Back Country Horsemen of Western North Carolina
Back Country Horsemen of  Western North Carolina was organized in 2008 to address the increasing need to maintain horseback riding trails on public lands. We are a chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of NC.

Back Country Horsemen are a national organization that work with federal, state, and local agencies to preserve and maintain public trails so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy them. As a service organization, we are able to assist public agencies to manage recreational equine use on public lands. Another of our primary purposes is to educate horsemen and other trail users in the low impact use of the backcountry environment.

We welcome anyone interested in promoting and protecting trails and equestrian access to public lands. We hold membership meetings in addition to work rides, educational clinics, trail rides, and other events.

Our Mission

    1. Perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness areas and especially the back country and wilderness areas of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States.

    2.Work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

    3.Assist the Government and private agencies in their maintenance and managements of said public resources.

  4.Educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.

                    5. Foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen organizations.
For more information about Back Country Horsemen follow the links below:






2013 Full Moon Rendezvous Schedule
Thursday Sept. 19th - check in any time after 12pm.
  Spend the day riding on your own or just relax and enjoy the lake and surrounding area. We will have stock trailers to transport horses across the dam GSMNP and Fontana Resort Marina has all kinds of watercraft available for rental.
Friday Sept. 20th -  We don’t have anything scheduled until Friday evening . We will be providing shuttles across the dam to GSMNP in the morning and afternoon. There are some short trails on Fontana’s property and some forest Service trails adjoining the resort property. Make sure you take the Dam tour sometime , its very informational.
6pm - Historic Sunset Lake Cruise on Fontana Lake ( You may bring a cooler and your choice of  beverages).
8:30 pm - Chili Supper and Campfire gathering. Local Story Tellers and pickers.
Saturday Sept 21st - All day BCH info booth and children’s petting and education area. Feed reps, Raffles, Speakers.
8:30 am - Breakfast start the day off right with a hearty breakfast at camp catered by the resort .
10 :30 am  - Poker Ride - Trails the whole family can ride on resort property. About  2 hours. $10 per hand.
50/50 cash split with BCHNC
3pm - “LNT” S’mores at the kids area
1pm -5pm  - Short clinics and Demonstrations in the Arena with Double 00 Farm , Obstacle training area.
4pm - 6pm - Tack Sale - Our tack sales have been a big success. This year we are going to try something new. Everyone will bring any tack to swap or sell to the common area between 4 and 6pm . You will be responsible for your tack and all transactions will be between the buyer and the seller. Each Seller will be asked to make a $5 contribution to BCHNC.
5pm - 7pm  -  NC Board of Directors Meeting
7pm - Supper a delicious BBQ catered at camp by the resort.
              Raffle  Drawings we have some great donations for raffle prizes.
              Band local bluegrass and southern rock
Sunday Sept. 22nd  - Demonstrations. Desensitizing and Obsatcles in the arena will continue through the morning and early afternoon.
8:30am - Breakfast another great meal catered by the resort at camp.
9:30 am  - Sunday Morning Spiritual Gathering
10 am - 2pm -  Arena demos and clinics
Campers are welcome to stay Sunday Night. All campers must depart before 11am on Monday Sept. 23rd.



A BIG Thank You to all of our April Trail Crews


BCHWNC Members Meeting

Member Meetings are always on the 2nd thursday of the month

Thursday July 11th
Bryson City Horse Arena 

Great job !  Keep up the Good Work !

Mill Creek Camp Hitch Rack Project  GSMNP

This winter several of our members made trips to Mill Creek to repair the horse tie racks. We secured all the connecting posts and poles and restored the racks to safe, secure 
working order. 

Thank You  to all who made the 2013coggins clinic
 a HUGE success!  
We pulled coggins tests on 81 horses and did a large number of other vaccines. Thank You to Dr. Beverly Hargus of Animals - R - Us , Mike Stiles for assisting Dr. Hargus, Randy Collins Graham County Agricultural Agent. Sweetwater Farm and Garden  for the use of their facilities and to all of our chapter members who vounteered their time. 
 Packed and ready to go!