Christmas party, Wed. Dec 18, 6PM at Moss Gate B&B

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 - 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.   Bring unwrapped toy for toys for tots. 

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. 18

 Christmas party at Moss Gate B&B.  6-9PM.  Bring bag of food for cat, dogs or horses for Lake County Animal Control.  If you want to participate in the gift exchange bring a wrapped horsey / barn gift of $15 or less. 

Dec. 27 - 29

Campout at McCulley Farms, Jasper.  Make reservations with McCulley directly - 386-938-1147.   All meals on your own.  

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 and pack a lunch.  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. 11

Lake Louisa Obstacle Challenge -  not an ATR event.   

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.  

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.  

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. Limited electric to be determined by lottery.  See Michelle to get your name in the drawing.

Feb. 15 - 16

Rocking Horse Winter Trials, volunteers needed.  

Feb. 1 ********

ATR day ride, location to be determined.

Feb. 22

Camp Boggy Creek  family weekend.  Helpers and horses need

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

December 2019


The Christmas season is upon us and it came by way too fast. There is not enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get everything done, but here goes. We had a terrific week at Doe Lake and a pretty good turnout with about 12 rigs coming and going, more folks coming to day ride and about 40 for Thanksgiving dinner. The weather was terrific with the coldest night being Monday and it all warmed up after that. The sunsets on the lake were beautiful and one evening we had a mama bear and a cub walking along the lake, until Jake the dog chased them into the woods. The day rides were fun and one day we crossed over to Sunnyhill and rode to the Blue House. I really enjoy riding at Doe Lake. The unfortunate thing is that they raised the rates to $350 per night, so not sure if we will be able to rent it again.  

This Thursday will be out Dec. shopping meeting. We will socialize and shop for about an hour and then have our meeting. We have some neat things coming so be sure to bring your $$$$$. Kathy has her sewing, Skyler makes Christmas wreaths, Wende is sending some of her horseshoe art, Garret and Amanda have their honey. So come for the fun and the shopping. 

Sat., Dec. 14 will be our “day” ride which is the caroling on horseback. We will stage at Sawgrass Preserve starting at 430 and ride out when it gets dark. Your horses must have lights on them. If you don’t want to ride a horse, you can ride on the hay wagon. We ride down to Sun Lake Estates, sing, enjoy some refreshments and ride back. 

Our Christmas party will be Wed., Dec. 18 at Moss Gate, 6-9PM. Cost is $24 members, $30 non-members. We need to have your money by Dec. 14 so mail the checks in or bring to the meeting. We will collect animal food as we have in the past and will deliver to Lake County Animal Services. So be generous with the bags. The animals depend on us. If you want to participate in a gift exchange, bring a wrapped horsey or barn type gift of $15 or less. We will do an exchange and maybe a few other fun things. 

Lastly in Dec. will be our McCulley campout Dec. 27-29. Some of you will be staying through to their New Year’s ride. Let’s hope the weather is pleasant and not too cold. As you can see, a lot going on, so fill up your calendar. 

 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. 

Sunshine Committee: Thoughts and prayers go to Nancy Cloos whose husband went unexpectedly into the hospital in ICU recently.  We pray for healing.
Keep Linda Campagna in your thoughts as well as she has had some health concerns. We hope to see her back in the saddle soon. 


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