Don't forget to pre-register for the 
Happy Trails Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 26 
at Spotted Dance Ranch in Brooksville
For details and to pre-register

 NCBCH Meeting
Wednesday, December 18
Old World Restaurant
                             Dinner is 5:30 pm
Please join us for dinner, fun and socializing
Fall Membership Drive
Time to renew your NCBCH/BCHA membership for 2020.

Click Here for Membership Application

NCBCH November News

The Thanksgiving holiday provided us with wonderful weather.  Our hope for everyone was good times with family and friends and a ride or two in our beautiful forest!

We are quickly closing in on the Christmas holiday season.  We will celebrate our Christmas meeting this year at the Old World Restaurant in Floral City on Wednesday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us for dinner, fun and socializing. We will again have an ornament exchange and ugly sweater contest.  We had a great time and a lot of laughs last year as members and friends ‘stole’ prized ornaments from other members.  A lot of laughs were also had at the expense of our ‘ugly sweater’ candidates!  Get creative and see if you can win some laughs and a prize with your ugly sweater creations!  Please bring a wrapped ornament to participate in the ornament exchange.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR THIS MEETING.  Due to scheduling conflicts at Old World Restaurant we had to move the meeting from Thursday to Wednesday.

Our November meeting was held at Glover Stables with a presentation by Deborah Glover.  Deborah was entertaining and provided us with ways to keep our horses happy and healthy.

Elections are fast approaching for NCBCH.  Elections will be held at our February meeting.  As in the past few years you will be able to vote on-line or at the meeting.  There are four officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and three board positions that you can run for.  We have a great relationship with FFS currently and want to continue on this path.  Please consider giving a small amount of your time by filling one of the board positions.  We welcome new people with their unique points of view.  Nominations can come from yourself or a friend.

    We can only continue our relationship and positive influence with FFS by being involved.  Please consider joining us in this effort.

If you have an interest or know someone that does have an interest in joining our board please send their names and contact info to:  Feel free to contact any of our board members for additional information.  Contact information for all board members is on our webpage:

2020 memberships are due in December.  If you have not renewed please do so ASAP.  A membership form is attached for your convenience.  Lorri Kindberg will be accepting memberships at the December meeting.

Please remember to log your volunteer hours helping on our trails on our website by clicking on the icon Report Your Hours Here.  It is extremely important that any work done on our trails and in the forest are reported for an accurate ‘picture’ of how much NCBCH contributes to FFS.  Please report any trail issues encountered that are too big for you to handle to our Facebook page (Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen) or by contacting any of our board members.

If you have an interest in being part of Brooksville’s Christmas Parade by riding your horse or just walking in it or would like to participate in the Croom Rider’s Christmas party please contact Martha Casisa:

Open gun season is over but please be aware that there is still hunting in Croom.  Continue to be safe by wearing bright colors and being ‘visible’.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on December 18th!  In the meantime Happy Trails to all.  Get out there and enjoy this great weather on our beautiful trails!

 Happy trails to all!  
Becky Swerdloff
President, Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen

One Day Chainsaw Training

If anyone would like to take the new version of the Chainsaw Training which is a PowerPoint presentation, a video, and written exam which can all be completed in one day please let me know. We will also try and schedule some hands on training if the opportunity presents itself. We are tentatively planning to hold this training at Rock Lake Lodge and I am building a list of names currently. We will let you know when the class gets scheduled.

Mark Lewis
Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(352) 797-4140
(352) 797-4108 Fax
Withlacoochee Forestry Center
15003 Broad Street
Brooksville, Florida 34601

Croom Hunting Dates 2019-2020  
Muzzleloading Oct 19-21
General Gun Nov 2-24
Small Game Nov 25 to Mar 8
Fox, raccoon, bobcat opossum Dec 12 to Mar 8
Spring Turkey
Mar 24-26, Apr 7-9, Apr 21-23

 NCBCH Shindig 2019
at Tillis Hill Campground brought to you in pictures.
Click Here for Shindig Photos

Lake Townsen Preserve
by Becky Card-Swerdloff
TOGETHER WE WON. This morning (May 15), the Hernando County Commissioners heard from all the emails you sent in, myself and other horse owners from NCBCH, the hikers, and local homeowners asking that Townsen Park remain as an equestrian and hiking park. We asked that the county continue with removing the dead trees but leave shade along the trails. Commissioner Dukes and Commissioner John Alloco made a motion that no more clearing be done on the trails at Townsen Park and to put hardwood trees back on the initial phase of clearing.  The motion passed unanimously. The Tortoises will be able to be re-homed in the first phase of the restoration and on our trails we get shade! This is a win win for all! Thanks to everyone for participating with emails, speaking and attending.  
You made the difference!

Click Here for Restoration Information


                NCBCH would like to thank
       the following sponsors who made our
             2019 Shindig a huge success

Ranch Hand Feed Depot, Giddy-Up Saddle Shop, Wagon Wheel, Fletcher's Tack Shop, Irish Trails Farm and Pet Supply

Remington Outpost, Capricci Healing Waters, Massage by Claire Larrson, White Daisy, Damsel in Defense - Phyllis Nolte, Photography by Ann Hopta

Tractor Supply Co. Brooksville, Pickett's Brooksville Ace Hardware, Toole's Groveland Ace Hardware, Rural King 

Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant, River Ratz, Luigi's Pizza of Brooksville, Mykonos II, Beef O'Brady's, Mallie Kyla’s, Country Kitchen, Glory Days Grill, Publix

Florida Forest Service

Please patronize these generous
donors that support our local

Volunteer of the Year 2019

  Friends of Florida State Forests Annual Day Pass

Good for all Florida state forests that have fees at the trailheads. The day use fee at Croom's Tucker Hill trailhead is $2 per person. The annual pass is $45 which is good for any day of the year for up to 6 people.       To order the annual pass on-line go to:

Friends of Florida State Forests Annual Day Pass
Or purchase it locally at:

Florida Forest Service
Withlacoochee State Forest 
Recreation/Visitors Center
15003 Broad St.
Brooksville, FL 34601-4201
(352) 797-4140

Lake Townsen Preserve, Nobleton Parking Fee.

The daily parking fee is $3.00 per vehicle. An annual parking pass is $45.00 per vehicle.

To get Annual Parking Pass Application go to:

Lake Townsen Annual Parking Pass 

Read both pages, particularly the highlighted area, print, fill it out, make a check payable to Hernando Cnty Recreation Department, & mail to 205 E. Fort Dade St., Brooksville, FL 34601, or go to their office at same address to purchase one. Call 352-754-4027 for further info.

Equisure Liability Insurance is Now Available to BCHA Members!

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