Our purpose is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness.
To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
BCHA Chairman Jim McGarvey signs a five years agreement with the National Park Service that encourages parks to partner with BCHA chapters on service and trail projects.
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with representatives of the Mammoth Cave Back Country Horsemen, a chapter of the Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, as a way to improve maintenance of the park's horse trails.
Last spring the park announced plans to require guides, starting at $100 per rider, for private groups, citing safety concerns. Now, after a public comment period, park officials have withdrawn the guiding requirement and replaced it with one focused on trail etiquette.
“I led my first pack string ever... me at 12 years old!!! I will NEVER forget it.” Kobi Mathies I am from Kansas, and had never ridden a horse until June 23rd. My first true Back Country Horseman trip was with my Grandfather on July 11th, 2014.