Grab your horse and play some poker!  The Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen invite you to their 28th Annual Poker Ride this Saturday, July 11 at Bridger Bowl.

The rules are pretty simple: You don't even need to know how to play poker, you just need a horse.  You, your horse and any riding buddies arrive at the Bridger Ski Bowl parking lot this Saturday, July 11. Registration is from 8 - 10 am; you'll begin to ride between 8:30 - 10:30.  If you show up at the registration tent after 10 am, you will need to draw all of your cards at that time. One poker hand, along with lunch and a chance to win great prizes will cost you $25. Lunch alone is $10.  The well marked trail is about 10 miles in length and requires about 4 hours to ride.

Before you ride out, register and pick up a map and tally sheet and draw your first card. Mount up and follow the marked trail for a few miles through the beautiful Bridger Mountains to the first stop where coolers with cold drinks and cards await. Friendly folks allow you to tie up, rest, chat, have a cold drink and select another card for your hand. You will discover three of these "stops" along the route. When you arrive back in camp following the marked trail loop, you will draw your fifth and last card. Turn your "hand" in to the Back Country Horsemen and head for the lunch tent. A hearty chicken dinner will be served, including cold drinks, beans, cole slaw, and dessert.  Winning hands are announced at 3 pm.

The proceeds from the event help the Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen to maintain regional trails. Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen have maintained the Spanish Creek trails since 1985. For more information, visit

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