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Meeting April 21st, 2010   Board Meets: 6:30 p.m.   
General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

Louise Stoner will be providing a program on the 4-H equestrian program.


Happy Spring fellow Trail Riders! We already have 1 trail ride under our belts and I heard it went well. Looks like we have a busy clean-up/fix-up day coming up on the 24th of April and some folks have already been busy putting a new roof on the announcer's stand at the West Arena. Looks great! Nice job guys. Please be sure to sign up to lead a trail ride, practice for the O-Mok-Sees and attend the functions of the HTR to make the most of your membership. Look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st at our next meeting. Happy Trails!

Scott Stoner, President


The March meeting of the Helena Trail Riders was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by President Scott Stoner.

Minutes were read and motioned by Jan for approval and seconded by Angie.

Treasurer’s report was read and was approved by the general membership.

Scott went to Edward Jones, moved money around into a money market and a CD; closed the checking account.

Correspondence Nothing

Directors’ Reports

Heather Hollandsworth-Program, Keith Herrin is with the mounted shooting, needs ideas for programs. Have more room for people to join the poker game. New piece in the Pony Tales to track member activities.

Kurt Burnham-Trails, 3/28 Iron Mask ride to start at 9am, will give Cheryl Directions. Will give directions to Cheryl

Keith Herrin-O’Moksee, Nationals in Kalispell will be 7 days long, State in Billings on Labor Day.

Cheryl Schmidt-Historian, Wants to protect the scrap books, looking to cover in plastic for the preservation. Need everyone to give Cheryl 3 recipes to create a HTR cookbook.

Bob Braico-Maintenance, Work day to be April 24th at 10am, spoke about the maintenance needs for the club house and the West Arena. Cheryl motioned approval

Rita McNees-Social, Nothing

Heather thanked Bob for all recommendations.

Trail Update
2010 schedule of activities include 6/19-20 sign new 71/2 miles of trail and construction on telegraph trail. Helena/Butte students to take part. 7/23-24 work weekend Basin to Deerlodge.

Old Business

Audit done and Roberta Lawson gave report to the board, which included findings and recommendations.

Program from the last meeting works; Scott and Kurt used the method on a 10 month old mule owned by Scott for trailering.

New Business

Last year fair said no concert on Wednesday but has decided to do so. Wednesday night will be busy so will need extra help for the gates.


Keith Herrin talked about shooting around horses and the event of Mounted Shooting. Will look at doing a horseman class, fee will be about $30 for non-members to hold the training.


Horse Nutrition by Purina 4/6 at 6:30 in the Bill Hamilton Building.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35pm Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Public Relations - Programs

I would like to start an "Around the Campfire" section in the Pony Tales. This would be a section for keeping up with what various members are doing. Please submit any club member activities you might think would be of interest.

Heather Hollandsworth, Public Relations


Please email me at least three recipes (or more) that are your favorites, your mother’s favorites or whomever’s favorites (men, you are not excluded from this!). Please give a little history on the recipe if you can. I would like to have a section of old time recipes, their history, etc. I would prefer the recipes be in a Word file but if you don’t have access to it you can also submit recipes by mail. If you have any questions please call me at 458-3913 or email at Mailing address: Cheryl Schmidt, 7092 Applegate Drive, Helena, MT 59602

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian

Bits and Pieces

The WEBSITE is up and running!!! Please check it out.

For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant – Please submit pictures ONE AT A TIME.

If you have anything you would like to post in the Pony Tales, please contact Cheryl Schmidt at 458-3913 or email your request to Please have this information to me before the 10th of the month.

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

Upcoming Events/Activities:

Saturday, April 24th at 10:00 a.m. is our Annual Clean-up/Fix-up Day at the Clubhouse. Additional information will be available at the April 21st monthly meeting. Please bring something (food) to share and the club will provide hamburgers, condiments, paper plates and plastic silverware. The party starts at 4:00 p.m.!!

Tack Room:
Kate Hollandsworth is looking for a well-trained driving burro/donkey/pony/small mule. If you know of anyone who has such a creature, please call her at 492-7206 or email her at

Leaving at the end of the summer and looking for a home for our 18 yr. old gelding. Quarter Horse retired barrel racer, 17 hands. Needs a stable and long-term home and to be ridden. Please call Joyce or Dan, 422-6714 or 438-1050.

Looking to trade a 5 year old palomino (over 15 hands) for a smaller horse. Please call Barb Northey at 459-6232.

Sharon Kaberline has a 17-yr-old Tennessee Walker gelding for sale. He is Amish trained and Sharon would like to sell him as a package with breast collar harness. She wants $1200. Separate prices are $900 for the horse and $300 for the harness. She also has a training cart for sale for $400. Her phone number is 431-7982.

Misc. Information:

Quite a lot of campgrounds (and where we park our trailers to ride trails) are going to be affected by tree removal this summer due to dead trees. The Forest Service is afraid that these trees might fall on someone. If you are planning a ride and wish to know if the area you are going is under construction or otherwise blocked by equipment; call the Forest Service office at 449-5201 or Ron Barkley (trail coordinator) at 495-3853 before planning your ride.

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