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The West Kootenay Chapter has been an active BCHBC chapter for over 20 years, taking pride in having a very strong group of individuals who regularly participate in rides, events, work parties & meetings.  Our main goals are to have fun, continue to learn and enjoy each other’s company.  Ask any of our members – we are an exciting group of fun loving horse enthusiasts, with a terrific sense of humor.
When you join the West Kootenay Chapter – you’ll be riding in great company!

The Purpose of the Society (BCHBC) shall be:

  • To work together with recreational groups, government agencies and the general public to promote awareness and understanding for a cooperative wilderness experience.
  • To build new trails, trailheads and other facilities for horsemen and women.
  • To maintain and preserve existing equine trails – wilderness and urban.
  • To promote educational programs in safety, courtesy and environmental awareness.
  • To preserve access for Canadians to use horses and mules (equines) on public lands.

In 2020 our board assisted Richie Mann and the Dewdney Trail Heritage Society to place cedar wayfinding markers along the Historic Dewdney Trail for 32 kms.  Volunteers have completed approximately half of this signage installation from the Christina Lake side to Santa Rosa Summit in 2020.  We hope to complete the installation of these beautiful cedar markers every half kilometer.  Post and signage was donated and we received a generous grant from Regional District Kootenay Boundary to complete this project.

We are glad to partner with the Trail Horseman Society to start the Mountain Trail Course at the Trail Horseman’s grounds.  The concept of the MTC was spearheaded by Rick Fillmore in 2018 and took over 700 volunteer hours to this stage.  We have a bit to complete this year and have a workable and sustainable relationship with the new board of the THS in 2021.  (Photos below)

A Heritage Project concept was initiated by the current Chair Wendy Morrison to set up a Packing Clinic and have “Oldtimer Stories” recorded.  Richie Mann and Graham Jones taught the group two tying methods.  We captured this for future training reference for the WCK.
This fun project of professional videographer Issac Carter of Eye Candy Productions captured the beautiful imagery of the West Kootenay landscape and amazing action shots of the horses to music, which precedes our “Oldtimer Stories” featuring three characters of the BCHBC-WKC – Richie Mann, Graham Jones, and Rick Fillmore as they share some great horse stories.

Our 2021 initiative is to establish a staging and camping area for our West Kootenay Chapter.  This is an exciting project for the area and the BCHBC-WKC.

We have an amazing group of members for the West Kootenay Chapter to help us build this great equine community now and for the future of this region.  We invite you to contact us below for more information.