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 past 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.
Diane Eek & Betty Applebaker-
Diane has been packing in the backcountry for many years. In the year 2000, she rode the Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Tahoe to Ashland, Oregon. Because of the nature of the trip and having only two pack animals to carry food, clothes and camp, she needed to plan light like a backpacker. This trip is how she got started dehydrating for extended backcountry trips. Betty, a retired Forest Service packer for 21 years, brings her many years of packing and backcountry experience. They have packed together for several years, both for work and fun and have planned many large and small trips for family and friends.
- Two Mules or Four - Food Preparation in Demo Area 5.
If you ever wondered how to get your meals into the backcountry for short or long trips, come listen and learn how we prepare, dehydrate, and repackage food. It’s truly amazing how it reconstitutes and how good it is. We will share how we took 8 people for 11 days with 2 food mules into the wilderness; one with main meals and one with lunches and of course happy hour. Can’t forget that! We’ll show our video of that pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana.
Dr. Mitch Benson-
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.
-Winter Care for Stock While Hunting or at Home in Demo Area 2.
Dr. Benson will cover considerations for using stock during cold weather, special concerns of caring for stock in winter use situations, and health issues for stock kept for prolonged periods in snow and freezing conditions. If you elk hunt, this talk is for you!
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. He is here to help you get started packing on your own.
-Everything You Need To Know To Go On Your First Pack Trip in Demo Area 1.
Jerry will walk you through taking a pack trip, covering your equipment, animals, safety; Leave No Trace camping and the trip procedure itself. He will have lists for you of things that are good to take and that you might need. Come learn the basics of packing.
-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. John Carr-
Dr. John Carr will discuss purchase examinations from a perspective of more than thirty years’ experience in equine and mixed veterinary practices in Oregon, California, and Western Australia. He resides in Bend, Oregon with his wife Cathleen and their two daughters, Caitlin and Marie. Dr. Carr currently practices equine medicine in Bend, and consults in equine reproduction practice in Australia.
-Equine Purchase Examination-
The roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the buyer, seller, and veterinarian for a purchase examination will be covered. Know what to expect from this exam to help you make your purchase decision. The purchase exam and what it may or may not include: Patient history, General physical exam, Lameness exam, Radiography and other diagnostic imaging, Reproductive soundness, Costs and value of examination techniques. The bottom line: Pass, Fail, Suitable, or Unsuitable? It’s decision time. What buyers and sellers should do before scheduling a veterinary examination?
JoDe has been training & breeding mules and donkeys for 30 years. She competes in all the western disciplines and is an avid trail rider. She resides in Lincoln, California.
-Creating a Better Reined Mule & Donkey in Demo Area 6.
JoDe will share simple techniques on how to develop a better rein on your mule or donkey (or horse!) for more enjoyment and greater safety!
Brenda Cordonnier & Gayle Carlson-
Brenda’s mother told her the first word she ever spoke was not “mommy” but “horse-ee”. So she reckons she was born to love horses, camping in the wilderness and cooking like her mother did. In the year 2000, she rode and horse packed from South Lake Tahoe, CA to the edge of Crater Lake, OR with her sister packer and dear friend, Diane Eek. Since then they have both fallen in love with the amazing mule! Many pack trips later, with her friends from the High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen, she has wanted to share the experience with others and especially to encourage children to fall in love with this life style and continue it into the future!
Gayle has been involved with horses all her life. She worked at UC Davis Vet School in Equine Surgery/ICU and numerous private Veterinary practices as a Registered Veterinary Technician. As an amateur, she has bred, raised, trained, and shown horse riding Quarter Horses, TB crosses, Warm bloods, and mules in several different disciplines. Currently, I am training my Warm bloods in dressage and trail riding in the back country on my mule Wilbur.
Wilbur the mule says, I'm a 24 year old Appy mule who’s packed wild game on hunting trips and been ridden by lots of people on trail rides. I really like little kids (they don't weigh much). Going on trail rides is lots of fun because you get to see and visit with a lot of buddies (especially Rosy, a molly mule). Then at the end of the day of trail riding, I get my bucket of goodies (grain and pellets) with a good rub down (grooming).
-Children’s Muley Driver’s License in Demo Area 6.
Gayle and Brenda invite you to bring your children to learn about the amazing mule, climb- aboard Wilbur and pass the “Muley Driver’s test” to become a licensed mule driver and handler.
Gale Emmons a free-lance writer, carriage designer and horse trainer broke, to ride and drive, her first unhandled horse before she was eleven. She rescued and retrained horses before it became fashionable and even spent several years on the racetrack where she learned about stable management and the lure of the winners circle. With a foundation in both the show ring and herding on cattle ranches she considered horses a requirement for life and always strove to take her skills in the saddle and in the carriage as far as she could. She discovered that sometimes the equestrian journey takes us in directions we didn’t anticipate.
-Riding with The Fear: Coping with Injury, Panic, Age and Insecurity in Demo Area 3.
Gale had been riding and training, using show and driving horses, for more than a half-century when she was struck with panic attacks, fear and the maladies of age. She began a decade-long journey with The Fear that was lonely, frustrating, sometimes dangerous and almost always misunderstood by other equestrians. She has come out a decade later with an understanding of the evolution of the equestrian as it relates to the journey through life. She suggests techniques to help the fearful rider, of any age, face the realities of life in a challenging environment with horses.
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.
-An Introduction to Reading a Topographic Map in Demo Area 5.
Part 1-Your Map, the Instruction Manual
Explore the world of maps. We'll talk about the various types of maps available and which ones are best suited for trail riding and navigating in the backcountry. Heavy emphasis will be placed on "Staying Found" by using map data in trip preparation before the trip starts as well as while on the trail. Discussions include map symbology, the declination diagram, measuring distances and angles, and an introduction into contour lines.
Part 2-Contour Lines - What are those Wavy Crazy Lines
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. The technique of terrain association will help riders determine their location without benefit of a compass.
-Using Your Compass- in Demo Area 5.
Part 1- Azimuths & Bearings - The Needle Points North?
A compass is an indispensable tool for backcountry navigation; if the rider knows how to operate it. This session will teach the back country navigator how to determine the direction to distant objects both seen and unseen and more importantly why the ability to do so is of vital importance if you want to find your way back to camp in time for dinner.
Part 2- Your Compass - When it Lies
This chat explores the several "Norths" and why your compass doesn't point to either Santa's home (or Superman's Fortress of Solitude take your pick). In addition to touching on the idea of declination we'll declination we'll also discuss instances where your compass may give erroneous readings and how to prevent such occurrences from ruining your ride.
Dr. Jon Goodell-
Dr. Jon Goodell is a 1993 graduate of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After four years of mixed animal practice, he opened Goodell Veterinary Clinic, an exclusive large animal practice in Klamath Falls. Dr. Goodell’s special interests are equine reproduction and lameness. Please visit www.goodellvet.com for more information on the services provided at Goodell Veterinary Clinic.
- Veterinary Care for the New Horse Owner in Demo Area 2.
The goal of today’s session will be to simplify veterinary care for the new horse owner. Topics covered will be vaccination and deworming programs, feeding strategies, foot care, dental care, and joint maintenance.
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.
-Packing with a Single Animal in Demo Area 1.
This session is for you if you want to take your horse or mule to the mountains, or if you want to go with one other person, or if you were thinking of taking your small family group for the weekend. Several ways to pack a single animal for a beginner will be demonstrated and discussed for advantages and disadvantages.
-Knots Used Around Stock in Demo Area 4.
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. Different ways to keep the ends of rope from fraying will be discussed. The value of splicing will be covered.
Jerry has been involved with horses and mules since 1967; riding, training, guiding and packing in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada. He has a great deal of experience dealing with his tack.
-Outfitting Your Horse for Riding and Packing in Demo Area 3.
Jerry will show you how to fit your tack properly so your animal can work comfortably. He will cover all your riding tack including bridle, blanket, saddle, cinch, breast collar, crupper or Britchen and similar saddle, breast collar and Britchen on a pack animal. If your tack is not adjusted correctly it does not serve the purpose it was designed for.
-Walker Hitch Hands- On in Demo Area 4.
Jerry will teach you how to tie the Walker Hitch on the pack barrels.
Brandi is the Director of the Oregon Horse Country organization and handles all aspects of membership, events, and programs. She is a graduate of Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences and has a vast background in event coordination and organization management.
-Have you been wondering exactly how Oregon Horse Country could benefit your business, organization, or just yourself! In Demo Area 5
Join us in learning how you can turn your Oregon Horse Country into a great sales and marketing tool for you. Presentation will review networking events, business and professional education programs, visibility through sponsorships and advertising, promotion through referrals, savings opportunities and more!
Dr. Don Howard-
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.
-Keep Your Horse/Mule Sound and Enjoyable through Chiropractic and Proper Saddle Fit in Demo Area 2.
The lecture and demonstration are designed to raise the awareness of the horseman to the relationship of Equine Chiropractic and proper Saddle Fit that can lead to underlying issues of soundness and behavior problems. Dr. Howard has also had extensive training in Herbal Medicine and Tui-Na (Chinese Massage Therapy) which will be discussed in the seminar, time permitting.
Phil & Casey Hufstader-
Wilderness packers Phil and Casey of Sawbuck Packers and 3H Ranch are active members of the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon in the Willamette Valley area. Phil is the current National Director for Oregon and is the Back Country Horsemen of America Education Chair and a Member of the Executive and Business committees. Casey is a BCHA National Director and a Master Leave No Trace instructor.
-Walker Hitch Hands-On in Demo Area 4.
Phil and Casey will walk you through tying the Walker Hitch on the barrels until you are comfortable with it. This is a great lifting hitch that keeps the loads off shoulders and hip bones.
Dr. Wally Liberman-
Dr. Wally Liberman has been a Veterinarian for 31 years. After 3 years of a mixed animal practice with an emphasis in Equine, he has been strictly Equine for 28 years practicing on Horses, Mules and Donkeys. The practice is located in Northern California in Redding. Although the practice sees all kinds of caseload, the primary focus is in the Diagnosis, Imaging, Medical and Surgical Treatment of Orthopedic Disease and Trauma. As part of this, Basic and Advanced Dentistry is practiced. There is a very large emphasis in Podiatry as the Clinic has a Farrier Shop that is very busy and is in constant use by skilled Farriers and led by a Certified Journeyman Farrier.
-Orthopedic Issues/Lameness/Conformational Based Problems for the Horseman in Demo Area 2.
This seminar will include information on anatomy for the horseman, different Orthopedic issues involving the legs and feet of horses. Common lameness issues will be discussed with audience participation. How to understand and figure out what the actual source of Lameness is in your horse. To be used as a question/answer forum for the Horseman. Based upon time, various forms of treatment can be discussed. Lecture High Points will: Review the anatomy of the Appendicular Skeleton, each Bone, -Discuss the Difference between Tendons and Ligaments, -Discuss the Hoof Structure, -Show how to assess Bilateral Symmetry and the typical lack of, due to strength on one side or disease, -Where and how to look for signs of Joint disease, -Signs of Hoof Disease: one smaller and more upright hoof, contracted heels, small frog that is withered, thin soles that compress easily, flat soles, hoof flares.
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.
-How to Choose Your Packing Equipment in Demo Area 3.
Wade will explain the different types of pack saddles, panniers and other packing accessories to help you decide what to get or more about what you own. He will include used equipment and new. Fitting a pack saddle on a horse will be covered and how to take care of and repair your own equipment at home or in the field. Come learn what you can about this important skill.
Outfitter’s Pack Station co-owner Simone is German & moved to the U.S. in 2002. She worked at a local Grange Co-op feed store in Issaquah, WA where she was in charge of running the equine tack, supplement & supply departments where she gained her knowledge about equine nutrition. Coming from a different country, everything was new to her. Starting with the language/terminology and the huge variety of all the products on the market she understood why customers often had a difficult time finding the right feed/supplement for their horse. They didn't know what to buy without spending money by trying one product after another, not knowing what worked or didn’t work. So she decided to learn as much as possible about equine nutrition and started to do talks/seminars at different events.
-Equine Nutrition: What you Need to Know and Look for When Buying Feed and Supplements in Demo Area 5.
Simone will focus on:
- feeding complete feeds vs. supplements
- Nutritional needs of horses/mules in the NW (e.g. low selenium)
- Her motto always has been: "Keep it simple & cost effective"
- What kind of feed to take into the back country besides hay
- What if your horse does not drink or eat when away from home?
- Emergency/first aid kit for horses in the backcountry....what to take on a pack trip
Dr. Tony Oddo-
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.
-Assessment of Physical Condition and Vital Signs in Demo Area 2.
Being able to assess your equine’s condition and knowing how to take vital signs helps your Veterinarian know what he is dealing with when you call with a problem. Dr. Oddo will cover what you need to know about vital signs and how to take them.
Richard Phillips was born and raised in southern Idaho. While farming and ranching with his Dad he was always around horses and mules. For 35 years, Richard was an Outfitter and owner of The Outfitters Pack Station located in Idaho Falls before selling it in 2010. He is an accomplished Dutch oven cook in camp and in his catering business, and has designed and produced many products used in the packing industry. He has written a cook book for Aluminum Dutch oven cooking and will have a book signing at the Outfitters Pack Station booth. -The Ins and Outs of Cast Iron Cooking and Lets Cook with Aluminum Dutch Ovens in Demo Area 3.
This two hour demo will cover both Cast Iron and Aluminum Dutch oven cooking. Richard will be covering the pros and cons of both kinds of Dutch ovens and include how to pack a Dutch Oven on a packsaddle. How to cook bread and rolls, some quick and easy desserts and some good morning food will be demonstrated with samples for all. He will show you how to cook in the open with your oven. Your questions are encouraged at any time.
Bill Roberts, Mike Bryan, Peggy Goshgarian & Ellen Andrews
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. Ellen also has years of experience packing USFS trail crews and making sure wilderness trails are navigable.
-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.
Lee Roeser & Ken Graves-
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 11 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 36 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.
-Saddle Animal Safety for the Packer in Demo Area 2.
This talk will cover methods and ideas that can be implemented to keep you and your animal safe while packing in the mountains. We’ll include you, your saddle animal, your equipment and what you should have with you.
-Put your Pack String together from the “Ground up” in Demo Area 2.
Learn techniques and methods to help you have a safe and enjoyable pack trip. We’ll cover pack stock safety, pack stock handling, equipment used and packing techniques for trail tools and camp gear.
-Advantages and Disadvantages of the Sawbuck, Salmon River and Decker Pack Saddles in Demo Area 3.
Ken and Lee will show the three main packsaddle styles; how they are different and how they can be used packing different kinds of loads.
-Box and Diamond Hitches Hands- On in Demo Area 4.
Lee and Ken will help you learn to tie these hitches on the pack barrels.
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.
-Better Pictures; 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.
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 14 years Michael has driven the stagecoach for Wells Fargo Bank, and appears in parades all over the Northwest.
-Re-schooling the Riding Horse to Drive in Demo Area 3.
Learn to evaluate your riding equine as a candidate for training to drive. This session will be a step by step approach to training, based on 50+ years of experience training driving horses and mules. Many riders and horses experience injuries or age related problems that limit riding. Often the horse will stand up to driving which is less demanding on the back and legs, and driving allows the horseman to enjoy his horse when riding has to be limited.
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.
-Getting started.......Trail Riding 101- in Demo Area 1.
Becky hopes to help you and your horse begin or expand your trail riding experience with personal tips on tack and equipment, trail etiquette, LNT, horse and rider conditioning and anything else anyone wants to discuss.
Ray Woodside, along with his wife Brenda, operates Potomac Mules. They train mules and participate in Mule shows and Extreme Cowboy Races around the northwestern US. They also have packing contracts with the USFS and some Outfitters. They pack in the Bob Marshall and the Scapegoat Wildernesses. Both of these wildernesses are home to grizzlies, black bears, wolves, cougars and bob cats. Previously Ray was the head packer for The Rich Ranch of Seeley Lake, MT where he would spend half of his summers in the Bob.
-How to Deal with Wild Animals in the Hills in Demo Area 3.
Ray will talk about dealing with wild and/or aggressive animals while packing and camping in wilderness areas; what to do, how to prepare, what to carry, how to respond to an aggressive animal in the hills. He has encountered all of these animals at one time or another and has never had any major problems.
--Manti Packing Hitches Hands-On in Demo Area 4.
Ray will help you learn to sling loads, which is used in Manti packing, on the pack barrels.