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Missoula Back Country Horseman Gets National Award


A well-known back country horseman in Missoula is getting national recognition. On Saturday, Arnold "Smoke" Elser was given the Back Country Horseman of America Legacy Award for the work he's done for outdoorsmen.

The Back Country Horseman Club started in 1973 in Columbia Falls to preserve Montana's trails. Elser joined shortly after, and decided to draft a constitution for the club to follow. The club then expanded to Missoula, before expanding to cities across the nation.

"I was kind of surprised. I didn't know I was going to get that award; so it was new to me, but a great honor, because the Back Country Horseman are a volunteer group and they do a lot of work through out the state and the nation," Elser said.

Elser is the fourth person to win the award.


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