Ryan Harden

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For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the...

For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the National OHV Conservational Council (NOHVCC) and began teaching for the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America in the late 90’s beginning with the ATV Safety Institute and then also becoming a coach for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In the early 2000’s, I was awarded for being a top Midwestern instructor, teaching hundreds of people a year about their vehicles and how to ride safely. During this time, I also became a Master Trainer for Tread Lightly to help build a stronger network of informed, ethical recreationalists. My college education consists of degrees in Marketing and Business to Business Marketing.

In 2002, I became a commercial lines insurance agent for National Motorsports Insurance Agency. It’s here where I help people across the country build insurable & sustainable tracks, trails, parks, and clubs to this day. I'm also heavily involved in the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Assoc. run by my father, Randy Harden, the international Trail Patrol Ambassador program run by my brother, Adam Harden, and is a board member of the National OHV Informational Services (NOHVIS) group. 

In 2016 My wife and I purchased our 2nd Wrangler JK and we began exploring ways to ride our Jeep on trails. After some research, however, we found that there weren't any public 4x4 trails or registration program in Wisconsin. 

In 2017 we began the Wrangler Riders as a non-profit club and gained access to two private riding parks. Our club ran like a private registration program and soon, we opened a 3rd riding area/park in 2018.  We host rides and training events every month and we quickly became one of the largest clubs in Wisconsin. 

In 2018 we changed the main organization to the Road Legal 4WD Association and made Wrangler Riders one of the primary chapters. This allowed us to aid in starting other chapters through our universal membership. The goal is to build a network of chapters, without the chapters having to fork out a ton of money to develop private and public trails. Furthermore, we began an initiative to reduce the bookwork for our chapters while also providing them with a portion of the membership funds. 

 

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VDay VLOG 2/14/2019 Updates

Happy Valentines Day! Thought it would be a good day to do a little update on things we've been doing. Getting ready for an amazing 2019!  Trail Guide Ambassadors are getting into this system this week, I'll then be making training videos and documents to help guides make events, submit points and badges, help promote, etc. We have a great tea...
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Trail Guide Ambassadors | Hosting Rides

 Trail Guide Ambassadors within the Road Legal 4WD Assoc. Will host many different types of rides. Our first training session is coming up in a few days and I wanted to take little bit of time to explain this exciting opportunity. First, let's discuss the problem that we needed to solve. In many 4x4 groups, you have rides, but very few will po...
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VLOG 12.17.2018 Dec. Kettles Crawl Follow Up and the 2019 Season

What an amazing trip we had yesterday! It was the first time where I hosted a "whip it up quick" event and just posted it on the Wrangler Riders of SEWI page. The idea was to test the new Trail Guide Ambassador system where certified guides can make their own social ride events within our system much like the larger events. The idea is to have 5 ri...
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RL4WDA Members now get Dunham's Sports Discounts

Dunham's Sports started way back in 1937 and has since become the Midwest's largest sporting goods chain with over 230 stores. We're pleased to announce that all RL4WDA members that are part of the universal membership are now eligible for instant savings and exclusive deals!  Once logged in, under the directory tab, you'll be able to print th...
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Wisconsin RL4WD Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Draft Review

First I'd like to thank those of you who came to our multiple meetings for the SCORP surveys. Your participation was key to getting 4WDs / RL4WDs into the plan in the first place. Now for the bad news, the draft paints a very dismal picture for Wisconsin RL4WD owners in terms of recreational opportunities. The good news, we're on the board/plan as ...
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November 2018 Blog Update

It's Parade And Benefit Season!
Putting an @XBullofficial winch through it's paces. Moving logs to the log crawl areas to train people how to safely take on obstacles! Have a great weekend! R/T / Like! pic.twitter.com/GnwgmRdhQG — RL4WD (@Rl4Wd) November 16, 2018  As the winter weather sets in, we're busy... like ultra busy getting things ready for 2019! All the clubs in the...
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Wrangler Riders is Awarded the BFGoodrich® 2018 Outstanding Trails Program Grant

 11/4/2018 - For Immediate Release  Wrangler Riders is Awarded the BFGoodrich® 2018 Outstanding Trails Program Grant! Official BFGoodrich® Release  We're very excited to have received this grant. It'll be put to good use to further develop trails in Wisconsin for Wrangler Riders! We hope to get the BFGoodrich® team to one of our...
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WI River Trip A Success! RL4WD 4x4 VLOG 10.28.18

Thanks to all the support from all the great members and their guests! 
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Kettles Crawl | Trail Guide Class

 Last weekend was jam-packed full of great stuff! Our Trail Guide class had 12 people and lots of great stuff was presented by the WOHVA crew! Then, on Sunday we headed up to De Pere to support a members new business Nardi's Affogato Bar. From there we headed down and rode a bunch of trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. We flexed in...
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Allenton, Public Trails, RTI, Signs and 2019

Yesterday we had a blast at The Homestead hosted by Regan and Connie. It featured tech tips about treating rust, public trail system ride, private trail crawl, a BBQ filled with meats & treats, a roaring bonfire and some of the most amazing friends anyone could have. With about 20 rigs (75% of which were new to Allenton), it was great meeting s...
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