Since 2011, the BC Equestrian Trails Fund has provided over $156,000 to member clubs and affiliates in support of construction and/or improvements to trails, trailheads and horse camping areas all over BC.
The fund is made up of membership dollars, plus individual and corporate donations. We thought you’d like to see where and how your donations were used this year:
In 2016, the BC Equestrian Trails Fund provided a total of $30,000 in funding to the following successful applicants around BC:
- BCHBC – Okanagan Chapter – $2,000 for a camp extension to Trapping Creek/Little Trapping
- BCHBC – Shuswap Chapter – $2,000 for continuing work on South Canoe SW EQ Trail and Camp
- BCHBC – Yarrow Chapter – $3,500 for further rehabilitation to Monument 78 Trail (BC Parks)
- BCHBC – Alberni Valley Chapter – $5,371 for upgrades to the Alberni Valley Log Train Trail (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
- BCHBC – Central Vancouver Island Chapter – $3,000 to construct the Spruston Road Horse Trailer Parking and camp site
- BCHBC – Skeena-Stikine Chapter – $5,129 for work on Deception Lake Trail and Camp plus work on the Snowflake Trails and Trailhead
- BCHBC – Robson Valley Chapter – $4,000 for Phase 2 of the McBride Peak/Teare Mtn multi-use trail
- Tabor Mountain Recreation Society – $5,000 for improvements to Tabor Mountain Trails
(The geographical areas are, for the most part, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations via BC Recreation Sites and Trails, unless otherwise noted.)
It’s our great pleasure to pass on a sample of thank you notes for your support of the Fund!
“On behalf of all equestrians in the Shuswap and North Okanagan area we would like to thank all the donors to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund. The South Canoe Trail System is an expansive network of trails for multi-users. We are always looking to make the trails as safe as possible for the full enjoyment of everyone. Your contribution this year went towards a new Equestrian/Hike only trail the “SW EQ Loop”. There’s a viewpoint, a place to canter, some technical and most of all it’s a FUN trail to ride. Hope to see you out on our trails soon. –BCHBC Shuswap Chapter
“The Hickory Wing Ski Touring Club, a member of the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society was very pleased to receive a grant from HCBC. We used the money from this grant to hire an excavator and improve approximately 15 km of trails through ditching and water stabilization to encourage more horse traffic on our trails. We also installed 3 new culverts on our trail system to facilitate better water drainage. We are very happy with the outcome and look forward to future dealings with HCBC.” –Tabor Mountain Recreation Society
“Many thanks for supporting our Back Country Horsemen Yarrow Chapter efforts to open horse trails in EC Manning Provincial Park! With the financial help of HCBC (and others) as well as our “Valuable Volunteers”, in 2016 we were able to re-open a portion of the East Similkameen Trail. Our goal next year will be to connect this to the Monument 78 trail, the Canada/US border and the Pacific Crest Trail to Mexico!! We are so excited to once again provide the opportunity for equestrians to ride this historic and high profile trail.” – BCHBC Yarrow Chapter
“Thank you for funding this beautiful equestrian horse trailer parking and camping site.” – BCHBC Central Vancouver Island
“The Okanagan Chapter of BCHBC is grateful to The Equestrian Trails Fund for supporting our project and turning the Little Trapping Horse Camp into a reality. This horse camp is first class in every way thanks to your contributions.”- BCHBC Okanagan Chapter
Did you know? You can donate to the BC Equestrian Trails Fund when you renew your membership – on the phone, online or on page 2 of the renewal you received in the mail.