BCHA serves as an umbrella organization for all horse-related interests
in Boulder County. We are a clearinghouse of information and we
present a united voice for all horse enthusiasts. Our members' equine
interests encompass breeding, showing, training, pleasure, ranch
activities, and trail riding for competition as well as recreation.
BCHA has been incorporated since 1971 as a Colorado non-profit corporation.
In 1998 we obtained our 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue
Service, enabling contributions to the organization to be tax-deductible.BCHA's
bi-monthly newsletter, "The Horse's Mouth," educates our members
about horse-related issues. Articles include upcoming events, potential
legislative impacts affecting our interests, trail descriptions,
and useful tidbits about caring for our horses. Seminars and clinics
are presented throughout the year. BCHA initiated a volunteer Mounted
Search and Rescue unit which subsequently came under the supervision
of the Boulder County Sheriff's Department. We offer both organized
and informal trail rides, which are a great way to learn about local
ecology, history and land stewardship.
BCHA promotes the acquisition of open space and parks, and supports an interconnected
system of multiple-use trails. In 1986 BCHA adopted and built the Doudy
Draw Trail near Eldorado Springs for the City of Boulder Open Space Department,
and we have conducted annual maintenance on this trail ever since. We have
participated in several National Trails Day projects, and our members are
active in State and Federal trail-policy planning forums. We are an organizational
member of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition and the Colorado Horse Council.
BCHA has been deeply involved in working with Boulder County to formulate
a set of horsekeeping guidelines in the Land Use Code which would "work"
for most horse owners, yet enable the County to enforce reasonable regulations
should the need arise. We are especially proud of our recent accomplishments
in this arena, and we hope that BCHA will be recognized as a resource for
horse- related expertise in the future.