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February 17th, 2010

   Board Meets: 6:30 p.m.   

General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

Sonny Stiger and Bob Braico will present this month’s program.  They will show a new training DVD by Dennis Brouse.  This DVD’s topic covers teaching your horse to load safely in a trailer.  Dennis Brouse is on PBS television every Saturday at 4:30-5:00 PM



The January meeting of the Helena Trail Riders was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by Vice-President Sheri Onstott. Minutes were read and motioned by Bill Gray for approval and seconded by Judy Gardner.

Treasurer’s report was read and was approved by the general membership.

Back Country Horseman of America would like HTR to join as an advocacy member; membership would be $100 for annual membership.  This caused much discussion since they are a lobbyist group and we do help with the local chapter clean trails since it benefits us as a group.

Info on the O Mok See rule changes will be given to Sharon or Keith.

Bob spoke on the Continental Collaboration; we help host the camp for the Continental Divide Trail. 2009 the group cleaned up 7 1/2 miles of trail. Plans for 2010 include making a loop from Kading campground.

Directors’ Reports
Kurt Burnham, A little early for trail rides but make sure to give ideas on rides to Kurt so a schedule can be created for the upcoming season. The annual meeting of the 10 Mile Drivers is on January 30th, 9am in the basement conference room at Helena Community next to the Brew House; you don’t have to know how to drive to become a member they try to do several rides/drives throughout the year.

Staci Stolp, Christmas party was good, thank you all the volunteers for the help cooking, decorating. Everyone had a good time.

Heather Hollandsworth, Nothing to report.

Sherri asking about a new poker game for 2010 with a $5.00 buy-in and run for 7 meetings starting February.

Lynn Mockel, Nothing to report.

Old Business
$2000 check from the Fairgrounds was deposited into the Edward Jones savings account.  Wondering if it is possible to close the savings at Edward Jones and keep the American Fed Checking and then just invest all the money at Edward Jones; will table the discussion until Scott is back. Jan motioned and Bob seconded.

New Business
No program since elections will be held tonight. Meeting will go to Jan when finished. Belt buckles for past presidents; Bob suggests we give a buckle to the presidents that do 2 years and possibly a jacket for the 1 year presidents. The board to discuss next month.

Volunteering to audit, Bev and Cheryl.

The 4H group wants to use the building again in 2010 for $25.00 per night; Jan moved to approve and Judy seconded.

The meeting was turned over to Jan for elections. First she let us know there were 53 tickets sold for the Christmas basket which generated $445.53 on net income for the club.

Elections were as follows:

Scott Stoner-President
Sherri Onstott-Vice President
Bob Braico-Maintenance

The 3 new directors will be:

Heather Hollandsworth
Rita McNees
Cheryl Schmidt

Scott will appoint each to which position they will be in.

Sandy Merchen will go to the state O Mok See convention in Choteau on 2/19 and will represent the club until someone else can be found.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm

Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

From Heather Hollandsworth, Programs

HTR Meeting Poker Game Rules

There is a $5 buy-in. Cards will be drawn at the following meetings: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and November. Cards will be drawn at those meetings only. We will not be drawing for missed meetings this time around.Players will be able to draw ONLY their own cards. Cards will be discarded prior to drawing additional cards once a player has 5 cards.


One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Bits and Pieces

The WEBSITE is up and running!!! Please check it out.

For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant –
Please submit pictures ONE AT A TIME.

If you have anything you would like to post in the Pony Tales, please contact Cheryl Schmidt at 458-3913 or email your request to Please have this information to me before the 10th of the month.

Remember: West Arena Schedule is (exclusive use) every Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday of the month.

Kate Hollandsworth is looking for a well-trained driving burro/donkey/pony/small mule. If you know of anyone who has such a creature, please call her at 492-7206 or email her at

New Business

I have started a mobile tack and feed business. My business name is Performance Tack and Feed. I have a few vendors right now and I am securing more (how does Dale Chavez stuff sound?) I would like some help from my horsey friends on what you would like to see me carry. My goal is to have quality products - not junk. I will be traveling to shows, etc. and will also be at the Last Chance Stampede and Fair. I will eventually have a web-site. Please think about it and give me some feedback. My e-mail is I don't have a lot of email addresses so pass this on if you would like. Can't wait to hear about all your ideas! Thanks, Gina.

If you must speak ill of someone, write it in the sand at the water’s edge.

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