www.bchw.org Wine and Halloween Ride to Benefit BCHW Vol. 39 Issue 6

Vol. 39 Issue 6
Back Country Horsemen of Washington
November/December 2014
Wine and Halloween Ride to Benefit BCHW
see more on pages 10-11
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2014 Officers, Committee Chairs & Staff
OFFICERS:
President Trygve Culp
[email protected] 509.486.2061
Vice President Jim Anderson
[email protected] 509.486.2061
Secretary Janelle Wilson
[email protected] 360.748.4880
Treasurer Teri Starke
[email protected] 253.709.5052
Safety Officer Doc Wesselius
[email protected] 360.736.6106
Special Assistant for Advocacy Jeff Chapman
[email protected] 360.385.6364
Special Assistant for Independent
Member Affairs Jason Ridlon
[email protected] 509.964.9260
BCHA Directiors
Darrell Wallace
[email protected] 360.918.3016
Jason Ridlons
[email protected] 509.964.9260
Alternate Ken Carmichael
[email protected]
COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Legislative Chair Jeff Chapman
[email protected] 360.385.6364
Public Lands Chair Darrell Wallace
[email protected] 360.918.3016
Membership Chair Heather Moorman
[email protected] 509.585.4001
Awards Chair Deb Wesselius
[email protected] 360.736.6106
Education Chair.................................. Vacant
LNT Chair Jane Byram
[email protected] 509.997.7407
Lead Saw Certifiers
Tom Mix
[email protected] 360.582.0460
Trygve Culp
[email protected] 509.486.2061
Volunteer Hours Co-Chairs
Deb Wesselius
[email protected] 360.736.6106
Peggy Swanberg
[email protected] 509.486.1107
Governance By-Laws Chair Teunis Wyers
[email protected] 509.493.3939
Special Project Coordinator Jason Ridlon
[email protected] 509.964.9260
Ways & Means Dave Swanberg
[email protected] 509.486.1107
2015 Rendezvous Chairs
lori Lennox
[email protected] 360.482.2742
Jason Ridlon
[email protected] 509.964.9260
Publicity Chair & THN Editor Dick Yarboro
[email protected] 360.264.2263
Web Master & Photographer Jim Thode
[email protected] 360.978.5336
STAFF:
Executive Director Darrell Wallace
[email protected] 360.918.3016
THN Managing Editor & Publisher Joyce Willms
Adriane Wolfe, Graphic Designer/Advertising
Alexandra Mowrey, Asst. Editor/Advertising
Washington Media Services, Inc.
[email protected] 360.754.4543
Volunteer Proof Reader Sondra Johnston
[email protected].. 253.843.2679
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Trailhead News
November/December 2014
Inside this Issue
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Prez Says . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3
2015 Rendezvous
It’s Coming Before We Know It! . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..4
Just three of the Reasons to Attend Rendezvous ‘15! . .. .. .. .. .. .. ..4
BCHW Store. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..5
BCHW Awards. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 6-7
TrailMeister – BCHW in Action . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 8-9
Wine and Halloween Ride to Benefit BCHW . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 10-11
Calendar of Events. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 16
Out on the Trails
Horsemen Ride Up and Over Maple Mountain. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 12-13
BCHW-Volunteer Hours Report. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 13
The Good the Bad and the Sad . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 14-15
Why Volunteer Hours are Important . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 15
Invasive Plants on Kendall Peak Trail . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 16
Why Be a BCHW Member?. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 17
White Pass Horsecamp. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 18
Members Affected by the Fire. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 19-20
Mt. Hood Ride – Frog Pond Trip. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .20
The Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Out of Harms Way!. .. .. .. .. .. . 21
Cover Photo: From left to right we have a butterfly, Debbie Shockey, a bee, Cindy
Cooke and Leah Lahcen, all from Centralia, WA. Cover photo courtesy of Jim Thode.
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BCHW Chapter Locations & Directors
November/December 2014
ALPINE LAKES TRAIL RIDERS: Director: Dana Baily P.O. Box 533 • Cle Elum, WA 98922
509-630-7581
BUCKHORN RANGE: Director: Bob Hoyle P.O. Box 845 • Chimacum, WA 98325
360-732-5042
CAPITOL RIDERS: Director: Karen Johnson 6326 103rd Ave SW • Olympia, WA 98512 360-273-8075
CASCADE HORSE CLUB: Director: Barbara Woo P.O. Box 1359 • Lake Stevens, WA 98258
360-435-6923
CRAB CREEK RIDERS: Director: Bill Bailey P.O. Box 519 • Moses Lake, WA 98837 509-765-4017 ENUMCLAW TRAIL RIDERS: Director: Tom Saunders
P.O. Box 438 • South Prairie, WA 98385
360-897-8772
FERRY COUNTY: Director: Dave Taylor P.O. Box 1124 • Republic, WA 99166 509-485-3002
GRAYS HARBOR: Director: Lori Lennox 295 Powers Ck Rd • Elma, WA 98541 360-482-2742
INLAND EMPIRE: Director: Ken Carmichael
P.O. Box 30891 • Spokane, WA 99223
509-466-2225
ISLAND COUNTY: Director: Paula Keohane
27448 SR 525 • Coupeville, WA 98239 360-969-2578
LEWIS COUNTY: Director: Bernie Stratton 1673 Market Blvd #88 • Chehalis, WA 98532 360-262-3606
METHOW VALLEY: Director: Gary Sterner P.O. Box 902 • Twisp, WA 98856 509-682-0412
MOUNT ADAMS: Director: Teunis Wyers P.O. Box 1835 • White Salmon, WA 98672 509-493-3939
MOUNT SAINT HELENS: Director: Jim Anderson P.O. Box 418 • Brush Prairie, WA 98606 360-835-5719
NISQUALLY: Director: Alan Pankau P.O. Box 641 • Yelm, WA 98597 360-446-5958
NORTHEAST: Director: Jim Hudkins
P.O. Box 3094 • Deer Park, WA 99006 509-954-7446
OAKLAND BAY: Director: Traci Koch
P.O. Box 1285 • Shelton, WA 98584
360-490-2878
OKANOGAN VALLEY: Director: Dave Sunde P.O. Box 812 • Tonasket, WA 98855 509-486-1547
OLYMPIC: Director: Phil Bennett P.O. Box 250 • Belfair WA 98528 360-277-0643
PENINSULA: Director: Dave Seibel P.O. Box 1931 • Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-640-9472 PIERCE COUNTY: Director: Louise Caywood 21804 Mountain Hwy., #52 • Spanaway, WA 98387253-535-3767
PURPLE SAGE RIDERS: Director: Dave Jackson
1783 Jericho Rd • Richland, WA 99352
509-627-5834
RATTLESNAKE RIDGE RIDERS: Director: Dan Chappel P.O. Box 63 • Benton City, WA 99320 509-588-4342 SCATTER CREEK RIDERS: Director: Jeff Sprehn P.O. Box 1016 • Rochester, WA 98579 360-528-7743
SKAGIT: Director: Rob DeBoer
P.O. Box 188 • Sedro Woolley WA 98284
360-770-5082
TAHOMA: Director: Kathy Young P.O. Box 365 • Ravensdale, WA 98501 206-551-7824 TRAILDUSTERS: Director: Cathy Nelson
17121 Butler Rd• Snohomish WA 98290
360-568-5933
WENAS VALLEY:
Director: Krohn Traversie P.O. Box 1325 • Selah, WA 98942 509-643-2769 WENATCHEE VALLEY: Director: Ken Bailey
P.O. Box 1402 • Wenatchee, WA 98807
509-884-5566 WHATCOM COUNTY: Director: Bill McKenna
P.O. Box 28607 • Bellingham, WA 98228
360-599-2526 WILLAPA HILLS: Director: Jacqueline Angermeir P.O. Box 898 • Raymond, WA 98577
360-267-1765
WINE COUNTRY RIDERS: Director: Randy Ridenour P.O. Box 641 • Prosser, WA 99350 509-882-3983 YAKIMA VALLEY: Director: Steve Miller P.O. Box 25 • Cowiche, WA 98923 509-678-5013 [email protected]
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Chapter Directors:
This list is taken from the
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Optional Members
November/December 2014
Back Country Horsemen of Washington expresses its gratitude to those who contribute to
BCHW as “Contributing,” “Sustaining,” and “Patron,” members.
T
he Optional Membership Program is available to all members for renewal or new membership. Members in this program pay only the optional
membership fee, which includes the Family or Single Membership. The optional membership information on this page is provided by the
BCHW Membership Committee. If you have any corrections or questions, please e-mail [email protected]
Name Chapter
Lifetime Members
Mitch Baird.................................................... IND
Trygve Culp.................................................. OKA
Dave Jackson................................................. PSR
Heather Moorman.......................................... PSR
Jim Murphy....................................................OLY
Carol D Wilcox............................................ WEN
Teunis Wyers................................................. MTA
Pat Wyers...................................................... MTA
2015 Annual Meeting Head Table
Kim Merrick...................................................TAH
Lori Lennox.................................................. GRA
Linda Foster.................................................. GRA
2014 Annual Meeting Head Table
Al Norrbom....................................................TAH
2014 Patron Level
George Michel............................................... IND
Barbara Woo & Scott Bauer...........................CAS
Greg Johnston & Cathy Johnson.................... NIS
2015 Sustaining Level
Samuel McLean............................................. IND
Garry & Penelope Booker............................. NOR
Joann Reider...................................................TAH
Gene & Mary Sutliff......................................TRA
2014 Sustaining Level
Gene & Connie Baugher............................... MTA
Sandi Berg......................................................CCR
Robert & Sheila Blakely..................................PIE
Donald Campbell & Christina Fritzinger....... IND
Danny & Jeanie Chappel...............................RRR
Leslie Coey.................................................... IND
Joel Crosby..................................................... INL
Jack Duffy & Eileen Kiera........................... WHA
Chris Enrico................................................... CAP
Robert & Celeste Eversole.............................. INL
Finney / Denney Family................................ MTS
Bruce Foreman.............................................. NOR
Robert & Vicki Gish..................................... NOR
Peg Greiwe & Dale Kelley..............................PIE
Sharon & Jack Jenson....................................TAH
Sandi Kampen............................................... MET
Mary Kane.....................................................TAH
Tamara King...................................................CAS
Joanne Lacy & Dale Bamford..........................PIE
Fred & Lori Lennox...................................... GRA
Dan Fleissner & Kay Maccready.................. MET
Bruce & Jenny McCall...................................CAS
Name Chapter
Mary McIntyre Lee........................................ IND
Rebecca Meyers............................................. IND
Thomas & Kristine Moran............................ GRA
John Myers.....................................................RRR
Al Norrbom....................................................TAH
James & Carol Oakes..................................... IND
Mary & Dennis Owens................................. GRA
David & Cathy Petrie.....................................TAH
Lew Roggenbuck.......................................... ENU
Darlene Sabey................................................TAH
Boyd & Mikki Sharp...................................... PEN
Bob & Sidney Showalter...............................RRR
Teri & George Starke..................................... IND
Darrell Wallace & Kristy Stender................. NOR
Ken Wegner......................................................PIE
Dave & Bonnie Welch.................................. MTA
Dick Woodfin................................................ MTA
Joann Yost..................................................... GRA
2015 Contributing Level
Nancy & Bob Lee..........................................TAH
2014 Contributing Level
Earl & Dorothy Aalseth.................................CAS
Susan & Burton Bates.................................... IND
Evie Bredeson............................................... NOR
Lettie Broughton............................................OLY
Bill & Andrea Clark........................................ INL
Bob & Elayne Clubb.................................... WEN
Gary & Kathy Collins................................... MTS
Allen & Missy Day........................................TAH
Gary & Marie Duskin....................................SKA
Kevin Eilmes.................................................. IND
Ken & Pam Evans......................................... MTS
Dawn Graham................................................ PEN
Nancy Groff...................................................RRR
Jim & Kay Hill.............................................. MTA
Judith & Bob Hoyle...................................... BUC
Julie Jindal.................................................... MTA
Gary & Jill Johnston..................................... LEW
Shirley Landgren........................................... MTA
Ed, Teri, & Alli Letcher.................................TAH
Beverly Masteller............................................ INL
Kim Merrick...................................................TAH
Miller Family................................................ NOR
Clare Painter.................................................. OKA
Becky Penoyan..............................................OAK
Dave Peterson & Kris Lenke........................ BUC
Rase Family.................................................. BUC
For Membership Questions and
Mailing List Address
Corrections/Updates…
Please email [email protected] directly!
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Name Chapter
Terry Roberts................................................ BUC
Scott & Robin Rogers................................... BUC
Len & Kathy Rolph....................................... MTA
Joe & Marcia Russell.................................... ENU
Bonnie Schafer...............................................CCR
Al Schwiesow............................................... LEW
Gary & Barbara Sterner................................ MET
Penny Tanner................................................... NIS
Gerald L & Margaret Throop........................ MTA
Chris Tornow & Matt Shirley........................ IND
Cathy Upper.................................................. MET
Bill Waymire................................................ WCR
Kathy Young & Steve Dando.........................TAH
A Gift To Honor or
In Remembrance
Donate in memory of a friend, family, or loved
one. To make a donation in their name to
BCHW,
please contact Teri Starke, BCHW Treasurer,
at: 253.709.5052
[email protected]
If you would like the remembrance in The
Trailhead News, email information to
[email protected]
Tax Deduction
P
lease be informed that membership dues, paid at the state
as well as the chapter level,
are tax deductible for the calendar year and subsequent years.
Deduct your dues as a charitable
contribution under authority of
IRC Section 170 (assuming the
person paying the membership
dues itemizes their deductions
when computing their federal net
taxable income) or as a business
deduction under authority of IRC
Section 162 (assuming the person
paying the membership dues has
a “trade or business” and the payment of the membership dues is
directly related to this “trade or
business”). When making a donation, ask for a receipt.
Your volunteer mileage is also
deductible. Make copies of your
volunteer hours logs with mileage
for your taxes.
November/December 2014
Prez Says
From My Spot on the Picket Line
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By Trygve Culp, BCHW President
representative in your area, please contact Executive Director Darrell
hope that your fall - and early winter – has gone well so far. We
Wallace. His e-mail address is on the inside front page of the THN.
are already looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
The “theme” of the meeting is: How can we help you accomplish
Year’s Day in the Okanogan Highlands. During this festive time of
more with less? It should be an interesting and frank discussion.
the year, I hope that you will continue to remember and keep in your
Speaking of accomplishing more, BCHW has some organizathoughts and prayers those who are still aching from their losses, and
tional needs that we need to fill as soon as possible to keep the outfit
who are still in need, following the disasters near Oso in the Methow,
humming along. We need a new Public Lands
and near Leavenworth.
Chair, an Education Chair, and a Governance
I was really impressed by the amount
As of the 10th of
and By-Laws Chair. We also need a Chair, or
of work reported via the Chapter Volunteer
more ideally, two Co-Chairs, for the 2016 RenHours Coordinators at the recent Board of
September, we had
dezvous. Many members believe that to serve
Directors’ meeting in Ellensburg. As of the
10th of September, we had volunteered nearly volunteered nearly 44,000 on a BCHW Committee or Chair a Committee
they must be a Chapter Director. That is not the
44,000 hours in support of our mission to keep
hours in support of our
case: any member in good standing can serve!
trails open on public lands. Additionally, we
drove just over 220,000 miles to do that work, mission to keep trails open Your Director can brief you about the duties
and responsibilities of the vacant positions, or
and we used our saddle and pack stock for
on public lands.
you can contact me directly. I sincerely hope
1,744 days. The total value of the work we’ve
that each of you will consider these opportunidone for the various land management agenties to serve the only organization in the State
cies around the State so far is $1,586,565.20;
actively pursuing the longstanding right of equestrians to ride and
can you believe that? Wow! Take a second and pat yourselves on the
back. Stay tuned for a final report around the end of the year.
utilize trails on public lands.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to the BCHW
A quick final reminder: our BCHW raffle calendars make great
Public Lands Day meeting in Ellensburg on December 5th. We will
Christmas presents. Lucky buyers or recipients stand to win $300
be meeting at the recently-renovated Armory building on the Kittitas
each month and the grand prize of $3,000 in December. Please see
Valley Events Center grounds. We have invited all of the U.S. Foryour Chapter Director to purchase one for your partner, or a dozen for
est Service District Rangers and their trail staff personnel, as well as
all of your friends and relatives.
the Washington Department of Natural Resources Regional and Area
Stay warm and dry as winter deepens. May your holidays be
Managers, to attend this year. We have also invited other agency trail
festive and joyous. I look forward to seeing you at Rendezvous in
staffers as well. If you would like a “special invite” sent to an agency
March, or out on the trails a little later in the spring.
BCHW Mission Statement
BCHW is affiliated with Back Country Horsemen of America (hereinafter “BCHA”) and therefore adopts the BCHA mission statement as follows: The mission 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 insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
• To assist the various governmental and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
• To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general
public commensurate with our heritage.
• To foster and encourage the formation of new chapters in the state organization.
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2015 Rendezvous
November/December 2014
It’s Coming Before We Know It!
By Lori Lennox and Jason Ridlons, 2015 Rendezvous Chairs
S
ave the date: March 20 – 22, 2015, again on the 3rd weekend of the month. This is our big, annual, state-wide, statesupported, educational and social fundraising BCHW event.
Our theme is “Partners for Progress.” We will be recognizing
the work we do with other user and stock groups, all of whom are
working together to help keep trails open. Some of those groups
will be putting on classes, clinics, or seminars for us at Rendezvous.
Faced with huge budget cuts to our public land agencies, various groups who love and need trails have found that by working
together on projects, not only do more miles of trails get opened
and maintained, but trail skills, ideas, and tips are shared. We also
have more clout when it comes to acquiring grants and dealing with
legislators and land managers. Best yet, new friendships are made!
We also want to recognize and offer activities to the diverse
members within our own organization. We have occasional riders,
day riders, horse camp users and those who pack into the back
country for a week at a time. Many of us consider ourselves all of
those as the riding season progresses! All are very necessary and
vital to BCHW in order to keep our presence known in Olympia,
DC, and with the land agencies.
So far for Rendezvous 2015 we have planned talks, clinics, seminars from Barb Apple, Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole,
Trailhead Supply’s Andy Breland, Scott Montgomery, WOGA
member and owner of Three Peaks Outfitters, and David Roe
from the Pacific Crest Trails Association. Due to popular demand, “The Good ‘Ol Boys,” Stan and Paul, will be back to entertain us again on Saturday night after another great meal prepared
by Cascade Mountain Grilling. And the popular young Ellensburg entertainer from last year, Miss Tearney Ford, will also be
returning. We have a couple more things in the works too, more
info coming in the next couple of months. We will be posting the
most up-to-date information on our website, www.bchw.org, on
the Yahoo Group, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BCHW/
info, and to the BCHW Facebook pages, https://www.facebook.
com/BCHW.org & https://www.facebook.com/public.bchw.
MANY thanks to all the individuals and chapters who have
already stepped up to make this event happen! It would not happen without you. Some more help is, of course, appreciated, either by physically filling a small job, or by financially contributing to the event’s expenses. If you have any vendors you would
like to see, please share our contact informaiton with them ASAP
– we already have several signed up, and we even had to turn
some away last year!
Lori, [email protected] & Jason, [email protected]
JUST THREE of the REASONS to ATTEND
RENDEZVOUS ‘15!
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oin Barb Apple at the “ Rendezvous Trail Course Clinic.” Barb’s forte’
is helping riders improve confidence,
trust and partnership with their horse.
This course is for the beginner or seasoned rider, whether for casual trail riding
or Competitive Trail Horse Trials.
Hone your skills in a safe environment
while navigating obstacles that will include
tarps, ground polls, overhangs, bridges,
water obstacles and other de-spooking
challenges. “Riding from the Ground UP”
will be the format used. We will begin by
building confidence on the ground in the
morning, then apply this same understanding to riding the course in the afternoon.
We would love to have
YOU…Come join the FUN!!
Contact Barb to for more information,
prices and to sign up for this course. There
are limited riding openings so hurry and
get signed up! (360) 832-3616 & horse4
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[email protected] See website
for more information about what she offers
riders: www.barbapple.com. No charge to
watch for Rendezvous spectators.
Robert Eversole will be back to
Rendezvous again thanks to popular demand, the “TrailMeister” will be holding several talks, helping us learn how to
Stay Found on the trails using maps and
compasses. Plus he will be sharing his
techniques tips on how to pack in to camp
without a pack animal. Robert is the owner of www.TrailMeister.com, the largest
database of horse riding and camping areas in the U.S. with free trail and trailhead
information, trail maps, and much more to
help horse enthusiasts experience the joys
of trail riding.
Andy Breland,
owner of Trailhead Supply, and Chuck Allen, his
long-time packing partner,
They’re baaaack!
will be back at Rondy 2015, entertaining us as they teach us from their lessons
learned on the trail. Last summer Andy
and Chuck packed over a 1,000 miles
and slept 85 nights on the ground while
packing around NW Montana throughout
both the Bob Marshall and Cabinet Wildernesses. Come sit in and let them help
you learn how to build a pack string, balance those loads you never thought you
would be packing, and dealing with the
unknown problems that just happen. Remember, we are Back Country Horsemen
so it’s OK to spend a night away from the
LQ trailer. Also, this year they will again
be hosting the very popular all-woman’s
pack clinic. Ladies - you know you want
to try this, let us help you!
BCHW Store
November/December 2014
BCHW Store Order Form
NEW ITEM! FULL ZIP HOODY WITH BCHW LOGO EMBROIDERED ON LEFT CHEST - $35
Light Pink, Hot Pink, Royal Blue, Black & Maroon Email for size availability
Purchasing BCHW items supports and publicizes YOUR organization!
Gift Certificates Available
See the BCHW website at www.bchw.org for photos, additional items and specials
Want to save on shipping and handling?
Order and pay for your merchandise & it will be given to your chapter director at the Board pf Director's meeting - your director can bring you order to a chapter meeting
for you. Simply indicate that you want your items given to your director on your order form.
Send Order to:
Lori Lennox ♦ PO Box 194 ♦ Satsop, WA 98583 ♦ (360) 482-2742 ♦ [email protected]
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License Plate Brackets
$15
Brass Lapel or Hat Pin
(Made in USA)
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______ qty
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BCHW Awards
November/December 2014
Reminder to Nominate Those Deserving
Volunteers with a Prestigious BCHW Award!
By Deb Wesselius, Chair [email protected], BCHW Awards Committee
I
t’s not too early to nominate that special volunteer for one of the
following prestigious BCHW Awards. Don’t let those deserving members go without a nomination from your chapter. Let’s
not forget those volunteers who deserve recognition for all their
hard work and dedication to the organization. Nominations may
be from either a chapter or BCHW member. Nomination forms
and the most current list of all known award program recipients are
posted at www.bchw.org. Award categories are only given out once
to a volunteer. Nominees must be a BCHW member.
BCHW Awards Categories
Lifetime Achievement This award is for
the BCHW member or couple who has shown a lifetime of dedication to BCHW by actively pursuing
and promoting the organization and the BCHW Mission Statement in a variety of ways. This award is recognition, not a contest.
Lifetime = 2
member who had demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to their chapter or to BCHW by
participation and promotion of what the BCHW Mission Statement stands for. This is kind of an all-around
award, with the nominee being active in several different
aspects of the many things that make up BCHW.
Lopper = 3, maximum 4
Camp Cook This award is for the BCHW member who
willingly keeps the campfires burning and the kettles hot and full
of delicious food to share with others. Whether it is at meetings,
work parties or social functions, they are in the kitchen making
sure all are well fed.
Camp Cook = 1
Trail Warrior This person may not make all the chapter
functions or even own a computer, but they are out rain or shine,
day in and day out, working on the trails.
Trail Warrior = 3, maximum 4
Desk Jockey This person is one of the behind-the-scenes
people, always at a computer or running from meeting to meeting.
They keep the wheels of our organization turning.
Desk Jockey = 2, maximum 3
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Backbone This award is to recognize that special member
Your
Name
Here
Lopper Award This award is for the BCHW
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Junior BCHW Our future! Who stands out in your chapter?
This person would participate in chapter events such as work parties, fund raisers, LNT/education, training or BCHW promotion
such as parades.
Junior BCH = 1, maximum 2
who is always there when needed, ready and willing to do
some special job that no one else can or will, sometimes at
the last minute. This is a member who is very important
in keeping the chapter, organization or event operating
smoothly.
Backbone = 2, maximum 3
Cinch Award This award was created to recognize those hard-working BCHW members who have
consistently and competently carried out jobs at the state
level, year after year. Recipients shall be Volunteer Committee Chairmen, Volunteer Committee member, or an
UNELECTED state officer - they keep the wheels of this
great organization running smoothly. They may or may
not be very visible - they may be quietly working in the
background, reliably doing their jobs. They may or may
not be active or hold an office in a chapter or even be
a chapter member, but they are invaluable at the state
level.
Cinch Award = 1, maximum 2
President’s Diamond Award The President’s Dia-
mond Award is decided autonomously from the BCHW Awards
Program. The BCHW President awards a person or persons “In recognition of outstanding dedication, passion and commitment to the
BCHW mission.” President’s Diamond Award = 1, maximum 2
Keep in mind that photos, news clippings, and letters of recommendations from BCHW members and land managers will
help the judging team learn about your nominee. Start collecting
documentation from chapter projects, work parties, fundraising
events, education training, and other BCHW programs.
Sponsorships These are extremely important for the suc-
cess of your BCHW Award Program. Last year nine different
BCHW chapters and two businesses sponsored BCHW awards.
These sponsorships partnered with the BCHW award budget
allowed for seventeen different volunteers to be recognized.
BCHW chapters please continue to support the BCHW Award
Program by sponsoring one of the award categories. Also, remember that with our 501(c3) businesses could have tax advantages for award donations.
BCHW Awards
November/December 2014
Back Country Horsemen of Washington
Award Nomination Form
(one form per nominee)
Category :
Lifetime Achievement _____
Lopper Award _____
Camp Cook
_____
Trail Warrior _____
Desk Jockey
_____
Junior BCHW _____
Backbone Award _____
Nominees Name ___________________________________________________
Chapter(s) _______________________________________________________
!
Submitted by _____________________________________________________
Chapter(s) _______________________________________________________
!
Please clip out and mail
Phone __________________________ Email ____________________________
Please keep in mind that your presentation will be all the award judges have to see to
do their evaluation; they will probably not know the nominee personally.
Information to include in your nomination presentation:
In 25 words or less, please give an opening statement telling why this person is deserving
of special, statewide recognition for this specific award. And then separately and on as
many pages as you need, please create a presentation detailing WHY this person should
receive this award:
Chapters this person has belonged to and for how long
Positions or job titles this person has held
An estimate of his or her of volunteer hours (Chapter VHC’s can help with this)
Awards this person has won
Trails or camps this person has worked on
A little family history
Include anything which will make your nominee stand out - letters of recommendation from
land managers, news clippings, photos, etc.
Your presentation will be given to the recipient at the awards
ceremony.
Mail nomination forms with your presentation via USPO to:
Deb Wesselius
1608 Big Hanaford Rd.
Centralia, WA 98531
Questions: [email protected] or 360-736-6106
Must be received before Feb 15 th, 2015. Awards to be given out at BCHW
General Meeting in March.
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TrailMeister
November/December 2014
BCHW in Action
By Robert Eversole “The TrailMeister”
S
aturday, September 27, 2014, marked the Grand Opening
of the new equestrian area at Riverside State Park in Spokane, Washington. I’m proud to say that the Back Country Horsemen of Washington were well represented in this large
event that brought in horse folk from around the region, indeed
even from out of state!
“Yeah,”,you say, “BCHW puts on a lot of activities. What’s
so special about this one?”
Well to start, the grand opening wasn’t a BCHW event at
all. The Riverside State Park Foundation was the organizer and
invited many other equestrian groups besides BCHW. Mounted
drill teams, 4-H chapters, dressage clubs, Mounted Sheriff’s Patrol, cowboy poets, competitive mounted orienteering groups,
veterinary clinics, therapy centers, mounted shooting, and even
jousting clubs were there to celebrate the newly opened equestrian arena and everything the park has to offer horse riders.
Even though the Inland Empire Chapter (IEBCH) was just
one of many equestrian groups that had representatives mancontinued on page 9
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT EVERSOLE
Arie Tobler tells horse folk about BCHW.
2014 BCHW All adult members need to sign the form. Chapter Members: contact your Chapter for an application.
Membership Application Independent Members mail to: BCHW ATTN: Membership, 110 W. 6th Ave., PMB 393, Ellensburg, WA 98926
!
I would like to help preserve the Horsemen’s rights to use horses on public lands.
Adult Names (please print)______________________________________________________________________________________
Children Names (please print) ___________________________________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________City _____________________State _____Zip ________________
Phone (______ )______________ Cell (_______ )_______________Email_________________________________________________
Occupation ___________________________________________
Do you want to be a Volunteer? o Yes o No What would you like to volunteer for?______________________________________
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Please clip out and mail
o New Member o Renewal/Past Member Mmbr #:__________County__________________________Legislative District _______
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State membership for 2014 calendar year
Family Membership $ 54_________
Single Membership $ 41_________
Additional State Donation $ _________
Optional Memberships
(Includes Family or Single Membership)
Contributing Member $ 75_________
Sustaining Member $ 125________
Patron Member $ 250________
Benefactor Member $ 500________
Lifetime (Single) Member$1,200_______
TOTAL ENCLOSED $ _________
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Liability Release & Notices
All ADULT members MUST sign! Adult’s signature covers minor children. Recognizing the fact that there is a potential for an accident wherever horse use is involved,
which can cause injuries to horses, riders, and spectators, and also recognizing the fact
that Back Country Horsemen of Washington, including chapters, officers, directors,
or members cannot always know the condition of trails or the experience of riders or
horses taking part in Trail Rides or other BCHW functions, I do hereby release the
above named from any claim or right for damages, which might occur to me, my minor
children or horses.
Signed______________________________________ Dated______________
Signed______________________________________ Dated______________
Signed______________________________________ Dated______________
Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) is a public charity as defined in Internal
Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Accordingly, membership dues paid to BCHW may be
treated as deductions characterized as “charitable contributions” when computing federal
and state income tax obligations.
TrailMeister
November/December 2014
BCHW In Action
continued from page 8
ning booths for the many hundreds of spectators that came
through during the day, the BCHW setup was the largest by far
with multiple areas where visitors could learn all about what
BCHW does to help them stay on the trails.
IEBCH members were on-deck in a wide variety of capacities like Vern Hopkins and Ken Elliot showing people how BCH
packs in equipment ranging from hand tools to bridge decking.
Talk about blending science and art; these guys made hard work
look easy and drew a steady crowd throughout the day.
Inland Empire chapter President Don Dyer was the highline guy and regaled the crowd with tall tales as he demonstrated how to set up a safe highline for the many visitors with
an interest in learning how to camp with their horses.
Ken Carmichael, chapter Director and head socializer,
mingled with the press and local dignitaries keeping them in
the loop with information about BCH.
Nolan Tobler attracted a steady flow of the curious with his
expert discussions on hoof care and a slightly morbid display
featuring a cut away horse hoof.
The TrailMeister was on-hand and I had a wonderful time
helping riders learn how to Stay Found on the trails.
Of course, it wouldn’t be BCHW without food, and no one
went hungry. Talk about a spaghetti feed of epic proportions! I
don’t know how Doug Bailey and his crew of able chefs did it,
but I think every one there had a heaping plate of goodness that
was the talk of the show – I heard more bravos for the food than
I did about the jousting!
The most important person of the day was Ari Tobler who
was tireless as she handed out BCHW pamphlets, literature, and
member sign up forms. The rest of us did what we could to get
people interested in the many facets of BCHW, but Arie was
the one who let them know how they could become BCHW
members and join us in the fun! I have a sneaking suspicion
that we’ll need to set up more tables and chairs at our next
membership meeting.
Although the Inland Empire had the largest number of
members in attendance, we weren’t the only Back Country
Horsemen there, and that was, in many respects, the most illuminating for me. I had never before really thought about how
much cross pollinating BHC does with other equine organizations.
In between talking with droves of riders, and occasionally
trying to sneak a bite of that glorious spaghetti, I saw that many
of the people manning the other booths were also BCH members from other chapters and even other BCH state organizations. Several members of the Sheriff Community Oriented
Policing Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) Mounted Patrol are BCH members, as were several from the mule club, and other groups.
Well there you have it. BCH can have a huge impact by
just attending an event and letting people know what it is that
we do. The Inland Empire BCHW crew made a big dent in letting lots of Washington and Idaho horse folk learn more about
the best kept secret in the equine world.
As always, to learn more about Riverside State Park,
or the hundreds of other horse riding and camping areas in
Washington, visit www.trailmeister.com the official trail directory of BCHW.
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Halloween Fun Ride
November/December 2014
Wine and Halloween Ride to Benefit BCHW
By Trygve Culp, BCHW President
W
hat an event - I have seen, and
participated in, some awesome
events over my lifetime, but
the 2014 BCHW Wine Ride at Zillah has
to be up near the top, easily. I’d like to take
this opportunity to thank all of the Chapters
whose volunteers stepped up for BCHW and
made this year’s event absolutely stupendous. A huge thanks goes out to Deb Wesselius, Dave Jackson and Danny Chappel for
hugely herding the effort to success. Deb did
a fantastic job recruiting volunteers and getting all of us organized and in the right spots
at the right time. Dave and Danny were the
“lightening rods” leading the charge and
keeping things running smoothly. Thanks
and recognition for the efforts of Heather
Moorman, our trail manager, and Llorene
Bezanson, our winery liason and coordunator. Their individual contributions form the
very foundation this event is built on. Both
have my continued and undying gratitude
and respect.
I’d also like to thank Peg Greiwe for her
excellent handling of this immense registration effort; handling over 500 pre-registrations, followed by 100 - 200 additional walkin registrations on the event weekend. A very
special thanks to all of you Directors who
volunteered too. I was approached by two of
the winery owners who both told me that our
Wine Ride is the biggest event they have all
year. One fellow confided that our ride was
his best day for wine sales of the year. I’m
not sure what that says about equestrians, but
it tells me that we make an impact for those
businesses. Of course that works both ways the better for them, the better for us. For those
of you who were not able to attend, please
consider attending in 2015. Speaking of next
year, as your Chapters are putting together
their activities schedules for 2015, please include the BCHW Wine Ride - it will be on
October 24, 2015.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JIM THODE
List of the 2014
participating
wineries:
Severino -Host Winery
Dineen
Tanjuli
Paradisos del Sol
Maison de Padgett
Bonair
Knight Hill
Hyatt
Silver Lake
Two Mountain
Wine Glass
Reflections
Agate Field
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November/December 2014
Halloween Fun Ride
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JIM THODE
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Horsemen Ride Up and Over
Maple Mountain
By Lu Young, Publicity Ferry County Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Washington
O
ur Maple Mountain Trail is unique; the start of the
trail is in the Colville Forest off of Sheridan Road.
Since there is no real trailhead, we park along the
Forest Service Road 2086. The start of this trail is in the
Colville Forest in Ferry County and climbs for two miles up
toward Maple Mountain and crosses into the Okanogan Forest
and Okanogan County.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LU YOUNG
In 2010, with cooperation from the Forest Service, we started looking into improving this forgotten trail. Maple Mountain
trail was of interest because it involved both the Okanogan and
Colville Forests. Since it unites both forests and both counties, it also unites both chapters of Back Country Horsemen.
Ferry County Chapter members invited the Okanogan Valley
chapter members to help improve and maintain this trail, as
well as some days to repair the bridge over Granite Creek.
Both Okanogan Valley and Ferry County members with Job
Corps, as well as the Forest Service, restored the bridge over
Granite Creek. Just last summer the lower part of this trail as
it descends into Sweat Creek has been improved by the crew
from Pacific Northwest Trails Association. We now have some
natural switchbacks on this trail, which make the decent much
easier on horses and hikers.
Because Back Country Horsemen of Washington is an advocate for improving trails for horses in Washington, it was suggested by Trygve Culp we invite our county commissioners and
Forest Service Rangers to ride this trail. Ferry County Commis-
continued on page 13
PHOTO COURTESY OF LU YOUNG
Ferry County Commissioner Brad Miller and Bart.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LU YOUNG
Maple Mountain lookout.
Tinelle Bustam mounted on Crystal at the ride.
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Up and Over Maple Mountain
continued from page 12
sioner Brad Miller and Colville Forest District Ranger, Tinelle
Bustam arrived on-time and ready to ride. Okanogan County
Commissioner Jim Detro attended the pre-ride discussion, but
was unable to ride due to prior commitments. Nine members of
the Back Country Horsemen mounted up and accompanied our
VIP’s on the ride over Maple Mountain on Saturday, September
6, 2014.
Our officials saw the need for a parking area at the Maple Mountain/Granite Creek Trailhead as well as places on the
trail that need relocation for safety reasons in Okanogan Forest. When we crossed the new bridge over Granite Creek it
was pointed out that this bridge and the reconstruction of the
trail were completed with virtually no, or low-cost, to the Forest
Service and all work done by volunteers.
At the end of our ride, members treated our VIP’s to a steak
dinner at the Sweat Creek Camp area. This was a fine way to
display the work done by Back Country Horsemen and volunteers as well as a time to show what we at Back Country Horsemen of Washington can accomplish as volunteers.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LU YOUNG
Brad Miller and Tinelle Bustam discussing the ride.
BCHW-Volunteer Hours Report
By Peggy Swanberg & Deb Wesselius, BCHW Volunteer Hours Co-Chair
N
ow that the 2014 Volunteer hours reporting year has
ended (9/30/14) a little recap is in order.
The early checkpoints
throughout the year were a huge
benefit for the chapter, regional
and state volunteer hour coordinators. We were able to identify those
areas where there is a need for better instruction, and as we moved
forward through the year, we saw
fewer and fewer reporting errors.
Some chapters are still struggling with embracing the importance of reporting their volunteer
hours. But if you were not aware,
the IRS has an interest in what we
report and soon Teri Starke will be
contacting your chapter treasurer, and/or volunteer hours coordinator, for detailed work hours for BCHW officers, directors
and chapter officers. If those individuals were diligent in reporting their work, this should not be a problem.
As we finish up reporting this year, we would like to remind
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everyone of upcoming deadlines. Your chapter Volunteer Hours
Coordinator must turn in a corrected/correct report to their regional by November 10, 2014.
Any errors remaining on the report
by November 10, 2014 will be deleted and not included in the 2014
report. On November 10, 2014, the
regional coordinator will submit
these reports to the state coordinators. On November 30, 2014, the
final 2014 BCHW volunteer hours
report will be created in time for
the December 6th board of directors’ meeting.
You can do your part by
making sure you have turned in all
of your hours from October 1, 2013
through September 30, 2014. If everybody does his or her part
in a timely manner, this responsibility becomes much less onerous.
Thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this a very
successful year.
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LNT
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Educ.
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Equines
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Travel
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Stock
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Stock
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M - Bureau of Land Mgmnt
T - Private or Timber,
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
The Good the Bad and the Sad
Nisqually Chapter Camp Over at Mt. Adams Horse Camp
By Leah Smith
B
etween members and guests, we had a nice turnout for
the Nisqually chapter camping trip at Mt. Adams Horse
Camp! As most people know, I do a great deal of camping, but this trip was one of the most unusual weekends that I
can recall. It’s history now, but I will long remember this trip
with good, bad, and sad memories.
Thursday, August 21: Gene
and I arrived with our guests, PHOTO COURTESY OF LEAH SMITH
Eric and Shelly. It was warm
and we were fortunate to get
shady camp sites. Later, Julie,
Terry and Karen arrived. They
opted to set up camp in a shady,
non-designated area, a short
distance from the main campground.
Friday August 22: We
woke to a beautiful morning!
It wasn’t long before I viewed
three trucks, driven by three
disgruntled women, returning
to the main campground. Apparently there was going to be
a wedding on Saturday. There
was no signage, but the area
had been reserved. Julie, Terry and Karen had inadvertently
set up camp where an elaborate, 300 guest wedding was to take
place the following day, and thus, had to pull up their camp
and move! Others who arrived were Frank, Sandra and their
daughter who initiated their new camper for its maiden voyage! How exciting for them! Laura, Mike and Kristine arrived
and quickly got settled in.
Gene, Eric, Shelly and I mounted up and enjoyed a delightfully relaxing loop ride that took us to the “Big Tree.” We had
lunch at the picnic table, visited and soaking in the tranquility
of the afternoon. We noticed dark and menacing clouds were
moving in. By the time we returned to camp, thunder could be
heard in the distance. We unsaddled quickly, got our horses
blanketed and hurriedly placed items under cover just before
the rain started! The wind picked up and we experienced a
deluge of rain as a storm raged through! A couple hours later,
the storm had passed and people emerge from their trailers,
built fires and enjoyed the warm evening. The skies cleared to
a spectacle of stars that were magnificent!
Saturday, August 23: We woke to another glorious morning! People were bustling around, feeding horses, fixing breakfast and preparing for a day of riding. We began to see cars and
trucks, loaded with equipment and tables, driving down the
gravel road to the wedding site.
Gene and I rode the loop that took us to the Wicky Shelter.
When we got there, hikers had set up tents in the protective
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building against the prior day’s storm. But some of the inhabitants’ were like none I’ve ever encountered as we discovered
a unique surprise! The occupants of two tents were chickens
and ducks!! Yes, you read that correctly!! Lots of folks take
camp dogs and, on occasion, I’ve even seen a camp cat. But
camp chickens and ducks?! This was a first! The ducks and
chickens appeared to be quite
happy in their fabric accommodations and unconcerned with
the perplexed expressions of
on-lookers. Soon, Laura, Mike
and Kristine rode in and later
we were joined by Terry, Julie
and Karen. Everyone visited
and took advantage of a restful
break.
As Gene and I finished
our ride, once again threatening clouds gathered, blocking the sun and shrouding Mt.
Adams while thunder rumbled
overhead. As we approached
camp, in the distant meadow,
we could see white chairs and
vases filled with flowers on
round tables. The wedding preparations were nearing completion. I couldn’t help but wonder what the bride and groom were
thinking as their outdoor wedding plans were in jeopardy of
becoming a wash out!
We managed to get the horses settled on the highline before the rain hit. The storm was short in duration and over
quickly. Everyone gathered around a crackling fire where we
shared stories and few laughs. It was a beautiful, “stay-out-allnight” kind of evening, which we should have done, as getting to sleep early wasn’t in the cards! Every BOOM BOOM
BOOM of deep bass from the wedding party music, along with
exuberating whoops and hollers that accentuated all the fun,
and adult, beverages they must have been consuming, made it
“challenging” to drift off to sleep!
Sunday, August 24: Lacking a full night’s sleep, I groggily fumbled for my morning coffee. Packing, and getting in a
short ride before driving home, was the goal of most campers
that sunny morning. Eric, Shelly, Gene and I were staying until
Monday so Eric, Shelly and I took a leisurely loop ride. We had
a perfectly wonderful time! Except for our two rigs, the camp
was empty when we returned
Clouds built and thunder moved closer, signaling another
afternoon squall was about to descend. Horses blanketed and
fed, we got into our cozy trailer before the first drops fell.
There is something exceptionally peaceful about being in an
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November/December 2014
Out on the Trails
The Good The Bad and the Sad
continued from page 14
empty campground, the baritone roll of thunder rumbling in the
heavens, sounding like a bowling game in the sky. Gene rested PHOTO COURTESY OF LEAH SMITH
on the bed as I felt satisfied and
content gazing out the window.
I watched the rain, listened to
cracks of thunder and munched
on some wheat thins for a light
snack, while I began to type this
article for the newsletter. Then
abruptly, the tranquility ended.
Eric and Shelly rushed over to
ask for assistance as Eric’s gelding, Promo, was in great distress!
A quick assessment and it was
obvious we needed help! After
numerous phone calls, we finally
located a vet that was on call and
able to come out. Gene and I drove
to the “Y” intersection at Trout Lake to guide the doctor to the
campground while Shelly and Eric stayed back to try and keep
their horse up and moving. I wish I could share a happy ending
to this story, but sadly, due to severe colic and other complications, their beloved boy, Promo, had to be put down later that
night. The camp was painfully quiet, but for mournful cries
from their other horse calling
out, hoping for a reply from
its lost stable mate. With
heavy hearts, I don’t think
any of us got much sleep.
If I were to attach a moral
to this tragedy, it would be:
Whether you are trail riding,
camping or just cleaning the
barn, never pass up a chance
to give your horse a pet of
affection because you never
know when those special
moments will unexpectedly
come to a shattering halt!
I’ve experienced many interesting events while camping. But camp chickens and
ducks, a mountain prairie
wedding, and the devastating loss of a friends’ beautiful equine
companion, are occurrences that will brand the memory of this
trip, into my mind forever.
Why Volunteer Hours Are Important
V
olunteerism is one of the most important activities that BCHW can
use to support our effort and mission of perpetuating enjoyable and common sense stock use in the back country.
Volunteering helps keep trails open
for all types of users. It shows us as a
good neighbor with the community,
youth, and other user groups by ensuring
that public lands remain open to recreational use.
Volunteering is our clout. Legislators and land managers know that our
volunteer hours are an asset.
Volunteering gives credibility to
BCHW during discussions with land
managers. Volunteers perform work that
would not otherwise get done when government funding is cut.
Volunteering and recording those
volunteer hours gives BCHW Chapters
an opportunity to participate in grant
programs that can augment government
funding cuts.
Volunteering has a positive effect
when talking with land managers. It
shows that as a user group we take responsibility for keeping our public lands
in good condition for future generations.
Volunteering helps overcome negative opinions about sharing trails and
enhances our image as stock riders on
trails.
Volunteering gives a sense of pride,
brings a positive attitude to the chapter,
and promotes teamwork by planning,
building, and maintaining trails and trailheads.
Volunteering spreads the LEAVE
NO TRACE message by educating others and ourselves about the wise use of
the back country resources.
Without volunteers, trail workers
and staff people alike, our organization
wouldn’t be what it is now.
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Invasive Plants on Kendall Peak Trail
By Teri Letcher
T
ahoma Chapter BCHW members Ed Letcher and Al Norrbom recently volunteered to assist The United States Forest Service (USFS) with their weed control program. Helen
Lau, district botanist for the Cle Elum Ranger District, requested
BCHW help with the USFS program to control invasive weeds
on Forest Service Land and has recently focused on a certain species known as Orange Hawkweed. It is particularly invasive and
non-native to the Northwest and is being found, in this case, near
Snoqualmie Pass area. It seems to spread along the side of trails
or road sides where sun and soil conditions are acceptable to get
started. The Orange Hawkweed then spreads, choking out other
native plants. Joe Massoni, with the USFS, has been working
tirelessly during the mid-summer
months to control this invasive
weed from spreading further. Joe
is normally equipped with a pickup truck carrying a sprayer and
enough supplies to keep him busy
each day.
On two hot July days this
summer, BCHW was able to help
out in an area that would be difficult to access without the help of
livestock as the area is not open to
vehicles. Tahoma BCHW members, Ed Letcher and Al Norrbom,
contributed a total of 32 hours and
brought in a pack stock-mounted
sprayer with four pressure tanks,
holding 5 gallons each of the herbicide. There was a fifth tank,
containing CO2, mounted on the pack frame used to pressurize
the herbicide tank sprayer (BCHW owns three such sprayers, strategically positioned around the state). An additional pack animal,
led by Al, carried 12 gallons of
water that was used to mix more
herbicide as needed. This allowed Joe, a licensed applicator,
with the USFS, to mix onsite,
access and apply the herbicide,
known as Crpyralid. The application was over a 3.5 mile area
on a decommissioned road, now
trail, the old Kendall Peak Road
that leads into trail 1344. The
herbicide used to eliminate the
invasive, Orange Hawkweed, is
not harmful to wildlife or humans when applied correctly. This is
another example of BCHW partnering with USFS to keep trails
open and usable for livestock and other users.
FREE Listing on BCHW Chapter Events Calendar
Be sure to:
• Check with the ride host on whether or not
• Contact the ride host to check for updates on the event.
weed-seed-free feed is required.
• Check to see if dogs are welcome.
Note: The BCHW Trailhead News represents as many events as possible, however, makes no guarantees an event will be published.
BCHW, USFS & State Land
BCHW Public Lands Meeting
December 5, 2014
Kittitas Valley Event Center
Ellensburg, WA
Darrell Wallace • (360) 918-3016
[email protected]
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4th Quarter Board of Directors’ Meeting
December 6, 2014
Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA
Time: 9am
Darrel Wallace • (360) 918-3016
[email protected]
BCHW Leave No Trace Basic Skills Class
April 11 & 12, 2015
USFS - Cowlitz Valley Ranger Dist, Randle, WA
Doc Wesselius • (360) 736-6106
[email protected]
Annual Winery and Halloween
Costume Prize Ride to Benefit BCHW
Oct 24, 2015
Zillah, Yakima County
Darrell Wallace • (360) 918-3016
[email protected]
www.bchw.org
Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Why Be a BCHW Member?
By Jason Ridlons
H
ere in Central Washington snow in the high country always keeps us at bay from entering the Wilderness areas.
So instead we spend time with friends and family riding the wildlife areas like Wenas, LT Murray and Naneum State
Forest. As we ride these
areas and I sit atop my
mule, I stare across
the landscape listening to others share the
rich history of BCHW
members camping and
riding these areas. I
think of all the meetings, phone calls, and
emails that a handful
of dedicated members
have participated in so
the voice of the stock
user would be heard,
and now after five or
so years of being really involved, I understand that is why we are enjoying that land today. It makes
me truly appreciate how important our members’ volunteer
work actually is.
As a co-organizer for the annual BCHW Rendezvous in
March, I wander around making sure everyone has what they
need to provide a Rendezvous that our members what to attend.
I recognize faces that I see at the many land meetings I attend.
These faces represent other trail users, non-profits, Forest Service, and state land mangers, so I see this as a golden opportunity
to network with other users, other chapters, and to simply put a
face with a name.
What did BCHW do for the trails in Kittitas County? Starting in June BCHW partnered with Mountain To Sound Green
Ways and Three Peaks Outfitters to spend three days on Cone
Mountian on the Waptus Lake Trail. We removed large rocks, installed water bars, and covered large sections of slab granite rock
to provide a safer stock-friendly section of trail. In July, BCHW
hosted a state-wide work party at Haney Meadows to logout firedamaged trails and perform trail-preserving tread work, along
with reinstalling trail signs at crossings, which were all missing
due to the 2012 fires.
Also in July, BCHW purchased supplies with RTP Grant
12-1718M and packed in 48 planks, partnering with a local Eagle Scott group to construct a bridge on the Hoyt mining trail.
Finally, in August, BCHW partnered with Mountain To Sound
Greenways to clear and do tread work on the Dutch Miller Gap
Trail deep in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This summarizes
what BCHW did throughout Central Washington while partnering with hoofs and boots on the ground.
As I review all the dedicated and hard work the BCHW
membership has volunteered just this past summer, I wonder
why membership is steadily dropping?
I see other stock users using the trail
systems and public lands we have repaired and maintained, and realize how
the hard work and commitment of only
a few can benefit so many. Imagine if
we turned a few, to many! How much
more could be accomplished?! How
many more abandoned trails could we
re-open? How many more generations
could enjoy our forests?
So what does a BCHW member look
like? For me in Kittitas County, a BCHW
member looks like an Independent member that has partnered with other independents, BCHW chapters, and other
user groups from around the state to help
protect our rights and ability to ride our
stock on public lands. Whatever it is, being a member is beneficial to both you and our public lands. So I leave with this question: Why aren’t you or a friend a member?! By one member’s
calculation, if every member recruited one member, BCHW
could be 5,000 strong. I encourage you to invite a friend to a
chapter meeting and start recruiting more members interested
in furthering BCHW’s mission to keep trails open for all users,
educating horse users in Leave-No-Trace practices, and providing volunteer service to resource agencies.
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
White Pass Horsecamp
September 13-14, 2014
By Robin Granger, Wenas Chapter
I
t has been several years since I have camped and ridden at
White Pass Horsecamp. We had eight members who showed
up Friday night and two on Saturday morning. We broke
into three groups and headed out. Our lunch destination was to
be Hill Lake. We ran into several groups of hikers on the trail
… and yes… a few bees too. Passing Pillar Lake on our way
and riding into Hill Lake for lunch was beautiful, and we were
able to visit Linda’s memorial while we had lunch. We made
a loop ride back to camp from our starting point on the Dark
Meadows trail and returning along the PCT. It is a beautiful
area to ride with the trails winding in and out with many different lakes and meadows.
On Sunday, Jacque Sansaver, Colleen and Mark rode into
Shoe Lake, and Shari Tayar and I decided to ride the Twin
Peaks trail to Round Mountain Lookout. Jody had warned us
that there were a few spots that might be a little dicey and he
was right. A little mountain goat riding, but the views were
amazing. We made it to the site of the old fire lookout and
could see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Clear Lake, and the Goat
Rocks; a great Sunday ride. I hope the Chapter will consider
putting this on the ride schedule again next year.
Lunch spot above the Falls, Jacque, Colleen, Mark, Shari
Jacque and Shari
Shari Tayar atop Round Mountain Lookout
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Members Affected by the Fire
Julie Johnson Recounts:
S
he watched the approaching fire from her horse pasture a
mile south of the Carlton/Libby Creek area. Her home was
saved three different times as the flames approached, were
stopped, and then kept returning to threaten her property.
Horses paced as they awaited further evacuation after being
relocated to Julie’s place. “We had 10 horses to evacuate in about
10 minutes! We had evacuated all of Stoothoff’s horses to my
house that morning then the fire jumped the river at my house!!”
From Margi Allen and Keith Zielke:
T
hinking the fire was to the south of us and headed for Brewster,
we were not too worried. Just in case, we had moved the mules
to a friend’s place on the Bridgeport bar about 9 pm. We had
taken the living quarter horse trailer over to another friend’s place
on the bar earlier.
By approximately 11:00 pm, unbeknownst to us, the fire had
jumped the Chiliwist Creek and was coming at us from the northeast. My daughter stopped by and advised us to get out NOW as the
fire was coming over the hill towards us (it was just then coming
over the top of the hill). At the same time, a neighbor from about
1 mile north of us stopped by and said his house was gone and for
us to get out. We loaded what we could in the back of the horse
trailer and left our home. By the time we left, the fire had almost
reached the bottom of the hill about a 1/8 mile away from us and
coming fast.
We spent the night in the truck parked at my son’s place in
Brewster—up and down all night watching the fire come down
the hill towards Brewster, worrying about our place and our
neighbors’, and trying to get a little sleep while not knowing what
was happening at home.
What a mixed blessing to return home and find our house
intact, and the flag that flies over the two babies’ graves still flying. Many of our neighbors lost all they own; it is still difficult to
comprehend.
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Out on the Trails
November/December 2014
Members Affected by the Fire
continued from page 19
A
s the fire marched into the south Valley on July 16th, it
descended on Pete and Donna Stoothoff’s son Chad’s
home just above them in Texas Creek. After burning the
surrounding grasslands of Chad’s home (his home was saved!),
it came onward with a vengeance to Pete and Donna’s place. The
fire consumed all of their hay and building supplies next to their
metal barn, but their barn remained unscathed. It advanced toward their home, but was halted within feet of the exterior walls
after scorching the surrounding property!
Lessons Learned:
A Tip To Remember in Case Your Horses
Get Trapped in a Fast Moving Fire!
I
f the fire is coming too fast to evacuate your horses, turn them
loose and immediately close the gates to the corral and barn so
they can’t get back in. In this level of emergency, leave your truck
keys in the ignition so other folks can help move the rigs.
Mt. Hood Ride – Frog Pond Trip
By Theresa Radder, Wenes Chapter Treasurer
W
e woke up on our third day of our camping trip
to a drizzly morning. The night before we had
a big rain storm come through the camp. Our
trip was on the bubble until we decided, “Let’s go.” So
Lou Ann, Jacque and I set out on our adventure. We loaded up the horses and drove to the trail head. We were all
excited to be on the trail with our gaited horses. Jacque
was on her new horse Shasta, and he can move; our max
speed at one time was 9 mph. Despite the rain, the trail
was in great condition. One thing we learned about these
trails around Mount Hood is that they are wide and well
maintained. We rode through dense forest for about 10
miles. On this trail we had to cross the highway which
was somewhat nerve racking. I was on my new horse
Missy and found out she handles bees quite well. We hit
bees several times that day. At the end of our ride we
came to the base of Mount Hood the views were incredible! What a place to have lunch!
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November/December 2014
Out on the Trails
The Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Out
of Harms Way!
By Phyllis Hale
N
estled deep in the Olympic National Park is the
Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet erected in
1931! The 83 year old Chalet is 13 miles up the
East fork of the Quinault River with no roads and only
accessible by horse/hiking trails.
For years, the ever-shifting Quinault River had eaten and eroded away its banks, moving ever closer to
the Chalet. This year the river had undercut the bank
beneath the Chalet by 8 feet! In short, if left alone, this
Historic site would quickly disappear into the Quinault
River.
With BCHW advocacy efforts, along with other
groups & individuals, including the core team: house
movers Jeff Monroe of Monroe House Movers in Sequim and Del Davis of Davis Structural Movers in Everett, BCHW packers Larry Basinger of Sol Duc Valley Packers in Forks, and Scott Montgomery of Three
Peaks Outfitters in Cle Elum, cooks and camp hands
Sara Woodard of Olympak Llamas in Port Angeles and
Sherry Basinger, carpenter Norm Dawley of Sequim, laborers Greg Hudson and Rod Farlee of Sequim, NPS
contract officer Jeff Doryland, did a miraculous job of
lifting the three story Chalet 20 inches off the ground
allowing the moving crew to slip the four “ivory” soap
covered steel rails under the Chalet. The soap slicked
rails, along with the morning dew, allowed Jeff Monroe
and his crew of five men to slide the Chalet inch by inch
a total of 90 feet away from the river!
We’ve had the opportunity to visit the Enchanted
Valley a couple of times in the past years and found it
just that… a quaint old Chalet…. in an Enchanted Valley… with wilderness beauty everywhere! Now, thanks
to the efforts of so many caring and determined people
the Chalet should be there for years to come!
photos by National Parks Services
photos by the Hales 2010
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