23. November 2016 · Comments Off on 2016 End of Season Party (Pot Luck Dinner) · Categories: Current Events, Fun Days

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This is a POT LUCK Dinner to celebrate 2016 and start thinking about 2017
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26. July 2016 · Comments Off on 2016 – Sawtooth Week · Categories: Around The Campfire, Fun Days, Horse Camping

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Blog Post by Linda Paul

As the trip winds down, euphoria and melancholy gather like the Muses’ faces on stage. Euphoria is nourished by new friendships, great stories, rides, scenery, and food, not to mention a week spent offline and blissfully ignorant of the latest grim headlines. Melancholy stems from the reality that all joyful adventures must come to an end, and soon granite peaks will give way to shrieking red and blue loyalists.

The trip began inauspiciously. Nearly half of the original participants were missing thanks to a shit storm of bad luck, including a car wreck. My adventures began, as a guest of Janine Townsend, with a short (how short, I had no idea) scouting trip from our campsite to Stanley Lake. First to arrive and set up camp, we were eager to explore. This was my maiden voyage aboard Bubba the Mule. We rode alongside a road that was far too busy, then worked our way down to the lake, scouting future swimming sites. Transcending a ridiculously steep embankment, we offered the animals a drink, but they were more interested in grass than in water. On the way back up that embankment, Bubba the Mule and I encountered a parting of the ways. Despite my grand efforts to hang onto at least one rein, I ended up holding a hank of leather attached to nothing but air. Injured pride aside, I tied the remaining rein into a very short roping rein, remounted Bubba and we headed back to camp just in time to greet the newest arrivals.

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22. October 2014 · Comments Off on Halloween Haunt, Whitetail Ridge Arena- Heartland BCHI · Categories: Current Events, Fun Days

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26. May 2014 · Comments Off on Play Days at the Chicks · Categories: Current Events, Fun Days

The July play day has been moved to Sunday July 27, 2014
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26. October 2013 · Comments Off on 4-H Halloween Trail Clinic · Categories: Fun Days, Training Events

4-H Halloween Trail Clinic

By Marybeth Conger, one of several Squaw Butte Back Country Horseman Volunteers

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The 4-H Halloween Trail Clinic at the Gem Country Race Track in Emmett Idaho on October 19th was a great success.

Lots of Learning and some serious fun was had by all on October 19th.  The Squaw Butte Chapter decided it was time to get serious and promote Backcountry Horseman to those that do not have a plethora of gray hair.  Gail Duke, the 4Horse leader Superintendent, embraced Linda Erickson’s outreach offer, and the Halloween Trail Clinic evolved with the SBBCH chapter providing coaches at various obstacles and registration assistance. We also set up a booth with Backcountry Horseman of Idaho information and even had complimentary Horse Soaps from the SBBCH chapter for participants. The Peppermint Soap was by far the favorite of the participants and the horses.

4 H Trail Clinic

Over 30 participants went thru the obstacles at the race track where there were experienced trail riders and coaches positioned thru out the course. Morning was for intermediate and advanced riders and afternoon for beginners. These obstacles were awesome and helped to build confidence in the rider and the horse. But there was fun too, and games included a Costume contest, Trick or Treating on horseback and even Horse bobbing for apples.  So Kudos should go to SBBCH members Phil and Kay Ryan, Charles and Lorraine Chick, Bill Holt, Janine Townsend, Rob Adams, and yours truly for volunteering that day and yes we made a difference.  The SBBCH Chapter is starting to receive hand written Thank you cards from 4 H members who participated.

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Next we are volunteering to help Gail Duke, 4h Leader Superintendent with a 4-H Trail ride so some of the Arena/ Fair horses will get a chance to get outside in the Backcountry. Since we must lead by example and the 4-H rule in Gem country is helmets, we should have some great photos. Promoting Backcountry Horseman to 4 H is a logical way for our organization to grow.

 

See you on the trail.

 

MB Conger

 

 

14. February 2012 · Comments Off on Hitches, Knots and Slings – OH MY! · Categories: Fun Days

 ~ Mini-Pack Clinic ~

Several members of the SBBCH got together this weekend for a mini-pack session of sorts. Janine and I expressed an interest in learning more about proper packing techniques and engaged the assistance of Jake Lemon and Ellen Knapp, who agreed to take time out of their busy schedules to demonstrating their personal packing techniques.

Jake felt that if we were going to learn this thing the right way, it would be best to learn on our own animals with our own gear. With this philosophy in mind, I loaded Jack and Annie and drove to Jakes in Emmett. Annie has come a long way considering her past, but she is still a bit skittish. I brought Jack along in hopes the presence of “her horse” would help to calm her.    

I pulled into Jakes a little after noon to find the rest of the crew had arrived. I could not blame my bad sense of direction for tardiness this time. This time, I would blame Annie. She is not the easiest critter to catch when she does not want to be caught. Yeah, I’ve read the books on how to catch the hard to catch mule –Annie, however, has not.

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21. January 2010 · Comments Off on Cowboy Polo · Categories: Fun Days

On Thursday night a number of Squaw Butte members and friends attended the first Arena Night ride.  The facility, while still a work in progress had been freshly groomed and some new lights had just been installed.  There is a lot of parking for trailers, and Ms Nielson team had a grill going and some cowboy music playing.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixing were available and very tasty.

It was great to be in the saddle and Willow was full of winter energy.   After riding around a bit so he got use to the arena with it sights and sounds, we got out the brooms and ball and practiced swinging  the boom past our stocks head and seeing if we could even hit the ball.  It is a lot harder than you would think!  It didn’t take long before the stock got use to this activity, so we set up a couple of cone goals and split into teams.    That is when the laughter started and the fun began.  Both horse and rider worked up a good sweat! As we didn’t have enough old booms for all the riders, as player needed a break, new players entered the game.  We also determined that the old wood and straw brooms are more durable then the newer plastic head ones.  Duct Tape was utilized to put a couple of brooms back in service when the heads came off.

I think all who attended agree this first event was a great success, and are looking forward to attending next month.  We will be trying other horse games in the future, but I know I am looking forward to playing Cowboy Polo again.

11. October 2009 · Comments Off on Packers Play Day IV · Categories: Fun Days

Hosted by Squaw Butte Backcountry Horsemen

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The Circle G River Ranch

 

October 17th, 2009

 

Location:  Circle G River Ranch, Emmett, Idaho

For directions

http://www.circlegriverranch.com/

 

First Event starts at 09:30 / ends 15:30

 

No cost to participate in events

Lunch $ donations accepted – 4H fund raiser

 

Lunch will be served at 12:30 and is being catered by the 4H

(Sloppy Joes, chips, cookies and soda / water)

 

This is a non competitive day of having fun with horses.  Results for times events will not be recorded, multiple runs will be available depending on time and number of participants.  ‘All skill levels’ of riders are encouraged to participate in any and all events.

 

Events are a mixture of traditional play day offering like pole bending and barrels, but also include musical chairs, 3 legged races, obstacle course and a number of other fun games on horseback.  If you have not attended a packer’s play day in the past you will find it a unique and fun experience for all ages of riders.

 

For more information email clinic@sbbchidaho.org

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Packers Play Day III
Hosted by Squaw Backcountry Horsemen
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The Circle G River Ranch

Location: Circle G River Ranch, Emmett

First Event starts at 09:30 / ends 15:30
No cost to participate, Lunch $ donations accepted.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 “4H will be catering the Lunch as a fund raiser”
(Sloppy Joes, chips, cookies and soda / water)

This is a non completive day of having fun with horses. Results for times events will not be recorded, multiple runs will be available depending on time and number of participants. All skill levels of riders are encouraged to participate in any and all events

Event Order
1. Pole Bending (traditional)
2. 4 Leaf Clover {new}
3. Pole bending leading pack horse {new}
4. 12 Pole (Lace Up) {new}
5. 12 Pole (Ultra Lace Up) {new}
6.  Ring Run (like action shooting, sort of) {new}
7. Barrel Race (traditional)
8. Barrels & Balls {new}
9. Egg & Spoon Ride
10. Tire Drag {new}
11. Lunch Break
12. Walk & Trot Race
13. Walk, Trot & Lope Race
14. Musical Chairs
15. Packers maze & obstacle course

All Participants must sign a Circle G River Ranch release form.