Saturday August 26th
 2:00 - 4:00
"Share the Trails" Open House
We had a fantastic event. Served over 

260 folks some delicious ice cream.

Visited with people from all over and

helped them to learn how to
meet and greet horses and riders

with safety for all.

​Progress News: 

After years of hard work and community outreach, the Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians are thrilled to announce that we have reached a tremendous milestone!

On October 24, 2016 our Committee members met with DNR personnel Paul Zajackowski, Missy VanLanduyt, and Kathy Gruentzel to review plans for a new equestrian campground. The DNR architect that developed the plans for the new campground is the same architect that created the plans for the Governor Knowles Trade River Campground, so if you have been there, you know that he knows what he is doing! The future GD campground area is located just beyond the current day-ride parking area, a site that is not without challenges but the setting is sublime. 

At this time our Committee is reaching out to many potential supporters to determine the most feasible option. The DNR is squarely on our side in achieving the dream of this beautiful addition to the park. It will take a lot of hard work, major fundraising, and plenty of patience. We do hope you join us on the journey.

In 2016 we also:

  • Joined the Friends of Governor Dodge as the Equestrian Committee which expands grant and other fundraising opportunities
  • Sold over 160 trail passes in 2016 resulting in an $800 profit
  • Installed five safe, aesthetically pleasing mounting blocks at strategic locations in horse areas
  • Financed a portable toilet at the Day Riders parking area for the 2016 season
  • Held well-attended and fun events to raise awareness and funds

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Governor Dodge Equestrians is a group of horse riding enthusiasts from the Midwest. Our mission is to promote and enhance equine experiences at Governor Dodge State Park,one of Wisconsin’s largest and most beautiful state parks. Long term goals include improving the horse and rider camping experience and getting a shorter loop choice on the outer loop ride. Join us in these important efforts.

August Event

Promoting and Enhancing the Equine Experience at Governor Dodge State Park