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.


TRAIL WORK Little Bennett Regional Park- Volunteer and Donations Needed
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

You may remember the last newsletter announcing TROT being awarded a grant from the Maryland Horse Industry Board to
improve bridges at one of the favorite equestrian trail systems in Montgomery County, Little Bennett Regional Park, by adding a
non-slip surface to dangerously slippery bridge sections. Little Bennett is unique in that it offers one of the few horse trailer
camping sites in Maryland (sites TROT helped to lay out years ago), and it is enjoyed by many equestrian riders. Well… now is
time for caring TROT members to volunteer to actually do the work:

When: June 4th and 5th; raindate: June 11th and 12th Where: Little Bennett Regional Park

Prizes will be given to the horse organization or barn with the most participants! This will be a fun workday and picnic where
you will be able to get to know your fellow horsemen from the area. Team Leads will be running stop and play trivia and other
games while working to make everyone have fun, laugh, and meet new people. Oh right- and to also win! … And work!

We are now accepting donations of gently used tarps of all sizes, but the larger the better, clean paint brushes, and sturdy
rollers for painting. Contact Christina Micek of Montgomery County at with offers.