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     The purpose of this organization shall be:

  1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.
  2. To work to ensure 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 and sustainable use  of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
  5. To encourage youth participation in our activities.


    It was the original assumption that Back Country Horsemen would be a different type of organization, not the usual special interest one, normally operating as a protest group.  It was felt that a service organization, doing work in the back country, would lend credibility to the group when it became involved in criticisms of agency management.

    So, service and education joined a determination to protect our heritage of back country stock use as composites of the "purpose" outlined in our Mission Statements.  Our name was chosen because it signified an interest in much more than just wilderness.  Back Country Horsemen are interested in perpetuating recreational stock use on virtually all public lands.

    We try to limit our interests to the stated purpose. Many worthwhile organizations already exist to provide action programs in other fields, so anyone interested in those has adequate opportunities to become active.



Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands


President- Nancy Sluys


Vice President- Curtis Stillwell


Secretary- Susan Smith


Treasurer- Dawn Theisen

Additional Board of Directors Members-

State Delegates-Nancy Sluys, Susan Smith, Renee Stillwell (alternate)

Chapter Members Delegates- Annie Malone, Holly Schenk, Ronnie Patton, Susan Tomaselli


Standing Committees

Public Lands Committee- Nancy Sluys- Chair, Curtis Stillwell, Susan Smith, Byron Wallace

Volunteer Agreement CommitteeCurtis Stillwell, Ron Anderson, Gina Hagis, Nancy Sluys

Bourne's Branch Parking Area (Kiosk) Committee-

Bylaws Review Committee

West Side Connector Committee

New Comers CommitteeNora Dickey, Ann Crawford