“GATEWAY TO THE NORTH”

RENDEZVOUS 2022 IS A WRAP!

And – wasn’t that a party??  Watch for the write-up by PGO Member Leslie Battersby – here & in Saddle Up.  

We hope y’all enjoyed your time in Prince George –

we certainly enjoyed this opportunity to share where we live & ride!

To view pictures & watch for details on NEXT YEAR’s Event –

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Back Country Horsemen of BC – Rendezvous FB Group

By far the largest gathering of BCHBC is our annual RENDEZVOUS (aka “RV”) and Back Country Horsemen BC’s Annual General Meeting, where up to 300 members & guests (with or without their horses) typically congregate to socialize, attend training sessions & various demos, trail ride & share ideas for backcountry skills and horsemanship.  This event was postponed in 2020 & 2021; however, the Prince George-Omineca Chapter is excited to be hosting this year’s RV JUNE 24, 25 & 26th at PG’s rodeo grounds, CN Centre & Agriplex, 18th & Ospika.

ACTIVITIES include riding our beautiful “Greenway” and “Forests for the World” trails, packing lessons and fun competition, CVSE info on trailer safety & licensing, tack identification demo, Escape Room activity, Dutch oven demo & competition, a trailer-loading demo, team harnessing demo, equine massage demo, Silent Auction, auditing or participating in your choice of 2 Horsemanship clinics and/or equine first aid clinic.  Added features are our annual “Ernie Buckles” cowboy poetry competition and cowboy church!

FRIDAY night at the rodeo grounds features a FREE burger & smokie BBQ complete with salads and dessert –  compliments of PG-Omineca Chapter & hosted by the Northern Interior Drill Team!  The evening will be topped off with a drill team performance, followed by live music with Bernadette Ducharme.

SATURDAY morning, you are encouraged to set time aside to attend the AGM, where you’ll be informed of new and exciting projects, vote on executive positions and contribute to the future direction of the Society.  The rest of the day is chock full of activities and rounded off with a Silent Auction, dinner & dance and the RV Raffle draw for a 2-horse trailer!

SUNDAY morning things will wrap up with a pancake breakfast and cowboy church, as well as a final day of clinics and trails.

CLINICS this year include packing with Russell Floyd (Fri/Sat), Horsemanship 1-hr classes with Kyla Strange (Saturday), Horsemanship 101 “Trail Control” (natural obstacles) with Pernell Fleck (free drop-in Friday – clinic setting Sat/Sun), “Brave Horse” Working with Obstacles with Kyla Strange (Fri/Sat/Sun) and EquuSoul Equine First Aid (Fri/Sat) with Courtney Gledstone.

BEST VALUE is a 3-Day pass, which includes up to 4 days of camping, Friday night BBQ, catered Saturday night dinner & dance with music by Rick Stavely, as well as Sunday pancake breakfast – all for just $100 (Adults 19+)!  Juniors are FREE with accompanying adult.  Day passes available for non-campers &/or local participants.   

EVERYONE WELCOME – Members and non-members!  Encourage your friends to join you.

Additional costs:

CLINICS:  $25/session for packing and first aid.  $40/session for all horsemanship participants.

STABLING:  $20/night, your choice of indoor box stall OR outdoor pen (larger pens for 2 horses $30)  SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.  Or – bring your own panels $10 + $10 cleaning deposit per horse.

Ukranian & Newfie Food Trucks will be on site, serving breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday as well.

Lots of events and activities to choose from!

Check out our SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Map of Rendezvous 2022 Grounds

Our Trails

Ride the “Forests For the World” trails right from the rear of the RV venue (see site map for trailhead locations).  There are kilometres upon kilometres of great trails with excellent footing for your riding pleasure and exploring.  Click “Here” to download and print a trail map.  If you prefer to save your mount and skip the first 2.5 km climb to the University, you can load up and drive to one of two parking areas off Tyner Blvd and proceed from there.

While in the area, you may want to ride and explore Tabor Mountain, approximately 35 km southeast of PG (Hwy 97S, L on Buckhorn, L on Scott Road to end).  Click “Tabor Mountain” to download and print a map of this area.  There are 4 small horse pens and a lovely campsite at the Dougherty Creek Rec Site, just 20 minutes south of PG.  The trails (old logging roads) are rocky so shoes or boots are a definite must.

A short but sweet 2-hour loop ride (also just south of PG, off Hwy 97) is our pet project – the Coburn Trail at Red Rock.  Click here to find it on the HCBC Trail database.

Another option is a ride on a portion of the historic Alexander Mackenzie Trail (this would be a guided day trip post RV depending on interest) 1.5 hrs southwest of PG on the Blackwater Road (approx 40 km of gravel).  Fabulous views and great footing found here; overnight camping available at the trailhead.  You can text Verna at 250-960-8338 for more information or to sign up.

Happy Trails!

Events and Activities

CLICK HERE FOR INFO – RENDEZVOUS SILENT AUCTION

Four Great Clinicians!

Equine First Aid with Courtney Gledstone

Courtney has been a certified Equi-Health Canada Instructor since June 2017.  In 2020, she was awarded “Instructor of the Year” by Equi-Health Canada.  Her mission as an instructor is to improve the quality of care equines receive through educating owners and enthusiasts about equine health issues and what to do in emergencies.   Based out of Langley, she travels across BC teaching.  Her motto is “No farm is too far!”

Courtney has been working with and around horses for over 20 years.  She spent 2 of those years working at a large equine veterinary practice as an ambulatory assistant, gaining valuable experience assisting with surgeries and going on the road with her veterinarian.

The time will move at a fast pace covering the fundamentals of first aid. We will work hands-on with the horses. You will learn to take vital signs, recognize pain in the horse, detect colic, and participate in bandaging in realistic scenarios!  For more info visit Courtney’s FB Page EquusSole Equine.

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Rendezvous Rules and Regulations

For the Safety and Enjoyment of All

RV rules are based on past experience and have been created for the safety of all attendees & stock

Fencing: Electric fencing, high-lining or leaving horses tied to trailers is not allowed at this event.  Panels will be allowed, but pen areas MUST be left clean on departure.

Stallions: For the safety of all riders and their mounts, stallions are not permitted.

Dogs:  We want you to be able to bring your canine friends.  Please be extremely vigilant at all times as to your dog’s activities. This will keep us from imposing overly restrictive rules which are needed by very few. 
Dogs must be managed and under control at all times.  If you allow your dogs to wander you’ll be asked to keep them on a leash.
Dog handlers are required to clean up after their dog anywhere on the grounds or surrounding areas.
For the safety of all riders and their mounts, dogs are NOT to accompany any trail rides during Rendezvous.

FIRE SAFETY

Smoking:  Smoking will not be permitted in the following areas:

Food service, prep or eating areas, unless in designated area
Washroom facilities or outhouses
Grandstands or any area where members congregate to view clinicians or any event
Anywhere inside the Agriplex compound gates (indoor arena, barns & outside pens w shelters)
Any open grassland or trails

Smoking is permitted in your personal campsite area, but be respectful of your non-smoking neighbours.  Do not use the ground to butt out cigarettes. Site must be kept clean and free of waste butts.

Campfires: Only propane campfires allowed.  No live fires whatsoever.

Tents and Trailers:  Please maintain a distance of at least 15 feet from other campers, to help prevent the spread of a possible fire.

Quiet time: Out of respect for your neighbours, please keep noise down after 11 PM.

Mandatory Insurance Requirements:
All participants or attendees of RV who are riding or working with horses, MUST have current membership from Horse Council BC (HCBC) or Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF), or you will not be permitted to ride, participate in any horse clinics or handle horses at RV.  Memberships will be confirmed prior to RV.

The Rendezvous Committee shall have final word and position on any disputes or altercations. Failure to comply with the Committee’s requests or instructions may result in restriction or elimination from participation in certain events &/or possible requirement to vacate the grounds.  No refunds shall be made.

RENDEZVOUS PRE-RIDE

HOSTED by BCHBC  SHUSWAP CHAPTER  
 June 20 – 23, 2022
Huber Farms
1555 Cariboo Wagon Rd,
70 Mile House, BC

If you’re heading to Rendezvous 2022 in Prince George, 70 Mile is a great stop and only 4.5 hrs away!

Registration:  Limited to 25 BCHBC Members – first come, first served.
Registration deadline:  April 30, 2022 or when full.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Printable Registration Page
Online Fillable Registration Form

* You will receive updates by email once registered *

Click here to view “Huber Farm and Equestrian Centre” on FaceBook

Invitation from the Northwest Chapter for a Post-Rendezvous Adventure

From June 23 to 26, Back Country Horsemen members from across the Province will be gathering in Prince George for our annual Rendezvous festivities.

We, in the Northwest Chapter, would like to extend an invitation to all members from those faraway places .

While you are in the neighbourhood, drop by and visit us at Coalmine Camp.
**Winner of the BCHBC Outstanding Project 2020**

From June 27 to 29, Coalmine camp will be the staging grounds for:

  • Camping
  • Playing on the “skills development” course
  • trail riding on the local trail network (guided or self-guided)
  • Destination trail riding to The Silver King and Higgins basins (guided or self-guided)
  • Social time, barbecue
  • Stories from old time members (sometimes based on reality)

Well known as an amazing site and area with exceptional welcoming hosts!
Click “Here” for more information about the Coalmine Camp

If you would like to attend, or would like more information on our area, chapter, or Coalmine Camp, contact us at:  250-847-1173 or  coalminecamp@gmail.com