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Be careful with fires.

Next Meeting: September 17, 2014
Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. General Meeting: 6:15 p.m.

Message from our President: Heather Hollandsworth

Well Everyone – You did it! The Helena Trail Riders have survived another year working the gates for the Last Chance Stampede Fair and Rodeo. A “Thank You” in a newsletter doesn’t quite seem to be enough when you add up all of the man hours that are put in working the gates. I appreciate everyone who came out and helped this year. THANK YOU!!!

Seems like we are always on the move, so looking forward to our next major activity… August 9, 2014 (Saturday) is the Helena Trail Rider Point Show. I know that there a few members who still ride in O-Mok-Sees and other members who don’t. I would really like to see a huge turnout of both at the West Arena this Saturday. A lot of work goes into putting these events on and we need folks who are willing to work in the crow’s nest keeping track of times, writing out ribbons, announcing, etc. We also need folks to help set up the timers and put down chalk lines for lanes as well as folks to work the in and out gates, be lane judges, and help with properties. Kate and I will be setting up a concession stand and we could use some help there as well. As with the gates for the Fair this truly goes a lot smoother the more people there are to help out. Everybody gets to see some of the events and those who want to ride get a chance to. So please come down and join us in whatever capacity you can.

Don’t forget to check the upcoming events for things to do this month. AND if you get the chance join Sonny at the Myrna Loy on August 13th. As always, any questions give me a call…406-461-9339

This Month’s Program: No General Meeting this Month; no program.

From the Directors

Oh my gosh, where is our summer going? I can't believe that August is upon us already! I hope you've all had some really special time with your horses so far.

Hopefully this newsletter will be out before our O Mok See Point show which is on August 9th. I'm looking forward to our club having a really good turnout for this show. As usual, it takes a lot of help to pull these shows off, so I'm reaching out to you all. I realize that not everyone does O Mok See, but setting up the arena, running the gates, getting ribbons and certificates ready, helping with the concession stand, are areas that non riders can help. I would really like to see the Helena Trail Riders pull off the best point show of our District! If you have some time on the 9th, please come on down. We will start setting up the arena around 8-8:30, signups will begin at 9 and we will run at 10. If you have any questions, please call me at 442-1717 or email me at: tovikywho@q.com.

I want to be sure and thank a couple of awesome ladies that have worked hard at making sure that our club will have flags and "socks" for the races at our O Mok See. Thanks to Carol Ham who has made flags that will be used in our Flag Race and to Marcia Gray for sewing the socks for our Key Race. You both are the best!
Vickie Blixt, O Mok See Director

Fun Facts:

A horse's head weighs 11.84 pounds on an average, while its heart can weigh an amazing 10 pounds.

An adult horse ’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.

You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.

The Quarter Horse originated in American colonial times in Virginia when European settlers bred their stout English workhorses with the Native Americans Mustangs. The result? A short-legged but muscular equine with great strength and speed, a broad head, and little fox ears. It didn’t take long for the colonists and Native Americans to discover that their new crossbred horse was the fastest piece of horseflesh in the world for a quarter of a mile. Thus, the breed was christened the American Quarter Horse and began to flourish. Besides running quick races, it also pulled wagons, canal boats, and plows. When the American West opened up, cowpokes discovered that the Quarter Horse was perfect for herding cattle and roping steers. Although it remained a distinct breed for over three hundred years in the U.S., the Quarter Horse was only recognized with its own studbook in 1941.

Start ‘em young!

Don’t forget we have use of the West Arena from 6-9 Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the first Friday of every month.
Baby on a horse

Hello fellow trail riders, I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Mine has been very busy and cannot believe we are in August already. I was sorry to not see more people working the gates but thank you all that volunteered it is greatly appreciated. In July we had a few rides some with HTR and others not but had a blast. Pete and I attended the GVBCH poker ride at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman and since we rode our seasoned trail horses we did the 10 mile ride in 2.5 hours and had a blast or I least I can say I did but cannot speak for Pete; although since he kept up with Billie and I, I am guessing he and Cheyenne had fun as well. I forget how nice it is to ride a seasoned horse compared to the rookie critters. I must mention that Glenda Valvoda and her daughter-in--law Jamie attended this ride as well and was nice seeing them there. I am sorry if there were other members there and I missed you.

Let’s see we also had a ride on the North Hill that was attended by Glenda Valvoda, Scott & Cynthia Vito. Super fun ride as well, as we had only a few of us and all were in agreement we rode a little faster than normal but got a few wonderful pictures of the Sleeping Giant and the surrounding area. There was just enough wind to keep the bugs away. We also went into Hart Lake this month, this ride had perfect weather just cool enough to keep a light jacket on until the return trip to the trailers. I had moved this ride to Sunday but Nicole Newman and Beckie Graham took the ride on Saturday and said they really enjoyed it. The riders on Saturday included Scott and Cynthia Vito plus my family attendees.

August we have a few rides scheduled, the first being this next Saturday at Cromwell. This is a nice ride that takes us to the top of the CTD trail and the views are wonderful. We also have Switchback trail on the 20th, Marysville Volunteer Fire department are hosting a poker ride on the 23rd at Great Divide which I am hoping will be a lot fun and then we have Blackfoot Meadows on the 30th which is a very nice ride.

I have not scheduled for September and will play that by ear for now but if you have a ride you would like to take please let me know. Thank you to all who attend the trail rides and hope that you all have been getting lots of equine therapy this summer.
Chris Warren – Trail Director

Upcoming Events O-Mok-Sees:

8/8 Helena Valley Blues Fun Night Birdseye Arena
8/9 Helena Trail Riders Point Show Helena Fairgrounds West Arena
8/10 Copper Springs Series Anaconda Sign up-10:00, Run-11:00
8/16 District Point Show Townsend Fairgrounds
8/24 Whitehall O-Mok-See Whitehall
8/24 Copper Springs Series Butte Sign up-10:00 Run-11:00

Trail Rides:

8/6 Camel’s Back
8/16 Crow Creek
8/20 Switchback
8/23 Marysville Horseback Fun Ride & Poker Ride
8/30 Blackfoot Meadows

Questions regarding trail rides please contact Chris Warren chris.warren@fib.com or dizzywarrenusa@yahoo.com or 406-461-6257

Always smile when you are riding because it changes your intent. James Shaw

There are times when you can trust a horse, times when you can’t, and times when you have to. Anonymous
girl and horse

Life's Experiences After reading the last issue of the Pony Tales and my account of our experiences with Forest Service uniforms, several people have asked me if any of my comments to the manufacturer, Fechheimer Brothers, resulted in changes in quality or style. Well, yes, you could say that.

Regarding the issue of the jeans that fit like “trousers”, this is a direct quote from the reply I received: “We, at Fechheimer’s, have taken note of your remarks and have come to the decision that we should make our jeans a little bit lower cut, and have decided that on all future cuttings, the rise will be shortened by approximately ¾ to one inch. We honestly do appreciate your taking the time to write to us regarding your problem, and we hope that we have in some way answered your concerns. Do not hesitate to contact us for any future problems you may have with our clothing.”

Well, it is nice to know that after having lived this long, my life has not been in vain. I HAVE made a difference! One inch less material in the crotch of every Forest Service employee in jeans is significant! What a claim to fame!!

But since they had told me not to hesitate contacting them again, rest assured that I did not hesitate. He had ordered a Regular Field Cap, #23616, size Medium, price $8.00. Amazingly, it arrived in relatively short order, he was so happy and proudly wore it into the Regular Field for which it was designed. I had noticed the little tag in the cap said, “Dry Clean Only”, and being able to precisely follow instructions, I vowed never, never to wash it. Only it never lasted long enough to get dirty, so that wasn’t an issue. On the second trip out, it rained, and rather than catch his death of cold by protecting his Regular Field Cap next to his regular heart and letting his balding dome catch the raindrops, he left the cap on his head. Upon returning home, he hung it on a hook with the rest of the dirty baseball cap collection, and as it dried, it shrank into a little crinkled ball. Now, why in the world would they make a field cap that can’t get wet?? Ordinarily I might have burned it ritualistically in the yard, but I did as I was told and did not hesitate in returning the cap to Fechheimer’s so they could see the shrunken little specimen for themselves, and reminding them, for this we had paid $8.00. Why??

I was informed the caps only came in Small, Medium, and Large. Fechheimer’s never heard of hat sizes like Resistol, Stetson, and Bailey use. (And by the way, I AM spelling this correctly – it is Fechheimer’s with an E, regardless of how it may read to you, or how I’d like to pronounce it.) They tried to rectify the problem with the following reply: “Let us take this opportunity to assure you that this has not been a common problem. And please be advised the material for the field cap was selected by the U.S. Forest Service and not by Fechheimer Brothers. However, when our staff examined the returned product, there was no doubt that you are justified in your complaint, and we in no way want any of our customers to be unhappy with any of the garments they have purchased from us. Therefore, we are sending you a new cap, in Size Large, which should perform to your satisfaction. And since you purchased your first cap, we have had a sale and the price is reduced to $5.00. We are crediting your account for $3.00 which you may use toward future purchases of Forest Service uniform clothing.” Ha! In your dreams, Fechheimer, I’ll have him retire first! Keep the donation.

Then the Size Large cap arrived, and it was, indeed, LARGE. It came ‘way down over his ears, and he tightened it up until it was pleated all the way around, and we did a rain dance to see if he could get some help for his hat. The results were negative and he went into retirement with a brand new Regular Field Cap resting comfortably on the closet shelf, while he strode into the Regular Field in the green cap sporting the John Deere logo. I told him I knew some Forest Service personnel with big heads whom his field cap might fit, but he said, “Don’t go there.”

Sonny Stiger
Paul Alan Coons

Paul Alan Coons is a resident of Nashville with a summer home in Montana. Paul cut his first tune in Nashville in 1977 and is enjoying global play of his music. Paul has five CD’s on the market with his latest “Honoring the Classics” released in 2014. Paul performs from coast to coast and for the last few years has been booked for extended performances in Europe. Paul says “they love the good old Country music in Europe” and keep inviting him back for more.

Paul has received several notable independent music awards. The most recent Country Music Artist of the year from Germany. Paul loves to write songs, he loves to sing, and he loves to entertain. Paul Alan Coons is pure country gold and you will find yourself right along with him tapping your toes and singing along.

Paul’s good friend and fellow country musician Sonny Stiger, well known in the Helena area, along with Jack Simmons, will be special guests on Wednesday’s show at the Myrna Loy Center with their music to pictures of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. If you have never been there, or if you have, you will feel like you are in the saddle and around the camp fire with them for an evening of music you won’t want to miss.

Myrna Loy Center

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Show time 8:00 pm.

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