Officers & Board Members

Vedette Rice

President (2018 – Present)

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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.

Bill Watson

Vice President (2017 – Present)

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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.

Michell King

Secretary (2019 – Present)

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Jamie Fritsch

Treasurer (2017 – Present)

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Jamie is a mother of three beautiful girls and currently resides in the Johnson City area. In 2013, Jamie found her way back to the love of horses and riding. She currently has an Arab/Saddlebred mare, has competed in Hunter Pace and Endurance rides and loves trail riding. In 2016, she came to her first BCHET meeting and soon after, attended her first organized ride. By joining BCHET, she has met a lot of people, found many places locally to ride and has the understanding of how important it is to protect and maintain our current trail system. Jamie would like to encourage each of you to find your local outpost, attend meetings and use your natural talents to get involved to help keep our beautiful mountains clean for all to enjoy.

Theresa Symonds

Board Member (2018 – Present)

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I’m a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 7. I was raised on a small farm in Washington County, Virginia, where I still reside. I have 3 horses, that I raised and my dog Pepper, a rescue heeler/terrier mix. I have been active in BCHET for several years where I have met a lot of great friends and love riding and working the trails in the E TN area.

Mamie Hopton

Board Member (2018 – Present)

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I was born and raised in Florida and moved to Greeneville 15 years ago from Daytona Beach with my husband, Pete and our youngest son, Taylor. Our oldest son, Casey and his family still live in Florida as well as much of my husband’s family. Pete and I are the proud grandparents of six fantastic grandkids. I am a retired Registered Nurse and Pete is a self-employed contractor. We both grew up with horses and rode well into adulthood but ended up getting out of horses for many years. Part of our Tennessee dream was to reconnect with our love of horses, and boy have we done that! As a native Floridian, I never imagined the beauty and challenge of riding in these mountains, and my husband and I love every minute of it! We have met so many wonderful people here in Tennessee and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Thank you for this opportunity to serve our community and represent our trail riders.

Richard Jamison

Board Member (2018 – Present)

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I have lived in Greeneville, TN for nearly 12 years, Having moved from low state SC.

I had horses as a young adult and then experienced a 20 year or so gap before Re-engaging in 2011. I ride a 9 year old Arabian Mare.

I began Trail riding with local friends in 2013 and joined BCHET about 3 years back. I truly love the activity and feel fortunate and blessed to enjoy our National Forests and this wonderful country.

I am proud of the work of BCHET and appreciate the opportunity to experience the joy of Trail Riding with other enthusiasts.

See you all out there soon.

Victor Mathis

Board Member (2019 – Present), Webmaster (2020 – Present)

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I was born and raised in Sarasota, FL and met my wife Helen while attending college in Tampa. We married in March 1990 and settled there to work and raise our family. In June 2019 we relocated to Greeneville, TN and we love it here! I also continue to work fulltime (remotely) as a Healthcare IT applications delivery manager for NTT DATA Services.

Discovering BCHET and getting connected with Outpost 1 has also been such a blessing. We have owned horses for pleasure since around 2004. I enjoy working with them, improving my horsemanship knowledge and skills, and trail riding. With our move to East TN, Helen and I look forward to many great new opportunities and good times with friends who also share a deep love, joy and compassion for horses!

Lori Kegley

Board Member (2019 – Present)

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Lori Kegley and her husband James, also known as Keg, live on an 83 acre farm in Butler, TN. They’ve raised 6 kiddos all while managing a herd of up to 23 horses! They raised trail horses as well as Percheron horses and draft mules. Currently the Kegley’s have about 70 head of hair sheep and a flock of Shetland’s that provide wool for Lori’s felting projects. They’ve hosted many wagon trains over the years and enjoy the fellowship these events provide.

Lori works as a medical technologist in the lab at Watauga Medical Center in Boone. She’s been with them for over 20 years.

Lori and Keg volunteer with their local 4H chapter and enjoy watching the kids learn. They recently hosted an event at their farm with close to 300 hundred kids visiting and learning about farm life and a variety of stock.

Lori met Jatana thru their horses. Lori says “Jatana and her husband Lynn are great folks and wonderful friends and I look forward to co-leading Outpost 5 with her.”

Jatana Norris

Board Member (2019 – Present)

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Jatana Norris and her husband Lynn live on top of the beautiful Iron Mountain in Shady Valley, TN. Both Jatana and Lynn have backgrounds in Finance. Jatana still consults on a part time basis.

Jatana grew up in SC and Lynn grew up in Elizabethton, TN. They retired to Shady Valley in 2015. They have 2 sons and one grand daughter in SC along with siblings and Jatana’s mother. They also have family in Bristol, Knoxville, and Jamestown, TN.

Besides trail riding their hobbies include driving, golf, tennis, hiking, fly fishing, reading and cooking. They are active members of Bethany Baptist Church in Mountain City, TN. Jatana says “We are excited to participate in and contribute to BCHET.”