Fort Harrod BCH

Comment from Ginny:  Fort Harrod continues to set the bar on keeping a chapter busy with fun and educational events.  Below is the calendar FHBCH release early in February: (Includes some events already held…). I hope this inspires other chapters who may be struggling to keep members engaged.

Pasture Management  for Horse Owners –  February 11th, 6pm at the KCTCS OFFICE, 300 North Main Street, Versailles.  Sponsored by UK Cooperative Extension Offices of Central Kentucky.  For more information and reservations, contact Linda McClanahan at Mercer Co. Extension – (859) 734-4378.  You received a separate email and flyer about this event onMonday, Feb. 1st.
4-Winter Conference – Saturday, February 27, 2016; 9am – 12pm at the Mercer County Extension Office  Volunteers will be needed to help at the various tables
FHBCH Annual Meeting of Members – Sunday, March 6, 2016; 4-8pm – We will have our election of Board Members, Auction/Fund Raiser, a great Potluck Meal and a program featuring Roy Cornett.  Roy is one of the original organizers of BCHA activity in Kentucky.  He is a KyBCH Director, represents Kentucky on the National BCHA Board and is Fort Harrod BCH’s newest member.  If you want to know how important being a member at the Chapter level is to Trail Riding, Roy’s presentation will answer those questions. He will give us an update of what the Trail Riding Community in Kentucky is doing regarding trails and camping.  We need members to solicit items for the Annual Auction.
Annual Meeting Auction Item Request –  Lois says we still need Auction Items for the Annual Meeting.  So either bring what you have collected or let her know what has been promised.  If you want to ask for donations, but are not sure of what we need, here is a partial list of previous years items:  Barn Signs, Feed, Feed Supplements, Riding/Training Lessons, Tack, Grooming Equipment, Pictures and Prints,Trailer Accessories, and other horse related equipment.  We will publicize the names of all the donors at a meeting and followup email. We will also provide the Donor with a letter acknowledging an item if they need it for a tax deduction.
Annual Health Clinic – Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8AM – 12pm at Big Red Stables – Reservations are suggested to limit long waits.  Dr. Murray will be the Vet and John, the Equine Dentist, will be providing their services. There will be a Trail Ride after the Clinic.  Reservations may be made by emailing Lois Short (  More details on costs will be emailed a few weeks before the Clinic.
Hunter Pace – Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Big Red Stables – Emily Dennis is organizing this event.  She says they are great fund and will be a Fund Raiser for FHBCH.  More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Kentucky Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous and Annual Meeting – June 3 – 5, 2016 at Red Hill Horse Camp near Livingston, KY –   Camping and riding Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner around 6pm.  Back Country Horsemen from all the Kentucky Chapters will gather for this Annual Event.
Work Days –  We will be scheduling work days for Eagles Nest, Shaker Village and other areas after the weather clears.  Please make every effort to participate.  if you cannot physically do the work, perhaps you can come to take some photos, provide refreshments or help at the staging areas.

Land Between the Lakes BCH

LBL BCH held its member meeting and elected new officers:
President: Larry Ladd
Vice-President: Roger Kendall
Secretary:  Jean Ann Darnall
Treasurer: Debra Kendall

The biggest news out of LBL is that Trail 11 (A trail that was cut in half by a new road expansion way back in 2006, prior to BCH formation!) is finally being re-routed, GPSed, and built to replace the mileage lost ten years ago.  This was accomplished by a combination of new trail management, a new Forest Supervisor, and the persistance of Jerry Fruth who is a member of BCH, has managed an Endurance Ride at LBL, and kept the right amount of pressure and professionalism aimed at Forest Management over the years.

Mammoth Cave BCH

Mammoth Cave held its annual meeting on March 19, 2016.  The invited speaker was Lora Peppers (shown at left), Chief Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park,  who spoke about the new trail markers (partially paid for by MCBCH). No official scheduled workdays yet for MCBCH yet, that may change if help needed with markers (park personnel changes may delay placement) or other park needs. In the meantime, MCBCH focus will be on trail pruning, cleanup, recon, reporting hazards, etc.
Officers for 2016 are:
President: Brenda Cecil
Vice-President: Kevin Davis
Secretary: Bonnie Jolly
Treasurer:  Valerie Stokes
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Mountain Lake BCH

Mountain Lake held its Annual Member meeting & potluck on March 21, 2016.  President Greg Jones led the meeting and told the group of meeting, along with a few other MLBCH members with the new Daniel Boone Forest Supervisor, Jon Kazmierski.  The talks went well and there is a proposed project to work with the Boy Scouts in trail maintenance, and perhaps also going over with the Boy Scouts how to pack a mule or horse.  The planned day will include an evening meal prepared by BCH.
Officers were elected:

President: Greg Jones
Vice-President: Edith Conyers
Secretary: Sheila Adkins
Treasurer: Kathy Caudill


BCHA Ad in USA Today

USA Today is printing a special national issue on May 9th (2016 Salute to National Parks System: Centennial Commemorative) to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the National Parks.  It is expected to sell 500,000 copies.  BCHA is taking a FULL PAGE AD in the issue, which costs $10,000.  States were asked to contribute to the cost, and KyBCH board agreed to send $250.  Two other anonymous donors each added $50 to make the full Kentucky donation = $350.

Additional NOTE: Within hours of the Executive Committee decision to go ahead with the Centennial Commemorative, the states of Utah and Missouri stepped up and contributed $500 each and challenged other states and chapters to do the same.
For questions, comments or criticisms please contact, Jim McGarvey at:
C: 706-669-1015
Please make out contribution checks to Back Country Horsemen of Americaand mail to:
P.O. Box 1367
Graham WA  98338

BCHA Chapter Grants Available

BCHA Education Foundation grant applications are due by April 15th for May distribution Grants are available up to $1000 and  some  grant money is available for only youth projects as requested by the donor.

Another grant session may be held in the fall such as October for November funding if we have funds.

Applications are on the BCHA website for your use and to send them on to the Education Foundation board.

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