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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
Friday, 12 April 2013 16:27

It's a 'Trailer Rodeo!'

Convoy of Horse Trailers Descends on Saratoga Speedway

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, a convoy of ten trucks and horse trailer arrived at Saratoga Speedway in Black Creek for a most unusual event. While this venue is best known as a racetrack for cars, it was the perfect place for a ‘Trailer Rodeo’ organized by the North Vancouver Island Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia (BCH). The 'Rodeo' allowed all attendees to practice their horse trailer hauling skills in a safe and controlled environment. While the day proved to be plenty of fun (despite some rain) – with lots of laughter and kind-hearted jesting – the purpose of the Trailer Rodeo was to get serious about safety.
 
“We hosted the Trailer Rodeo because safety is a high priority for the Back Country Horsemen organization,” says North Vancouver Island (NVI) Chapter vice chair, Sharon Pickthorne. “The majority of our members need to transport their horses in trailers to access local trails.  Finding a safe place to practice backing up and maneuvering was fantastic.  The racetrack has plenty of room and the danger of running over orange traffic cones isn’t too intimidating”
 
Under the ever watchful eye of BCH members Neil and Sharon Feely, who are professional drivers, participants practiced maneuvering their trucks and horse trailers around traffic pylons set up for five driving challenges: a squeeze, backing up, backing up on a hilly curve, parallel parking, and turning around at a T-intersection. The Feely’s provided some great tips and instruction on driving and they both hopped into many vehicles to help co-pilot as people perfected their skills. NVI Chapter member, Ian Compton, also helped attendees with trailer inspections, looking at brake controllers, brake cables, and how to ensure that emergency brakes are working.
 
A Trailer Safety Clinic preceded the Trailer Rodeo in January. This event was held at the local commercial vehicle inspection business, Courtenay Spring and Welding. Owner Kevin Mackie and mechanic Rob York helped BCH members learn about horse trailer safety and discussed trailer maintenance, what to do for pre-trip inspections and had various brake mechanisms on display.
 
“We extend sincere thanks to Paul Hargrave at Saratoga Speedway and Kevin Mackie from Courtenay Spring and Welding for their generosity in donating their time and facilitates so that our members could learn more about the safe operation of their trucks and horse trailers," concludes Pickthorne. "We look forward to another great season of safely hauling our horses and getting out to enjoy the great wilderness on Vancouver Island and beyond.”
Trailer Rodeo

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