FFBCH Bringing Happy Trails to You


Congratulations to our local chapter, Florida Forever Back Country Horsemen, for their Happy Trails award from the Withlacoochee Forestry Center for 2015-2016.  This is a prestigious award and well deserved for all the various projects that FFBCH has accomplished at Tillis Hills in the past year and their continued maintenance and improvement of the equestrian trails at the Citrus tract in Withlacoochee State Forest.




Equisure Liability Insurance is Now Available to BCHA Members!

Dear BCHA Member,

The Back Country Horsemen of American has added to its value to members by offering excess equestrian liability insurance through Equisure. The liability policy is available to current BCHA individual and family members in good standing and covers excess personal liability up to $1 million dollars! The cost for the policy through BCHA is $20 for individual BCHA members and $40 for family BCHA members.

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Rose Parade with Back Country Horsemen of California

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Scene from the BCHA National Board Meeting

BCHFL's National Director to BCHA, Truman Prevatt, reporting in from the BCHA 2016 National Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.




DOT Announces Results of C2C Feasibility Study

In meetings on March 30,2016 in Center Hill, Fl and on March 31, 2016 in Ridge Manor, Fl. the DOT presented the results of their feasibility study to determine the most viable route for the C2C connector trail through Sumter County.  An overview of the various factors that went into the final selection were presented along with the map showing the alternate routes that were considered. 

The final route selection is shown on the map as a corridor bounded by the green and yellow trail. The route selected will go through Webster, but the exact route will be determined in the next phase of the study.  A bridge that will accommodate equestrians will be built across the Withlacoochee River.  The bridge will connect the equestrian trails in East Croom with the equestrian trails in West Croom.  The exact location of the bridge will be determined in the next phase of the DOT study.  The two sites currently under consideration are where the power lines cross the river and where the Iron Bridge crossed the river at one time.

Note of interest from the meeting:  Of the over 115 people in attendance at the meeting in Ridge Manor we are proud to report that over 25 of them were equestrians.  We were well represented and many of us submitted comment forms.




BCHFL Shindig 2016

Where do I begin?  We held our first Shindig in 2008 as an affiliate local chapter of BCHA with approximately 50 people.  It was well supported and we were happy that the organization, formed to work with land managers to preserve our equine trails, was up and running.  Roll forward to 2016 at the dinning hall at Tillis Hill - over 140 people representing three local chapters of the Back Country Horsemen of Florida.  We have grown in 8 years from one affiliate chapter to a state chapter of BCHA with three local chapters.  This growth is because people recognize the importance of our mission and they recognize that the approach of BCHFL for local equestrians to volunteer and work with their local land managers - works well for equestrians.  

While it was tiring for everyone involved in the planning and execution of this yearly event, at the end of the day it was rewarding to see so many of you supporting our mission.  I want to thank everyone who helped to put on this Shindig, everyone that came to our Shindig, and our very generous sponsors.  Our annual Shindig serves as our yearly meeting of the members and is a social event where like-minded horse people can get together.  This year we were blessed with good weather so people could spread out both inside and outside for the meal and social part of the event.  The good news is that we are out-growing the available facilities to host our annual meeting and places for our local chapters to hold their monthly meetings.

It was a good day for horsemen in Florida.  

Truman Prevatt
President, Back Country Horsemen of Florida



Current News

  • Cross Florida Greenway Meeting Jan 21, 2017 Hello Cross Florida Greenway Friends,Recently you received an e-mail from Rob Ern asking you to join the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation for an introductory and organizational meeting of all user groups along the Cross Florida Greenway. He is currently the co-chair of the Cross Florida Greenway committee along with our longtime friend and previous Director of the Cross Florida Greenway, Jena Brooks on the Foundation board. They are the CSO for the Cross Florida Greenway! The Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation provides support to the Land Manager, even helping me with my events like the Ride of the Living Dead, Volunteer Luncheon,  Black History Celebration and the Christmas parade!!! The meeting you were invited to is ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2017, 12:23 PM by Truman Prevatt
  • Greenways & Trails meeting St. John's County Horse Council GREENWAYS & TRAILS MEETING ST JOHNS COUNTY HORSE COUNCIL AUGUST 27 SJCHC MEETS to draw lines on the map to develop equestrian specific trails in St Johns County.
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:59 AM by Truman Prevatt
  • NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN TRAIL CONFERENCE                        Hosted by the North Carolina Horse Council                              NETC Registration is now open!                                                            Equestrian Trails           Investing in our future - working together - stronger than everRegistrations are now being accepted for the 2016 National Equestrian Trails Conference being held in Raleigh, NC July 8 - 10, 2016.  Many great speakers have been confirmed for the Conference.  There will be a separate agenda for the bus tour which will be on Saturday, July 9th.  The bus tour is available as an option to the first 50 registrants.  Be sure to check out the sponsorship opportunities.  Don't forget, early registration ends May 31st.              Follow this link to register:  http://natetc.org/For information on NETC, please visit the website at natetc.org or contact ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2016, 10:08 AM by Truman Prevatt
  • DOT Announces Results of C2C Feasibility Study In meetings on March 30,2016 in Center Hill, Fl and on March 31, 2016 in Ridge Manor, Fl. the DOT presented the results of their feasibility study to determine the most viable route for the C2C connector trail through Sumter County.  An overview of the various factors that went into the final selection were presented along with the map showing the alternate routes that were considered. The final route selection is shown on the map as a corridor bounded by the green and yellow trail. The route selected will go through Webster, but the exact route will be determined in the next phase of the study.  A bridge that will accommodate equestrians will be built across the Withlacoochee River ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2016, 8:20 AM by Truman Prevatt
  • BCHFL Shindig 2016 Where do I begin?  We held our first Shindig in 2008 as an affiliate local chapter of BCHA with approximately 50 people.  It was well supported and we were happy that the organization, formed to work with land managers to preserve our equine trails, was up and running.  Roll forward to 2016 at the dinning hall at Tillis Hill - over 140 people representing three local chapters of the Back Country Horsemen of Florida.  We have grown in 8 years from one affiliate chapter to a state chapter of BCHA with three local chapters.  This growth is because people recognize the importance of our mission and they recognize that the approach of BCHFL for local equestrians to volunteer and work with ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2016, 8:18 AM by Truman Prevatt
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Equestrians are now represented!

The Coast to Coast Connector Trail is a 275 mile system of trails extending from Brevard County to Pinellas County. Upon studying the proposals for the "South Sumter Connector Trail" Back Country Horsemen of Florida became concerned about the lack of representation of equestrians during the planning phase of the project. Back Country Horsemen of Florida contacted the "C2C" planning group and expressed our concern. One of the planning group invited equestrians to contact the planning group via E-mail. BCHFL init
iated a state-wide E-mail campaign requesting equestrian representation.

BCHFL representatives and other equestrians attended the C2C Trail "Kickoff" meeting in Webster on May 9th where the Coast to Coast (C2C) Trail planners agreed to provide equestrian trails, where appropriate, along the C2C Trail. The also agreed to seek out and contact equestrian organizations and riding clubs local to the route of the trail in order to determine needs and to get recommendations. 

Finally, Truman Prevatt, President of Back Country Horsemen of Florida and a Certified Trail Master, was appointed to the C2C Trail Project Advisory Group to represent equestrian interests.   If you are the member of a group that is in close proximity to the C2C trail please have a representative from your local group contact the C2C Trail planners at www.cflroads.com (search for "South Sumter Connector Trail") . 




BCHFL Shindig February 7, 2015

Overflow Crowd

An overflow crowd attended the first annual meeting of Back Country Horsemen of Florida at the lodge at Tillis Hill Recreation Area in Citrus County. A pot luck dinner was followed by President Truman Prevatt offering a brief history of the two local Back Country Horsemen chapters and the formation of the new State Chapter, Back Country Horsemen of Florida.

Then Jim McGarvey, Chairman of Back Country Horsemen of America, shared about the need for equestrians to assist and develop relationships with their local managers of public lands. He stated that there is no better way to assure the preservation of equestrian trails than to establish local chapters to assist in the management of the public lands right in their own backyard.

Doug Ott, the State Coordinator of Friends of the Forest also spoke about the partnership between equestrians and Friends of the Forest in identifying local needs and coordinating resources.

After the business meeting the crowd eagerly participated in a live auction of donated items as well as a "Chinese Auction".

The goal of Back Country Horsemen of Florida is to establish local chapters throughout Florida in order to assure the preservation of equestrian trails on public lands. For more information please contact us. 


Why You should Join BCHA



Why You Should Join Back Country Horsemen of Florida

Back Country Horseman is a national organization.  By forming local chapters to affiliate with other Florida chapters your group will have a strong united voice.  You will have the voice of all Back Country Horsemen, not just the voice of your local group.

We are united and strong and here to help you preserve and improve equestrian trails in your area.  Every member of a local chapter is automatically a member of the Back Country Horsemen of Florida and Back Country Horsemen of America.  Interested individuals can help us accomplish our goals by joining a local chapter in your area.  You can join BCHFL as an at-large member.  

Better yet, join us as an at-large member of BCHFL and work with your friends and neighbors to form a local chapter to address the equestrian trail issues in your own “Backyard”.

What's Best About BCHFL? 



Teamwork