July 23, 24, 25 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2021 MN Horse Expo Features

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 MN DNR Horse Trails and Camping Opportunities

Paul Purman


Friday July 23     
Poultry Barn Speaker Area - 1:00 to 2:00

Brief pverview of current DNR equestrian trail opportunities, focusing on state parks, state trails, state forests and equestrian campgrounds in DNR facilities. The Horse Pass – its importance, what it has funded in recent years, and how to get involved. Q&A with the audience to follow.

Paul Purman currently serves as the MN DNR Parks and Trails’ Division’s program lead for equestrian recreation, as well as state trails, mountain biking, and several winter sports. He earned a master’s degree in geography in 1998, began working with DNR in 1996, and has served in Parks and Trails since 2009.  He is worked on issues ranging from gravel mining to off highway vehicle recreation to the Legacy Amendment. Purman grew up on a small farm in Maryland, where he was fortunate to spend lots of time around horses and ponies. Currently living in St. Paul, where he and his wife raised their two children, he enjoys hiking, biking, and camping.


Terry Leary

Saturday, July 24
Poultry Barn Speaker Area - 12:30 to 1:30

Sunday July 25
Poultry Barn Speaker Area -  1:00 to 2:00


Horse Trails and Camps in Minnesota

Want to learn about less known places to ride in Minnesota? Wondering what a first-time horse camper really needs to know about a park? Want to ask a manager about his job and about his parks? Visit with Terry Leary, president of Minnesota Trail Riders Association, who surveys managers from DNR, county, city and Federal parks, forests and trails in Minnesota on a yearly basis. Pick up an informational handout of county and city places to ride. Visit with Jesse Diehn, Parks Manager for Renville County Parks in the Minnesota River Valley. This is a park system with seven parks; two (Beaver Falls and Skalbekken) offer horse camps and horse trails. Visit with Rick Dunkley, DNR manager of St Croix State Park for the last ten years and St Croix State Forest (Tamarack) riding areas. Together the trio of speakers combine 67 years of working on horse trails and camps. Come visit with us!

Terry Leary is currently president of Minnesota Trail Riders Association and a member since 1979 when MTRA was incorporated. Terry has had Arabian horses for over 50 years and enjoys trail riding in Minnesota, the tri-state area and out west, and especially enjoyed taking the mule ride overnight to Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon. Terry sits on several boards, including the Equine Advisory Board to the DNR, was on the Olmsted County Fair Board for 25 years and the Olmsted County Park Board for nineteen years. Terry's forty acres in SE Minnesota is home to a number of Arabian horses and several senior (25+) retired horses.

Photo by
Bob Zimmerman

Photo by Bob Zimmerman

Photo by Bob Zimmerman

Photo by Lynda Zimmerman


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