~ Trail Dedication Ceremony June 18th 2005 ~

A lifelong dream of area horse and snowmobile riders has come true with the completion of a connecting trail  dedicated June 18, 2005  in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest.

The program included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks by officials of participating agencies and organizations, a carriage ride along the trail for dignitaries and press with horse riders escorting and refreshments.

Pictured above: State Representative Stephen Nass; Ray Hajewski, retired trail coordinator, SKM Forest;  State Senator Neil Kedzie
The Department of Natural Resources Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit, the Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association and the Kettle Moraine Riders Snowmobile Club arranged the event.

The dedication ceremony commemorated completion of a new trail connecting the Ottawa and Eagle trails, said Paul Sandgren, forest superintendent. The states purchase last fall of 80 acres provided the final link for a horse and snowmobile trail that runs the entire length of the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest and is spread across three counties, he said.
Senator Kedzie; Representative Nass; Gloria McCutcheon, regional director, Department of Natural Resources; and Paul Sandgren, Forest Superintendent   Paul Sandgren and Barclay Wallace, SKMHTA President
Covering a distance of more than 33 miles, it connects the Ottawa trails with the Eagle trails, creating a trail that starts near Highway P at the south, ending at Highway C near the Ottawa Dog Trial Grounds in the north.

The forest-long trail has been named the Moraine Ridge Trail, voted the winner out of more than 50 names entered in a Name-the-Trail contest sponsored by the Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association. SKMHTA members and snowmobile club members helped in construction of the connecting trail.

The connecting trail picks up across Highway 59 from the end of the Eagle trail just west of the village. It crosses Highway 67 just north of the Generac plant in Eagle and then meets up with the Ottawa trail where it used to end at Wilton Road near the Swinging W Ranch. The new three-mile trail covers interesting terrain through prairie fields, forests and old farm fields. The trail is well-marked with guideposts, said Barclay Wallace, SKMHTA president.
Photos~ Margo & Rae    


~ October 18th 2004 Trail Ride at Horseman's Park ~

  Fire Ring- Paul Sandgren, KMSF Southern Unit supervisor, with SKMHTA members, planning installation of a fire ring and benches near the shelter at Horseriders Campground.
Mounting Block - a rider using one of the mounting blocks constructed and installed by SKMHTA members.
  Officers - four of the acting SKMHTA board members, from left, John Davis, events coordinator; Russ Schuetz, president; Leslie Weaver, member at large; and Barclay Wallace, projects/DNR coordinator. Other acting board members are Dawn Haas, vice president; Kathy Schuetz, secretary; Joanne Burns, treasurer; Rae Miller, media coordinator; and Annette Mayfield, member at large. Formal nominations and election of officers by the full SKMHTA membership will be held early next year.

Photos~ thanks to Rae Miller