Sunday, April 7, 2013

How Much Do You Know About the Spring Ride?

Our own MVBCH chapter member Betty Wagoner spearheaded the very first Spring Ride out of Pateros in 1984. That was even before MVBCH was a chapter! It was a day ride and about 100 riders attended. The proceeds of this ride were donated to the Back Country Horsemen of Washington State. The following year the trail went out of French Creek in the Lewis River region of the South Cascades. It was the first overnight event with camping. In 1986, 1987, and 1988 (the 3rd, 4th, and 5th annual Spring Rides) the events were held in Elbow Coulee with about 90-95 horse and riders for each year. After 1988 the Spring Ride was moved to the Beaver Creek Campground to accommodate more people and horses. We continue to use this beautiful and natural setting to this day. The MVBCH annual Spring Ride horse camping and riding experience has become a favorite of many horsemen, and we have many riders who have attended every one of them!     

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