Santa falling out of his sleigh
Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month September 30

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

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

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

Social Director Rita Newman, 458-4725

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. No meeting this month, as we held a Christmas Party instead.

Santa on horseback

From Our President -----------

30 people plus Santa and kids enjoyed the Christmas party Sunday afternoon. The food was tasty, the company outstanding, and the visiting was non-stop. The generosity of our members was heart warming to see, as the stack of gifts for the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family grew. Thanks to Vickie for taking the presents to the Salvation Army drop off on Monday. There is no meeting this month as we had the party instead.

January 17, 2018 - we will start the new year with elections. Think about running for a position on the board. We welcome new ideas, new members, and new places to explore. Wishing a joyful Christmas season with friends and family, Marcia

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.

• It is important 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.

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Hi everyone

There will be no trail rides for November. If you have any questions, please call 439-4320. Thanks, Rory and Kim Copeland
Horse over a log


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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Manger scene with animlas

Santa and reindeers dancing
Horses still hold a place of honor in many cultures, often linked to heroic exploits in war, China being one of those countries. (Source: National Geographic)
Santa and reindeers dancing
Horses can not vomit. (Source: The Equinest)
Santa and reindeers dancing
There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds that specialize in everything from pulling wagons to racing. All horses are grazers. (Source: National Geographic)
Santa and reindeers dancing
A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse's eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human's. (Source: Cowboy Way)
Santa and reindeers dancing
The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003. (Source: The Equinest)
Santa and reindeers dancing
Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter. (Source: The Equinest)
Santa and reindeers dancing
Wild horses generally gather in groups of 3 to 20 animals. A stallion (mature male) leads the group, which consists of mares (females) and young foals. When young males become colts, at around two years of age, the stallion drives them away. The colts then roam with other young males until they can gather their own band of females. (Source: National Geographic)
Santa and reindeers dancing
Most of the time, wherever a horse's ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side. If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time. (Source: Training Horses Naturally)

Cowboy on horse back putting up Merry Christmas sign
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