Welcome

to Wind River 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

   

 

Wind River Back Country Horsemen

 

About Us

 

 

Meetings

Our club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall in Hudson.  All interested recreational horsemen are invited.  You can download a .pdf version of our membership form by clicking on this link: WRBCHA membership form.

 

History

The Wind River Chapter, the first Back Country Horsemen chapter in the State of Wyoming, was formed in 1989.  Chapter membership is primarily from Fremont County with representation from the cities of Riverton, Lander, Pavillion, Dubois, and Shoshoni, as well as the rural areas.  Current membership is approximately 55.

 

Since its inception, the Wind River Chapter has been a leader at both the state and national levels in promoting the goals and objectives of the Back Country Horsemen of America.  Over the years, the chapter has had an exemplary record of volunteer service for many work projects on national forest and BLM lands within Fremont County.  Wind River members have represented Wyoming on numerous state and national boards related to recreational trails.  Members have also served in leadership roles at the state and national BCHA level.  A cadre of members have participated in the Leave No Trace training program and several have earned their Master Trainer’s credentials.

 

Beginning in early 2005, the Shoshone National Forest began the rewrite of their forest management plan.  Early in the plan development, the chapter created a working Public Lands Committee whose goal was to be involved in the process in order to safeguard and promote recreational pack and saddle stock use on forest lands.  While this has required a great deal of participation on the part of the committee, results have been very positive.  Concerns related to equine use on public lands may be addressed to the chapter Public Lands Chairman at redmule@wyoming.com.

 

Projects

On March 2, 2008, the Wind River Back Country Horsemen and Central Wyoming College Equestrian Club were partners at a horse-packing clinic held at the college horse barn.  Approximately 20 students and an equal number of Back Country Horsemen participated in the event.  Al Sammons of WRBCH chaired the activity, which focused on providing the students with experience in horse packing, familiarity with equipment, loading the animals and securing the loads.  The WRBCH provided twelve head of pack stock and a variety of pack saddles, pads, panniers, pack covers and items to load.

For a social activity at our latest club meeting, we had a potluck supper with the theme, "What do you eat on a pack trip?"  No one shared their steaks!!  However, we did get some useful ideas on recipes, food storage and lightweight foods to bring.  We have also watched a DVD made by Judy Inberg on our work project of September 2007 on the Continental Divide Trail signing.

Alex Wolfer is working on an application of a grant from the Recreation Board.  If granted, this money will be used to purchase a chainsaw and storage trailer for our chapter.  This will be very helpful for our service projects.  Our commitment to maintaining part of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) located between Pine Creek and the Sweetwater Gap Ranger Station is tentatively planned for early June, depending on the snow and access in that area.

Other projects and activities are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.  Members will be notified by phone, e-mail, or post card.  Tentative service projects include signage of the Continental Divide Trail on the BT, packing supplies for the Forest Service, and an invasive species inventory on the Shoshone NF.

 

Trail Rides