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

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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 in 1997 to a 501(c)3 Corporation for charitable and educational purposes and specifically to educate the public concerning the preservation of existing equestrian trails and the establishment of new equestrian trails. TROT encourages partnerships with local organizations, state government agencies, land developers, and the public at large to maintain, 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, Trot Activity. 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

May
20
Fri
all-day TROT NEWSLETTER GOES OUT
TROT NEWSLETTER GOES OUT
May 20 all-day
We are always looking for ideas and articles for the newsletter!  Please send these to our current newsletter guru, Barbara Sollner-Webb at bsw@jhmi.edu.
May
21
Sat
all-day TRAIL RIDE Rocky Gorge Reservoir...
TRAIL RIDE Rocky Gorge Reservoir...
May 21 all-day
Saturday, May 21 Rocky Gorge Reservoir (in Laurel). We will again be having TROT’s traditional 2-21/2 hour walk-trot ride in the woods abutting the beautiful Rocky Gorge Reservoir in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, on “Terry Ledley Equestrian Trail”, named by WSSC to honor Terry Ledley, a founding TROT member. Despite the name, the trail is not rocky but great footing. We can hope to see herons, maybe an eagle. Helmets required; pot-luck afterwards. Contact…
Jun
1
Wed
7:00 pm TROT Business Meeting
TROT Business Meeting
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Jun
4
Sat
all-day TRAIL RIDE McKeldin to Woodstock...
TRAIL RIDE McKeldin to Woodstock...
Jun 4 all-day
Saturday, June 4 McKeldin to Woodstock Inn. A 1 3/4 hour ride to Woodstock Inn through beautiful Patapsco Valley State Park. Starting at McKeldin rest area (Marriottsville, Maryland; Baltimore/Carroll/Howard county triangle). Water crossings, bikes, and hikers will be part of the ride. I am told this is a medium difficulty ride. Shoes are recommended. Tie up and have a great meal. Ride back to McKeldin. This is an all-day ride event; we can’t predict how…
all-day TRAIL WORK Little Bennett Region...
TRAIL WORK Little Bennett Region...
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day
You may remember the last newsletter announcing TROT being awarded a grant from the Maryland Horse Industry Board to improve bridges at one of the favorite equestrian trail systems in Montgomery County, Little Bennett Regional Park, by adding a non-slip surface to dangerously slippery bridge sections. Little Bennett is unique in that it offers one of the few horse trailer camping sites in Maryland (sites TROT helped to lay out years ago), and it is…
9:00 am Trail Work: Morgan Run: Carroll ... @ Morgan Run
Trail Work: Morgan Run: Carroll ... @ Morgan Run
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We’ll start the season of attacking the overgrowth and mowing on Sunday, May 1st. (9:00 – noon) with Rain Date (if necessary) of Saturday May 7th It would be very helpful if, prior to each work day, folks would drop an email to ccecofmd@yahoo.com so we would know how many to expect. RVSP has indicated they will make the MCC Crew available for our trail work days to work with us. Bring your friends and…
Jun
12
Sun
all-day Adaptive Bike Meet and Greet
Adaptive Bike Meet and Greet
Jun 12 all-day
The last two issues of the TROT newsletter have described how adaptive bikes – that allow physically impaired individuals to experience some of the wonderful outdoors that we so enjoy on horseback – will be coming to some area parks, evidently starting in Patapsco. To get to know some of these fellow trail users, and maybe teach your horse they need not be afraid (less likely to shy), plan to come to a Meet–And-Greet at…
Jun
14
Tue
7:00 pm Anne Arundel County horse lovers... @ Glory Days in Edgewater
Anne Arundel County horse lovers... @ Glory Days in Edgewater
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Also, come join Anne Arundel County horse lovers at “Horse Talk” gatherings. No membership/no fees. Just come, chat, and hear a guest speaker or two. The second Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at Glory Days in Edgewater; run your own tab. See the Anne Arundel County Horse Network on Facebook or contact Jacquie Cowan ( or 410-215-4979).
Jun
20
Mon
all-day Days End Horse Rescue Farm Horse...
Days End Horse Rescue Farm Horse...
Jun 20 all-day
Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Woodbine, MD is announcing nine weeks of horse-oriented summer camp for horse-loving kids (Junior Legacy Camp for ages 7-11 and Youth Legacy Camp for ages 12-17) as well as a paid education internship for anyone over 16. It is to let youths “work with rescue horses in a fun and safe environment” and include “grooming horses daily and games on horseback”. Click on to see dates, prices, and learn…
Jun
21
Tue
all-day Days End Horse Rescue Farm Horse...
Days End Horse Rescue Farm Horse...
Jun 21 all-day
Days End Horse Rescue Farm in Woodbine, MD is announcing nine weeks of horse-oriented summer camp for horse-loving kids (Junior Legacy Camp for ages 7-11 and Youth Legacy Camp for ages 12-17) as well as a paid education internship for anyone over 16. It is to let youths “work with rescue horses in a fun and safe environment” and include “grooming horses daily and games on horseback”. Click on to see dates, prices, and learn…