Eagle, WI - The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association (SKMHTA) coordinated a trail cleanup on July 16 at the Highway S trailhead in Eagle on the popular obstacle course trail.
The effort was led by SKMHTA Trail Coordinator Ken “Hammer” Shramek and a dozen SKMHTA members who volunteered to spend their morning using power saws, mowers, and rakes to clear the obstacles, mounting blocks, and picnic area along the popular obstacle course trail in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle. The DNR provided most of the equipment while SKMHTA members brought their own trucks, trailers, UTV to get the equipment out to the trails.
SKMHTA has completed installation of 11 obstacles in the trail obstacle course, some of which include tractor tires, cowboy curtains, bridge, and a log crossing. Further descriptions, pictures, and a map of the obstacle course can be found on the group’s website at www.skmhta.com .
SKMHTA has also installed electricity at 29 campsites and the pavilion in Horserider’s Campground in Palmyra, upgraded trail maps with color coding and signage, installed hitching rails and 10 more mounting blocks at various points on the horse trails.
The group has also developed a rest stop at Wilton Road in Eagle, complete with tie rails, picnic tables, porta-potty and water and installed corrals for the Palmyra Corral Project in town.
This year the group has purchased, installed and currently maintains a portable toilet on the Viele Loop trail in Palmyra trails, conducted trail cleanups, and is currently working on installing hitching posts on the Highway 12 trailhead and upgrading the hitching posts at the Highway S trailhead in Eagle. Earlier this year, the group coordinated a spring fun ride and hosted a free “horse and ticks” seminar in June presented by Dr. James Casserly of Casserly Veterinary Services.
Additional projects being researched and coordinated with the DNR for possible future implementation include replacement of the manure pits at Horseriders’ Campground with concrete structures and developing a new trailhead on Young Road to provide additional access to the horse trails west of Horseriders’ Campground.
Funding for these projects will be raised in part through the group’s annual Fall Roundup Fundraiser on Saturday, September 17 at Horseriders’ Campground in Palmyra. Participants, volunteers and sponsors, and raffle prize donors for this event are needed. For more information, please visit www.skmhta.com or email SKMHTAnews@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.
SKMHTA offers a variety of equestrian activities in a social setting with support for horse trails and campgrounds in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. SKMHTA is always seeking suggestions for new projects, donations, and volunteers. For more information or to learn how to become a member or sponsor, please visit www.skmhta.com, find us on www.facebook.com or contact Kim Jaye, SKMHTA President, at 262-560-9590 or SKMHTAnews@gmail.com.