Fall is almost here! First campout over Labor day !!

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 - September


Aug 30 - Sept 2

Labor day campout at Andy and Sue Michel's place in Inverness, 10032 S. Heatherhill.  Primitive spots left, bring pens or highlines for horses.  Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome.   Grilled chicken dinner on Friday - bring side dish to share.  Dinner out at the Cove Restaurant on Sat. night.  Sunday pancake breakfast and then kayaking at Weeki Wachee for those who want to kayak.  Monday lunch of hot dogs and beans.  Bring chips and your own drinks.  All other meals on your own.   

Sept. 5

Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School, SR 19, Altoona.  Refreshments served, visitors welcome. DUES ARE DUE AT THIS MEETING.  Come early and shop for new T-shirts.   

Sept. 21

Poker Ride at Sawgrass Preserve to benefit Code HORSE.  $25 per person includes lunch and one poker hand.  Additional hands $5.  Bring water for your horses.   First rider out at 9AM.  

Sept. 14

  Boggy Creek Camp family weekend.  Horses and volunteers needed.  Contact Danielle, 407 529 4538, if you can help.   

Calendar - October


Oct. 3

Monthly meeting, 7PM.    Guest speaker - Wes Maillard, Equine Chiropractor. Location - Plumwood Arabians Arena, Dupree Ave., Altoona.   Visitors welcomed.   Tail gate refreshments will be served

Oct. 5

Day ride, TBD

Oct. 12

Campout at Shangri-La for annual Alzheimer's fund raiser.  Hosted by Sun Country Trail Blazers.  Can come for the day as well.  Forms on Sun Country website.  Address 12788 SE 69th Court, Ocala, 34473.   

Oct. 12

Boggy Creek Camp family weekend.  Horses and volunteers needed.  Contact Danielle , 407 529 4538, if you can help. 

Calendar - November


Nov. 2

Day ride, TBD  

Nov. 2 - 3

Rocking Horse Fall Horse Trials, volunteers needed.   

Nov. 7

Monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School, SR 19, Altoona.  Guest speaker - Cher Rentoumis, "How to live in a tick infested world".  Refreshments served, visitors welcomed.      

Nov. 16

Boggy Creek Camp family weekend .  Horses and volunteers needed.  Contact Danielle, 407-529-4538, if you can help.  

Nov. 25 - 29

Campout at Doe Lake.  Check in 3PM on Monday, check out 11AM on Friday.  Or come camp anytime in between.  Thanksgiving pot luck dinner on Thurs.  Club to buy turkey, everyone bring dish to share.  


calendar - December


Dec. 5

Monthly meeting - "Shop till you Drop".  7PM Altoona School, SR 19, Altoona.   Come sell your  equine goodies.  $5 table for members, $10 for non-members.  Refreshments served.  

Dec. 14

Caroling on horseback.  Staging at Sawgrass Preserve beginning at 4:30PM.  Must have lights on your horses.  Non-riders can ride on the hay wagon.  Prizes for best decorated horse and rider.  Ride to Sun Lake center and sing for the residents.  Snacks served.    



Dec. 27 - 29

Campout at McCulley Farms, Jasper.  Make reservations with McCulley directly - 386-938-1147.   

January 2020


Jan. 2

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

Jan. 4

Day of Fun ride, Magnolia Oaks Ranch 



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

May 2019


Message from your President:


Just when I think things will slow down, more stuff comes up that keeps me busy as ever. Just two more months of activities before ATR takes a break for the summer. We will still ride some but will kayak more. All of this will be informal and posted on FB, so keep watch to see what is going on. 

Congrats to our officers and board members for the new riding year:

Karen Pando – President

Michelle McWilliams – Vice Pres

Jackie Richie – Secretary

Dee Shepherd – Treasurer

Board members – Andy Michel, Lisa Wood, Margaret Shuman and John Dalziel.

We held a second mid-week ride in April at Silver River State Park and had 9 riders. It was a pretty day and nice trails. We will have one in May at Jackie Richie’s ranch. Our day ride at Lake Louisa State Park had 8 riders come out. Another good ride.



Mark your calendars for two dates coming up – the May meeting on Thursday, May 2. You don’t want to miss that one. Dr. Janeane Reagan is coming back to speak to us. Her topic is “Who’s smarter; dog, pig, horse, human?”. She is a great speaker with awesome info. Then on Saturday, May, 4, we will have our Derby party at Gator’s Dockside in Eustis. From 4:30 until they cross the finish line. Bring your dollars to buy tickets. And put on your best Derby hat!!


You know we will have a contest!

We will be camping at Doe Lake with Triple B over Memorial Day and will day ride on Sat. if you can’t camp. It is sure to be a great weekend.


I was asked to help out with the activities on May 18 for the Cowboy and Western Heritage Day that will benefit Code HORSE. A lot of you have already volunteered to help out and I thank you so much. We can still use helpers, so let me know if you can be there at Black Horse Resort for the day. The event runs from 9AM – 4PM. We are putting together the breed barn, the petting zoo and the pony rides. We also need items for a silent auction.  


Several folks have already stepped up and donated items. The more the better. All proceeds go to help our vets in need. 


Don’t forget to get your money in for the banquet. It will be on June 8 from 1-5PM at Moss Gate Bed and Breakfast. Should be a fun time. Who will be our trail rider of the year? Who will get recognized for some event that occurred during the riding year? You will just have to come to find out. 



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