new master trails plan and the Master Plan Technical Bulletin.

Also, many thanks to Director Betty Hager Francis and her aid Cicero Salles of the Department of Public Works and Transportation. They have developed a great new sign to mark trails/street intersections for the hiker/biker/equestrian users!!! Watch for them to gradually appear. You may see them first at the Oxon Hill Road crossing of the Henson Creek Trail, and at the Decatur Street crossing of the Northeast Branch Trail.

Our County Council members have often stood up for our trails, and we now express our great appreciation for their support. Happy Holidays to All!!!

Mary Angevine


We urgently need volunteers to help man the TROT booth at the Horse World Expo from January 16-19.

So far, only 7 individuals have "stepped up to the plate" and volunteered. We need many more people in order to have maximum coverage. If you are planning on attending the Expo, or live in the area, we are hoping for a shift rotation of at least 3 hours per person and need at least 2 people in the booth during "prime" show hours.

Please call Doreen or Phil Mendola at 301-432-1931 or email to PDDMENDOLA@AOL.COM to support the club for this very worthwhile effort.

Horse Resolutions for the New Year
(and thanks to Sandy Brewer)

I CAN walk and poop at the same time. I can, I can, I can
I will NOT stop and poop or urinate every time I pass the same spot in the arena
I will NOT leave when my rider falls off
My stall is NOT my litter box. When I have free access to my paddock, I will NOT go back inside to pee
I will NOT roll in streams or try to roll when my human in on my back
I will NOT leap over large nonexistent obstacles when the whim strikes
I will NOT walk faster on the way home than I did on the way out
I promise NOT to swish my tail while my human is cleaning my back feet
I promise also NOT to choose that particular time to answer nature's call
I will NOT bite my farrier's butt just because it's there
I will NOT confuse my human's blond hair for really soft hay
I will NOT wipe green slime down the back of my human's white shirt
I will NOT blow my nose on my human
I will NOT try to mooch goodies off every human within a 1 mile radius
I will NOT lay totally flat out in my stall with my eyes glazed over and my legs straight out and pretend I can't hear my human frantically screaming "Are you asleep?"
I will NOT chase the ponies into the electric fence to see if it is on
I will promise NEVER to dump the wheelbarrow of manure over while my human is mucking my stall
I will NOT grab my lead rope in my mouth and attempt to lead myself
I will NOT have an attitude problem. I won't, I won't, I won't!
I will NOT pull my new shoes off the very next day just to prove that I can
I am neither a beaver nor a carpenter. I promise I won't eat or remodel the barn or the new fences
I am NOT a Shin'a'in Battlesteed. I will not act like one.
I WILL forgive my human for the very bad haircut, even though I look like a freak
I accept that not every carrot is for me
I will NOT do the Arab Teleport Trick when a bad/naughty/awful Horsasaurus Monster breathes at me
I will NOT jump in the air, turn 180 degrees every time I see a deer
I will understand that deer are NOT carnivorous
I will NOT shy at familiar objects just for fun
I will not bite the butt of the horse in front of me during the trail ride just to say "Hi"
I WILL put my ears forward and cooperate when it comes to photos


The following article is submitted by Barb and Tom Thelen

Clean, crisp fall air, bright skies accented with clouds and enough moisture in the ground to make footing exceptionally good...this time of year offers many beautiful days to ride. Tom and I recently rode at Idylwyld WMA, near Federalsburg on the Eastern Shore. Parking there is almost always at a premium, so we bypassed the overflowing main lot and parked at another smaller lot nearby.

The park trails are mostly wide, sandy and quite open. There are smaller side trails and you can ride for hours without backtracking. Most of the park is flat, with some small deviations.

The park is actively hunted during game seasons. Horseback riding is discouraged during hunting season, except on Sundays. Fox hunting is permitted within the park boundaries.

After a lovely ride, while untacking back at the trailer, we were approached by one of the local farmers. He told us that a group of fellow equestrians, in pursuit of foxes, have been permitting their hounds and following to run through his planted fields adjacent to the park. His crop is not a "common" crop and looks like wild un-mown fields. His crop is for game animals, geese and deer, etc., and while the riders thought the fields were unplanted, what they were really running through was his crop fields. His property is clearly defined on the park maps as private property.

The main reason for this article is to let fellow equestrians know that this gentleman was quite angry with the entire equestrian community over this. He had DNR ask the hunt to stop riding through his fields and to control the hounds. This has not worked and so, now, he's stopping to talk with horse people in hopes that we can police ourselves. He was quiet and considerate when you consider the damages done to his fields.

Only horse people can be ambassadors for other horse people. Talking with this man, I realized he didn't object to horse or riders, he just wanted respect for his property. No one from the group(s) had sought his permission to ride on his land. No one from the group(s) has offered an apology.

As equestrians, we can avoid this kind of ill will by remembering that if a field is planted, ride only on the edges and only with the owner's permission. If you don't know if a field is planted, stay off! This is a simple courtesy. One that we would all like offered to us if the shoe were on the other foot.

I promised this man I would submit an article to the clubs I belong to in an effort to remind everyone that if we don't respect others property, we will eventually alienate those very folks we desperately need to keep on our side...landowners.

Respectfully submitted, Barb and Tom Thelan

January 16-19, 2003

Maryland Horse World Expo
At the Timonium State Fair Grounds

3 full buildings (with heat) and all the horse stuff you could possibly desire–vendors,
clinicians, demonstrations, food, and so much more.

The Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club is co-sponsoring the return of gaited horse trainer Bobby may bring your own PERSONAL VIDEO of your horse to review with Bobby...sign up schedule will be posted in the booth.


The county intends to purchase 100+ acres on Black Rock Road from Howard and Reba Leister. Also, about the same acreage between Buckhorn and Streaker Roads from the Krimgold family. Both of these properties are scheduled for park projects. The county will hold public meetings to determine interest levels for what facilities will actually be developed in each of these areas. Watch your local papers in the next six months and plan to attend a meeting.

We need to express an interest in horse trails early on in the planning. Call either Anne Bennof at 301/829-0949 or Janet Breeding at 410/795-4262 for further information.

nearly year-end summary

To date, the Search Team has responded to two searches in calendar year 2002.

The first, June 2 (and June 8), was to assist Montgomery County Police in their investigation into the disappearance of a young woman in the Laytonsville/Damascus area. Kathy Dobson, Stephanie Lowery, and Suzanne Anderson responded and joined several search and rescue dog teams in the field in areas along the Patuxent River. We recently received a nice thank you letter from Charles A. Moose, Chief of Police in Montgomery County.

The second, October 7, was in response to a call from Maryland State Police to assist in a search for two woman and four children (ages 6 and under) lost overnight on Sugarloaf Mountain. Tomi Finkle, Kathy Dobson, and Suzanne Anderson responded to the scene in conjunction with Mid Atlantic Dogs. The group was found just at daybreak.

In February, we invited Charlie Sharpe of Howard County Fire and Rescue to give us a refresher session on ropes and carrying someone in a stokes basket. In March, Frank Dietz and I were invited by the local Boy Scouts Troop in Mt. Airy to come speak to them about Search and Rescue.

Early in April saw Melinda Gierisch and me in the Shanandoahs, at Big Meadows on Skyline Drive, and an annual event with the Managing Search Operations course offered at UMBC. This is the 6th or 7th year we have attended. And we had snow up there this year! In May, our team member, Tomi Finkle, retired Sergeant for the Capitol Hill Police, taught a course on Crime Scene Behavior, covering what information search personnel should make notes on if first on the scene of a lost person found deceased. Such circumstances might well lead to some type of court inquiry, and search personnel may find themselves asked to testify. Tomi provided excellent insight into not only what to do and make notes on at the scene, but how to cope with the jitters if called to the stand. Several members of the U.S. Search and Rescue Task Force also attended this course.

Again this year, the Search Team provided considerable support for TROT in its annual fund raiser, the Judged Pleasure Ride. Melinda Gierisch provided and operated the computer to tally scores in a timely manner; Anne Bennof organized the safety riders: Tomi Finkle, Stephanie Lowery, and Suzanne Anderson. Kathy Dobson designed the obstacles and judges, and Larry Raskin also judged.

The TROT Search Team has also participated in the quarterly meetings of the Maryland Search Team Task Force throughout the past two years.

Suzanne Anderson, on her 20 year old Arabian Bos Bask, helped represent the search community in the Catonsville 4th of July Parade, having been invited to be part of the Patapsco Valley State Park, Hilton Area, Float. The parade theme this year was Home Town Heroes, and the Patapsco float featured a member and dog from Mid Atlantic Dogs, a DNR ranger in a kayak emblazoned with Search and Rescue and Suzanne and Bos trotting alongside the float.

Also in July, we held a night ride exercise in Little Bennett, and later Melinda Gierisch and Suzanne Anderson attended a field exercise in Morgan Run (without horses) with Mid Atlantic Dogs. And, in September, Tomi Finkle and Suzanne Anderson brought horses to a Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dogs Association (CHESARDA) exercise held at the Hereford area of the Gunpowder River State Park.

Several of us are now looking forward to participating in a large, multi agency, weekend long Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) the second annual state wide event of its kind. It is being organized this year by CHESARDA and being held in the Susquehanna State Park. One day is devoted to a number of different learning activities, and the other to a mock search.

Our team this year consists of TROT members Suzanne Anderson (with Bos Bask); Melinda Gierisch (with Denver Danny); Frank Dietz; Kathy Dobson (with 3 horses); Bill Mitchell (with 2 horses); Tomi Finkle (with Ammo); and trainees Stephanie Lowery and Larry Raskin. As I get digital pictures, I am having them posted on the TROT web page under Search Team with short biographies of each member. Check us out!

Suzanne Anderson, Team Manager

This Month's Recipe:

Brown Sugar Cookies

4 cups wheat flour
3 cups oatmeal
1 egg
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup applesauce
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix flour, oatmeal, and brown sugar in VERY large bowl. Then add egg, oil, applesauce, and molasses. Finally, add hot water and mix well. Mix with your hands as you would bread dough. Roll out the dough to one half inch thick on floured surface, and cut out shapes or press into the greased cookie sheet. Bake 45 to 60 minutes. Turn off oven and cut into squares with a pizza cutter. Let cool in the oven overnight.

Dear TROT members,

I'm turning the ropes over to a new TROT Trail Ride Coordinator, Michelle Beachley. I hope all of you guys will be as helpful to her with rides as you were to me.

Thanks to all my TROT trail ride leaders over the past few years.

Happy Trails!

Mary Prowell

TROT is pleased to welcome Michelle Beachley, Trail Ride Coordinator. Michelle has some good ideas and wants to try and encourage more participation in TROT rides and in TROT itself.


ISO Riding Buddy?

Are you and your horse not quite ready for a TROT ride? Do you need a buddy to "practice" with or "tune-up" with out on the trail? This column is a way for you to find a riding buddy. Let us know where you ride, where you'd like to ride, when you ride and what you're looking for. Your information will be included in this column! This column has generated lots of interest from riders looking for riding buddies as well as those wonderful horse people offering their experience to help out riders new to trails.

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I recently moved to Worthington Valley (Worthington Road & Butler Road). I am available to ride anytime but we only do pleasure trail riding. Have trailer but need serious help to load. My Boy (that's his name) is not afraid, but has a control issue with me – needs work. Anyway, would like a buddy to "show me the town" and have company. We have no bad habits and like to jump, but not in excess of 24" since we ride western. Love to hear . from anybody out there.
Kurt Miller, email or my cell phone 410-382-7000
In search of a regular riding buddy in the Highland area. I am available to ride mid-days and prefer riding during the week, as opposed to weekends. If times between 10 am to 2 pm work for you, Monday thru Friday, please call me and my quarter horse! Debbie 301-854-9763 or
From Our Members! The Information Exchange

West Nile Vaccine - Adverse Reaction*

In mid-August it was suggested to us that we vaccinate our horses against West Nile Virus. I was simply not well-educated on the vaccine nor the virus or knew the right questions to ask at the time. With the first shot, three of our horses reacted with swelling in their front legs. Within 2 days, our gelding founded and shortly thereafter, died.

*The editor of this newsletter received quite a lengthy rendition of this episode, which included a lot of "factual" information about the conditional licensing of the West Nile vaccine, as well as recommendations for "natural" treatments to aid in reactions and perhaps administer in lieu of the vaccine. As the person who wrote the article is not a member of TROT, and the information could not be confirmed, I am not including it here. However, if you would like to see a copy of this four page article, please contact me ( or 301/854-9763).


To collect rainwater runoff from your barn roof for watering your horses during dry periods, try some large plastic barrels – you can get them from juice manufacturers, pickle processors, etc. Cover them with window screens, cut a hole just large enough for the downspout and you're in business (without having to worry about "mosquito egg rafts"). Instead of old screens, you can buy vinyl screening at most hardware stores and use duct tape to keep in place.

If you don't have gutters, you can still collect water in troughs or pails placed under the eaves. An advantage of pails or barrels is they lose less water through evaporation than containers like troughs and bathtubs.

Naturally, this won't work if you're using the runoff to water your horses directly, but if you want to set up a collection system to save water for future use, the screening will keep out leaves, small animals, birds and other debris, as well as keeping water-breeding insects out.

Judy Lorimer, ECTRA newsletter editor

Please send all ITEMS FOR "INFORMATION EXCHANGE" to the editor @, or by calling 301/854-9763. And, remember to reference "trot" in your subject line of your email to be sure it will be opened.


Please send ads to the editor: Debbie Palmer, TROT News, P.O. Box 129, Highland, MD 20777. The next newsletter deadline is January 25th. Make checks out to TROT.
Type or print your ad, 38 characters per line, 6 lines = $5.00. Each additional line = $1.00.

Horse Trailer for sale: Kingston, two horse, w/dressing room. 1994, mint condition, used occasionally. Recently inspected. Asking $7,000. Comus, MD 301-407-0070

This is YOUR newsletter...we welcome submissions of any articles and news items that would be of interest to TROT members. Please send all materials to the editor:

Debbie Palmer
PO Box 129
Highland, MD 20777-0129
or email to:

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Officers: Gale Monahan, President (301-854-3852); Tim McGrath, Vice President (301-428-8216); Pat Merson, Secretary (301-898-3251); Anne Bennof, Treasurer (301-829-0949)

Directors/Board Members: Kathy Dobson (410-747-2015); Angela Klinger (301-898-9133); Marilyn Miller (301-898-7274); Jack Monahan (301-854-3852); Deneen Martin; Michelle Rich (301-482-2526)

Membership: Linda Eminizer; Trail Ride Coordinator: Michelle Beachley (301-482-2526)

Mapping Project: Tim McGrath (301-428-8216)
Search & Rescue Team: Suzanne Anderson (301-829-3881)
Archivist: Karen Alexander
Web Page Master: George and Lisa Graff
County Coordinators: Carroll – Anne Bennof; Howard – Gale Monahan;
Frederick – Angela Klinger & Pat Merson; Montgomery – Tim McGrath; Prince George's – Mary Angevine


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