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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 13 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 in 2003 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.

Judy Sarles
Vice President

I have always been “horse crazy” but events prevented me from getting my first horse until I was in my 40s.  That didn’t stop me from finding horses to ride, helping friends save horses from the auctions and riding them to get them safe for adoption.  I’ve done endurance and NATRC.   Luck has enabled me to have three horses in my family.  My first horse, Magic, a TWH mare, when she was 10.  Now passed at 24, Magic taught me how to “speak horse”, be calm in precarious situations, and work as a team.  Magic and I were members of the Marin County Sheriff’s Posse for 9 years as well as the Marin County Open Space Mounted Patrol.  We explored the Pacific Coast in the Bay Area with Point Reyes National Seashore being our backyard.  I was also an active member of the Novato Horsemen, a 76+ year old club with 300+ members, acting as Treasurer, Vice President and President.  I have a retired mare, Rapture, an 18 YO TWH, and Chip, a 3 YO QH/Paint, who I am raising and training since he was 4 months old.   I returned to Washington State in 2021.  I graduated from high school in Burien and college at WSU.  I connect most with Colville, where my grandparents had a ranch well out of town and I spent summers.  BCHW mission fits with mine…nature, the outdoors, horses, and volunteering. 



I grew up in the middle of Seattle and could not get near a horse until I was 22. When I did get one, my mother said, “I thought you’d grow out of it.” I raised that horse from a weanling; had him from birth to death – 26 years. I joined the Back Country Horsemen in 1997, starting with the Cascade Horse Club Chapter, and later Tahoma, Nisqually, and Peninsula. I have held several positions in chapters and at the state level, including Director, Volunteer Hours, and Winery Host. I am the current State Education Chair. Now I am learning to be a secretary! I have always found BCHW members to be hard-working, friendly and fun. I moved to Gardiner in July with my mules Eloise & Jennifer, and my dog Howie. I’m excited to get to know Buckhorn Range members.

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