Join Us for some Trail Work at Heil Valley Ranch April 26!

BCHA and the Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO) are providing a great opportunity to help restore the trails in Boulder County Parks and Open Space in an area dramatically impacted by September’s flooding.  Volunteers will be reconstructing Heil Valley Ranch’s trails with handtools to faciliate the opening of trails in the southern end of the park.  There might be a significant amount of hiking along the Wapiti Trail, so please come ready to work outside and to be on the move.
This is a morning project that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.  We will meet at the Geer Canyon parking lot that is still closed to the public, so it is very important that you arrive on time.  We will close the gate and no one will be allowed in after we begin.  Snacks will be provided, but please plan on bringing any other food you might need.  The minimum age is 12 years old with adult supervision.  To register or to acquire more information, please contact Fletcher Jacobs at 303-678-6344 or  To ensure that you are a part of the BCHA/BATCO group at this project, mention that fact to Fletcher and be sure to copy Chris Morrison at when you register.

The Fair Will Go On — Rain, Snow, or Shine!

Come all ye stalwart horsepeople, regardless of the weather on Sunday!

The BCHA Horse Fair will take place INDOORS — in Barn A, which is heated.  The Live Horse Breed Exhibit will be in the Pole Barn — so again, be not daunted by the weather.

Hey, if it’s too yucky out you won’t be able to ride anyway, so this is a great activity for a “Springtime in the Rockies” day.   Bundle up, put on a smile, and we’ll see you Sunday.



Hark! It’s Time for the BCHA Horse Fair!

It’s All Happening at the Fair!

Doors open at 10am

Vendors & Exhibitors Booths all day (see below for a partial list)

Live Breed Exhibit all day

Guest Speakers #1
Randy & Cheryl Winter
Conditioning Your Horse

Annual Member Meeting
Learn about BCHA, give us your ideas
Vote for the 2014 Board
Presentation of BCHA Appreciation Award

Guest Speakers #2
Al Ohms, Dan Swenson
Horse Camping 101

Live Music
Wallpaper House Band

Whatever your interest, save the date and plan to attend the BCHA event of the year!

Vendors & Exhibitors include:

Acquired Tastes, Chuck Huggs
Max Tack, Randy & Cheryl Winter
Colorado Landscape Painters, Joan Wolbier et al.
Body in Harmony, Lauren Gee Harmon
JAX Mercantile, James Grentz
Savvy Acres, Marion Dahlgren
Healing Horse Registry International, Annette Price
4H & Pony Club, Jodi Zeier & Carmen Porter
Organic Cowboy, Matt Grainger
Trailwise Saddles, Michelle Smith
Starlight Sculpture Works, Suzanne Webel & Claire Bovet
Vaquero Leatherware, Lisa Bowers
Two Spruce Farm, Jody Marken
Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Christie Rankin & Lindsey Moloznik
Animal Control, Terri Snyder
Stove Prairie Ranch, Linda Best & Kristen Kunau
Gates of Inanna, Deborah Krenza
Northern Colorado Backcountry Horsemen, Al Ohms
Horses Forever, Shirley Hoffman
Eden’s Aspens Horsemanship
Cowboy Sculpture, Kimmer Jae Johnson
High Desert Hoofcare, Leslie Carrig
Equinimity, Christy Jemail
Discount Tack Store, Jill Talbot

and more!

Be sure to shop and/or stop by and thank these fine vendors
for participating in the BCHA Horse Fair!

This event is free for BCHA members.

2014 Horse Fair & Membership Meeting, April 13 — Save the Date!

2014 BCHA Horse Fair & Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, April 13, 10 AM-5 PM
Annual Meeting 12-1 PM
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn A, Longmont CO
$5 per person / BCHA members and children under age 12 — Free

Save the date for the 2014 BCHA Horse Fair & Annual Membership Meeting. In addition to amazing exhibitors presenting equine and equestrian products, art, horse-related organizations and the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, we have some new offerings:
- Two great educational seminars
Live music by the Wallpaper House Band
- Live Horse Breed Exhibit


In the Main Hall of Barn A, we’ll have more than 30 different booths featuring horse-related art, feed, tack, carriages, jewelry, non-profits, and much, much more, all from local folks!

Informative Seminars
Have you ever wondered what’s involved in camping with your horse? Do you want some great information on how to get your horse conditioned for a competitive event, or started back from the long winter’s break? Plan on attending one of these great seminars in the lobby of Barn A.

Horse Camping 101: Northern Colorado Back Country Horsemen
Conditioning Your Horse: Presented by Cheryl & Randy Winter 

The Wallpaper House Band
Live music will rock the Barn. The Wallpaper House Band features Anne Gifford, Duffy Keith, David Hard and Steve Nerney. Their vocals, viola, bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddles will rock the house with retro, reggae, folk and country from 1–5 PM. 

Live Horse Breed Exhibit
Just outside Barn A the stalls will be filled with live horses of different breeds and disciplines. The stall doors will have information about the breed along with other interesting facts. Interested in exhibiting your horse? Please contact Jill or call 303-545-5737.

Boulder County Horse Association Annual Membership Meeting
This year the 2014 BCHA Annual Meeting will be held from 12-1 PM in the lobby of Barn A. Plan on attending and finding out what we accomplished in 2013 and what’s on the agenda for 2014 — add your interests as well.  Applaud our recipient of this year’s Achievement Award! 

We are planning on having a food truck in the area, please check back on this page for more information as it comes in. 

Interested in being an Exhibitor?
If you would like more information about a booth and/or would like to bring your horse for the live horse breed exhibit please contact Jill or call 303-545-5737.

Do you have time to volunteer?
Spend a few hours at the event helping out. Please contact Linda or call 303-579-4840.


Eldora Mountain Resort and Hessie Need You!

ARP LogoThe Draft EIS for the Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) has just been released. You can look for it at under Project Library. There is a 45-day comment period, which ends around April 14.

There will be two open houses, one in Nederland on March 25 (Nederland Community Center, 5-8pm) and one in Boulder on March 26 (Boulder West Senior Center, 5-8pm).

We might have expected them to expound on the need to protect things like narrowleaf moonworts and lesser panicled sedges, and to opine extensively on the need for new ski terrain.

But their proposed actions will be detrimental to summer trail-based recreation.

BCHA has repeatedly asked for:

1) improved — not reduced — access to the existing Jenny Creek Trail system and parking for it near Peterson Lake

2) we have asked for more — not fewer — parking spaces at Hessie to access the Indian Peaks Wilderness

3) a trailhead at the Eldora ski area to accommodate oversized vehicles (e.g. horse trailers) and a trail to the Lost Lake area which would enable equestrians to access the National Forest.

The proposed EIS will make things worse — not better — in every instance.  Requests from the public to “accommodate dispersed recreation with additional parking in the EMR base area and a summer/winter trail… with a trail from the EMR parking lot to the current Hessie/Fourth of July Road trailhead… [which] would ease some of the parking issues at the current Hessie trailhead” were summarily dismissed in the Draft EIS because, the authors claim, “the concept does not address the identified Purpose and Need, the EMR parking lots are located on private land, and the issue is beyond the scope of this EIS and better addressed through trailhead management.”

We disagree.  To be fair, they haven’t (yet) chosen a Preferred Alternative. In fact, on page 2-79 they say “At this time, considering the environmental impacts to public lands and the opportunities for use of those lands that would benefit the most people over the longest term, the Responsible Official has not identified a preferred alternative. Following review of public and agency comments on this DEIS, the Responsible Official will make a final determination as to which alternative, in part or in whole, best serves the public interest on NFS lands. Based on public agency comments, modification of the preferred alternative may occur between Draft and Final EIS.”

Click here for maps with proposed trails

BCHA asks all trail advocates to write to the Forest Service ( and and BCPOS ( supporting summer use of the Eldora Mountain Resort parking lot, a new trail to Lost Lake, and/or at least some trailer parking at Hessie, before it’s too late.

And please attend one of the open houses, and bring your friends. Remember, the world is run by those who show up!

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