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Senior Pass for Federal Parks will cost more Aug 28th.

The St. Louis paper this morning stated that the cost of a federal “Senior Pass” will go up from $10 to $80 on August 28.  It is a card available to citizens 62 and older, good for life, that gives them free access to many Federal parks, monuments, and other facilities that charge an admission fee.  Since many of our BCHMO members qualify on the age part I wanted to give you a “heads up” in case they, like me, had neglected to take advantage of this benefit.  You may want to pass along to your “elderly” riding friends.

Most Federal agency offices are out of the card, and they are referring people to the web to order the card on line.  This is the info for ordering the Senior Pass.  The address is  Click on the link that reads “Click here to purchase your Senior Pass with Your Pass Now.”  You will be redirected to  Complete the on line application and submit.  There is an additional $10 processing fee.  You will be sent a confirmation and receipt by email which will serve as an interim pass until the actual pass card is sent to you by mail.

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.

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 0.5% 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)  Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen (case sensitive and don’t forget the “-“ in Show-Me)

4)  Order as usual and 0.5% will be donated to us!  (To test, you do not have to place an order, just select a charity.