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The Backcountry Horsemen of California’s annual Rendezvous will return to Norco this year, giving Southern California horsepeople a chance to learn about horsemanship, trail use and preservation and more. The 2019 conference, titled “Preserving Trails for Future Generations”, is set for March 29-31 at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center. The BCHC Rendezvous 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.

The beginnings of BCHC started in 1981, when a group of private and commercial packers met to form the High Sierra Stock Users Association with the purpose of representing horsemen in dealings with the administrators of public lands.

Five years later the HSSUA joined with Montana, Idaho, and Washington to form an affiliation called the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA). This national organization’s task is to coordinate activities of the various state backcountry organizations. The Back country Horsemen of American (BCHA) now has BCH organizations in 26 states. Their objective and purpose is to:
• Improve and promote the use, care and development of California backcountry trails, campsites, streams and meadows.
• To advocate good trail manners.
• To promote the conservation and utilization of our backcountry resources in concert with livestock transportation.
• To keep the backcountry trails and forage areas open to horsemen on all public lands.
• To keep current information before the Corporation membership and its local Units regarding new legislation or management plans related to government regulations of the backcountry.
• To support or oppose new proposals, plans and restrictions as related to the interest of horsemen and those persons interested in recreational stock use and enjoying the backcountry.
• To promote the interest of people who, due to health or physical factors, need transportation other than by foot on backcountry trails.
• To assist in keeping the public informed of the vital need for a clean backcountry.
• To promote a working relationship with and keep the work and interests of the Corporation before our local, state and federal officials.
• To assist in the formation and continuation of local Units to carry out these purposes.
• To promote public awareness and interest in the historical aspect of horsemen and stock in the backcountry and to help educate backcountry users on ways to use the trail and forage in a manner that conserves the backcountry resources.

The Mojave River Valley Horsemen’s Association invites you to participate in their 2019 show series starting Feb. 24 at the Horsemen’s Center in Apple Valley. With five shows scheduled in the series: Mar. 24, Apr. 28, Aug. 3, and Sept. 29, eligible participants can shoot for the year-end high point award saddle. See ad on page 43 or visit http://www.MRVHA.com for all the rules and regulations for this exciting show season.

The National Stock Horse Association Stallion Service Auction is now open for bidding on some of the finest stallions in the industry, including the likes of Brother Jackson, Blue One Time, Call Me Mitch, One Fine Vintage and more. All proceeds go towards the 2019 NHSA show purse. Visit https://nshastallionauction.com/ to start bidding.

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