About Us

Welcome to Kentucky Back Country Horsemen

Kentucky Back Country Horsemen was organized in 2007 to address the increasing need to maintain horseback riding Kentucky’s trails on public lands. We are an affiliate chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of America. We are also affiliated with the Kentucky Horse Council.

Membership consists of a number of local chapters around the Commonwealth. In each case, the chapters have dedicated themselves to the care and maintenance of a specific set of trails. Chapter representatives form the board of Kentucky Back Country Horsemen.

Kentucky Back Country Horsemen and its member chapters work with federal, state, and local agencies to preserve and maintain access to public trails so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy them. As a service organization, we are able to offer our expertise to assist public agencies to manage continuing recreational equine use on public lands. Another of our primary purposes is to educate horsemen and other trail users in the low impact use of the back country environment.

Membership is on an annual basis and consists of both chapters and individuals. We welcome anyone interested in promoting and protecting trails and equestrian access to public lands.

Our Mission

The purpose of this organization shall be:

To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.
To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
To assist the agencies responsible for the management of public lands in meeting their goals.
To educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise and sustaining use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
To foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen organizations.


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