• 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

SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Nov 28 @ 6:00PM - 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
Christmas Social and AGM
Sat Dec 06 @ 5:30PM -
Okanagan Chapter
SVI Christmas luncheon
Sat Dec 13
SVI Christmas Luncheon
Sat Dec 13 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Ald. Jingle Bell Ride
Sun Dec 14 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:52

BCHBC Chapter Profile - North Vancouver Island

Volunteers and dignitaries at the July 2013 Grand Opening of the Memekay Horse Camp in Sayward. The first BCHBC Chapter Vancouver Island was formed in Nanaimo in 1996. Many of its then 100-plus members, however, lived in the Comox Valley and surrounding communities, so commuting to meetings was a challenge. As a result, in 2002 the Vancouver Island chapter was moved to the Comox Valley.Additional chapters were eventually started in Duncan (South Vancouver Island), Port Alberni (Alberni Valley) and, most recently, Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo). Our original group changed our name to North Vancouver Island and we draw our members from Parksville north.NVI currently has 54 members.  We met at the Grantham Hall, on the North Old Island Highway, the third Thursday of each month (September – June) at 7:00 p.m.Our regular monthly meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of equine health, care and training topics, and trail riding.…
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:09

BCHBC Yarrow Chapter Profile

      The Yarrow Chapter of BCHBC is located in the Fraser Valley about an hour east of Vancouver, nestled in under Vedder Mountain.   It originally consisted of many members of the Yarrow Riding and Driving Club.  Yarrow currently has 68 members and draws its membership from the area between Mission and Hope BC.  We have members from as far away as Summerland and Naramata.  In the past we have even had members from Regina and Arizona.  They believe in what we are trying to do. The Yarrow Executive sits down at the beginning of every year and plans the schedule of events for the whole year.  Revisions are sure to happen but this is where we start.  Many people have to plan holidays well in advance so this is one way we try to accommodate our members.  Our executive meets the first Wednesday of every month at either…
Friday, 14 November 2014 17:13

BCHBC's RV2015 Announcement

In 2015, our annual Rendezvous will be held in Merritt, British Columbia. Mark your calendars. Schedule your vacation time to coincide with this event... and get ready to ride! Further details will be posted as they become available... so hold your horses for now! :)   For more information, contact Lisa Galanov by email.  
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 18:21

A Great Day for a Merritt Chapter 'Toy Ride'

On Sunday, November 9th, the Merritt Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC, along with some riders from the Nicola Valley Riding Club and some local ranchers, came out for our first annual Christmas Toy and Food Bank Ride.   We had 14 horses and riders, another half-dozen volunteers, and lots of people popping by to drop off toys and food bank donations. We started out at the Nicola Valley Rodeo Grounds (Home of the 2015 RV).   We had a hot dog sale by donation and, thanks to Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp for donating all the hot dogs and buns, the hot dog sale by donation raised $208.   I think for the first year, and only just over a weeks notice, it was pretty successful. Next year I want to challenge all Chapters to do the same in their communities.   Kelly Allen - Merrit Chapter
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