2018 Rendezvous March 16-18, 2018
Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA

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2018 Rendezvous
By Nicole Sedgwick Rendezvous Chair

50 years ago, in 1968, Congress passed the National Trails System Act that protects many of our trails that we enjoy today. Come to Rendezvous to celebrate! The weekend of March 16th – 18th is all about our members and nonmembers coming together to visit old and new friends and to find new places to ride. Come join us at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg.

Friday night, we will have a potluck dinner. Bring something to drink and something to share and please join in the fun. Saturday night will be a nice catered dinner that you need to register for (note Early Bird rate dates! . We will have a live auction and music to dance to.

There are a lot of clinics that can help you build your skills for back country riding, too. Kyle Churchill, winner of the 2017 Extreme Mustang Makeover, and Taylor Gordon will be training stock to work around obstacles on the trail. Andy Breland will be talking about how to camp with horses. Dani Gamble is joining us with lessons on how to handle difficult stock. The Trailmeister, Robert Eversole, will be discussing lessons learned from emergencies on the trail and more. We have Bill Holmes training stock Dr. Gillette will be teaching clinics on cushings disease and dentistry for your stock. Marty Bjornstad will be teaching trailering 101 and knot tying. Ed Haefliger will be covering trail safety and packing. Jason Ridlon will be holding an annual meeting for independent BCHW members and a State Wide Work Party meeting. And so much more!!!

BCHW will be hosting the public lands day on Friday. We will have trainings on grants. Tony Karniss is teaching a ladies crosscut saw class. We will have packing and Leave No Trace clinics, too. And make sure you join in the fun with the Crosscut Competition and the Truck & Trailer Rodeo!

Make sure to clean out your tack rooms for the used tack sale. Also make a list of what to buy at the used tack sale. The BCHW store will be full of new products to come and get. We have been working on getting a nice variety of vendors so be sure to stop in and visit their booths. BCHW will also have a silent and bucket auctions going on, too.

Chapters, make sure you get your displays spruced up and ready for competition. And do not forget to go through your pictures of the year and enter them into the photo contest. Be sure to decorate up that hard hat of yours and get it into the Hard Hat Competition!

Sunday morning will be Cowboy Church, donuts and coffee social, and BCHW’s annual general meeting with awards. Be sure to come and celebrate with us.

Check back here for the updated schedule. If you would like to camp at the event center, please register for either a dry or electrical campsite. All horse/mule owners in Washington state should be in Ellensburg at Rendezvous! We look forward to seeing you there!


Used Tack Sale

Bring your clean and gently used tack to BCHW used tack sale at Rendezvous and we'll sell it for you. All you have to do is place a tag on your items with your price, name and contact information and we'll display it and sell it for you. BCHW takes 15% of all sales. You can drop off your tack starting on Thursday the 15th all through the weekend. If you bring a saddle to sell and have a saddle stand it is helpful to bring the stand to display the saddle. Mark your stand not for sale and your name. For questions call Jim Anderson at 360 835-5719 or e-mail at muleman1951@gmail.com.

Stop in and visit the Store for all your BCHW swag at the big Rendezvous!
You can find us in the Manastash Room.  Click here for items available at the BCHW Store

Cowboy Church will be held Sunday morning 8:00-9:00 AM in the Teanaway Hall.
Music will be provided by popular local performer/s, Dave Lundy and Barb Riley, other musical members may join them. The speaker will be one of our own, BCHW Pierce Co. member Dr. Jack Gillette. Organizer is Karen Johnson

Photo Contest  - Click here for details

Table Decorations - Click here for the flier

Hard Hat Decoration Contest  Click here for the flier

Ladies Only Crosscut Training Class Will Again be Offered at Rendezvous This Year!


     The intent of this course is to get potential BCHW Sawyers ready for upcoming spring certification classes and out safely clearing trails, whether on organized trail projects or to just be able to continue down the trail after coming to a tree across it. 
     There will be a 4-hour class on Saturday the 17th of March to educate and train women on the fine points of safely using both one-and-two-person saws and how to carry a saw on your riding animal. Also covered will be PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), how to become a BCHW certified sawyer, and of interest to all trail users, how to provide a good Trail Inspection Report for trail crews. There will be classroom instruction and hands-on practice offered.
     There is no charge for this class but you must reserve a spot a head of time so that the organizers can plan for the right-sized training facility and have enough classroom materials. RSVP by March 9th to Tony Karniss at tkarniss@gmail.com or 360-748-8640. For the final scheduled time and location and any other info,, go to the Rendezvous page at www.bchw.org.
     This class is being put on by Tom Faubion, Tom Mix, Tony Karniss, Pam Swigert, Barb Talbott & Debra Davis (USFS).

Nicole Sedgwick bchwexec@bchw.org  for more info.
Kittitas Valley Event Center,  901 E. 7th,  Ellensburg, WA 98926

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