Welcome

to Teton Back Country Horsemen

   

 

   

State Rendezvous

August 5-7, 2016

Turpin Meadows, Jackson, WY

   

 

   

WBCH State Meeting

April 9, 2016 - 10:00 am

Thermopolis - Days Inn

   

 

   

BCHA Nat'l. Board Mtg.

April 21-23, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

   

 

Teton Back Country Horsemen

 

About Us

The Teton BCH chapter membership at year-end 2012 consisted of about 15 families/couples and 17 individuals (singles and folks with non-riding spouses.)  Our membership comes from Buffalo Valley through Jackson Hole and south to Alpine.  It is a community of kindred spirits, even though the equestrian interests and skills range from the deeply experienced backcountry packers to day-trippers to a couple of brand new horse owners.  Many of our members are in the town’s mounted patrol.  About 30 to 35 folks keep their horses on their own property while the other 10 to 15 board out.

 

Our brochure can be downloaded by clicking on this link:  welcome brochure.

Our activities now stretch across six areas:

We meet monthly from March through October on the third Monday evening with a simple potluck followed by a short business meeting and a program on an equestrian or public lands subject.

In the spring, we work with both the Bridger-Teton NF trails staff and also the Friends of Pathways staff to frame trail maintenance priorities and also to promote share-the-trail courtesy across the various types of users.

From June through October we will run weekly trail rides, usually on Saturdays.  The ride's trailheads are usually within a 45-minute circle of Jackson.  The ride schedule purposefully ranges from easy 3-hour picnics to tough 8-hour bushwacking rambles, but is mostly on the magnificent Snake River Valley cleared trial network.  We will do at least one backcountry horseback weekend each summer.

We try to help the B-T NF trails crew, starting with trail maintenance on National Trails Day in early June and then proceeding to projects over the summer.  We occasionally work with the Grand Teton NP managers, but they generally prefer to be self-contained.

We have been using our 3 or 4 summer meetings as social gatherings.  We finish the year on the first weekend in December with an informal Christmas party.  Non-riding spouses and guest visitors are always welcome at all social events.

Throughout the year, we try to monitor the public lands issues in the region and nationally.  We participate in the B-T NF long range trail system planning forums.  We will provide support in writing their grant proposals.  We will also write advocacy letters to our legislators as appropriate.

We have an open membership policy.  All we ask is that the member is willing to contribute time in some fashion to the chapter’s purpose and activities.  We collect dues at the beginning of the year which are $30 per year for individuals and $45 for families.  The majority of these funds are either forwarded on to the National and Wyoming BCH organizations for advocacy work or earmarked for our Teton-area public lands projects.

 

We have our own website at http://www.tetonbch.us.  Check it out!

 

Meetings

We meet monthly from March through October on the third Monday, starting at 6:30 pm with a simple potluck.  In the cool weather, we meet in the downstairs meeting room at the First Interstate Bank admin building on West Broadway (between the Virginian and the Gun Barrel restaurant.)  In the summers, we meet at various member's homes.

 

History

The chapter was founded in 1994 with the active encouragement of the Bridger-Teton NF Jackson District management.

 

Projects

Over the summer we try to help the B-T NF trails crew, sometimes packing in materials for their work crews and other times doing trail clearing or building a small bridge or turnpike.  At their outreach events, we will provide educational materials on trail courtesy, on equestrian responsibilities on public lands, and on Leave-No-Trace practices.  We try to build up a funds kitty to provide equipment or supplies to the B-T NF where their budget falls short.

 

Trail Rides

We run weekly trail rides starting in the drier lowlands in early June with shorter, easier conditioning rides.  Typically we ride in the forest until hunting starts in late Sept. and then we switch to GTNP until the snow starts to accumulate.  We take turns being ‘trail boss’.  The trail boss emails a description of the coming ride about a week early so everyone who chooses to be on the ride is comfortable with the challenge.  We do not advertise the rides, but guests are most welcome if they have been vetted or invited by one of the members or have met us at one of our monthly meetings.