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Letter of Support for Baraboo Equine Facility

posted Jan 19, 2014, 3:00 PM by Ken Carpenter
Bob LaDow   
1st Class Management
209 South Main Street
Pardeeville, Wisconsin  53954

Dear Bob:

The facility under discussion to create recreational opportunities for horseback riders in Baraboo is exciting to us.  We understand the project would include both a climate-controlled building holding a show arena and outdoor horse trails and campground.  A study done by the UW River Falls for the Wisconsin Horse Council shows that the horse industry contributes $1.4 billion to Wisconsin's economy.  The study shows that the equine industry in Wisconsin is diverse, divided into several categories including recreational riding, competition showing, and breeding.  We feel the planned facility would be attractive to a majority of horse owners.  Creating a facility that attracts a broad base of horse owners should be of great interest to investors. 

Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association has been in existence since 1990 and is a leading trail advocacy group in Wisconsin.  Our focus is developing and maintaining recreational equestrian and shared-use trails.  We also enjoy using the many wonderful trails in Wisconsin!  We are 80 members strong, centered in Dane County with chapters reaching into Door, Manitowoc and Jefferson Counties.  Our emphasis is in forming close working relationships with the land managers of any area - collaborating in trail planning, performing maintenance on horse trails, retaining accessibility, and preserving green spaces for all to enjoy.  We offer our collective knowledge and experience to local, county, and state land managers in achieving land use goals and we promote cooperation among all trail users.

Our members have a great interest in the creation of new horse trails in the Baraboo area.  Trails that offer recreational opportunities to the local community as well as creating a draw for those outside the area to visit would be of great benefit to the Baraboo community.  The Baraboo area is a perfect location to practice newer trail building methods that lessen the impact on the environment and have reduced needs for maintenance.  This is a project that we can fully support.
Please consider us as one of your partners in this project.  We look forward to working with you.