2020 Spring Ride

  The 2020 Spring Ride and Auction/Fundraiser is April 24th, 25th and 26th! 

The Methow Valley Back Country Horsemen invites you to a fun-filled family weekend April 24 to 26, 2020 near Twisp in North Central Washington.  


Friday: We’ll have a Dutch Oven pot luck dinner. Saturday: We’ll ride in spectacular scenery and, you’re welcome to enjoy an optional Poker game on the trail. We’ll have a Silent Auction all afternoon (closing at 5 PM), and a marvelous BBQ dinner starting about 5:30 PM. After that, we’ll have entertainment to enjoy as we relax around the campfire! Awaken Sunday morning to fresh coffee and a scrumptious Cowboy Breakfast before heading home. Come join us!


Please join us for a weekend of family fun, riding, evening entertainment around the campfire, great food, plus--a chance at the auction tables for some really terrific specialty bargains!


Click here to download and print the 2020 Spring Ride registration form. Please complete and sign the form, attach the registration fee, and send it to the address on the form.


Remember: Camping is “unimproved” (though there will be plenty of porta-potties!) and the weather is changeable, but fellowship and scenery are unbeatable!
Bring: Potable water for all humans; water is close at hand in Beaver Creek for your horses, so just bring buckets to carry it from the creek. Have an outback coat to keep you warm and dry in case we have a few raindrops, and your camera! Of course, if you plan on riding be sure to bring your horse! Come early & stay late!

Enjoy a peek at our
2019 Spring Ride

Our 2019 Spring Ride and Auction over the weekend of April 26th—28th was as wonderful as ever, and many members pitched in to help make the event a success! Weather was a bit windy and chilly, but the bonfire was almost always lit as DK Williams and his "firewood crew" had stocked plenty of wood for the weekend.

Setup during the days before the ride went smoothly, and we had lots of help from our members who were willing to do anything that needed to be done! The small group of flaggers for marking the trail had a beautiful day to ride in and they had a great time enjoying their own mini-Spring Ride before our guests arrived in the following days.

It was difficult to not just stop flagging and enjoy the scenery!
Work at the campground needed many hands (and a great deal of patience) to get the tents and tables set up for all the auction items, logo wear, and registration.
The Saturday evening dinner following the ride was amazing--the steaks were grilled to perfection, and our chefs and sous-chefs had a great time together as they served our many guests to a hearty meal.

The video below is from our 2018 Spring Ride and provides a great overview of the 
Methow Valley Back Country Horsemen and what we do!
(Video by producer/director Leslee Goodman of TwispMovie.com) 

Click here to see photos of our 2018 Spring Ride!


Click here to see the great fun we had at the 2014 (30th Spring Ride) or scroll down to see photos of our 2013 Spring Ride!

2013 Spring Ride

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   Cathy Upper pinning down one of the canopy uprights encouraged by Carole Goudge and Anna Heathman

Eager riders get registered.
Early arrivals get settled.

(L-R) Jackie Iddings, Mary Pat Bauman, Donna Stoothoff, Jan Ford, Nancy Palagrutti

Beaver Creek

On the trail

Gallant Friesian!

State "LNT" Educator Jane Byram with MVBCH President Cathy Upper
Cruising around camp on Friday afternoon

Tacking up for the "shake the kinks out" first ride!

All the comforts of home.

Pete Stoothoff and grandaughter Lily

Friday night pot luck diners line up for dutch oven gourmet!

Willie Kemper on "clean up" after dinner
Drag riders ready to take to the trail

Paper plate says "George's Ride"--Where's George??

Welcome back from the ride!

No stragglers here

Tres Caballeros

Tres Caballeros (the Bradshaw family) up close!

Love that halter!

Suzan Allen-Davis and Best Pal
Back from the ride, and those ponies don't even look tired!

Whoa there--looks like your pony wants to go round again!

Back in time to hit the silent auction before dinner

Everyone loves a good ride!

Hey, hold up--I'm tired and can't go that fast!

Best rides are had with best friends

Really great ride--and really great BBQ!
Ride farrier Winfrey Smith--no problems, good ride!

Saturday night entertainment 'round the campfire.
Over the hills, and along the valleys.

The BBQ Lunch is served!

Krista Wallin gets acquainted with mini "Moon"
Great new shirts 'n stuff for the 2013 Ride
OK Pete, up with the flag pole
Patiently waiting...
Late afternoon ride

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