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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

Upcoming Events

SVI MONTHLY meeting
Fri Feb 23 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
Ostacle Social
Sat Feb 24 @12:00PM - 04:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Cabin Fever Dance
Sat Feb 24 @ 6:30PM - 11:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI BRANDING PARTY
Sat Mar 03 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
South Vancouver Island
General Meeting & presentation by Agwest Veterinary Group
Wed Mar 07 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Masterson Method and Bit Demo
Sat Mar 10 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
South Vancouver Island
Quarter Horse Bazaar
Sun Mar 11 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
NVI Chapter Meeting
Thu Mar 15 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Mar 16 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
Deroche River Ride
Sat Mar 17 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
NVI - Salmon Brewster Trail Corridor Workbee
Sat Mar 24 @12:00AM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
Mounted Archery Clinic
Sat Mar 24 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
SVI rides Deloume
Sat Mar 24 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
Picture Night
Sat Mar 24 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
NVI Easter Ride
Sat Mar 31 @12:00AM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
General Meeting w/Search & Rescue presentation
Wed Apr 04 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Glenora
Sat Apr 14 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
NVI Chapter Meeting
Thu Apr 19 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Apr 20 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
NVI Spring Ride
Sat Apr 21 @12:00AM
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

Ride to Remember

A Ride to Remember

By Sheila Sowerby- Aldergrove Chapter

Sometimes when you are out riding the trails the best ideas come to you.

That is what happened to Heather Tottenham out riding one Remembrance Day. At 11AM she stopped her horse to place a poppy on the nearest tree and have a private moment of silence for those who served. As she rode on she thought, “I wonder if this might be something other horse people would enjoy…?”

And so she organized a ride.

November 11th 2017 nine backcountry horsemen rode into the forests of Golden Ears with poppies on our lapels and breast collars. The weather was suitably somber but not yet raining and it was, as always, a great day to be in the saddle. We stopped in a tranquil clearing just before 11:00. The forest floor was covered with orange and yellow leaves and a lone airplane flew low, directly overhead. It was no doubt bound for a cenotaph somewhere, but it set the mood for us on our horses below.  

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The overwhelming number of people who have died in human conflict for a cause they believed in is awful to contemplate. Many, many millions. In recent years my thoughts have also turned to the horses, mules and donkeys who were slaughtered on both sides of many wars. An estimated 8 million died just in WW1. With this in mind I recited a poem written by Corb Lund, one of Canada’s great lyricists from a song called “I Wanna be in the Cavalry- Reprise”. One verse goes like this…..

“Well I lost count of the worthy mounts that from under me were cut;
My favourite mare with her head in the air took the cannon in her gut,
In the first two weeks on that bloody creek, my brother lost his arm,
Was only sixty days till all we prayed was get us home unharmed.”


We bowed our heads and had a moment of silence just like folks all over BC were doing. We were part of that but also something else. As horsemen we all take great pride and enjoyment in owning and caring for our horses. From all walks of life, we are drawn to these creatures and spend untold dollars on their well-being. When we hung a wreath in a nearby tree on behalf of BCHBC Aldergrove and horsemen everywhere, it somehow seemed to acknowledge the huge sacrifice equines have made since domestication because we asked them to. It felt very right.

Just as we tied up for lunch it started to drizzle. Heather, knowing that autumn was when we usually have our annual “Cordial Ride” (a ride which encourages both gracious behavior to fellow riders and yummy concoctions in the flask), rummaged in her saddle bag and dug out a huge pile of gummy bears saturated in Fireball Whiskey for our dining pleasure. Mighty cordial.

As we rode out of the quiet forest in the November rain (which was now getting pretty serious) our thoughts turned to how lucky we are to live in a peaceful country free to do what we love to do; ride our horses. We also thought a bit about staying dry!

It wasn’t the most exhilarating ride I’ve ever been on, or had the best views or the most laughs, but I will never forget it. Our chapter plans to make this an annual event, come join us!

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