* Next meeting - Thursday, Oct. 4 - guest speaker Meagan Mann, UF IFAS Agent *

Welcome to Altoona Trail Riders

Dedicated to the preservation of equestrian trails, participating in  community service and  promoting family fun.

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Calendar 2018 - 2019 Riding Year


Oct. 4

ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School.  Guest speaker - Megan Mann, Lake County Extension Agent.  Discussion on tracking of invasive plants. 

Oct. 13

ATR ride for Alzheimers with Sun Country.  Landbridge Trailhead - registration beginning at 8:30.  $30 includes ride, lunch and 1 poker hand. 

 Non-riders are welcome.  Ride at will and return at noon for a BBQ lunch and awarding of prizes. Bring your friends, your horse and enjoy the poker ride. Registration fee of $30 covers the ride, one poker hand and lunch. Registration of $15 for those not riding includes lunch and one raffle ticket. Additional poker hands are $5 each with prizes for winning hands as follows: 1st$100, 2nd $50, 3rd $25. There will be raffles and a silent auction with a wide variety of prizes. All proceeds and donations will go directly to the Alzheimer's Association.  Address checks to the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional ride information contact Sun County Trail Blazers President Karen Ogburn at horseypersey2015@gmail.com or call 352-422-4706 or Trail Boss Nancy Alford at nalford1946@aim.com or call 352-272-8707.    

Oct. 20

ATR day ride to Carr Cabin - with Umatilla Wildlife Festival.  Meet at Trailhead Ranch on CR 42, Umatilla. 

  Ride out from Trailhead Ranch 27435 SE Hwy 42 West Umatilla, FL 32784. Ride out at 10am. Bring your lunch and a chair to enjoy back at the trailhead after the ride.

October 26-28, 2018

ATR campout at Spotted Dance Ranch, Brooksville. Primitive sites left. Contact Karen if you want a site.   We will have a pot luck dinner on Friday night.  The club will grill chicken  Bring a dish to share.  Sat. afternoon we will kayak the Withlacoochee River for those who want to  and then have dinner at River Ratz.   

Spotted Dance Ranch 29384 Wildlife Lane Brooksville, FL 34602 campout. Make reservations thru Karen Pando by email kapando11@gmail.com, text (352) 895-9937 or Facebook ATR page. DO NOT CALL RANCH DIRECTLY. Limited sites, paddocks and stalls.


Nov. 1

ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School.  No speaker this month. 

Nov. 16-18

ATR campout at the Oaks Equestrian Center.  211 SW Theodore O'Connor Circle, Lake City. $25 for hookups, stalls, paddocks $25 - $35 per night.  Michelle is taking reservations. 

Nov. 24 - 26

24th-26th Thanksgiving Campout at Shangri La Campground. From I-75: Go west on Hwy 484. After approx. two miles, turn right on Marion Oaks Course. After curve to the left Marion Oaks Course becomes Marion Oaks Trail. Continue approx. six miles, then turn right onto S.W. 69th Court. Continue straight into the Shangri-La Campground entrance. From Hwy 200: Go east on Hwy 484. After approx. three miles, turn left on Marion Oaks Trail. Continue to S.W. 69th Court, and turn left. Continue straight into the Shangri-La Campground entrance.  Make your reservations thru reserveamerica.com. There will be a Saturday Turkey Leftover Potluck. So bring a dish made from your Thanksgiving leftovers. Day Riders welcome to come any day.  


Dec. 6

ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School.  Evening of shopping.  Wanted, - members who do crafts, sewing, art work, more.  Bring your items to sell. 

Dec. 8

ATR riding in the Umatilla Christmas parade.  830 AM. Theme to be determined.

Dec. 14 - 16

Campout at Fechtel Ranch, off Oak Road Eustis.  This will be our Christmas party  - "Campfire Christmas".  Pot luck dinner Sat. night.  Everyone make their own reservations for camping - 407-884-2009.

Jan. 1, 2019

New Year's Day ride - ride out at 10AM.  Lake Norris Conservation Area t 37939 Lake Norris Road,  Eustis.  

Jan. 3

ATR monthly meeting, Altoona School, 7PM.     

Allison Thomas is going to share details regarding her trip to England with the Pony Club. Also start collecting items for the March yard sale.


Jan. 11 - 13

Campout at Andy Michel's place, Inverness. $15 for elec, $5 primitive, $5 per horse per night.  Limited elec available.

Feb. 7

ATR monthly meeting, Altoona School, 7PM.  No speaker this month.  Need  nominating committee for officers for next year.  

Feb. 8 - 10

Campout at  Colt Creek 16000 State Road 471, Lakeland, FL 33809.  Everyone to make their own reservations with Colt Creek. 

About Us

Come ride with us!

We have monthly day rides and campouts with horses.  We have monthly meetings  on the first Thursday of the month at 7PM at the Altoona School, SR 19, Altoona.  Visitors are always welcomed.

The Trails we Ride

We ride many different trails in the north Central Florida area including the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Greenway Trails, and state forests, parks and preserves.  

Join Us On The Trail

Visitors are welcome to come ride with us and will have to pay a day membership fee of $5.  ATR enforces Nicole's Law - an approved helmet is required for those 16 and under when riding horses on public lands. 

Current newsletter

October 2018

Our speaker at the meeting this week is Megan Brew, UF/IFAS extension agent. She wants to talk to us about a new program that UF is undertaking; that of identifying locations of invasive plants. She will take to us about an app that we can download on our phones and when we are out riding, and we see an invasive plant, we can log it and send the info on. This will be a good opportunity for trail riders as we are out there on various locations and see all kinds of plants. I am excited about this program and I don’t even have a smart phone! Be at the Altoona School this Thursday and be informed. 

Our campout over Labor Day was just a blast. Hot weather, riding and a swimming pool. What could be better. We had a crowd of 18 riders for the weekend and Ms. Lillian was so happy to see us return. I just love camping there. The facility is wonderful and the trails are so pretty. Yes, I did part company with my horse on those pretty trails, but in my defense, when your horse trips and falls, it is hard to remain in the saddle, although I did try my best. All was well and the pool felt great afterwards. 


We also had a good turnout for our day ride at Sawgrass. It is such a pretty place to ride and we had a good time. MANY thanks to Michelle and Mark, Linda Harrington and Sue Rogers for the wonderful luncheon. We had a good time and picked up a few new members. 


We have a change in our Nov. schedule. Neither Triple B nor AHOOF were able to obtain Doe Lake over Thanksgiving (first time in many years), so we will do a campout at Shangri La for the Sat-Sun over Thanksgiving with a day ride on Sat. If you want to camp, make your own reservations at Shangri-La. We will have a turkey leftover pot luck dinner on Sat. night. The weather is cooling off – really! – so it should be nice to camp there. They have a nice bath house. Bring your own pen or high-tie. And those who want to day ride, we will ride out each day at 10AM. So, come join us.

We do have our campout at The Oaks in Lake City from Nov. 16-18 as previously scheduled. 

Attention shoppers: remember our December meeting. If you are crafty and have items to sell, you will want to reserve a table at our December meeting, Dec. 6. We had a successful meeting last year and want to do it again this year. We will be charging a $10 fee for members and $20 fee for non-members to set up and sell items. I am sure we will have a great turnout. Reserve your table now by contacting me.


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Do you have a question about our meetings or rides?  Send a message and we will get back to you. 

Altoona Trail Riders