Trail Symposium Presenters:

Conservation and Proper Use of Trails
Active-Riding-Trips-3-2014The Trail Symposium offers every topic imaginable about trail riding, horse camping, and the preservation of our trails.

The majority of horse owners are trail riders — and trail riders today are continuously challenged with losing trails throughout the country. At Horse Expo Sacramento, politicians and trail enthusiasts gather to discuss how to keep our horse trails open and maintained, now and in the future, and how to work in harmony with state and federal officials who oversee many of these trails.

Politics aside, the Trail Symposium also features experts who teach how to properly tie a horse to an overhead line, how to safely tie to trees (in ways that protect the tree too), taking the mystery out of campfire cooking (including cooking everything from biscuits to cakes in a Dutch oven), and where the best horse camping spots are.

Want to learn about horse camping protocol? The Trail Symposium covers all aspects about horse camping, including trailering advice, portable corrals, feeding and watering in a camping situation, what the U.S. Forest Service requires regarding feed and hay, and wildlife information.


Are Back Country Horsemen Really ‘Back-Country’?
Jerry brings 35+ years of experience working with horses and mules using gentle, natural methods, and riding in the back country. Jerry has been volunteering in the El Dorado National Forest and the Desolation Wilderness since 2005, including more than 7 years with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. As a member of the BCH Mother Lode Unit and a BCHC Wilderness Rider, Jerry is a Trainer for the Leave No Trace Seven Principles as promoted and taught by the Center for Outdoor Ethics. In his capacity as a Wilderness Rider, Jerry speaks at various venues in an effort to help educate his fellow equine enthusiasts about the need to leave a smaller footprint on the public lands, with an eye on preserving the legacy of backcountry stock use for future generations. Today’s talk will tell about what BCH does and how we need your help!


Plan Ahead and Prepare
In 2006, eight (8) years after retiring, Lucy Badenhoop fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning and riding horses, when she adopted her horse Mohawk from a rescue sanctuary in Southern CA. Devoting herself to weekly lessons and daily workouts for the better part of a year, Lucy and Mohawk formed a connection that has paid off numerous times on the trail. Over the years, they have been members of the Sacramento County Sheriff Search and Rescue team, the California State Horsemen’s Association Equestrian Trail Patrol, the Sacramento Valley Equestrian Trail Patrol, and most recently, the Back Country Horsemen of California Mother Lode Unit. In her journey toward keeping public lands accessible to the public and using but not abusing the wilderness, Lucy became a BCHC Wilderness Rider in September 2015.


Horse Camping & Trails in El Dorado County
Carolyn Gilmore has ridden horses since she was four and owned horses since 1972. A member of Backcountry Horseman for at least a decade, she became a Wilderness Rider in 2009. She loves to camp with her horses and ride and explore new trails every year. She also raises Haflinger horses and Haflinger mules. She is a docent for the Deer Creek Preserve in Sacramento County and a volunteer for the El Dorado National Forest Desolation Wilderness Area. She is also the Vice President of the California Division of the National Pony Express Association and participates in the re-ride from Sacramento to St Joseph, Missouri each year. An advocate for equestrian trails her entire life; she hopes to help insure continued equestrian use through her participation in the BCHC Wilderness Rider Program. Without a good horse and a trail to ride, what’s the point?


Trailhead Etiquette
About fifty years ago, while in the Boy Scouts, George Archer was hiking up a mountain with a pack on his back thinking “there has to be a better way to get my bed to the top of this mountain”. Ten years later George was on his first horse packing trip and was hooked on packing. In 1999, George called on an Ad in the local paper asking for a horse packing instructor for Shasta College. Mainly interested to know who was teaching the class, he asked for the requirements and found he was qualified to teach the class. The next thing you know, George is the new horse packing instructor. After Shasta College, George taught horse packing at Kidder Creek Camp for several years. In 2011, he enrolled in the BCHC Wilderness Riders, Leave No Trace, week-long training. Now retired, George is the lead packer for Trailhead Youth Ranch out of Millville, CA, a Tehama County 4-H horse leader, and an apprentice teamster. He works with adults and kids teaching, planning, and leading horse packing trips.


Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstrations
Growing up both camping and riding horses, Denise Zavat has enjoyed camping with her horse for about 15 years. With horse camping comes outdoor cooking, and she developed an interest in Dutch Oven (DO) cooking. About 10 years ago, Denise purchased her first 12” oven, and, as they say, ‘the rest is history’. Denise enjoys “DO” cooking for friends and family, at brandings and at the BCHC Rendezvous, as well as demonstrations for the Horse Expo.
Stop by the BCHC Gentle Use Camp in the Trail Symposium to watch Denise and other “DO” Cooks work their magic. There will be demonstrations twice a day, showing how “DO” cooking works, “DO” cooking tips, and tasty recipes.