Birgit Stutz

Along the Beaver River
Along the Beaver River
Birgit Stutz photo
The Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC (BCHBC) can look back on yet another successful poker ride, which took place on Saturday, September 15.
This was the local chapter’s eight annual poker ride fundraiser, and with 41 riders, the ride was again well attended. Riders came from as far away as Prince George and Clearwater, as well as one rider from Switzerland.

As in previous years, the ride took place on the crown lease on Hinkleman Road east of McBride and followed a well-marked trail along a field with beautiful vistas, through forested trails, and along the mighty Fraser River and scenic Beaver (Holmes) River.

The ride was followed by a wonderful cook-out prepared by Jane McClinton and Heather Callaghan and the eagerly awaited announcement of the poker ride winners.

Top hand was won by Shelly Ryan of McBride, who picked a beautiful set of saddlebags hand-made by Reg Marek of Kicking Horse Saddlery in Dunster. Second place was awarded to McBride resident Adrien Hooper, who chose the Terracana package gift certificate (a two-night stay for four people and their horses). Third place went to Eileen MacDonald, who picked the Jasper House of Silver gift certificate. The 50/50 draw of $500 was won by Dunster resident Nathan Powell, with the other half of the proceeds going to the Robson Valley Chapter. Worst hand was won by Cooper Trask of McBride and consisted of a plunger and a box of toilet paper donated by Robson Valley Septic. The six youth riders all received a bag filled with snack items and items donated by ‘Cavallo’. Volunteers and participants were very appreciative of the many draw prizes which were donated by local sponsors.

Beautiful vistas
Beautiful vistas
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“A big thank-you goes out to everybody who helped make this ride possible, volunteers, sponsors and participants,” said Eileen MacDonald, chair of the Robson Valley Chapter.

“The Robson Valley Chapter once again received tremendous support from the local community through volunteering and sponsorship. The poker ride is the Robson Valley Chapter’s biggest fundraiser, and one hundred per cent of the proceeds raised go directly toward trails projects in the Robson Valley. The trails that the Chapter currently has signed agreements for ongoing maintenance are Teare Mountain trails, Blueberry Creek trail, Swift Current Creek trail, and Moose River trail, and the Chapter also partners with the Robson Valley Mountain Bike Association on maintenance of the McBride Mountain multi-use trail. The Chapter’s main project in 2019 will be the development of a multi-use trail network and rustic equine campground on Belle Mountain.”

There’s nothing like taking a scenic ride along the Fraser River.
There’s nothing like taking a scenic ride along the Fraser River.
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The Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC was founded in the spring of 2010 and currently has over 40 members.

The goals of the chapter are the improvement of access to both the front country and back country areas of the Robson Valley, as well as exploration and re-opening of some of the historic pack trails in the area along the Continental Divide, involvement in such activities as improving trail heads and staging areas, GPSing and mapping of existing trails, and encouraging youth to explore the back country.

The Robson Valley Chapter is welcoming new members, with or without horses. Membership fee is $45 for adults and free for ages 17 and under. Active members need to have a current Horse Council BC membership. For more information on the Robson Valley Chapter of the BCHBC contact MacDonald at 250-569-2324.

Prince George BCHBC chapter visitors
Prince George BCHBC chapter visitors
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Thanks to sponsors
Thanks to sponsors
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