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2017 Membership Applications and Dues are DUE SOON !

Go to the forms page and print out the Application and sign it and bring it to the next meeting or mail it in please with your dues.  Members MUST re-sign the Membership forms every year and please don't just write in SAME as we need to make sure all information is on our forms every year.

***  OLD 2016 CALENDAR BELOW ​STARTING WITH JANUARY 2016  ***

Please scroll down to see past months, This is a new look for the Calendar page, we now have an actual Calandar.  Please email me any updates that you think should be on the calendar. ​​

24th -  National Public Lands Day -Coyote Hills - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

 The SJBCH will doing a packing demo. Our portion of NPLD will be from 9 a.m. to noon. We will have a fire pit ready for the branding iron and for making S'mores. Donna and Jim Fair have offered to supply wood for the fire and some rounds for kids to sit on.  There will also be coloring books to had out to the children from the BCHCO / BCHA.

JANUARY   2016

OCTOBER    2016

18th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM - THE MUSTANG- presented by Mitch Wilkerson

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, May 16, 2015
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

​The Pot Luck Theme
Could someone donate Iced tea
Any questions Kristie Hefling

milliesrdr@yahoo.com​

5th..... BCHCO Quarterly Meeting - Back Country Horsemen of Colorado STATE meeting in 

September 2016

MARCH   2016

21st.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

    Community United Methodist Church,
    434 Lewis St., 
    Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, March 21, 2016
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm (pot luck during this time, please have food set up by 6:25pm)

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM -Presented by Rosalind Wu
                    Natural Resource Specialist
                    Forest Service
                    San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District
Ros will be discussing the NEW Wilderness Stewardship Performance  (WSP) and this years trail priorities.  The last 10 years has been the Performance Index and it has expired and is now replaced by the WSP. 
Ross will also be talking about the Ghost Rider Program.​

14th  -  Wild Horses - Topic at 4 Corners Back Country Horsemen meeting 

The 4CBCH will hold their monthly meeting on Thur. Jan 14 at 7pm at the La Plata Country Fairgrounds in Durango.  Non-Members are always welcome to attend.  Mike Jensen, BLM range manager for the Spring Creek Herd Management Area, will be discussing plans for the continued well-being of the wild horses.

13th & 14th .... Annual skijoring Silverton, Co Lots of fun to watch.

15th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)


     GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
     PROGRAM - TBA
     Community United Methodist Church,
     434 Lewis St., 
     Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
     Monday, February 15, 2016
     BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
     SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

     GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

     PROGRAM: Presented by Kelli Day - OPTIONS FOR RIDING IN THE WINTER

               Where to go and what to do. ​

AUGUST   2016


6 - Spring Break out BBQ Party - The Fireside Inn, East end of Pagosa Springs on Hwy 160  Mike Pluth in charge, member Rodney Pepper volunteered to cook the chicken and sausage, while members bring the sides and desserts.


​**NOTICE NO REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING IN JUNE DUE TO THE SPRING BREAKOUT PARTY - JUST A FUN SOCIAL EVENT WITH NOT MEETING!!  BRING THE KIDS TOO, THERE WILL BE GAMES FOR THE FAMILY INCLUDING HORSE SHOES FOR THE ADULTS!

3 - 5th  Folk Festival - Reservoir Hill Pagosa Springs   


19th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- ELECTION OF OFFICERS
PROGRAM -

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, May 16, 2015
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

​Pot Luck Theme is: SOUTHERN COMFORT

Thank you Cheryl McCelvey for the suggestion! So we need:
3 meat dishes 

Could someone donate Iced tea
2 - desserts 
Please let Kristie Hefling know if you can bring any of these items 

milliesrdr@yahoo.com​

SJBCH

8th  - The SJBCH Annual FallColorsRide:

WHERE:  Near Williams Creek (see directions)​
WHEN:  Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. first ride out; may do a second ride in the afternoon.
LENGTH:  Approximately nine miles.
We will return to camp by 1 p.m. for the potluck and campfire socializing.
DURATION: The ride will probably be 1 1/2 hour out and return, for 3 hours.
PARKING:  Adequate parking for multiple trailers.
WATER:  There is some water available in pond at the camp site but I bring my own.
SHOES:  This trail is appropriate for barefoot horses.
ELEVATION CHANGE:  Slight elevation change, mostly flat through beautiful wooded areas.
DIRECTIONS:
From Hwy 160 turn north on Piedra Rd (CR 600) approximately 5 miles to the cattleguard where the pavement ends and gravel road begins.  OR
From Hwy 160 turn north on North Pagosa Blvd approximately 7.5 miles to Piedra Rd and turn left to the cattleguard where the pavement ends and gravel road begins.
At both 'Y' s stay to the left on CR 600.  It is approximately 16.3 miles from the cattleguard to the left turn to the campsite.  The campsite is near what used to be the entrance to the Poma Ranch.  
I plan to be at the cattleguard where the pavement ends and gravel begins on Piedra Rd at 8 a.m. Saturday morning if anyone wants to caravan up to the campsite.
Submitted by: Tara McElhinney

27th .... CPR and First Aid class on February 27th at 9:00am for the Back Country Horseman.  Location of class:  the Archuleta County Extension Office, 344 Highway 84 Pagosa Springs, CO  81147  

Call Vern Jahnke for more information cell 970-764-5640 You must PRE-PAY for the class(es) Pay over the phone with a Credit Card,  BUT there is a $2.00 processing fee for Credit Card payments.  
OR:  You can drop off your payment during regular business hours (closed for Presidents Day Feb. 15th) 

14th.....SJBCH Meeting: (2nd Monday due to Thanksgiving week being the 3rd week)

      GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
      PROGRAM - SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEARCH & RESCUE and EMS to speak to us
                         

      REMINDER *** NO BOARD MEETING ***
      GENERAL MEETING & POT LUCK ONLY
      POT LUCK STARTING AT 6:15
      GENERAL MEETING AT 7PM

       POTLUCK THEME: CASSEROLE NIGHT
           So We need:
                3 main dish casseroles- *JoAnn Senzig -1, *Kristie Hefling - 1,
                2 vegetable dishes/ casseroles--
                3 Dessert casseroles-
               (*someone is bringing this item)
Please let me know if you can or are bringing something!
And a continued THANK YOU for all the help on these pot lucks.
I changed the time so that we all know to try to get to the meeting before 6:15 with our food so we can have a little more time with our pot luck.
And thanks so much to everyone that helps clean up too!! We have just a very special and good group of people in our SJBCH chapter.
Kristie Hefling
milliesrdr@yahoo.com


       Community United Methodist Church,
       434 Lewis St., 
       Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
 
SOCIAL - 6:15 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

MAY   2016

17th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

      GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
      PROGRAM - Updates on projects from this summer. 

       Community United Methodist Church,
       434 Lewis St., 
       Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147

NO - BOARD MEETING- 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

28th - the LAST Thursday night rodeo, PAGOSA RODEO - Tonight kids games at 6:15 and the actual rodeo starts at 7pm is the last night for the summer rodeo series in Pagosa Springs... come out for a fun time, concessions on site. $10 adults and $6 for 17 and under person 

APRIL   2016


Equine Warning Law
Colorado - WARNING –
Under Colorado Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 13-21-119, Colorado Revised Statutes.

11 - 13th  - Rocky Mountain Horse Expo March 11 -13, 2016

The FRONT RANGE Back Country Horsemen will be at the EXPO and are trying to get their table next to the Forest Service table.  Please stop by.  

See Val Geissler at the BLM Mustang booth on the 3rd floor of the Education Center! Val has a beautiful voice, he sang "Border to Border" in the film UNBRANDED and also appears in the Documentary film UNBRANDED, helping the young men getting started in at the Mexican Border and for support for the first leg of the trip!! ALSO -​​

16th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM -by Lisa McClure 
“Safety for Sawyers in the National Forest”. 
Lisa McClure is the Trails and Wilderness Coordinator with the Divide Ranger District.

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, May 16, 2015
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

​The Theme is Taco - Mexican.

Thank you Laurel Penwell for the suggestion! So we need:
3 meat dishes (at least one dish made with ground chicken please) that will be the meat for the taco's -
Wendy & Ken Beck are bringing Elk Taco Meat
DONE - 4 package (at least 10 per package) of soft shell tacos - JoAnn Senzig and Lisa & John Nelson
DONE - 6 packages (at least 10 per pkg) of hard she'll tacos- Rena Gallant is bring 2 boxes of hard shells and Laurel & Don English is bringing a box and Ken & Wendy Beck will be bringing a box of hard shells and Tiffany Linford is bringing 2 boxes of hard shells.
3 Tomatoes chopped 
DONE - Lettuce 2 heads chopped- Rena Gallant 
DONE - shredded cheeses - 4 cups Jayne & Hugh Jones
DONE - 1 container of sour cream -Tara McElhinney
DONE - Taco sauce 1 - mild; 1 - medium, 1 - hot- Tara McElhinney 

guacamole

LAUREL PENWELL - REFRIED BEANS Jalapeno peppers chopped  
KRISTIE HEFLING- will bring COWBOY CAVIAR and Tostitos Chips 
Could someone donate Iced tea
2 - desserts 
Please let Kristie Hefling know if you can bring any of these items 

milliesrdr@yahoo.com​

18 - 20, 2016 - BCHC (California) BCH RENDEZVOUS
More details TBA

March 18 at 8am to March 20 at 5pm PDT

Angels Camp, California

http://www.bchcalifornia.org/rendezvous.htm
The BCHC Rendezvous follows a tradition of gathering together of outdoor enthusiasts. Our event features equine training clinicians, scores of vendors, horse and mule packing seminars, Gentle Use/ Leave No Trace classes, Western Art Show, Awards and Accolades, Dutch Oven Cook-off, Trail Challenge, Beer and Wine tasting, Cowboy Church, Youth Classes, Raffles and Auction. There is always lots to learn, lots of fun, and plenty of horses and mules at the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous!

1st - ​The Cowboy Gathering Parade - non-motorized - Durango, CO.

1st.... SJBCH BOARD Meeting: ​6pm 
    The meeting will be at Mike Knapp's realty office (Pagosa Realty) 136 East  

       Pagosa Street (next to Lantern Dancer) at 6 p.m.

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19th - STATE BCHCO meeting 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Buena Vista Community Center, Buena Vista, CO.

JUNE          2016

4th - National Trails Day June - So far nothing has been planned by the Pagosa Ranger District - if we hear of anything changing 

18th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM - HORSE AUCTIONS - what you need to know presented by SJBCH member KEN BECK 

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, APRIL 18, 2015
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

1st  -  BCHCO GRANT Matching Applications Due - 

4th - INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE / 4TH OF JULY PARADE - Nancy Seay is 

in charge of the SJBCH parade group please contact her by phone 731-1125 and leave a message if she doesn't answer.  
Park your trailers by at 8:30 am on the corner 

Correct Dress: is Patriotic Shirt or white Shirt 
Red bandana or Red/white/and blue bandana

We also need at least 2 people that will carry our Banner at the beginning of our horse group one is Ted Wortmen, Nancy has it arranged so we have some people walking ahead of our riders and behind the banner that will be handing out some Back Country Horsemen of Colorado Coloring Book.  It would be nice to have several pack animals.  We park very early over by Yamigochi Park in a corner lot that is NOT PAVED and have a POST parade pot luck of sorts after we get back to our trailers, as that also gives us time for the crowds to subside before heading home.  So it would be nice to have some members that are not going to be riding in the parade to keep an eye on our trailers and maybe someone to cook some burgers or hotdogs on a grill.  I have a pop up canopy, and if we had at least 2 more for some shade it would be nice.   Then by the time we were done socializing and eating lunch, all the traffic from the parade was gone and it was safer and easier to haul home.Check out the News for 2015 Parade pictures from last year!

FEBRUARY   2016

2nd....TACK SALE 9 am - 3 pm only - La Plata County Fair Grounds in Durango, CO: Community event to sell used tack. Fundraiser for 4CBCH. Come on Friday 4/1 from 9 to 6 to consign your used tack, Sale is 4/2 9 to 3, then pick up your check or tack that's left from 4 to 5.

11th - SJBCH Board meeting ** NEW NIGHT and location 6pm - , we voted at the last meeting to try having our board meeting on a separate night from our General meetings this way we can take the time we need for discussions and not have to hurry and get through things and set up for the Pot Luck.  Mike Knapp has been kind enough to let us use his office, Best of Pagosa Springs Real Estate, located at the River Center Mini - Mall in the PAGOSA BROKERS offices on the east end. ​ 136 E Pagosa St, Unit 16, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

CALENDAR 

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2 - Turkey Springs helping with the Pagosa Middle School 8th Grade Service Project. Bob Volger is the contact person for our group.

27th - State BCHA meeting,11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Buena Vista Community Center. 

18th.....SJBCH Meeting: (3rd Monday)


GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM - Trails Program Update - Volunteer work by San Juan Back Country Horsemen on national forest trails in 2015 will be featured in a slide-show presentation for the Jan. 18 meeting of SJBCH. The program, which will be presented by SJBCH Trail Committee members, also will highlight planned trail work for the 2016 season.

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, January 18 2016
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm
CHILI NIGHT-  Pot Luck: Starts at 6:30pm
If you can bring one of the items below please let Kristie Hefling know by email: milliesrdr@yahoo.com or call cell 402-533-0667 or 731-1560


22nd -CHANGE OF DATE from the 15th to 22th.....SJBCH Meeting: (4th Monday)

​Our Chapter is very involved with the Forest Service gravel hauling project up at Williams Creek August 14-19.
Since the third Monday of August is the 15th, that falls in the middle of this project, therefore, it will be necessary
to change our monthly meeting to August 22.

GENERAL MEETING: 7PM- 
PROGRAM - Dick Ray of Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and local outfitter who has many years experience in the wilderness.

Community United Methodist Church,
434 Lewis St., 
Pagosa Springs, CO. 81147
Monday, May 16, 2015
BOARD MEETING- will start at 5:30 p.m. 
SOCIAL - 6:30 - 7pm POTLUCK DINNER with pot luck by members.

GENERAL MEETING: 7pm

​The Pot Luck Theme
Could someone donate Iced tea
Any questions Kristie Hefling

milliesrdr@yahoo.com

NOVEMBER   2016

July   2016