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From Horse Council BC's August 2013 e-newsletter:   Kat Beaulieu of the Bowen Island Horse Owners and Riders Association (BIHORA) would like to send a big thank-you to all Bowen's thoughtful motorists who slow down and pass wide when they see a horse on the road. However, she notes that there are still a number of vehicles that don't slow down enough when they're passing an equestrian. To address this concern, BIHORA has purchased four new road safety signs that have been installed this week. "Most of Bowen's drivers do exactly the right thing when they see a horse and rider on the road." Kat says, "They slow down and offer a wide berth to the horse and rider. The new signs target newcomers and visitors who may not have the same level of understanding of how unpredictable horses can be."    Paid for through membership fees and fundraising, the new signs have been purchased by BIHORA and…
July 29, 2013, Campbell River, BC – Saturday, July 20 was a day to celebrate for members of the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia (BCHBC) and all equine enthusiasts who enjoy trail riding on Vancouver Island. On this day, more than 25 BCHBC members from across Vancouver Island, along with an additional 40-plus dignitaries and guests, gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of the Memekay River site of the Salmon Brewster Equine Campsites and Trail Corridor Project near Sayward, BC. BCHBC worked with Recreation Sites and Trails BC in Campbell River to have the first Vancouver Island Crown Land equine-friendly public recreation campsites and trail designated. “This wonderful facility is an example of what can happen when people have a vision, when they work in a spirit of community collaboration, and they put in hundreds of hours of volunteer effort in order to see that vision become…
Monday, 29 July 2013 20:15

Horse Manure (friend, not foe!)

Manure Management - Composting Workshop   Hosted by the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition When: Saturday September 14th, 2013, 8:30 am - 1 pm. Where: Multipurpose room at Yarrow Community School - 4595 Wilson Road Chilliwack BC Cost: Free! (Thanks to the financial contribution from Vancouver Foundation and RBC BlueWater) The workshop will teach hobby farmers and equestrians about manure management including composting basics (with or without machinery), information on building a composting system (to fit each person’s need), pasture management and rotational grazing. Participants will gain hands on experience to create their own composting system, learn how to save money (by reducing or eliminating fees for hauling manure away), improve their pastures and ensure our local waterways remain healthy. We will also talk about the manure link website, that helps connect horse owners with gardeners who would love to have some fabulous fertilizer for their gardens! There will be a…
EC MANNING PROVINICAL PARK Like everything we plan, it is always a good idea to keep your options open! So it was with our 4th annual opening of the Headwaters Corral Equestrian Campsite in EC Manning Park. The Campsite opens for the season the first weekend of July each year. Headwaters Corral was built in partnership with BC Parks, Manning Park Resort and the Yarrow Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC). The opening weekend usually involves many volunteers pitching in to clean up the 7 parking pads, roofing the manure bin, installing signs, pulling weeds and chopping firewood. Volunteer crews also go out with Park Rangers to fix bridges and clear trails that are designated for horse use. It takes a lot of volunteer help and donations to keep this project thriving. This year our major contributors were Emil Anderson Maintenance (EAM) and Horse Council BC (HCBC). EAM…
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