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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m.
General Meeting: 6:15 p.m.

President's Message

Happy New Year to all of you.

We missed many of you at the annual Christmas party. There are several “Thank Yous” that need to go in here: to the Gray Family, thank you for arriving early and decorating; the clubhouse looked fantastic. Thank you also for helping fill goodie bags.

Thank you to those who helped with KP duty afterward. Lots of hands so the work went quick. Thank you to Cynthia and Vickie for once again putting together a wonderful raffle basket... Judy Gardner was this year’s winner.

And a most importantly…THANK YOU to all who attended.

As usual we had an appearance from Santa for two of our young members who attended. Once Santa left, the adults got down to a serious game of Christmas Bingo. I hope that those of you who participated had fun...I know that I did.

The Trail Riders once again participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family. This year we had a mother with 3 daughters. It took me 3 trips out to my car to get everything brought in. You are all very generous. Thank you for helping make Christmas for a family in the community a little merrier.

January is of course our election month. As usual, we will be voting in a President, Vice President and 3 board members. If you have not contacted me or another director but would like to run for a position, please attend our next meeting which is being held on January 21st.

So far these are the folks running for office:

President – Heather Hollandsworth
Vice President – Keith Herrin
Directors – Sherri Onstott, Jessica Erickson, and Carol Ham

At our November meeting, Shirley Herrin made a wonderful announcement. She had nominated the Helena Trail Riders to be inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. Our club was selected!!!!

The Inductee Recognition Ceremony is being held at the Great Northern on February 7th, 2015. The ceremony starts at 10:30am. The cost is $30 dollars and there are serving a Cowboy Brunch.

If you plan on attending, you can register online at If you are attending, they request that you plan on arriving early and being seated by 10:20am.

I hope to see a lot of you at the January 21st meeting. Until then…


Vickie Blixt

Happy New Year! I hope all of you and your four legged friends are keeping warm, brr, it's cold out there!

Because of this winter weather there unfortunately isn't a lot to report about on the O Mok See front

There is going to be a District 2 meeting on Friday, January 16th. This will be held at our clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be to get O Mok See dates from the various saddle clubs in our district. These dates will then be given to the MSCA at the spring convention. We will also be voting on games to run at State. This meeting is open to all so if you're interested, please join us.

As mentioned above, the Montana Saddle Club Association will be holding our spring convention on February 6th and 7th in Anaconda. Any by-law changes, etc will be addressed there. They will be setting the date for the State O Mok See, picking games to run and also selecting the town in which it will be held. As of a couple of weeks ago, there were no bids for State. Hopefully that will have changed by the time of the meeting. If you are interested in attending, please contact me for information. You can email me at:

Subject: Spring convention information - Omoksee

If you did not look at this information, please check it out, District will be having a meeting in the NEW YEAR to bring these up for discussion. If for some reason you did not receive the notice or attachment, please let me know. Happy New YEAR! Peggy

2015 MSCA Convention Site

The convention will be held at the Anaconda Saddle Club February 6th and 7th 2015. Friday night the Director’s meeting will start at 7:30 pm and Saturday’s full Convention will begin at 9:00 a.m. Meeting will take place at Anaconda Saddle Club, 81 Saddle Club Drive, Anaconda MT 59711. Chili, soup and cornbread will be provided for lunch during Saturday’s meeting at $5 per person.

Weather permitting the Anaconda Saddle Club is excited to host the Inaugural Anaconda Skijoring Competition on February 6th, 7th, and 8th. More information will be posted on and Facebook page.


There will be an Equine Expo planning meeting on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 5:30, L&C Fairgrounds office. We need volunteers to help bring this together again this year. Thanks, Glenda Valvoda

A horse is a member of the "equus" family. This word originates from the Greek dialect, and means 'quickness'. Equus caballus, is a term given to modern-day horses.

Foals have milk teeth, just like human babies. At around age 3, these start getting replaced by permanent teeth. A horse's teeth can give a good estimate of its age!

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

Some people have a fear of horses. It is called Equinophobia.

Horses cannot vomit, and hence digestion problems could be fatal to a horse. The leading cause of death in horses is reported to be colic.

Horses can sleep lying down as well as standing up. Horses cannot sleep more than 3 hours per day. Even the three hours of sleep is not taken at a stretch. Rather, they sleep sporadically throughout the day in 10 - 15 minute spells.

Horses, zebras and donkeys belong to the same genus, and hence can breed with one another! A cross between a horse and a zebra, is known as a zebroid, or zorse. To be more specific, the offspring of a stallion and female donkey is a hinny, while the offspring of a mare and male donkey is a jack. A cross between a donkey and zebra is known as a zedonk.

A horse has two blind spots. One is located directly in front of them while the other is located directly behind. Of all land-dwelling mammals, horses have the largest eyes, and since they are located on either side of its head, they have almost 360º vision! They can see different things with each eye!

In Memoriam

On November 20, 2014 a member of the Helena Trail Rider family, Dale Gardner, passed away. Dale was a member of the club for over 25 years, serving as a President for two years and a board of director for several more. He will be missed.
Dale Garnder's cake

Christmas Party
Christmas party 2015
Judi Gardner Christmas basket 2015

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