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Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia

      In 1989, a small group of people in the Fraser Valley set out to form the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia. A man named Jim McCrae was the driving force behind this movement. The society received official status from Victoria on June 11, 1991. That year a small group including Peter Obstfeld, Pat Ellis, Frank and Pat Russell, and Isabel Pritchard got together in Kelowna to see if there was enough interest to start a chapter in the Okanagan. The Fraser Valley Chapter (founding chapter) organized a meeting in Kamloops which set BCHBC on its way to being a province wide organization. There were five chapters who committed to the concept. They were Fraser Valley, Yarrow, Kamloops, Okanagan and Kootenay.The Okanagan Chapter charter was registered in 1992 with Herb Schindelka as president.     The members were from all along the valley from Armstrong to Penticton.…
Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:59

Saddle Selfie April Winner

Congradulations to Miriam Schilling as the winner of the April edition of the Saddle Selfie contest!!
Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:49

BCHBC Chapter Profile: Powell River

The Powell River Chapter of BCHBC may be one of the smallest in the province, but this end-of-the-road, rural community has miles upon miles of riding trails. Located at the northern tip of the Sechelt Peninsula, Powell River is a town of 17,000 with neighbouring Texada Island a short ferry ride away. Separated from the city of Vancouver by two ferries and from Vancouver Island by one ferry, travelling to and from equestrian events is expensive and time consuming. Perhaps this is why the club has such a good working relationship with other user groups.  “We have to share, there’s nowhere else to go!” The Powell River BCHBC chapter formed in the mid 1990’s when Bob and Sharon Sunquist moved to Powell River from Kamloops and introduced BCHBC to the local horse community. Gradually the club’s numbers grew as word spread and over the years the group has become a…
Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:32

Rendezvous News Update

Registration:April 30 is the last day you can get the early bird discount when you register for your Rendezvous tickets. Don't forget; once registered, to print off your tickets and note your Order number. This will allow you to register for our special clinics available to Rendezvous participants only. It is important at this time, if you wish to be camping with your Chapter or someone special, to send a message to Lisa Galanov informing her of your desires. Your RV organizers will try very hard to accommodate you but you must let us know NOW! Free Clinics:We have 4 special Clinicians attending Rendezvous. Well known Jay O'Jay, Merritt's own Stephanie Travers and a special treat from Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Randy Diefert and Rob DeBoer to share their knowledge and skill with the Dutch Oven.Each clinician has their own Participant sign up sheet under their bio on the…
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