Trail Riders of Today; Horseback riding on trails in Maryland

the great Little Marco, may he RIP.

TROT BOARD Meeting - Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month unless noted - pot luck at 6:15, meeting at 7:00 - Ask Maria Schwartz - 301-421-1928 or email for location or Conference call attendance.

Latest Newsletter - a searchable (use above search box) archive of past issues is available.
The July Newsletter is online. The newsletter needs YOUR contributions. All TROT members can have a free ad in every issue! Send Marcia Lyons your ad or article.

It's not too early to start thinking about leading a ride in 2015. Please consider leading a ride in 2015. Want ideas? Check out the ride calendar for this year.Or contact the trail ride coordinator Lisa Troutman,  cat.home@verizon.net.

We also have a trail maintenance schedule. Email Amy Kimble for details. .

TROT was founded in 1980 by a group of 22 riders seeking to save a trail in the Paint Branch Stream Valley of Eastern Montgomery County Maryland. TROT grew as word of its efforts spread and as it became evident that trails throughout the state were in jeopardy.  TROT’s mission is to preserve existing equestrian trails and establish new trails throughout Maryland and neighboring states.  In that vein, TROT is supporting the Sugarloaf community in its opposition to the construction of a proposed outdoor and indoor gun range which would accommodate high powered, automatic weapons, on property immediately abutting Sugarloaf Mountain.

Please plan to attend the meeting on August 28th. The location is currently at the at the Courthouse on Winchester Road in Frederick, Md. The Sugarloaf Alliance is the lead organization on this, their facebook page is the best place for updates.

Click here for further details (.doc file) about this project and our position.

We are proud of our park map coverage. Our park mapping project has .gpx and .kmz files on about a dozen parks. That means you can google earth these trails. There are more traditional trail maps for another dozen parks. For instance we just added maps and information links for West Friendship Park. We invite your contributions to our archives; either gps files or plain maps are welcome. Just email them over.

Not only that but many club members who are knowledgable about specific parks have volunteered to serve as park guides if you'd like to ride these parks. See out Trail Guides PDF file for available guides. What a great resource for our club!!

Search Our Website: Enter search terms in the yellow box on the upper right of this and all pages. Note that our old newsletters are part of the search database. Looking for a tack shop near Highland? Search for 'Highland tack'. Remember an old article about hay? What about an 'equine dentist'? Before googling for horsey stuff, try TROT Search

Playing in the Patapsco River on horseback If you enjoy riding horses on trails in Maryland, want to learn about great places to ride and would like to see these trails remain open to all riders, then you'll want to join TROT, the Trail Riders of Today. To see the scope of our activites, please see our accomplishments in recent years. Dues remain $20 per year for an individual or a family. Show your support for preservation of equestrian trails. You can renew your membership online using PayPal or your credit card. See the membership page to join/renew/contribute.

We have a balanced calendar filled with interesting rides and other activities all over the state. We are developing an information resource about equestrian trails; to include directions, maps and resource guides. We maintain awareness of and educate our members concerning active trail issues since there always seems to be threats to the equestrian way of life.

If you wish to comment on the site or problems with it, report broken links or just make a suggestion, then please contact our webmaster. And do consider joining TROT; membership information is online.

TROT participates in and encourages you to join these YAHOO email groups:
  • The Maryland Trail Riders group is for equestrians who want to share information and news about Maryland trails, find a trail riding buddy, arrange transportation to a trail ride or other horse miscellania relating to trail riding in the state.
  • The TROT members group is a low volume group for TROT members to share information about upcoming events, the preservation of equestrian trails and other relevant club information.

To join just enter your email address in the appropriate box and then click the link below.


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