Betty, a retired Forest Service packer for 21 years, brings her many years of packing and backcountry experience. Now retired, she and husband Dan have been able to take extended pack trips not only in Oregon but in Montana, Wyoming and California.
-Planning Considerations for Extended Pack Trips and Teton Trip Video in Demo Area 5.
Thorough planning is the key to having a successful extended pack trip. What things do you need to consider? A video of a two week pack trip into the Teton Wilderness in Wyoming will follow this discussion.
Dan Applebaker & Carol Shoemaker-
Dan was the Horse Packing and Wilderness Skills chairman for 15 years and is an avid backcountry packer. He has been active at all levels of the Back Country Horsemen organization. Carol is a backcountry packer, a member of the Back Country Horsemen and the BCHO newsletter editor.
-Box Hitch & Diamond Hitch- Hands On in Demo Area 4.
They will help you, on the pack barrels; learn to tie the box hitch or the diamond hitch. The box hitch is a great lifting hitch that gets your load away from hips and shoulders, preventing galls.
Kelly Behr- Co Creator of Mountain Goddess Unplugged
Being raised on a ranch in a small town in Northern California was the beginning of the love of the outdoors for Kelly. This environment created the appreciation, respect and enjoyment of outdoor experiences along with an understanding of the lighter side of life; you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. She has learned that everything has its pace and accepting those facts allows one to accept themselves on many levels. Kelly has been a past keynote speaker at the 2011 Oregon State Parks convention, co-host of a weekly motivational blog talk radio show, authored and published an inspirational picture poetry book of her outdoor adventures and travels to many shows a year greeting people and promoting Mountain Goddess Unplugged.
-Dancing Life Unplugged in Demo Area 3.
When life becomes a forest – look between the trees! A lively discussion of fun filled days out in the open under blue skies, feeling the breeze and tasting the sun. This demo is dedicated to the hikers, cross country skiers and the lovers of the outdoors, it will re-iterate that life is too short and can be taken too seriously to put off outdoor experiences for a later date and time. The concept that Mountain Goddess was based upon….relax and enjoy the journey…..now “Go outside and play”!
Dr. Mitch Benson, DVM-
Originally from northern California, Dr. Benson has been a practicing equine veterinarian for 30 years and an avid recreational trail rider and backcountry packer since his youth. Most of his packing experience has been in the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area. He and his wife are also breeders of miniature donkeys and miniature cattle. He is now practicing veterinary medicine at Rogue Valley Equine Hospital and riding in the Medford area.
-Evaluation and Treatment of Common Backcountry Wounds in Demo Area 2.
He will cover how to exam and clean wounds, and how to assess severity, and which wounds require professional attention. There will be a demonstration of appropriate suturing techniques in an emergency situation for the packer unable to get to Veterinary care.
Jerry Bentz has packed for 20 years and worked as an Outfitter in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon. He is currently the President of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon and a Stock Master Leave No Trace instructor.
-Manti Packing Hitches- Hands-On in Demo Area 4.
Jerry will help you learn to sling loads for Manti packing on the pack barrels.
Dr. Terri Bloomfield, DVM-
Dr. Bloomfield was raised on a grain and cattle ranch in eastern Washington. She graduated from Washington State University in 1989 as a Veterinarian, also with three other degrees. She owns Shasta View Animal Clinic in Klamath Falls and has a special interest in equine reproduction.
-The Geriatric Horse, Maintaining the Quality of Life in Demo Area 2.
This session will include when topics such as when we consider a horse geriatric, how to prevent age related problems, how to manage them when they occur, feeding, joint care, and when and how to carry out end of life decisions. Any other questions are most welcome.
Tom, in a routine visit to the doctor's office, learned about the advantages and benefits of thermography and saw it performed for the first time. He was intrigued with the medical possibilities of this advanced and versatile medical screening technology. He decided to earn his Clinical Thermographer certificate at the internationally renowned American College of Clinical Thermology. Shortly after that, he established his company under the name of Animal Infrared Imaging, Inc. focusing on equine, canine and bovine applications. Since then, he has been enjoying the privilege of helping owners, trainers, breeders and veterinarians to successfully resolve their animal’s health challenges in both clinical and preventative scenarios.
-Thermography - Imaging Your Horse’s Pain in Demo Area 2.
Thermal imaging in veterinary applications is an advanced, medical grade, non-invasive screening tool designed for early detection of hard to diagnose cases of lameness, injury and disease. Thermography looks for functional problems or physiological dysfunctions which are obscure to the standard structural tests (X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT or MRI) as they look for existing anatomical changes like fractures or sizable masses. This positions thermography to be a valuable, adjunctive screening method with significant benefits and advantages...
In this short and informal presentation he will discuss the advantages and benefits of veterinary thermography and will demonstrate the process of thermal imaging on a horse.
Brenda has been horsin’ around since early childhood fulfilling her dream of having her own horse and joining 4-H, High School and Junior College riding clubs and the drill team. In her later years she has been a 4-H leader, Pony Club hostess to 3 day events, and now trail riding and backcountry camping with the High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen.
-Horsin’ Around is Fun for the Young and Young at Heart in Demo Area 1.
This will be a fun and informative presentation introducing many of the groups and activities that are available to you involving horses and mules. Short, entertaining presentations will be given by 4-H members, Pony Club members, the High School Equestrian Club and Rodeo Club members, youth who have packed into the backcountry, the Galloping Glitz Drill team and the H.E.A.R.T organization for adaptive riding therapy. Come see which group might be of interest to you or your young people.
Arden teaches crosscut saw skills and certifies trail clearing personnel as far away as Yellowstone National Park. He has logged out 2500 miles of trail on Trail contracts himself as well. Arden worked for years perfecting the saw sharpening technique and opened the Oregon Experience, a crosscut saw sharpening business which keeps him busy today. Years ago Arden competed in the Albany Timber Carnival and in Vancouver when he and his brother set World Records in bucking contests. He and his daughter Yvonne also won the Jack and Jill contest in Albany.
-Practical Trail Application with Cross Cut Saws
Arden will cover using your ingenuity and hand tools; how to keep from pinching your saw, under bucking, field maintenance, transportation, safety and anticipating before, during and after your cut. There will be hands-on use and instruction. Tune up your trail clearing skills!
Garrett has worked as a silversmith for seven years and has been making bits and spurs for five. He learned how to engrave from John Hyde, going on to also learn engraving and bit and spur making skills with Ernie Marsh and Les Iveson. Garrett makes gear in the winter months, while running cattle, haying and day work keeps him going during the summer months in Sprague River, Oregon.
-Bits and Spurs- From Fabrication to Function
He will be talking about the process of making handmade bits and spurs and there proper functions. Come learn how this detailed art is performed.
Emily grew up in Connecticut with her Welsh pony and other horse partners riding with Pony club, Fox Hunting, competing and spending lots and lots of time on the trail. Emily left horses at the age of 20, but returned to owning horses again at 40 when she was introduced to natural horsemanship methods. Now living in Eugene, OR, she has a small business giving lessons and training horses. Emily is a member of Emerald Empire BCH and she lives to ride in the mountains.
-Trail Riding 101, Confidence and Relaxation for Horse and Rider in Demo Area 1.
One of the most rewarding times on horseback is when on a glorious sunny afternoon, tromping down the trail, reins loose; all the daily troubles drop away. Not the description of your experience? Come have a talk with Emily and ask questions on what you are experiencing and get ideas for exercises you can use to find confidence and relaxation on the trail for yourself and your horse. We will explore the prior and proper preparation needed for a positive experience.
-Trail Riding 102, Trail Riding as Cross Training for Horse and Rider in Demo Area 1.
Trail riding is way more than it seems and has a huge effect on our horse’s minds and bodies. When used effectively in training, trails become an important part of both the horse and rider’s confidence and ability; mentally, emotionally and physically. Spending time on the trail brings purpose to the training that gets started in the arena, then coming back to the arena puts polish on the training that got done on the trail. Emily will talk about ideas and techniques to use to get the most out of the time spent following the trail.
A U.S. Marine, and most recently a refugee from corporate America, Robert is enjoying his new career helping fellow trail riders stay found and safe on the trail. When he’s not on the trail “The TrailMeister” resides near Seattle, WA and teaches land navigation to a wide variety of outdoor groups across the nation. Robert “The TrailMeister”- started creating trail maps, and gathering trail data when he served with a Mounted Search and Rescue team and found that accurate trail information wasn’t available. Five years later, www.TrailMeister.com is the largest database of horse riding and camping areas in the U.S. with free trail and trailhead information, trail maps, and much more to help horse enthusiasts experience the joys of trail riding.
-Staying Found - The Needle Points North or Does It? In Demo Area 5.
We’ll explore the world of magnetic forces and discuss where your compass points as well as many of the reasons why it might lie to you. If you’ve ever been confused by the word “Declination” this is the session to attend as we explore the several "North’s" and why your compass doesn't point to either Santa's home (or Superman's Fortress of Solitude, take your pick). In addition to discussing the concept of declination we'll also discuss instances where your compass may give erroneous readings and how to prevent such occurrences from ruining your ride.
-Staying Found - Contour Lines in Demo Area 5.
What are those wavy crazy lines? Ever get confused by that mess of Rorschach swirls and designs on a map? No more! Learn to visualize your map’s information in 3 dimensions. This is a very hands on chat and you’ll be using with Play Doh to illustrate the skills that will get you back to camp in time for dinner. We'll explore the trail ahead in three dimensions and learn to interpret the contour line data found in topographic maps. This class is very hands on with participants using modeling clay to visualize the elevation data found in a map. Using these techniques will help riders determine their location without benefit of a compass or GPS unit.
-No mule? No Problem! In Demo Area 5.
Let’s talk about visiting the backcountry on your riding animal and using light weight / low volume equipment to comfortably spend a night. We'll talk about using modern gear and technology to expand our time in the backcountry without the use of pack stock. Most equino-philes don't have either the extra mount or the knowledge to safely load and pack. This discussion talks about how the average rider can enjoy the serenity of the backcountry safely and comfortably for themselves and their riding mount. We'll discuss light weight / low volume alternatives to the traditional and often antiquated gear and equipment that many riders still cling to.
Galloping Glitz Equestrian Team-
The Galloping Glitz is a Non-Profit Organization of horse enthusiasts, established in 2004. The Group consists of about 12 Members. They perform for the public and are active in Drill Team competitions, rodeos, parades, trail rides, camp outs, parties and providing Community Service. Anyone interested in joining their group, please talk to one of their members or contact them on Facebook!
-Equestrian Drill Routine in Demo Area 6.
An Equestrian Drill Team is a group of horses performing precision, choreographed routines to music. It is fast paced, dangerous and requires a well-trained horse and rider. They will perform “Run for Life”, a breast cancer awareness routine.
Peggy lives in Siskiyou County and has camped with her horses in the local mountains and wilderness areas for 30 years. Peggy has traveled solo, long distance from the California/Oregon border to the Canadian border with her horse and a pack animal.
-Knots Used Around Stock in Demo Area 5.
Knots are an important part of a packer’s trade. This session will teach common knots used when working with horses and mules like the half hitch, quick release knot, clove hitch, cavalry knot, bowline and square knot and examples of where they are used. Audience participation.
Ken Graves, Lee Roeser, Michael Morse, Matt Carson-
Lee Roeser is a second-generation packer from the Eastern Sierra of California, where he grew up in his family’s packing business in Mammoth Lakes. He owned or managed his own pack station for 30 years. He has packed for U.S. Forest Service for the last 12 years. In this time he has packed everything from generators and bridges to trail & fire crews to thousands of families enjoying vacations in the wilderness. Lee is an executive board member for the famous Mule Days Celebration in Bishop, CA. He was also chosen as the 2010 Most Honored Packer. Lee has taught packing schools, pack stock safety classes and numerous pack station employees. He is known for his skill as a custom saddle maker; building 100’s of riding and pack saddles as well as pack equipment.
Ken Graves was raised on a ranch in northern California. He has packed for the U.S. Forest Service for 37 years and transported all kinds of equipment all over Region 5 for the Government. Also a Leave No Trace Master Stock instructor, he has trained many people in backcountry camping and travel methods with their stock.
Michael Morse hails from Mammoth Lakes, California and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Mammoth Ranger District for over 39 years. Michael started his career in packing, working for a private pack outfit in the Eastern Sierra and later started working as a trail worker for the U.S. Forest Service in 1974. He is the North Zone Wilderness and Trails Supervisor on the Inyo National Forest and also oversees the Forest’s stock program, including logistics for projects on other Region 5 units. He is a “Leave No Trace Master” and teaches wilderness ethics to fire crews that may be operating in the wilderness. In 2012, Michael became co-director for Region 5’s “Pack Stock Center of Excellence,” which was developed as a pilot program on the Inyo National Forest. Michael also represents Region 5 at numerous pack stock clinics throughout the State of California.
Matt Carson has been packing for the Forest Service for ten years in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. He came up through the ranks of the CCC backcountry program as a trail worker, foreman, and crew leader to finally take on the packing for the crews.
-Saddle Animal Safety for the Packer in Demo Area 3.
Lee will cover methods and ideas that can be implemented to keep you and your animal safe while packing in the mountains. They will include you, your saddle animal, your equipment and what you should have with you.
-Prepare for your Pack Trip at Home and Pack Out of the Trailhead Safely in Demo Area 6.
Ken, Lee and Michael will cover preparing gear, equipment and your animals at home before leaving on a trip. Trailhead safety will cover how to select the trailhead you plan to access the wilderness from; how to park, pack and cleanup at the trailhead before leaving on the trip and when leaving to go home. There will be a safety tips checklist to use before leaving on your wilderness trip from a trailhead.
-Pack Saddle Comparison, Using the Right Saddle for the Job in Demo Area 6.
Ken, Lee, Michael and Matt will cover the difference between the Decker, Sawbuck and Salmon River saddles, the mechanics of the saddle and why they use all three for their projects including packing odd loads. They will demonstrate how the Forest Service utilizes the right gear for the right job including odd loads.
Jerry has been involved with horses and mules since 1967; riding, training, guiding and packing in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada. He’s here to help you.
-Walker Hitch Hands- On in Demo Area 4.
Jerry will teach you how to tie the Walker Hitch on the pack barrels.
Dr. Don Howard, DVM-
Dr. Don Howard is a 1968 graduate of Washington State University Veterinary School. His specialty has and continues to be Equine Medicine and Lameness issues. In 1997 he was certified in Animal Acupuncture (IVAS), and in 1999 certified in Animal Chiropractic (AVCA). Since that time he spends most of his professional time working with these modalities as well as giving seminars throughout the U.S.A. to professionals and riding groups.
-HELP! 40 Miles into the Backcountry and I Need a Vet!!? in Demo Area 2.
This seminar is designed to help you deal with horse and packstock emergencies that are commonly seen in the backcountry. An equine wilderness emergency kit will be explained as well as preferred treatments and dosages of pharmaceuticals. Real life situations will be discussed.
Casey & Phil Hufstader-
Wilderness packers Casey and Phil of Sawbuck Packers and 3H Ranch are active members of the Emerald Empire Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon in the Willamette Valley area. They are both National Directors for the Back Country Horsemen of America representing Oregon. Casey is a Master Leave No Trace instructor and shares his backcountry knowledge with horsemen. Phil is also the Education Chair and a Member of the Executive and Business committees at the National level.
-Learn the Basics of Packing for Your First Backcountry Pack Trip in Demo Area 1.
This class will cover the basic skills of packing mules and horses into the back country. We will discuss the right type of pack gear when planning for a trip. Then demonstrate how to load them all up and tie it all down.
Wade and Simone, owners of Outfitter’s Pack Station since 2010, reside in Weiser, Idaho. Wade is an avid hunter and has been packing since he was a boy into the Gospel Hump Wilderness, Frank Church Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness and in Eastern Washington. He builds his equipment for the business and will share his knowledge with you about tack.
-The Formfitter Pack Saddle & Other Essential Backcountry Gear in Demo Area 3.
Wade will talk about the unique function and design of the Formfitter Pack Saddle in comparison to traditional pack saddles. Different styles of hobbles, feed bags and highlines, and their usage will be discussed. He will suggest what to carry with you to repair gear in the backcountry too.
Dr. Tony Oddo, DVM-
Dr. Oddo is a 1985 graduate of UC Davis and has owned and operated High Desert Veterinary in Bend, OR since 1986. He has extensive experience at the local, national and international level working with Endurance horses, as a Vet and a competitor, in race control, critical care, and training and performance management. These days, he enjoys backcountry travel at a more leisurely pace.
-Equine First Aid for the Day Rider in Demo Area 2.
This session will help you become acquainted with the common problems encountered on the trail, how to recognize them, and what to carry in your trailer and saddlebags to render first aid. Dr. Oddo will cover trailer injuries including casting, lacerations, choke and horse inflicted trauma. Trail injuries will cover lameness from different causes, lacerations and fatigue.
After apprenticing for a number of trainer/ clinicians over the years Garrick and his wife started their own business Pasiniequine. Today they travel around the country working with recreational to pro level riders introducing and working with the hackamore, two-rein and bridle phases of riding.
-The Hackamore in Demo Area 3.
This demo will show how the hackamore works, the different kind of bosals and how the hackamore can help you and your horse. The hackamore is thousands of years old and today still plays an important role in development.
-The Two-Rein in Demo Area 3.
Learn how transitioning to a bit by using the two-rein system will develop a better horse. The mouth is one of the most important parts of the horse. By using the under bridle, riders can give the horse a chance to learn to carry the bit while still training for better feel and communication.
Jennifer grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon where Red Metherd, a saddle maker and his wife Irene adopted her as their granddaughter. Her interest in saddle making began in 1966 and in 1983 she started Paulson Saddlery. Jennifer has 45 years of experience with riding, trail riding and training horses and riders. She is a National Foundation Quarter Horse Judge, an AQHA Specialized Judge, an Open Show Judge and a Clinician. In her clinics she teaches Trail, Tack and Saddle Fitting, Showmanship and Equitation.
-Fit Your Horse First in Demo Area 2.
She will be able to share her experience by showing, telling, and answering questions about saddles. Having the proper tree that fits your horse first and you second is important. The proper tree is one designed for the job you want to do whether it might be trail riding, roping, ranch work, reining, cutting, showing, equitation, endurance or others. She will show you examples of saddle trees and how a broken tree can affect a horse. She uses the Dennis Lane Measuring and Saddle Fitting System and will show how that works. Your questions are welcomed.
Dick was born and raised in southern Idaho on a ranch, where he farmed until he went to the University of Idaho. He moved to Idaho Falls and started the Outfitters Pack Station in the 80's. There he designed and made a number of products for the packing industry. An example is the Phillips Form Fitter packsaddle which is selling all over the world. Dick has been cooking with Dutch Ovens for over 25 years in his summer camps and on pack trips.
-Cooking with Dutch Ovens in Demo Area 1.
He will be cooking breads, cakes, deserts, and hors D' oeuvres in this demonstration. Please ask Dick any questions you may have on Dutch oven cooking. This is the 23 year Dick has been coming to the Pack Clinic.
Bill Roberts, Mike Bryan, Peggy Goshgarian
Bill has been the USFS Packer and trails coordinator on the Klamath National Forest it seems like forever! He has many years of packing experience with all kinds of loads. Mike is a rancher/packer from Scott Valley in Northern California. His great grandfather packed food and supplies to the miners in the 1850’s and 60’s. Mike had a commercial packing business for 19 years in the Marble Mountains of Northern California. Peggy lives in Siskiyou County and has camped with her horses in the local mountains and wilderness areas for more than 30 years. Peggy has traveled solo, long distance from the California/Oregon border to the Canadian border with her horse and a pack animal.
-Salmon River Saddle Hitches Hands-On in Demo Area 4
These experienced packers will help you learn to tie the hitches associated with this type of pack saddle which is used primarily in northern California. It was developed to carry the heavy loads associated with mining in the 1800’s.
Southern Oregon Horse & Carriage Club-
It is the goal of SOHACC to educate and train both horse and driver to the highest standards of safety possible, in order to ensure a pleasant, happy, and trouble-free experience in driving.
-Despooking Fun! In Demo Area 6 or the Outdoor Arena weather permitting
One of the most undesirable traits for a horse is "spookiness". Because of their instinct to "fight-or-flee" when faced with a possible threat, they can be considered a dangerous animal, leading to injury for the owner and other horses. In order to deal with this problem, horses must be desensitized and taught not to react when faced with things that aren't dangerous. At our desensitizing course, you will be able to expose your horse to a number of obstacles that he may perceive as scary, and through patient, desensitizing, your reward will be a calm, relaxed, and obedient partner.
Steve Spencer has been involved in photography all his life. As a youngster he took pictures under the guidance of his grandfather, Leo Morstad, the founder of Leo’s Camera Shop. In college, Steve won numerous awards for his pictures, worked for a small town newspaper and the college alumni office, helped with the college newspaper and yearbook, and still managed to graduate, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Communication Arts. Using his photographic skills he worked 12 years in the video production industry and in1996 returned home to take ownership of Leo’s Camera Shop from his grandfather. Steve has been teaching photography to his customers ever since taking over the shop and taught 3 terms for Klamath Community College. Steve keeps up on changes in photography by attending industry trade shows and educational seminars every year
-Capturing Memories with Better Photography -Tips and tricks to improve your photography in Demo Area 5.
Understanding the basics of photography can quickly improve the quality of your picture taking. In this session we'll describe what makes a good picture. You'll learn what setting does what and how that will affect the image. Bring your camera for this one hour introduction to the basics of photography. From point and shoot cameras to Advanced SLR cameras, all levels of photographers will gain some insight into better picture taking from Steve Spencer, president of Leo's Camera Shop.
Chris Tornow has been building pack equipment out of her shop in Washington state for the last 25 years specializing in "Equipment for the Backcountry Horseman". She has also taught classes about pack equipment for the Washington Outfitters & Guides Association program "Women in the Wilderness".
-Evaluating Your Tack for Safety and Suitability in Demo Area 3.
Learn to evaluate your gear for safety. Find out how to check for a broken tree and get a safety checklist for evaluating a used saddle. She’ll have tips for getting your gear in shape for the coming season and keeping it that way.
-Braiding & Eye Splicing in Demo Area 3.
Learn to eye splice and back braid 3 strand twisted rope so you can make your own lead ropes, lash ropes, manty ropes, high lines and more. This will be a “hands on” class with personal attention to help you learn this technique, or brush up on your skill if you are a little rusty.
Michael Wakefield grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota entirely powered by horses. They had 12 head of draft horses of different sizes for the many different jobs to be done; large 17 hand Shires for the plow and disc; smaller Belgians for the mower and hay rake and a nice leggy team of Percherons to haul the grain wagon to town. By age nine Michael could harness and hitch a team of five to the grain binder and do a day's work. He became interested in buggies and carriage driving in the 1970's and has since been studying and honing his craft; competing, teaching, training and breeding driving horses. For the past 15 years Michael has driven the stagecoach for Wells Fargo Bank, and appears in parades all over the Northwest.-Lunging and Long Lining- A Training Foundation in Demo Area 6. Things covered in this clinic will be: Secrets of getting obedience on the lunge, Use of the Lunge whip and voice, Getting Bend and relaxation, Introducing transitions, Developing an eye for results and adding other techniques, like ground poles. Following this will be long lining basics, exercises for developing suppleness and obedience and teaching advanced movements starting with half-pass. (two track)
Becky is a longstanding member of the Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon and Oregon
Equestrian Trails. Currently, she is the Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon Public Lands
Chairman and Education chair. She is also a Master Trainer in the Leave No Trace
Program. Her experience also includes being a crew leader for clearing 26 miles of
the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Becky has travelled and ridden
her horse in eleven western states. She will share experiences and ideas with you, so
you too can go on great trail rides with your horse.
-Horsin' Around on the Pacific Crest Trail in Demo Area 5.
Join Becky as she shares her trip of a lifetime across Oregon --500 miles on the PCT in 5 weeks. She will lead you through preparing for, challenges of, and just enjoying this life changing adventure. This will be presented as a slide show with supporting visual aids.