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Meeting April 20st, 2011   Board Meets: 6:30 p.m.   
General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

Tessa Gray is going to give our program this month. She is going to be talking about her trip to Switzerland last year for 4-H.


Happy Spring fellow trail rider members! I’m sure most of you are looking for nicer weather to get started with spring clean up and maintenance. Don't forget about ironing out the kinks on our 4-legged pals - some of you already enjoyed our 1st trail ride of the spring at the end of March on "the Hilger Ranch". As weather permits, please volunteer to lead a ride of your choice.

Don't forget - we have our own clean-up day scheduled, April 16th, at the club house, beginning at 10 a.m. Please bring side dish or desert. Lunch will be provided by the club and don't forget tools and gloves. Our focus will be the west arena. Hope to see you there. Next meeting - April 20th, we will start our poker hand-so bring $5.00 to buy in - must be present each meeting to draw a card.

Sheri Onstott, President


Spring is trying to make an appearance but winter is still trying to butt in, no surprises there; after all this is Montana. Have not gotten to do much riding so far this spring but lots of spring cleaning getting done so that when the weather turns I won't feel guilty about stepping off the property. Everyone think spring see ya at the meeting on the 20th. One more note; College Rodeo at the Fairgrounds this weekend, hope to see a few familiar faces there.

Chris Warren, Vice-President


The March meeting of the Helena Trail Riders Board of Directors was called to order by President Sheri Onstott at 6:30 p.m. Directors present were: Bob Braico, Cheryl Schmidt, Eileen Taylor, Sandy Merchen and Roberta Lawson. Heather Hollandsworth was absent.

Minutes were read and approved motion by Bob and seconded by Roberta.


We have filed our organization with the state for the year. Card to Shirley and Keith Herrin – Shirley’s sister has passed away. Card to Bill Bluck –.inviting him to attend the meeting since we haven’t seen him for awhile.

Directors’ Reports

Roberta-Social Director: nothing to report other than the two cards she sent out as mentioned above.

Cheryl-Historian: Working on photo albums and cookbook. She got a quote on the cookbook. It needs more work. She completed the work on the tri-fold and has had them printed out for distribution. She brought the tri-folds for our inspection. She is working on the photo albums.

Eileen-Trail Director:
1. First ride is Saturday April 17– a short ride down by the River in the Scratch Gravels.
2. Easter Egg Hunt on horse-back is April 23.
3. She would like to have a fundraiser for Eagle Mount.
4. West Arena Thursday nights beginning April 28 for O-Mok-See practices. $5 per person if not a member of the Trail Riders.
5. By the first week of April there should be a calendar of rides prepared.

Heather- Program Director: Not Present - but will start the Poker Game at the April meeting. $5 per hand

Bob-Maintenance Director:
1. Annual clean-up day is April 16 beginning at 10am and finished up by 4pm with a BBQ following with burgers and condiments provided by the club and members bringing salads and desserts. We are going to concentrate on the west arena area and the properties building this year.
2. The tempered glass needed for the display case in the meeting room is $24.
3. The Trail Rider sign in front of the building is being replaced at the Capital High School. Lumber for constructing the sign was delivered to the Capital HS Wood Shop on Tuesday, March 15th. Bob also indicated the new sign would be different, with 4 panels made up of 2x6's like the West Arena sign because of constraints in the school's automated routing system. Stain, paint, brushes and brush cleaner were delivered to Capital H S on Wednesday AM, March 16th.
4. Bob reported that the heat and ducts were not put back to the correct setting and our heat was left running several days after the District O-Mok-See meeting. Additionally, the men’s room was in bad shape after that meeting and was left up to Bob to clean up. It was though that the Clubhouse usage needs a few more rules. Suggested that the club member requesting the building is in charge of leaving the clubhouse in good shape. We need a form signed by whoever requests the clubhouse acknowledging the rules of usage and that they personally will be held responsible. We also need a printed checklist so each time it is used they can check off each item of the list to make sure everything is put back in ship-shape.
5. We need to change the combination on the lock for this new year.

Sandy Merchan - O-Mok-See:
1. The Trail Riders point O-Mok-See will be held June 12. It has been decided to hold the State O-Mok-See in Darby on Labor Day weekend.
2. The new schedule for the O-Mok-See year is ready.
3. There is a Ranch Horse clinic on 4/30 in Townsend - $110. Auditing is free. Contact Sandi for information. Shem Lemke.
4. New information for the O-Mok-See year will be added to rule book – these include royalties, new games, and use of left over awards from State.

Old Business

New Business

We are in need of volunteers to help with the Historical Fair on the Walking Mall May 21.

Announcements None

Since there was no further business before the Board -the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Kate Hollandsworth, Secretary


No Report

Eileen Taylor, Trail Ride Director O-MOK-SEE

Hi! Hopefully we will be starting up some practices at the end of April. We are looking at holding practices on Thursdays at the West End Arena. The first OMOKSEE will be at Birdseye Arena put on by HVB on May 22nd. Costs have changed a little; it will be $5 for kids and $10 for 15 yr old and up. To ride all day, what a deal.

Our OMOKSEE put on by HTR will be June 12th. This is also Mule Days which will take away some of our helpers and it takes many hands, so please plan on helping if you can! Thank you!

There are a few other changes that happened at MSCA Convention, to summarize; Left over State Awards will be utilized whenever they can be. A new game has been added, Barrel Race, the difference from cloverleaf is they have removed the two pole bending poles that narrowed the start and finish. MSCA will now pay Convention host $400. During Mini Pair race the will add “Unmounted partner will stand next to the horse handler and handler can reach out to hold horse.” It will now be in the rule book to not approach the judge regarding decisions. There is a way to handle a disagreement but approaching the judge is not it and you may be asked to leave. Royalty will be added to the rule book. If you have someone who wants to run, it should be there to let you know what has to be done.

This year’s State OMOKSEE over Labor Day Weekend will be held in Darby, MT. (Darby is approximately 60 miles south of Missoula and 25 miles south of Hamilton) Camping is available dry camping $10/ weekend. Loose horse/portable panels allowed $5/horse. Stalls will be $20 per horse but the number of stalls is very limited. Showers will be available at Darby High School.

The Schedule is out for the year; check out the OMOKSEE website for more information. If you have questions feel free to call me and I will try and help or find someone who can. 465-9364.

The difference between the “Fun Days” and the “Point Shows” is That the Fun Days are more relaxed, they are learning days and dress is not as important. On Point shows you must have a Western Style Shirt etc. Helmets are not “required” but it is greatly encouraged. There are many great people who work hard to help each other, put these shows on, getting nice awards and being there with advice and encouragement. OMOKSEE is a FAMILY thing, hope to see you having lots of fun. Thank you!

Sandy Merchen, O-Mok-See Director
Southwest District II Saddle Club Association

2011 O-Mok-See Schedule

May 22 Helena Valley Blues Fun Day Birdseye
June 5 District II Fun Day Birdseye Arena June 12 Helena Trail Riders Point Day West Arena L&C Fairgrounds
June 19 Helena Valley Blues Point Day Birdseye
June 25-26 Whitehall Scholarship Hildebrand's Arena
July 10 Western Patriots Fun Day Boulder Arena
July 10-16 Nationals Verndale, MN
July 17 Helena Valley Blues Fun Day Birdseye
August 7 Western Patriots Point Day Boulder Arena
August 21 DISTRICT II Point Day Birdseye Arena
September 3-4 State Darby, MT


I sent a card of sympathy to Pat Jones' family (Pat passed away on March 21st, 2011). I also want to ask the directors and club members what they want in the way of parties, i.e., ice cream social, Xmas party etc. and what they want to add or subtract to the currently planned events. I think it's time to evaluate what kind of events we have, and what to do for social events in the future.

Roberta Lawson, Social Director


The photo album is finally complete and will be at the clubhouse on April 16th at our annual spring clean up. I am still working on the cookbook, unfortunately it won’t be complete for the May 21st Historical Fair. We still need help presenting our club at the Historical Fair, there are only three people so far who have committed and that is not enough. Please contact me for more information at 458-3913.

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian


A checklist for use of the Clubhouse has been prepared and is under review by the Board of Directors. The checklist simply enumerates what is expected of individuals who ask to use the Clubhouse. Perhaps more importantly, there are some idiosyncrasies associated with this old building and the checklist simply describes them in sufficient details to minimize the likelihood of any problems.

I am presently constructing trusses for both of the sign roof structures (West Arena and Clubhouse). My intention is to have both of these completed, including staining, by the 16th. Then, all we'll need to do is simply raise them into place, fasten them, and install shingles.

I presented the Clubhouse sign placement and roof structure design to the Fairgrounds Manager and have his approval for both design and placement. I have also had a utility locate done to be sure we don't have a utility surprise when we start to dig in front of the Clubhouse--we won't.

On another note, I queried the Fairgrounds Manager, Keith Hatch, about providing a front-end loader and operator (for West Arena rocks to fill the mud hole). He indicated a willingness to do that but, I will check again next week to confirm. In discussing the West Arena, Keith mentioned that there is a College Rodeo on the 16th and 17th and that the students will be using the West Arena for practice. So, I promised that I would make sure everything would be ready for them. The last time I looked (early this week), everything still looked okay. Obviously, this means we'll need to be accommodative on the 16th and not cause any problems as we do our work adjacent to but, outside the West Arena. (I assured Keith we wouldn't.)

Next, I partially dismantled one of the three east side Meeting Room windows so I could get accurate measurements for the new windows. I subsequently got two prices--Power Townsend was the best at $228, total, for all three windows. So, I went ahead and ordered all three. Unfortunately, the windows are most likely to be in the week following 4/16 but, that's okay as someone can get the other two windows stripped inside and ready. I'll most likely do the actual installation in May. (That'll take a while to complete because there is a lot of detail work both inside and out.)

Because this report is necessarily being prepared before the April 16th Work Day, for obvious reasons I am unable to provide a description of the projects that were accomplished on the work day. However, weather permitting, I am hopeful we will have re-roofed the Properties Shed at the West Arena and completed substantial work on a roof structure for the West Arena sign plus work on a structure for our new Clubhouse sign being completed by the Capital High School Wood Shop. Depending on member turnout, I have also made arrangements with Fairgrounds staff to provide us with a front-end loader and operator to haul rocks from the east side of the West Arena to fill the rapidly developing mud hole behind the arena bleachers. The county would then place gravel over the rocks at a later date. A status report will be available at the April General Meeting.

Bob Braico, Building Maintenance

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.

For Sale: $1000.00 OBO. 12YR old sorrel and white, registered paint gelding, to good home only or at our home. $50.00/month plus hay – outdoor arena available. This horse would make a good 4-H show project horse for intermediate rider – also would consider hauling for lessons. Call Sheri 431-1014.

Upcoming Events/Activities:

Spring Clean Up: April 16th, 10:00 a.m. at the clubhouse and West Arena, Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds.

Easter-Egg-Hunt on horseback: April 17th. Scratch Gravel hills, Norris Road 10:00 a.m.

O-Mok-See practice at the West Arena: April 28th, 6:30 p.m.

New Horse Council just getting started:

The person who spends all day looking for easy work always goes to bed tired.”

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