Category Archives: Feb2015

Trail Riders Learn “Something New” at Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen

Trail Riding Conference

Harrodsburg, KY (February 27, 2015) — One-hundred-and-forty-three youth and adult trail riders attended the first annual “Happy Trails A to Z” trail riding conference, sponsored by Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen (FHBCH). The event was held Saturday, January 31 at the Mercer County Extension office.

Riders should select a trail horse based on its temperament, soundness, sure-footedness and the rider’s goals,” said Nancy Bowling, a panelist and trainer from Nicholasville. “The rider should consider whether he or she will ride alone or with others and whether the horse will be used for long distance or casual riding. The horse selected must be able to carry the rider’s weight and gear and should always match the rider’s skill level.”

Horse trainer Shelby Hume, Midway, provided additional tips for selecting and training trail horses, with veterinarians Dr. Ashley Craig, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and Dr. Justin Murray, Danville, discussing common injuries and illnesses—including snake bites—and how to respond. Kimberly Tomlin, assistant dean, Equine Science & Management, University of Kentucky, talked about preparing the horse for trail riding, with Cheryl Dorman, safety specialist, Harrodsburg, discussing rider safety, equipment and first aid.

The trail riding conference included a tack room for riders to view saddles and other equipment and ask questions. Farrier Jamie DePart displayed horse shoes often used for trail riding and other local and state horse groups hosted tables to offer attendees more information.

We were very pleased with the participation and the level of enthusiasm shown by presenters and attendees,” said Janet Eaton, president, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen. “Everyone I spoke with indicated he or she learned something new – even seasoned horse people who have been trail riding for years.”

The conference, attended by local horsemen and 4-H members and enthusiasts from as far away as Adair County, was so successful that FHBCH plans to hold another conference in 2016. FHBCH is also developing a conference template to distribute to 4-H clubs and horse organizations in Kentucky and nationwide.

About Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen

Based in Harrodsburg, KY, Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country. The group helps maintain local trails and works to insure that public lands remain open for recreational stock use.

Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen also support local charities, including equine-related groups and youth organizations. The group meets at the Mercer County Extension office the first Thursday of every month except during the summer.

For more information, please contact:

Marsha Hall 606-365-8393

Dean Cheryl Norman, Harrodsburg,



The 2015 Trail Summit, sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council and KEEP, will be heldMarch 20-21, 2015 at Lake Barkley State Park. Friday night is a welcome reception in one of the cabins/rooms and Saturday are all of the presentations.  The Keynote Speaker is new KY Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Gregory Johnson.  Registration fees are $35 (or $30 if you are KHC or KEEP members) and includes lunch.  There is a conference room rate of $79.95 at the lodge.

For more information, visit

There have been problems with non-horse campers taking up the spaces at Carter Caves State Park Horse Camp.  We are trying to encourage horsemen to make reservations there, and FILL UP THE CAMP!  If you would like the list of all the dates between March and September when there are open spots at the horse camp, email me ( for a list.  Thanks to Roy Cornett for making this happen, and to Kemp Adkins for reporting it and attending meetings with State Parks.

All members of the BCH Chapters in Kentucky are eligible to be free members of the KY Horse Council.  This allows you, for example, to get the KHC member rate on the Trail Summit and on any other event or product they have.

But you have to sign up with KHC so they have your information.  Since the KHC website is not working for this free membership (It was hacked in December and a new site is being built..)  please email your name and address to them at  Be sure to tell Kristin that you are a member of Kentucky Back Country Horsemen.

If you know a BCH member who does not use email, please send this printable form to them to mail in:



Land Between the Lakes BCH

LBLBCH has met with the Forest Supervisor and staff, and welcomed a new Manager of Wrangler’s Camp.  They have also reached out to connect with other LBL user groups.  If BCH can support other users when it aligns with our values, they will reciprocate when we need it.  There is discontent from some local residents regarding the LBL management, and LBL BCH is doing a good job of keeping in touch with their concern without “jumping into the fray”.  We can sympathize and support with others without getting totally on their train.  it is especially important for LBL BCH when they are just starting to mend some broken fences with the Forest Service.

Mammoth Cave BCH FB:
MCBCH is starting on an effort to submit an RTP grant request for trail maintenance.  I will be helping to write the grant.  The monies, if approved, will go through the National Park, but will be allocated to trails.

If you are not familiar with RTP grants, you can visit
You can also contact Roy Cornett, BCH member who is on the RTP advisory council at

Mountain Lake BCH
MLBCH President Greg Jones and Secretary/Treasurer Kathy Caudill met this month with the Daniel Boone Cumberland District managers.  Discussion points included: Control of logging to keep options open for trails, development of a new short trail, priority on Sheltowee Trace maintenance, and partnering on two projects: tie rails on Sheltowee Trace location and developing horse trail re-route along Sheltowee Trace where there are currently steps.  MORE INFO ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE

Fort Harrod BCH
On January 31, FHBCH held a trail educational seminar called “Happy Trails”. It attracted over 100 people, most of the 4-H groups.  DId you know that 4-Hers now are required to have 2 hours of education about trails? KyBCH Chapters could be the way those 4-Hers get educated.  

“Happy Trails” consisted of a morning panel of veterinarians, farriers,trainers and trail riders talking about all aspects of trail riding.  Then there was a free lunch (sponsored by the local Farm Bureau), and the afternoon was for visiting tables which had been set up:  Trail Etiquette (me), Saddle Up Safely (UK), a tack vendor, a knot education table, a Mounted Orienteering association, and more.  The registration fee was $10.

We plan to get this format written up so that any chapter can easily put together their own event for 4-Hers in their area.  We will get it approved by 4-H leadership at UK for their 2 hours of education.  BCH can therefore fulfill our mission of education and connecting with youth all in one fell swoop.


Volunteer Hours
If you haven’t already done it, get your Total Chapter Volunteer Hours sent in to Vice-Chair Tracy Mitchell at  This is an important part of BCHA, so they can go to Washington and tell agencies and legislators how much value we bring to Public and Private lands.
In Kentucky, we will also use our volunteer hours when talking to land managers.
YOU CAN COUNT travel time, meeting time, email time, any work at home on the phone or computer for BCH, in addition to actual time on trails as part of your volunteer time.
BCHA and KyBCH dues are now due. All chapter treasurers: If you have not done so, please send your dues to Tom Herndon at
 1127 Sugar Creek Pike, Nicholasville, KY  40356.


This year’s KyBCH Rendezvous will take place on June 6, 2015 at Mammoth Cave Horse Camp (the same location as last year).  Now that we have chapters that are far east and far west, this location seems to be as central as we can get with a large horse camp.

The event will be in conjunction with Mammoth Cave BCH’s annual fund-raiser ride and meal.  This is optional for anyone staying at the camp, including other BCHers.  The fund-raising meal is lunch on Saturday, and we will have a potluck for the supper on Saturday.  Meeting to follow the supper.

This is our annual meeting in which we have elections for KyBCH officers, as well as reports on projects and financials.
Make campsite reservations online or by calling Mammoth Cave Horse Camp.  You may want to arrive Friday and leave Sunday. More detailed information will be sent later in the spring.


Winter Riding

Notes from your chair…

Winter should be easy for riders, but I think it may be busier than the rest of the year.  Everything takes longer… ice in water buckets, putting on layers of clothing to go to barn, brushing those mudballs we used to call horses, and less riding time…. But spring is not too far away.

I have been busy working on legislation relating to stray horses, which does not directly relate to BCH.  However, since many of the stray horses are on former coal strip mines, and coal companies own huge amounts of land that are potential trail locations, this work provides me with contacts and information related to these opportunities.

Since the last newsletter, I’ve also met with the Land Between the Lakes BCH, and met (along with LBL BCH officers) the relatively new Forest Supervisor, hoping to start building a good relationship with her and her staff.  LBL BCH has had a lot of frustrations in the past, but there have been some changes which should result in a more positive relationship.  This is what BCH is all about.

I attended the annual meeting of the Mammoth Cave BCH in December, and heard positive comments from the MCNP Trail Manager.  Excellent progress there.

A few weeks ago, the Fort Harrod BCH held a wonderful educational event with special focus on 4-Hers called “Happy Trails”.  I represented KyBCH there, and had a Trail Etiquette quiz which many people took.  The FHBCH and I are going to meet to discuss making this event a model for each chapter, to do more winter education and connect with youth through 4-H. Read more about this event in “Chapter Activities” below.

On Feb. 4th, Roy Cornett, Tracy Mitchell (Vice-Chair KyBCH) and I met with the new Fish and Wildlife Commissioner, Gregory Johnson, and his staff.  His attitude towards horses and horse trails seems to be more positive than the former commissioner.  Fish and Wildlife is the largest land holder in Kentucky second only to the Forest Service, so this is good news.  We hope to forge a partnership between KyBCH and KY Fish and Wildlife to the benefit of both groups.

So much is happening, even in these frigid times!  If there is anything I can be of assistance with, please do let me know.

Ginny Grulke, Chair



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Trail Warrior is a short article in each issue that shines the spotlight on a person in your organization that has been involved in trail saving efforts. To nominate someone for Trail Warrior, send me the information of why this person deserves this honor – about 300 words or less. Again, it doesn’t need to be a polished article. I also need a good high resolution photo of the honoree, and the person’s address. Each person chosen to be Trail Warrior – receives a one year complimentary subscription to Trail Blazer Magazine.

Terri Folks

Trail Advocacy Editor
Trail Blazer Magazine
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