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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

Christmas Party
Sat Nov 25 @ 6:00PM - 12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Dec 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Jingle Bell Ride
Sat Dec 09 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Jan 03 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Feb 07 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Mar 07 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Apr 04 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed May 02 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Jun 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Jul 04 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Shuswap Chapter General Meeting
Wed Jul 18 @ 6:30PM - 08:45PM
Shuswap Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Aug 01 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Sep 05 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Oct 03 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Nov 07 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
YARROW CHAPTER GENERAL MEETING
Thu Nov 15 @ 7:30PM - 09:30PM
Yarrow Chapter
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:52

BCHBC Chapter Profile: North Vancouver Island

Volunteers and dignitaries at the July 2013 Grand Opening of the Memekay Horse Camp in Sayward.

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The first BCHBC Chapter on Vancouver Island was formed in Nanaimo in 1996. Many of its then 100-plus members, however, lived in the Comox Valley and surrounding communities, so commuting to meetings was a challenge. As a result, in 2002 the Vancouver Island chapter was moved to the Comox Valley.

Additional chapters were eventually started in Duncan (South Vancouver Island), Port Alberni (Alberni Valley) and, most recently, Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo). Our original group changed our name to North Vancouver Island and we draw our members from Parksville north.

NVI meets at the Grantham Hall, on the North Old Island Highway, the third Thursday of each month (September – June) at 7:00 p.m.

Our regular monthly meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of equine health, care and training topics, and trail riding. We also have other educational and social events, such as an annual Christmas party, sanctioned trail rides, trailer safety clinics, and, of course, lots of work bees!

The lack of Crown land in our area keeps us busy working with the Comox Valley Regional District, to ensure we maintain our right to ride in local parks.  We offer our hands and knowledge as often as we can to foster this relationship.

Our involvement in the provincial organization has been significant. NVI chapter members have served on the Provincial Board in the positions of Treasurer (6 years), Vice President (2 positions, 6 years to date, with one currently serving) and the Workbee Coordinator for the whole organization. We also have the dedicated member who takes care of the Provincial Facebook page, E-Newsletters and website content.

Our current Chair, Sharon Pickthorne, has been involved in many projects including: 

  • Represented all local riders in the Resource Group for the Comox Valley Parks and Greenways Planning Strategy
  • Represented all riders at the table when land claim negotiations were happening in 2008 with six members of the provincial and federal negotiating team.
  • Sitting as Chair on the Joint Trails and Access Committee (a joint provincial working group from Horse Council BC and BCHBC)
  • Is our Horse Council Affiliate Board member


We are also humbled to have two of our chapter members – Sharon Pickthorne and Deb Oakman – have received the Horse Council BC’s Bob James Volunteer of the Year Award.

While NVI has been involved with many local trail projects, however, we are most proud of the Salmon Brewster Horse Camps and Trail Corridor Project. These are the first public horse camping sites on Crown Land on Vancouver Island, dedicated for all to enjoy. We are now working the completion of the 40-kilometre trail between the two campsites. In collaboration with local community stakeholders and government, BCHBC NVI Chapter secured more than $100,000 in funding to build these facilities. We are publishing a book to chronicle this significant achievement. It will be published in February 2015.

North Vancouver Island Chapter Executive:
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