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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

BCHA Gives Youth a Leg Up on Tomorrow
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Across the nation, Back Country Horsemen of America leads the campaign of saving trails for horse use. They cherish America’s equestrian heritage and seek to preserve our right to ride horses on public lands for many generations to come. The next generation is here with us now; children of all ages who are fascinated with horses, love the outdoors, and … Read More

BCHA 2012 Volunteer Value is the Highest in its History
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As the leader in protecting our right to ride horses on public lands, Back Country Horsemen of America is proud of their record of service. For 40 years, they have volunteered their time, skill, and resources towards keeping trails open to horse use and promoting responsible recreation in a myriad of ways. BCHA commends its members across the nation who … Read More

BCHA Volunteer in their Local Communities
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Back Country Horsemen of America is known for protecting our right to ride horses on public lands and for donating millions of dollars of volunteer value each year towards maintaining trails, but their hard work doesn’t end there. These horsemen and horsewomen see themselves as an integral part of their communities and they enjoy using their unique skills to benefit … Read More

BCH of Washington Clear Downed Trees in Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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No matter how often we maintain our trails, they are subject to the whims of Mother Nature. The hard working folks of Back Country Horsemen of America are always ready to work together to clean up the messes Mother sometimes makes. If you live and ride in Washington State, you probably remember the late spring windstorms of 2011 that left … Read More

BCHA Keeps You Informed
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Our right to ride horses on public lands is threatened from many different directions and for many different reasons. Back Country Horsemen of America is the leading organization in our fight to preserve that right partly because they try to know about changes before they take place. No, they aren’t psychic. These folks put in countless hours attending public land … Read More

BCHA Welcomes Pennsylvania Equine Council as Advocacy Partner
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The leading organization in our fight to preserve our right to ride horses on public lands from coast to coast, Back Country Horsemen of America welcomes the Pennsylvania Equine Council as their newest Advocacy Partner. The PEC shares BCHA’s vision of saving trails for horse use through volunteerism, education, honoring good outdoor ethics, and hard work. Pennsylvania Horse Council The … Read More

BCHA Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award
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As the leading organization in our battle to preserve our right to ride horses on public lands, Back Country Horsemen of America knows the fight is futile unless there are trails to ride. That’s why they spend thousands of hours each year cleaning, maintaining, and building trails on public lands across the country. Recently, the Pecos Chapter of the New … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Celebrates 40 Years
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From the vision and insight of four mountain men was born Back Country Horsemen of America, the nation’s leading organization in our fight to preserve our right to ride horses on public lands. In 40 years, a handful of folks has increased to over 13,000 members from over 185 chapters and affiliates in 26 states. Humble Beginnings The seeds of … Read More

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