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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


Feb. 7

ATR monthly meeting, Altoona School, 7PM. Danielle from Camp Boggy Creek will be our speaker.  Need  nominating committee for officers for next year

Feb. 8 - 10

Campout at Hardee Lakes Park in Bowling Green.  Bring your kayak and fishing pole.  Covered dish dinner on Friday night.  Go out to eat on Sat.  


Feb. 23

Progressive dinner ride, Trailhead Ranch Umatilla, 27435 SE Highway 42.  Meet at the ranch at 11AM for appetizers and tacking up.  Everyone bring something for the meal.  Ride out at 12:00. Ride an hour to first stop for main meal.  Ride to second stop for desserts.  Return to Trailhead Ranch for after ride beverages.   RSVP to Karen if you plan on doing this ride.

March 2

ATR yard sale with the city wide yard sale.  Helpers needed.  See Michelle.  Start collecting horsey items to donate.

March 7

ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School. No speaker planned. 

March 9

Day ride at Indian Lake State Forest, CR 35 Ocala.  Ride out at 10AM.  Bring lunch to eat after the ride.  Bring water for your horses. 

March 22 - 24

Campout at McCulley's Farm, Jasper.  Make your own reservations directly with McCulleys.  

April 4

Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School. 

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

February 2019


Message from your President:


Another month gone and 2019 is alive and well. We had two fun rides in January. First was our New Year’s Day ride at Lake Norris. This was our biggest ride in several years with 39 riding with us. We ended up with about three different groups. Thanks to Jeanne and Jeff Gregory for leading us on a very pretty trail ride. We were out in the open and then back in the woods in several places. And we got to see and cross through some water. We all had a nice lunch after the ride with pulled pork and sub sandwiches. It was a great way to start off the new year. 

Then we had a nice campout at Andy Michel’s Noroda Ranch in Inverness. Andy led us on some nice trails that we hadn’t been on before. We ate out both nights so no one had to do any cooking. The weather was pretty chilly but we all survived it. The trails in the Withlacoochee are very pretty. 


Our Jan. meeting was very well attended with Allison Thomas speaking to us about her trip to the UK with the pony clubbers who were competing in the international games. She and the kids had a great time and that was an awesome experience for them. 

Speaking of awesome experience, Allison’s daughter, Jean, has accepted a working student position with Joseph Murphy, one of Ireland’s leading event riders. He has ridden in Olympic games, World and European championships and Nations Cups. She left Florida in mid-Jan. for Ireland and found the weather to be quite different. She is riding 8-9 horses per day and so far, is enjoying the opportunity. You remember that Jean and her sister Jane, were out 2017 ATR scholarship recipients. Go Jean!


Our Feb. meeting will soon be here and come on out to listen to Danielle Doorneweerd, coordinator for the horse program at Boggy Creek Camp.  She will talk to us about volunteer opportunities for the family weekends. Horses and helpers are needed. 

We will be camping at Hardee Lakes Park in Bowling Green Feb. 8-10. This is a place Sue Rogers found for us so it will be new to all of us.  We opted out of going to Colt Creek when we learned they were having a special event that weekend with dozens of riders on the trails. Hardee Lakes has 4 lakes so we can kayak and fish as well as ride. We will do a pot luck dinner on Friday night and try to find a place to go out for dinner on Sat. night. Bring your kayak and we will do some paddling. And if you want to fish, remember you will need a state fishing license. 

And then on Feb. 23 we will have our progressive dinner ride. Several of us have done this with Ravin’ Riders and really enjoyed it. So, we will give it a try. Please RSVP to me if you plan on attending. A detailed itinerary was sent out to members a week ago. 

Remember to collect your items for our annual yard sale on March 2. We need items to sell and helpers. This is our biggest fundraiser for the year, so come on out and give us some of your time. 

We need suggestions for day rides and campouts for April and May. Let us know if there is a place you want to ride. 

Happy Valentine’s Day…….  



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