Florida Trail Blazers

Dedicated to the Creation and Preservation of Equestrian Trails



July 2017

Florida Trail Blazers welcomes new board members Robin and Brett Bures, Trudee Mason, and Julie Cesary.  This brings our total board to nine members.  We met yesterday, July 16, 2017 and put together the ride calendar for the 2017/2018 ride year.  This calandar is available for your information here.  Our thanks to both Rolando Coto and Chris Gropp for their dedication to Florida Trail Blazers in the past.



Trudee Mason Introduction:


My name is Trudee Mason and I was practically born in the saddle!  Raised on a farm in northern Indiana, I have fond memories of riding and camping with my family from a very early age.  My love and passion for horses has followed me into adulthood where I continue to ride and camp all over Florida.  I also enjoy the challenge and adventure of traveling with our horses to other states, where we can experience different scenery and terrain.    My husband and stepdaughter also ride and have shared my “horsey” enthusiasm since we became a family 5 years ago.  We love the fellowship and comradery of our horsey friends, sitting around the campfire and sharing stories, eating s’mores and blazing the trails!







Robin Bures Introduction:

My name is Robin Bures and I started riding about 5 yrs ago after my kids moved out. I found I needed a hobby and decided to try horses. I had been a show mom for years, carting my girls to and from lessons and shows with my husband but never really rode. I wasn’t sure if it would be a good fit for me but I found it is actually a GREAT fit! My husband had his own hobbies but took up riding to spend time with me and it is great having something together. We enjoy camping with new people and meeting up with friend along the way. I ride English and take lessons in dressage, entering local shows and ride western for trails. I am starting to become involved in obstacle trail challenges and am looking forward to competing in this new adventure.


Brett Bures Introduction:

My name is Brett Bures, and my wife and I started riding about 5 years ago on a regular basis after the kids moved out for college. I am a golfer and fisherman, and started riding to keep my wife company. I had grown up riding horses that our neighbors owned, with or without their permission!  We found that we really enjoy camping, finding new places and meeting  new people. I have also competed in Western Pleasure bringing home Reserve Champion. My show days are behind me but now I an starting to become interested in obstacle trail challenges.



Welcome, Robin and Brett!


My name is Julie Cesary and I started riding at a very young age.  I grew up in a mid-west farming area and got my first horse at 5 years old.  I was your typical horse crazy little girl and have never grown out of it.  I was in 4-H in high school, then later showed western at local shows.  I enjoy the outdoors, so discovered equine camping is the perfect fit.  My husband, Richard,  is not a rider but supports my hobby. He enjoys coming along and hanging out at the campsite.

Welcome to Julie and Dustin!  Richard, we always enjoy having you camp with us!


Florida Trail Blazers welcomes new board members Tracy McCommon and Jim Lawrence!  Tracy and Jim replace retiring board members Clara Capps and Beth Emmons, who have decided to retire from their leadership roles with Florida Trail Blazers after nearly 30 years combined service.  These members have filled vital roles in the continued success of the club.  Clara was the Florida Trail Blazers President for 12 years, Vice-President for 1 year and Board Member for 4 years.   Beth served as treasurer and Board Member for over 10 years.

During their leadership, there were many club accomplishments. Some of the many projects completed during their tenure were the addition of  water lines at Princess Place Preserve in the equine camping area.  The paddocks at Fechtel were rebuilt.  Water troughs were donated to Tidewater trailheads, picnic tables were donated to Fechtel and Cross Creek Horse Rescue.  Gates and 16 foot boards were donated to the Agricultural Museum, along with financial support.  Shangrila’s muck buckets and carts were donated by the club.  Boards and club labor was donated to build paddocks at Rima Ridge Trailhead. Clara and Beth appreciate all the support given to them in accomplishing the club’s goals to preserve and protect equestrian trails in Central Florida.  Though Clara and Beth are retiring from their leadership roles, they are not retiring from riding.  They will continue to enjoy riding with the group.  Thanks to both these members for their dedication to the club; see you on the trail soon!

Since we had two vacancies on the board , volunteers to fill these slots were solicited from club members earlier this year.    Tracy McCommon and Jim Lawrence have stepped in to fill Clara’s and Beth’s board member roles.  Welcome  and thanks to you both!

Last year, Chris Gropp, a Board Member,  volunteered to take over the Treasurer position from Beth Emmons.    Thanks to Chris for her role in managing the club’s finances. She has done a great job!   Alex Auton continues in his role as President, Roly Coto as Vice President, and Ellen Bolton Secretary.

Tracy McCommon has been married to her husband Dennis for over 20 years and they have two young sons Corey and Benjamin. Together they own 4 horses and Tracy is in the process of training their latest 2 horses, which they acquired in May 2016. Tracy is also on the board of directors for the Orange County 4-H Horse Club in which her 2 sons are active members. Her son Corey is a competitive rider in 4-H Horse Shows and has won many ribbons. Benjamin will be riding in 4-H shows for the first time this year. Tracy also competes in the OPEN 4-H Shows and in other small local shows with her boys.

The McCommon Family

The McCommon Family

If you would like to become a member of the board or an officer, please let any one of the board members know……your participation in leadership would be welcome!

The Board Members met recently and put together the ride schedule for the upcoming season.  We hope you enjoy the choices….have a safe and happy season!

Alex Auton
Ellen Bolton
(407) 765-2505
Valerie Tanner

  • 1095 Carter Road
  • Deland, FL  32724
  • 314-960-9031
  • mocowgirl@aol.com
  • Robin Bures
    • robinbures@gmail.com   301-288-9279
  • Brett Bures
    • 321-890-7909
  • Julie Cesary
    • Juliacesary@yahoo.com
    • 321-795-7528
  • Trudee Mason
    • 352-613- 9888
  • Tracy McCommon
    • 407-579-7989′
    • positivetracy@bellsouth.net


  • Jim Lawrence
    • 386-747-5998
    • haul.n.ass@cfl.rr.com
    • 690 Deltona Blvd, Deltona, FL  32725
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