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MEETINGS, EVENTS AND TRAIL DAYS

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

                                                                                          2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2-4, 2018 - National Equestrian Trails Conference- Scottsdale, AZ for more information go to - https://natetc.org 

 

November 3, 2018- BCHVH Trail Work Day

We will be working on the Little Dry Run Wilderness Trail just west of hwy 21 and the Hussy Mt area. We will meet at 10AM on CC Camp road in the first available turnoff and ride out from there. Bring gloves, hand saws, nippers etc. Since this is a wilderness area no power tools can be used. If you are interested in helping out please contact Nancy Sluys at minglewood@surry.net  so we can plan. Thanks and happy trails!!

 

 

December 8, 2018- BCHVH Christmas Party & Meeting- at the home of Renee and Curtis Stillwell in the Collins Cove Community. More information will be available soon. 

 

 Check back for more events as they are planned!

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PAST EVENTS

 

 

 

October 13, 2018 6PM- BCHVH Fall Meeting Pot Luck Dinner, Campout and Trail Ride and Trail Project at Triple C in Cripple Creek. 

 

Directions to Triple C-


 

From I-77 take Exit 24 (Poplar Camp Road) and go West on 69 towards Austinville (4 miles). At stop sign in Austinville take a Left onto Austinville Road (69) to stop sign at 94 (4 miles). Cross 94 onto Huddle Road (619).

At 4.4 miles slow down (sharp right curve) then at 4.7 take Left onto Gleaves Rd.

Go 2.8 miles and take Left onto Cripple Creek Rd (602).

Go 1.3 miles to Triple C on Left. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

From Fries– Take 94 North about 6 miles and take a Left onto Brush Creek Road (602) Go 8 miles (Brush Creek Rd will become Cripple Creek Road) and triple C will be on the Right just past a mailbox that says “Kelly”. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

There is no address for the land since there is no dwelling on it but if you are using a GPS the coordinates are N 36 48.726 W 81 05.547 . The next door neighbor’s address is 4032 Cripple Creek Road, Cripple Creek, VA.

For more information contact Nancy Sluys - 336-325-8886 or email- minglewood@surry.net

 

 

 September 22- Public Lands Day Celebration at Mount Rogers Headquarters- We will be setting up an informational booth and will need some volunteers.

 

August 24-25, 2018 - Iron Mountain Jubilee Endurance Ride and Ride & Tie - Location- Ivanhoe Horse Show Grounds. BCHVH will hold a benefit tack sale to raise funds for the Trail Fund. Volunteers needed for tack sale and road crossings! Profits will be donated to the BCHVH Trail Fund. More Info- http://www.ironmountainjubilee.com

 

July 14, 2018- Horse & Hound Festival- We will be providing some volunteers. This is also a fundraiser for BCHVH

 

July 7, 2018, 6PM- Summer Meeting and Camp Out- Location- Triple C in Cripple Creek. Meeting will feature discussion on changes in the Forest Service at the Mount Rogers NRA. The meeting will start at 6PM followed by a pot luck supper so bring a dish to share. Camping is available all weekend.

 

 

June 29- July 1st- Mountain Mule Rescue Benefit at Triple C. Trail Riding, Music, Workshops, Benefit Auction, Gourmet Dinner. We will be setting up an informational booth as well as our used tack sale (donations accepted) and will need some volunteers. More information will be available soon.

 

 June 16-17, 2018 - Garrie Bates Memorial Virginia Highlands Competitive Trail Ride - Location - Triple C in Cripple Creek. Profits will be donated to the BCHVH Trail Fund. Volunteers needed. More info - http://www.ironmountainjubilee.com/virginia-highlands-competitive-trail-ride/

 

June 2, 2018- National Trails Day Working Ride and Camp Out-  Location - Pleasant Valley Acres, 3002 Pleasant Valley Road, Sugar Grove, VA. Camping available. We will ride the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail in the Raccoon Branch Wilderness and clear debris.  Pot luck dinner after the ride.  For more information call Dawn Theisen at 276-783-3030 

 

 May 18-20, 2018- Spring Trail Ride, Campout and Meeting-   Location - Pleasant Valley Acres, 3002 Pleasant Valley Road, Sugar Grove, VA. Camping available. We will ride the Rowland Falls, Jerry's Creek loop and clear winter deadfall along the way. Pot luck dinner after the ride. BCHVH Meeting on Saturday at 7PM after the pot luck dinner at 6PM. For more information call Dawn Theisen at 276-783-3030

 

 

******DATE CHANGED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 6th at 10:00AM        April 7, 2018- Trail Work Project- TBA- 9:30AM,  Bourne's Branch Trail storm damage clean up. This project will be on horseback. Parking location depends on how many folks want to participate so please contact me at minglewood@surry.net or 336-325-8886 if you are interested in helping out. 

 

March 10, 2018, 9:00am - Trail Work Project. We will be repairing the creek crossing on the Yellow Branch Trail where it crosses at the church on Brush Creek Road. We will need 5-6 people on the trail crew. If we get more folks we will split up and do another project nearby. Please contact Nancy Sluys if you are interested in helping out. email- minglewood@surry.net or 336-351-4753

 

 

January 13, 2018 - BCHVH January Meeting - 5:30 pm with a pot luck dinner to follow, please bring a dish to share. This will be our annual election. 

DIRECTIONS - 478 Big Brush Creek Road, fries, VA. One mile south of Brush Creek Road on hwy 94 turn west onto Big Brush Creek Road (801). Go about a 1/2 a mile and just past the "End State Maintenance" sign the house will be on the right.

Phone number- 276-744-0277

 

 December 9, 2017 - BCHVH Christmas Party!!! Come join us for some fun and merriment and to celebrate our accomplishments for 2017!! Bring a dish to share, Exact time TBA. Location - The home of Martha & Maury Teitelbaum near Troutdale, VA. 

Directions- 

From Independence:

 

 Rt 58 towards Mouth of Wilson/Marion.  where 58  goes to the Grayson Highland State Park you keep straight  on Rt. 16 towards Troutdale.  go approx.  4.5 miles you will see the Fox Creek General Store on right ( Brick building)  you make the next left onto Nightingale lane.  pass barn and pond on right and take next drive up hill to house.

 

 

 

From Sugar Grove:

 

Take Rt 16 towards Troutdale, as you come into Troutdale, there is a closed Jerrys Kitchen on the corner.  3.8 miles from there take a right onto Nightingale Lane, pass barn and pond,  take next drive up hill to house

 

Martha Teitelbaum

540 Nightingale Lane

Troutdale VA 24378

276-579-4818

 

October 7-8 -BCHVH Fall Trail Ride and Trail Maintenance Workshop

Location- Triple C in Cripple Creek. Camping available (limited number of hook ups on a first come first serve basis, otherwise primitive). Short and long rides leaving at 10am on Saturday. 5:00PM- Trail Maintenance and Introduction to Sustainable Trails Workshop. Saturday- 6:30PM- Pot Luck Supper (Bring a dish to share) followed by Music Around the Fire. Sunday 9:00AM Trail Project nearby followed by more riding!!  

 Directions to Triple C-


From I-77 take Exit 24 (Poplar Camp Road) and go West on 69 towards Austinville (4 miles). At stop sign in Austinville take a Left onto Austinville Road (69) to stop sign at 94 (4 miles). Cross 94 onto Huddle Road (619).

At 4.4 miles slow down (sharp right curve) then at 4.7 take Left onto Gleaves Rd.

Go 2.8 miles and take Left onto Cripple Creek Rd (602).

Go 1.3 miles to Triple C on Left. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

From Fries– Take 94 North about 6 miles and take a Left onto Brush Creek Road (602) Go 8 miles (Brush Creek Rd will become Cripple Creek Road) and triple C will be on the Right just past a mailbox that says “Kelly”. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

There is no address for the land since there is no dwelling on it but if you are using a GPS the coordinates are N 36 48.726 W 81 05.547 . The next door neighbor’s address is 4032 Cripple Creek Road, Cripple Creek, VA.

For more information contact Nancy Sluys - 336-325-8886 or email- minglewood@surry.net

 

September 23-  National Public Lands Day Celebration at the MRNRA Headquarters. BCHVH will have an informational booth set up. Volunteers are needed to man booth. Call Diane Cherry if you want to help out - 276-699-9686 

 

August 25-26 - Iron Mountain Jubilee Endurance Ride and Ride & Tie - Located at the Ivanhoe Horse Show Grounds

 

Volunteers needed!

 

Proceeds from the ride will be donated to benefit the BCHVH Trail Fund to be used on the trails in the Mt Rogers NRA.

 

For more information about the ride go to:

 

http://www.ironmountainjubilee.com

 

 June 30-July 5th-   4th of July at Triple C!  A gathering of Trail Riders, Musicians and other good folks. The BCHVH will have a break away meeting at 5:30pm on Saturday, June 1st. Come camp and ride for the weekend or the whole week!! The neighbor has a great fireworks display on Saturday some come and enjoy!!

 

Location- Triple C in Cripple Creek, VA.

 

April 8th 2017, 10AM - Trail Work Ride-  We will meet at the first available pull off on the right on CC Camp Road just east of hwy 21 near Speedwell. Be ready to ride out at 10AM. We will ride the Hussy Mountain Loop and possibly the Perkins Knob Trail and do general trail maintenance. Please email Nancy Sluys at minglewood@surry.net if you plan on attending so we can plan. 

  

 

April 8th, 2017 6:00PM- BCHVH Meeting - Location - Leading Ridge Ranch (Ann Crawford's new place) in Camp. Let's welcome Ann to her new home!!

  

  

MAY 13, 2017 - SPRING TRAIL RIDE - Location - Pleasant Valley Acres, 3002 Pleasant Valley Road, Sugar Grove, VA. Camping available. We will ride the Rowland Falls, Jerry's Creek loop and clear winter deadfall along the way. Pot luck dinner after the ride. For more information call Dawn Theisen at 276-783-3030 

 

  
 June 3, 2017 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY-  EVENT TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

  

June 16-18, 2017 - Garrie Bates Memorial Virginia Highlands Competitive Trail Ride. Located at Triple C in Cripple Creek, VA. Volunteers needed! 

 Proceeds from the ride will be donated to benefit the BCHVH Trail Fund to be used on the trails in the Mt Rogers NRA. For more information about the ride go to 

 

http://www.ironmountainjubilee.com/virginia-highlands-competitive-trail-ride/ 

 

March 11, 2017 9:30AM: Trail Work Day on the Bourne's branch Trail-We will meet at Hungry Horse East Horse Camp (2255 Brush Creek Road, Ivanhoe) at 9:30. Please park in the gravel lots, NOT ON THE GRASS. 

 

We will proceed on horseback to the Yellow Branch and Bourne’s Branch Trails.  We will be clearing trail of winter debris and clearing a section where some big trees came down. There are likely to be more folks than can work safely in one place so we will scout other areas along the way (ahead of time) that can be worked on. Things to bring - Hand saws, loppers, nippers or whatever your favorite tool of destruction is. Bring work gloves, water and snack or lunch. If your horse is a tree chewer then bring an extra rope to cross tie them. if you are not up to physical work you can be a horse holder. If you are chainsaw certified, let me know if you can make it.  If you don’t ride and want to help we will find something to do near the trail head. We plan on being out for around 4 hours or so. Please contact me if you plan on coming so we can plan accordingly.

 

Please contact Nancy Sluys at minglewood@surry.net if you are planning on attending. 

 

 

 

 March 11th, 2017 6:00PM- BCHVH Meeting -    ***CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER ****

Location - Leading Ridge Ranch (Ann Crawford's new place) in Camp. Let's welcome Ann to her new home!!

 

Directions to the Leading Ridge Ranch, 4156 Dry Creek Road, Sugar Grove, VA 24375  (Do not try to use your GPS!)

 

 

 

From Speedwell: Cross Rt. 21 onto Cedar Springs Road towards Rural Retreat.  Take the first left onto Dry Road.  Follow Dry Rd. thru Wythe Co. into Smythe Co., it changes names to Camp Rd.  Follow to 'downtown' Camp (big white barn 'Jennings'). Take a left onto Dry Creek Road. About .4 mile on left is 4156, it's a long gravel drive. Come all the way up to the house. About 7.3 miles total to Camp.

 

From 81 Southbound: Exit 60, take a left and go thru Rural Retreat.  At the water towers go 4 more miles and take a right onto Cedar Springs. Take the first left onto Blue Springs Rd. Dead ends into Camp Rd, go leftish (you'll see). Go to 'downtown' Camp (big white barn 'Jennings'), take a right on Dry Creek Rd (see above). About 12.5 miles total to Camp.

 

From 81 Northbound: Exit 45 (Marion), take a right onto Rt 16. Go over the mountain, past the FS Headquarters. When you come off the mountain & the forest opens up, take a left onto Slemp Creek Rd. (this is BEFORE Sugar Grove). Take a left onto Cedar Springs Rd. Take a right onto Camp Rd. Follow Camp Rd. into 'downtown' Camp, take a right onto Dry Creek Rd. (see above).  About 15 miles total to Camp.

 

 

February 11, 2017- General Meeting- Location- Trailside (Nancy & Bill's place) 478 Big Brush Creek Road, Fries, VA.

 

  Saturday December 10th, 2016 - 5:30PM Annual BCHVH Christmas Party. Please plan to attend and help us celebrate a productive year on the trails of the Mt. Rogers NRA!! Short meeting to start at 5:30pm (this will include our elections) with potluck and merriment to follow. Bring a dish to share and an instrument if you play one! The location will be Trailside (Bill and Nancy's house) 478 Big Brush creek Road, Fries, VA.

 

SATURDAY October 15, 2016- BCHVH Meeting- Meeting at 6PM with pot luck dinner to follow. Bring a dish to share. Full Moon Ride in the Rangeland!!     Location- Triple C. Camping available all weekend. Come ride with us! 

 Directions to Triple C-


From I-77 take Exit 24 (Poplar Camp Road) and go West on 69 towards Austinville (4 miles). At stop sign in Austinville take a Left onto Austinville Road (69) to stop sign at 94 (4 miles). Cross 94 onto Huddle Road (619).

At 4.4 miles slow down (sharp right curve) then at 4.7 take Left onto Gleaves Rd.

Go 2.8 miles and take Left onto Cripple Creek Rd (602).

Go 1.3 miles to Triple C on Left. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

From Fries– Take 94 North about 6 miles and take a Left onto Brush Creek Road (602) Go 8 miles (Brush Creek Rd will become Cripple Creek Road) and triple C will be on the Right just past a mailbox that says “Kelly”. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

There is no address for the land since there is no dwelling on it but if you are using a GPS the coordinates are N 36 48.726 W 81 05.547 . The next door neighbor’s address is 4032 Cripple Creek Road, Cripple Creek, VA 

Nancy’s Cell– 336-325-8886 Bill’s Cell– 336-325-0930 

 

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 - 10AM - 2PM - Public Lands Celebration at the MT Rogers Headquarters in Sugar Grove. The BCHVH will be doing a presentation of "Sharing the Trails With Horses". If you would like to participate please contact Diane Cherry or Nancy Sluys. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17- BCHVH Meeting- Meeting at 6PM with pot luck dinner to follow. Bring a dish to share. Topics- Report on the National Equestrian Trails Conference, Project updates, project planning and more. Location- Triple C. Camping available all weekend. Come ride with us! 

 Directions to Triple C-


From I-77 take Exit 24 (Poplar Camp Road) and go West on 69 towards Austinville (4 miles). At stop sign in Austinville take a Left onto Austinville Road (69) to stop sign at 94 (4 miles). Cross 94 onto Huddle Road (619).

At 4.4 miles slow down (sharp right curve) then at 4.7 take Left onto Gleaves Rd.

Go 2.8 miles and take Left onto Cripple Creek Rd (602).

Go 1.3 miles to Triple C on Left. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

From Fries– Take 94 North about 6 miles and take a Left onto Brush Creek Road (602) Go 8 miles (Brush Creek Rd will become Cripple Creek Road) and triple C will be on the Right just past a mailbox that says “Kelly”. Green and red buckboard out front, wood fencing. 

There is no address for the land since there is no dwelling on it but if you are using a GPS the coordinates are N 36 48.726 W 81 05.547 . The next door neighbor’s address is 4032 Cripple Creek Road, Cripple Creek, VA 

Nancy’s Cell– 336-325-8886 Bill’s Cell– 336-325-0930 

 

 

 

 AUGUST 26-27, 2016-  IRON MOUNTAIN JUBILEE ENDURANCE RIDE and Ride & Tie- 

Sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC). 30 and 50 mile endurance ride and 15 and 30 mile Ride and Tie held each day. The camp for the ride will be at the Ivanhoe Horse Show Grounds in Ivanhoe. 

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! 

 Proceeds of the ride will be donated to the BCHVH Trail Fund (to benefit the trails in the Mt Rogers NRA) and the Garrie Bates Memorial Fund (to benefit junior riders). If you would like to volunteer to help at the ride please contact Nancy Sluys at minglewood@surry.net or 336-351-4753. We will need road spotters, pulse takers, help with food and hospitality, point riders. For more information about the ride go to http://www.ironmountainjubilee.com  or contact Nancy at minglewood@surry.net or 336-351-4753

 

JULY 2ND - BCHVH MEETING- COME CAMP AND RIDE AT TRIPLE C 4TH OF  JULY WEEKEND

 

JUNE 18-19,2016- GARRIE BATES MEMORIAL VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDE- Sanctioned by the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC). A competitive trail ride is not a race but a test over a marked trail with a specific time window. Horsemanship is judged as well as the condition of the horse. The camp for this ride will be at Camp Cripple Creek (Triple C) in Cripple Creek. For more information about the ride go to www.natrc5.org. Proceeds of the ride will be donated to the BCHVH Trail Fund (to benefit the trails in the Mt Rogers NRA) and the Garrie Bates Memorial Fund (to benefit junior riders). If you would like to volunteer to help at the ride please contact Nancy Sluys at minglewood@surry.net or 336-351-4753. We will need road spotters, pulse takers, help with food, safety and point riders. 

 

JUNE 4, 2016 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY MEET UP AND  RIDE.  Celebrating Mt. Rogers' 50th anniversary. Ride the Virginia Highlands Horse trail. 

LOCATION - PLEASANT VALLEY ACRES, 3002 PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD, SUGAR GROVE. For more information call Dawn Theisen at 276-783-3030

 

May 28-June 4, 2016 - Mount Rogers NRA 50th Anniversary Celebration- Look for events happening all over the NRA. On May 28th the BCHVH will have an informational booth at the Mount Rogers Headquarters on hwy 16 near Sugar Grove. Volunteers are welcome to help man the booth. Contact Diane Cherry for more information about the booth

For more information go to www.mountrogersfifty.org

 

May 21, 2016- BCHVH Meeting, Camp and Ride at Triple C. LOCATION CHANGED DUE TO BAD WEATHER. NEW LOCATION- TRAILSIDE (NANCY & BILL'S PLACE) Come camp and ride for the weekend or just come for the day. We will be camping from Friday to Sunday and riding each day. Meeting at 6PM on Saturday followed by pot luck dinner. Grill available.

DIRECTIONS - One mile south of Brush Creek Road on hwy 94 turn west onto Big Brush Creek Road (801). Go about a 1/2 a mile and just past the "End State Maintenance" sign the house will be on the right.

Phone number- 276-744-0277 

 

 

May 12, Thursday 9:30AM - WORK DAY ON THE VALLEY DIVIDE TRAIL. WE WILL MEET AT 9:30 AT the trailhead on hwy 16 and the entrance to Hurricane Campground just south of Sugar Grove. Contact Nancy at minglewood@surry.net if you are interested in helping. We will need some certified sawyers and other folks to help with swamping and hand clearing. We will be joined by members of IMBA . There will be approximately a mile hike into the site. This work day is without horses. 

 

 

 April 29-31, 2016-  Partnering with BCH Eastern Divide at White Cedars Horse Camp- free camping for all volunteers! Horses not required. Come join us for a clean-up and BCHED meeting around the campfire! Riders needed to scout trails, Hand saws for small brush, pick up trash around the camp and road. See Back Country Horsemen Eastern Divide Facebook page for more information or email Marge at margelewter@gmail.comSaturday April 16- Meeting -  Location- Triple C in Cripple Creek. Camp and ride (weather permitting)

 

 

SATURDAY APRIL 9 - WORK DAY ON THE VALLEY DIVIDE TRAIL. WE WILL MEET AT 9:00 AT the Forest Service Work Center, 655 Flat Ridge Road, Sugar Grove. Contact Nancy at minglewood@surry.net if you are interested in helping. We will need some certified sawyers and other folks to help with swamping and hand clearing. We will be joined by members of IMBA . There will be approximately a mile hike into the site. This work day is without horses. 

 

 

Due to the forecast of bad weather on Friday the Work Day will be MONDAY MARCH 7 

Friday, March 4 - Work Day on the Valley Divide Trail. Bad weather alternative date will be March 7. Meet at the trail head at the entrance to Hurricane Campground on hwy16 at 9:30. Contact Nancy at minglewood@surry.net if you are interested in helping.  

 

 January 16, Saturday- General Meeting 5:30- Wytheville Community Collene, Wytheville, VA. We will meet in Carroll Hall, room 220.  After the meeting some folks will be going out to dinner and welcome others to join them. For meeting agenda and directions CLICK HERE

 

JANUARY 11, MONDAY, 9:00 AM - Valley Divide Work Day- This will be our first work day with the Forest Service on the Valley Divide  Trail Project. We will meet at 9:00am at the Mount Rogers Work Center near Sugar Grove. From Sugar Grove take SR601 south and the work center will be on the left in a mile or so. If you are interested in participating please email info@bchvh.org. Work days during the winter will have to be on week days to accommodate the Forest Service's winter schedule but will switch to weekends after April 1st. Please check back for an updated schedule.December 12, 2015 - Board Meeting 4:00PM - members also invited

December 12, 2015 - General Meeting and Christmas Party 5:30PM

Pot Luck Dinner with a membership meeting and merriment to follow