​Altoona, Florida


​Feb. 1:   ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School, Refreshments will be served.  Guest speaker - Dr. Shane Files, DVM

​Feb. 3:   Ride at Indian Lake State Forest, Baseline Road, Ocala, sponsored by Florida State Forest to promote Springs Fest.  

​               Ride will be led by ATR members, all are invited to come and ride.  Ride out at 10AM, bring lunch to eat after ride. 

Feb. 9-11:  Cross Withlacoochee Ride -    this ride is now FULL.    We will start out at Holder Mine 10AM Fri - pack lunch - arrive at Renab Ranch for the night, eat dinner out.  Sat. AM leave Renab at 9AM, pack lunch, arrive at Norodama Ranch for the night, eat dinner out.  Be prepared to be primitive and bring pens or corrals.  Bring extra set of keys with your ID for drivers.  The smaller your trailer the better. 

​Feb 24:   ATR day ride, to be determined.

​Mar. 1:   ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School, Refreshments, no speaker this month.

Mar. 3:   ATR Yard Sale - Umatilla, we need tack, barn items, horsey décor.  Get your items to Michelle McWilliams.  We will put your saddle up for sale for a fee.  We need workers for this event.  Call Michelle if questions, 352-636-6430.

Mar. 17:  8:00AM  -  Highway 42 clean up, followed by  ATR day ride, Trailhead Ranch, St. Patrick's theme, Ride out when roadside is cleaned up.  Lunch at trailhead after ride.

Mar. 23-25:  ATR campout - location to be determined 

Apr. 5:  ATR monthly meeting, 7PM, Altoona School. Refreshments will be served.  Guest speaker, Dr. Amanda Clark, small animal vet. 

Altoona Trail Riders Newsletter          
Message from your President:

    Happy New Year to all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.  I am not a fan of this cold weather and would like it just a tad bit warmer.  January is upon us and we have lots of riding to do. 

     We had a great turnout for the parade with some wonderful outfits.  I hope to have the pics on the website soon.  Our first shop ‘n social was a big success and folks have already been asking for a repeat next year.   And we had a truck full of food for the animal shelter.  Thanks to all who donated.  I took over 700 pounds of food to them.  Our party was a lot of fun and it was entertaining watching you all move the gifts from the right to the left and back again!

    The New Year’s campout at McCulley had about a dozen folks attending.  I have seen the pictures but have not talked to anyone yet.  I know it was cold up there.  I was sorry to have missed it.  I love camping at McCulleys.  Several of us wanted to do a day ride with Marilyn Hart in Dunnellon on New Years day, but the weather kept us from riding.  But we still went out to lunch and had a fun time. 

     The Winter Horse Trials at Rocking Horse begin in January with the first one being Jan 26-28.  They can always use volunteers and will train you for different jobs.  If you are interested call Allison at 407-766-4183.

​New Members  
We welcome Becky Sheryak as a new member. Becky and her husband are from Ohio and have now made Altoona their full-time home! They were very active in Ohio with Ohio horse council and other groups and we are happy to have their talents available to us. 

Sunshine Committee
We want to send get well wishes to Anita Pierce who has had some health concerns.

And we send condolences to Cher and Michael Rentoumis on the passing of Michael’s father.

Joan Woods recently passed away.  She was not a member of the Altoona Trail Riders, but she was a long-time Altoona resident and competitive trail rider, organizer and judge.  She raised Arabians on her farm in Altoona and was very active in the horse community for many years.



Mission Statement:

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

​It's WINTER in Florida!  Brrrr.......   Come on out and RIDE!