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 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:
    • Helmets are encouraged
    • 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 Trot Activity, so that this information can be included in an upcoming newsletter, or contact the ride leader.


Trail Maintenance

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.

Carolann Sharpe 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 Carolann for additional information about participating in trail maintenance activities.  She can be reached at

Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.


Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® Parade, Winchester, VA, May 4th and 5 2023
May 5 – May 6 all-day

We always love equestrian units! We would love to have your group in our parade! Contact if interested.


The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® parade, located in Winchester, VA, is Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6, 2023. We are looking for some fantastic units for our Grand Feature Parade. The 195+ unit parade features bands like the VMI Regimental Band, Quantico Marine Band, and the Pittsburgh Steelers Drumline. The route winds for 1.5 miles around the historic downtown area and ends up at the Grand Stand near the iconic Handley High School Campus.

We are just a short distance from Washington, D.C. nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This will be our 96th festival and we have been rated by Expedia as a “Top 25 Springtime Travel Destination”. Please, look at our website and let me know if you have any questions.

Mark your calendars today! We look forward to your participation!

Grand Feature Parade – Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

135 N Cameron St

Winchester, VA 22601


The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of springtime and the apple blossoms in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley through events and initiatives that enhance community spirit and showcases our local agricultural heritage.