Country Horsemen of Idaho is a non-profit
organization with 14 chapters spread throughout our
beautiful state. Each chapter of BCHI is its own
non-profit organization. Although each chapter is
a member of BCHI, and in turn, Back Country Horsemen
of America, (BCHA), they each have a complete list
of Officers and Directors.
by Squaw Butte BCH
story of BCHI began January 22, 1978 with members of
the Flathead, Missoula & Bitterroot chapters (all
in Montana) coming to Salmon, Idaho to try and start
another chapter. They provided posters, an informational
kit, and funds for radio and newspaper advertising.
meeting on February 14 saw 50 persons in attendance,
including the Salmon National Forest Supervisor. An organization
committee was formed to draft documents for the March
meeting. Thus, the Salmon River BCH chapter was officially
organized on March 14, 1978.
that BCH was going to grow and would need a central body
to coordinate activities, these four chapters met to
form an umbrella organization. Thus, BCHA (the national
organization) was born in early 1979,
first BCHA convention was held in Kalispell, MT on
March 17-18, 1979 where a constitution and by-laws were
has now expanded its influence to 25 states and one
chapter in British Columbia.
second Idaho chapter, the Panhandle BCH (Coeur d'Alene)
was formed in early 1983. When the states of California & Washington
agreed to bring their respective organizations on board
with BCHA in 1985, BCHI was formed with Salmon River BCH
and Panhandle BCH as charter members.
1986 the BCH of North Central Idaho (Grangeville) and
Priest River Valley
BCH groups doubled the number of chapters, joined soon
after by Heartland BCH (Donnelly). Two years later Twin
River BCH (Lewiston) and Eagle Rock BCH (Idaho Falls)
joined the ranks.
1992 there were five new chapters added, Sawtooth BCH
(Wood River Valley), Squaw Butte BCH (Emmett), High Desert
BCH (Twin Falls), Cache Peak BCH (Burley) & Treasure
Valley BCH (Nampa/Caldwell). Since that time, North Idaho BCH (Sandpoint), Boise BCH
(Meridian), & the Selkirk Valley BCH (Bonners Ferry) were formed. North
Idaho BCH has since dissolved in 2013.
Country Horsemen of Idaho invites you to become actively
involved in preserving your backcountry stock use by
joining one of the existing BCHI chapters. If
no chapter exists in your area, you may join independently.
Or, if you know other interested horse users in your
area you may form a new chapter.
form a new chapter in your area, contact the BCHI Chairman
for assistance. BCHI Officers listed
on the Contact Us page.
To purchase 2014 Calendars
Merle Olsen, BCHI Vice Chairman
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