Shangri-La campout Jan. 17-19 - Come camp and ride.

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January 2020


Jan. 2

ATR Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School.  Refreshments will be served. Visitors welcomed.  Guest speaker - John Dalziel. 

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day Ride

At the new Santos Trail Head on the Greenways.  Ride out at 10AM. We will ride to the Landbridge trail head where  the club will provide lunch.  Bring your own beverages.   Directions - from Altoona, go west on CR 42 to SR 441 in Summerfield. Go north on 441 into Belleview.  Go left on SE 95th Street (just 7/10 mile past the Publix).  Go 1-1/2 miles to SE 25th Ave..  Turn left and the trail head will be on the left. 

Jan. 17 - 19

Campout at Shangri-La on the Greenways.  Everyone to make their own reservations on reserve America.  Pot luck dinner Friday night.  All other meals on your own.  Day ride at 10AM. Bring lunch to eat after ride.       

Directions to Shangri-La Campground (42 miles from Altoona) – 12788 SW 69thCourt, Ocala 34473

From Altoona, go west on CR 42 all the way to the end into Pedro (29 miles). In Pedro go right on CR 475 (north) for 3 miles to CR 484. Go left (west) onto CR 484 for about 4 ½ miles to Marion Oaks Course (traffic light). Go right (north) onto Marion Oaks Course and follow the road around to the left where it turns into Marion Oaks Trail. Follow the road for 2 ½ miles to SW 69th Court. Go right (north) onto 69th Court and follow the road into the campground.   

Jan. 25

Fun day and ride, Magnolia Oaks Ranch, Demko Road, Altoona.  Arena games for kids and kids at heart.  Trail ride for all others.  

Jan. 25

Fun day at Magnolia Oaks Ranch, Demko Road.  Arena games for kids and kids at heart.  Trail ride for all others.  

February 2020


Feb. 6

Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School. Refreshments will be served. 

Feb. 14 - 16

Campout at Sue and Andy Michel's.  Valentine dinner on Friday night, courtesy of Andy and Sue.  All other meals on your own.  Address is 10032 S. Heatherhill Terrace, Inverness, 34452.   Electric sites go to Ron, Rick/Mic, Jeff/Jeanne, Jackie, Libby.  

Feb. 15 - 16

Rocking Horse Winter Trials, volunteers needed.  

Feb. 1 ********

ATR day ride - Princess Place Preserve - ride out at 10AM.  Bring lunch to eat after the ride.     

Directions to Princess Place Preserve – 2500 Princess Place Road, Palm Coast, 32137

(65 miles from Altoona)

From Altoona, go north on SR 19 to CR 445. Take CR 445 to SR 40 in Astor and go right (east) on SR 40 for 16 miles to CR 11. Go left (north) on CR 11 for 18 miles to Bunnell. In downtown Bunnell, go left (north) onto US 1 for 12 miles to North Old Kings Road (it will be on the right). Turn down North Old Kings Road and go 1 ½ miles to Princess Place Road. Turn down Princess Place Road and go 2 miles to the parking lot. 

Feb. 22

Camp Boggy Creek  family weekend.  Helpers and horses needed

March 2020


March 5

Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School.

March 7

Day ride, TBD  

March 20-22

Campout,  TBD     

March 28

Camp Boggy Creek family weekend.  Helpers and horses needed.

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

January 2020


Message from your President:

Happy New Year to all !!!

Welcome to a new year and a new decade. The time is going by all so fast. I remember when I was way younger and thought that I would be SO OLD when the calendar over to 2000. Well, that ship has sailed and I don’t know where the time went. I am sure many of you feel the same. 

December was a busy time. We had a good turnout for our shopping meeting, even though, we had a snag on our location. I know I managed to buy up some items. We had our day ride at night with the caroling on horseback, although we really did not do any singing. Everyone got caught up in enjoying the refreshments that we forgot to sing! There were 55 horses on the ride and 2 hay wagons. It was one of the biggest caroling events they have had in years. And the folks at Sun Lake really took good care of us. 

Our party on the 18th had 50 folks attending and everyone brought animal food. Our elves took over a ton of food to Lake County Animal Control the next day. I was thrilled with the outpouring from our members. It was just awesome. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. The day after many of us headed up to McCulleys for a great weekend of camping. We had Ron, Libby, Sue, Jordan, Liam, John, Leslie and Gary, Line, Lisa, Andy and Sue, Jerry and Dee and Linda C.  Let me know if I left anyone off the list. The McCulley weekend recapped our busy Dec. Now on to our New Year….


The New Year’s Day ride will be at the new Santos Trail Head. We will ride to the Landbridge TH where the club will provide lunch for all the riders. Then we will ride back to the Santos TH. We will take a detour to the Land Bridge for those who have not ridden over the bridge. It is a fun experience and a good place to take pics. 

We will have a campout at Shangri-La over Jan. 17-19. Everyone needs to make their own reservations at this primitive campground. Our next day ride will be a fun day at Jackie Richie’s Magnolia Oaks Ranch on Jan. 25. She will have arena games set up for anyone wanting to play and we will also have a trail ride for others. Should be a fun day. 

Hunting season ends Sunday, Jan. 5, and it was pretty much an uneventful season for all.     

       I have the dates for Camp Boggy Creek family weekends and they are Jan. 18, Feb. 22, Mar. 28 and April 4. I hope you can help out with some of these weekends. It means so much to the kids to be able to ride a horse. Danielle Doorneweerd, coordinator, sent me an email with this very nice message: “Thanks again for your partnership. I am very grateful to your leadership and help with ATR and Camp Boggy Creek. It has been like night and day as far as the number of people helping and the quality of horses we are getting there at Camp. Thanks so much”. The credit goes to you, the membership and your dedication to the kids. You all have some great horses. Let’s make their spring a good one.  Please get out and volunteer if you can. Call Danielle, 407-529-4538, to add your name to the list of volunteers. 

          And Rocking Horse Stables has their first Winter Horse Trials on Jan. 24-26. They need all kinds of volunteers for this event. So, call Allison if you can help, 407-766-4183. They will feed you and I for one, will work for food!!!    

Sunshine Committee

Both Linda Campagna and Dee Shepherd are back in the saddle and were at the McCulleys campout enjoying the trails. It was good to see them out and about. 

Please keep two members in your prayers. PJ O’Neill is in Duke University medical center in North Carolina undergoing testing. She potentially has a very serious condition. As we find out more, we will let you know. 

Cindy Sunday is in the hospital and will be undergoing heart valve replacement. This is a serious situation but she is in good hands at Florida Hospital. Please keep both of these ladies in your thoughts and prayers. They are both long-time valuable members of ATR and we need them to regain their health.



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