NCBCH's Volunteer of the Year 2017 -- Deb Shaughnessy!
March 13, 14, 15, and 16th from 9am to 3pm, Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen are volunteering their time to clean up the litter along forestry roads in Croom.
Forestry is grateful for our efforts and authorized us to take trucks and ATV's along roads two, three, four, five, seven, eight, nine and ten, and Smith Prairie Trail Head.
Nick Egoroff and Shelly Solvedt are coordinating the assignment of volunteers in this effort. Please contact them if you can bring a vehicle or just volunteer your time and let them know which roads you would like to take. We find putting three people together (one drives while two others pick up trash) works best.
Bring some large trash bags and when filled, simply leave them at intersections or common points. Forestry will then be notified by us where to collect them.
321-228-9761 and 814-440-5639 respectively.
Happy (and clean) Trails To You!
Nick & Shelly
Our first Shindig in April 2008 at Townsen Park pavilion.
We celebrated the volunteers who came out in force to reopen the equestrian trail along the Withlacoohee State Trail from Nobleton to SR 50. It was the start of the great things the volunteers in Florida's Back Country Horsemen chapters have accomplished for equestrians in the 10 years since we first organized under BCHA. We are proud of our accomplishments. The list is long and is growing.
Come celebrate our 10th anniversary with us!
You might recognize a few of us!
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:
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.