Extreme Mountain Trail Clinic

Extreme Mountain Trail Clinic

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,…

Get Ready to Ride!

Get Ready to Ride!

So you want to go trail riding…. Good! I encourage you to. I happen to think it is one of the most fun things to do in the world. But, a little bit of planning and thought, will make the experience more fun and safe for you, and more importantly, your horse. Before you go.. Know where you are going. That seems simple, right? Map Quest, directions off the site, or plotting on a road…

Trail Etiquette for Equestrians

Trail Etiquette for Equestrians

Trail Etiquette for Equestrians* Make sure your horse has the temperament and training for riding on congested public trails. Busy multi-use trails are not the proper place for schooling green horses. Advise other trail users of your horse’s temperament, e.g. a horse with a tendency to kick should always wear a red ribbon in the tail or a stallion should wear a yellow ribbon. Assume that not everyone will know what these ribbons mean, so…

Blue Mash Nature Trail

Website Map: Blue Mash  Trail Location: 20400 Zion Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882 Trail Length: 4 miles Trail Surface(s): Natural Trail Description:  The shared use trails are primarily located in the large field areas on the western side of the landfill and in the forested land to the north of the landfill. Approximately 2.75 miles of trail is available for equestrian and cyclist use. Most of this will be part of a much larger planned greenway…

Sunday Hunting in Cecil County – Updates!

Sunday Hunting in Cecil County – Updates!

YEAR-ROUND SUNDAY HUNTING IN CECIL COUNTY ON PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LAND! A bill that would allow virtually year-round Sunday hunting of almost every species of game mammal and game bird on both private and public land has passed the House and moved over to the Senate. This bill (HB242), if it passes the Senate and is signed by the Governor, will become law. THIS MEANS IT IS VERY CLOSE TO PASSAGE, as the Senate is…

You, Your Horses, and Sunday Hunting!

You, Your Horses, and Sunday Hunting!

YEAR-ROUND SUNDAY HUNTING IN ST. MARY’S  COUNTY! A bill that would allow virtually year-round Sunday hunting of almost every species of game mammal and game bird has passed the Senate and moved over to the House. This bill (SB390), if it passes the House and is signed by the Governor, will become law. THIS MEANS IT IS VERY CLOSE TO PASSAGE, as the House is likely to approve it UNLESS THEY HEAR FROM YOU! If this…

WSSC Trail Closing Information

WSSC Trail Closing Information

Unfortunately, due to the extremely wet fall and winter seasons the rehabilitation work at Brighton Dam is behind schedule and all recreation areas on Triadelphia Reservoir will remain closed for the season. This includes Brighton Dam, Greenbridge, Triadelphia, Pig Tail, and Big Branch recreation areas. Note that the Azalea Garden is also closed this season and that in the coming weeks the sidewalk along Brighton Dam road will also be closed to pedestrian traffic. Recreation…

County Coordinator Meeting March 16 @ 10am

County Coordinator Meeting March 16 @ 10am

COUNTY COORDINATOR MEETING Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00am EST Relatively Stable, 4910 Cherry Tree Lane, Sykesville, MD Conference Call (605) 313-4459, Access Code 421873# Online Meeting: https:// join.f reeconfer enc ecal l.com/trot Thinking about becoming a TROT County Coordinator? Already a county coordinator, but don’t know where to start? County to big to take on alone? Pick an area you can Grab a friend and take on the county fun together! We have a huge…

“Desensitizing your Trail Horse” Clinic

David Beard (PM Session) and Jimmy Wagner (AM Session) will lead this clinic that is aimed at helping you make your horse safer, calmer and more reliable in a variety of unfamiliar situations. This type of experience will benefit any horse and rider, especially on the trails. Gain confidence that you and your horse can handle anything the trails might throw at you. David Beard learned gentle horsemanship from Craig Cameron in Texas. He bought…

TROT Trail Rider Safety Seminar

TROT Trail Rider Safety Seminar

By  Barbara Sollner-Webb TROT’s recently formed Events Committee (Corinne Pouliquen, Meggan Whalen, and Carolann Sharpe) organized their first event for TROT members and other riders, an excellent “Trail Rider Safety and First Aid Seminar”. It was Saturday, January 12, in Germantown, and happily Mother Nature held the snow off until several hours after the event, so it could take place. This seminar was extremely informative, well-organized, and professionally run, with a great selection of speakers as well as…

Algonquin Cross Country Trail

Trail Description: Algonquin Cross County Trail is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salisbury, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Website  Maps: GPX/KML Trail Location: 3852 Nassawango Rd, Snow Hill, MD 21863 Trail Length: 20.8 mi. out and back. Counties: Worcester Trail Surface(s): Natural Parking and…

Rock Creek Park Washington, DC

Trail Description: There are over 32 miles of trails in Rock Creek Park. The two primary trails include the green-blazed Western Ridge Trail, which parallels the western side of the park, and the blue-blazed Valley Trail, which parallels Rock Creek and Beach Drive. Most of the other trails are connectors, connecting the Valley Trail with the Western Ridge Trail. Loop hike possibilities are endless! Stop by the Nature Center to obtain free trail maps and get…

Newtown Neck State Park

Trail Description: Horseback riding is allowed around the agriculture fields which have views to Breton Bay, the Potomac River and St. Clements Bay. There are no trail maps. There are gated dirt roads which lead to the Breton Bay side of the park suitable for horseback riding. There is a path around the gate for hikers and horses. Parking and Trail Access: There are several parking areas noted on the map. Parking is NOT allowed…