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 email@example.com.
Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.
[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, <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
BENEFIT FUNDRAISER FOR THE LISBON VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY
All proceeds from this ride will go directly to the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company for the purchase of an EMT-ATV. Currently, when there is a trail riding accident in the parts of the DNR Patuxent Trails serviced by LVFC and the rider can only be moved out of the park via an EMT-ATV, there can be a considerable wait time as Lisbon has to borrow this critical emergency vehicle from another station.
Rides begin at 2 p.m., with staggered start times (TBD after registration closes)
Cookout starts at 4 p.m.
- Guided Hilltopper Ride: approximately 90+/- minutes; Walk and amble through the fields and woods
- “A Good Go” Guided Ride: approximately 1 hour +/-Mid-Paced Ride (walk-trot-some canter) over or around jumps (every jump has a “go around”)
- “Full Cry” Guided Ride: approximately 45 minutes +/-; Fast Ride (trot-canter-gallop) Over Fences
- Self-Guided Rides – Set Your Own Pace
Sweet Air is one of the most popular riding areas in Gunpowder Falls State Park with multiple trails and access from local boarding facilities. The pace of this ride will be walk- trot- cantering if trail permits and the length is 2 hours. There is trailer parking in a field and a picnic table. Along the trail there are some muddy spots as well as a few rocky areas so boots or shoes are recommended. The trail will go through fields, wooded areas, past farms and may have some water crossings. If the trails are wet, the park will close the area to riders so we will be confirming one or two days before. Please contact Bianca Paterakis at 443-340-4036 email@example.com to register and get ride time. Helmet and current Coggins required. Bring your lunch and a chair if you would like to stay afterwards. The address to use for your GPS is 2840 Dalton-Brevard Rd, Baldwin, MD 21013. Dalton-Brevard Road is a short gravel road. When you get to the end and see the gate and sign for the dog training facilities, turn right and drive up onto the field for trailer parking.
TROT members are invited to join in this delightful annual horse camping and trail riding event, with delicious food provided, and swell company.
Spots are limited, so registration is required.
For details, please contact: Valerie Barber 410-922-5053 Joyce Bell 410-820-6002
Gunpowder State Park has miles of trails to explore, this trail is one of my favorites. The footing is good, so no shoes/boots required. There will be some small stream crossings, a bridge, a tunnel, and Im sure some hikers, bikers, and some dogs on leashes. The parking can be limited depending on the time of year, so trailering with a friend is recommended! This ride will be walk-trot with some cantering if the trail permits. We will ride for at least 1.5hrs, longer if everyone is up for it! Bring your lunch and a chair if you would like to stay afterwards!
RSVP: Ashley Reier (443-862-1838, <firstname.lastname@example.org>)