Service Committee Report

Dedicated members are working all over the state to further our mission through education, advocacy, and service.  Chapter work days are taking place on a regular basis, and several individual members carry their trail tools when they ride, and turn in work accomplished on their own time.  As of Aug. 26, the following has been reported:

Total Hours                                                           3,369

Total Travel Miles                                               32,648

Total Equipment Hours                                          313

Total Stock Days                                                     278

Total Value                                                     $151,788


Our work is our credibility and Missouri looks very good when compared to other states, thanks to our committed members.  BCHA wants to know how many trail miles we have worked.   Miles that have been reported  amount to 260 so far in 2014.  However, this is under-reported; notice at the top of the VHR form, on the right side, and try to remember to fill that out with a good estimation of trail miles that were worked.   Thanks to my committee and to individuals for all the good reporting.

Mary K Church, Service Committee Chair; 573-406-2566;

River Springs Chapter News by Candace Hale

In spite of the extreme heat, the chapter has continued to have its monthly ride/work days.    In June, we had several members attend the Fun Ride at Brushy Creek, which is always a fun time.  Two weeks later we returned to Lazy C Wrangler Camp in Oregon County, to finish our Trail Maintenance Incentive.  While we were working, several trailers arrived with riders who praised what we had done.  We are very proud of the end result and hope others, in the future, will enjoy the campground with all its improvements.

In July, we lucked out when the weather turned nice and we rode at Lake Wappapello State Park.  There were many trees down that we will return later in the year to remove in Butler County.  We thought it would be too hot for chain saws, but we did snip and remove limbs before returning to the parking area for a pot luck lunch.

For August we rode out from the Shawnee Staging Area in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  The trails were clear of downed trees, but we snipped and lopped the overhang and replaced missing trail markers.  We were also lucky enough to see a few of the “wild” horses as we progressed along the trail near the Broadfoot fields.  The three panel information boards at the Broadfoot staging area were missing and we reported that to the ONSR Park officials.

We had some disappointing news from the Ripley County Wagon Train and Trail Ride Assoc.  They have withdrawn from the 0-3 project in Ripley County.  0-3 is a non-designated campground and we had agreed to partner with them and the Mark Twain National Forest Eleven Point District on getting the trails mapped and designated and improvements to the primitive campground.  Our chapter members discussed the project and decided to continue with the partnership with the MTNF.  As soon as the summer heat abates, member Gary Garner and others will be GPS mapping the existing trails and we will also be working on getting a grant to help with the costs.   The proposal includes approximately 30 miles of designated trails that will loop to the Current River and back,  a driving trail for wagons and carriages and an improved campground.




Welcome to Robert Weaver and Darlene & Matthew Helmig who recently joined as members of the Brownfield Chapter!

Trail Designation Update:  Designating trails is a long process but almost there!  Per Carol of the forestry on 26 June:  ‘The final heritage report should be going to the State Historic Preservation Office for approval as we speak.  This is the last piece to complete approval.’

And on 18 August, update of the project for designating the red and blue trails is completed ‘and should be receiving a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office for the files by the 1st of September, but got verbal approval that all is good.’

Carol is working with the GPS specialist to get the new loops added onto the trails layer, so the trail map on the Forest Service website can be updated this fall.  She also requested Cole Creek Trail with the new loops be added to The Missouri Equestrian Trail Guide.
Per Carol: “Long time coming and thanks for all the volunteers help!”

The Brownfield Chapter asked approval to submit a grant for a pavilion; however, the response was ‘Forest Plan guides us to “Develop trailheads to the minimum standard that serves the established use.  Place primary emphasis on public safety by providing adequate parking space off roadways.”  Rarely do we have pavilions at any trailheads, unless it is a developed campground/picnic area.’  A nice to have but definitely not a must!

In the mean time, the Brownfield Chapter was approved and received the TMI.  Part of the funds were spent to have two loads of gravel delivered to the campground circle drive then used a tractor to place some of the gravel under the picnic tables and forestry sign (unfortunately spinning in the gravel and in the grass has been a past time of some coming to the campground….).  Signs for naming the ponds along the trails were made and hung the first part of August. The color coded diamonds with nails were ordered for marking the trails and placed on the trails in mid-August along with letters at intersections.  These markers are intended to make navigating the trails easy and the Cole Creek Trail map was updated and published on the Brownfield Chapter webpage to include the color coded trails and the lettered intersections.

bf pic

The last 2014 event will be a fall work day on September 27, Brownfield Chapter’s 4th Annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) Work Day.  The Tri-Lakes Chapter will be joining us again this year, looking forward to visiting and working with that great group again!  Carol from the forestry is planning on attending the work day and bringing some fiberglass trail post markers with stickers along with a post driver to mark the trails that go through the fields.  She wants to get the new color diamonds up on the new trail sections during the work day (already started but more diamonds are needed in areas where the trail is hard to follow, confirm the trail, and mark the trail in the fields).
Heads up!  Do not plan on riding or camping at Cole Creek Trail the weekend before the work day. The Berryman Adventure group submitted an application to the forestry for a bike/run/canoeing event the weekend of 20 September.  The group is planning to use Cole Creek Campground as their headquarters (about 75 campers) and use the trails for mountain biking and orienteering.  At the time this article was written the Forest Service was completing the special use permit.



NEMO River Valley Chapter News

June 7- Our first National Trails Day Membership Ride.   Old and new members enjoyed lunch in the barn at Frank Russell, LNT awareness lesson by Becki Krueger, and a ride that required raincoats.     The day was very damp, but spirits were not, and since we gained members, it was a success, despite the rain.

June 19-Eleven volunteers met to do groundwork and clearing around the existing campsites, and those under construction at Frank Russell.   Wayne Lake and John Turner were busy with tractor, loader, chainsaw, 4 wheeler and harrow, which made it easier on those workers with the shovels!  As usual, Shelly, Corp of Engineers manager, was working with us.

July 22- Eight members met at Spalding Trail Head to finish work around the new restroom;  Wayne furnished and operated tractor and loader; John ran his chainsaw.  We cleared picnic area, raked, shoveled, seeded, along with COE personnel Allen and Shelly.  A large amount of water furnished by Culligan was consumed, due to the heat and humidity.

NEMO River Valley Crew at Frank Russell Trail Head: Mary K Church, Wayne Lake, Don Lay, Shelly Howald (COE), Carole Sharp, Donna Turner, Linda Davis, John Turner, David and Marguerite Jones, Gordon Ipson (FOREST Council). Walt Davis helped with the work, not pictured.

NEMO River Valley Crew at Frank Russell Trail Head: Mary K Church, Wayne
Lake, Don Lay, Shelly Howald (COE), Carole Sharp, Donna Turner, Linda Davis,
John Turner, David and Marguerite Jones, Gordon Ipson (FOREST Council). Walt
Davis helped with the work, not pictured.

Marguerite Jones and grandson, Lincoln Talbott, work side-by-side on the landscape work at Spalding Trail Head.

Marguerite Jones and grandson, Lincoln Talbott, work side-by-side on the
landscape work at Spalding Trail Head.

Aug. 14- Wayne and Margaret Lake and Mary K Church enjoyed lunch at the Visitors’ Center, along with local COE personnel, to welcome the new St. Louis District Commander, Colonel Mitchell.

Sept. 27, NPLD-Work day is scheduled to begin at 9 AM, meeting at the Frank Russell Trail Head.

There are numerous projects that need attention, including setting the hitch rail and construction of picnic tables at Spalding Trail Head.  Additionally, we will focus on whatever other projects  our COE managers need assistance with.

Oct. 25- We are scheduled to do Mt. Pleasant Cemetery maintenance.  Work crews will ride from Von’s @ 9:30.

Nov. 1- SMMBCH Annual Membership meeting at Brushy Creek will be attended by several NEMO Chapter members.

TMI project is in process. The carsonite posts have arrived; workdays have not been scheduled to set those, but will be soon.

Several of the chapter  members always ride with  loppers, saw, and clippers, and take care of trouble spots when the see them.   Thanks to these dedicated Back Country Horsemen!




Tri-Lakes Chapter has been busy with trail clearing and cleaning on the multiples public agencies within our area

tri lakes pic

Tri-Lakes Chapter has been busy with trail clearing and cleaning on the multiples public agencies within our area.  Along with the Corp of Engineers property at Truman and Pomme De Terre Lakes, work has also been done on Missouri Conservation Areas of Lead Mine, Compton Hollow, and Busiek State Forest.  It is encouraging that most of the work has been clearing trails of weather debris and clipping.  Trash pickup has been less but with deer season yet to come, this will probably change.

A Chapter Fun Ride was held a t Slabtown in July.  Along with riding for the joy of it, trails still got clipped along the way.  Home-made ice cream was a regular late afternoon treat.  A short drive to the old campsite on the Big Piney River was enjoyed for cooling off time in the river.  The catfish dinner on Saturday night was also a great treat and good visiting time.  Tri-Lakes members were pleased to have other SMMBCH members, Eldon and Diane Kreisel, and Maury Metz, join in the ride and the fun.

Tri-Lakes Chapter was very involved in the mesh bag project.  (See mesh bag article)  The bags were delivered to the Pepsi plant in Springfield, where Larry Dishman, chapter member and Pepsi Lead Mechanic, made sure a place to store them was found until distribution could take place.

August 2nd was the Chapter’s Youth Day Event.  It was held at BC Stables in Fair Grove.  Eight youngster s participated. ( See youth day article).

Something new this year was the planning for a summer social event.  August 23rd an old-fashioned ice cream social and pie supper was held in spite of the weather forecast of 100 degrees.  It was planned as an outside event but quickly turned into an inside event with air conditioning at the Elkland Lions Club.  Four flavors of ice cream were consumed along with an auction of pies, cakes, cobblers, cookies,sweetbreads, and TOMATOES.  It was declared a success and will show up on the 2015 calendar for a repeat event.

Eastern Missouri Chapter-Larry Bast


       The Chapter held a clean up ride in May.  The new proposed interim trail was reviewed and GPS’d by Kelley Brent’s office.  The new trail layout has now been sent to the archeologist for review. Once they finish and approved the Chapter  will proceed with construction.  Trail markers and signage on the red trail were installed as well as cleared trees and brush.

       Jefferson City provided blueprints for a new pavilion for the equestrian users at the parking lot. There are two (2) proposed locations and are waiting on final acceptance before soliciting sponsors for materials.


       All primitive boundaries have been identified for the new parking lot and trail head construction, however, we are still awaiting final drawings. We are delayed due to the design and planning department working on plans for a new concrete bridge for the road into the park. This is expected to cost about $ 650,000 so we are hopefully in line after the bridge drawings.


207Tri-Lakes Chapter held a youth event on August 2nd at BC Stables and Training Center located at Fair Grove, MO.  Eight youngsters showed up with their horses and sponsors in tow.  The purpose of the event was to introduce youth to SMMBCH, Leave No Trace Principles, trail riding values and safety practices.   After listening to a “Safety Talk,” they spent the morning in the arena working with their horses.  Each learned to groom, pick hooves, saddle and bridle their own horse – with supervision.  Once this ground work was covered it was riding time.129

Each youngster had to demonstrate the safe distance to follow the horse in front of them.  They also learned the importance to alert the rider when passing.  Controlling their horse was practiced and demonstrated in games such as “Red Light – Green Light” where they had to halt or go forward on command.  “Simon Says” was another fun horseback game.  All the horseback games were to raise awareness of always being in control of your horse and being aware of surrounding horseback riders.262

A lunch of hot dogs, chips, and cookies was provided for youth and adults.  After lunch Katie Waitman, age 13, and her father, John, held a “Leave No Trace Awareness” class that stressed the importance of disposing of trash appropriately.  A game followed that put the practice in play.  (See accompanying pictures) There was plenty of laughter!  Kids also learned how to tie their horse with the quick release knot.230

The afternoon continued with more riding and putting what they had learned about safety and control into play.  Each learned and practiced the “emergency dismount.”  By the end of the event the riding level improvements were remarkable.  Each youngster received a notebook with the 7 Principles of “Leave No Trace” explained, pamphlets discussing horse psychology , horse anatomy, etc., a grooming bush and comb, and other interesting horse related items.

Youth events are extremely important for the future of SMMBCH.  This youth event was a success due to the effort and willingness of the Chapter members to sign up kids and help during the day’s events.  “Thank You” to all that helped and a big “Thank You” to BC Stables for allowing us to use their facility.


Submitted by

Marsha Copeland



 The annual Show-me Missouri Backcountry Horsemen membership meeting will be held on November 1st and 2nd, 2014 at Brushy Creek Lodge and Resort, Black Missouri. Membership meeting on Saturday.

Plan to set aside the weekend of November 1st and 2nd, 2014 and attend the annual membership meeting. There will again be riding and camping while attending the meeting. Brushy Creek Lodge and Resort has again agreed to host the meeting and camping. Plan to arrive early on Friday and ride if you wish. Don’t forget to attend the meeting on Saturday and take part in conducting the business of our organization. Stay over on Sunday for more riding. Brushy Creek has excellent camping facilities and trail access. Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen has budgeted for and will again provide the Saturday morning breakfast and the evening banquet at NO CHARGE.


The business meeting will be held during the day on Saturday so that those who wish to only drive in for the meeting will be able to attend and return home before it gets late in the evening. We will again make every effort to finish with our business before lunch time.

Taking part in the conducting of our business is important to furthering the goals of SMMBCH and protecting our trails. Your attendance during the meeting is crucial to the success of our organization, so come attend, take part, ride and meet with old friends.

Brushy Creek Lodge is located on 5910 Hwy. J, Black, Missouri

(GPS coordinates: N37.546659° W91.011067°)

Registration and camping information will be available at a later date.



 SMMBCH State Organization is issuing a call for nominations for the November membership meeting.  Meeting will be held November 1st , 2014.

 The following state offices will be open for election or re-election: 

                                    Board Member—Three Year Term

                                    Board Member—Three Year Term

                                    Board Member—Three Year Term

                                    President              One Year Term

                                    Vice President       One Year Term

                                    Secretary               One Year Term

                                    Treasurer              One Year Term

 Individuals interested in running or nominating an individual to run, will need to send the name of the candidate and a resume to:

 Sherry Copeland                    - or –               Eldon Kreisel

519 Good Hope Rd                                         20695 Hwy H

Marshfield, MO 65706                                    Hughesville,  MO.  65334

417-859-0600                                                    660-827-0782                     

 MAKE SURE THAT ANYONE NOMINATED HAS GIVEN THEIR PERMISSION AND IS WILLING TO RUN!  All candidates must be voting members in good standing.

 The three year terms of  Russ Martin, Candace Hale and Dennis Simpson will be coming to a close and up for election.  Current officers and directors may run for re-election.