Smiling sun with cloud over its face

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. This month Board meeting August 17. Helena Trail Riders will have a work meeting for West Arena cleanup on August 11, 2016, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

President Marcia Gray. VP Jessica Erickson.
Secretary Kate Hollandsworth.
Treasurer Sheri Onstott

Front legs of Olympic jumping horse
From our President --- Marcia Gray

Team work.

Thank-you so much to those who were able to donate valuable time to work the East and West admittance gates to the Last Chance Stampede and Fair. I have heard rumors that this was a near record attendance at all four days of the Fair, to which the people who were at the West gate can confirm. They were all on their feet most of the time with 3 continual lanes of incoming traffic. A few people worked multiple shifts. Several people volunteered for a shift at a time of critical need, and many stayed much longer than they had planned. We also warmly welcomed former members of Helena Trail Riders who volunteered to work shifts. Our deep appreciation to all of you. We couldn’t have been successful without you.
August 11th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. we will be sprucing up the West Arena. This will include weed whacking, picking rocks, resetting posts and poles and other needed maintenance. All of this preparation is in order to be ready for the August 20th O-Mok-See. The High School Rodeo kids and some parents are joining us to fulfill their obligation to exchange work for use of our building for meetings during the year. Bring a pair of gloves, and maybe a hammer. We will be happy to see you, too.

August 20th is the O-Mok-See the Helena Trail Riders is hosting at the West Arena. This is another opportunity to participate or volunteer. Some people manage to do both. Contact Keith Herrin for more details, (406) 461-3614.

We are joining with the Tri-Arabian club to host a poker/trail ride August 27th,at the Dagnall Ranch on Lincoln Road. It is an 8 mile ride, and several Helena Trail Riders have volunteered to be at a station to hand out cards. Kate’s Kitchen (Kate and Heather Hollandsworth) will be offering lunch for $6.00 after the ride. Participate in the ride or volunteer to help. It should be a profitable and fun day either way. Contact Carol Ham, (406) 458-9779, for more details.

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. Only half kidding, I told Sharon that if it wasn’t in the Pony Tales it didn’t happen. It is important to me 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 Marcia Gray

Vickie Blixt -- Just a reminder that we will be hosting a points O-Mok-See on August 20th, and the District 2 points O-Mok-See on the 21st.

Help in the arena and crows nest will be needed. Please volunteer and make the show a success for our club.

Thanks in advance.

HTR Members/friends,

As Vicki noted, we have our O-Mok-See in a couple of weeks on Saturday, August 20, and the District OMokSee Sunday, August 21. Both will be held at the West Arena, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

We need a work day at the arena on Thursday, 11 Aug from 530-8pm. I will bring some pizza, water and pop. I suggest bringing some gloves and bucket. We need to pick some rocks, do some painting, seal the roof on the shed, fix some fence poles and posts, and check the properties for the show. I will bring some hammers, drills, saws and a chainsaw; if you have a hammer or such - bring it if you can.

Remember we have open riding at West Arena for HTR Members Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the 1st Friday of the month.

Call for questions. Hope to see you there. Keith Herrin 406-461-3614

Bill Gray, Maintenance

There will be a West arena clean-up and repair Thursday, August 11, 5:30 to 8:00. Bring work gloves, water to drink and time. The High School rodeo kids are coming to help also. We plan to pick rocks (somebody grew them again), repair and/or replace any poles or posts needed, mow weeds, and fix anything else that looks in need of attention.

From Heather:

Thank you to every one of you who took the time to volunteer to work the East and West gates at the Fair!!!!!!!!!!

There were several people who put in multiple shifts to ensure that we were covered every day with just the bare minimum number of people needed. There were those who worked gates in between getting kids from one 4-H event to the next. And then there were a few who showed up for extra shifts just when they were needed most!

The amount of hours some of you put in leaves me absolutely speechless… “Thank you” just doesn’t do justice to the work you put in, but thank you all the same.

I know that I just got done pestering you all to volunteer for a shift at the gates for the Fair last week, but here I am again looking for volunteers.

The Helena Trail Riders has partnered with the Tri-Arabian club to do a poker ride later this month, August 27th to be exact. Right now we need 3 people who are willing to sit at a station for cards. AND mom and I will be putting together a late lunch for when the riders are finished; we could use some help setting up and tearing down.

Let Kate (492-7206/ or me (, 492-7066) know if you can help. Thanks!

From: Peggy Huntington []

There was a fund raiser in Boulder for the district on Sunday, August 7th.

Please see attached entry form for the Helena Valley Blues Show that is coming August 14. If you forgot to sign up, please contact Patsy, ASAP, 439-8916.

If you are not going to State this year, 2016, but signed up last year, 2015, you will need to send a letter to Amanda and Chris if you would like a refund:

Amanda Hennessey, 36 Dick Rd, Great Falls, MT 59604


Chris Ouellette, 241 Roosevelt Dr., Butte, MT 59701

If you do not want a refund you can donate your entry fees from 2015 to MSCA. This refund is only for the events fee, it does not include your program, stalls, camping or rider fees. If you do not ask for a refund SOON your fees from 2015 will automatically be donated to MSCA. There is a deadline for you to get your letter into state for refunds and it is 9/1/16, you will not receive your refund until after the state O-Mok-See.

If you have questions please let me know. The people that I know may need refunds are John Althof, Kimberly Curtis, Keith and Matthew Herrin, Hannah French and Cynthia Warner. Trinity Bartmess donated her Saturday fees to MSCA as she cannot ride Saturday but will be riding on Sunday in 2016. Thank you Trinity.

Thanks and have a great day. Peggy We are trying to get a feel for what you would like to see the club doing…so if you have any suggestions for proposed events, please contact:

Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

Please let us know if at any time you wish your mailed copy of the Pony Tales to be sent to you by e-mail, or if you wish to have your name deleted from the monthly mailing. If someone has been missed please email or call us, and we can add you! You can e-mail us at You can always view past and current newsletters on the internet at the Helena Trail Riders website,

Trail Rides, Cassy Lynn

Here is an update on our schedule. Rides Start at 10 a.m. Make sure to bring lunches or snacks on our rides.

August 21- I am changing this ride up to Flecher Pass. From Helena go north on I-15. Take the exit to Lincoln rd and turn left. Keep going for a long while. You will see a Big sign to left say Flecher Pass. There is limited parking at the trailhead though there is a hitching rack. Room for a few trailers. There is more parking on side of highway on top of pass, before the turn down to the trailhead.

August 27-Competitive Trail Ride and Poker Ride with the Tri-Arabian Club. at Dagnell Ranch. See flyer on the trail ride schedule.

September 4- Trout Creek (unless someone has a different ride they would like to do)

September 17 & 18- Overnight ride up at Heart Lake. Will need lots of help to put this together!!!

October 2- Head Lane - May change location. (unless someone has a different ride they would like to do)

October 9- Travis Creek ( if weather holds and all is good. This will be our last ride for the season with HTR) Take I-15 south. Take exit 182 towards Clancy. Turn right onto Legal Tender Lane. Turn right onto Cut Off Rd. Turn left onto Lump Gulch Rd. Take slight right onto Travis Creek Rd. Right to stay on Travis Creek Rd.

Riders crossing a creek

From: Jessica Rubino, July 29, 2016 Subject: Hay for sale

Where I board they have 30-45 tons of grass hay in small square bales that weigh between 70-80 lbs. $180/a ton. If anyone is interested, they can call Steve at 202-5294


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

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The Rio Olympics features three events on horseback — eventing, dressage and jumping — with team and individual competitions. Here’s how you can watch this year’s equestrian events online and on television.

LIVE STREAM All Olympic events will be live streamed and can be seen online at SCHEDULE (All times ET)

- Saturday, Aug. 6 Individual eventing phase 1 out of 3 (dressage, Day 1), 9 a.m. (USA at 2:30 p.m.)

- Team eventing phase 1 out of 3 (dressage, Day 1), 9 a.m. (USA at 2:30 p.m.) Sunday, Aug. 7

- Individual eventing phase 1 out of 3 (dressage, Day 2), 9 a.m. (MSNBC at 2:30 p.m.)

- Team eventing phase 1 out of 3 (dressage, Day 2), 9 a.m. (MSNBC at 2:30 p.m.) Monday, Aug. 8

- Individual eventing (cross-country), 9 a.m. (USA) Team eventing (cross-country), 9 a.m. (USA) Tuesday, Aug. 9

- Individual eventing phase 3 out of 3 (jumping qualifier), 9 a.m. (USA) Team eventing phase 3 out of 3 (jumping final), 9 a.m. (USA) Individual eventing phase 3 out of 3 (jumping final), 1 p.m. (USA) Wednesday, Aug. 10

- Individual dressage phase 1 out of 3 (Grand Prix qualification), 9 a.m. (USA at 2:30 p.m.) Team dressage phase 1 out of 2 (Grand Prix qualification), 9 a.m. (USA at 2:30 p.m.) Team dressage phase 1 out of 2 (Grand Prix qualification), 9 a.m. (USA at 2:30 p.m.) Thursday, Aug. 11

- Individual dressage phase 1 out of 3 (Grand Prix qualification), 9 a.m. (MSNBC at 3:30 p.m.) Team dressage phase 1 out of 2 (Grand Prix qualification), 9 a.m. (MSNBC at 3:30 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 12

- Individual dressage phase 2 out of 3 (Grand Prix special), 9 a.m. Team dressage phase 2 out of 2 (Grand Prix special), 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

- Individual jumping first qualifier, 9 a.m. (NBC at 12:45 p.m.) Team jumping qualification, 9 a.m. (NBC at 12:45 p.m.) Monday, Aug. 15

- Individual dressage phase 3 out of 3 (Grand Prix freestyle), 9 a.m. (USA at 10 a.m.) Tuesday, Aug. 16

- Individual jumping second qualifier, 9 a.m. Team jumping final (Round 1), 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

- Individual jumping third qualifier, 9 a.m. (NBC at 9:45 a.m.) Team jumping final (Round 2), 9 a.m. (NBC at 9:45 a.m.) Friday, Aug. 19

- Individual jumping final (Round A), 9 a.m. (NBC at 9:45 a.m.) Individual jumping final (Round B), 12:30 p.m. (NBC at 3:30 p.m.)

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Speaking of the Olympics, did you ever hear about Stroller?

Stroller (1950 - 1986) was a bay gelding who was the only pony to compete at the Olympics in show jumping. He stood about 14.1 hands (57 inches, 145 cm).

He was a member of the British team who competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, ridden by Marion Coakes. Bill Steinkraus and Snowbound won the Gold Medal while Marion and Stroller won the Individual Silver Medal, only four faults behind Steinkraus. Stroller jumped one of the only two clear rounds in the Olympic individual championship. In 1967, Marion rode Stroller to victory in the Hickstead Derby, the only pony to have ever won this event. This partnership won the Wills Hickstead Gold Medal, for points gained in the major events during the year, for five years consecutively from 1965 to 1970. Stroller was the grand age of 20 when he won the 1970 Hamburg Derby. The pair won 61 international competitions.

He was a crossbred horse, by a Thoroughbred sire out of a Connemara pony mare. Stroller died of a heart attack at the high age 36 in 1986, after 15 years of happy retirement. He is buried at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club, New Milton, Hampshire, England.

Stroller and Marion Coates Stroller jumping a fence

Let’s Ride! (Poster is an attachment to the newsletter)

If you love scenic trail riding, fast or slow, you’ll love what’s on tap Aug. 27-28 for the Trinity Hill Trot events, when horses and riders from around the region and locally will converge at the Dagnall Ranch in Canyon Creek just northwest of Helena. Endurance rides, competitive trail rides, shorter introductory rides, and a poker ride are all being offered by the Tri-Arabian Horse Club with the Helena Trail Riders Association co-sponsoring the poker ride.

The events will start Friday afternoon, Aug. 26, with vet checks and a ride meeting for Saturday’s 30- and 50-mile endurance rides. These rides, sanctioned by the American Endurance Ride Conference, offer competitors a chance to test the conditioning of horse and rider, keeping in mind it is a ride, not a race. Endurance rides involve vet checks between holds that allow horses to rest and recover. Placings are based on the fastest times, the weight carried, and vet scores. Special honor is awarded to the horse finishing in the best condition. The endurance rider’s motto conveys that the core value of this sport: to finish is to win.

Also on Saturday, riders who want to learn more about endurance riding will have the chance to enter an 11-mile fun ride, where they can experience one loop of the endurance ride and a practice vet check.

If a game of chance and a slower-paced scenic trail ride is more your style, then you’ll enjoy the 8-mile poker ride. Ride registration starts at 10 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 27. For $15 you can play a five-card poker hand with a chance to win part of the pot. Riders can buy additional hands for just $5. Cash prizes will be awarded for high and low hands and by a special drawing. A hot and savory lunch, too, will be available. It’s fun for the whole family.

Competitive trail riding is the feature on Sun., Aug. 28. A 30-mile timed ride is offered for those horse and rider teams who want to test their skill at finishing within a certain time window – not too fast and not too slow. The ride also involves a vet check to evaluate the attitude and condition of the horse. If you’re interested in learning about this sport, but don’t feel up to 30 miles, an 11-mile introductory fun ride is available. So, whether you are a serious competitor, interested in learning more about endurance or competitive trail, or want to enjoy a scenic trail ride with a chance to win cash, come out to Canyon Creek Aug. 27-28 and enjoy a ride!

Trinity Hill Trot Events

Sat., Aug. 27 Endurance Rides 50 miles - $120

30 miles - $105

11-mile fun ride - $35

Dinner Included

Poker Ride – 10 a.m. – $15

Cash prizes, extra poker hands, and lunch available

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