Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous returns

This year the North Thompson Chapter is hosting Rendezvous at the North Thompson Fall Fair grounds in Barriere

This June the North Thompson Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will be hosting the annual Rendezvous at the North Thompson Fall Fair grounds.   Pictured are members of the group using a trail high above the North Thompson River.

This June the North Thompson Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will be hosting the annual Rendezvous at the North Thompson Fall Fair grounds. Pictured are members of the group using a trail high above the North Thompson River.

In all of British Columbia, Barriere and the North Thompson Valley can lay claim to having some of the very best and most extensive network of trails in the province. There are currently over 10,000 km of registered trails in B.C. for use by horsemen, hikers, skiers and cyclists. The majority of these trails are maintained by the hard work of user groups and volunteers, of which the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) play a large role.

Every year the BCHBC holds Rendezvous, the annual gathering of all of their members from the chapters around the province. This is a chance to gather for fun and for learning, to ride some trails and to raise funds for the organization. Funds raised are then distributed to the various chapters to assist in trail maintenance, signs, trail head development and educational programs for members including first aid and riding skills.

This year the North Thompson Chapter is hosting Rendezvous at the North Thompson Fall Fair grounds in Barriere with exciting events planned such as The Hoof and Woof, Battle of the Breeds , The Wild Saddle Race, an Obstacle Course, Geo Caching, a scavenger hunt, equine demonstrations and guest speakers.

Gather around the campfire for potluck of bannock and beans, complete with music, on Friday followed by the Back Country Horsemen of BC Annual General Meeting. The local curling club will provide Saturday evening dinner (ribs and chicken) and a crew will be flipping pancakes for Sunday morning breakfast to be followed by Cowboy Church.

Rendezvous is open to non-members. Registration of only $70 includes Saturday dinner, pancake breakfast, ability to compete in all events, admittance to educational sessions as well as horsemanship and liberty demonstrations. There is even a Sterling Silver Belt Buckle, the high point award up for grabs!

For more information and registration please visit the Back Country Horsemen web page at www.bchorsemen.org or our Facebook page www.BCHBCRendezvous2013 and join us for lots of fabulous riding, event competitions, fellowship and fun.