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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 - October


Oct. 1

CHANGE IN DATE !!!  Monthly meeting, 7PM.    Guest speaker - Wes Maillard, Equine Chiropractor. Location - Plumwood Arabians Arena, 449Dupree Ave., Altoona.   Visitors welcomed.   Tail gate refreshments will be served.  Ev

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 at Fechtel Ranch.  Ride out at 9AM.  Gate  will be unlocked from 815 - 900 so don't be late.  Bring lunch to eat after ride.          

Directions to Fechtel Ranch (Lower Wekiva River Preserve)

From Altoona go EAST on CR 42 to the end at SR 44 – 

(approx. 18 miles)

Go west (right) on SR 44 to Oak Avenue (gas station on corner) –

(approx. 5 miles)

Turn left onto Oak Avenue and follow to County Road – 

Turn right onto County Road and follow the curves to Swift Road – 

Turn left onto Swift Road and follow it until the pavement ends – 

The entrance to Fechtel will be on the left. 

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. 18

 Christmas party at Moss Gate B&B.  6-9PM.  Bring bag of food for cat, dogs or horses for Lake County Animal Control. 

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

September 2019


Message from your President:

Well, our first campout was cancelled for a hurricane that was not here! And the weekend turned out to be a beautiful one. We could have camped after all. But then we had our first meeting of the new fall riding season and had a super turnout. 40+ folks in attendance. It was a fun evening with everyone getting to visit with those they had not seen in a while. Margaret sold the new T-shirts and they were going fast. Libby sold a record number of 50/50 tickets. All in all, it was a fun evening.

 Our next event will be the Poker Ride to benefit Code Horse on Sept. 21. We hope to have a great turnout for this event. Any cause that help our veterans is a worthwhile cause. The cost is $25 and includes lunch and one poker hand. The event will be held at Sawgrass Island Preserve on Thomas Boat Landing Road in Umatilla. Bring your friends and come on out and have some fun. 

Last weekend we had a Camp Boggy Creek family weekend and had five horses and 11 helpers. Coordinator Danielle Doorneweerd was so happy to have all of us there. It is such a rewarding event. You need to come on out and give it a try. Future dates are Oct. 12 and 26. Let us know if you can help.  

Our next big event will be our October meeting. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AS THE DATE HAS CHANGED! Instead of being on a Thursday, it will be on Tuesday, October 1, 7PM at Plumwood Arabians Arena, 44945 Dupree Road, Altoona. Our guest speaker will be Wes Maillard, certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Wes will be doing a demonstration on a horse in the arena while telling us what he is doing and why. He specializes in craniosacral therapy (cranio means head and sacral means lower back) which helps to relieve pain and stress. Wes is an accomplished competitive trail rider and life-long equestrian. While he no longer rides, he works on horses (and people) to help with alignment and balance issues. You won’t want to miss this evening.

On Oct. 5 we will have a day ride at Andy and Sue Michel’s place in Inverness. We will ride out at 10AM to give everyone a chance to drive out there. After the ride, Sue and Andy will treat us to a hot dog cookout. Bring your own drink and chips or whatever. Also bring your bathing suit as they have a nice pool to cool off in. Address is 10032 South Heatherhill Terrace, Inverness. 

On Oct 11-13 we will have a campout at Shangri-La on the Greenways with Sun Country Trail Blazers for their annual Alzheimer’s charity trail ride. You can also come and day ride at Shangri-La if you want. They will have a poker ride with this event and you can get all the forms on  This ride is always fun with prizes and good food. Come on out and camp with us. 

Check our FB page or website for more rides coming up this fall!


REMEMBER:   Dues are due as of Sept. 1 so please get them mailed in. If you do not renew you will be removed from our mailing lists and from our FB page. So, don’t be delinquent in renewing. Applications can be found on our website and on our FB page.

The new T-shirts have arrived and we sold a bunch at the Sept. meeting. So, if you want any, come get them at the Sept. 21 ride our at the Oct. meeting. They tend to sell out fast. Don’t come around in April of next year and wonder why your size and favorite color are sold out. Get them now! We also have the bright safety orange just in time for hunting season.       



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