BCHBC Chapter Profile: Robson Valley
The Back Country Horsemen of BC’s Robson Valley Chapter is located in the Robson Valley, and includes the nearby communities of McBride, Valemount, Dunster, Tete Jaune, Crescent Spur and Dome Creek.
The Robson Valley Chapter was founded in the spring of 2010 by a small group of avid back country riders and, over the years, has grown to approximately 30-40 members, including several youth. Members include everything from front country riders to avid multi-day back country riders.
The chapter has no set days or locations for meetings, but tries to meet once a month for various events. Elections are held annually in November.
The Robson Valley Chapter was started up because members saw the need for improvement of access to both the front country and back country areas of the Robson Valley, as well as exploration and re-opening of some of the historic pack trails in the area along the Continental Divide, including advocating for improvement of trail access, and involvement in such activities as improving trail heads and staging areas, GPSing and mapping of existing trails so they are officially recognized, building new trails, and maintaining and preserving existing trails for day rides and back country excursions.
The Robson Valley Chapter strives to create positive, safe riding experiences for its members, and promotes awareness and understanding for a co-operative wilderness experience. As well, we work to preserve and enhance the recreational use of public lands and trails for all equestrians through collaboration with individuals, provincial and federal government, businesses, and other recreational users of public land.
The Robson Valley Chapter is committed to working with the younger generation so they too can enjoy working with horses. It is also important to the chapter to be inclusive with other trail users, such as hikers and bikers.
The Robson Valley Chapter puts on trail rides, clinics and workshops, work bees and trail care events, potluck get-togethers, sleigh rides as well as participating in parades and other events. The Robson Valley Chapter also organizes an annual poker ride in late September, which is always well attended by both locals and out-of-town riders.
Some of the chapter members’ favourite places to ride are the Swift Current Creek trail and the Two Rivers trail, where the annual poker ride takes place. Another favourite is MacIntosh Falls. If you are interested in back country rides, there is easy access to the Great Divide Trail via the Moose River and Blueberry Creek trails.
The Robson Valley Chapter has been involved in a variety of trail projects over the past few years, including:
- Clearing of the old horse trail and constructing corduroy in the Swift Current Creek valley
- Installing a hitching rail and kiosk at the Blueberry trail head
- Yearly clearing of the Blueberry Lake trail and campground maintenance of the Blueberry camp
- Yearly clearing of the Teare Mountain horse trail
- Clearing and brushing of the trail from Bess Pass to Jack Pine Pass on the Continental Divide
- Yearly clearing of the Moose River trail and side trails to Colonel Pass and Upright Pass
- Cleaning up and flying out garbage from camps along the Moose River trail left from previous users
- Transporting material to construct a corduroy on the Moose River in 2015.
Robson Valley Chapter Executive:
- Chair: Eileen MacDonald
- Vice-Chairs: Heather Callaghan & Lester Blouin
- Membership Coordinator: Birgit Stutz
- Treasurer: Deirdree Ellingham
- Secretary: Carolyn Duchoslav
- Directors: Joette Starchuck (Events), Dan Powell (Rides), Birgit Stutz (Public Relations)