BCHCAZ Board Meeting – Nov 2, 2020

Conference Call-in permanent number: (978) 990-5239, ID: 351324



Roll Call – Quorum

  • President – Craig Ferdig
  • Vice President – Gayle Gardiner
  • Secretary – Rene Ferdig
  • Treasurer – Dan Thornhill
  • Trails – Spike Hicks
  • Sedona – Joan Bouck and Stephanie Giesbrecht


Approve Agenda:  Approved


Financial Report / Membership – Financial report sent by Dan.


Committee Reports –

  • Finance – Craig added as signatory on BCHCAZ account. Alan no longer on account.



  • Informal trail ride held at Williamson Valley Trailhead had 18 attendees on Oct. 10th.
  • Dec 5th – Self Defense on Horseback being held at the American Ranch. Morning session 9-12 and afternoon session 1-4.
  • Bumblebee Annual Fall Benefit
    • Operations – Led by Craig Ferdig.
      • Kelly reports 81 people for dinner Friday and 90 for dinner Saturday night. Full house.
    • Entertainment / Riding –
      • Cowboy poet – Mizka Paget
      • EMT / first aid clinic on trail first aid for horses and people – Kathy Kentera
      • Intro to horse massage Friday – Kathy Kentera
      • CPR on Saturday – Kathy Kentera
    • Auction –
      • 12 Raffle Baskets
      • Good door prizes
      • 10 items for live auction
      • 50+ items for silent auction
    • Holiday Party / Annual Meeting. BBQ Lunch at Bumblebee on February 21st. Meal is $30 / each.  BCHCAZ will subsidize $20 of the meal and attendee would only have to pay $10.


Sedona Subcommittee

  • Sedona – Stephanie: many trails have been changed to be equestrian very unfriendly, suitable only for bikes. Red Rock Ranger district, Chris Johansson and Forest Sevage (?).  Western Gateway Range – equestrians cannot ride from one end to the other.
  • Red Rock Ranger District – Chris Johansson and Forest Savage (trail designer). They said impact on trail parameters is determined by amount of use. We need a bigger equestrian presence and pressure.
  • Trail construction people have been unduly influenced by bicyclists (not public knowledge).
  • New trails: Joan and Stephanie did a first walk to view new trails –  August 6th at Village of Oak Creek trail and second walk at site of  Dairy Springs / Pine Valley on October 21st.  Construction will start end of February. Joan and Stephanie will keep close tabs on the sticking points of these trails – a steep wash and slick rock drop.  Forest service feels they are not beholden to any groups or the guidelines.
  • Craig will call Jason (Prescott Nat’l Forest) to find out what the rules are. Craig will also schedule a meeting with Joan, Stephanie, and Gayle to discuss a plan for pursuing the forest service.
  • Stephanie and Joan will attempt to get whatever type of plans the Red Rock Ranger distract has.
  • Spike suggested that when Almosta Trail System was in planning, they had to go to Albuquerque (head office) to put pressure on local districts.
  • Bikes are not Arizona heritage, horses are. Tourists love seeing horses on the trails, not bikes.


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