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The Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) Educational Grants provide funds for educational events.  

Any BCHBC Chapter in good standing and who completes the application requirements may apply once annually for an Education Grant of up to $300.

Educational events can be presented that will improve horsemanship, safety, back country skills, or other topics as outlined in BCHBC's 4 level training program.  Educational events can be open to all but any participant must carry current HCBC or AEC insurance if horses are involved in the event.

Grant money can be used to fund clinician fees, clinician travel, arena fees; to subsidize registration costs or however the Chapter agrees to use the grant.  Grants are not to be used for competitions or riding lessons.

When the event is over and complete, the Chapter must submit a Post Event Report. Grant money is distributed to the Chapter only after the final Report is submitted. 

Grant forms come in two parts;  The Application Form and the Final Report Form.
To fill them out, first download the appropriate pakage file below (Word or as a PDF) Save it to your harddrive, then fill it in, and save it. Send your completed application form to the Education Committee Chair as an attachment to an email.


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Program Levels

The Back Country Horsemen of BC have developed a four level Education Program, based on skills and knowledge relating to trail riding and back country equestrian treking. 

Click here for a listing of Achievements identified for each of the four levels:

     BCHBC Education Program Levels and Accomplishments (pocket cards)

LEVEL 1:  Download Trail Rider Handbook, Level 1

LEVEL 2:  Download Trail Rider Handbook, Level 2

LEVEL 3:  Download Trail Rider Handbook, Level 3

LEVEL 4:  Download Trail Rider Handbook, Level 4

Starting at the Introductory Trail Rider Level 1 and progressing to Wilderness Trail Guide Level 4, the Back Country Horsemen of BC's skill-level program highlights a set of skills and knowledge that individuals can use to set goals for themselves.

Participants can work at their own level and at their own pace. There are no required courses or exams as such, but rather participants use the four levels of the program to identify skill sets or knowledge they would like to obtain, then work with a coach, instructor, or knowledgable person to obtain their goals.


Individually – Once you have accessed and read over the 4-Level Trail Rider Program, select items from any of the 4 levels you feel you want to work on. You can use any instructor, coach or knowledgeable person to help you attain the skills you’ve set out as your goals. Likewise, the Trail Rider Program competencies can be used to assess your progress. Once you and your coach or instructor feel you've “got it”,  have them initial your Pocket card or Handbook and move on to your next goals.


As a Group or Chapter – From anywhere in the 4-Level Trail Rider Program select an item or items that you would like to work on as a group. Using the Trail Rider Pocket Cards or the Trail Rider Handbook, you can work with a clinician or a knowledgeable person to build a clinic or event to develop the skills and knowledge appropriate to your level.  Learning events can also be incorporated into Chapter meetings. As participants attain their goals, instructors can initial participant's Pocket Cards or Handbooks. Combining an event with a Social function such as a Potluck Wind-Up can be an enjoyable and friendly way to present educational materials.


Certification - is an option made available through other Certifying Organizations. Contact the Education Chair for more information.

To Learn more about the different levels and identified skills, click on the link below:

Program Levels 

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