Shenandoah Riding Center Ad hoc Advisory Group


Jack Fisher
Kandee Haertel
Mark Klausner, Board member
Bill Lehman
Sue Settler
Steve Lungstrom, Board member
John Perry
Joe Mattingley, Staff Lead
Susan Miller, Operations Manager

Shenandoah Riding Center

Operators of Shenandoah Riding Center moving on
Free Range Chix, operators of the Shenandoah Riding Center, has chosen to pursue other opportunities not related to the riding center. The company has submitted the required 15-month notice of contract cancellation per its rental contract with The Galena Trading Corporation, a subsidiary of The Galena Territory Association (GTA), which owns the riding center. The contract will cancel out in August 2018. Corey Morehead is president of Free Range Chix and is co-manager of the riding center with David Rubel. Request For Proposal

Riding center hours change
The Shenandoah Riding Center is now closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The riding center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday until Jan. 2, 2018. The riding center will then be closed in January and February except Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Presidents Day weekends. The riding center will try to accommodate large groups or may open for special events during those times.

Shenandoah Riding Center Feasibility and Trajectory Study

The study is moving through the review process outlined above and no action has been taken by the Board of Directors on the recommendations contained in the report. The report has been taken under advisement only.
At its meeting on April 25, 2015, The Galena Territory Board of Directors approved a consulting engagement letter with HorsePower Productions Inc., of Denver, Colorado, at a cost of $1,500, plus expenses, to aid in long-term event operations planning at the Shenandoah Riding Center.  

At a workshop held on Dec. 12, 2015, Brad Ettleman of HorsePower, Inc. presented a Feasibility and Trajectory Study of the riding center. The preliminary study outlined the possibility of making the riding center a regional facility within five years. It outlined the economic impact of making such a change and proposed physical plant changes that would be needed at the facility. The study also included long-term goals for 20 years. The Board took the study under advisement.

The goal of this project is to determine what The Galena Territory Association wants to do to make the riding center a more profitable operation by utilizing the footprint of the facility for equestrian and non-equestrian events. This ties directly to the three goals on the Strategic Plan:
1. Preserve Amenity Value – The study can be used as a basis for amenity master planning for the facility. 
2. Foster Operational Excellence – The long-term impact of the ideas in the study could grow non-assessment revenue, thereby potentially offsetting future assessment increases.
3. Protect and Promote our Unique Lifestyle – Increasing the events, both equestrian and non-equestrian, add to the lifestyle opportunities for members.

At its April 30, 2016 meeting, the Board agreed by consensus to the following plan submitted by management for review of the Feasibility and Trajectory Study. Read/Download Shenandoah Riding Center Feasibility and Trajectory Study

Tentative Timeline



April 2016

Board of Directors forwards to the Long Range Planning Commission to help determine feasibility and property owner preference regarding the facility.

May-October 2016

Long Range Planning Commission reviews and considers the ideas contained in the report. The Commission develops draft Amenity Master Plan for the Shenandoah Riding Center.

October 2016

Long Range Planning submits draft plan to the Board, including specific recommendations and ideas for consideration

December 2016

Board of Directors considers recommendations and gives preliminary approval of a plan to present to the membership.

December 2016 thru February 2017

Promote the preliminary plan and gather additional input from the membership.  This would include information in the Territory Times, on social media, the website, town hall meeting and at the Annual Meeting.

February 2017

Board of Directors approves final plan.

June 2017

Plan becomes part of the 2018 budget process with review by the Budget and Finance Commission.