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
Our brochure can be downloaded by clicking on this link:
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
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
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.
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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.
The chapter was founded in 1994 with the active encouragement of the
Bridger-Teton NF Jackson District management.
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
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.