One of the goals of the Back Country Horsemen of Missouri’s Education Committee is to provide sound science-based educational material and resources to those interested in trail riding and trail issues associated with equine and the environment. Other goals include educating riders and non-riders to promote and follow the Leave No Trace principles, basic trail courtesy and ethics, and best methods in trail building and maintenance.
Education is continuous, surrounding all of us. This reaches outside the confines of our organization whether we are aware of it or not. Every day is an opportunity to influence those around us through our ethical behavior. When we see our members doing things on their own time not related to a chapter event that supports our organization’s values and mission, we know we have reached a higher level of ethical understanding concerning our environment and our impact upon it. Thank you to those of you who understand this and act upon it.
Education also can reach out in more visible ways that leave no doubt to our organization’s intentions. One such event was on display at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on August 20th. The Missouri State Parks held their “Trails Day” and SMMBCH was asked to participate with a booth set up on the lawn in front of the Women’s Building. Other trail organizations and interests shared the lawn and it gave SMMBCH the opportunity to share our message, hand out the Missouri Equestrian Trail Brochure, and give away our mesh bags for trail cleanup.
At the writing of this, two events are in the works to again add to our mission for education. On September 10th, our educational booth will participate in the “Trail Town Celebration” in Eminence. We will share information along with other trail enthusiasts promoting their visions and trail interests.
An event of great importance is the “1st Annual Trail Skills College” to be held on September 30th, October 1st and 2nd. This extraordinary opportunity provided by the US Forest Service will provide BCHMO a path to further our knowledge and skills in doing exactly what we have pledged to do – protect our access to trails by offering service to maintain trails with the best environmental practices and skills.
Hopefully many will have taken advantage of these more visible modes of education. But mostly, remember we EDUCATE BY EXAMPLE , every day of our lives.
THROUGH OUR KIDS EYES
WHAT THEY SEE AND THINK!
WHERE DO YOU RIDE?