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Who Are The South Florida Trail Riders, Inc.?

 We are a nonprofit, all volunteer horse riding organization made up of family, single and youth members. Our members come from a wide variety of horse interests: breeding, showing, dressage, endurance, farriers, medical, pleasure, trainers and just "plain ol" horse lovers.

Our members have an equally broad range of vocational interests from horse trainers to medical doctors, truck drivers, students, stock brokers, attorneys, police, shopkeepers, teachers, etc.

All have one primary interest. . . to ride and care for horses.

We organize to:  

  • Preserve open "greenspace" conducive to safe responsible horse activities, primarily trail riding.
  • Develop horse trails and facilities.
  • Promote horse activities.
  • Promote legislation in favor of horsemen and horse related activities.
  • We believe in the American adage that "Together we stand, divided we fall."
  • The interests of our members are widely varied. Consequently, our activities are also varied.

Schedule of Upcoming Rides, Meetings, and Events

Sept. 6th Saturday - Freedom Walk. VFW Post 4127, 601 NE 2ND Road, Homestead. The two mile walk is held every year in memory of the 9-11 victims and their families. This event is sanctioned and organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Be ready to ride by 9:30 AM, and will be over by 11 AM. We are meeting at the VFW post in Homestead. Please contact Manny if you would like to carry one of the flags. If your horse does not accept flags, we still want  you to be there for this annual observance. The Freedom Walk also welcomes pedestrians, joggers, runners, wheel chairs, strollers, and bicycles. Dogs on leashes are also allowed. A free lunch will be served after the parade. Manny Alvarez and Bonny George Jr- Trail Bosses 305-395-9343. See article.

Sept. 8th Monday - General Meeting at Golden Corral. 33525 S. Dixie Hwy. 7:00 PM dinner, 8:00 PM meeting. Meeting room is to the right when you go in. If you are eating, pay for your meal then go to the room. Speakers: Sandy Fobb on Emergency Management & Jeff Fobb on snakes.

Sept. 15th Monday - Board Meeting at the Sandy Fobb’s home 7:00 PM social, 8:00 PM meeting. 26390 SW 147 Ave. Please RSVP to Sandy at 305-258-4294.

Sept. 20th Saturday - Gina's Annual SFTR Birthday Ride. We will ride out at 3:00 PM from my barn and go for an afternoon ride on the Canals and Greenways. A short stop at Sonia's for cake and ice-cream. Food will be available. Non Members my join at the ride, I can send you a form. Day membership will be available at a cost of $5.00 Please RSVP 786-286-0617 or email me SW168 ST and 197 AVE right follow signs / call for directions.

Sept. 27th Saturday - Sonny's & Bonny's Obstacle Challenge & Parade Practice! Arrive at 9:00AM,
Ride at 10am, Lunch at 12pm. 16990 SW 170 Ave (Krome to 168 St  Turn East) Practice your horsemanship skills. We'll have noise & noodles, fronds & flags, tires & tarps, poles & puddles, barrels & more! Ride your horse or mule, lead-line your donkey or junior rider, hitch up your cart, desensitize your foal or potential parade equine.  We encourage anyone interested in parades to attend so we can safely prepare for our up-coming parade season.  Trailer-pooling is essential, & better RSVP so we can map out limited parking. Sonny & Bonny: 305-233-1897.

Oct. 4th Saturday - Redland 100 Ride #1. TB: Andrea Sante. 23950 SW 129 Ave. 9:00 AM ride out. Please be on time, this will be about a 4 hour ride on mostly greenways but we do have some road crossings. 305-216-2461.

Oct. 6th Monday - General Meeting at Golden Corral. 33525 S. Dixie Hwy. 7:00 PM dinner, 8:00 PM meeting. Meeting room is to the right when you go in. If you are eating, pay for your meal then go to the room. Speaker: Sonny George Jr. on tying proper knots.





Hello, Fellow Trail Riders,

Since the last newsletter it has been very hot. Hopefully you have been able to enjoy your equine friend in spite of the heat. Please take note that our general meeting for September has been changed from September 1 to September 8. This is due to Labor Day weekend. We would love to see you at this meeting.

The Freedom walk is on September  6. This ride commemorates the 911 attack on America. Many people gave their lives that day and we should always be thankful for the bravery and selflessness those first responders exemplified that day.

On September 27t.h, Bonnie will trail boss a parade practice. It would be great to have more of you join us on the team.  Interacting with the spectators and seeing the reactions of the children when they see the horses is very rewarding. Please come join us at this practice.

Our first Redland 100 ride is coming up on October 4. Andrea will be the trail boss for the first leg of this 100 mile ride.

I will close by giving you a couple of reminders: 1. Make sure you renew your Trail Rider membership if you have not done it yet, and 2. Check your coggins to keep it up to date. When you get the coggins returned to you, the e-card is a wonderful investment. It is the size of a credit card and you can keep it in your wallet or in your saddlebag.
Hope to see you on the trails,

Wayne Hershberger



We are going to have 10 rides this year of 12 to 15 miles each, approximately 4-5 hours depending on how fast we walk.  You will only have to complete 7 rides to accomplish the 100 miles.  

If anyone has a new area (must be 12 to 15 miles) that they would like to explore or suggest, please contact Augie Saavedra.
We would all like to see and ride in some new areas.

The following are the scheduled rides:

Oct.4                     Ride to Black Point & back TB: Andrea
Nov.22 & 23        Glades to Bay TB: Augie
Dec.14                  Everglades Ride TB: Manny
Jan1                      Black Eyed Pea Ride TB: JC Vina
Jan 3                     Full Moon Night ride from 136th St. parking area TB: Gina
Feb.22                  TB: Heidi & Dave
March 7               Thompson Park to Black Point Marina TB: Carlos Cardenas
April 18                Urban Ride TB: Augie
May 2                   OPEN - we need an area

You can contact Augie at 305-582-1557.
Augie Saavedra


Sonny's & Bonny's Obstacle
Challenge & Parade Practice!  
Saturday Sept. 27,  9:00AM

Open to all SFTR members, & welcoming day members, to practice their horsemanship skills. We'll have noise & noodles, fronds & flags, tires & tarps, poles & puddles, barrels & more! 

Ride your horse or mule, lead-line your donkey or junior rider, hitch up your cart, desensitize your foal or potential parade equine. 

We encourage anyone interested in parades, and all juniors, to attend so we can safely prepare for our up-coming parade season.  Trailer-pooling is essential, & better RSVP so we can map out limited parking.
Arrive at 9am, Ride at 10am, Lunch at 12pm.


16990 SW 170 Ave (Krome to 168 St  Turn East)
Sonny & Bonny:



 A Get Well Card was sent to Tim Dafcik following a serious hand injury. 

A Get Well Card was also sent to one of our more "mature" trail riders,  Modesta Iturrey, following surgery.

Please know our thoughts are with you and we look forward to you both getting back in the saddle.

Sunshine Committee

Please contact Debi Cat-Priest if you need a card sent to a SFTR member



Tropical Park Hurricane Stalls

Yes, Hurricane Season is here and following are a few things to consider for hurricane season. When a Hurricane Watch goes into effect, the barn manager, Pablo Tejeda, will attempt to reach everyone to confirm that you will take possession of your stall.  If unsuccessful, he will reassign your stall for that hurricane to someone else.  Please call him either way at (305) 554-7334 and leave a message (only if a hurricane is imminent)

Reserve your stalls with Debi Catarineau-Priest.
Your reservation fee per stall is $26.00.  This reserves a stall for the 2014 Hurricane Season.  Once a Hurricane Watch goes into effect and you take possession of your stall, on the 25th hour Miami-Dade County will charge a daily fee, plus an additional $26 to re-reserve your stall for the remainder of the 2014 Season.

Upon arrival, Pablo will need to see your Coggins papers.  Suggested items are flashlight, buckets with clips for water, (muck buckets work), a fly mask, your name, horse’s name and phone #’s taped to your stall doors, halter, written on your horse, etc.

You can’t leave anything but your horse at Tropical Park. No trailers.

Depending on the storm’s estimated arrival, Miami-Dade County will lock the park gates.  Once the Hurricane Watch is lifted, you have 48 hours to remove your horse. All stalls must be cleaned before leaving or an additional charge of $26 per stall will be applied and you will be unable to reserve stalls in the future.

Hope to see you on the trail – not at Tropical Park!

Have a great summer!

Debi Catarineau-Priest


National Day of the American Cowboy
Each year we celebrate the role the Cowboy has played in our history. The Cowboy is as much a part of our country as is the Bald Eagle and Old Glory. One more larger than life icon of what it is to be American. This year we rode out from the Redland Fruit and Spice Park.
To honor that spirit, we hold a contest to see who will dress themselves and their horse as authentic as possible to the cowboy that road the range, driving cattle to market, settling open lands, raising families in times less comfortable than our own.
This year our first prize went to Debbie Brunson, our own Calamity Deb. Second went to Colby Stroud, always a cowboy on every ride. Third was Joy Gilpin, she was our modern day Pocahontas with red pigtails and all.
WE had a great two hour ride in spite of the heat, with 12 riders and a wonderful lunch at Mango's cafe.
Deda held her annual Cowboy Day Art Exhibit in the Fruit and Spice Park's Classroom. Over thirty pieces produced by about twenty artists. The display was viewed by many over the weekend.
I would like to thank all the riders and Authentic Cowboys and Cowgirls; my favorite, reliable, wonderful, authentic judges Ralph West and John Wilcox; Deda and her artist friends’, the Redland Fruit and Spice Park for the use of the classroom and facility; Mango's cafe for the great food and wonderful service; and many thanks to the generous gift certificates from Griff's Western Wear & Davie Feed in Davie, Fl; Sunset Country in Homestead, and Robbie's Feed in the Redlands.
We'll be looking for all of you cowboys and cowgirls to show off your duds and gear next year.
Mike Maldonado



Hi Team! Parade Season has started!!
The next parade will be the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11. We will park behind the Big Cheese in Homestead.
We hope to see lots of Parade Team Members and Potential Parade Team Members at Sonny’s & Bonny’s Parade Practice on Saturday, Sept. 27th.  It promises to be educational and entertaining!  And the timing is perfect as our next parade, Homestead Veterans Day on Nov. 11th, will be open to all members as long as you wear black pants, white shirt and cowboy hat/helmet and ride a clean, healthy horse.
So come to Sonny & Bonny’s Parade Practice to give you and your horse an idea of what to expect!

If you would like to buy equipment and join the Team, let me know before the practice so I can bring any equipment with me.
Debi & Craig

Here is a list of the upcoming parades:

Nov. 11th - Homestead Veterans Day
Nov. 30th - Jr. Orange Bowl
Dec. 7th - Parade of the Elves in South Miami
Jan. 24th Homestead Rodeo




FULL BOARD: Beautiful property with concrete barn, large sand ring, plenty of pasture and trails nearby. For more info call 305 562 5052. Ranch is located at 18272 SW154 St. Miami.

FOR SALE: Four horse Ponderosa stock trailer, bumper pull, $3,000 call Ginger 305-773-9013.

FOR RENT: Camp site adjacent to big South Fork Park, TN. Full hook up. Fenced. Private subdivision. No trailering out necessary. Miles of trails 20 minutes from East Fork Stables, Jamestown. Mitzi 931-752-7578.

FOR SALE: 2008 Bee 3 horse slant load gooseneck. Has tack room / space for living quarters. Hardly used, in great condition. Asking $8500 please call Guy 305-609-3483.

FOR SALE: 8 y/o Registered Quarter horse mare. 15.1 hands green broke. Easy going with great personality. $1,500 obo 786-548-8048.

In between newsletters you can follow all SFTR activities in our Facebook Page.  "South Florida Trail Riders"

FOR SALE: 2003 Four Star GN 2 horse slant alum. Fully insulated DR. Cowboy shower, hot water heater, water tank, built in storage/boot box, screen door, fans above horses. $13,500. Michele. 305-259-3222.

BOARDING: Tree Tops Park access, Full Board only. Small and large riding arenas with jumps and lights. Feed 3x a day, daily cleaning and turn-out. Lessons available. Call Melanie 954-557-5885   Tree House Farms

FOR LEASE: VARIOUS HORSES.  TB/Draft cross, excellent jumper/trail horse, always in ribbons; 16.1 hh TB trail horse. Dappled grey 15'3", great trail horse;  Gaited paint. Melanie 954-557-5885

FOR SALE: LAND. Ideal for horses, home or business. 2-1/2 acres, $100k; 7 acres, $259k; 10 acres, $400k. Owner finance with 30% down. Susie Randolph Global Luxury Realty 305-323-4038 

FREE: Beginner friendly horses/ponies. 4 to choose from, no rehoming fee.

FOR RENT: 1/1 apt for 1-2 persons. $850 furnished with all utilities. 305-323-4038.

FOR SALE: 2006 Four Star Trailer BP 2 horse stock combo, exc. cond. new tires, polished alum, very lite and easy to haul. Asking 10.5k, a new one would be 20+k call me 305-773-4022 JC Vina.

FOR SALE - Field Master Field Boots, Size 7 Regular.  Brand new in the box, never worn.  I bought the wrong size and can’t be returned. Regular price $200.  Asking, $109. Debi 305-775-1820.

FOR SALE: Western Show saddle, bridle, breastplate (lots of silver). Western saddle, Hunt seat saddle, Dressage saddle, cutback saddle, multiple English bridles, bits, show halters, conchos, saddle pads, leg wraps, tack box, saddle racks, body clippers, lots of miscellaneous supplies. No more horses. Contact Rosalie at (305)246-1747 for details.

FOR SALE: Breyer horses. Come over and go thru the box or buy the whole box. Maybe 50-100 horses in the box. Make me a decent offer. Andrea 305-216-2461.

BOARDING: Full board, daily turnout - $400.00 per month.   Please call Augie 305-582-1557.

FOR SALE: Endurance type black leather western saddle, no horn. 16” heavy duty in good shape. $100. Call Andrea 305-216-2461.

FOR SALE: Bob Marshall treeless western saddle 16”. Beautiful saddle, black & brown, extras added. $1250. Andrea 305-216-2461.







Photo Gallery:


ACTHA Jousting clinic


ACTHA winners at Banquet -
1st place AnnLouise Oudin
2nd place Andrea Sante


End of ACTHA ride thru White Star Farms


Member of the Year - Bonny George Jr,


Lifetime Achievement Award - Carrie & Wayne Hershberger


Banquet trail boss shirts and part of the raffles


Goethe BCA ride in October


Click To View  Jr. Orange Bowl Parade
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3 Ranch Challenge

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Officers and Directors

SFTR - D Board

President - Mike Maldonado
Vice President - Wayne Hershberger 
Secretary - Bonny George Jr.
Treasurer - Julie Gonzalez

Board of Directors:

Debbie Brunson
Sandy Fobb
Carrie Hershberger
Wendy Lewit
Wilfredo Perez

Alternate Board of Directors

Richard Dunmoyer
Bonny George Jr.


  • Camping - Andrea Sante (
  • Emergency Management - Sandy Fobb 
  • Funnel Cakes - Carrie & Wayne Hershberger
  • Historian - Deda & Mike Maldonado 
  • Hot-Line - Wendy Sue Lewit
  • Hurricane Stalls – Debi Cat-Priest
  • Membership -Marilyn Vina
  • Newsletter - Andrea Sante (,
  • Parades - Debi Cat-Priest
  • Programs - Ben Kroner
  • Public Relations - (Open)
  • Sunshine - Debi Cat-Priest (
  • T-Shirts -Debbie Brunson ( 305-505-7103



Would You Like To Join
The South Florida Trail Riders?

Annual membership for individual is $30; family is $35. Our calendar year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. New memberships after April 15th will continue through the next year. It will be like getting free membership until Sept. 1st. For more information and a newsletter call Andrea Sante at (305) 258-7780 OR Email Andrea at

Click HERE for the membership applicaton. (PDF)

Click HERE for the bylaws (PDF)

Here is a list of rides, clinics and events that the SFTR has sponsored and participated in:

  • Camping all over Florida in places like Highlands Hammock State Park, Ocala National Forest, Dupuis Reserve, Withlacoochee Forest, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Cecil Webb, Adams Ranch - Ft. Pierce and Three Lakes area, Everglades National Park, Myakka River State Park, Tosohatchee State Reserve, Paynes Prairie State Preserve and Oleta River State Rec. Area., Oklawaha RV park, Potts Preserve, and many more.
  • Beach Rides & Lakes: Virginia Key, Hutchinson Island, Wolf Lake, Tree Tops Park Lake, Miami Beach Moonlight Ride.
  • Clinics such as: Equine Massage Therapy, Equine Dentist, Coggins Test clinic, Large Animal Disaster Planning, Freezebranding clinic, Dressage clinic, Hunter-Jumper clinics.
  • Parades: Key Biscayne 4th of July, Calder Racetrack Parade of Breeds, Veterans Day in Homestead & Miami Lakes, University of Miami Homecoming, Parade of Elves, Jr. Orange Bowl, King Orange Bowl, Festival of Nations, Homestead Rodeo, Davie West Fair, St. Patricks Day, Gulfstream Racetrack and many more invites than we could handle.
  • Specialty Rides: Carrot Hunt, Fish Fry Ride, Michele’s Surprise Ride, Poker Rides, St. Judes Ride-a-Thon, Chili Ride, Halloween Bash, Toys for Tots, Team Penning, Wellington Hounds Walk, Laura’s Shake Ride, Tree Tops Hog Barbeque Ride, Mount Trashmore, Jello Rides, Wild West Ride, Greenways Trail.
  • Charity Events: Black Stallion Literacy Project, Ride-a-Thons for St. Judes, SPCA of Fl., Horse Protection Assoc. of Fl. and others.

Through your membership with our club, you can enjoy all these wonderful diverse events with special people who have the same love of horses as you do.

Please join our club and help us enlarge our membership to show our strength in the community, so we can lobby for more open places to ride.

Hotline (305) 4-HORSES

(305) 446-7737 Dade County

Please also visit the Broward County Trail Riders
website for more fun events and information!

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