Congratulations to NCBCH's newly elected officers and board members!

President: Mary Lou Patton
Vice Pres: Deb Shaughnessy
Secretary: Donna Allen
Treasurer: Ann Hopta
Board: Gail Aylward, Deb Crawford, Bill Ehrlich, & Kathy Thompson

Many thanks to the outgoing officers and board members for their dedication and service.

. ..March Newsletter...

Shindig 2017

Nature Coast BCH Shindig 2017

NCBCH's Volunteer of the Year 2017 --  Deb Shaughnessy!

Improvements for equestrian trails out of Tucker Hill Trailhead

Be sure to check out the new and improved Tram Trail along Croom Road. It has been changed to start inside the Tucker Hill equestrian parking lot and stays entirely in the trees.

The trail at Tucker Hill that starts near the water trough and heads down the hill has been rerouted somewhat to avoid the washout area and to improve its sustainability. 

Many thanks to Ann and Bob Hopta and their friends from Pa. for opening these new sections of trail.

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.



Please Note: You must be logged in to purchase insurance:

  • Your username is - firstnamelastname  (janedoe)
  • If you have never signed in before your default password is - BCHA2016 (BCHA in capitals).  

NCBCH Volunteers at Work

NCBCH Volunteers working in Croom

Who are We?

Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen (NCBCH) is a local chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Florida.  NCBCH serves the needs of equestrians in Hernando, west Sumter, and northeast Pasco Counties.  This geographic area includes the east and west tracts of the Croom forest in the Withlacoochee State Forest, Townsen Lake Preserve and the Withlacoochee State Trail (Rail to Trails) that runs through Hernando and Pasco County.

In these areas, numerous changes that may have an impact on equestrian trails are underway or eminent.  At Townsen Lake Regional Park, a favorite local riding area, a major restoration is in process as a result of its recent designation as a Preserve.  In the west Croom tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Brooksville Good Neighbor Trail, a paved bicycle trail is being constructed along Trail 10 through the middle of the forest.  Forestry has also proposed a plan to create a new trailhead and primitive camping area exclusively for equestrians just off of Soult Road.  Croom Road which runs east and west through the heart of the West Croom tract and Croom-Nobleton Road which runs north and south on the east side of the tract are now paved.  

The good working relationships that we have  established with Florida Forest Service, Withlacoochee State Trail, and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation gives us the opportunity to positively affect the outcome of these projects to benefit and minimize the impact to equestrians. 

Why join Back Country Horsemen of America


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