Trail Riders of Today (TROT)Dedicated to Enjoying, Maintaining and Expanding Sustainable Trails for Equestrian Use

Welcome To TROT

Originally founded in 1980, by a group of 22 Maryland riders seeking to save a single trail, Trail Riders Of Today (TROT) expanded into a 501(c)3 organization focusing on preservation and creation of sustainable equestrian trails throughout Maryland. TROT partners with local organizations, state government agencies, land developers, and the public at large to maintain, obtain, preserve, and promote open space and equestrian trails with ecological and aesthetic benefits for public recreational use across the region. TROT and its members work with the public to educate and disseminate information concerning trail stewardship, safe riding practices, proper equine care and horsemanship, clinics, work groups and public forums. Join TROT – If you enjoy riding horses on trails in Maryland, want to learn about great places to ride, and would like to see these trails remain open to all riders, see our membership page to join/renew/contribute. And be sure to check out our list of scheduled rides on our calendar page.

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Many of the trails open to equestrians are multi-use trails that also are open to hikers and bikers. The success of TROT’s mission depends on the active participation of equestrian and non-equestrian trail enthusiasts, and we actively support collaborations with all users to ensure that trails are available for everyone to enjoy. Please join TROT or renew your membership and volunteer your help by contacting your local county coordinator or any of the TROT Board…

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…

Trail rides are a relaxing way to meet other riders and enjoy the natural beauty of open space, woods, and park land. TRAILS and MAPS Guide to Maryland Horse Trails – The Guide, put together by the Maryland Horse Industry Board, contains a large, illustrated map of the horse trails in Maryland’s 23 counties; a list of trails in each county, including telephone number, length, type of surface; and other valuable information about trail riding,…

Upcoming Events

Aug
29
Thu
all-day Trail Ride @ TBD
Trail Ride @ TBD
Aug 29 all-day
Info about this “Last Thursday of the Month” TROT ride will be on the TROT Facebook page and in the next newsletter.  RSVP:  Laury Lobel  (<Laurylobel@verizon.net>, 301-467-7300)
Sep
4
Wed
7:00 pm Monthly Meeting
Monthly Meeting
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dear TROT Members, This meeting will be held at Essential Support Services LLC, 2028 Liberty Road, Suite 102, Eldersburg, MD. You are welcome to join us or call in. To call in: Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-4459 Access code: 421873# Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/trot We look forward to seeing you then! Agenda to follow later via e-mail. Sincerely, Brieanah Schwartz TROT VP
Sep
7
Sat
all-day Trail Ride @ Fairland Regional Park
Trail Ride @ Fairland Regional Park
Sep 7 all-day
[Rain date: Saturday, September 14.]   The scenic Fairland Regional Park that spans Montgomery and Prince George’s counties offers really nice trails and is used by too few riders. 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 in the July 2015 TROT newsletter.]  RSVP: Barbara Sollner-Webb (301-604-5619, <bsw@jhmi.edu>)
Sep
8
Sun
2:00 pm Benefit Patuxent Trail Ride and ... @ HCIBH Grounds
Benefit Patuxent Trail Ride and ... @ HCIBH Grounds
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BENEFIT FUNDRAISER FOR THE LISBON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY All proceeds from this ride will go directly to the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company for the purchase of an EMT-ATV. Currently, when there is a trail riding accident in the parts of the DNR Patuxent Trails serviced by LVFC and the rider can only be moved out of the park via an EMT-ATV, there can be a considerable wait time as Lisbon has to borrow this critical emergency…
Sep
15
Sun
9:00 am Trail Work Day @ Gillis Falls
Trail Work Day @ Gillis Falls
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Trail Work Day. Show up and make your presence known. Together we can help this area become a safe haven for our trail riders, hikers, and bikers.
Sep
26
Thu
all-day Trail Ride @ TBD
Trail Ride @ TBD
Sep 26 all-day
Info about this “Last Thursday of the Month” TROT ride will be on the TROT Facebook page and in the next newsletter.  RSVP:  Laury Lobel  (<Laurylobel@verizon.net>, 301-467-7300)
Sep
28
Sat
all-day Trail ride @ Gunpowder Falls - Sweet Air
Trail ride @ Gunpowder Falls - Sweet Air
Sep 28 all-day
Sweet Air is one of the most popular riding areas in Gunpowder Falls State Park with multiple trails and access from local boarding facilities. The pace of this ride will be walk- trot- cantering if trail permits and the length is 2 hours. There is trailer parking in a field and a picnic table.  Along the trail there are some muddy spots as well as a few rocky areas so boots or shoes are recommended. The…
Sep
29
Sun
all-day Extreme Mountain Trail Clinic @ Double C Farm
Extreme Mountain Trail Clinic @ Double C Farm
Sep 29 all-day
TROT Presents Mountain Obstacle Course Double C Farm, LLC is Maryland’s first IMTCA certified course. This will be an instructor-led event with a maximum of 8 riders per session. Riding the obstacle course helps a horse and rider: Build a deeper partnership. Cultivate trust, respect, and confidence. Increase flexibility and agility. Develop better communication skills. And it’s FUN! The obstacles include Balance Beams, Rocks, Cross Bucks, Pond, Bridges, Teeter Totter, Texas Two Step, Cake Box,…
Oct
2
Wed
7:00 pm Monthly Meeting
Monthly Meeting
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dear TROT Members, This meeting will be held at Essential Support Services LLC, 2028 Liberty Road, Suite 102, Eldersburg, MD. You are welcome to join us or call in. To call in: Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-4459 Access code: 421873# Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/trot We look forward to seeing you then! Agenda to follow later via e-mail. Sincerely, Brieanah Schwartz TROT VP
Oct
4
Fri
all-day Trail Ride @ League of Maryland Horsemen Invitational
Trail Ride @ League of Maryland Horsemen Invitational
Oct 4 – Oct 6 all-day
TROT members are invited to join in this delightful annual horse camping and trail riding event, with delicious food provided, and swell company. Spots are limited, so registration is required. For details, please contact: Valerie Barber 410-922-5053 Joyce Bell 410-820-6002