BCHA EDU Foundation Grant helps with Shoshone BCH Jack Creek Trailhead Project
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2015 was a very productive year for the Shoshone Backcounty Horsemen of Northwest Wyoming. The SBCH has a core group of about a dozen people who enable us to accomplish many great projects. This year alone we planned and built 4 new amazing corral on the Wood River, repaired 6 feed bunks at Jack Creek, built a trailhead at Big … Read More

Meeting Hikers with Your Pack String in Tow
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A smile is a powerful tool in the effort to keep stock part of the trail scene! – BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter This photo is what we need to be working for as we trail riders and packers meet folks on the trail. The smile on the faces of these two unidentified hikers says it all. Several years … Read More

Extraordinary Efforts by BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter to help Extract an Injured Hiker
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When mules and horses are golden! – BCHW Western Washington Long Ears Chapter In July of this year as Sue and I were packing in a team of Biologists to survey the fish population on the North Fork of the Skokomish River in the Olympic National Park I had a field change thrown at us. My park issued radio cracked on … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Trains US Soldiers in Horse Handling
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Back Country Horsemen of America works hard across the country to keep trails open for horse use. They know the many benefits of horses, such as giving youth the confidence they need to succeed in life, and providing adults with stress-relieving recreation. Horses and mules are also invaluable in allowing us to enter fragile wilderness areas without the damage of … Read More

Horses and Packstock Are Not Likely Sources of Harmful Pathogens in Waterways
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Dr. Rob Atwill of the University of California, Davis, provided the following PowerPoint presentation during BCHA’s 2015  National Board Meeting held in Sacramento. He summarized the growing body of science that demonstrates native mammals, including squirrels and marmot, are far more likely to be the source of water-borne pathogens than either livestock or pack stock. In one study at Yosemite … Read More

Horses and Packstock Unlikely to spread Invasive Plants Along Trails.
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Dr. Stith T. Gower of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, prepared the following two studies with assistance from the American Endurance Riders Conference. 1) Dr. Gower’s study on “Horses and Invasive Plants, The Western USA Study” and 2) Are horses responsible for introducing non-native plants along forest trails? Dr. Gower’s studies indicate that horses and pack stock are unlikely, if at all, to … Read More

Please Join BCHA and take The SHIFT Pledge
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The Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation provide a unified framework for natural allies like us to reduce internal conflict and increase success in the protection of our public lands, waters and wildlife. We’re using them as the starting point in our conversation on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9:15 a.m. during The SHIFT Summit. To support the Principles, we’ve developed The SHIFT Pledge: … Read More

Big South Fork BCH holds Annual Fundraiser to Help the Park Service Maintain Trails
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Some of the Big South Fork BCH members standing on the new Zenith Crossing. On September 12th the Back Country Horsemen of the Big South Fork held their annual fundraiser at Zenith Stables, where the group raised over $1,500.00, to continue their work of helping the Park Service maintain the trails in the Big South Fork. It all started with … Read More

BCH of Utah Chapter Receives Power of Service Award
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Back Country Horsemen of America leads our quest to protect our right to ride horses on public lands with a lifestyle of volunteerism. Across the country, on any given day, Back Country Horsemen are donating their time, effort, skill, and resources to trail maintenance, responsible recreation education, community outreach, being our voice in public lands planning meetings, and so much … Read More

BCHA Interviews on Equestrian Legacy Radio
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The Radio Programs are interviewed by Equestrian Legacy Radio that discusses current BCHA events. They have been edited to include only the interview with the show’s host Gary Holt and BCHA Members. See below for a description of each program and for the web link to the full versions of the radio program segment on blogtalkradio.com. Jim McGarvey, Executive Director … Read More

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