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A province wide society of over 900 members in 23 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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Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia


Back Country Horsemen Association of British Columbia

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Fri Feb 23 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
Ostacle Social
Sat Feb 24 @12:00PM - 04:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
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Aldergrove Chapter
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South Vancouver Island
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Aldergrove Chapter
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North Vancouver Island Chapter
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South Vancouver Island
Deroche River Ride
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South Vancouver Island
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North Vancouver Island Chapter
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Aldergrove Chapter
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Sat Apr 14 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
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North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
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South Vancouver Island
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North Vancouver Island Chapter
General Meeting & PCT presentation
Wed May 02 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Woodlands Packing Clinic
Sat May 05 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Cobble Hill
Sat May 05 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
NVI - Memekay Horse Camp and Trails - Season Opening Workbee
Sat May 12 @12:00AM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
NVI Chapter Meeting
Thu May 17 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri May 18 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
Bishop Mule Days
Tue May 22 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Mt Sicker
Sun May 27 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
General Meeting & BBQ
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Camps at High-Point
Sat Jun 09 @12:00AM
South Vancouver Island
NVI Ride
Sun Jun 10 @12:00AM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 18:19

BCHBC Chapter Profile: Okanagan Chapter

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In 1989, a small group of people in the Fraser Valley set out to form the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia. A man named Jim McCrae was the driving force behind this movement. The society received official status from Victoria on June 11, 1991. That year a small group including Peter Obstfeld, Pat Ellis, Frank and Pat Russell, and Isabel Pritchard got together in Kelowna to see if there was enough interest to start a chapter in the Okanagan. The Fraser Valley Chapter (founding chapter) organized a meeting in Kamloops which set BCHBC on its way to being a province wide organization. There were five chapters who committed to the concept. They were Fraser Valley, Yarrow, Kamloops, Okanagan and Kootenay.

The Okanagan Chapter charter was registered in 1992 with Herb Schindelka as president.



The members were from all along the valley from Armstrong to Penticton. Today we still have a wide area of membership from Lavington in the North, to Osoyoos in the South. Our principle membership however resides in the Central Okanagan.

Throughout the last 24 years the Okanagan, like so many BCH chapters, has taken on a wide variety of trail and community projects and sincerely wish to continue to do so. Our most recent work project was assisting with the reconstruction of the Lundbom Lake horse corrals, a Provincial initiative, co-coordinated and lead, from members of the Okanagan and Yarrow Chapters.

In recent years past, the Okanagan Chapter has worked and completed, or assisted on a number of noteworthy projects such as;

  • Vernon Area - reconstruction of the grandstand bleachers fronting the riding facility at the historic O'Keefe Ranch

  • Larch Hills above Enderby – purchase and installation of steel panel corrals

  • Rose Swanson Mountain near Vernon - parking lot and access improvements

  • Okanagan Mountain Park has been the scene of several work parties keeping the trails cleared of windfalls etc.

  • Greystokes Area - near the sheep herders cabin we constructed horse corrals and in following years, we cleaned up huge bundles of old sheep fencing which was hazardous to wildlife and, of course, not to mention horses.

  • Historical Fintry Park – assisted with restorations of the historic barns

  • 201 FSR at the base of Moore Mountain – construction of a horse camp site.

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Our current undertaking is in the maintenance and development of the extensive trail network off Hwy 33 and 8 kilometers along the Trapping Creek Main (South East of Kelowna, approximately 30km south of the Big White turnoff); a trail network with an excess of 50 kilometers of various trails and campsites.

We meet regularly on the second Tuesday of each month with warmer season meetings at the Kelowna Riding Club and the cooler fall/winter meetings being held as a "Dinner Meeting" at one of our local restaurants. Our goal with our meetings is to have a fun and social gathering with a strong focus on education and value for the membership. By bringing in a wide variety of "guest speakers, clinicians, and skilled members" we are able to cover a diverse range of topics all prioritized and initiated by the membership as a whole.

Our membership has a wide range of skills from relatively new and inexperienced to those who have logged serious time in the back country. From former equitation, dressage and jumpers to a few rodeo types with a quick hand with the ropes. All having the one great common denominator which brings us together, the simple pleasure of enjoying the trail on the back of a horse!

We are working hard at bringing more rides for member participation ranging from small intimate "share your favorite trail" type rides to larger group rides which may range from a short two hour ride, to an all-day ride and even multi day rides.

For some, we are comfortable out on the trail with the simplest of accommodations, a tarp. For others, the hardship of enjoying the luxury of rig camping which will include everything from small to large and everything in between with all the bells and whistles one could need.

This year we are hosting two pack trips into Manning Park with one on the historic Dewdney Trail, and the other via White Cloud Lake Trail. We we also wish to have a couple of "Rig Camping" opportunities as well.

All rides and events are communicated regularly with the membership via email and the BCHBC Website.

Okanagan Chapter Executive: 

   Chapter Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (250-861-5849)
   Vice Chairs:  Juanita Gibney & Malcolm Dion
   Secretary: Saskia Dover
   Treasurer: Cynthia Walker 
   Membership Coord: Brooke Haldorson
   Board Alternate: Juanita Gibney
   Director of Education: Laura Lawrence
   Director, Social: Karen Falloon
   Directors, Rides: Daryl Ramsay & Karen Stearns
   Director at Large: Teresa Gratrix 

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