About UsMay 18, 2018
We are a trail friendly group. The Back Country Horsemen of Alaska is a service organization working with other groups to ensure that area and back country trails remain open to the public, and that our relationship with other user groups remains user-friendly. In Alaska, we have two chapters: the Mat-Su and Kenai. This website mostly covers the Mat-Su chapter, but the general information below applies to both.
We are an affiliate of the national group; the Back Country Horsemen of America. Like this organization, we have an interest in trail maintenance and preservation, both locally and in the backcountry.
Promotion of Minimal Impact Camping
We are advocates of Leave no Trace practices. One of our primary purposes is to both learn more, and educate others who are interested in learning more about low impact camping practices.
We are interested in, and eager to work with other trail user groups. We have, in the past, forged alliances with Chugach Range Riders, Interior Horsemen’s Association, Alaska Icelandic Horse Club, Driving Me Buggy Society, and the local chapter of Cowboys for Christ.
BCHA members believe that the use of horses on public lands and trails can exist in harmony with the interests all Alaskan trail users. We offer volunteer time and equipment to:
- Clean up and clear trails
- Build and improve trails
- Create trailhead facilities
- Assist agencies in planning strategies for trail use
The 2022-2023 Mat-Su Back Country Horsemen of Alaska officers are:
President – Colleen Fisk
Vice President – Vacant
Treasurer – Francine Long
Secretary – Cath Halley
Board of Directors – Sarah Rodriguez (4-H liaison), Sarah Gotschall (MSB Trails liaison), and Frank Sihler
Download our membership form and check out one of our meetings. The next dates are regularly updated on our Facebook page. Subscribe to our listserv by emailing email@example.com.
Help Us Out!
Some things to consider when you meet up with one or several horseback riders on the trail:
- When encountering other trail users, smile and be pleasant. We’ll do the same.
- If you are coming up behind a horse, make your presence known in a calm voice. Say hello to the horse and rider. (It lets the horse know you’re not a bear!)
- Please travel on the right side of the trail. This will help to prevent head-on collisions.
- Put Leave-No-Trace principles to practice. We clean up behind our horses.