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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

June 27th Saturday - Wolf Lake Salad Ride. TB: Bonny George Jr. & Cathy Rosenberg. Calling all SFTR members. Bring your Juniors, your riding or lead-line pony, your mule or donkey!  Enjoy a cool lake swim and leisurely stroll under the pines.  A variety of cold salads, sodas, and water will be provided.  Bring a chair, and chips, dip or dessert if you'd like to share.  Arrive 10am, eat at 12, stay until ??  Call TBs: Cathy Rosenberg: 305-562-5193 or Bonny George, Jr. 305-233-1897 to RSVP, or to check on rain/weather.  See you there!

July 4th Saturday - Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade. TB: Debi & Craig Priest. Be at Calusa Park by 9:00 AM. Parade starts at 11:00 AM. Stage at 10:30 AM. This parade is for experienced Team members only. Directions: Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne past Seaquarium. Parking is at Calusa Park on right. Turn right at the first street past the fire station. Don’t pass it as it is impossible to turn around. Debi 305-775-1820.

July 6th Monday - Munchie’s Café. 12761 SW 42 St.  A new place we are trying out. Come on out and meet with the club. 7:00 PM dinner, 8:00 PM meeting. 
Speaker: Domingo Hernandez about Rawhide braiding. See info on next page.

July 13th Monday - Board Meeting at Julie Gonzalez 19525 SW 248 St. 7:00 PM social, 8:00 PM meeting. Please RSVP to Julie at 786-261-9020.

July 25th Saturday - SFTR's National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration. TB: Mike & Deda Maldonado. Ride will take place at the Fruit and Spice Park at 24801 SW187th Ave. Deda will host a Cowboy Art Display all day in the adjacent classroom, stop in and see it. The Cowboy Attire competition will be judged at 9:30 AM and ride out is at 10:00 AM. All will be welcome to join us for lunch in Mango's Cafe (bring lunch money). SFTR will provide cold drinks for this event. Call Mike 305-331-7599.



If you were not at there, you missed a great time of celebration, great food, great raffle, great people, great fun!!!!! That is correct, I am referring to our annual banquet.  Everyone is to be congratulated on another wonderful year of events and rides. There are so many people that work together to make this club a super club. Thank you to all. Congratulations to Gina Milhet who took home the “Member of the Year” award. We also celebrated a founding member’s birthday. The one and only Ben Kroner reached a milestone birthday. He turned eighty years young at the beginning of May. Congratulations, Ben. I hope all of us are doing as well as you at that age.  This year we were completely sold out of seats, so next year get your reservations in early.
On June 6, our Parade team took to the practice arena at White Star Farms. It was interesting to see the reactions of the horses to various obstacles. Perhaps the scariest one was the feed bag filled with empty soda cans to drag around. Many horses did not react in a favorable way at the first attempt, but by the end of the day, it was “old hat” to them. All the horses made some improvements to the obstacles presented. Bring on the parades! We are ready!           
Speaking of parades, the Fourth of July parade is the next one on the schedule. Those who attend not only get to enjoy the parade, but also food (usually chicken and watermelon) when the parade is finished. Better than the food is just sitting around and visiting with other club members. Contact Debi Cat-Priest if you are interested in attending. Her contact information is on the first page of the newsletter.
What better way to go riding in the summer than riding in the water. That is what you will be able to do at the Wolf Lake Ride in Davie on June 27. Don’t miss this opportunity to go swimming with your horse. Thank you, Bonnie, for being the trail boss.
In closing, be reminded that we celebrate the Fourth of July because that is when the colonies declared independence from England and this great country was started. Many have given their lives for this country and we need to be appreciative of the sacrifices countless families have made so we can have the freedoms we have.
Happy Trails,
Wayne Hershberger



It has been an honor to be part of a group like the SFTR.  A group of friends that are blessed to have a horse in their lives and for me personally never thought I would ever own one.  A city boy born and raised in New Jersey but always had a love for animals.  I met my wonderful wife, Carolina, who really introduced me to the world of horses.  I will never forget the time we went out on a date to the Bar B Ranch to ride. She was the experienced one and I the tough guy who said yes I have plenty if time on a horse. They told me fill out the paperwork before the ride and mark off english or western. I marked off english just like Carolina not knowing what I was getting into. The time came to mount up and I asked Carolina, where is the horn so I can hold on?! They immediately put me on the slowest horse of the group. 
After we got married and bought our first home we decided to by a horse, a Paso Fino named Platino, then we got a horse for Carolina, her baby was Amazona. For many, many years we boarded at a few places and met so many amazing people I consider close friends. We finally bought the house we always wanted to have. Our horses on our own property known as "Victory Oaks" Then of course came my next horse, Capitan, a American Quarter horse. I was amazed that I was elected as Vice President of the South Florida Trail Riders. The city boy who became a Country boy and have no regrets at all.  I love my family, friends and country. I am very grateful for what we have.
I hope to help the club and share good times with everyone  See ya all next time on the trail,
Yours truly,
Nelson Rodriguez
Vice President SFTR


Domingo Hernandez & Rawhide Braiding

I’ll present to members information about rawhide braiding, as I believe that education is fundamental for the development of all people. However, to speak about the history of rawhide we’ll briefly travel back to its origins. 
Rawhide, a bi-product of animals harvested for food, was discovered to the resistant and flexible so humans started to use it. However, is biodegradable and have a limited useful life depending on the climate, humidity and temperature. Only when the environmental conditions are right it lasts.
The stockmen of North America marks the beginning of rawhide braiding as we know it today, which continues to be very popular and have evolved into a refined art form. Therefore, I’ll discuss the preparation of hides, applications of rawhide and its care.

Mention several renowned rawhide braiders in the United States and Argentina as well as several publications available about this subject. Also, discuss categories of rawhide gear: the working class, the show class and collectibles.
Furthermore, I’ll have samples of gear and accessories made by contemporary rawhide braiders.

Thank you, Domingo Hernandez



A Get Well Card was sent to Indian Hammock, Okeechobee, FL member Neil Chambless who was out riding his horse and complained of not feeling well.  So glad he's recovering now following a heart attack! 

A Get Well Card was also sent to Suzanne Coffman of Naples, FL who's sporting a new knee!  We look forward to seeing you both back in the saddle!

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.
Please contact Debi Cat-Priest if you need a card sent to a SFTR member.


Redland 100 #9.

Terri Schulte's Urban Ride with 14 riders. The day was remarkably warm weather wise. We gathered at Augie's barn for donuts that Ben brought to share. Thank you Ben. Ride out time of 10:15 with 14 riders.
I tried very hard to lead but Brooklynn could not keep pace with the Paso's on that particular day! We rode up on the start of a brush fire. We took time to report the blaze. The trail consisted of the usual road, canal and trail passes to reach our destination.
The ride was very rewarding when we got to Phil's Berry Farm. The food was tasty and the shakes cold and refreshing. There was lots of hitching room, shade trees and water waiting for the horses. We took about an hour for lunch and a birthday wish was sung for Ben Kroner.           
We forged on after lunch back to Augie's farm. I always say "any time spent in the saddle is time well spent" Agree? I thought so!
The trail home was smooth and long! Augie was my navigator and we all know he thrives on the longest trail available! I lead us down the home stretch to reach trails end. Sylvia Cruz-Alvarez was waiting for us at the gate at to say "HI". More cold beverages and good conversation wrapped up the trail ride.
Happy Trails and Thanks You for a great safe ride! Terri Schulte


Tropical Park Hurricane Stalls

Yes, Hurricane Season is here and following are a few things to consider.  Once you have reserved a stall thru the SFTR. Follow these procedures. 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.  During this time, please call him either way at 305-554-7334 and leave a message.
Your reservation fee per stall is $26.00.  This reserves a stall for the 2015 Hurricane Season.  Once a Hurricane Watch goes into effect and you take possession of your stall, on the 25th hour you will owe Miami-Dade County an additional daily fee, plus an additional $26.00 to re-reserve your stall for the remainder of the 2015 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 tapped to your stall doors, halter, written on your horse, etc.
You can’t leave anything but your horse at Tropical Park.
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 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



Our June 6th parade practice at White Star Farms was a blast!  I hope everyone had as good a time as Craig and I did!  Thanks to Andrea and White Star Farms for always being so gracious and opening up this beautiful “farm park”! 
We have so many to thank (just like at our parades!;-) but we would like to single out a few… A big thanks to Elena & Jorge Ramos for working with the FFA at Felix Varela H.S. and bringing out a wonderful group of FFA kids who will be helping us at our parades!  They waved flags, played guitars, blew a trumpet and cheered us on!  
I am excited to announce that we picked up a new parade team member from Broward County and I hope we hear from others right here!  Thank you to Jon Henshaw for manning the BBQ and cooking up delicious burgers & dogs! Thank you to everyone who came with or without a horse.   Because of all of you, Craig and I enjoy being proud members of our Team!
Now do the Club proud and get ready for the Key Biscayne July 4th Parade!
Thanks again!
Debi & Craig



What a fantastic banquet! We had over 100 people  attend and everyone had a wonderful time. The buffet was endless and very good.
It was so nice to see everyone dressed up and ready to dance! We had a new DJ this year. He was very good at keeping us dancing. The reserved tables were a hit and worked out very well.
Debbie did great with the raffles. Lots of neat stuff to win. The freebie bags we gave out had some wonderful goodies in them along with the bag that folds up to a small ball. Great to clip on your saddle.
Wayne handled the presentations wonderfully and we were dancing and socializing in no time at all. I can’t wait until next year’s banquet!


Felix Varela Veterinary Science Magnet Academy
The Felix Varela Veterinary Science Magnet Academy is one of a kind because of our “Paws in the Classroom” approach.  Felix Varela Senior High is the only high school in the nation that houses and cares for rescue animals. During the school day, the dogs are an integral part of classroom instruction. Unlike other programs, Varela Vet Academy students are able to learn by doing instead of merely reading from a textbook. 
Students also manage an on-site working barn, where they house their personal animals. Through the Varela Junior and Senior Chapter of the National FFA Organization, and the West Kendall 4-H c Club, students show a variety of animals at local and state fairs. The use of animals in our program gives our students an edge against their counterparts when they graduate. Through hands on experience our academy offers an incredible and unique involvement for all of our students and prepares them for their experiences beyond high school.

Varela Vet Academy Wish List

* Purina Goat Chow Goat Feed
* Max E Glo Pellets
* Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
* Goat Mineral Blocks or Loose Mineral Powder
* Beet pulp
* Purina Cattle Developer
* Purina Honors Show Finisher
* Cow Mineral Block
* Calf manna
* Purina Lamb Show Ration
* Sheep Mineral Blocks
Dogs and Cats
* Dry Dog Food
* Dry Cat Food
* Dog Toys
* Towels
* Blankets
* Crates
* Beds

General Supplies
* Coastal hay
* TNA Hay
* Small (sheep and goat) and large(cattle) Clippers
* Bedding for large animals
* Baby Wipes
* Baking Soda
* Small Hoof Trimmers
* Animal Blow dryer
* Leashes and collars
* Pepto Bismol
* Clorox
* Dishwashing liquid
* Hand soap
* Hand Sanitizer
* Laundry Detergent
* Towels
* Newspaper
* Garbage bags
* Disposable gloves
* Power Tools (ex: drills)
* Hand-held tools (Ex: screwdrivers)
* Hammers
* Pitchforks
* Wheel Barrows
* Shovels (flathead and roundhead)
* Hoses

Please provide all donations to Elena Ramos, our SFTR volunteer coordinator: Cell #786-251-2036 or email GGRANCHINC@MSN.COM


Let's Go Swimming!

Who’s going swimming with their horse this summer?  I mean, full on swimming!  The first time I had a horse who actually enjoyed taking me for a swim, I was so excited I swam around with my wallet and phone fully submerged the whole time.  I then realized that this was just a very mild reminder of all the things that could go wrong here!  I then did some reading and thinking, and came up with some proper prior preparation.
The first step – am I a good enough swimmer to reach the shore alone in the body of water, if we part company?  If not , I will stick to wading. Second, is my horse very fit?  Swimming is hard work for horses.  They tire much faster than on land, and breathing is also more difficult.  Now – can my horse swim?  It is instinctive, but some horses will panic when their feet are off the ground.  If they try to rear or thrash sideways, they cannot swim effectively and can drown fast.
I will allow my horse to work up to swimming at liberty, or on a leadline, so that she can figure out the motion calmly and enjoy it safely.  After all, when I learned to swim I did not have anyone on my back.  I will make sure my tack does not restrict her, especially her head and neck.  No tie-down, martingale, or even extra lead ropes or anything else hanging.  To swim, a horse must have their head free.  Many horses have drowned because of tie-downs. Last, I will scout the body of water to the best of my ability.  Is the current, wave action, drop-off or depth, within my horse’s comfort zone and mine?  Is there sucking mud on the bottom, sharp rocks or debris?  I’ll do all these things because if my horse gets in trouble in the water it is unlikely that I can do anything to help her. 
Now, who’s ready to go swimming?  Wait, where’s my phone?
Sandy Fobb


Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade
Hay, Team! Parade Season is here!!  Our first parade of the season will be the Key Biscayne 4th of July parade and we hope to see you there!  In addition to horses, we always need side walkers to make sure the people stay away from the horses on this route. All need to be in parade uniform.  
For the first time ever, we have the FFA kids who are excited to be part of our Parade Team tradition!  They will help with the banner, side-walking and the always crowd pleasing pooper-scooping!  Please welcome and educate them as they have limited experience with our equine friends. 
If you have not already received the parade package, please let me know.  Please try to RSVP for the parades so I have an idea of who is coming and who wants to carry a flag.  Remember to wash all your bridles, pads, etc. in your washer and they will come out like new and ready to go parading in!  Now, put on some sunscreen and let’s have a great time!
Debi & Craig

Upcoming Parades:
July 4th - Key Biscayne
Nov. 11th - Homestead Veterans Day
Nov. 29th - Jr. Orange Bowl
Dec. 6th - Parade of the Elves in South Miami
Jan. 30th Homestead Rodeo



WANTED: Jesse Williams Ranch is looking for another Riding Instructor to compliment our Riding Academy programs. Have fun while earning a little extra cash. Call Jesse Williams Ranch 305-270-KIDS (5437)

BUYING, SELLING AND TRANSPORTATION of CATTLE: Licensed and Insured. Jorge Ramos 786-251-2038 or email

TRAILERING NEEDED: Looking for someone to trailer my mare to SFTR Dade events from Southwest Ranches in Broward. Carol Hill 786-417-8732

BOARDING: Okeechobee, $150.00 per month, feed extra, pasture with run in shed. Retirement boarding also. 40 acres. Near many nice trails.  Caretaker on premise.  Call Rosanne (863) 357- 8769.​

FOR SALE: 2010 Turnbow, BP, 2H, straight load, walk thru trailer. Never been used. 100% Aluminum, fiberglass roof. TB 7'6" tall, insulated walls, ramp, 2 spare tires, 2750 lbs. $9000. Contact Sylvia: or 305-479-6640.

FOR SALE: GE Dryer. $25 worked when I put in the garage. In rough shape but would make a good barn dryer or even use for parts. Andrea 305-216-2461.

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

FOR SALE:  Kitchen Aid dishwasher white has stainless steel inside not plastic. Works great asking $200; Whirlpool double wide fridge, white excellent condition asking $800; Antique light fixtures set of four asking $130. 786-253-2175.

FOR SALE: '03 2H GN Slant LQ Shadow All aluminum trailer: hydraulic hitch, propane fridge, cooktop, water heater, dinette, AC, awning, cowboy shower, new paint $16K, Gail 954.464.5426 for photos.

FOR SALE: 2005 Adams 2 horse slant LQ GN. Loaded, satellite, ac/heat, fully insulated, awning, spare tire, extra ties outside, walk thru door, $18,000 Call 352-874-4903.

FOR SALE: ’03 3H GN Exiss SS310 full LQ Trailer 10’ short wall. Dinette,  walk thru to back,  mangers for storage.  New brakes, tires, awning, satellite. 70 gal. fresh water, 35 gal. gray & black tanks, ramp, hydraulic jacks, one owner great condition. $28,900 Call for photos 305-794-8004 or email 

FOR SALE OR LEASE: $500/month:  6 yr old Dun AQHA gelding; has done cow work $2,800; 10 yr old POA pony geld, child safe and trail rides $1,500; 12 yr old grade mare, trail rides, $1,800.  Redland Equestrian Center 305-323-4038.

FOR SALE: 2004 Featherlite 3 horse slant w/ dressing room.  Very good cond, can text photos. $11,500. 352-267-5170.

FOR SALE: New, IRH , in the box horseback riding Show Helmets. Mostly children sizes. Retail over $100 now only $75.  Call Mike 305-331-7599

LESSONS & TRAINING: Dressage training for horse and rider. Becky Lamas. USDF Associate Instructor 305-525-3573.

FOR SALE: 2009 Shadow LQ 3 horse GN. Stallion stall, slide out w/couch, fridge, microwave, sink, a/c heat furnace, shower, toilet, hay rack, generator. Well maintained, $30K. Call Leah for info. Located in Naples. 239-248-8338.

FOR SALE: Roll a Way saddle racks by Ben. $75.00 Call Ben 305-323-4328.

FOR SALE: RV Antenna, came off my trailer. Crank up with new King digital head. $50. The digital head can be removed and used on your crank up antenna. Andrea 305-216-2461.

FOR SALE: NEW Brother TN-540 toner cartridge for Brother laser printer. $30 (new $60)  Andrea 305-216-2461.

The Great Florida Cattle Drive '16. Jan. 23-30, 2016 "It ain't for sissies"







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


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3 Ranch Challenge

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Officers and Directors

SFTR - D Board

President - Wayne Hershberger
Vice President - Nelson Rodriguez 
Secretary – Carolina Puig-Rodriguez

Treasurer - Julie Gonzalez
Board of Directors: 
Sandy Fobb
Bonny George Jr.

Domingo Hernandez
Gina Milhet
Wilfredo Perez

Alternate Board of Directors
Sylvia Cruz-Alvarez
Juana Cabrera 


  • Camping - Andrea Sante (
  • Emergency Management - Sandy Fobb
  • Facebook - Manny Alvarez & Elena Ramos
  • Funnel Cakes - Carrie & Wayne Hershberger
  • Historian - Deda & Mike Maldonado 
  • Hot-Line - Gina Milhet
  • Hurricane Stalls – Debi Cat-Priest
  • Membership -Marilyn Vina
  • Newsletter - Andrea Sante (,
  • Parades - Debi Cat-Priest & Craig Priest
  • Programs - Ben Kroner
  • Public Relations - Manny Alvarez
  • Sunshine - Debi Cat-Priest (
  • T-Shirts -Debbie Brunson (prairiette@aol.com305-505-7103




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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