You’re Invited to the BCHA Annual Meeting

This year we decided to do something entirely different


We have lined up for your entertainment pleasure BCHA’s very own storyteller,
Ms Nina Berezina!


Nina has been enchanting audiences for nearly two decades with her spellbinding storytelling. Accompanied by her Native American style flute playing, she transports people on wonderful, fanciful journeys of imagination. Her stories range from Native American legends to old European tales and beyond.  She even promises to weave horses in there somehow. 

So whether you are 3 or 103, Nina’s stories will awaken your inner cowgirl or cowboy.  It will be a great ride, don’t miss it!

Here are a few endorsements from others who have enjoyed Nina’s presentations:

“She’s exciting, lively, and fun.”

“Nina is so animated, her stories are brought to life with acting and pitch perfect accents. I was mesmerized.”

“Simply the best storyteller we have ever heard.”

Oh, and of course, we’ll have live music, food and spirits to entice you further.

We’ll also update you on BCHA’s activities and accomplishments in 2014, outline what we’re planning for 2015, solicit your input, plead for volunteers, offer you the Ballot for the 2015 Board, and

Announce the BCHA Achievement Award !

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Pleasant View Grange
95th St. at Isabelle Road, Lafayette

Free for members; $15 for non-members

Not yet a member?  Come anyway, you can join or renew at the meeting!

New BATCO Trail Map Available Now!

The 2015 BATCO Trail Map is hot off the press and available now in our Shop section.

December 13 is National Day of the Horse

In 2004, Congress recognized the first official National Day of the Horse. The text of the resolution states:

Encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States and expressing the sense of Congress that a National Day of the Horse should be established.

Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;

Whereas, without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;

Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;

Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;

Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and

Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–

(1) encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;

(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the Nation’s security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and

(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.

On the fifth anniversary of the first official National Day of the Horse, horse enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate the horse’s contribution to the United States.

According to the American Horse Council:

There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.
4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers.
2 million people own horses.
The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.
The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account.
The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
Further Reading
2010 National Day of the Horse

Joder Arabian Ranch: Call to Action

Eloise Joder

Help preserve equestrian access to Joder Arabian Ranch!  

If you don’t, it may remain Closed Space indefinitely.  Please come to the next meeting of the

Open Space Board of Trustees

Weds. Dec 10, 2014  6pm

Boulder City Council Chambers, Broadway & Canyon 2nd floor

and speak on  why it’s important to you that Open Space should reopen this property with trails and a trailhead parking lot immediately.

Background Info:  The City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Boulder County Parks & Open Space purchased land from Bob & Eloise Joder in 1991 specifically for trails  connecting West Beech to Joder to Buckingham to Heil Valley Ranch, with a trailhead parking area for horse trailers.….. but 23 years later, nothing has been built.

OSMP purchased a Conservation Easement from Bob & Eloise in 1996 allowing horse uses on the ranch.  OSMP purchased the rest of the property in fee from Bob and his sons in May 2013.  OSMP immediately closed the property to the public and demolished most of the buildings.  They now deny the presence of all those trails.

In November 2014 OSMP proposed a deal with the mountain bikers:  a single trail from Highway 36 to Left Hand Canyon Drive, in exchange for their support closing the property indefinitely.

We reject that deal because the property should be open to the public now.  The single trail would be useless to equestrians because it’s only about a mile long, there is no access from any other trail or trailhead, and there is no place to park.

BCHA Recommendation: We support a proposed multi-use trail on the north side of the property, as well as a single pedestrian-equestrian trail along the southern perimeter, making a large loop.  We insist that the deal include a place to park horse trailers (see map below).

This property is important to the heritage of Boulder (history, ranching, agriculture) and to the horse community.  Joder Arabian Ranch at one time had 90 horses, a breeding operation, lessons, educational clinics, horse shows, a rope course, and more.  There were more than 19 outbuildings, indoor and outdoor arenas, cross-country jumping course, four houses, and more.

There are more than 8 miles of trails on the ranch that were built and maintained by the Joder family, boarders, and the horse community.  The property is also important for enabling significant regional trail connections.

How to Provide Your Input

1) Come to the Open Space Board of Trustees meeting, Weds. Dec 10, 6pm, Boulder City Council Chambers (Municipal Building), Broadway & Canyon, 2nd floor.  (Street parking or at the library just across the creek.)

2) Click here for a sample email that you can personalize and send to the Boulder City Council and Open Space Board of Trustees

3) Spread the word to everyone you know, and get them to write and/or come to the meeting and speak!

BCHA Recommended Trail Plan

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

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