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2009 Activities

BCHC, Mid Valley Unit



Future Farmers become Future Packers, January 6, 2009

We helped the FFA at Orestimba High School in Newman, California, sharpen their packing skills for a state-wide competition.
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Del Valle Ride, February 22, 2009

Riders in the rain Riders in the rain

We rode at Del Valle Regional Park, in Livermore. It rained.
See all the pictures and read the newsletter article. (1.17 MB)



Dutch Oven Potluck, March 1, 2009

Dutch ovens full of food Dutch ovens full of food

The Dutch Oven Group got together for warm food and friendship on a cold and rainy day.
See all the pictures and read the newsletter article. (714 KB)



Dutch Oven Demo, March 14, 2009

Jon Caudill, chili Jerrie Ann Thomas, Vicki Morales, Apple Cake

We demonstrated the fine art of Dutch Oven cooking to a crowd in front of Crescent Supply on March 14, 2009.
See all the pictures and read the newsletter article. (740 KB)



Denair Agriculture Day, March 20, 2009

Explaining packing Explaining packing

We demonstrated the fine art of horse packing to an appreciative crowd at Denair Elementary's Agriculture Day on March 20, 2009.
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2009 Rendezvous March 20 - 22, 2009

US Marine leading pack mules Dutch Oven Cooks in ponchos

Backcountry Horsemen (and Women) from all over California spent the weekend of March 20 - 22, 2009 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, for awards, fun and demonstrations.
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Peoria Flat Ride, March 28, 2009

Terry Ryan on horseback, wearing a hat Donna Kuhn, Clifford Pearce, horses, greenery

We rode through fields of green grass and the glorious wild flowers of spring in the Sierra Nevada foothills, at Peoria Flat on March 28, 2009.
See four pages of pictures. (1.00 MB per page)



Red Hills Work Day, Meeting and Ride, April 3-5, 2009

Happy children Lady and her faithful horse

We held our annual meeting, work day and ride at the BLM land in Red Hills, near Chinese Camp, on April 3 - 5, 2009.
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Mt. Diablo Ride, April 19, 2009

Horseback riders and greensward Group photo with dead oak tree

On April 19, 2009 we rode through the lush green hills of Mt. Diablo State Park. See two pages of pictures. (750 KB per page)



Red Hills Repair, May 3, 2009

Lady emptying gunk out of bathtub used to water horses Two of our intrepid, resourceful and public-spirited ladies repaired the watering tub at Red Hills.
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St. Jude's Charity Ride, May 3, 2009

Two teens Steve and Jeannie Kistler

We helped raise over $8500 for St. Jude's Hospital, as part of a 4-H member's Emerald Star project, on Saturday, May 3, 2009.
See all the pictures and read the newsletter article. (1.2 MB)



New Melones Breakfast Ride, May 16, 2009

We ate breakfast and rode through the early summer heat at Peoria Flat, in the New melones Recreation Area.
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Two men, two horses, many wildflowers


Riverdance Farms / Heartland Festival, May and June 2009

BCHC Demonstration setup We demonstrated Dutch oven cooking, hitches and knots at Riverdance Farms and the Heartland Festival in May and June, 2009
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Fix'n the Faucet, June 12, 2009

The valve on the Pine Valley Horse Camp water trough was busted, so Don Butler, Bruce DeMott and Dan O'Hagan fixed it.
Read all about it. (75 KB).
three men fixing a faucet


Pine Valley Spruce Up, Campout and Ride, June and July, 2009

Horseback riders in the Sierra Nevada Horseback riders in the Sierra Nevada

In June 2009 we spruced up the Pine Valley Horse Camp. In July we went back for a campout and trail ride.
See two pages of pictures (875 KB per page) and read the newsletter article.



Dutch Oven Group Get Together, June 28, 2009

Dutch Oven zucchini casserole Dutch Oven Chocolate Toffee Delight

The Dutch Oven Group got together at Lloyd and Susan Erlandson's ranch on June 28, 2009 to cook up some good times.
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Buck Lakes Trash Removal, July 21, 2009

Buck Lake We worked with the Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers to carry trash out of Buck Lake on July 21, 2009.
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4H Pack Clinic, August 1, 2009

4H students 4H students

We gave a pack clinic to 16 4H members at the Stanislaus County Fair on August 1, 2009.
See two pages of pictures (850 KB per page) and read the newsletter article.



New hitching rail at Crabtree Trailhead, August 11, 2009

Dave Moser, one of his students, and Julie Martin, USFS, installed a new hitching post at Crabtree Tarilhead.
See a page of pictures (100 KB) and read the newsletter article.
Dave Moser and the hitching rail


Horse Meadow Trail Clearing, August 17 - 21, 2009

Men with cross-cut saw Monster trout

We cleared 9.5 miles of trail in the Horse Meadow area of the Emigrant Wilderness Area, in Stanislaus Nationall Forest, on August 17 - 21, 2009. We caught some monster trout, too.
See two pages (1 MB per page) of pictures and read the newsletter article.



Kennedy Meadows Campout, August 21 - 23, 2009

Dinner buffet in the wilderness We camped out at Kennedy Meadows on August 21-23, 2009; good food, good rides, good conversations.
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Mother Lode Ranch Ride, October 24-25, 2009

We had a beautiful ride at Don and Laurel Rumsey's Mother Lode Ranch on October 24 and 25, 2009. A baby rattlesnake added some excitement to the ride.
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baby rattlesnake


Horseshoeing and Dutch Oven Demo at TSC in Ripon, October 24, 2009

horseshoeing We demonstrated horseshoeing at Dutch Oven cooking at the Tractor Supply Company in Ripon on October 24, 2009. See a page of pictures (377 KB) and read the newsletter article.


Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge. October 24 and 25, 2009.

Gentle Use Camping demo Spooked mule in mid-air

We demonstrated gentle use camping and watched the bulldogging at the Calaveras Mule Packers Challenge in Angel's Camp on October 24 and 25, 2009.
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Dutch Oven Demo at Crescent Supply, November 7, 2009.

Dutch Oven Demo Dutch Oven Demo

We demonstrated Dutch Oven cooking to a crowd of appreciative spectators on November 7, 2009 at Crescent Supply in Modesto.
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Annual Christmas Party, December 12, 2009

Couple dancing Cowboy couple

We had our annual Christmas party in Oakdale on December 12, 2009.
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Columbia State Park Christmas Parade, December 13, 2009

Terri Arington Michael King, President of BCHC Mid Valley

We rode in the Columbia State Park Christmas Parade on December 13, 2009. The rain didn't dampen our spirits!
See two pages of pictures. (770 KB per page) and read the newsletter article.