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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

Dec. 8th Monday -  Board Meeting at Julie Gonzalez’ 7:00 PM social, 8:00 PM meeting. 19525 SW 248 St. Please RSVP to Julie at 786-261-9020. Hosted by Willy Perez.

Dec. 13th Saturday - Jingle Bell Jaunt & Toy Drive. TB: Carrie & Wayne Hershberger. Larry & Penny Thompson Park 12451 SW 184 St. We are parking at the mango grove by the RV park. You may arrive and sign in any time after 8:00 AM. Judging will be at 10 AM. The ride thru the park will begin at 11:00 A.M. We should be able to eat lunch provided by the SFTR around 12:30. Please tie your horses to your trailer not to the trees. Be sure to bring water for your horses. Make sure to sign in and get your numbers for the contest and turn in your toys so they can be counted. Any questions call Carrie 305-206-0317.

Jan. 1st Thursday - Black Eyed Pea Ride. TB: JC & Lynn Vina. Ride out at 1:00 PM. 22195 SW 252 St. Dinner at 5:00 PM. Park on easement around the house. Call JC 305-773-4022. See article in this issue.

Jan. 3rd Saturday - Redland 100 Ride # 5 Gina’s Moonlight Ride. TB: Gina Milhet.  Meet at 5:30 PM at SW 136 street Greenway parking lot just west of 187 Ave. 786-286-0617.

Jan. 4th Sunday - Maines Marathon Ride (Not a SFTR Ride but an OPEN ride) 17401 SW 48 St. Southwest Ranches, Fl. Meet at 8:00 AM to drop horses off then we take the trailers to Bergeron Rodeo Arena. Shuttle back to the horses and start the ride. Lunch at the 1/2 way point at Robbins Lodge for donations to the Sheriff’s Equine Therapy Program.  Do not tie horses to fence, please have some one wait with your horse. RSVP to TB: Don Maines 954-252-8881.

Jan. 5th 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.







Hi Trail Riders,          
Wow! It is December already. It has been a busy year for the Trail Riders and there is still more to come. The last few events have been very successful. Thank you to all who planned and participated in these rides and parades.
A few of the upcoming rides and events you definitely want to be a part of include the annual Christmas party on December 6, at Denise and Chad Kanke’s  home, the Parade of Elves on December 7, in South Miami, and the annual Jingle Bell Jaunt Toy drive on December 13, at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Also, be sure to start the new year, 2015, the right way by participating in the Black Eyed Pea ride on January 1, 2015. JC Vina will be the trail boss and we know it will be a great ride. There is more information in the newsletter giving the details for each of the above events. We would love to see each of you at these events.
Another major event that is quickly approaching is the Homestead Rodeo. One of our members, Kelly Murphy, is running for Rodeo Queen. If you are intending to go to the rodeo, please purchase your tickets from her. Contact a board member for more information. Also, during the rodeo our club has its biggest fund raiser of the year, the funnel cake booth. It is not too early to set aside at least one rodeo day to volunteer to help at the funnel cake booth. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. More information will be in this newsletter.
Most of you have probably noticed that riding in South Florida is becoming increasingly dangerous due to increased traffic and disregard for safety as drivers approach horses and riders. Due to a brush with disaster, one of our members has suggested that the club do something to promote safety as motorists approach horses on the roadway. Several ideas have been discussed and will be pursued, but for now the board has decided to use bumper stickers to make motorists aware that the law requires motorists to slow down as they approach animals on the roadways. Be sure to get your bumper sticker and help spread the word to the public about this statute. They will be available at the feed stores for distribution or you can get one from a board member.
In closing this message and the year 2014, I want to thank each of our members for their participation in the club. It is because of you this club exists and carries on its many and varied activities. My wife and I pray that each of you have a very blessed Christmas season with lots of time spent with your family and horse.
Happy Trails,
 Wayne Hershberger


‘Christmas’ the Most Wonderful time of the year!
Fun for the whole family

SFTR’s Jingle Bell Jaunt is a chance for the whole family to come, have fun with your horse, RIDE YOUR HORSE or RIDE THE HAY WAGON. Enjoy each other’s company, and share the TRUE joy of the Christmas season with children who otherwise might not have gifts under their tree.  Come and join the fun!

ARRIVE as early as 8:00 AM.
CONTEST JUDGING is 10:30 to 11:30 AM.

WHERE: Larry and Penny Thompson Park.
                           12451 SW 184th St.
                           Miami, Fl. 33177-3156

We parade through the park and campground singing Christmas songs and collecting toys from residents of the park.  We end back at the mango grove for announcements of winners and lunch.  You are free to ride the trails after the festivities.

1. A TOY and GIFT COLLECTION (in conjunction with Miami Dade Fire Dept.) for needy families in Miami-Dade County.

HOW:  PLEASE BRING at least one toy, GIFT CARD or CASH in a sealed envelope.
Arrive early, Sign in and then decorate yourself, your horse, your carriage and anything else you want to decorate. You do not have to compete in the contest but we always have nice prizes for the winners.

We stage our contest; start the parade, and eat lunch, at the mango grove under the shade of the trees. Please park between the tree rows and tie your horses to your trailer.  Clean up after your horses. Make sure to bring water for your horses.  The entrance to the place in the park will be clearly marked with yellow and black SFTR signs.

What? No horse? We have a Hay wagon for you to ride on!

Categories for PRIZES!!
We have a prize for walkers; it’s called “Holly Jolly Walker” You get to ride on Jeff and Sandy Fobb’s decorated Wagon. The other prizes are called: Fantastically Festive, Holiday Hysteria, Outrageously Original, and Delightfully Decorative.
            Can’t wait to see you all there! Bring some toys and share your joys this Christmas season.
Carrie 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 me.
We would all like to see and ride in some new areas.

The following are the scheduled rides:

Jan 1                            Black Eyed Pea Ride TB: JC Vina
Jan 3                            Full Moon Night ride from 136th St. parking area TB: Gina
Jan. 31                                     Everglades Ride TB: Manny
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



A Sympathy Card was sent to April Burch who lost her Father.  A Sympathy Card was also sent to Sharon & Chris Kent who lost their Mom after a recent cancer diagnosis.  Long-time member Sylvia Morton who now lives in Live Oak was also sent a Sympathy Card after the loss of her sister.  A Sympathy Card was sent to Bernie Worhl who euthanized her lovely black mare, Last Worhl.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

A Get Well Card was sent to Wayne Hershberger who took a bad fall off his horse (trailer), and Marion Aiello received a Get Well Card after ending up in an emergency room from severe rope burns to her hands. 

Please know our thoughts are with you as you recover.
Sunshine Committee

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


The 16th Annual  Maines’ Marathon Ride
January 4, 2015

It’s that time again for the 16th annual Maines’ Marathon Ride.  Join us Sunday, January 4, 2015 for the best local ride of the year learning the trails, connections and trail heads going throughout Southwest Ranches and Davie. 
So get your horse and yourself ready to ride 18 miles of the best inter-local trail system in the State.  Drop your horse off at the Maines Ranch (17401 SW 48th Street, Southwest Ranches) at 8:00 AM, have someone hold your horse and drive your trailer to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie.  Arrange for a ride back  or we will shuttle you back to your horse to start the ride. 
At the halfway point of the ride we will stop at Robbins Lodge for a BBQ lunch provided by members of the Broward Sheriff Office Mounted Posse.       Donations for lunch will go towards the new BSO Equine Therapy Program. 
Please RSVP to Don Maines 954-309-6957 or
Don Maines
17401 SW 48th St. Southwest Ranches, 33331.
Cell. 954-309-6957


by Manny Alvarez

Once again this year, the New Year’s Day SFTR Black-Eye Pea Ride will be hosted by J.C. and Lynn Vina at their Rancho del Cielo Ranch located at JC & Lynn Vina’s home 22195 SW 252nd St. Go in from 217 Ave and 252 St. Park on the easement around the house.
I started this ride about 20 years ago to make sure we start our New Year right.  First, by following the tradition of big helpings of black-eye peas to insure a prosperous New Year, and second because any year that starts with a ride on your horse will be a good year.
As always, we will have a panel choose the Best Black-Eye Peas and a prize will be presented to the winner. You can enter as many dishes as you want. Get creative. Entries can be traditional, salads, soups, or any number of ways you can think of. If you can’t cook black-eye peas please bring a side dish or desert to share. JC will be cooking burgers & hotdogs to go with the sides.
We will ride out at 1 PM for an approximately 12 mile ride led by Trail Bosses J.C. and Lynn.
By 5PM we’ll be sitting down to our first serving of prosperity for 2015.
This ride is for SFTR members only. One day memberships will be available for guests.  Please RSVP to make sure we have enough food for everyone. JC 305-773-4022 or email Lynn Vina for more information:
Hope to see you there to start our year on the right course.                    


This Halloween ride was quiet. The day before it was just raining terribly but the day of the ride was just clear as could be. We had 6 riders for the beautiful 2-1/2 hour ride. We rode a new area as the trail I usually take was really wet. We had some great fields to gallop / gait in and everyone had fun.
As usual, we had twice as many people come over to eat the wonderful food. The Boston butt was delicious along with the covered dishes that people brought. We LOVE to eat!!
The winner of the contest was Debra Davis on Mr. Magoo. She won a $20 gift card to Robbie’s and a coupon book.
I hope to see more of you trail riding this winter!
Andrea Sante





Wow, is all I can say. We had my street lined up with trailers all the way down the block. 28 riders in all showed up that day.
We finally rode off almost on schedule, not too bad. Bonny was taking pictures and trying to get the whole group together which is pretty hard. She does a great job at it.
The day was perfect and we headed to the Greenway and towards Black Point. We ran into a couple of obstacles. A loose stallion on the canal but luckily Augie was able to push him into a fenced area and hold him there until we passed. He was old and skinny and probably had laminitis so he wasn’t moving to quickly. Then we get to our lunch spot where Bonny was kind enough to meet us there with sodas and a fast moving rainstorm hit us a few minutes after we all get there. It only lasted a few minutes. Enough to cool us all down.
After that stop it was a breeze heading home.  The ride was about 4 hours long and was a lot of fun with various terrain. Farm fields, tree farms, canals, roads, you name it we rode thru it!
We even had a couple of members drive over from Naples for the ride. Thank you guys!!
See you all on the trail soon!
Andrea Sante



Happy DECEMBER to all Trail Riders! December is the busiest month of the year for my family but the start of a new year is just around the corner!
A new year means the Homestead Rodeo will soon be upon us. JANUARY MEANS FUNNEL CAKES !!

You know that everyone at the rodeo loves to eat funnel cakes. That is where we come in as a club. Once again our club has the opportunity to put smiles on faces as we provide them with the best funnel cakes for miles around. It is the club's largest fund raiser. The money is used to put on local rides, events, work on trails, banquets and special celebrations. 

We need help with our booth in order to make this a successful fundraiser.
January 23, 24, 25, 2015

Following is a list of the opportunities for your consideration as you hopefully plan to volunteer. Check for YOUR FAVORITE JOB, confirm the dates, AND add your name to the list.

We need at least twelve volunteers for each day.
We also need Newspaper & Cardboard soda flats.

Positions we need help with:

· mixing batter
· cooking
· flipping half-cooked funnel cakes
· skimming cooked pieces of batter off the oil
· transferring cooked funnel cakes to be sugared
· sugaring the funnel cakes
· handing funnel cakes to the buyer
· taking money and giving change to the buyer

Every job is important and we have a good time doing it. If you have experience at a specific position, please let us know.
Contact Carrie Hershberger at 305.206.0317 or or Wayne Hershberger at 305.206.1698 or



Almost 21 years and $108,000.00 in contributions later, Saturday, February 7th, 2015 will be our 21st Annual Saddle-Up Trail Ride for St. Jude Children’s Hospital!  
As in years past, you will be greeted with coffee & donuts, and at the half-way point treats for you & your horse.  With a minimum donation of $35. you get a t-shirt and lapel pin, and the gifts get better the more money you bring in! Of course this is in addition to the chance of winning prizes for the most money donated followed by a delicious lunch back at our trailers and a shopping spree at Robbie’s Feed with our 20% discount (excluding feed).   
So hurry and fill-up your donation sheets for a 9:00 sign-up and 10:00AM ride-out from Robbie’s Feed cow pasture, Krome Ave. & 223 St.  Please call me at 305.274.7484 if you have any questions.

Thanks and see you there!!
Debi Catarineau-Priest


Calling All Longears...
Offered for sale to any member of the Fla. Donkey & Mule Assn: 4yr. Old micro mini jack, 2 pregnant jennies, a gelding; mini harness, couple of easy entry carts, show halters, blankets, etc.  Contact Bodie Myer: 
These and other purchases may be seen at the Expo in Webster, Fla.- Jan. 10, 2015.  There will be relay races, workshops, demonstrations of training, tack/technology, LAR presentations, art/craft & other vendor booths, cart/harness sales, food, and more.  Vendor & advertising info. contact: Judy Hamm:   ~ Bonny George, Jr.


The Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30th, is the 66th Annual Jr. Orange Bowl Parade and they want us badly!  This is an evening parade which starts at 5:30 pm but we need to be there no later than 2:30pm.  We hope to have the same parking area as last year, which was plentiful and quiet, and we’ll give you directions as soon as it’s confirmed. 
As usual, it’s a great time and it will be televised, so who knows, we could have our 15 minutes of fame!  We will have food before the parade and we promise it won’t be turkey, so clean your boots, brush your horse, don your uniform and let’s have another great time and turnout!  Please make sure you sign and return the Mandatory Waiver and Release Form ASAP and help bring in the Holiday Spirit!

To everyone who came out and supported the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade, you’re wished a huge THANK YOU! We had great weather complimented by morning donuts and pastalitos from Rene Reynolds & Willy Perez.  We were honored to have enough riders to proudly carry the flags for all branches of the armed services, and Kelly Reynolds proudly carried the American flag with her Rodeo Queen sash over her parade uniform. 
We had several new riders and a new pooper scooper!  Welcome Mary Bonnen, who received 2 FEE SFTR t-shirts.  Team Members and Parade goers had a great time thanking our Veterans and cheering everyone on!  Back at the trailers we enjoyed plentiful pizza from The Big Cheese of Homestead and friendship.
Again, thank you to everyone who asked the questions, shared the answers, borrowed equipment, returned equipment, enjoyed a great time and provided one in return!  I love the camaraderie and support provided and especially how AWESOME we all looked! To all the Team Members who make it happen, YOU WERE AWESOME! Now let’s do it again for the Junior Orange Bowl Parade on November 30th!

PARADE OF THE ELVES. I know, isn’t this great?!  One awesome parade after another?!;-)  The South Miami Parade of Elves is on Sunday, Dec. 7th, at 2:00pm and we need to meet at the VFW at 12:00pm.  Once back at the trailers, we can relive the Parade with plenty of food and friendship!  So come to the Parade of Elves and continue the tradition of a great time and turnout because, after this one, we get a breather before Homestead’s Rodeo Parade!

Happy Thanksgiving and see you on the 30th!
Debi & Craig
Here is a list of the upcoming parades:

Nov. 30th - Jr. Orange Bowl
Dec. 7th - Parade of the Elves
Jan. 24th Homestead Rodeo


WANTED: Want to buy good used pick up truck, prefer Chevy or Toyota, older, well-maintained with low miles and low price. 239-731-3265  Fort Myers

HORSE CAMP: Sign your kids up for Winter Horse Camp @ Miami International Riding Club . Info: 305 775 9155 or

FOR SALE: 4 foot wide arena/pasture drag, excellent for sand arena or pasture grooming, light weight, can be pulled by four wheeler, small tractor or even golf cart, in good condition. $150.00 OBO. Please call Armando @ 786-250-8741.

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

FOR SALE: 7 year old Paso Fino mare. She is up to date with coggins. She loads, stands for the farrier. $1,000. Local delivery available for $50.00 . Freddy 305-297-3460

REPAIRS: Horse trailer welding repairs and metal fabrication.  Steel and Aluminum. Call Brian Skelly. 954-696-9779.

FOR SALE: Diesel generator. 5000 kw on wheels, New battery $850. Neil 561-662-0367.

FOR SALE: 2002 All aluminum Featherlite 3 Horse GN Trailer. New tires all around. Large dressing, rear tack room, large drop down windows, roof vents and rubber mats. Nice size and light weight. Dividers can be removed for all types of cargo. Come see to appreciate in Southwest Ranches. $11,900. Please call, Walter 305 343-5262.

FOR SALE: Roll a way saddle racks by Ben. $75.00 Great Xmas gift. 305-323-4328.

FOR SALE: Quarter Horse gelding 13 y/o. Chest /white blaze. Great for trail riding, also won at many shows in hunters. Western or English. Suited for a small adult $4,500. obo.  PH:  305-559-7868 (mention SFTR where you saw the ad )

FOR SALE: 2005 Adams 2H GN w/weekender, fridge, micro, cabinets, cowboy shower, hot water, 30 gal water, AC/heat, TV, awning, manger storage, windows drop down, $22K/OBO.  352-874-4903.

FOR RENT:  1 bed/1 bath apt.  Fully furnished & equipped. $850 month includes central a/c, elec, water, sat TV, internet.  No smoking or large dogs permitted. Horse boarding available.  305-323-4038

FOR SALE: Golf cart. Needs batteries. Charger included. Selling for $500. Call Dee 786-253-2175.

CONSIGNMENT: Have a tack room full of unwanted stuff? Call 305-992-2769. Why not consign with HOT TO TROT Equestrian Consignment Shop?  22200 SW 152 Ave. Hours 3-6 PM M-Thu & 3-7 PM Fri & Sat. We are closed on Sunday.

FOR SALE: Ponderosa 4 horse trailer - bumper pull - $3,000 - 305-773-9013.

FOR SALE: Beautiful AKC Registered chocolate lab puppies! Home bred and only to good homes. 786-586-6272.

FOR SALE: 2011 Suzuki Hiabusa 1300 motorcycle.  Needs a few minor repairs. $9,000. Angie  786-261-3868

FOR SALE / LEASE: Very pretty Paint. Well trained mare in Western Pleasure, basic Dressage & Jumping.15.2 hands, 15 years young. Great shape, Easy keeper, Super sweet disposition and very safe. She would make a wonderful family horse or a great Trail horse.
Call Joanna 203-439-1115. 







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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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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