A group of private and commercial packers met in 1981 to form the High Sierra Stock Users Association with the purpose
of representing horsemen in dealings with the administrators of public lands.
Five years later the HSSUA joined with Montana, Idaho, and Washington to form an affiliation called the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA). This national organization's task is to coordinate activities of the various state backcountry organizations. The
BCHA now has BCH organizations in 12 western states.
The HSSUA adopted the name Backcountry Horsemen of California in order to conform to the national name and to better reflect
its growing statewide membership. The association has a membership of more than 4,000 men and women affilliated with our many
Local Units throughout California.