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BCHA National Board Meeting Live Broadcast
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For the first time the Back Country Horsemen of America will broadcast live the National Board Meeting along with Announcing the “Keep Trails Open For You” Campaign. Please join in April 23rd to 26th. Click here for Live Video Feed Live Video Streaming Schedule Wednesday, April 23 All Times Eastern Standard Time 8:30 am – 10:15 – BCHA NBM Opening; … Read More

BCHA hosting the largest fundraiser in the history
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Back Country Horsemen of America Event Details Click here for Our Crowdfunding Campaign Hey, Hey BCHA! We need your help to keep our nation’s trails open! BCHA is hosting the largest most visible fundraiser in the history of BCHA! Here’s the best part: If we meet our goal, over 12,000 dollars will go back to the chapters/units via grants! Let’s … Read More

Eduation Foundation Grants Available
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 Education Foundation Grants Available The BCHA Education Foundation directors are pleased to announce the availability of three $ 1,000.00 grants and two $ 500.00 grants to BCH chapters for equipment, materials and supplies for trail or trailhead building, maintenance and/or repair. These grants are a result of a DEW Foundation donation. Projects are encouraged which involve partnerships with public land … Read More

Proposed Rule Change for Private Horse Use –Bryce Canyon National Park
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Back Country Horsemen of America Action Alert!!! Click Here for Updated Information Deadline for Comments: April 24, 2014 (midnight Mountain time zone) Bryce Canyon National Park has proposed changes for users of privately-owned stock on designated horse trails within the park. The changes are intended to ensure the safety of all visitors and to protect park resources. The park initiated … Read More

BCH Trek the Old Spanish National Historic Trail
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By Sarah Wynne Jackson Although equestrians share the trails with many other types of users, horseback riding is the original use for many of the trails and public lands we enjoy today. Not only does Back Country Horsemen of America protect our right to ride horses on public lands, they seek to preserve those historic trails our predecessors traveled. In … Read More

Groups seek Congressional Assistance for Trail Maintenance Crisis
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WASHINGTON DC (March 25, 2014) – Citing threats to public access and increased natural resource damage, more than fifty diverse recreation and conservation groups today asked Congress to take immediate action to help dig the Forest Service out of a nationwide trails crisis. Contacts: Paul Spitler, The Wilderness Society (202) 360-­1912, Jim McGarvey, Chairman of Back Country Horsemen of America (706) 624­-6505 The … Read More

You Can Ride Your Own Horse At Bryce Canyon National Park, But You May Need To Hire A Guide
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You can bring your own horse to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah’s redrock country and ride off into the shimmering sunset, but under a rule change you’ll likely have to hire a guide from the concessionaire who offers trail rides. Barring any significant push-back during a 30-day public comment period expected to open today, the rule change will seemingly be … Read More

BCHA Teach Trail Clearing Skills to Boy Scouts
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Back Country Horsemen of America strives to preserve our heritage of traveling by horseback across our nation’s stunning landscape. When this generation has passed, today’s youth will take up the reins of that objective. BCHA recognizes how important it is to teach young people how to enjoy the land while also caring for it. They take every opportunity to include … Read More

BCHA Gets the Job Done with Low Impact on the Land
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Back Country Horsemen of America cherishes our wild lands and they make sure that everything they do has the lowest impact possible on the land and the environment. That’s one reason they love horses and mules. Horse power is irreplaceable in the many public lands where motorized use is prohibited, such as the Bass Lake area in the Sierra National … Read More

BCHA Announces 2012 Legacy Award Winner
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Back Country Horsemen of America leads the nationwide effort to preserve trails for horse use, not only for today’s equestrians, but also for tomorrow’s. They seek to leave an inheritance to future generations; a legacy of responsible enjoyment of America’s wild lands the way our forefathers did: by horseback. With that goal in mind, Back Country Horsemen of America selects … Read More

BCHA Announces New Chairman
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Back Country Horsemen of America has been keeping horses on America’s trails for 40 years. An organization that began with a handful of members in one western state has spread clear across the nation to include 26 states, 11 of which are east of the Mississippi. It seems fitting that the new Chairman in their 40th year is Jim McGarvey, … Read More

BCHA Announces 2012 Double Diamond Award Winners
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The name “Back Country Horsemen” carries weight. They are some of the most highly respected horse folks in the US. That’s not surprising. Since 1973, they’ve been keeping trails open for horse use in a variety of ways, such as attending public land planning meetings, talking with legislators, working with governing agencies, and putting grunt labor to work maintaining trails. … Read More

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