Happy New Year
Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month Elections!

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679 jambat@3riversdbs.net

Kim copeland, 439-4320

Treasurer: Sheri Onstott, 431-1014 nighthorse1970@gmail.com

Trail Rides: Rory Copeland, 459-8093

Building/ Maintenance: Bill Gray, 443-2679 jambat@3riversdbs.net

Historian: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858 Shirley.herrin@gmail.com

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

Public Relations

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


Social Director Rita Newman, 458-4725

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

Horses running in the snow
From Our President

A warm howdy and Happy New Year!

At our next meeting, Wednesday, 1-17-2018, 6:15, we will be electing a president and three directors.

Nominations can be made from the floor at the meeting or you can volunteer to run by letting the nominating committee (Kate Hollandsworth, Bill Gray) know of your intent before the meeting. We will also need to elect a Saddle Club representative to attend MSCA events. Voters should be up to date with dues and over 12 years old. Come, be involved and help plan activities, events, and programs for the upcoming year.

We recently had an opportunity to attend a horse sport new to me. Skijoring was held at the Fair Grounds. We watched 3 levels of competition and were amazed as race times decreased significantly with more experienced riders, horses and skiers.

It was reminiscent of the O-Mok-See event of the devil’s cowhide race only in snow and no one else was in your lane. What a great way to enjoy riding horses in winter.

Somehow, like dirty dishes, the unattended items in the back coat room have multiplied. If you have dropped off give away or for sale items and let them hibernate let’s try to get them distributed to whomever can use them before our initial spring cleaning. Remember the optimist who insists if there is a halter rope visible there must be a pony at the other end. Help us find that pony.

Update on Rita, our social director, is a difficult one. You will recall that she was unable to plan or attend the Christmas party because of pneumonia. While she was home recuperating, unexpectedly her son died. Rita, you have our condolences and hopes for better times. Be strong. Now, while recovering from heart issues, Rita is responsible for finding new homes for some of her son’s possessions. She has requested an ad be put in the Pony Tales for the following items:

a queen size bedroom set that includes the bed, 2 night stands, 2 lamps, a long dresser with mirror, and T.V. armoire for $400.00. All are in good condition. Telephone 458-4725.

Enjoy the snow but keep warm. It sounds as if there is a lot more snow to come. 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 trailridershelena@gmail.com.

Hi everyone

There will be no trail rides for November. If you have any questions, please call 439-4320. Thanks, Rory and Kim Copeland
Horse over a log

Excerpts from the Helena IR article by TOM KUGLIN tom.kuglin@helenair.com Updated Jan 5, 2018

Under a blue winter sky, the crowd stood hushed with rosy cheeks and eyes squinted down the track. In a flurry of snow, hoofs and ski tips, the first team pulled off the line. Being towed behind the horse was newly inducted mayor, Wilmot Collins. As the horse and rider navigated him down the track, Collins was all smiles as he clutched onto the rope.

“Whoa, this is hard work!” exclaimed Collins after exiting the track from the inaugural run.

This vignette was just one of many entertaining moments on Saturday as Helena hosted Last Chance Skijoring: Race for the Gold at Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Hundreds of people turned out for this first-time event and lined the entire 900-foot course.

The sport of skijoring is a unique blend of downhill skiing and rodeo. In this obscure competition, instead of gravity pulling participants across the finish line, skiers are towed behind a horse and rider through a dizzying course of gates, jumps and rings at breakneck speeds. With spectacular crashes and big purses at stake, it’s a sport unlike any other.

Skijoring traces its heritage to Scandinavia, where locals used horses or dogs to pull skiers across the snowy landscape. The word comes from the Norwegian “skikjřring,” which roughly translates as ski driving. While similar skijoring events have been held for years in other parts of Montana like Kalispell, Lincoln, Bozeman and Whitefish, this was the first year in Helena. Mark LaRowe, co-chair of the race’s organizing committee, was part of the group that initially approached the fairgrounds about bringing the event to town. Fairgrounds officials were excited at the idea of adding a winter event to their schedule.

“It’s really a mixture of two of Montana’s favorite pastimes — skiing and rodeo,” said Aaron Griffen of Belgrade, who skied in the open division.

Horse and rider pulling a skijorer

Welcome back to former members Lolly and Doug Fraser, and Bev and John Tomaskie. Welcome to new member Caleb Blokzyl.


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 2chalkie@gmail.com

Horse helping kid build a snowman

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Horses in blankets
twelve horses

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