Anne O'Dell's interest in trails began at age 12 when she was leading guided horse trail rides in Westchester and Putnam Counties (New York). While earning both an A.A.S. in Marketing and B.A. in Communications at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, she rode with the intercollegiate equestrian team in hunt seat equitation.

When area trails started being closed to horses, Anne joined the Putnam Horse Council. During her four years as Trails Chair for the New York State Horse Council, she became deeply involved with advocacy efforts to preserve horse trails throughout New York. Her "Rode Reports" series of articles appeared in Hoof Print and New York Horse (now Tri-State Horse, regional magazines, and The Trail Rider, and Trail Blazer, national magazines.

In 1997, Anne published the book Ride New York: 35 Horse and Multiple-Use Trails in the Empire State.

Anne has served on the board of the Central New York Horse Club and on the steering committee for the NYS Canalway Trail.

She was temporarily relocated to Atlanta, GA, and served on the Board of the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association. She helped plan the 2004 Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference, held in Atlanta.

Prior to relocating to Georgia, Anne was Chair of the New York State Trails Council (NYSTC) for four years. On her return she became a regional director for the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA), and again took the office of Chair of the NYSTC.

Soon after, Anne became an employee of the NYSSA, becoming its General Manager for over ten years.

Anne currently resides in Hernando County, FL, where she continues to volunteer in her community. Motorcycles have replaced horses and snowmobiles as her preferred method of transportation!

Anne and Legacy

"The Dragon"

"Herr Ludwig"