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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

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.

Jan. 12th 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 Debi & Craig Priest.

Jan. 16-19th Friday thru Monday - 3rd Annual Roger Haddock Memorial Trail Ride at Lake X. Riders will enjoy experiencing the 10,425 acre Lake X Ranch from horseback during this 3 day event that includes primitive camping, nightly campfires, local entertainment on Saturday night after the big trail ride, Cowboy Church on Sunday morning, fun arena activities on Sunday afternoon, an optional short trail ride on Sunday afternoon, and merchandise vendors offering clothing, jewelry, tack, western accessories, trailers, trucks, ATVs, and many more.

Jan. 16 – 19th Friday thru Monday - Shangri-la campout in Ocala. TB: Augie Saavedra. Beautiful riding in this park. You can ride to the Land Bridge and to other campgrounds. Must have reservations thru Reserve America. Saturday night covered dish. Call Augie with any questions 305-582-1557.

Jan. 22nd Thursday - Funnel Cake set up at the Rodeo grounds. Time not confirmed yet. Contact Carrie if you can help. 305-206-0317.

Jan. 23-25th Friday, Saturday & Sunday- Funnel cake booth at the Rodeo grounds. Carrie still needs volunteers. Please call her to volunteer and get more info. 305-206-0317.

Jan. 24th Saturday - Homestead Rodeo Parade. Parade starts at 11:00 AM. Meet in field across from VFW in Homestead at 9:00 AM. US1 south to approx. SE 6 Ave turn right on East side of highway. This is the first road south of Campbell Drive (312 St) just past Keyes strip mall. Take the turnpike south to Campbell Dr. exit; go west to US1 then turn left (south) go to SE 6 Ave turn right, parking area on right side about 1/2 mile down . Call Debi 305-775-1820.

Jan. 31st Saturday - Redland 100 #6. TB: Manny Alvarez. Ride out from Pine Glades Lake at 10:30AM in Everglades National Park.  Do not be late. Call Manny 305-395-9343 and let him know you are going. See article in this issue.

Feb. 7th Saturday - St. Jude’s Saddle Up Ride. TB: Debi Cat-Priest. We will start from Robbie’s Feed.
22390 SW 177 Ave. Registration is at 9:00 AM, Ride out at 10:00 AM. $35 minimum donation. Three highest money collectors will get prizes. 20% discount at Robbie’s if you collect $35 or more donations. For more info call Debi 305-775-1820.








December was an amazing month. There was the Redland 100 Glades to Bay ride. The weather was beautiful and everyone that participated had a great time. Thank you, Augie, for trail bossing this ride and making it a great experience. A thank you also goes to those that attended the ride and helped to shuttle rigs from one place to another.
The club has been in several parades, the Junior Orange Bowl and Parade of Elves, and has looked great. It is rewarding to see the smiles and reactions of the children (and adults) as the horses go by. Some reactions would seem to indicate that some attend just to see the horses. If you would like to share your horse and see these smiles, please join our parade team. The next parade will be the Homestead Rodeo Parade at the end of January. Contact Debi C. Priest if you are interested. Her contact information is on the first page of the newsletter.  Thank you, Debi, for doing a great job of leading our parade team.
The next Redland 100 ride will be the annual Black-eyed Pea ride on January 1, 2015. J.C. Vina will be the trail boss. Be sure to start the year off on a good note and be there for this ride. The Vina family puts on a great ride. That ride is followed by another Redland 100 opportunity on January 3. This will be a moonlight ride. The trail boss will be Gina Milhet (and Augie).
Another annual event coming up is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our wonderful club. That is selling the best funnel cakes for miles around at the Homestead Rodeo. This is a big undertaking and we need a lot of help. If you would be willing to donate a few hours of your time to help in this endeavor, contact Carrie Hershberger or myself. Our contact information is given on the first page of the newsletter. We sell on Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday during the day. Some have volunteered, but more are needed. We have a great time at this event and we would like to see you there.
Check the “Dates and Places” page for more upcoming events. There is a variety of opportunities.
My wife and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and safe riding. Thank you for being a part of this club and all you do to make it successful.
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 me.
We would all like to see and ride in some new areas.

The following are the scheduled rides:

Jan 1                            #4 Black Eyed Pea Ride TB: JC Vina
Jan 3                            #5 Full Moon Night ride from 136th St. parking area TB: Gina
Jan. 31                         #6 Everglades Ride TB: Manny
Feb.22                         #7 TB: Heidi & Dave
March 7                       #8 Thompson Park to Black Point Marina TB: Carlos Cardenas
April 18                       #9 Urban Ride TB: Augie
May 2                          #10 OPEN - we need an area

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



Happy funnel cake rodeo days!
JANUARY means fun frying funnel cakes for our fans!
Come sign up for the fun.

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



It’s barely 2015 and time to SADDLE-UP FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL!  We have another GREAT benefit ride scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015.  

There's plenty of trailer parking @ Robbie’s Feed, 22390 SW 177 Ave., with registration
beginning at 9:00AM and the ride moving out @ 10:00AM. So fill up your sponsor sheet and SADDLE-UP FOR THE CHILDREN! 

Once again, we have great gifts to go with a great cause! Collect a minimum of $35 and we’ll feed you lunch, shop at Robbie’s Feed with your special 20% discount (excluding feed) and  get a Saddle-Up LAPEL PIN and
 T-SHIRT! $75 add a BASEBALL CAP, and for $150 a great on-the-go blanket or duffle bag!   

Did I mention the PRIZES for the top three money makers?!  You could win a Coggins Test &  Summer Shots from Dr. Franklin's office, a  $125 Gift Certificate from Robbie's Feed or a dinner for two at a popular restaurant!  So be a WINNER and ink-in SADDLE-UP for February 7th,  collect all those checks from your sponsors, enjoy the ride, eat your lunch and then go shopping!

Thanks, and see you on the trail!
Debi Catarineau-Priest



A Sympathy Card was sent the Hershberger Family following the passing of Wayne's brother. 
A Get Well Card was sent to Woody Charles after the much needed shoulder surgery.
A Get Well Card was sent to
Jesus Sardinas after getting knee surgery.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

A Best Wishes & Congratulations Card was sent Wendy Lewitt who is now the wife of Mr. Don Brecker!

You both are wished all the happiness!

Sunshine Committee

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



We are once again heading out to ride the horse trails at the Everglades National Park. The ride will take place on Saturday January 31, 2015.  The ride will take us through the Pineland Trails of the Long Pine Key Area.  It includes several miles through the largest remaining Dade County Pine forest in the world, at 8,000 acres. We will also ride through an open saw grass prairie, hardwood hammocks, and old agricultural lands now part of the everglades restoration project.
Due to the rocky nature of the oolite and limestone footing, it is highly recommended that your horses be shod or wear protective boots. Because the terrain is also slippery and at parts uneven, this ride will be a mostly walking ride. If you, or your horse, have the “need for speed” this ride is not for you.

Bring water and lunch with you on the trail. Also bring your own water and bucket if you want to water your horse after the 4-5 hour ride. There is a clean lake at the trail head, inhabited by alligators, where you can draw water with a rope and bucket. The shore is too rocky and high for horses to reach down and drink. The trailhead and the trails are totally primitive. No bathrooms, or should I say, you have over half a million acres of unisex bathrooms with built in privacy shrubbery. Just make sure you know the difference between poison oak and the endangered Shadow Witch Orchid.

We will ride out at 10:30 AM from the Pine Glades Lake trail head (directions below). Please do not call a few minutes before the ride asking us to please delay the start. This is a long ride that requires an early start, so in fairness to all who get there on time we will have zero tolerance for delays. If you have never been there, or it’s been a while since you been there, meet me at the Robert is Here Fruit Stand at 9 am (I’ll be leaving at 9 am sharp) and follow me to the park.

To get to the park go south on 192 ave or 217 ave to SW 376 Street (State Rd. 9336) AKA Ingraham Highway. Turn west and go to park entrance. You will have to pay a per vehicle admission. At the toll booth (exactly) reset your odometer to “zero”. Continue west on the main road as if you were going to Flamingo Point. At 8.7 miles slow down and start looking for an unmarked hard to see dirt road on your left. The road is at exactly 9 miles from the toll booth providing you have not installed aftermarket large rims and/or tires in your vehicle.  If you miss the dirt road, making a U turn on this road will be very difficult, if not impossible. Once you turn, Go about ½ mile and you will see the lake. Park on either side of the road but leave room for rigs to get in and out. Do not park in the open space near the lake as this is the only place we have for turning the trailers. If you park there you will be blocking a lot of people.

If you are coming from Broward, take the Turnpike South and drive it until you run out of turnpike after Exit # 1. Continue on S. Dixie Hwy (US 1) to SW 344 St and turn west. Go west to 192 ave (Robert Is Here is on the corner) and either wait for me there or continue to the park.

As always. Don’t leave home without your Coggins.  Contact me if you need any additional information or words of encouragement.
Manny Alvarez


Glades to Bay Ride
South Florida Trail Riders

On Saturday, November 22nd, 11 riders gathered together along with their riding companions to commence the 3rd annual Glades to Bay Ride at the entrance to Everglades National Park. As usual the ride did not start on time!
The first leg consisted of a 15 mile ride that was highlighted by a police escort to assist us crossing U.S. Highway #1 and concluded at Rodeo Grounds in Harris Park. The weather suggested and threatened we were going to be challenged by rain all day long, but not a drop was felt. A blustery wind from the North East helped keep us and our horses very comfortable. We went through a lot of muddy and rocky terrain. Fortunately, all the horses and the riders survived.
On Sunday, November 23rd, 12 riders showed up, 7 of which were not there the day before. Everyone arrived ready and energized to take on the second leg of our adventure. The second leg of our ride consisted of a 12 mile ride from Harris Field all the way to Biscayne Bay National Park. Once again we failed to start on time!  However, Thanks to Ben, we had doughnuts to distract us while we waited, which truthfully wasn’t very long. (Not that anyone needs an excuse to eat doughnuts!)
We eventually started the ride and had very nice weather. The ride was calmer than Saturday’s ride. We went through a few obstacles along the way, but we all managed to pull through.
When we finally reached the Bay we decided to go to the beach. The horses were just standing there, so I decided to try to see if my horse would go in the water and we got him in the water. Then all the horses went in the water.  I was successful; and wouldn’t you know it, everyone else decided to join me.  Everyone had a great time.
Thank you to everyone that participated and volunteered. We had an amazing two day ride from the Everglades to the Bay and look forward to next year.

Hope to see you out on the trail soon!
Hannah Saavedra


SFTR Member at the Paso Fino Nationals

Sharon Dixon achieved an outstanding record of 5 first place wins at the Paso Fino National Show held in Lexington KY in October.
Sharon won:
Geldings for Gold
(its a class you can win money - she did! $900.00)
Performance Amateur Owner 
Performance Amateur Owner Champion

 With her trainer riding in the Professional Division, Sharon's horse won the class (Performance) as well as the Championship, being named Grand National Champion for the entire Performance Division.  Sharon also tied for most points won at the show.
The competition was strong, with 15 - 20 horses in each class.
I could not be more proud of Sharon and the truly magnificent
Magnifico Siete R!
Rob Dixon



In the dark of night seven steeds strutted their stuff and drove the crowd crazy!!  We had ample (& quiet) parking before being escorted to the staging area where the lights were bright with the energy palpable!  As usual, the crowd LOVED us while walkers and riders wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.   
We welcomed SFTR Broward member Kristine Lundblad and new Team member Celine d’Arbelles who both proudly carried flags.  We also welcomed former walker, now rider, Bonny George and her pinto Ritz! With four horses of color we really had a lot going on!  After being escorted back to our trailers by Coral Gables motormen (we MUST be special!;-) we continued our feast before loading up our ponies and leaving the area pristine (thank you!). 
A special THANK YOU to everyone who ran back from out-of-town, donned their “little bit snugger” uniforms and interrupted their horses’ dinner for this wonderful tradition of welcoming the Holidays! 

Once again, our Parade Team looked Awesome in South Miami’s Parade of Elves!   We had nine riders plus some great additions!
David & Heidi Stibitz drove their festively decorated cart pulled by her mini with filly, Lucy, in tow.  New to our Team is David Chu-Davis who towed his two little girls, Raven & Aeryn, in their beautifully decorated covered wagon!  We also want to welcome Dennys Cabrera on his beautiful gray Paso stallion.  We had plenty of ground crew and a new pooper scooper (thanks to free membership;-)!
After wowing the crowd, we came back for chicken and brownies (not necessarily in that order) and more camaraderie.  A HUGE thank you to our Awesome Parade Team who really makes it happen!

Debi & Craig
Here is a list of the upcoming

Last Parade of the season!
Jan. 24th Homestead Rodeo



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. Large dressing, rear tack room, large drop down windows, roof vents, rubber mats. Dividers can be removed. Southwest Ranches. $11,900.  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

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

FOR SALE: 12 y/old Warmblood gelding.  Sorrel color.  Nice mover.  Easy keeper.  Lease for $500/month or buy for $2,000.  Redland Riding Aca 305-323-4038.

FOR SALE: 10% off any purchase on any item in stock, just for the month of January, excluding Supplies and shipping. Carousel, Rocking Horses, Coin-op horses and Horse Decor.....custom painted pieces of your favorite horse.    352-669-6449.

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. $30K. Call Leah for info. Located in Naples. 239-248-8338.

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: 2 stalls available. Full board, turn out 6 days week. $500/month. Onsite training available. Susie Randolph Call or Text!  305-323-4038.

FOR SALE: Quarter horse.  15.1 hands, Dapple gray, 10 yrs,old  good trail horse, use to barrel race, was ridden by 12 yr old Asking $3,500. Videos on request. Call Denise 407-865-4233.

FOR SALE: Circle Y 15" Western Equitation/Pleasure Show Saddle in very good condition, dark brown.  Loaded with silver.  $700.00 Sonni 305-938-0572.

FOR SALE: The New Manure Spreader. Great condition. $650. New one will cost $1200. JC 305-773-4022.








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 - Wayne Hershberger
Vice President -  Mike Maldonado 
Secretary – Tracy Raulerson
Treasurer - Julie Gonzalez

Board of Directors:
Sandy Fobb
Carrie Hershberger
Wilfredo Perez

Debi Cat-Priest
Craig Priest

Alternate Board of Directors

Debi East
Gina Milhet


  • 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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