Shenandoah Riding Center

Open Daily
Trail rides and more ALL IN THE GALENA TERRITORY. Only three miles from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and 10 miles from Galena, Illinois. The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Our location in The Galena Territory makes it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty. From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, we have something to offer for everyone!

Saddle up at Shenandoah 

Star Gazing

Public Observation at the Owners' Club
2021 Star Gazing Events
May 15 at 8:30 p.m.
June 12 at 8:30 p.m.
July 10 at 8:30 p.m.
August 7 at 8:30 p.m.
September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
October 30 at 6 p.m.
Bring your telescope or share one of ours. Meet in the parking lot of the Owners' Club. Share your knowledge or start your star gazing adventure. Check out the stars and night objects with a telescope. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society.

Memorial Day

May 31
from 3-4:30 p.m.

Shenandoah Riding Center honors veterans this Memorial Day at 3 p.m. Join us for a flag raising ceremony, a brief presentation and a poem. Immediately followed by an invitation to veterans into the arena to spend time grooming and walking the Shenandoah horses.

Please call 815-777-9550 or email SRC Coordinator Cathy Wolfenden.

Territory Farmers Market

Join us at the Territory Farmers Markets on select Sundays from May to October.
EVERY SUNDAY June 5 - Oct. 10, 2021,  8 a.m. until noon
Fresh produce, flowers, plants and much more. Sundays, 8 a.m. until noon in the Owners' Club Parking Lot. Find fresh produce and much more.

The Territory Farmers Market is 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of The Galena Territory Association (GTA) Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive in The Galena Territory, Galena, Illinois 61036. The Territory Farmers Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

Kids' Summer Programs

2021 Shenandoah Kids' Corral
Dates: June 7-8  • July 12-13 •  August 9-10
Sessions: morning (9 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (2-5 p.m.)
Age groups: 5-7 years • 8-12 years • 13-15 years
Children to guide ratios: 2:1 for the 5-7 year olds • 4:1 for the 8-12 year olds • 4:1 for the 13-15 year olds

Summary: Through a variety of fun, engaging activities children will be guided through knowledge in horse handling, horsemanship, and riding skills. Each day they will have hands-on experiences with horses in groundwork, grooming, and riding. Students will receive a certificate, photo, their decorated lucky horseshoe, and a “Grab life by the reins” T-shirt.

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Belden School

First and Third Saturdays from June until October
Visit Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory, on first and third Saturdays June through October from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteer docents provide FREE tours. Contact Belden School Preservation Chair Linda Niessner at to schedule a private visit or group tour.

Belden School was built in 1859. The school was named after Thomas Belden, an early settler and a school trustee. The stone structure is located on a thickly wooded hillside flanked by a steep gully on the downhill side. There was no electricity, no running water, and no bathrooms until 1880 when two outhouses were built at a cost of $17 each.

One teacher instructed all the students.  All grades were taught at the same time. Often the teacher was not much older than the students. The last classes were held in 1943 when consolidation of small districts occurred. Find out more about the Little School That Taught Big Lessons

Woodland Fairy Garden Walk

June 19, 2021
The Woodland Fairy Garden Walk, June 20, features handcrafted Fairy Garden Houses created from the surrounding woodland materials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the trails of Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory.

Don’t miss the special tent for children to create their own fairy wand. Participants will have to walk moderately uneven and mulch covered trails. Please wear appropriate shoes. Suggested donation $5 per person (children 10 years and younger FREE). All proceeds benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund which provides financial assistance for training and educating EMTs.

Belden School Preservation Committee will host an open house at Belden School during the walk. Volunteer docents will greet visitors with stories of the one-room schoolhouse.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

FREEDOM REINS July 3-4, 2021
The Shenandoah Riding Center goes out west for two nights featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, and women’s barrel racing … all of the fan favorites. MORE...

The evening ends with a firework spectacular!! Don’t miss it!

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Kayak 5K Fun Paddle

August 14, 2021
Flatwater event, Fun for everyone! Everyone is invited to come visit Lake Galena for a day of fun and competition. The day includes the signature Kayak 5K, as well 360-meter and 720-meter sprints for single and tandem kayak and single and double canoes for adults and youth.
Outside kayaks and canoes are welcome on Lake Galena but must be registered in the owner’s home state and free of any aquatic invasive species. The GTA Marina and Fever River Outfitters, Galena, have a limited number of canoes and kayaks available for rental. Call 815-777-2000 to RSVP or for more information.
The Kayak 5K Fun Paddle is sponsored by the GTA Lake Management and Ecology Advisory Group. All proceeds will be donated to the Galena Food Pantry.

Farm to Table Dinner

August 21, 2021
Reserve space early for the annual Farm to Table Dinner featuring fresh ingredients from Territory Farmers Market Vendors including local jam, jelly, honey, beef, bison, chicken, pork, lamb and summer harvest vegetables.

Silent Auction benefits Galena Territory Foundation Education & Scholarship Fund. 

The Farm to Table Dinner is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

For more information contact Natural Resources Coordinator Emily Lubcke at 8 15-777-2000.

Recycling Day

Hazardous Household Waste, Personal Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling
  • 9 a.m. until noon at Lake Galena Marina. October 9, 2021.
  • Household hazardous waste consists of products usually labeled “caution” or “warning.”
  • Watch your confidential materials shredded.
  • Bring your electronics. (Fee for televisions and monitors.)
  • Courtesy of The Galena Territory Association.

Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner

October 9, 2021
The Galena Territory Fire Department hosts their annual Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner in the Owners' Club Social Hall from 5-8 p.m. $15 for Adults, $6 for Children, Take Out Available.

Dinner tickets and raffle tickets available at the door!

Some of the proceeds from the event benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund which provides financial assistance to help cover the costs of training local Emergency Medical Services personnel.


Holiday Market

December 4, 2021

Join us 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at the Owners’ Club to welcome the holiday season. 

Decorations, gift items, art, baked goods and much more.

The Territory Holiday Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

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