About Our Group

Vision and Purpose

The purpose of the Northwest Montana Backcountry Horsemen is to perpetuate enjoyable common sense use of horses in the back country; assist government agencies in maintenance and management of the resource; and educate, encourage and solicit active public participation in wise and sustaining use of horses and use by people commensurate with our heritage and the back-country resource.

Our Vision: To ensure stock use continues on all public lands and to expose the wonders of our wilderness and wild places to the generations through fun, inspiring and thought provoking programs and partnerships; to encourage responsible horsemanship by teaching Leave No Trace principles in the backcountry.


In the early spring of 2015, a group of like-minded horse and backcountry enthusiasts decided to get together and create a new chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Montana. This chapter will be educational, family oriented, forward thinking, member friendly and willing to serve all public lands where needed.

Our members want to have fun and work at the same time. We are open and encourage families with young children to participate in our events and work parties. We are also be open to any members who support the purpose and vision of the organization. The NWMTBCH fosters a teaching environment to encourage a long lasting relationship with our members and to promote the organization to future generations. We work to expose as many people as possible to our heritage and our wild lands to instill a passion to protect them and our right to stock use within these areas.

Officers and Board Members

Position Name Email Phone
President Melanie Totten [email protected] 406-885-3581
Vice President Craig Montgomery [email protected] 406-253-8631
Secretary Mary Westphal [email protected] 406-862-2355
Treasurer Carey Monson [email protected] 218-591-5905

Board of Directors John Peine-Board Member 12-31-24
Board of Directors Pat McGlynn-Board Member 12-31-25
Board of Directors Seline Totten-Board Member 12-31-24
Board of Directors Patrick Totten-Board Member 12-31-25
Board of Directors Austin Stevens-Board Member 12-31-24
Board of Directors Rick A Mathis-Board Member 12-31-25
Board of Directors Wendy Monfort-Board Member 12-31-24
Board of Directors Ron Trippet-Board Member 12-31-24
Board of Directors Judah Westphal-Board Member 12-31-25

State Director Cary Monson-State Director 12-31-25
State Director Melanie Totten-State Director 12-31-24
Alternate State Board Ron Trippet-Alternate State Board 12-31-25

Contact Us

For general information, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you.