BCHBC Chapter Profile: Shuswap
In 2014, the Shuswap Chapter of BCHBC grew from only six members to 30! It covers the geographic region from Salmon Arm and the surrounding towns of Enderby, Tappen, Sorrento, Chase, Canoe and Armstrong.
Monthly dinner meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm at Yan’s Restaurant in Salmon Arm.
The chapter was formed in 2000 by a group of about 15 friends. Hans Dankel was our first chairperson as he knew ‘Roberts Rules of Order’ and had previous experience at chairing groups. The chapter was started in hopes of finding and improving trails in our area. In the early years the Shuswap Chapter played a significant role provincially in both marketing and administrative changes.
Hans Denke brought his marketing background to Backcountry Horsemen. During the first years we printed T-Shirts, posters and, with the provincial executive’s approval, developed the logo, brochure, letterheads and membership forms to be used provincially as you see today.
We shared in the hosting of Rendezvous at Wolfe Ranch near Pritchard with the Kamloops Chapter, which was very popular for its great riding.
Our favourite places to ride in the area include Skimikin Lake Trails, Larch Hills Nordic Trails, South Canoe Trails
Over the years we have hosted a variety of educational clinics such as wilderness survival, saddle fitting, horsemanship and an equestrian yoga workshop to name a few. We frequently have a guest speaker at our general meetings.
Pat’s Play Days have been a huge hit as he put us through various obstacles or puzzles, as he likes to call them. Clinician Sam Sunderland put us through the paces as he taught us groundwork skills in the morning, and then put those same skills into our riding. We saw improvement in both horses and riders in just one day! Club rides took place at Skimikin, followed by a tailgate bar-b-que, South Canoe Trails and Larch Hills.
Our first project established a trailhead near Herman Lake, which was a great day ride along the mountain ridges of White Lake. However, private property made access a problem. A few years later, we worked with Ministry of Forests to build a horse camp at Skimikin Lake in Tappen. This collaborative effort included road building, brushing out the camping area and the building of corrals. This was a profitable project as any fees collected went straight to the Shuswap Chapter as we maintained the campsite for several years. This continues to be a very popular equestrian campsite, which also hosts endurance and competitive trail events.
In 2014, the Shuswap Chapter was revitalized with many new faces. We are back in the books for work bee hours logged and have had a great year working with our community groups such as Shuswap Trails Alliance. The South Canoe Trails has been our focus and horses even made the front page of the local newspaper as Spirit and Sam packed over 4,000 pounds of rock into wet trail locations.
For more information on the Shuswap Chapter, please feel free to contact Linda Buchanan at 778-257-7700.
Shuswap Chapter Executive:
- Chair: Linda Buchanan
- Vice Chair: Tina Knull-Pederson
- Treasurer: Karen Tanchak
- Secretary: Pam Montgomery
- Board Alternate: Al Tanchak
- Directors: Sue Hunt, Patrick Thomas, Wendy Carmichael, and Susan Robinson
Two of our members also assit on BCHBC Provincial: Karen Tanchak as Provincial Treasurer, and Carol Creasy is Provincial Membership Coordinator.