Contact us at buckhornbchw@gmail.com.

JEFF CHAPMAN
Director, Work Projects Coordinator

I joined Peninsula Chapter for their great rides, potlucks, and comradery. I remember discussing after a Happy Valley/Burnt Hill ride about some of their escapades to be riding extras in Kevin Costner’s The Postman movie. After a number of years, I joined some Jefferson County riders in forming an off-shoot chapter (in order to prevent having to travel to PA for meetings), which took the name Buckhorn Range Chapter. We developed a vision for focusing on a trail route from the Port of Port Townsend to the Lower Big Quilcene Trailhead. This became our Buckhorn Range Corridor and to this day is still a target that includes the Larry Scott Trail, Olympic Discovery Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, and the Upper and Lower Big Quilcene Trails over Marmot Pass. Someday I will ride the whole way.

At some point along the path, I attended an informal meeting in Cle Elum with state BCHW folks, and this led to forming the state Public Lands Committee in addition to the existing Legislative Committee. I started out chairing the first and later switched to the second. The organization has had so many devoted horseback riders and packers that it has been inspiring and humbling. This organization is all about building on history and tradition with an eye to the future. You just can’t ask for more.

BOB HOYLE
Alt. 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. 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 17 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.

KRIS LENKE
President

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.

LARRY SAMMONS
Vice President

HELEN SHEWMAN
Secretary

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.

PAT COSNER
Treasurer

JUELIE DALZELL
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.

ROBIN VAN DYKE
Volunteer Hours Coordinator

I live in Chimacum, and grew up riding the logging roads near Gibbs Lake and the trails at Gibbs Lake County Park. My horse is named Rio, she’s a Thoroughbred mare born in 2000, and we like to go fast.

Contact us at buckhornbchw@gmail.com.

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