BCHA News

Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen Adopt Park

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Left to right: Brenda Cecil, President of Mammoth Cave BCH Sarah Craighead, Superintendent of Mammoth Cave Nat. Park Ginny Grulke, President of KY BCH On October 15, 2014, Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead signed an agreement with representatives of the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen, as a way to improve maintenance of the park’s horse trails. “Our agreement with … Read More

Newsletter, Fall of 2014 Edition

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Click to Open the Fall 2014 Newsletter Inside This Issue Next Generation of BCHA 2, 16 From the Chairman’s Saddle 3 National Reports 4-5 40th Anniversary 8 The Catch Pen 8-12 BCHA Outreach Campaign 14

Newsletter, Summer of 2014 Edition

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Click to Open the Summer 2014 Newsletter Inside This Issue Next Generation of BCHA 2 Right or Privilege? 6-7, 12 The Catch Pen 8-9 National Board Meeting Reports 8-9 BCHA’s Legacy Award presented to Smoke Elser of Montana 9 Tales of the Trails 10-11 Letters to BCHA 11

Back Country Horsemen of Utah Southwest Chapter Celibrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, BLM-Utah’s intrepid adventure crew recently set out on a unique backpacking trip into Red Mountain Wilderness in Southwestern Utah. Supported by the Back Country Horsemen of Utah Southwest Chapter and the Snow Canyon State Park Trail Rides, the group sought to gain vital perspective and knowledge, interviewing a broad range … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Helps Restore Trail after Forest Fire

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Every trail has a history, and Back Country Horsemen of America defends our right to be a part of it from the back of a horse, the way our ancestors were. The Duckabush Trail tells a story of sustained hard work, needless calamity, and the progress that can be accomplished when people from different walks of life work together toward … Read More

Back Country Horsemen help Girl Scouts Earn Merit Badges

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Back Country Horsemen of America protects our right to ride horses on public lands through a wide range of projects across the nation. Some of their favorites include passing on their hard-earned equestrian and wilderness skills to others, especially young people. BCH folks understand that our children will continue our quest to keep trails open for horse use while practicing … Read More

New bill H.R. 4886, in Congress addresses trail maintenance backlog!

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On June 18, 2014, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cynthia Lummis  (R-WY)  and Tim Walz (D-MN). The bill, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (H.R. 4886), would go a long way toward addressing the trail maintenance backlog on our national forests. BCHA strongly supports HR 4886. See our press release here. Go here for … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Expands Their Reach to Benefit Equestrians Across the US

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Back Country Horsemen of America, the organization that works hard to protect our right to ride horses on public lands, is bigger than ever. Membership now totals over 13,300 members nationwide, with chapters in 27 states. In 2013 alone, those members contributed 368,000 volunteer hours valued at $14 million aimed directly at keeping trails open for horses and other users. … Read More

New legislation calls for improved investments in National Forest Trail System

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Groups rally behind National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act New legislation calls for improved investments in National Forest Trail System Contacts: Paul Spitler, The Wilderness Society (202) 360-1912 Jim McGarvey, Chairman of Back Country Horsemen of America (706) 624-6505 Ben Pendergrass, American Horse Council (202) 296-4031 WASHINGTON DC (June 18, 2014) – The Backcountry Horsemen of America, The Wilderness Society, … Read More

“We made it” BCHA makes Crowd Funding Campaign Goal!

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We did it, BCHA raised $89,317.00 dollars in 45 days. Our crowd funding campaign goal on indiegogo.com was $50,000 and we exceeded that by $14, 317.00 for a total of $64,317.00. Then add the private foundation challenge grant of $25,000.00 to get the total. Quite a feat by all who contributed their time and talent in making the campaign happen … Read More

2013 Winner of the Double Diamond Award

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The winner of the 2013 Double Diamond Award is the Black Hills Back Country Horsemen of South Dakota. The Black Hills Back Country Horsemen of South Dakota (BH BCH SD) members  won the the award for their efforts in assisting USFS – Region 2 Packstring packing in equipment for the Harney Lookout Tower Preservation project during September 9 – 13, 2013. … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of America Helps Keep Our Nation’s Landscape Clean

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Back Country Horsemen of America defends our right to ride horses on public lands, and they also believe strongly in recreating responsibly, whether we ride horses, mountain bikes, or ATVs, or simply use our own two feet. Sadly, there are some folks who don’t feel the same respect for our wild lands. When they leave behind trash and discarded items, … Read More

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