• Welcome to Back Country Horsemen Society of BC

    A province wide society of over 750 members in 16 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

Mane Event
Fri Oct 24 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Mane Event
Sat Oct 25 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Mane Event
Sun Oct 26 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
North Cariboo AGM
Mon Nov 03 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Aldergrove General Meeting
Wed Nov 05 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Elections meeting
Fri Nov 07 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
South Vancouver Island
The Cordial Ride
Sat Nov 15 @12:00PM -
Aldergrove Chapter
Shuswap Chapter General Meeting
Wed Nov 19 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Shuswap Chapter
NVI November Meeting
Thu Nov 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Nov 21 @ 6:00AM - 08:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Aldergrove Christmas Party
Sat Nov 29 @ 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Aldergrove General Meeting
Wed Dec 03 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Christmas luncheon
Sat Dec 13
Ald. Jingle Bell Ride
Sun Dec 14 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:12

BCHBC North Thompson Chapter

The North Thompson (NT) Chapter was formed in 2012 by Connie Falk, after she put an advertisement in the local newspaper calling for people interested in joining a new chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of BC. That was in 2012, and we now have 30 members in the chapter comprising people from Clearwater, Barriere, McLure, all the way down to Merritt and the Lower Mainland. The chapter meets on the third Wednesday every month; except for the summer months when we are too busy riding to meet up. We spend our meeting time covering our usual business and planning rides, work bees and our yearly trail projects that we take on. Since our inception in 2012, the NT Chapter has organized and put on Rendezvous 2013 at the Barriere Fairgrounds, which was a lot of fun, hard work and a great way to meet the rest of the Backcountry Horsemen…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 02:38

The Lundbom Lake Campground Improvement Project

Lundbom Lake Recreation Site is set in the grassland hills above the town of Merritt, B.C., near Kelowna. It is a favourite place of mine to ride and camp. The beauty is just incredible. There are numerous lakes scattered over the grasslands and trails that lead to some amazing views of the Nicola Valley. Lucky riders can see wildlife out on the trail plus many cattle, as this is grazing lands for local ranchers. Over the years, Lundbom has become one of the most popular horse camping destinations. The corrals that Back Country Horsemen BC built many years ago were in desperate need of repair or replacement.   Back Country Horsemen of BC saw the need and responded.  In May 2014 a small delegated group of BCHBC members met with Ed Ables, District Officer from Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and the camp host Ann Jeffery to talk about improvement to the…
Back Country Horsemen of BC volunteers get ready to work on a bridge in the Wildwood Forest last summer. From left to right: Susan Mendonca, John Eigler, Karen Eigler, Meg Watts-Findlay, Sharon Pickthorne and Bonnie Hull. NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND CHAPTER REPORT - By Terri Perrin The old saying  – many hands make light work – certainly rings true when it comes to multi-use recreational trail development in British Columbia. Just ask Sharon Pickthorne, chair of the North Vancouver Island (NVI) chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC). An avid equestrian who logs hundreds of hours on horseback every year, Pickthorne can recall dozens of examples across the province where communication and collaboration with local governments has opened new opportunities for trail riders and ensured an on-going ‘right to ride’ in local parks and green spaces. But it is the ones here in the Comox Valley that she, and fellow…
Monday, 06 October 2014 22:44

BCHBC Central Vancouver Island Chapter

   In September 2014 – CVI launched a  new Chapter website  http://bchbc-cvi.weebly.com The Central Vancouver Island (CVI) Chapter has approximately 50 members and serves the central part of Vancouver Island, with members from Victoria, Gabriola, Cowichan Valley, Duncan, Chemanius, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Greater Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Errington, and Coombs. The CVI Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at a public location (guests welcome), with a 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. business meeting. Our meeting location has a kitchen, washrooms, and a large area to host presentations. The CVI Chapter was formed in 2012, by a strong group of BCHBC enthusiasts that wanted to apply the BCHBC missions to the geographic area, particularly to ensure a voice towards the protection and development of parks and trails. This included collaboration and the development of partnerships with the large Regional District of Nanaimo’s parks and trail strategies, North Cowichan Forest Land Management,…
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