Officers / Board

Larry Jeffers

President (2014 – 2017)

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Larry JeffersLarry and his wife Cathy live in the Hampton area of Carter County. Larry and Cathy purchased their first and current horses (mares) in 2005 and are very pleased with the Tennessee Walker and the Spotted Saddle Horse. Soon after the purchase they were very busy clearing land for pasture using the trees from the land to build a log barn. Their favorite place to ride locally is Holston Mountain and their most enjoyable ride so far, was riding in the Smoky Mountains National Park. As an avid outdoorsman, Larry realizes the importance of protecting our access to public lands and intends to provide BCHET his support in maintaining and expanding our trail access. Larry’s hobbies are trail riding, hunting (small and large game), fishing, camping, and home projects of all types.


Bill Watson

Vice President, Board Member (2017 – 2018)

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Retired from ITT and Lockheed Martin, served 4 years in USAF
I grew up on a farm in Roan Mountain, TN. I was raised with horses to do farm work and I got a spotted pony when I was around 8 years old. We always had TWH and used them for riding and to plow crops. I have lived all over the southeast, and I have always had horses. I lived in Florida for 10 years and rode in the Ocala National Forest. I have also ridden in Big South Fork, Smoky Mountains, and trails around Roan Mountain.
I have raised and trained Paint horses, conducted small clinics for kids, and judged local horse shows. Currently I have a Quarter horse and a spotted TWH. I enjoy hiking, bicycle riding, camping, and other outdoor activities. I look forward to working with the BCHET and helping with expanding horse trails and getting the younger generation involved.


Vedette Rice

Secretary (2016 – 2017)

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I have to confess I don’t do the job of Secretary alone, my husband Ron is my trouble shooting computer guru. So don’t ever be afraid to run for office, you can always have a silent co-pilot! Ron and I have been married 32 years and have 3 grown sons. I’m from MN and Ron is from JC. We moved to TN when Ron retired from the Navy and have had horses ever since. Ron’s Paint/Thoroughbred/Draft cross came from a PMU farm in Canada. He was a wild baby at 5 months old and somewhat calmer now at 13. I ride a TWH paint named BayRite.


Chrystal Crispin

Treasurer (2017 – 2018)

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Tori Tolliver

Board Member (2014 – 2017)

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Tori TolliverI have had the good fortune to be involved with the Back Country Horsemen of East TN for many years.I hope to continue for many more. I live in Washington Co. I have 5 horses, I have had the good fortune to travel and ride a lot of different places. I feel it is very important to keep our trails and parks open for trail use through good management and respectful use. I hope we can all work toward that goal.

 


Bambi Krtausch

Board Member (2016 – 2017)

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I am a wife and mother of three mostly grown children. I grew up riding horses all over the rural community where I still reside. Four years ago I purchased my first ever horse trailer so I could venture out onto the mountain trails. As fate would have it, my used trailer had a BCHET sticker on it, which led me into joining the organization. I have made some great trail riding friends and learned much about the local trail system. My experience with BCHET has given me an appreciation for all the work they collectively do to maintain and advance new opportunities to explore the great outdoors.


Susan Kiley

Board Member (2017 – 2018)

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I am a retired teacher from Florida who has always loved horses. I have lived in Shady Valley, TN. for the past ten years and I work part time for Keywood Animal Clinic as a receptionist. I have been active in BCHET for the past 4 years, and am currently the representative for Tennessee on the national board of directors. I want to stay as active as possible helping maintain our trails and riding my TWH Rocky.

 


Robert Luster

Board Member (2017 – 2018)

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Robert and his wife, Lisa, live in the Bowmantown area of Washington County. They purchased their property in December of 2016 and are still in the process of building their dream mini-farm. Robert was born in Souix Falls SD and raised in the Bloomingdale community of Kingsport. He has owned horses on ond off since around 1991. His favorite breed is TN Walkers. Robert and Lisa currently own 3 mares and a yearling; a TN Walker and a Standardbred, both of which were rescues as well as a Spotted Saddle Horse and her yearling philly. Robert’s favorite places to ride are Big South Fork and Cumberland Gap National Park. He is looking forward to serving the organization as a board member and will support BCHET in all endeavors to promote and protect our ability to have access to public lands for equestrian use. Robert’s hobbies include trail riding, camping, going to car shows, working on their farm and spending time with the grandchildren.


Vicki Hunter

Board Member (2017 – 2018)

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Let me start with: I love my husband, I love my kids, and I love my horses. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which comes first. I am Minnesota raised and horse crazy. I knew I didn’t want to stay in Minnesota – too cold for way too much of the year. I moved to Tennessee and found some of the best riding! I enjoy getting out to ride and I hope to bubsee all of you out on the trail soon.