• Welcome to Back Country Horsemen Society of BC

    A province wide society of over 750 members in 20 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

Alco Park to Woodlands Training pack trip
Fri May 01 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Trapping Creek Work Bee
Sat May 02 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Okanagan Chapter
SVI rides Sooke
Sat May 02 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
General MtgEd Centre
Wed May 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Lunbum camp opening
Fri May 08 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Lundbom Grand Opening
Fri May 08 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM
Okanagan Chapter
North Cariboo chapter Poker Ride
Sun May 10 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Okanagan General Membership Meeting
Tue May 12 @ 6:30AM - 05:00PM
Okanagan Chapter
Hat Creek ride
Fri May 15 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri May 15 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
South Vancouver Island
CVI Chapter Event TBA
Sun May 17 @ 8:00AM -
Central Vancouver Island
CVI Chapter Meeting
Mon May 18 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Central Vancouver Island
Exec MtgBrian’s
Mon May 18 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Shuswap General Meeting
Wed May 20 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Shuswap Chapter
NVI May Meeting
Thu May 21 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
Telegraph Trail Workbee
Sun May 24 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Lundbom Camping
Fri May 29 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Pack Trip
Sat May 30 @12:00AM
Vermillion Forks
Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:49

BCHBC Chapter Profile: Powell River

The Powell River Chapter of BCHBC may be one of the smallest in the province, 16 members, but this end-of-the-road, rural community has miles upon miles of riding trails. Located at the northern tip of the Sechelt Peninsula, Powell River is a town of 17,000 with neighbouring Texada Island a short ferry ride away. Separated from the city of Vancouver by two ferries and from Vancouver Island by one ferry, travelling to and from equestrian events is expensive and time consuming. Perhaps this is why the club has such a good working relationship with other user groups.   “We have to share, there’s nowhere else to go!” The Powell River BCHBC chapter formed in the mid 1990’s when Bob and Sharon Sunquist moved to Powell River from Kamloops and introduced BCHBC to the local horse community. Gradually the club’s numbers grew as word spread and over the years the group…
Friday, 17 April 2015 02:32

Rendezvous News Update

  Registration:April 30 is the last day you can get the early bird discount when you register for your Rendezvous tickets. Don't forget; once registered, to print off your tickets and note your Order number. This will allow you to register for our special clinics available to Rendezvous participants only. It is important at this time, if you wish to be camping with your Chapter or someone special, to send a message to Lisa Galanov informing her of your desires. Your RV organizers will try very hard to accommodate you but you must let us know NOW! Free Clinics:We have 4 special Clinicians attending Rendezvous. Well known Jay O'Jay, Merritt's own Stephanie Travers and a special treat from Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Randy Diefert and Rob DeBoer to share their knowledge and skill with the Dutch Oven.Each clinician has their own Participant sign up sheet under their bio on the…
  On March 29th  ,2015, the Shuswap Chapter hosted an Equine Hoof Education and Boot Fitting Clinic with Dana Johnsen of Nickers Saddlery.   The clinic was geared towards either reducing shoeing, or going barefoot.   Dana explained the different characterizes of hooves, and how nutrition and exercise play key roles in the overall well-being of our horses.   Our day was jam packed as we went through the following: Learning to "read" a hoof, assess form Recognizing elements of a healthy foot Hoof nutrition's role for foot function Demonstration of Trimming Methods and easy maintenance for boot fit Custom boot fitting demonstrations  Dealing with different foot types and needs We had seven horses for boot fitting and a variety of breeds present such as the Quarter horse, Morgan, Arabian and Peruvian.  Throughout the day Dana pointed out individual hoof characteristics, hoof trimming practices and nutrition changes.    We watched…
Friday, 10 April 2015 00:36

The Man with the Mountains in his Eyes

Hank (Henry) McEwan      1930-2015   Hank rode across "The Great Divide" on Sunday, March 22 in the hills he loved. Some of you may have known Hank, others may have just heard of him, maybe some of you dont know at all who Hank is.    He was Hank, the Horsehoer. He lent a hand to anyone who needed help and wanted to learn. He was a master Farrier and taught the Farrier program at the Polytechnic Universities in California, Kelowna, and Langley at the Kwantlen University for forty years and shod horses for sixty five years. He was an honoured member of the Canadian and American Farriers Associations. Inducted into the International Horse Shoeing Hall of Fame 2003. Hank shod his last horse this past November and we headed to the hills for his last ride. He volunteered his whole life and was a valuable member of the Back…
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