Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 3rd when we will host a poker ride along a different section of trails than last year. A yummy catered lunch and lots of great silent auction items are planned.
And if you are in the area, stop by for an ice cream cone at the “Meet the Horses” open house at the horse campground on Saturday afternoon, August 25.
Your past support for equestrian activities at Governor Dodge has been much appreciated, and we hope you will show how much you value our wonderful park by becoming a member of the Friends of Governor Dodge–Equestrians in 2018. Go to the "Join/Donate" tab above to join.
In addition to financial support, we welcome all members to share their time and talent at our events, workdays, and planning sessions. With your help we look forward to another year of Happy Trails at Governor Dodge State Park!
The June poker trail ride showcased horse trails in the northeast corner of the park, followed by a picnic lunch and silent auction/raffle. We were blessed with perfect weather and many generous donors, raising over $3,500 in support of equestrian facilities at Governor Dodge.
In August we hosted a “Meet the Horses” open house and ice cream social with the theme of how to safely share trails with horses. Over 250 park visitors stopped by to meet and pet our gentle volunteer steeds, try feeding apple treats, and take a turn at brushing. Horse committee volunteers chatted with non-horse guests about shared trail safety and handed out brochures on this important topic. And of course the ice cream donated by the Kiwanis concession was a big hit.
In 2017 our committee continued to make progress on the campground project. After receiving several plan options from DNR landscape architects/engineers, we conducted a series of personal interviews with individuals around the state to gather input on the plans and to assess the level of support for this ambitious project. We are using this interview feedback to further refine the campground plan and hope to have a final version, including a budget, later this year.
In the coming season we will be working with the park on improvements to the horse trails, including trailside location markers and a rest stop with picnic table and hitching rails on the southern section of the outer loop trail. We are excited about having a much-needed break option on this long and beautiful more remote trail segment. Fingers crossed that a grant from the Wisconsin State Horse Council will provide matching funds!
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Friends of Governor Dodge-Equestrians is dedicated to promoting and enhancing equestrian experiences at Governor Dodge State Park. We are a committee of the Friends of Governor Dodge State Park, a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a great resource for a great park. Located in the unique driftless area, Governor Dodge is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most beautiful state parks. Our group, organized in 2015, has been working with the DNR to complete several trail enhancements, while our ultimate goal is to see the park's master plan for a new horse campground become a reality.