Old year getting flattened by the new year baby

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday, January 20, 2016

General Meeting follows at 6:30 p.m. on odd months only.


Because of elections in January you are reminded of the critical need to come vote at the meeting on the 20th. Your continued involvement in the club is vital to its ongoing success.
Two mice in a champgne glass

Ryker Hollandsworth

Congratulations Heather, introducing Ryker!

Please come to the meeting January 20 and cast your vote for officers! As always please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas. Heather 406.492.7066 hmtnavy@blackfoot.net

We are trying to get a feel for what you would like to see the club doing…so if you have any suggestions for proposed events, please contact:

Heather Hollandsworth
PO Box 14
Elliston, MT 59728
Or to the club at
Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

It is that time of year when we shake off a bit of winter and look forward to spring by participating in the Helena Trail Riders elections. We have a rich history of family activities with and without horses. This history has been made because you are willing to volunteer time and effort to the HTR club and its goals. I encourage you to attend the January meeting and help shape the direction of future activities. Participate for richer experiences with your fellow horse enthusiasts.

Personally, I have been experiencing some of the prophesies I heard from Ray Hunt about horse behavior. One of which is a horse will do everything it can to avoid stepping on you. I recently fell in front of my tailgating horse who then scrambled as best she could to avoid my prone form. While I was down she was bug eyed and attentive as if to say "why are you there?" However, as soon as I got up, dusted myself off and attempted to reassure her it wasn't her fault, she seemed to see "oh, you're okay" and then glided by me out the gate. I do not know if this theory applies to Shetland Ponies, however. I'm sure they used to purposely seek out human feet to drill with their sharp little hooves.

Congratulations to Heather and new baby boy. Thank-you, Heather, for your commitment to the Helena Trail Riders (especially when you were so busy growing your own).

See all of you at the January meeting. Marcia A. Gray

There will be a MSCA District 2 Meeting January 23, 2016 Nyberg's house 5485 Canyon Ferry Rd Helena, MT at 10 AM.

If you need directions call Patsy at 439-8916, Skip N 594-0138, Maria 439-5988, or their house 227-8786.

We are going to go over the state recommendations and dates if we have time. Hope to see you there! Patsy Althof, HHS Registrar, 406-324-2212

At the end of this newsletter is the MSCA 2016 scholarship application. It must be received 30 days before convention to be eligible for the scholarship at convention, otherwise it will have to be considered at the 2016 state show!!! Please send them to 36 Dick Road, Great Falls Mt 59404. If there are any questions please email filly.89@hotmail.com or 406-781-3129! Thanks!!! (Please pass this on!) Amanda Hennessey


Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

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 2chalkie@gmail.com
Horse herd

Join us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/helenatrailriders

This note is from Candy Score. If you are interested, please contact her. stormcloud@aol.com

I would like to offer just the card-carrying Trail Riders, riding at my barn for $5 per hour per person Wednesdays all day up to 7:00, then I have a private hour from 7-8, however, riders could ride after 8 until 10. Then Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m., again, I have a booking from 4 to 5, but after 5 to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. If I have an event, I will notify you. I will have a sign-in sheet, and everyone must sign a release agreement before they ride (just have to do once for the year). I will have a locked box for the money and I will have to show riders how to turn lights off/on if I'm not there. So first timers I have to meet to show the ropes. I do have some other times available on a limited basis. They would have to call. Arena address: 5783 Lincoln Road.

Sergeant Reckless, a horse who held official rank in the United States military, was a mare of Mongolian horse breeding. Out of a race horse dam, she was purchased in October 1952 for $250 from a Korean stable-boy at the Seoul racetrack who needed money to buy an artificial leg for his sister. Reckless was bought by members of the United States Marine Corps and trained to be a pack horse for the Recoilless Rifle Platoon, Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. She quickly became part of the unit and was allowed to roam freely through camp, entering the marines' tents, where she would sleep on cold nights, and was known for her willingness to eat nearly anything, including scrambled eggs, beer, Coca-Cola and, once, about $30 worth of poker chips. Sgt Reckless

She served in numerous combat actions during the Korean War, carrying supplies and ammunition, and was also used to evacuate wounded. Learning each supply route after only a couple of trips, she often traveled to deliver supplies to the troops on her own, without benefit of a handler. The highlight of her nine-month military career came in late March 1953 during the Battle for Outpost Vegas when, in a single day, she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front line units. She was wounded in combat twice, given the battlefield rank of corporal in 1953, and then a battlefield promotion to sergeant in 1954, several months after the war ended. She also became the first horse in the Marine Corps known to have participated in an amphibious landing, and following the war was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and several other military honors.

Her wartime service record was featured in The Saturday Evening Post, and LIFE magazine recognized her as one of America's 100 all-time heroes. She was retired and brought to the United States after the war, where she made appearances on television and participated in the United States Marine Corps birthday ball. She was officially promoted to staff sergeant in 1959 by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. She gave birth to four foals in America and died in May 1968. A plaque and photo were dedicated in her honor at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton stables and a statue of her was dedicated on July 26, 2013 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.

MSCA 2016 Scholarship Application

The Montana Saddle Clubs Association annual sponsors scholarships for outstanding persons. The scholarships are perpetuated through memorial funds, endowments, state and club donations, and individual donations. Any qualified individual will be provided a scholarship application forms upon request. The scholarship committee will carefully review applications. The grants from the MSCA Scholarship Fund will be payable only to an institution to which the recipient wishes to further his or her educational endeavors and shall be nontransferable from the person receiving the award. If a scholarship has been awarded and the recipient has not entered an institution of higher education within four (4) years from the awarded date the MSCA will rescind the scholarship and return the funds to the MSCA Scholarship Fund. Exceptions will be made in the case of sabbatical, mission, or military service, in which case the MSCA Secretary must be notified prior to the four-year expiration.


1. Any man or woman meeting the following requirements will be an eligible nominee for the Scholarship Award: A member of the MSCA or family who is either, high school student or attending an institute of higher education, trade school, junior college, university etc, seeking higher education (by the same) mentioned above.

2. The Application must be on an official application form and must be filled out and signed by the person applying for the scholarship. Two letters of personal recommendation as to the applicant’s scholastic ability and general character should be attached to the application. It is to each applicant’s advantage to submit a very complete, neat, and informative application because of the competition and degree of acquired skills.

3. Selection for scholarships will be done by a Scholarship Committee consisting of four MSCA members from four different districts that are not related to any of the applicants for that year that will be appointed annually. The Committee will review the applications and may, if they choose, request a personal interview with the applicants.

4. Scholarship applications are due 30 days prior to the Convention or if given at the State Show 30 days prior to the show mailed and postmarked to such to the MSCA secretary. POINT GUIDELINES

MSCA Activities……………………………………………………………25 points
Scholastic Aptitude……………………………………………………...….25 points
Aims & Goals………………………………………………………………15 points
School & Community Activities…………………………………………...15 points
Leadership Skills……………………………………………………………15 points
General Impression………………………………………………………….5 points

5. Any Scholarship recipient convicted of illegal substances or engaging in criminal activity (theft, vandalism, etc) at any time during the year will have their scholarships rescinded.

Scholarship form does not have to be sent in with entries, these can be individually sent into the secretary, but can be sent in with entry packets if wanted.

MSCA 2015 Scholarship Application

1 Name of Applicant  
3 Address   
Parents or guardians (if under 18)   
Applicant’s Saddle Club   
Year/Grade in School Completed ‘15   
Name of School Attending Fall of ‘15   
Year/Grad in School Attending ‘15   
10  Name of High School   
11  Year of High School Graduation   
12  Current GPA   
13  Overall High School GPA   
14  Overall Collage GPA   
Signature of Applicant

1. Please summarize (in approximately 300 words or less) why you believe you deserve this scholarship.

2. Attach two (2) letters of personal recommendation as to the applicant’s scholastic ability and general character.

3. Application must be signed.

4. Complete questionnaire attached with the Scholarship Form

5. The application, letters of recommendation, and summery letter must be received by the MSCA secretary postmarked 30 days prior to convention date (first weekend in February) or State O-Mok-See Show date.

Mail to:

Amanda Hennessey
36 Dick Road
Great Falls MT 59404

6. Montana Saddle Club Association, Inc., will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, or creed.

Scholarship Questionnaire

Please respond to the following questions. Please put your responses on separate page and attach to this application form.

1. Tell us about your higher education and career plans/goals.
2. How will this scholarship help achieve those goals?
3. Please describe your involvement in the sport of O-Mok-See and the MSCA.
4. How has the sport of O-Mok-See and the MSCA impacted your life?
5. What do you like best about the sport of O-Mok-See?
6. What is your favorite Montana O-Mok-See event? Why?
7. List the four most recent Montana Championship O-mok-See Shows you have attended?
8. If it were possible, what would you change about the sport of O-Mok-See? Why?
9. Do you believe you promote the sport of O-Mok-See and the MSCA? Please explain
10. Would you consider serving the MSCA in a leadership role? Please explain.
11. Wheat other horse-related activities have you been involved in?
12. Please tell us about any other extra-curricular and community activities you have been involved in including employment.
13. Tell us about any honors and awards you have received, including academics, sports, etc.
14. Do you plan to attend MSCA State Show?
15. A personal interview with the applicants may be requested by the Scholarship Committee. We would request your presence at the convention site or at the MSCA State Show, but do have some flexibility if there are scheduling conflicts.

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