TROT ANNUAL GATHERING: PICNIC AT THE PARK (Rain or Shine) RSVP NOW Published on

Sunday August 8th, 2021 12 noon to 3pm – RSVP at trotactivity@yahoo.com by August 1st  Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Area (GPS Coordinates 39.35982-7689112)  11676 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104 McKeldin Pavilion #501  Due to the pandemic TROT was unable to hold its annual dinner but now is the perfect time to have a picnic ! Come and gather to see old riding buddies and meet new ones. A lot has happened in the last year,…

Letter from the Interim President

Dear Members of TROT, I am not going to dwell on the unexpected and unforeseeable events of 2020, both globally and internally. I took the position of Interim President because TROT was an organization that embraced my ideas and consistently appreciated my efforts. Whenever an idea came up on how we can best benefit our membership, the executives gave me the freedom to make it happen. This is what I found most remarkable about this…

Updates on COVID-19 from the Maryland Horse Council

Updates on COVID-19 from the Maryland Horse Council

Updates on COVID-19 from the Maryland Horse Council Hello TROT members, The Board and I hope you all are staying healthy in the times of COVID-19. I wanted to share the latest update from the Maryland Horse Council (MHC) with you. MHC is staying up to date with everything COVID-19 and sharing how the developments are affecting equestrians. We hope that this information is helpful for you! To download the full message from MHC, please…

Sponsorship information for the Annual Dinner

Sponsorship information for the Annual Dinner

Trail Riders of Today 2020 Annual Meeting and Dinner February 15th, 2020 | Mount Airy, MD Celebrating 40 Years 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,…

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…