Pierce County Back Country Horsemen
of Washington

Here's a special message from Vice Presidnet Jim Sharbono: "Hello. PCCBCH needs a secretary!
Our Secretary for 2022 for health reasons has resigned. The job isn't as hard as it sounds. I cannot overemphasize the help you will get and how easy this job is. You will need to attend the member meetings and the BOD meetings each month to document the minutes. You will be a voting member of the BOD (Board of Directors) The Chapter will provide a laptop computer for your use. The past Secretaries and BOD will help you learn what is needed and provide any assistance that is necessary. See the attached job description.

This is an awesome way to become involved in the leadership of this great organization. If you are interested and would like additional information contact me. Remember to keep Debra Christnacht in your thoughts and prayers.

Jim Sharbon
Vice President

Never been on a Chapter Ride Before? Don't Worry . . . They're Fun!

Chapter rides, work parties and camp outs are fun for everyone! This one is even better! Part of National Trails Day!!! Grab a pair of clippers and go for a ride. You don't have to get off your horse if you do not want to! If you do not have stock, stay in the campground and be part of the fun. (We need a camp host to be part of these events) What a great way to help your chapter and have fun at the same time. The Chapter and Rob are holding a fun work party June 4th 2022. We will meet at Elbe Hills Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E, Ashford, WA 98304 08:00. PCCBCH has taken care of the Sahara Creek Horse Camp and Trail System for years. It is our way of giving back to the horse community and the general community as well. We can use all the help we can get so plan and join the Chapter for some great camaraderie, community service, and fun. If everyone helps it is not too much work for anyone. Jay hosts great rides, Rob runs great work parties, and Louise helps everyone, they always are lots of fun. What a great opportunity to get out of the house. Hope to see you all there!!!!

Current Events

We surveyed the arena at Lacamas Grange to see what work is needed to maintain it. Deb harrowed the arena for about 30 minutes. There is very little sand, less than a half of an inch at best. hard packed and covered by weeds. Lots of rocks popped up. See attached pictures.

+ 1 Gallon of roundup or equivalent, Spray and let set for 1 to 2 weeks.
+ Rock pick team, 5 or more workers with buckets, couple hours work.
+ Two truck and trailer loads of coarse sand (4 truck loads)
+ Spread sand.
+ Grade with box grader.
+ Harrow as needed

PCC will need to provide a tractor, sprayer, box grader and harrow. We will need a work party one day to pick rocks and spray then another work party to spread sand. After that we will need to harrow and spray as needed, probably once a month.

The grange said they will pay for the vegetation killer and sand. Someone will need to call and confirm.

I can provide the equipment for the initial clean up.

All in all I would say this is a good deal for the chapter. Not much work and very little cost. Probably 5 or more volunteers for a couple days then 1 or 2 people half day once or twice a month. We will need a committee chairperson and a couple volunteers with small tractors and harrows. Couple worker bees would be nice as well. I am not volunteering to be the committee chair.


There was a fun time at our Chapter Prize Ride this year. Nearly 100 riders showed up at Elbe State Forest to ride the trails, dine on our BBQ lunch and socialize with other horse owners. It was great to see so many children riding with their parents and enjoying their mounts. Be sure to watch for an announcement for our next prize ride in July of 2022. Funds from our events go directly to maintaining public facilities to help insure our public lands stay safe and open to our USA citizens.

Proceeds benefit PCC maintenance of public lands in Washington State. We promise tons of fun and loads of work . . . did we mention fun? Contact: Lead Trail Scout Sam Nohra for more information - evosam97@gmail.com - 253-691-8185 - Mobile - 360-458-4631 - Home

Here's an article from The Suburban Times about our efforts restoring the Gateway Bridge: Keeping the Trails Open to God's Country - Thanks to everyone who participated with work, money, and ideas. Enjoy!

Check out our project for the Upper Elk Spur trail in Elbe State Forest.

We are networked with Back Country Horsemen of Washington. (BCHW), in 25 other states. Come join us for good friendship, good information, volunteer opportunities, and the chance to make a difference!

BCHW Mission Statement

BCHW is affiliated with the Back Country Horsemen of America and therefore adopts the BCHA mission statement as follows:


1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness.

2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

3. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.

4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.

5. To foster and encourage the formation of new chapters in the state organization.

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Thank you to our sponsors who have helped with the Prize Ride and have provided on-going support to our chapter:

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