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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

 

Upcoming Events

General meeting
Tue Jun 27 @ 5:00PM - 09:00PM
Kamloops Chapter
Canada 150 Celebration
Fri Jun 30 @12:00PM - 05:00PM
North Cariboo Chapter
Canada 150 Celebration
Sat Jul 01 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Central Vancouver Island
General Meeting
Wed Jul 05 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Okanagan Chapter
Sat Jul 08 @12:00AM
Okanagan Chapter
Powell River BCHBC 25th Poker Ride
Sat Jul 08 @12:00AM
Powell River Chapter
Canada 150 Celebration at Woodlands
Fri Jul 14 @12:00AM
Aldergrove Chapter
Okanagan Chapter
Sat Jul 15 @12:00AM
Okanagan Chapter
Patterson Trail Ride at Cross creek ranch
Sat Jul 22 @10:00AM -
Prince George Omineca
General Meeting
Wed Aug 02 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI Camps at Memekay
Thu Aug 03 @ 9:00AM - 12:00AM
South Vancouver Island
Okanagan Chapter
Sat Aug 19 @12:00AM
Okanagan Chapter
SVI Camps at Valpariso
Sat Aug 26 @ 9:00AM - 12:00AM
South Vancouver Island
Okanagan Chapter Exec Meeting
Tue Sep 05 @ 6:30PM -
Okanagan Chapter
General Meeting
Wed Sep 06 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Sooke
Sat Sep 09 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
Okanagan Chapter General Meeting
Tue Sep 12 @ 6:30PM -
Okanagan Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Sep 15 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
Shuswap General Mtg
Tue Sep 19 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Shuswap Chapter
NVI Chapter Meeting
Thu Sep 21 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI rides at Fuller Lake
Sat Sep 30 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
General Meeting
Wed Oct 04 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
SVI rides Mt Prevost
Sat Oct 07 @11:00AM -
South Vancouver Island
Okanagan Chapter General Meeting
Tue Oct 10 @ 6:30PM -
Okanagan Chapter
Shuswap General Meeting
Wed Oct 18 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Shuswap Chapter
NVI Chapter Meeting
Thu Oct 19 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
North Vancouver Island Chapter
SVI Monthly Meeting
Fri Oct 27 @ 6:30PM -
South Vancouver Island
General Meeting
Wed Nov 01 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Aldergrove Chapter
Okanagan Chapter Exec Meeting
Tue Nov 07 @ 6:30PM -
Okanagan Chapter

A Tribute to John Gardner

A Tribute to John

Story By Gene Peters  with Photos By Kelly Hawes, Back Country Horsemen of BC  - Yarrow chapter.

Backcountry Horsemen has lost one of it’s biggest fans and most tireless workers. John Gardner, known to all and loved by many, succumbed to a heart attack while attending to his mules after a long day on the trail.  He died with his boots on, doing what he loved, as all of us wish for and only the lucky few will achieve.


At 80 years of age he regularly would go out trail riding the trails alone if need be, or with company if someone, preferably female, was available.  If anyone had reported a tree down, he would pack a chain saw to clear the way before the club could organize a work-bee to accomplish the task.

In the Yarrow Chapter he was always at the head table serving, at one time or another, as work-bee organizer, membership, chair or vice chair, and found usually wearing two hats at once.  Currently he was taking another stint at the chair position.  That not being enough he was also first to volunteer manning the Back Country Horsemen booth at the Mane Event, with his iron mule at hand to demonstrate packing skills or attending a meeting with Manning Park Trails and Recreation committee.

John mules  
   

In the back country he was at home, knowing any trail he ever rode, and many “shortcuts” as well.  He abhorred road riding which he defined as anything wider than a cow path.  There are not many cow paths he has not explored, all the better to find a new “shortcut”.  If a companion was game for it, or sometimes even if not, he would dispense with the convenience of any trail at all and go cross country, picking away through the trees, ravines, and creeks.  No one forgets a ride like that, some chose never to chance it again, others grew to love it too!

Leading a ride in cattle country John would usually be up front, opening and closing gates in true gentleman fashion. He knew where they all were and occasionally he would call someone from the back of the pack to lead for a while, “it’s good training for your horse”.  The honored person would find the real reason around the next corner.  Time for a chuckle and a sip of Fireball while someone else did some work for a change.

A Celebration of life brought together his many friends and relatives from as far away as Alberta to his and Maude’s home.  Along with the sorrow we shared memories of a great man and sipped some Fireball in his honour, As John would have said “We’ll feel better when the pain is gone.”

John Gardner will be laid to rest at the top of Gardner Trail as he requested, by his friends The Back Country Horsemen.
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