Are You Ready to Rendezvous?
The Back Country Horsemen of BC are getting ready for the annual Rendezvous, and You're Invited!
Every year around this time there is a buzz in the air about “RENDEZVOUS” or “RV” for short, a gathering of the clans of 23 Back Country Horsemen Provincial Chapters from all corners of the Province. Rendezvous has been held at Pritchard, 100 Mile, Rock Creek, Barrier, Maple Ridge, Merritt and Princeton to name a few. It’s an opportunity to hold our Annual General Meeting and to fundraise but there is so much more.
For 2017 we are back in Merritt at the rodeo grounds to celebrate “Riding Though History”. We will be whooping it up Friday-Sunday, May 26, 27 and 28.
There’s tons of educational stuff offered at RV. Over the years we have had clinicians teaching horsemanship skills, mountain trail obstacles, workshops on packing and camping, horse health, practicing Leave No Trace principles, the list is long. Our clinicians this year include Sam Sunderland - Training Trail Horses, Steph Laversin and Robert Borsos - Mounted Archery and Andonia Reynolds - Equine First Aid Training.
You don't need to bring a horse, because there’s competitions to watch or participate in such as the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Cowboy Poetry, Packing, or a good ole campfire sing-a-long. You also get to hear about exceptional trails throughout the Province to add to your bucket list. It’s a great opportunity for members to meet or reacquaint with fellow members from around the Province and enjoy the camaraderie. Rendezvous is also a great place to learn how others camp with their horse from just having a truck and trailer, to the full out living quarters.
On Saturday night there’s incredible Live and Silent auctions where there’s always some very cool items up for grabs, this is where the fundraising comes in. A new feature of our auction this year is the “Chapter Baskets”, representing all the great things to do around our Province, and sponsors have donated speciality items this year, from horse camping, river rafting, pack trips and boat excursions to name a few.Over the years “Rendezvous” attendance has grown to well over 200 people. There are over 100 horses joining in the fun and the locations are suitable to head right out on the trails from the host grounds for riding with a friend, a group or to participate in many of the educational clinics or fun competitions. Members and guests can come for the day or the whole weekend.
We can’t wait to report back on how much fun we’ve had! But better yet, join us and find out for yourself!
- Dutch Oven Cooking with Kelly Brook Allen / Packing Competion, Photos by Linda Buchanan
Story by Linda Buchanan