• 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

General Meeting
Wed Apr 01 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Golden Ears Ride from Woodlands
Sat Apr 04 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Glenora
Sat Apr 04 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
How to Plan a Pack Trip
Tue Apr 07 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Central Vancouver Island
How to Plan a Pack Trip
Thu Apr 09 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Chain Saw Safety Course
Sat Apr 11 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
North Cariboo Monthly meeting
Mon Apr 13 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Shuswap General Meeting
Wed Apr 15 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Shuswap Chapter
NVI April Meeting
Thu Apr 16 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Apr 17 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
South Vancouver Island
CVI Chapter Event TBA
Sun Apr 19 @ 8:00AM -
Central Vancouver Island
CVI Chapter Meeting
Mon Apr 20 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Central Vancouver Island
Exec MtgBrian’s
Mon Apr 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Work Bee Skagit or Golden Ears
Sat Apr 25 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Despooking Clinc
Sat Apr 25 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
SVI rides Mt Baldy
Sat Apr 25 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Alco Park to Woodlands Training pack trip
Fri May 01 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Sooke
Sat May 02 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Thursday, 19 March 2015 23:27

NVI Chapter Learns about Liberty Training

Clinician, Heather Nelson, along with arena owners Al and Sherely Bergquist and NVI Chapter chair Sharon Pickthorne. Elsa 'photobombing' on the right.   Thanks, in part, to a BHBC Education Grant, on March 7, 2015, a group of 58 equine enthusiasts from the Vancouver Island enjoyed a demonstration on Liberty Training for your horse. Most attendees were from the North Vancouver Island Chapter of BCHBC or other horse groups in the Comox Valley. With several people traveling in from the SVI and CVI chapters. Our clinician, Heather Nelson, started with an interesting and fun video showing herself and some of her students using her training methods with their horses. The videos were a mixture of learning and humor. Some of her farm animals even joined in! After the introductory session, we enjoyed watching Heather play at liberty with three different horses, which our Back Country members had supplied. Coincidentally, all of…
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:56

Saddle Selfie February Winner

Hello fellow Back Country Riders!   This past month a new idea was brought to life...Saddle Selfies.  In the age of technology the term "selfie" has become well known, the act of taking a photo of yourself lookin' good.  And so being the adventurous Backcountry horseman and woman that we are we decided to have some fun with it! The rules are simple: must include yourself  your horse or a piece of tack maximum of two entries per person (per month) Submit your photos to:  Kara Friesen   So, as your riding along with your friends on those rugged mountain trails heading for the summit, stop and take a "saddle selfie".  Each month the winners photo will be featured on the website!  
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 20:09

Outdoor Recreation Council Advisory

To all ORC’s Member Organizations   We are pleased to announce that the following members of ORC’s Provincial Group Members were appointed to the new Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB) by members of the ORC Executive Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting on January 12:   Three year appointments Andrew Drouin. Nominated by Federation of Mountain Clubs. Member of S. Okanagan Trail Alliance and Penticton & Area Cycling Association. Resident of Penticton. Tyler Kraushar. Nominated by BC Snowmobile Federation. Member of Powder Mountain and Pemberton Snowmobile Clubs. Resident of Pemberton. Orville Smith. Nominated by Horse Council of BC. Member of Horse Council. Resident of Prince George. Two year appointments Nick Heath. Nominated by Sea Kayak Association of BC and BC Marine Trail Network Association. He is a member of both and a resident of Coquitlam. Robert Holland. Nominated by ATVBC. Member of Revelstoke ATV Club. Resident of Revelstoke.  …
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:30

BCHBC Chapter Profile: West Kootenay

  West Kootenay Chapter is the third largest Chapter of the Back Country Horseman in BC. We currently have 68 members. We take pride in having a very strong group of individuals who regularly participate in rides, events, work parties and meetings. Our main goals are to have fun, continue to learn, and enjoy each other’s company. Ask any of our members - we are an exciting group of fun loving horse enthusiasts, with terrific sense of humour.   Join the West Kootenay Chapter – you’ll be riding in great company!   History In 2001 two of our founding members Richie Mann and Graham Jones headed to Spokane to attend Washington/Idaho Back Country RV and the Wild Horse Auction. The following year they attended the Back Country Horseman of BC, Rendevous at Wolf Creek Ranch in Pritchard where they received a warm welcome from Jim McCrae, Jack Breaks, Rose Schroeder and…
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