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Next Meeting: April 15, 2015

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m.

General Meeting: 6:15 p.m.


Message from the President

Happy April to you all.

Hope you have been able to get out and start getting your horses legged up. I have been hearing rumblings about various things that the club has been doing or not doing. While I value the input of each and every one of you, there is absolutely no value in hearing about this second or third hand with the club members being referred to as “they said...” I would like to hope that each and every person in the club would feel comfortable coming to the Board and saying what is on their mind. This way a reason can be given for why something is be handled the way that it is, or a solution can be brought about to make changes for the better of the club. When I hear “they said…” it is pretty reminiscent of armchair quarterbacking … it is easy to make the calls when you aren’t the one making the plays.

I am going to say something that might offend a few people, and I want you to please understand that is not my intention, but I think that this needs to be said.

When I was growing up I had a Little Golden Book called the Little Red Hen. The Little Red Hen asked for help planting the wheat, harvesting the wheat, grinding the wheat, and baking the bread. Nobody would volunteer to help … the answer was always “not me.” At the end of the book when the Little Red Hen asked who would help eat the bread everyone was there and willing. The Little Red Hen told them that nobody was willing to put in any work towards the bread, so she and her chicks would eat the bread themselves.

It seems to me that this is a lesson we could all be reminded of again from time to time. If individuals are not willing to put in the “work” towards the final reward, then they are going to be left feeling disappointed about the end result. The work I am talking about is participation. For example, going on rides, helping out at O-Mok-Sees if you don’t ride, attending meetings, and helping plan activities...

This is not just a riding club, this is a social club. It is a place for horse-minded people to meet, ride, and get together with or without our horses. The more active in the club you are, the more enjoyment you will get out of your membership.

Please remember… this is OUR club. It is not mine as the President, it is not Keith’s as the Vice President, and it is not any of the other individuals serving terms as your Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are here to maintain the business end of things. Anything thing else that goes on is wholly the club members responsibility. If there is a particular activity you would like to see us dox …..say something, and then be part of the crew that puts it together. This goes for Trail Rides, O-Mok-Sees, programs, social functions, et cetera. Just because there is a director for that particular area-of-expertise does not mean that only that director can be the one putting ideas forward and arranging for them to come to fruition.

Thank you to those of you who have completed and either emailed or mailed me their questionnaire responses. The responses are very much appreciated.

The clean-up has been scheduled for April 18th. We will plan on working from 9 until 1. At 1 we will knock off and enjoy a potluck lunch. We are going to focus mainly on the clubhouse, but we do need to replace some posts over at the West Arena on that day. On April 23rd (a Thursday) @ 430, we are planning on meeting down at the West Arena with the kids and parents from the Helena High Schools Rodeo team to work on getting that area cleaned up too. Both of these dates are weather permitting … if we need to reschedule we will.

The Board of Directors will be meeting on April 15th at 5:30 in the clubhouse. If any of you would like to attend that meeting you are more than welcome to join us. As always … if you have any questions, comments, concerns please call me or email me. 406.492.7066 hmtnavy@blackfoot.net Heather

Vickie Blixt, O Mok See Director

There has been some discussion about our club putting on a judged horse show and a judged obstacle/trail course competition. It would be nice to have some feed back.

Please feel free to email me or give me a call at 442-1717 if you have some input. I want to make sure that our club is holding events that everyone wants to be involved in so feed back is really important. Also, please invite your fellow riding buddies even if they aren't members. What better way to get new members than inviting them into our club activities.

2015 Omoksee Show Dates

April 12th ~State Spring Convention--Great Falls Saddle Club Arena, Great Falls

May 31st ~Western Patriots Fun Day--Broadwater Country Fairgrounds, Townsend, MT

June 14th ~Whitehall Saddle Club Point Day--Whitehall arena, Whitehall, MT

June 20th ~Helena Valley Blues Saddle Cub Fun Day--Birdseye arena

June 27th ~Helena Valley Blues Saddle Club Point Day--Birdseye arena

July 19-25th ~National--Buffalo WY

August 2nd ~Western Patriots Point Day--Broadwater Country Fairgrounds, Townsend, MT

August 8th ~Helena Trailer Riders Point Day--Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds, West Arena

August 15th ~Anaconda Saddle Club Point Days--Anaconda Saddle Club Arena

August 22nd ~District Finals--Birdseye arena

September 5 & 6th ~ State Finals--Great Falls Saddle Club Arena, Great Falls

September 12th ~Poker Run--Canyon Creek, MT

Peggy Cline, MSHSA Secretary/Treasurer (mshsapeg@gmail.com)

Hello everyone! Just wanted to put out a reminder that the first MSHSA show is quickly approaching - May 2, 2015 at the multi-purpose building of the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena! Please take a moment and go to our website - www.mshsa.org - and download, fill in, and e-mail your entry form. It will save you (and me!) a lot of time the morning of the show and allow us to start on time (8:30 a.m.). The morning of the show, all you will have to do is come up to the office to get your exhibitor number and drop a check off :-) We are trying hard to make things as simple as can be.

Also, please take advantage of the MSHSA facebook page to brag about your shows this season! I know we had some folks go to Scottsdale for the Arabian Show and did really well. Be sure to congratulate Robert Taylor on his fantastic winning of Trail with his beloved "Onie" (RSA Eoniotitos)!!

I also have heard there was a show in the Bozeman area a week or two ago that some of our folks attended. So please, get on our facebook page and BRAG! You deserve it!!

Make sure you get your memberships in to me along with your nominations for Year End High Points so any points accumulated at the May 2 show will count! The membership applications can also be filled out on line and e-mailed to me. You can either mail me a check before hand or include it with your show payment the morning of the show.

There has been a little bit of confusion in regards to the cost of the Year End High Points. For $10.00 you can enter any of the disciplines offered. If you also want to enter any of the Rider of the Year categories, that is an additional $10.00.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in just THREE WEEKS!

Upcoming Club Events:

April meeting, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Board members 5:30, general meeting 6:30, Clubhouse

Clubhouse cleanup and Arena post replacement, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00 – 1:00 pm, Clubhouse and West Arena. Potluck lunch follows.

Arena cleanup, Thursday April 23, 2015, 4:30 pm, West End Arena, Fairgrounds. In conjunction with HHS Rodeo team.

We are trying to get a feel for what you would like to see the club doing…so if you have not yet filled out the emailed club questionnaire please return it to Heather by email or mail prior to the next meeting. You can send it directly to me or the Club at:

Heather Hollandsworth
PO Box 14
Elliston, MT 59728
Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

Trail Ride Schedule for 2015…………….

June 6th (Saturday) Trout Creek Trail Ride
June 17th (Wednesday) John G Mine Trail Ride
June 28th (Sunday) Head Lane Trail Ride
July 11th Upper Clark Fork Back Country Horsemen Annual Poker Ride, Gold Creek, Montana
July 11, Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen 28th Annual Poker Ride, Bridger Bowl.
July 18th (Saturday) Cromwell Trail Ride
August 1st (Saturday) Blue Cloud Trail Ride
August 12th (Wednesday) Switchback Trail Ride

***Colorado Draft Horse & Equipment Auction (www.troyerauctions.com), April 17 and 18, 2015. Adams County Fairgrounds Brighton, Colorado (18 Miles N of Denver).

*** Easton Horsemanship. Kickoff of 2015 donation based classes, RSVP basis as space is limited. First class Monday, April 20, 2015, 6 – 7 pm, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. May dates May 5 and May 26. See website www.eastonhorsemanship.com for signup.

***Capitol Classic Horse Show http://www.mshsa.org May 2, 2015 Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Building 98 W. Custer Avenue Helena, MT

***Western Horse & Mule Day & Consignment Auction (http://www.pioneercoaches.com/) May 8 & 9, 2015 Demonstrations, training sessions, consignment auction. West Kootenai, Rexford, Montana

***Miles City 65th Annual Bucking Horse Sale (www.buckinghorsesale.com) May 14-17, 2015, Miles City, Montana.

***Springfest and 2015 Equine Expo May 16 and 17, 2015, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena MT

Concert with country superstar Clay Walker

Northstar Amusement Carnival

Parade of Breeds

Rocky Mountain Breeders Association annual production sale. Yearlings thru to finished riding horses http://montanarmba.org/rmba-events/

Open Ranch Horse Competition (pending)
Jackpot Roping Open Class
Tack Swap

Easton Horsemanship presentation, May 16, 1-1:45 p.m. Fairgrounds.

Schedule of full events will be viewable at http://www.lewisandclarkcountyfairgrounds.com/equine-expo/ Fairgrounds address 98 West Custer Ave, Helena MT 59602. Office hours M-F 8:00 – 5:00 pm, Box office hours M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Phone (406) 457-8516.

***MSHA Spring Shows 1 & 2 (http://www.mshsa.org) May 23 & May 24, 2015 Metra Park Billings, MT

***Third Annual Montana Horse Progress Days and Auction (www.ShobeAuction.com) June 5 and 6, 2015.

Reuben Miller farm near Moore, Montana. Logging, harness and horse health workshops and demonstrations, and auction.

***Treasure State Horse Show (http://www.mshsa.org) June 6, 2015 Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Main Arena 98 W. Custer Avenue Helena, MT

***Big Sky Classic (http://www.mshsa.org) June 7, 2015 Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Main Arena 98 W. Custer Avenue Helena, MT

***Montana’s Largest Mule & Donkey Show (http://www.montanamuledays.com/) JUNE 12, 13 & 14, 2015 Hamilton Montana at the Ravalli County Fair Grounds. Montana Mule Days is an annual event that is great for all ages, over 100 classes that include log pulling, driving classes, western pleasure, trail classes, team penning, costume class, plus many more -- for both kids and adults. Admission $5/per day or $10/all 3 days (6 and under free).

***Great Falls All Breed Show (http://www.mshsa.org) August 8, 2015 King's Arena, Great Falls 50 Foothills Lane Great Falls, MT

Fun and interesting horse fact: A horse's teeth take up more space in their head than their brain.--


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

From: Judy Gardner, 442-6314 I have an electric horse waterer if someone wants to unhook it and do whatever needs to be done. I also have a bathtub which can be used to water horses and I have brushes, shoeing equipment, etc. if anyone is interested.

From: Sonny and Bev Stiger

1. I would like to teach Parelli’s 7-games of ground work to any one of our trail riders wanting to get more in tune with their horse. A small group of 3, 4, or 5 would be about right. My time is pretty flexible so if any one is interested contact me at 442-1361 and we can work out a good time for every one.
pink and blue birds

2. I will have a pretty neat obstacle course set up for trail riders and again if anyone is interested, contact me to work out a time good for all. The course would be more fun if we could get several riders to work together. Like Craig Cameron says, horses are herd animals and will help each other work through the course.

3. I would like to offer an experienced rider/trainer the use of our facilities to some one that needs a place to work their horse and would be able to exercise our horses also. I will be picky about who we get on this one. Boarding would be a possibility but would require payment. There would be no charge for any of this. It will be just for fun, but very helpful for our trail riders safety on the trail.

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