Your Provincial Executive

Brian’s interest in BCHBC is the larger voice promoting the use of equines in the “front” and back country of BC. With the help of like-minded people who enjoyed trail riding all over the East Kootenays, he founded the EAST KOOTENAY chapter of BCHBC in 2015.
He developed his love of horses growing up on his grandparent’s Holmwood Ranch just outside of Kamloops where he was given his first horse, “Flicka” and a saddle (which he still has).

He presently resides in the East Kootenays with longtime partner Mary Lancaster, on approximately 20 acres backing onto thousands of acres of Crown land. Some time in the future these may not exist, so the need to promote BCHBC and sharing the trails to keep Crown lands open to equines.

Cheryl Oickle
Cheryl OickleTreasurer
I have been a BCHBC member going on fourteen years and am very passionate about the collaborative approach the Society promotes, as well as their advocacy for the outdoors and trail preservation. For 18 years,together with my beautiful mare Jewel, we have ridden thousands of miles enjoying the back country, with it’s scenery, beauty and always, the comradery.
I have been treasurer, activity coordinator and lobby person for events for six years with the Alberni Valley Chapter. At present I am the Events Coordinator for Central Vancouver Island Chapter and recently our alternate for the Board of Directors.
I am a semi-retired Registered Nurse, Mother, Grandmother, Wife and Jack of all Trades at home. My hobbies of course are my horse, hiking, family, travel, camping, and volunteering. I love busy! It keeps me young.
ROSE SCHROEDERProvincial Secretary
Rose was born & raised on the family dairy farm in the lower mainland and managed the herd for 35 years. She has served on many boards as Chair, director, secretary or treasurer with HCBC, Outdoor Recreation, BCHBC & various agricultural associations.

Horses have always been a large part of Rose’s life. She was a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Wilderness Guide Instructor as well as CHA English/Western Level 2 Instructor. She co-owned a business that taught trail riding and camping skills.

Currently residing in Salmon Arm, Rose still enjoys trail riding and packing, the sport of Mountain Trail Horse and continues to volunteer through the BCHBC for many trail access and preservation projects with BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails.

Lynn de Vries
Lynn de VriesVice President
Lynn has been riding horses since the age of 10 where several years of riding lessons led to stadium jumping, cross country jumping and dressage…..but in the mid 80’s, extensive endurance and competitive trail awakened the passion for back country. It didn’t take long to realize the trails and riding areas that were not protected on Vancouver Island, were vanishing at a rapid pace. Along with trails needing protecting, most Provincial and Regional Parks on Vancouver Island did not even accommodate horse trailer parking. In late 2012, CVI Chapter was formed to champion BCHBC’s mandate and have secured both Spruston Staging area and Timberlands Equestrian parking.
VERNA HOUGHTALINGMembership Coordinator
Verna is currently an active member with Prince George Omineca Chapter. Having served 4 years as VP on the Provincial executive, as well as working with the Communications Committee on developing the new website, she was well equipped to step into the role of Membership Coordinator. She has enjoyed riding since a young teen in a variety of disciplines from dressage to team penning, and always trails!