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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

Vice-President: Heather Hollandsworth 492-7066

Treasurer: Kate Hollandsworth, 492-7206

Directors: Secretary: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858

Trail Rides: Chris Warren, 461-6527

Building/ Maintenance: Caleb Blokzyl, 465-7123

Historian: Historian & MSCA Delegate: Penny Koehler,

O-Mok-See: Keith Herrin, 461-3614 cavtrooper@uscavalryschool.com

Public Relations: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Representative: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355, tovikywho@q.com


Social Director Julia Curtis, 449-0360

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. No board meeting or activity this month due to Thanksgiving. Activity this month ws the December 9 Christmas Party.

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From our President! Howdy all Helena Trail Riders, May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

At our house the tree is up early giving the cats extra opportunities to strip the branches of decorations and needles alike. We are gambling this year by not tying the top of the tree to the ceiling with fishing line. So far, so good with no tree tipping yet.

Not only during the Christmas season but all year long I am inspired and grateful to be among such a caring group of volunteers who are members of the Helena Trail Riders. Community service is a part of HTR belief and a continuing goal. We pay a small membership fee to be a part of this group of volunteers who build, clean, donate, and share skills for the betterment of equine education, each other, the club, and the community at large.

With an impromptu board meeting December 9th, on a split decision, the directors voted to reduce membership fees to $15.00 dollars for an individual and $25.00 for a family. The hope is that membership cost reduction will entice new members to continue their membership year after year. Because horse activities in the club need to be self supporting (O-Mok-Sees, trail rides, and clinics) this may allow it to be more affordable for people to attend and participate in these activities.

Our main club expenditures are utilities, liability insurance, building and arena infrastructure. Current income is from working the gate during the Fair and membership dues. We are always interested in additional fundraiser ideas.

Usually our December newsletter comes out before the Christmas party but this year was an exception. December 9th we enjoyed each other’s company in a sparkling clean clubhouse. Many thanks to Penny and crew who dismantled District 2’s haunted house then scrubbed the building.

Judy said grace, we then tasted some mighty fine dishes that our members shared. Chris and Lee Blazer and Anna Salini brought a team of horses and many took advantage of the wagon ride complete with lap robes. It was a beautiful day for a ride but still a bit nippy. Meanwhile Julia, Shirley, Penny and others, made preparations for a fantastic Christmas dinner. We had several generations of members attending and had some wonderful visits with those we haven’t seen for a while. Santa arrived at the clanging of cowbells instead of sleigh bells to the delight of 4 active two year olds in attendance. It was entertaining watching them get acquainted with each other for the first time. Thank you, Santa!

The infamous dice game was played and of course there were a few popular items favored by several participants. After much laughter and speedy exchanges, players seemed to be happy with the results.

Almost all of the attendees had their hands in the dishwater at one time or another, helped clear tables, put away food and return decorations to storage. There was a request to light the tree at the January meeting so it is still in the meeting room. A most memorable time was shared because of charitable volunteers.

The generosity of the Helena Trail Riders members filled a table with items from the Salvation Army sponsored family’s wish list. Some, who were unable to attend dinner, stopped by to deliver a contribution. Our appreciation to Vickie who inventoried the gifts and gift cards, then delivered them to the Salvation Army’s address.

Our next meeting is January 16, elections night. We will be electing a president, vice president and 3 directors. We welcome any nominations from the floor at the meeting or ahead of time. This is your opportunity to shape the direction of the Helena Trail Riders so please make it a point to attend, vote, and maybe run for an office. The January Pony Tales will announce the nominating committee’s results.

As a P.S. our newsletters are published and sent out to members from Sharon who is out of the state for the winter. That she is able to keep up with HTR news afar is commendable. Thanks, Sharon. Marcia

Anyone with suggestions for programs or activities, please come to a meeting and share, or let a board of directors member know what you would like to see or hear about.

• Any member can contribute to the Pony Tales. For sale or wanted items and articles must be to Sharon by the 10th of each month. (trailridershelena@gmail.com)
• It is important that no Helena Trail Rider member is left out of the loop because he/she doesn’t have the latest social communication device. Please let us know of any member who is not receiving the newsletter either via e-mail or by snail-mail.
• Send items you wish included in the newsletter to trailridershelena@gmail.com.
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No scheduled rides at this time. Chris

If you have any questions, please call Chris Warren,461-6257. Thanks.

From Sharon:

Every month I try to add a short section on trail riding areas near Helena, most of which club members have been to at least once. While there is no specific site for this month, the following information pertains to a public use area for indoor riding - the Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose building.

The Multi-Purpose Building is used for shows, expos, indoor rodeos and riding. It can be rented by the hour or the day. This building is 120’ x 200’. Bathroom facilities are attached to the building. An 80’ x 165’ indoor arena can be set up with bleachers, chutes and concession stands for a complete show or rodeo. It is equipped with a sound room and announcer/timer booth with sound needs. A complete sound system can also be rented for your event. Corrals and alleyways are also available.

Reserved Riding

Reserved riding is available in the Multi Purpose Building seven (7) days a week from 9 am - 4 pm and 5 pm - 10 pm. Rates are $27/hour. The fairgrounds will begin taking reservations for fall, winter and spring reservations on or after August 15th of current year. $312.00 p/day (Arena Rental Only - Does not include bleachers) Office number: (406) 457-8516.

Tidbits Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 202-2355

O-Mok-See Coordinator – Keith Herrin 461-3614

Gone with the Wind – Peggy Huntington 459- 2161

Western Patriots- Patsy Althof 439-8916

Helena Valley Blues – Moriah Parker 202-5729

• Remember: West Arena Schedule is (exclusive use) every Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday of the month.

• Don’t forget to check on all Helena Trail Riders information posted to the website (including past copies of Pony Tales). Suggestions or corrections to Cheryl Bryant 2chalkie@gmail.com

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