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Annual Membership Meeting 2018

There was a very good turn out to the BCHMO Annual Membership Meeting at Big Creek Trail Ride, thank you to everyone that attended. Lots of information, visiting, riding, and food (Brett, Lisa, and their crew cooked up some fantastic food!).
Congratulations to the re-elected board members and officers (listed below) and welcome to Susan Maynard as the Secretary replacing Phyllis Rowe who stepped down after years of dedicated work to the position.

Board Member 3 year term (2019-2021) Paula Hull
Board Member 3 year term (2019-2021) Sherry Copeland

President 1 year term (2019) Becki Krueger
Vice President 1 year term (2019) Darrel Vaughan
Treasurer 1 year term (2019) Jane Doskal
Secretary 1 year term (2019) Sue Maynard

A special congratulations to Leslyn Randazzo! She was surprised with the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ for her untiring dedication to the success of BCHMO. Leslyn has been a member and dedicated supporter of the Brownfield Chapter and BCHMO for several years. This award is definitely well deserved.

The Trail Maintenance Incentives (TMI) have been awarded.

River Springs chapter, Trail’s End chapter, and NEMO chapter have been awarded the grant monies to accomplish the trail projects submitted. Now materials can be procured and plans made to begin making the Missouri trail riding experience better for everyone.


MDC works with partners to open multi-use trails at Gist Ranch CA

The multi-use trails will welcome horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers.

SUMMERSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Back County Horsemen of Missouri (BCHMO), and the Summersville Saddle Club announce the opening of nearly 12 miles of multi-use trails located on the Gist Ranch Conservation Area (CA).  This CA is located in Texas County just northwest of Summersville off Highway 17.

Travis Mills, Resource Forester with MDC, and his work team, as time allowed, spent the past year enhancing an existing trail network as multi use trails.

“We are happy to provide this recreational opportunity to a wide group of the public including horseback riders, bicyclists, and hikers,” Mills said.

MDC welcomes volunteer help to maintain the trails, which will allow MDC employees to accomplish other work. Therefore, a partnership has developed between the Summersville Saddle Club and the MDC.  Ronnie Harper, president of the Saddle Club, says the club is looking forward to “a lasting relationship with MDC” and that they will appreciate the opportunity to have trails close to home.

“I’m pleased to see these multi-use trails developed, and to have played a part with getting these organizations together to create a long-term partnership,” said John Turner a representative of BCHMO.

More information about Gist Ranch CA can be found at


Are you interested in teaching Leave No Trace (LNT) Awareness Workshops to the public to learn, practice, and promote Leave No Trace?  To be eligible to conduct the Awareness Workshops you must attend the LNT trainer course. Contact Master LNT Trainers Darrel and Robin Vaughan for availability and details. This training is being offered to BCHMO members for a reduced fee by having participants provide their own food and sleeping arrangements. Minimum student numbers are necessary to hold the class. Class can be offered to other organizations as well.  
Each course has a minimum and maximum number of students. Please email Robin at: for more information or if you are interested in requesting a training class. 

AmazonSmile for BCHMO

Do you shop online on occasion or on a regular basis?  If so, Back Country Horsemen of Missouri (BCHMO) has registered with AmazonSmile so that your online purchases can help support our organization. In 2017 you brought in $106.74 for the organization.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support BCHMO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as  The  difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.05% of the purchase price to BCHMO, a eligible 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Follow the instructions below to select BCHMO when shopping on AmazonSmile.


2)  Select Charity – you can change what automatically appears to:

3)  Back Country Horsemen Of Missouri Inc. (case sensitive )

4)  Order as usual and 0.05% will be donated to us!  (To test, you do not have to place an order, just select a charity.