Back Country Horsemen of Alaska

Working to protect natural land resources. Dedicated to preserving local and back country trails.

Kenai Peninsula Happenings

May 1, 2024

Much is happening on the Kenai Peninsula. Here’s a snapshot:

The KPBCH gets many questions about what is happening on the Peninsula and around the state. We’re honored to be a search engine for equestrian events! To help us all plan our summer riding season, we’ve put together a Statewide calendar with all the “universal” equestrian events (clinics, rides, camps, rodeos, etc.) that we could find on the internet. Each of those events are links to that organization’s page or the specific event page if we could find it. You can find that calendar at the top our our own Events Page on our website by using the button below. While you’re there, you’ll see that we’ve got some fun things happening as well!

  • Our Summer Trail Challenge began May 1! You can start any time logging your ridden miles and sending them in to win a prize!
  • May 19th we’ll be hosting April Cantrell with The White Horn Saddle Fitting to do a saddle fitting demo for us. You can find her information on our site and book an appointment with her as well.
  • Equine veterinarian, Dr Mike Beyer, has fit us into his busy schedule to speak with us about Equine Nutrition and Supplementation for Alaskan horses. This takes place Wednesday, May 22 at 6PM at the Soldotna Library. Come learn with us!
  • We’ll be doing a Trail Work Day on our Kasilof Equestrian Trails June 8 if you would like to explore the trails while making them ready to ride! We’ll be clearing downed trees and making ready for the mulcher to come through before the Fun Ride.
  • June 13 will be our Annual Fun Ride! Bring your horse, a friend (with a horse), a dish to share, and explore those freshly-cleared Kasilof Equestrian Trails! One of our stations will be at the NEW PARKING LOT! You read that right. IT’S HAPPENING! The equipment will be rolling in in August to finish the job. We’re SO CLOSE!

This and more on our Events Page. Check it out!

Trail Trials open for registration!

April 18, 2024

We have finalized our sign ups and information for the Trail Trials and Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) we are organizing with 4-H this summer on the Mat-Su Greenbelt trails. You have the option to volunteer or bring a volunteer to at least one of the events to get a discount on registration cost. Please keep in mind that the CTR especially will require many, many volunteers to make it successful! You do have to be a current BCHA or 4-H member to participate. We are opening up registration to current, local BCHA and 4-H members now, with a cap of 30 participants per event. So register ASAP before we open it up to a wider audience and they fill up!

Trail Trial #1 May 25:

Trail Trial #2 June 22:

CTR July 26-28:

If you haven’t paid dues yet for this year, you can learn how to become a member of the Mat-Su or Kenai Chapter on the membership page.

Kenai Peninsula Chapter Meeting

February 6, 2024

Did you spend the last cold snap out-of-state horse shopping and now you’re wondering how to get your new equine best friend to Alaska? There will be a KPBCH membership meeting on Tuesday, February 13 at 6PM at the Soldotna Library where we will go through the ins and outs of horse transport from out of state. Keep an eye on the KPBCH website for more information.


January 4, 2024

Exciting news!! We’ve been accepted into the Alaska Permanent Fund Pick*Click*Give program! Do you utilize Pick*Click*Give when filing for your PFD? Would you consider the Back Country Horsemen of Alaska for your donation? Your generous funds will assist us in maintaining trails and keeping them open for stock use to keep you riding!

Kenai Peninsula Chapter Meeting

December 30, 2023

The next Kenai Peninsula Chapter meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 6pm at the Soldotna Library. See the “Meetings” tab for more information.

Mat-Su Chapter January meeting

December 28, 2023

Our next meeting for the Mat-Su chapter will be January 27th, from 4-6pm at Conifer Farms (Colleen Fisk’s house) including a potluck dinner. Address and additional information will be sent on the list serv.

Old Business:
-President’s Report
-Treasurer’s Report
-Secretary’s Report
-Trail Trials updates
-Competitive Trail Ride updates

Hope to see you there!

New Mat-Su Officers!

December 14, 2023

The “new” officers for the Mat-Su Chapter are:  

  • President: Colleen Fisk
  • Vice President: Sarah Gotschall
  • Secretary: Cath Halley
  • Treasurer: Francine Long
  • Directors: Sarah Rodriguez (4-H/youth coordinator/liaison), Pete Praetorius (grant writing help), Lori Benner (past secretary and more)

Learn more on the “About Us” page.

Mat-Su December meeting/holiday party

November 25, 2023

The December meeting/holiday party will be held December 10th at 4pm (see listserv notice for exact address).

There will be a silent auction and potluck supper.  If you have something to auction off please bring it as well as something to share and eat.

Looking forward to seeing you all! 

We have some business to cover: 

  • President’s report: updates from nationals
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Secretary’ report

New business:

  • Elections for 2-year terms
  • Dates for 2024 Trail Trials
  • Support for 2024 CTR? 
  • Other?

Kenai Peninsula Chapter Meeting

October 29, 2023

The next KP Chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the Soldotna Public Library beginning at 6:00 PM! This will be a great meeting to attend as we hear updates on the new parking lot near the Pollard Horse Trailhead! Can’t make it in person but want to listen in? Join in on Zoom!

February Meeting

February 13, 2023

Date: February 25, 2023

Time: 5pm

Location: Linda Sims (Palmer) – see email for address


  • Officers’ Reports
  • Old Business:
    • Follow up from 4-H horse council on KinWin outhouse
    • Packing clinic at senior 4-H horse camp in June
    • VP and director positions still open
  • New Business:
    • Spending policy for board
    • Next meeting