Category Archives: April 2015

2015 Scholarship Announcement

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Bob Marshall

Back Country Horsemen of America and Bob Marshall Wilderness

Outfitters are pleased to announce the first BCHA Young Persons Equine Packing Scholarship.  The winner will spend 5 days and 4 nights in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana learning traditional equine packing skills, Leave No Trace camping principles and exploring the ecology, history and majestic landscapes of the “Bob.”

Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years of age, have basic horseback riding skills and write an essay of 100 words or less about why they want to learn to pack and how they plan to apply their knowledge once the course is over. The dates of the class are from June 23 through June 27, 2015.

The BCHA Education Foundation will pay travel expenses for round-trip airfare to Missoula, MT and 1 night lodging, before and after, the trip. The outfitters will supply ground transportation to and from Missoula and the trailhead.

The deadline for entries is Monday, May 18, 2015. The winner will be announced on June 1, 2015.

Entry forms can be downloaded at: http://www.bcha.org/scholorshipapplication

Our Kentucky BCH Rendezvous

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 Our Kentucky BCH Rendezvous
is Around the Corner

We’ve got a great line-up scheduled for the Rendezvous meeting!
Mammoth Cave NP Superintendent Sarah Craighead and Steve Kovar, the NP Trail Director, will talk to us about their desire to work closely with BCH.,

Roy Cornett will tell all about the National Board Meeting which just occurred in Sacramento, CA (April 22-15).

HOT ISSUE: Should Congress transfer or sell public lands to the States??   BCHA steps up with a letter for all federal, state and local officials.  You’ll see additional emails on this topic, it is a CRITICAL ONE for BCHA and for us here in Kentucky.

There is also a packing scholarship available for youths 18-26: 4 days in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, travel and fees paid! We’ll put the info on kybch.com.. DEADLINE MAY 18TH FOR APPLICATIONS!

Rendezvous Information: Time to plan your visit…
KY BCH Annual Rendezvous
June 6, 2015
Mammoth Cave Horse Camp
Potluck at 6:00 (meat and paper products provided, bring a dish to pass and BYOB)
Meeting at 7:00 with speakers, discussions and elections.

COME EARLY AND RIDE THE TRAILS OF MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK WITH YOUR FELLOW KY BCH-ER’S. A good time for getting to know each other, networking and just plain trail riding fun.
(For camping reservations – MAKE THEM SOON if you haven’t already done so!! –
go to http://www.mammothcavehorsecamp.com/  )

Template for a letter for support of the Forest Trails Bill (in Congress)

To send to McConnell, Paul, and KY House Reps. – in addition to these two sponsors below.

April ____, 2015

Honorable Cynthia Lummis Honorable Tim Walz United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515

RE: H.R. 845 – National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

Dear Representatives Lummis and Walz:

I am writing on behalf of _____ to express our support for H.R. 845, the National Forest

System Trails Stewardship Act. Across the United States, America’s National Forests provide world class recreational opportunities. But access to many of these wonderful lands would not be possible without adequate trails.

Unfortunately, the trail system on our National Forests is in decline. Only a quarter of the trails are maintained to Forest Service standards, and the agency is facing a maintenance backlog of more than $500 million. Without immediate action, we will continue to lose access to the great outdoors.

The Act will help improve maintenance of our National Forest trail system by providing new opportunities to expand trail maintenance. The legislation establishes a much-needed program to expand the use of volunteers and partner organizations in assisting the Forest Service in maintaining National Forest trails.

The legislation will also ensure that the Forest Service is prioritizing its trail maintenance activities in areas that are most in need of additional work and most important to the public.

Finally, the legislation will help outfitters and guides play an increased role in maintaining trails on public lands.

We are pleased to support the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act and thank you for your leadership on this important issue.

Sincerely,