2023 Packer Intern Scholarship

2023 Packer Intern Back Country Horsemen of Ca. Packer Intern Scholarship
June - Sept 2023

Attention: Persons 18 – 30 years old

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity with Lee Roeser and Michael Morris of the Inyo NF Pack Stock Center of Excellence and Agnes Vianzon of the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corp. Duties include assisting FS Packers to pack in trail crews and supplies throughout the Sierras.

For more information or to apply online, visit our Internship page.

2022 Packer Intern Scholarship

Hello, my name is Bailey Mello. I am 29 years old, and I live in Porterville, CA with my husband, our dog Tonks, and horses Jack and Rivenna. My time this summer working for Michael Morse and Lee Rosier was one for the books. I cannot express enough my thanks to them for choosing me as the 2022 BCHC intern. I learned so much from them this summer that I will use for years to come. Since packing was something, I already knew how to do they showed me a faster and safer way of doing it. This goes for anything that they do, it is done safely and always with a buddy. I had the opportunity to not only meet some amazing people but also work with a great group of people. The friendships that we made with each other will last a lifetime. I will forever cherish this adventure and experience.

BCHC Board of Directors Meeting

Upcoming BCHC Board of Directors Meetings:
February 3 & 4, 2023 in Visalia, CA
at the PPAV Building (Portuguese Hall of Visalia)
at 820 E. Main Street, Visalia.

Download: 30 Day Notice (to be posted when available)
Please contact your unit president for a copy of the agendas and other pertinent documents.

2023 Rendezvous

Rendezvous 2023 is planned for March 24-26,
at the California Ranch Compant in Temecula!
Please mark your calendars and join us!


Check back for updates!
BCHC Rendezvous

2022 Packer Intern Scholarship

2022 Packer Intern Back Country Horsemen of Ca. Packer Intern Scholarship
May - Sept 2022

Attention: Persons 18 – 30 years old

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity with Lee Roeser and Michael Morris of the Inyo NF Pack Stock Center of Excellence and Agnes Vianzon of the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corp. Duties include assisting FS Packers to pack in trail crews and supplies throughout the Sierras.

For more information or to apply online, visit our Internship page.

Tshirt Fundraiser

We've relaunched our Million Star Hotel shirt fundraiser!
Back by popular demand and now in navy, including tall sizes.
This will be the FINAL run on this design.

Order deadline is March 13th, orders should arrive by March 29th.

We have a 15 item minimum to meet. If we do not reach 15 items, all orders will be refunded.

Order your Tshirt or hoodie here:

Back by popular demand!
Now in navy, including tall sizes!

Common Ground

BCHA is a proud sponsor of the new national Trails are Common Ground program!

No matter our differences in backgrounds or how we choose to enjoy the great outdoors, trails create common ground that connects us. Access to trails is a privilege we acknowledge and can only safeguard through our actions toward one another.

Meeting other people on the trail can be a good experience…or a bad one
– Expect to see others on the trail
– Respect their right to be there
– Be friendly

You can make the trails a nicer place to be!

For more info, visit:

Member Coordinator Email

Are you receiving emails from our new Member Coordinator?

We have a new email to help get important information to all BCHC members.

New Email: bchc.coordinator@gmail.com

If you're not getting those emails, here's what you can do to make sure you receive them:
1) Add "bchc.coordinator@gmail.com" as a contact in your email address book and/or mark is as a safe sender.
2) Make sure BCHC has your current and correct email address. Contact Chip Herzig to update or verify your email. We WON'T use your email for any other reason!

Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) Packing Intern Scholarship

Proudly introducing our intern for the 2021 USFS Pack Stock Center of Excellence Apprenticeship: Justin Giusti!

Justin will participate in a 12 week all-inclusive training program in the use of pack stock as a traditional tool, humane stock handling and packing procedures. Mule and horsemanship as well as safety, are the cornerstones that this training is based on. Also included in the program is; Leave No Trace (LNT) practices for stock users, wilderness management, trail maintenance and all the details that go into a safe, productive and efficient, packing operation.

Justin Giusti, 2021 Intern

To learn more about our intern program or to donate towards the 2022 internship, please visit:



GREAT NEWS! Major progress has been made in the quest to bring equality to the driver's license requirements for towing horse trailers versus those towing recreational vehicles. California Senator Shannon Grove has introduced Senate Bill 287 named "Recreational Trailers Licensing."


Senate Bill 287 brings equity to the laws whereby drivers towing horse trailers used for recreational purposes will have the same driver's license requirements as the drivers who tow recreational vehicles and allows for gooseneck hitches instead of specifically requiring fifth-wheel hitches.


Your support for SB 287 is needed now! We urge you to contact the Senators who sit on the Transportation Committee (listed below) and ask them to support SB 287. Please contact them before they meet to discuss this bill on April 13, 2021. Also, please take the time to call into the meeting. SB 287 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on April 13 at 9am. We are asking all supporters to call in to the public number which will be made available the night before the hearing at the following link: https://stran.senate.ca.gov/

For more information, download the whole letter from Troy Patton, BCHC Vice President Public Lands.

FS-NPS Chain Saw MOA

BCHC has a new Memorandum of Agreement between the US Forest Service and the US National Park Service regarding reciprocity of our saw training program!

FS_NPS Chain Saw MOA (271 kb .pdf)

For more information or to donate, visit our Giving Tuesday page.

2019 BCHC Packing Intern Scholarship

Introducing the 2019 BCHC Intern Julia Heller!

Julia Heller began her mulepacking career 5 years ago when she joined the Mid Valley unit of Backcountry Horsemen, a non-profit service organization dedicated to preserving the back country and trails used by equines. Then they sponsored the first mid-valley intercolligate pack team in 2014 for Bishop Mule Days.. She had never ridden a horse before this point, but she and her mulepacking team would go on to win the World Championship Intercoligate Packteam the following year, her all girls team swept the event, taking first in all 4 events.

Since then, Ms. Heller has held a position on Board of Directors for Back Country Horsemen, Mid Valley unit, and spent her first season, summer of 2016, packing at Rock Creek packstation out of Bishop, California. She continued in her career by teaching horseback riding at a Camp Menzies, a girl scout camp in Arnold, California during the summer of 2017. She then went on to work hunting season, fall of 2018, at Leavitt Meadows Pack Station out of Bridgeport, Ca.

Now, Ms. Heller works as a full-time mulepacker leading muletrains in the Grand Canyon, daily descedning and acsending over 5,000 feet in elevation as she and her string pack supplies and duffels to and from Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon. Throughout her career, Ms. Heller has developed an immemnse passion for the art of mulepacking, including everything from the stock she works with, to the beautiful country and landscapes she packs in. To think that her first mule ride at Carl Perry’s house she cried, to be able to pack in the Grand Canyon and do what she loves supported, by the people who taught her is almost unfathomable to her.

2019 Intern Julia Heller

Who We Are and What We Do

2018 BCHC Packing Intern Scholarship

We're proud to introduce our BCHC Summer Intern:
Kristianne Morrison of Fresno, CA.
She will be working with Michael Morse and Lee Roeser
on the Inyo National Forest

"I have been riding my whole life since I was little. I participated in FFA while in High School. I have volunteered at horse facilities and ride both english and western. I have worked at a pack station for the last three seasons. Growing up my life has been based on camping and caring for our wilderness and horses. Its always been a goal of mine to be able to work for the Forest Service."

Kristianne Morrison of Fresno, CA.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Stock Course

BCHC is contracted to provide the only
Leave No Trace Stock Master Educator course in the country!

Leave No Trace

For more information, visit:
BCHC Leave No Trace

BCHC was able to secure a discount with CalStar
and Reach (companies have merged into one now).

We hope you can take advantage of this very important coverage.
Feel free to contact the representative listed on the flyer if you have any questions.
We are delighted to secure this coverage and we want all our members to be as safe as possible.
Coverage Map

Riding Warehouse

BCHC has partnered with Riding Warehouse
to give our members a 15% discount!

Ask your Unit Secretary for the discount code!

BCHC Signs Letter of Partnership Intent with PCTA
PCT Letter of Partnership Intent