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Director/Work Projects Coordinator / Webmaster

When we moved here from Seattle in 1999, my wife Judith wanted a horse. I told her I was fine with that as long as she understood I would have nothing to do with them. That didn’t last long! Horses have a way of getting under your skin, and Nick and I have been partners for 11 years. I have been backpacking since I was 11 years old but didn’t start riding until my 40’s. If you see me in the back country I am still more likely to be under a pack than on a horse. I joined Back Country Horsemen 18 years ago to learn how to pack with stock. I discovered an organization that lets me give back to the trails I am passionate about.

President/Alternate Director

I grew up in Spokane, WA camping, hiking and backpacking with family, Spokane Mountaineers and Girl Scouts. (I was 5 months old the first time I went camping and fishing.) I have a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and M.A.’s from University of Washington and Central WA University. I spent 34 years in education and retired as the Executive Director of Special Services in Puyallup, WA. My first horse, Reveille, was a Mustang. We learned together – him as a yearling and me at 29. He still holds the biggest place in my heart. I live in Chimacum, WA with Dave and my two Grulla quarter horses, Shadow and Fritz.

Vice President


I grew up a Navy brat and lived in many states. I went to University of Washington, Seattle, majoring in Anthropology and Animal Behavior. Working at Woodland Park Zoo as a Volunteer, Zookeeper and Supervisor from 1978 to 2012 was a marvelous career with apes and monkeys, elephants, giraffe, hippos, lions, tigers, and bears (Oh My!) and more. I traveled to the Amazon to study monkeys, and led ecologically-based tours to Uganda to see Mountain Gorillas, and to Kenya and Tanzania to see African wildlife. I also traveled to Kalimantan, Borneo, to observe orangutans and study their behavior in their natural habitat. I currently volunteer at Center Valley Animal Rescue and still work at the zoo as a Temporary Keeper. I live in Chimacum with my husband, Larry, and our 3 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.


Leave No Trace / Education Team

An east coast transplant, Juelie says that fox hunting sets the standard for fun in the saddle, although these days trail riding comes in at a close second. A member of BCHW for more than 20 years, she has a McLeod with her name on it.

Judith Hoyle
Volunteer Hours Coordinator

Judith took up riding as an adult and her current trail partner is a mule named Butch (or “Bougie”) that she met in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.  “Riding and working on trails is a good antidote to working in an office,” she says.

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Buckhorn Range Chapter
P.O. Box 845
Chimacum, WA 98325