• Welcome to Back Country Horsemen Society of BC

    A province wide society of 900 members in 22 regional chapters.  Whether you are new to trail riding or are a seasoned pro, Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) offers a friendly atmosphere for those interested in trail riding and packing.

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  • Mission Statement

    BCHBC is an organization that provides equestrians who are interested in trail riding and the back country, with a social and safe learning atmosphere where people of all ages and experience can enjoy trail riding and the wilderness experience.

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  • History of BCHBC

    In 1989, in Langley, BC, a small group of equine enthusiasts were sitting around Jim and Marilyn McCrae's dining room table talking about horses and trail riding. Their purpose was to form the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia.

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  • Why Join BCHBC?

    Mainly to have fun with other trail riders. Some of our members are more interested in learning about trail riding, some like to meet new people to ride with, others are passionate about protecting and developing trails.

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  • Education at BCHBC

    Our 4 levels of education are a series of skills that you can acquire at your own pace. There are no exams or tests required, unless you wish to go further and be evaluated or certified by a qualified instructor.

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Upcoming Events

General Mtg / BBQEd Centre
Wed Sep 02 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Jim And Mona's weekend ride Quesnel
Sat Sep 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
General Membership Meeting
Tue Sep 08 @ 7:00AM - 09:00PM
Okanagan Chapter
Cultus Lake ride
Sat Sep 12 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
NVI September Meeting
Thu Sep 17 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Sep 18 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Lundbom Lake Camp and Ride
Sat Sep 19 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Kamloops Chapter
Chilliwack Lake Ride
Sat Sep 19 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
CVI Chapter Event TBA
Sun Sep 20 @ 8:00AM -
Central Vancouver Island
Exec MtgBrian’s
Mon Sep 21 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Clinton Ride
Fri Sep 25 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Skagit Work Bee
Fri Oct 02 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Chapter Fun Day at The Ranch
Sat Oct 03 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Kamloops Chapter
SVI rides Fuller Lake
Sat Oct 03 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Pen-Y-Bryn Year End Social
Sun Oct 04 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
General MtgEd Centre
Wed Oct 07 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Aldergrove Chapter
GE Woodlands Ride
Sat Oct 10 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Monday, 24 August 2015 21:48

Despooking the Trail Horse

When riding in the back country having a calm, reliable horse or mule is key.  Getting your horse to that point can be a process, one commonly known as "despooking". Which is the process of desensitizing your horse to objects he may find scary, or spooky out on the trail. The following is an article exert written by Stan Walchuck Jr. for 'Horse Journals.com'.   "Horses find a surprising number of ways to spook. Some do not like white rocks, some do not like black stumps or roots, some are terrified of vehicles and bicycles, some freak out at a chocolate bar wrapper or a pop can, and others are just paranoid of everything. Some horses seem to have moods when they ignore an object one day, then become convinced that it will be the death of them the next.First of all, we need to remind ourselves that we are working with…
Monday, 27 July 2015 22:52

A Celebration of BC Parks Day

Well hello there friends!    Let me introduce myself, I'm Jerry. Jerry the Moose to be exact. And it is my immense pleasure to show you around my humble abode today and let you meet my friends. I've been told I'm pretty outgoing and friendly, but truthfully I tend to be a bit shy. The Rangers at Manning Park keep wanting to show me off and let little humans come up and shake my hooves which I find is the silliest thing, but I'm getting ahead of myself already.    Forgive me, let me start over.    I have made Manning Park my home ever since I was a young calf. Growing up tall and strong, making it my goal to befriend as many visitors to the Park as I can over the years. The Rangers here are my family, taking me on adventures, camping out in the forest, and…
The Pemberton Chapter of Back Country Horsemen started as a result of the Friendship Bridge that is going to be built between Mt. Currie and Pemberton. There was an article in the local paper that said horses may or may not be allowed on the new bridge, because of costs! So Brenda Williams (the Treasurer for the Pemberton Chapter) wrote a letter to the local paper addressing the problem.  The response she was given by the Mayor of Pemberton was that the horses would be included. In wanting to have a voice for recreational horse users, four horse people went to the GM for the PVTA (Pemberton Valley Trails Association) and were nominated to sit on the Board alongside other recreation users such as bikers, hikers and walkers. Creating a platform for the voice of horseback riders to be heard, and to get some horse friendly trails back in the community.  They started…
Saturday, 11 July 2015 01:03

Fun Fact Friday

Equus Caballus, the mammal so near and dear to our hearts. The one who you gracioulsy spend your money on, eats you out of house and home, and last but not least makes you pick up after him. In more average language...the horse. Take a look below and read up on some interesting facts that just might surprise you!   Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land Until the 1960’s Dartmoor ponies were used to escort prisoners from local prisons while they were on outside duties Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn When a horse raises his head and pulls his lips back, cocking his head to the side he is doing what is called flehmen. Flehmen is known to be a way to direct scents in the air to specialized glands at the end of the nasal passage. So he's not smiling, rather he…
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