28th-Day ride at Lake George Conservation Area on Lake George road Seville, FL.  Directions on Facebook under event info.  Just click the address.  Ride out at 10am. There is a pavilion to eat lunch at after the ride, bring your lunch and drink. They have restrooms and wide open parking. We do have to cross a small country road to get on the trails. There is water crossings and we will be able to get to the lake. Hope to see you there.

3rd- Monthly Meeting at Altoona School 42630 SR 19 Altoona, FL 32702 at 7pm. This is Election Day!!! Come cast your vote for the 2018/2019 ATR Board members. Here are the candidates and positions they are running for: President Karen Pando, VP/Trail boss Michelle McWilliams, Secretary Jackie Richie, Treasurer Darlene Applebee, Board positions Nancy Fish, Sandy Walsh, Andy Michel, Margaret Schuman. We will be taking last minute nominees at the meeting prior to the voting so if you want to run for one of these positions there is still time. Must be present at the meeting to vote.

5th-Halfmoon Wildlife Management Area Day Ride with Sun Country. 8864 CR 247
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538   Ride out at 10am.  Bring lunch to eat at trailhead after the ride.

22nd-29th-Triple B Campout at Doe Lake 40929 STATE RD 19, UMATILLA, FL 32784. You must register with Triple B by either emailing or by calling 813-394-8210.  Day Rides are available for those who do not want to camp.  You must sign release and pay all fees camping and day riding to Triple B.  There is usually a tent set up at Doe Lake for you to do so.

7th- Monthly Meeting at Altoona School 42630 SR 19 Altoona, FL 32702 at 7pm. Last ATR meeting of the riding season!! Come meet the new board members. ICE CREAM social time. Free ice cream and all the trimmings!!

9th-ATR Year End Banquet at Grand Oaks Resort 3000 Marion County Road, Weirsdale, FL 32195.  Sign up deadline May 26th. $35 per member and $45 per non-member. Bring your money to the May 3rd meeting or mail to club PO Box 1225 Altoona, FL 32702. Party starts at 1 pm and wraps up at 5 pm. We will have food and a CASH bar. Awards for Trail Rider of the year, Horse of the Year, and of course an opportunity to revisit the fun from this year’s rides and campouts.

Altoona Trail Riders Newsletter   April 2018       
Message from your President:

​​      April showers bring May flowers…. So I hope April gives us lots of rain.  We have been very dry and we are eating dust on the trails.
     We had a nice turnout for the March meeting and I thank Dawn McNulty Simon for speaking to us on the changes at Umatilla Mower, including the name change to Umatilla Saw and Mower.  Some of our members have already visited the store to buy new chain saws.    
     Our lunch ride to Amy Toman’s place was a lot of fun.  We had a good turnout and the food was delicious.  Thanks to Mark and Linda who moved food and set it all up at the other end.  And thanks to Amy’s husband Dan for all his help.  We may make this an annual event as we had a lot of fun. 
     We had a great yard sale again and thanks to Michelle who organized it all and thanks to all the helpers.  We added $500+ to our coffers.  Sue took all the horsey stuff to the Tack Shack horsey yard sale the end of the month and made another $250 for the club.  Thanks Sue! 
     Our highway clean-up day had a good group of folks show up to work.  Thanks to Karen Szabo, Karla Zink, Roger Schram, Cherie Anderson, Linda Oyaski, Peggy Riley, Diane Roberts, Nancy Alford, Ellie Kersey, Michelle McWilliams, Mark Wolcott, Jerry Harrington, Ron Smith, Sue Rogers, Jill Sayers, Libby McDermott, Pat and George Baker.  We had a huge pile of trash when we were done.  Then we had a great ride led by Jerry through the woods.  The trails were all passable, but some still need some work.  It will give us something to do this summer!  The best part of the day was our wonderful lunch hosted by Linda and Jerry.  The porch was decorated perfectly for the holiday and the food was pure Irish!  Many thanks to Linda and Jerry.
     The McCulley campout was a bit chilly but the days warmed up nicely for some great rides.  We had a good pancake breakfast on Saturday and a hot dog lunch provided by Libby and cooked by Mark.  We could smell those dogs cooking when we came back from our ride.  We had a good turnout for the ride and the only sad part was we were saying goodbye to Connie and Ron who were headed back to Virginia that Monday.  They did make it home safe and sound and to snow!
     We also had to say goodbye to Denny and PJ who headed back to Tennessee in late March as well.  We will miss them… as well as PJ’s great baking.  Try out some new recipes this summer, PJ, so you can thrill us with goodies when you return. 
     And that brings us up to April.  I hope everyone has a blessed Easter and wonderful spring.
We have a guest speaker for this month – Dr. Amanda Clark, small animal vet.  Come on out and see what she has to say to our group. 
     We have a day ride on April 7 at Jackie Richie’s place in Altoona, ride out at 9AM.  We will ride out at 9AM and have lunch back at the barn.  Sun Country has invited us to ride with them at their O’Leno campout over April 6-8 and also their day ride on April14 at San Felasco.  So feel free to join them at these events. 






Mission Statement:

The Altoona Trail Riders are dedicated to the preservation of equestrian trails, participation in community service and promotion of family fun.      


​Altoona, Florida

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