November Notes


***MANASSAS BATTLEFIELD TRAIL RIDESat. Nov. 28… these easy trails are beautifully managed by the Battlefield Equestrian Society and wind their way through woods and fields of this famous Civil War battle park … depending upon the weather, we will ride about 2-3 hours…the Visitor Center has an historical film well worth taking in when you stop for your park pass (be sure to allow ample time please)

Ready to ride 11:00 am
Bring snack for on the trail and lunch at the trailers after, plus water for horses, clean up tools and coggins to carry with you

Parking at the Brownsville Trailer Parking lot on Groveton Rd
$3 per person park fee — pay at the Henry Hill Visitor Center (Rt 234) before proceeding to equestrian parking

rsvp to Jacquie 410-215-4979 /

driving directions & trail map:

In case of rain Saturday ….  Sunday we will ride the dirt roads of Patuxent Research Refuge / North Tract off Rt 198 in Laurel, Md … ready to ride 10:30 … / 410-215-4979 … from Rt 32 near Ft Meade and NSA, take Rt 198 for Laurel — pass the treatment plant on right, go over bridge and take first left at sign for Refuge — continue to Ranger Station to check in and get parking directions (no fees)

***Caroling on Horseback (or without your horse) …. Saturday afternoon, December 12 in place of the cancelled Lisbon Horse Parade…  Full information on / 410-923-6157

Thinking about the Christmas Parade?

NOTICE –  the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade is CANCELLED this year!

Please check their website at for further developments.

Join the Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse club at the Lisbon Christmas Horse Parade!
We need horse participants, walkers, and banner carriers!
Saturday, December 12 – meet up at 7:00 am, full schedule below.

Rides this weekend and next

Chesapeake Fair Hill Gaited Get Away … October 8-11 … a few stalls are still available … reserve directly with me via phone or email by this Sunday410-923-6157   jacquiecowan@comcast.netform here or go to calendar and click on the event.
LOMH Invitational event October 2 – 4 is cancelled due to impending weather.
Find  more upcoming events on the Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club Calendar.
Be safe and dry this weekend!

Fall Calendar, 2015

The Summer heat and humidity are about to give way to milder fall weather so we can get back to some serious trail riding …. here is what is coming up for our members:

You can download the entire newsletter HERE

Saturday, September 19 … demonstration at the Anne Arundel County Fair … we have received an invitation to put on a demonstration during the Fair that will introduce folks to the various softly gaited breeds … if you and your horse would like to participate please contact Jennifer Black right away for quick planning … 410­-279-­4830 /

***Saturday, September 26 …. Club trail ride at Sweet Air / Gunpowder Falls State Park … we will be joining members of the Plantation Walking Horse Club for this one and a picnic after so bring your lunch … RTR 10am … bring water and clean up tools … gps 2791 Dalton Bevard Rd Baldwin, Md 21013 … RSVP to Jen Mohr 443-­610-­4887

Friday – Sunday, October 2-­4 …. League of Maryland Horsemen Invitational Weekend full of great riding, camping, socializing, and they feed us all weekend … reservations required via THIS FORM … if you have never camped with your horse before, fellow Chesapeake members will help you with your portable corral or high­line if you let us know ahead of time … / 410-­923-­6157

***Time is running out to reserve your stall for our annual Chesapeake Get-­Away at Fair Hill … October 8-­11 … this is our 20th year and promises to be full of fun on the trail and at camp … pre­registration is a must with THIS FORM.

***Saturday, October 17 … Club trail ride at Rosaryville State Park … we will tie our horses in the trees below the historic mansion to have lunch at the Mt Airy Plantation Fall Festival featuring artisans, live music, tours, local wine and food … RTR 10:00 am … RSVP 410-­923-­6157

make your own camp reservation at Cedarville State Forest for Saturday night …
301-­888-­1410 … nice camp sites around central showers and bathrooms, but no electric… bring your own portable corral or high­line

***Sunday, October 18 … Club trail ride at Cedarville State Forest just north of Waldorf, Md … RTR 10:00 from day parking lot … trails are easy with some creek crossings , hills and horse-­safe bridges … lunch at trailers afterward … please stop to pay $3 per vehicle park fee at entrance/ranger station lot … RSVP Shelby 301-­848­-1650 before 8:00 pm … for directions and more park info ­

The Chesapeake Plantation Walking Horse Club invites enthusiasts of all breeds and riding disciplines to join in our fun. Membership benefits include Newsletters with Classifieds * Free Monthly Trail Rides * Friendly Help * Parties * Camping * Clinics * Parades * Demonstrations * Good Friends * and lots of fun.

Membership is required for Club events, and runs for a full year from the time you join… $10 single / $15 family


Proud supporting member of the Maryland Horse Council and Friends of the Sound Horse (FOSH)

Friday – Sunday, October 30 – November 1 … Tuckahoe Berkey Memorial Weekend and Fall Auction … eat, drink, ride, buy, and be merry with the Tuckahoe Equestrian Center in Tuckahoe State Park … REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

***Saturday, November 28 … Club trail ride at Manassas Battlefield Park … more details to follow.

***Saturday, December (date tbd) … Lisbon All Horse Christmas Parade … decorate your horse and come ride with the Club in this easy fun holiday parade along Old Frederick Road … if you do not want to ride your horse in the parade, come walk along as banner carriers and side walkers .. our new parade coordinators are Taylor and Jennifer who will keep us posted on our parade theme … let them know now of your interest in participating 443-­610-­4887 /

***Caroling On Horseback and Holiday Party … December 13 or 19 … more details to follow.

2016 starts off with Kim’s annual New Year’s Day Ride at Rockburn … more details to follow.

January 22-24, 2016 … Maryland Horse World EXPO … volunteer to help in the booth we will share again with PWH of Md and/or to bring your horse …

Things to keep in mind as you plan to attend our Club Activities:

Please RSVP for all activities so we can plan well and let you know of any last minute changes that may become necessary.

POSTED TIMES mean you are there, tacked, and in the saddle Ready To Ride (RTR) at the times posted!

Call if you will not make it so we do not wait and wait for you.

Unless otherwise noted, all club rides will be geared for all riders present to enjoy themselves…We may spread ourselves out allowing the faster and stronger riders to move on ahead, split into more than one group, ride on your own, or whatever else it takes to ensure everyone has the best time possible.

If you want help at a ride be sure to call trail host so we can pair you with an experienced member.

Always carry a copy of your coggins, water, and clean up tools – and leave the area cleaner than we found it.

***Club Events & Membership is Required ­­–new memberships are accepted at events so you are welcome to bring friends – just give their membership form and payment to the ride host before unloading –better yet, mail at least a week ahead.

Invitational Trail Riding Weekend

From the League of Maryland Horsemen:

October 2, 3, 4, 2015: Everyone is invited to attend a special weekend of camping and riding on some of the best trails that the mid-Atlantic region has to offer. And the cost of only $45 includes 6 meals plus 2 nights of camping (with access to clubhouse, baths and hot showers!)

The purpose of this Invitational Trail Riding Weekend is to encourage  equestrians of all persuasions to connect with each other to share ideas, adventures, and fun. A strong equestrian community helps everyone.

Please download and print the flyer for details, directions and registration form. Deadline for registration is September 25, 2015

From our friends at Ebb Tide Stables

Trail ride August 22nd, 5pm, at Ebb Tide Stables, 106 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, MD 21054

Please join us for a twilight trail ride Saturday, August 22nd, ready to ride at 5pm. We will be covering about 8 miles over rolling hills. Shoes are not required, helmets are. A limited number of Ebb Tide Stables LLC. horses are available for those who don’t have their own.

This ride will be a fundraiser for our 2015 Ride for the Cure team to benefit Komen Central VA. Komen for the Cure spends 85 cents of every dollar raised directly on care and research. Please consider bringing a donation payable to Komen Central VA or donating online at

More info and updates at

note – Cancelled ***Gunpowder Falls State Park / Sweet Air

BREAKING NEWS: This ride has been cancelled due to high temperatures and humidity.

Saturday, June 13…Gunpowder Falls State Park / Sweet Air … (Mud Date Sunday June 14th) If it rains Friday we will probably have to ride Sunday.  If it rains on Saturday we will probably have to cancel.  rtr 10:30AM … Wooded trail, somewhat hilly and/or rocky in locations.  Most will not need shoes/boots.  No water on premises.  Take manure with you.  Keep the parking area clean please!  This is a multi-use trail, and we often see mountain bikers, hikers, and dogs during a ride.

Picnic area at trailers, so bring lunch for after the ride. rsvp Jennifer Mohr at

GPS will get you to the trailer parking area … 2791 Dalton Bevard Rd Baldwin, MD 21013

April 2015 Reminders and Updates

Happy Spring — we can finally get back out on the trails !!!!!!

Click here for a downloadable/printable file of the “April 2015 Reminders and Updates”
Sat April 11 … A Day of Lessons with Joe London … audit for $10 … Click here for auditor registration form … walk-ins welcome

***Sat. April 18 (rain date 19th) … Cedarville State Forest (instead of Greenwell) on the north side of Waldorf … ready to ride 11:00 am … rsvp Shelby Tipton … 301-848-1650 .. equine camping in the park available – we could do an unofficial ride at nearby Jug Bay on Sunday … make your own camp reservation by calling 301-888-1410 and let Shelby know your plans when you rsvp.

Driving Directions to Cedarville State Forest:

• From Annapolis: Follow Route 50 West to Route 301 South. From Route 301 South travel to Cedarville Road (at the very end of Prince George’s County). At traffic light, take a left on Cedarville Road. As a landmark there will be a large white warehouse located on the left hand side. Take Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on you right) which will be the main entrance to the forest.

• From Prince George’s County: Travel Route 301/5 South and take a left on Cedarville Road. Follow directions above from Cedarville Road.

• From Waldorf (Charles County): Follow Route 5/301 north into Prince George’s County. As soon as you cross into Prince George’s County turn right onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the main entrance for the forest.

• From Washington, D.C.: Follow either Branch Avenue (Route 5) or Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4). If using Route 5, follow Route 5 for directions from Prince George’s County above. If using Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4), follow Route 301 south from Prince George’s County. At the end of Prince George’s County and before you enter Charles County, turn left onto Cedarville Road. Follow Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which is the entrance to the forest.

April 24-26 … Gaited Clinic with Diane Sept … at this time there are a couple of horse spots open …
Click here for registration forms
Click here for Auditor and Wait list forms

***Sat. April 25 … Annapolis Rock rescheduled … ready to ride 11:00 .. rsvp to Suzanne with your cell number at so she can confirm with you… 17569 Annapolis Rock Rd Woodbine, MD 21797-7610

Directions to Annapolis Rock
From Rt 70 take exit 73 / Rt 94 toward Lisbon
Turn onto Woodbine Rd south
Continue 5.6 miles and turn left onto Annapolis Rock Rd
About 1 mile turn right into designated parking area

***May 1-3 … Gettysburg Battlefield … make your own reservation for stalls, cabins and camping at Artillery Ridge . 717-334- 1288 … be sure to mention Club and Nicole … rsvp Nicole Gagnon 410-212-5761 / … The weekend for the club will officially begin on Friday but, a few of us are checking in as early as Thursday. Bedding and stall cleaning equipment is on hand but, owners are responsible for daily cleaning of their horse’s stall and will need to supply their own buckets/hay/grain. Water and hoses are readily available. Stalls and pens are open to the campground so if you do not want your horse pet by a stranger please bring a sign that says as much.

Overall this is a busy weekend but, one that is kind to riders who are new to camping with their horses and group rides. If you have any concerns about the trip please reach out to myself or Jacquie. We really only get grumpy if you have your horse near the tent sites 😉

The Friday Evening Twilight Ride will have a RTR time of 7:15 pm (sunset @ 8:03). This will be a walking ride in low light conditions. While we hope horse and riders never become separated, light colored tack is encouraged so that a loose horse is easier to find.

Saturday’s Battlefield Ride will be at Noon to allow people coming in on Saturday morning time to get there. Riders are welcome to stay with the group or peel off and explore on their own. Saturday’s ride can last over two hours so drinks and snacks in saddle bags are a great idea. Expect to ride on pavement (30%), grass (20%) and gravel (50%) with easy hills and one or two bridges. Like most parks, these trails are not exclusive to horse traffic and we may encounter bikers, hikers and at least a few traffic crossings.

Saturday Evening Potluck … Saturday night will be our trip potluck! Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share and setup will either be at the trailer parking across from the stalls or if available the pavilion by the round pen. As we get closer I will ask people to either bring a savory item or sweet item depending on how many people we have (ex: Last names A-M bring savory items, names N-Z bring sweet). Please bring an index card with the ingredients of your dish on it so those with food allergies can avoid if need be!

Sunday will have most people packing up to go home or sneaking out for one last ride on their own.

May 1-3 … Tuckahoe Spring Fling offering meals, camping, marked trails, and good friendships …

*** Indicates Club Events & Membership is required – new memberships are accepted at events so you are welcome to bring friends – just give their membership form and payment to the ride host before unloading – better yet, mail at least a week ahead.  PDF Membership Form

Beach Ride!

This is not a CPWH Club ride, but it is an opportunity to join the folks at Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding in their 8th Annual Beach Ride on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

For more information, registration, and map, please visit the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding event page at

SDTR’s 18th Annual Beach Ride & Walk will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015!  Bring your horse for a beautiful ride on the beach or your walking shoes to enjoy the paved trails at Cape Henlopen State Park to support SDTR!  Register online and build a personal fundraising page, and use it to receive sponsorship donations from friends and family!

  • Rain date is Sunday, March 29, 2015.
  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served in the pavilion from 12-2 p.m.
  • Everyone who raises at least $50 in sponsor contributions will win a commemorative t-shirt
  • Great prizes for the most successful fundraiser.
  • Prizes will be awarded for biggest and smallest horse, youngest and older rider, among other categories.