BCHC Mid Valley Unit

President's Monthly Message


February, 2019

Jim Westmoreland

A few weeks ago, we had some friends visit us from North Ogden, Utah. As Lewis glanced around the ranch, he said with surprise, "Your lawn looks so green!" I never thought much about my lawn being green in February, but these Northern Utahans were quite impressed. They mentioned that they hadn't seen their lawn in weeks and probably would not see it for several more due to the accumulation of snow. How blessed most of us are to live in this valley. To live in a place of temperate weather and still be able to go and enjoy the wonders and beauties of the seasons without leaving the state. We can ride our horses every day if we don't mind riding in the rain once in a while.

Yes, the land is gettng green. My wife Chris and I have been riding in the foothills the last few weeks and have noticed this great change. Just last week we rode the Red Hills area near Chinese Camp and were also treated to lingering patches of snow from the last storm. In all my 20 years of riding in that area I don't ever remember snow there. Our state is truly a great place to ride horses. Having said that, we must do all that is in our power to keep our equestrian trails open and that is one, if not the most important, reason that I am a member and a volunteer of BCHC Mid Valley Unit.

We need to feel the importance of keeping all trails open, especially those beautiful and breathtaking trails in the back country. I believe that without our continual service and support, many of our public trails will be lost. It seems a never-ending struggle, but a struggle worth all of our best efforts. We must continue this service so that future generations will be able to experience what we have been blessed with. May we be united in our focus and vision in this cause.

There was a story told by Judy Wagner of Park City, Montana. She said, "Horses teach us so much about life. One time I was helping my brother gather cattle and was riding a challenging horse named Shine who refused to cross a 3-foot-wide ditch no matter what I tried. My brother rode up and told me to look up. Sure enough, when I looked up, the horse jumped the ditch. Focus on your vision and look up, not down, on where you want to go."

I hope we can all serve together in unity, look up and have the vision of protecting stock users' historic use of the wilderness and educating the public about gentle, "leave no trace" wilderness use with a positive and passionate effort. Thanks. Remember, horses and mules learn from the release of pressure.

Jim Westmoreland

(Our President writes a message every month for the newsletter.)

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