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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, February 21

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

Vice-President: Heather Hollandsworth 492-7066

Treasurer: Kate Hollandsworth, 492-7206

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

Public Relations: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Representative: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355,

Social Director Julia Curtis, 449-0360

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, January 17

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From Our President

Howdy members and friends, February has been an unusual month at our house. There is so much unplowable snow to the barn we’ve had to cancel the scheduled visit from the farrier. Friday, school was canceled. Rarely has that occurred. School has been held in boxcars, St. Joseph’s orphanage, churches and other places but not canceled.

We also had a lion kill a deer about 50 feet from our house and the chicken coop. We were most surprised to find the dog very interested in going through the deep snow to the site. He was the one to alert us to the remains by not being reluctant to battle snow. He is a fair weather dachshund.

Elections for the Helena Trail Riders were held last month with a good number of members in attendance. I’m sorry to hear some did not attend because their copy of the Pony Tales did not arrive via USPS before the meeting so they were unaware of elections. As much as I fuss about the internet, being without it does have its downside. Please let me know (or call Sharon Hopkins) if you do not receive the Pony Tales by the third Wednesday of the month, especially if that day is early in the month.

Thank-you for the honor of serving as president for one more year. I will continue to do my best to follow the Helena Trail Riders Policy book for president duties along with Robert’s Rules of Order. There is nothing like the 4-H motto as advice for all ages- “Learn by Doing”.

I would like to express my appreciation for the hours of planning, communicating and effort made by our outgoing directors and Vice President. They were willing to step into unknown territory when appointed and did a great job in their respective offices. I hope the club continues to benefit from their experiences, knowledge and company. If you get a chance say a thank-you to Rory and Kim Copeland and Rita Newman.

In view of a threatened mutiny at our house, I reassigned director positions as well as welcoming 4 new board members. Please note the information on the leading page of the Pony Tales. Take a look at people behind the scenes also. They volunteer a tremendous amount of time to keeping the club up to date with internet information, publishing the Pony Tales, and working as a communicator for the extra activities we tackle.

Penny will also be our MSCA (Montana Saddle Club Association) representative this year.

All members are welcome to come to any board of directors meeting. We ask that if you have input, please get it on the agenda ahead of time. Because of time restraints, we are unable to hear comments that haven’t been okayed before the board meets. Also, only board members can vote at a board meeting. However, we may ask your opinion if time allows. 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.

• 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

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Hi everyone

There will be no trail rides for November. If you have any questions, please call Chris Warren,461-6257. Thanks.
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The club received this message February 10. I understand it is past the deadline for applications, but it appears they may still need members. If you are interested, please contact Rick.

Subject: FWP Advisory Council representation
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018

Greetings from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks!

I am writing to seek your assistance in considering and/or forwarding to interested parties the following information. I found your email addresses from your respective organization websites – thank you in advance for your assistance with the following.

FWP is seeking citizens interested in serving on an advisory council to represent “a multiple-use recreation organization in Montana” such as horse riding, snowmobiling, ATV, Nordic skiing, etc. The deadline for applying is February 8th. FWP sent out notices to the newspapers a couple weeks ago but so far we have only received 2 applications, none fitting this particular representative-category. The following gives a brief overview of what this council entails.

FWP is organizing an advisory council as a result of House Bill 434, which was signed into law during the 2017 legislative session. HB434 establishes a statewide wildlife habitat restoration program through noxious weed control grants, using up to $2M of Pittman-Robertson funds annually. The citizen advisory council would serve the role of program oversight and would assist in ranking grant applications and making funding recommendations to FWP. Prospective council members need to apply by going to this website and clicking on “Advisory Council” and filling out the online application. Council members (a voluntary position) would be appointed by the FWP Director, based on information provided in the application. FWP would cover travel and lodging expenses.

At this time, we are envisioning one or two meetings a year. The first meeting of the newlyformed council is already scheduled for April 3rd. I have been involved with multiple citizen councils and get the general sense that people who serve in these capacities find them to be worthwhile and an opportunity to meet leaders across the state on topics of common interest.

Please send folks my way if they have more questions.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance!

Rick Northrup, Wildlife Habitat Bureau Chief
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
1420 E Sixth Ave, PO Box 200701
Helena MT 59620. (406) 444-5633. Tidbits

Club Contacts:
Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

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

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