Orange rose on fire

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month August 16.

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

Vice-President Kim copeland, 439-4320

Treasurer: Sheri Onstott, 431-1014


Trail Rides: Rory Copeland, 459-8093

Building/ Maintenance: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Historian: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858

O-Mok-See: Keith Herrin, 461-3614

Public Relations/Social (Combined this year): Carol Ham, 458-9779

Director Representatives: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355,

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. This months activity ?
Riders going through the forest
From Our President Howdy Helena Trail Riders!

Trying to peek out from under the smoke recently has been a challenge in some areas. I didn’t think I would be wishing for that September snow storm in July but it might be the only thing heavy enough to knock down the smoke. Thank-you fire fighters for your determination and perseverance in kicking back those flames.

A great big thank-you to all those who were able to help work the gates at the Fair and Stampede. The blank spots you saw on the schedule were filled with generous people who stayed much later than their scheduled time and those who took several more shifts than they had planned. We were lucky to get so many retired people. There were 3 RSVP volunteers (thanks Melody Bruhn) with one of them, Warren Armstrong, a horse rehabilitator and trainer who might be a goodcontact person to help with equine communication. Several non Trail Riders and past but not current members also helped us fulfill our obligation. Please accept our gratitude for your gift of time.

The Fairgrounds staff was pleased with the smooth flow of traffic with record breaking crowds.

As a personal note because of taking admission payments, I was able to have a short chat with Roy Pace, one of our past presidents and great supporter of HTR. He took excellent care of my kids while on the trail, which I appreciate to this day. I also found out where my beautician went when Penny’s closed. I met a working member, Rhiannon (sp)Weaver, whom I had not met before. I had a great time connecting with several rodeo attendees and others seldom seen.

We had to say good-bye to some special people recently.

Carol Ham, who many of us knew as Carol Webster decades ago, passed away. I remember her as always willing to fill out an O-Mok-See team whether it be a rescue race or a relay. She was just game to ride anytime. More recently, we knew her as our HTR Social director and designer of arena games. Thanks, Carol. You are missed.

Don Burnham, Kurt’s father, was another Helena Valley agricultural icon we will miss. Our condolences to Kurt, Dee and their daughter Hunter.
Some of you may have known Brian Wacker who was heavily involved with the 4-H horse project. Sometimes the horse committee would need to meet at the HTR Clubhouse because the 4-H building was so busy.

Mary Green and her family spent a lot of time with the HTR in the kitchen and on the trail. Daughter Kelly took a very pudgy horse and turned her into a sleek and fit lovely mare in no time while riding with HTR. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t believe it was the same horse.

Val Patzer Tresner and her parents were long ago members of HTR. I remember Valerie having to ride over the railroad tracks to the Fairgrounds to come to practice with the drill team. She didn’t think of it as any big deal, she had done it so much. Some of us were in awe, knowing there would be an unexpected exhibit of rough stock antics if we tried it and a train came.

Earl Wolfrom was a huge supporter of agricultural and youth activities in Helena. I remember just a bit about he and his wife who were long time 4-H leaders. I think Earl flew an airplane which he landed at the “airport” at the north end of Birdseye road.

I know them because of a connection with the Helena Trail Riders, and am sad to see them pass away. We wish your last trail ride to be a smooth one. Vaya con Dios, amigos y amigas.

I would be happy if someone who has a better memory of people and bygone days would correct my errors and add your personal remembrances.

While I was filing through papers I noticed some surveys HTR members had filled out expressing their requests for club meeting agendas and activities. It really would be helpful if you could state your expectations of HTR club. Some people enjoy the social, some the special activities and some the meeting programs. We have had spring horse tune-ups, essential oils, emergency first aid, fire and evacuation education for livestock owners, ground work demonstration, freeze branding, the true colors of horses, saddle fitting and care, horse vaccinations and diseases, acupuncture, nutrition, pasture maintenance and many more topics.

The more recent speakers have not enjoyed a large audience, so I am soliciting ideas of what you want to see, hear or do in an HTR program. We’d like a program for August 16th so get those ideas rolling and let a board member know so we can prepare for a guest speaker. You may want to be a presenter yourself. We certainly warmly welcome talent from within the Helena Trail Riders. Until the smoke clears, Marcia

                       TRAIL RIDES
Horse stuck over a log

Hi everyone - The August trail ride on Aug 5th. It was to go to Heart Lake, which is in the Scapegoat Wilderness area. If anyone has questions about future rides, please call 459-8093, or email

Please come and join us having fun and enjoying Montana with our horses! If you have any questions, please call 439-4320. Thanks, Rory and Kim Copeland

A benefit for Horses and Heroes, Poker Ride, Saturday, August 19, 2017,7:00am to 5:00pm, Flynn Ranch, 12 miles east of Townsend, Montana.


The 1966 and 1968 HTR O-Mok-See teams received the honor of being inducted into the Helena Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony held on July 13, 2017 at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel. There were 115 nominations of individuals and teams, with the recipients being selected by a 20-person selection committee on a points system. Teams are inducted based on a formula by the year their State or National Championship was achieved.

Those HTR team members who placed in any of the events during the National Show in 1966 in Billings and the 1968 National Show in Helena were awarded plaques. Those deceased members who placed were represented by a family member at the event. The following HTR members or their family representative received the awards; Lloyd Casey, Mike Casey, Karyn Hamilton (Wolf), Chuck Hart, Keith Herrin, Bill McGowan, Jim McGowan, Bobbie Hicks (McGowan), Peggy Huntington (McGowan), Gary Larson, Pat McGowan, Dan O’Leary, Bonnie Pollock (Allen), Roxanne Register (Score), Luke Rivers, Candy Score, Darrell Smithson, Mike Wall and Ben White.

I would like to note that the rules for competing in the National Saddle Clubs Association Championship Shows during those early years required that riders qualify for the event they rode in - as only two riders from each club were allowed to ride in each event. Thereby, several Helena Trail Rider members filled in for other clubs in the state, and some placed but were not riding for the Helena Trail Riders. The requirement to qualify to compete was eventually dispensed with and every club member was able to ride for their own saddle club.

Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees

The Helena Trail Riders held a reception on July 12, 2017 to recognize those members who were being inducted into the Helena Sports Hall of Fame. Shown are a few of the inductees, and family representatives. Kendra Zins Lenhardt took the picture. Thank you!

Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees

This photo was taken during the Helena Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony of the Helena Trail Rider Inductees or their family representatives.

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Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

O-Mok-See Coordinator – Keith Herrin 461-3614

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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Amazing Horse Facts

-- A horse's teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain. (Source: LiveScience)

-- You can generally tell the difference between male and female horses by their number of teeth: males have 40 while females have 36 (but honestly, most us are going to use the much “easier” way).

-- Horse hooves are made from the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernails. (Source: Ker)

-- The horse trailer (“horse box”) was invented by Lord George Bentinck, a U.K. man who needed a more effective transport for getting his six horses from one racetrack to another.

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Helena Trail Riders
PO BOX 4801
Helena MT 59604

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