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Meeting February 16th, 2011

Board Meets: 6:30 p.m.

General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.


No President’s Report Scott Stoner, President

The January meeting of the Helena Trail Riders was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Vice-President Sheri Onstott.

There had been no December meeting due to the Christmas Party. Judy Gardner made a motion Cheryl Purdue seconded, minutes approved.

The Treasurer’s Report is as follows was read and approved motion by Jan Braico, seconded by Eileen Taylor


Letter from Montana Draft Horse Association and Annual meeting info from the 10 Mile Drivers.

Directors’ Reports

Rita McNees-Social Director: See Rita about Butter left over from Christmas Party, Shirley Herrin took $5 worth

Bob Braico-Maintenance Director: Replaced lock and filled the hole in by the water heater

Heather Hollandsworth-Program Director: Needs ideas for programs hoping to push for membership drives with a schedule of rides & O’Mok-Sees. Will be doing the History Walk.

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian: Working on the Cookbook project and the photo albums

Keith Herrin-O’Moksee Director: Absent

Old Business

Judy said the Christmas basket sold 56 tickets at $10 each to make $486 after the purchase of the items to make the basket; the income will be used for maintenance on the West Arena.

Trail rules will be E-mailed out, please bring comments to the next meeting

New Business

Bob gave the report for the High Divide Trails saying Lincoln Ranger District is the focus since the last meeting and will be working on Stone Wall, Copper Bowl, Snow Bank Lake; they are looking for detailed info on safety.

O’Moksee District 2 meeting will be February 18/19; HTR on the 18th at 8pm and HHS on the 19th at 9am.

Rita got the club an air popper to make popcorn.

Gary asked for volunteers to be side walkers for the riders at Eagle Mount, this will be starting in May and will be 3 sessions throughout the summer.


Elections tonight.

Election of Officers and Directors – 2011 The nominees were as follows:

President Sheri Onstott
Vice-President Chris Warren
Rita McNees
Bob Braico
Roberta Lawson
Eileen Taylor

Bill then asked for nominations from the floor for the office of President. No nominations. Bob Braico made a motion that we cast a unanimous ballot for Sheri Onstott for President. Sandy Merchen seconded the motion. Motion carried. Sheri is our new President.

Nominations from the floor for the office of Vice-President: No nominations. Shirley made a motion that we cast a unanimous ballot for Chris Warren for Vice-President. Judy Garner seconded the motion. Motion Carried. Chris is our new Vice-President

Nominations from the floor for Directors: no nominations.

Election Results
Sheri Onstott, President
Chris Warren, Vice-President
Bob Braico
Roberta Lawson
Eileen Taylor

Congratulations People! Have a great year!

Since there was no further business before the group, we adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Public Relations – Programs

No Report Heather Hollandsworth, Public Relations


I am still working on the photo album and the cookbook. I am also working on the tri-fold information pamphlet to put around town in stores. I hope to have the cookbook done and the tri-fold (which will include an insert of the O-Mok-See schedule and the trail ride schedule) in time for the Lewis and Clark Historical days in the downtown walking mall. If you are interested in participating in this event please contact me or Heather Hollandsworth. I am not sure of the date yet but it’s in the spring.

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian

Social Director

No Report Rita McNees, Social Director

Building Maintenance

The proposed work day for spring, 2011 is Saturday, April 16th. This date is subject to Board approval and, of course, the weather. We usually have a window of good weather in mid-April which I’m hoping to take advantage of. So, please pencil in the date on your calendar.

If you are wondering what needs to be done, below is a proposed list of what I thought needs to be done this year combined with what I thought we could handle both manpower-wise and financially. Yes, I know, there are other things that need to be done such as re-siding the Announcer’s Stand and, perhaps, installing a ceiling on the clubhouse porch. However, I don’t think those are one-day projects and they will be costly. So, as each of you reviews the list, pick out one or two projects you are interested in and, if there’s enough interest, we can develop a short list at the February and March meetings.

HTR Maintenance/ Repair Project List—2011

West Arena Area

-Replace roll roofing on Omoksee properties shed. In addition to the roofing material itself, this work will consist of removing and replacing approximately 12-inches of the existing sheathing along the lower edge and installing metal drip edge along the lower edge. The lack of a metal drip edge on the existing sheathing’s lower edge has caused it to swell and separate.

-Items stored in the Properties shed need to be assessed for usefulness and condition. When in doubt – throw it out (along with the mice and their leavings).

-Strip, sand, prime and paint the Announcer’s stand counter.

-Install a masonite siding patch on the north side of the Announcer’s Stand where the former stairs were attached to the building. This will keep water from running down behind the siding.

-Install a sloping roof structure to the existing West Arena sign to provide better weather protection.

-Replace the broken plank in the bleachers on the south side of the Announcer’s Stand. This is a safety hazard.

-Broom clean the 2nd floor of the Announcer’s Stand and haul any trash to the Transfer Station. Also included in this task is plugging of openings below the two west side windows. The gap associated with these windows is allowing rain to blow inside the building and provides a ready access for the abundant flies in the second floor.

-Remove the sink from the first floor of the Announcer’s Stand and haul it to Pacific Steel and Recycling.

-Install motion-sensitive floodlight near the upper door of the Announcer’s Stand. This will require the installation of additional electrical conduit and associated wiring. We already have the light.

-Block up the west side windows in preparation for new siding at a later date (tentatively, 2012).

-Move the small tree next to the new stairs to a better location to (eventually) provide shade to the picnic tables.

-Stain/paint/repair the West Arena lane shelters. Since we only use the West Arena once or twice during the summer for Omoksees, I think our focus should be on fixing any hazards and improving their appearance by painting or staining.

HTR Clubhouse

-Fix rear deck. (Needs a simple cleat along a portion of one of the floor joists to better support the decking.)

-Replace the 3 east side meeting room windows. This is a significant, expensive project that will definitely not get done in one day. However, my plan is to have the windows on hand on the 16th. The trim work and inside jamb extensions will have to be completed at a later date.

-Install short sections of posts and rails along the east side of the building to provide additional protection to the siding on the east side of the building. This siding has been getting damaged by horses allowed to graze in this small area. Temporary barricades were installed last fall.

-Block the approximately one-inch gap between the main building east wall and the east end of the counter wall between the kitchen and the meeting room. This is mainly an issue during the winter when we are trying to heat only the kitchen when the building is not in use.

-Repair the large cabinet in kitchen. The lower unit of this cabinet is pulled apart on the left side. As a result, the lower left sliding doors do not work properly.

-Install the new sign being constructed by Capitol High School shop students (I hope). This task will also include the installation of two new mounting posts at the new sign location in front of the Clubhouse and under the eve. I do not expect the new sign to be available before mid to late May.


There have been no meetings or correspondence since the December 9, 2010, meeting on the proposed Lincoln Ranger District travel. However, at the conclusion of last year’s trail work there was some discussion of holding another work weekend in 2011. As information becomes available, I will summarize it at the next monthly meeting and, if appropriate, send out and e-mail through Cheryl Schmidt.

Bob Braico, Building Maintenance

Bits and Pieces

The WEBSITE is up and running. Please check it out. www.helenatrailriders.org. For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant – govcup@copper.net. 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 ornrycwgirl@mt.net. 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.


In need of a handyman? I have been using a gentleman to help around my place since I hurt my finger. He is honest, has a lot of his own tools, a very good worker (and fast!) and reasonably priced. He’s not afraid to do anything and that includes shoveling horse poop, fix fence, dig fence post holes, yard work, etc. His name is Bucky and his number is 465-6309. (Cheryl Schmidt)

Good source for equine training and/or sales. Beverly Stiger sent me this link to put in the newsletter. I have not accessed the link yet but here it is. www.westernskyequine.com

Upcoming Events/Activities:

O-Mok-See Convention: February 18 and 19. The Friday meeting is at the HTR clubhouse, 7:30 p.m. Saturday meeting is at the Helena High School, 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Sandy Merchen at 465-3964.

BOZEMAN March 5th: One of the world's leading experts on equine osteoarthritis will be the featured speaker at Montana State University's sixth equine conference, to be held March 5 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Wayne McIlwraith, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colorado State University, will present the latest research on equine arthritis during his Catlin Memorial Lecture. He will also discuss the myriad of medical and nutriceutical treatments, as well as surgical interventions that are available for horses with osteoarthritis.

In addition to McIlwraith's lecture, the equine conference will offer several breakout sessions and a trade show. The conference -- on a one-year hiatus after the retirement of Sandy Gagnon -- has been resurrected by Shannon Moreaux, MSU Extension equine specialist, veterinarian and assistant professor at MSU.

For more information about the conference or to be included on a mailing list about the conference, contact Julie Hager at jhager@montana.edu : Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu

Please bring your comments regarding ARTICLE V (Trail Riding Rules) to this month’s meeting, so that ARTICLE V can be finalized.

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled”

If you have not paid your dues, please take a minute to go to the (click here) membership form page, complete it, print it and mail it to our secretary. Thanks!!

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