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 ride is postponed or cancelled, the ride leader will notify you.
- Check the TROT website and TROT and Maryland Trail Riders listservs for the most current ride information.
- All ride participants:
- Must wear helmets
- Provide appropriate documentation of current negative Coggins test for the horse, in compliance with Maryland state law.
- Be a TROT member – One-day TROT memberships are available at the ride for $5
If you need a ride to the event or can offer one, please email Barbara Sollner-Webb, so that this information can be included in an upcoming newsletter, or contact the ride leader.
Anytime you are on a trail ride and if safe to do so, you can perform trail maintenance by clipping branches that impede passageway along a trail. In addition, you can participate in scheduled trail maintenance days.
Amy Kimble is the TROT Adopt-A-Trail coordinator and she has challenged all TROT members to perform two hours of trail maintenance a year. Please contact Amy for additional information about participating in trail maintenance activities. She can be reached at 301-748-8310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.
Trail Ride. [rain date August 3 ] We will leave from the Georgia Ave parking lot and ride in one group at a speed comfortable for all. Pack a lunch to eat on the trail. Trailer parking is tight, so please contact ride leaders to sign up and plan to “trailerpool”!
RSVP: Corinne Pouliquen (parkoverlookfarm@aol or 301-943-9975) or Meggan Whalen (email@example.com or 240-338-1307).
Excellent footing, no shoes or boots needed. We’ll stay away from the few rocky places. This means no water crossings, so you may want to bring some for your horse. There will be a walk only group for sure, and a faster group if folks want and someone can lead. Please bring chairs and a contribution for a potluck afterward.
RSVP: Leah Mack (<firstname.lastname@example.org>)
Trail Ride. Welcome back to TROT Ivy Smink! Even though Ivy showed us around Union Mills last year as a non-member, let’s really welcome her back to TROT on this trail ride. Union Mills features miles of wooded equestrian trails. The trails are easy on horses’ feet, with only a few sections that are rocky. There are also a few spots were small streams cross the trails, and areas can be muddy in wet weather. The parking is limited, so sign up early to enjoy this ride.
[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, <email@example.com>)
This trail work day is in conjunction with the Carroll County Equestrian Council.