Member Awards Program

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Member Awards

Your 2022/2023 Awards Committee Chair


Susan Sundahl

Contact Info: 253-380-0343

If you scroll down this page, you can access a printable nomination form, view the different categories and see the pictures of last year's awardees.  You can click on the picture to view a larger image.

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For a list of past recipients Click Here 


2022 BCHW Awardees presented at Rendezvous 2023

 These folks were nominated for the 2022 Awards.  If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image.





      Rob DeBoer

 Rob DeBoer has been a member of BCHW since 2008. He has been an extremely willing and valuable participant at not only the Chapter level as Director for the Skagit Chapter for several years but also as the BCHW Vice President for two years. He has been elected to and serving as a member of the Inaugural BCHW Executive Committee. Rob is very active in trail work coordinating joint chapter work parties for Skagit, Whatcom and Traildusters chapters at the Harry Osbourne DNR forest in Skagit County. He has prepared meals for several BCHW events and fundraisers, helped with set up and tear down of Joe Watt Canyon Ride, and worked at past Rendezvous in various capacities. Rob has been in key positions on several HotShot Crew events and Statewide work parties to include; crew lead, purchasing feed, recruiting a crew, and counselor. Rob has been instrumental in organizing and providing pack support to several of our trail partners across the MBSNF for PNTA, WTA, and BCHW crews over the years. He has played a key role in working with our land manager partners by participating several meetings with the Forest Service and DNR representatives. Rob’s willingness to volunteer and provide sound guidance and support to all of BCHW members is a shining example for all and he is well deserving of the President’s Diamond Award.




Ken Carmichael

 Ken has been a BCHW member since about 1987.  He developed and wrote the Membership Development Handbook that BCHW uses, and it is also on the BCHA website.  He is so dedicated to this topic that when the handbook was finished, he traveled the state to talk about it at the chapters.

Out on the trail, he is always sharing BCHW and the importance of what we do.  In his free time, he reads, and I am not saying he reads good books.  He reads RCW’s, WAC’s and the Non-Profit rules that we must govern by.  If you have a question about anything having to do with our governing documents anyone can go to Ken.  I am very thankful to have him in this organization and feel he is a deserving recipient of the President’s Diamond Award.











Desk Jockey Award


Carolyn Stella

Desk Jockey Award


Rhonda Scott

Trail Warrior Award


Barb Talbot

Trail Warrior Award


Don O'Neal

Backbone Award


Pete and Nancy Erben

Cinch Award


Jane Byram


Lopper Award


Bob Hoyle

Lopper Award


Carole Schuh

Lopper Award


Faye Bradford

Lopper Award


Marsha O'Neal


Lopper Award


Mary McHugh



Jim and Elaine Davis


Within the Olympic Chapter we have some awesome members that perpetuate the mission of BCH but two people who have been doing it the longest are Jim and Elaine Davis. For about 30 years they are the epitome of what BCH stands for. Both Jim and Elaine have worn many hats over the years. Jim has been President, Vice President, Director and Trail Boss, worked on local and Statewide work parties and much more, while Elaine has been President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chaired many major fund raisers. They spend most of their weekends in the summer at hosting the Tahuya Horse Camp. Jim’s partnership with DNR for the trails and horse camps at Green Mountain and Tahuya is ongoing. When everyone else thought that the Tahuya area was taken over by motorized vehicles, Jim and Elaine campaigned for a host program like the one at Green Mt. and brought the campground back to a non-motorized campground. There are many stories to tell about all the trails Jim and Elaine have adopted, but the most prominent one is the “Davis Trail”. They worked tirelessly to get the trail brought back to a useable trail for all users after DNR had decommissioned it. Thank you, Jim and Elaine, for staying true to the mission.

2021 BCHW Awardees presented at Rendezvous 2022

Please find the below list of awards presented at Rendezvous in 2022.  These folks were nominated for the 2021 trail period.  If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image.

You will be able to find additional information about the awardees in the upcoming Trailhead News edition. 



Dick Yarboro

Dick Yarboro joined BCHW in the 90’s as a member of the Olympic Chapter.  Then he was with the Nisqually Chapter where he held the position of Director for 2004 & 2005.  He has been a secondary member of Grays Harbor for years, before moving to Eastern Washington where he is now a member of the Northeast Chapter.  After 35 years, in the Department of Printing in Olympia, it was only natural that he went to work on the Trailhead News to spread the word about what BCHW does so he became the THN Editor in 2007. He worked closely with Washington Media services, a position he held until 2021.  He organized at least one, maybe more, BIG VIP rides in Capitol Forest.   Also, in 2007, he got Nisqually to join in on the then multi-chapter West Fork Humptulips Trail, Olympic National Forest, "adoption", he was the Nisqually contact and a major trail worker for several years. Dick has enjoyed horse ownership, riding, and the company of like-minded trail riders.  He has always loved exploring new areas and working the trails with friends and members of BCHW



Mike Reedy (Posthumously)

**Award Accepted by Tom Conner

It is with pleasure that I write this recommendation for Michael Reedy. Mike was the director from Washington BCH while I was Executive Secretary for Back Country Horsemen of America. He then progressed to Vice President and President of Back Country Horsemen of America. Mike always had the best interests of BCHW and BCHA at heart. He would go out of his way to handle the business of Back Country Horsemen. He was always available for BCHW and BCHA.

Mike deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is a shame that he cannot be with us to receive it.

Sincerely, Peg Greiwe, Former Executive Secretary, BCHA



Chuck Regimbal



Doug Stewart

**Award Accepted by Darrell Wallace

2021 Cinch Award


Kathy Iddins - Traildusters Chapter

Deb Wesselius - Lewis Co. Chapter

2021 Desk Jockey Award


Barb Thomas - Mt St Helens Chapter

Nancy Rust - Mt St Helens Chapter

2021 Lopper Award


Sue Elson - Methow Valley Chapter

2021 Lopper Award


Norma Wright - Lewis Co. Chapter

2021 Trail Warriors


Bill and Mary Bennett - Purple Sage Riders Chapter

2021 Trail Warrior


Gary Wright - Lewis Co. Chapter

2021 Trail Warrior


DK Williams - Methow Chapter

2021 Camp Cook Award


Ranae Stevens - Tahoma Chapter

2021 BCHW Backbone Award


Lesa Gregory - Ferry Co. Chapter

2021 BCHW Backbone Award


Ken Schulz - Tahoma Chapter

**Accepted by Mary Kane, Tahoma President


2020 BCHW Awardees

Please find the below list of the 2020 awards presented in 2021.  Our Awards Chair, Sue Sundahl and our State President, Jason Ridlon travel the state to present these awards. These folks were nominated for the 2020 trail period. If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image.

You can find additional information about the awardees by clicking on the Trailhead News edition -May/June 2021.

BCHW Awards 2021 List


2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dan & Karen Stinebeck – Mt. St. Helen's Chapter



They work hard, play hard, and make each event they are involved in so much more enjoyable. Volunteering for local, Chapter, and Statewide events, Dan and Karen are always there. Rendezvous’ Tack Sale and parking rigs, LNT, the Wine Ride, Statewide work parties with their pack stock, local projects with Mt. Adams, Lewis, and Mt. St. Helen’s Chapters, and BCHW events and projects all over Washington State and Oregon, they are there! Congratulations Dan and Karen.

You are so deserving of the BCHW Lifetime Achievement Award.


2020 Cinch Award

Dana Chambers -Tahoma Chapter

Ken Carmichael - Ponderosa Chapter


2020 President's Diamond Award

Kathy Young – Tahoma Chapter

Tina Short – Independent


2020 Trail Warrior

Stuart Niewman (Northeast Chapter)


2020 Trail Warrior

Jim Hollatz (Peninsula Chapter)


2020 Desk Jockey Award

Don Gonder (Peninsula Chapter)


2020 Desk Jockey Award

Tawyna Caldwell (Olympic Chapter)


2020 BCHW Backbone Award

Donna Hollatz (Peninsula Chapter)


2020 BCHW Backbone Award

Laura Bell (Scatter Creek Chapter)


2020 Lopper Award

Harold Wiese (Olympic Chapter)


2020 Camp Cook Award

Robert Williams (Northeast Chapter)

2019 BCHW Awardees

Please find the below list of awards for 2019 presented in 2020.  These folks were nominated for the 2019 trail period.  If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image.

You can find additional information about the awardees by clicking on the Trailhead News edition -May/June 2020.


2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Doc & Deb Wesselius – Lewis County Chapter

Doc & Deb have shown a lifetime of dedication (over 22,000 hours) to BCHW in a variety of ways. They have held several different offices and served on numerous committees, such as Chapter President, LNT chair, trail boss, BCHW Awards Chair, Chapter Grant Manager, and Deb remains the BCHW Volunteer Hours Chair. They have provided thousands of hours of packing support over the years (for other orgs too i.e. Forest Serve, WTA, etc.), working on trails, always educating others (i.e. how to empty gravel from a pack horse, knot tying, Expo’s, saw certification, etc.), and promoting the BCHW Mission Statement. Thank you for your extraordinary leadership & dedication.


2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike McGlenn – Whatcom Chapter

Mike has dedicated his lifetime not only to BCHW but to BCHA too. You name it, Mike has done it, not only for BCHW, but across the country for BCHA and continues to do so! Mike joined BCHW in 1985 and has held several offices and served on countless committees at the local (such as Chapter President), state (State President), and national (BCHA Director and Chairman) levels. He also served on BCHA Finance committee, Media and Marketing Committee, and DNR planning committees and is still serving on the BCHA executive committee, to name a few. Mike has promoted helmet safety, created the Chapter logo, and was instrumental in allowing horses on Blanchard Mountain. His accomplishments are too numerous to list! Thank you, Mike, for your passion for our mission.


2019 President's Diamond Award

Ken & Sherrie Elliot – Northeast Chapter

Ken and Sherrie have contributed to our trail system and organization for 32 years. They have been instrumental in supporting the BCHW mission in the Spokane area. In 2019, when the BCHW Hotshot crew went to the Pasayten Airport to log trails, it was not a big deal for Ken & Sherrie to make the 25 mile trip to the airport and log trails for a week. This work comes second nature to them both. But to see this done with their daughter Erin & grandson Ethan, you know they have been living the “Dedication, Passion and Commitment to the BCHW Mission” from the beginning.


2019 President's Diamond Award

Darrell Wallace – Northeast Chapter

BCHA National Chairman Darrell is the personification of outstanding dedication, passion and commitment to the BCHW Mission. His friendship, guidance, and advice has seen us through some amazing accomplishments. Darrell’s response when discussing issues of “how does this issue have anything to do with the mission statement?” says it all. There have been many trips, even cross country, and countless meetings where Jason Ridlon and Darrell, at times, have had the same dog chasing its own tail, but Darrell has always held true to the BCHW mission and our work.


2019 Trail Warrior

Paul Velotta -Tahoma Chapter


2019 Trail Warrior

Willie Kemper - Methow Valley Chapter


2019 Trail Warrior

Rob & Tracey Michael

Ferry County Chapter


2019 Lopper Award

Linda Morin - Peninsula Chapter


2019 Lopper Award

Ray Gabert - Crab Creek Riders


2019 Lopper Award

Sherrie Murphy - Wenas/Yakima Valley Chapters


2019 Junior BCHW Award

Hadlee Young - Traildusters Chapter


2019 Camp Cook Award

Dick Booth - Scatter Creek Riders


2019 Desk Jockey Award

Darlene Walton - Wenatchee Valley Chapter


2019 Cinch Award

Kim Merrick -Nisqually/Peninsula Chapters


2019 Backbone Award

Greg Dielman - Tahoma Chapter



2019 Backbone Award

Jim Anderson - Mt. St. Helens Chapter


2019 Backbone Award

George & Lu Young -Ferry County Chapter

BCHW 2018 Awardees

Please find the below list of awards for 2018 presented at the 2019 Rendezvous.  These folks were nominated for the 2018 trail period.  If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image.

You can find additional information about the awardees by clicking on the Trailhead News edition -May/June 2019.

2018 Lifetime Award


Dave Sunde


2018 Camp Cook Award

Doug Bailey - Ponderosa Chapter


2018 Desk Jockey Award


Meghan Adamire - Mt Olympus Chapter

2018 Lopper Award


Linda McAskill - Tahoma Chapter                            



2018 Lopper Award


Sherry Bassinger  -Mt Olympus Chapter

2018 Lopper Award


Terri Anderson - Mt St Helens Chapter

2018 Backbone Award


Fran Van Diest - Whatcom County Chapter

2018 Backbone Award


Dave Seibel - Mt Olympus Chapter

2018 Backbone Award


Nancy Rust -Mt St Helens Chapter


2018 Cinch Award


Jim Thode - Lewis County Chapter                        

2018 Cinch Award


Dave Jackson - Purple Sage Riders

2018 Trail Warrior

Rich Ruhl - Skagit Chapter

2018 Trail Warrior


Buddy "The Mule" (Owner Bruce Brown)

Grays Harbor Chapter

2018 President Diamond Award


Tony Karniss

2018 President Diamond Award


Tom Mix