Tshirt Fundraiser

We've relaunched our Million Star Hotel shirt fundraiser! Back by popular demand and now in navy, including tall sizes.

Order deadline is November 6th, orders should arrive by November 24th. Perfect for holiday gifting!

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!

2021 Rendezvous

Rendezvous 2021 is planned for October 29-31 in Tulare!
Please mark your calendars and join us!

The theme for the Rendezvous is “Preserving Our Trails for Future Generations.” We plan to have several clinicians including: Lee & Jennifer(Roeser McGee Creek Pack Station), JoDe Collins (Double C's Performance Mules & Donkeys), and Loni Langdon (Masterson Method). Wilderness Riders will present Leave No Trace classes. There will be packing contests, pack saddle fitting classes, dutch oven contests, Kids' Corral, an art show, Trail Trials, Pack ‘n Trail and lots of vendors. San Joaquin Sierra Unit will prepare the meals and a bluegrass band will provide entertainment. We will hold raffles for a gun raffle and a Lee Roeser pack saddle. Rendezvous is a good time to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. We are looking forward to a great time and hope you plan to join us! Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated with the details.

Check back for updates!
BCHC Rendezvous

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.

BCHC Board of Directors Meeting

Upcoming BCHC Board of Directors Meetings:
October 1 & 2, 2021
in Santa Nella, CA

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

Leave No Trace
Recommendations for Getting Outside During Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has altered all of our lives. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics aligns with the CDC recommendations to help slow the spread of the virus. Let’s keep ourselves, our communities and our natural world healthy.

Download the PDF

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

Help California Fire Victims!

Backcountry Horsemen of California put together a
wildfire aid fund. Your donations helped fund feed and
supplies to assist in the training of non-horse people who
will be providing the care of all the displaced equines.

THANK YOU for your contributions!

We would like to thank John Beck from the Hay Yard in Red Bluff
(14300 Molluc Drive Red Bluff CA 96080) for helping us to deliver a
truck and trailer load of hay to the rescue center at the Fair Ground in Gridley.
John gave us a real assist by giving us a big discount and arranging a
squeeze in Gridley to unload the hay at no cost.

Additional funds were shared with the Paradise Horsemen’s Association
and the Butte Co Ag Foundation, earmarked to help with livestock
affected by the fires.

100% of ALL funds gathered for this fundraiser
has been used to support displaced livestock.

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