Pigeon River & Beyond - Back Country Horsemen, Michigan

Who We Are ...

Our Mission

We are a grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting horseback riding and the use of pack animals on Michigan’s public lands. We support and promote multi-user trails throughout the state.


United we stand; Divided we fall

A wise old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his sons to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son: "Break it." The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the Bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. "Untie the bundle," said the father, "and each of you take a stick." When they had done so, he called out to them: "Now, break," and each stick was easily broken. "You see my meaning," said their father.

Union gives strength.


  • Promote common sense use and enjoyment of equines on public lands in
  • Work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational use of equines and pack animals.
  • Assist the various governmental and private agencies in the maintenance
    and management of said resources.
  • To educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise use of
    Michigan’s public lands by all stakeholders.
  • Develop partnerships with land managers and all users to preserve and
    protect public lands for future generations.
  • Support and promote multi-use trails in Michigan.
  • To educate and inform horsemen and others about Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.
  • To demonstrate that horsemen are citizens concerned with protecting the
    environment as well as sustaining economic equilibrium for the community and country.

Committees of BCHMI


Board Members - 2018

President:  Ron Walker email

Vice President: Dick Kleinhardt email                

Secretary: Jill Oomen email

Treasurer:  Teri Quam email

Recording Secretary: Jane Croff email 


Connie Kleinhardt   email

Darlene Alexander email  

Joan Duncan  email

Kim Ross  email

Kristie Walls email