Drill team

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting.

Membership and Board Meeting July 20. Join us at 6:15 pm. Stampede information will be provided. Sign up for slots now if you haven’t already!

President Marcia Gray. VP Jessica Erickson.
Secretary Kate Hollandsworth.
Treasurer Sheri Onstott


From our President --- Marcia Gray

Dear Helena Trail Ride Members, July came too fast too soon, which hints to me summer is half over. Time to get hay lined up for fall and scope out the best hunting spots. I am still waiting for a fish dinner this summer. Those fly rods look impressive to me but I am not sure they look that way to fish.

Sadly, this July, we lost two Helena Trail Rider past presidents; John Wall and Bob Pennington. John Wall and his family were active members who generously donated items and discounted hardware for HTR fund raisers and construction projects. Power Townsend continues this practice today. John was one of the prominent people to bring National High School Rodeo '77 to Helena involving many community and HTR volunteers. We enjoyed riding with John, cooking hamburgers under the grandstand, and working with him on many other occasions. John and Arlene's daughter was sponsored by the Helena Trail Riders as a queen contestant for Miss Last Chance Stampede where she represented us well.

Bob Pennington and his wife Denise shared their business expertise with HTR members and helped update the by-laws and policy manual. Denise spent a lot of time in the HTR kitchen while Bob was supervising the construction of the crow's nest at the West arena. When it came time to roof, paint and finish the project, Bob encouraged our members to continue 'til the work was done. He rode sorrel horses who could do double duty in Shriners posse.

Please feel free to share in the newsletter or a meeting, a memory or two of these wonderful gentlemen who helped ensure a successful future for Helena Trail Riders. As long time friends, we offer our condolences to the families of these special people.

Remember to come to the meeting July 20th at 6:15. Rodger Nordahl and Keith Hatch will present the procedures they want us to follow while taking gate admission at the East and West gates, Wednesday through Saturday p.m. If you know what times you can help (thank-you,Sharon) please give Jessica a heads up so she can continue to fill out the schedule. Jessica 459-4907, jessbham@gmail.com or Marcia 443-2679 jambat@3riversdbs.net

How about that June "Western Horseman"? A picture of Keith Herrin totally enjoying himself but no visible smile.

Rita Newman (Mc Nees) has some western shirts and jeans for sale. The tags are still on them and they are size 15/16, more of the junior size section than women's. She wants to find someone who can use these. Call her at 458-4725.

Next month is an activity month, the activity will be the O-Mok-See. See you July 20th, 6:15 at the Clubhouse. Anyone with suggestions for programs or activities, please come to a meeting and share, or let a board of director 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. Only half kidding, I told Sharon that if it wasn’t in the Pony Tales it didn’t happen. It is important to me that no Helena Trail Rider member is left out of the loop because he/she doesn’t have the latest social communication device. Send items to trailridershelena@gmail.com.

Marcia Gray ***

Trail Rides, Cassy Lynn

The last few rides have been very beautiful and fun, with some excitement. I even took a wrong trail on one, then found the right one later on. Make sure to bring lunches or snacks on our rides. Here is an update on our schedule. Rides Start at 10 am.

Trail Ride Schedule

July 17- Switchback up at Rimini. Chris Warren will be leading this ride since I will be gone. If any questions please ask her. Take road going up to McDonald pass. There is a big sign at base of the pass to left. It is about 4 miles in, just before Moose Creek Campground. There is limited parking up there. Also there has been some construction, so road will be a little rough.

July 24- Hunters Gulch- Head out to York, turn left at the bar onto Nelson road. Keep going way up, and take a left onto Beaver Creek Rd. Go a little ways and there be a sign for Hunters Gulch to the right. Drive up it and there will be lots of parking.

August 7- McMasters South (need directions for this one still please)

August 21- I am changing this ride up to Flecher Pass. From Helena go north on I-15. Take the exit to Lincoln rd and turn left. Keep going for a long while. You will see a Big sign to left say Flecher Pass. There is limited parking at the trailhead though there is a hitching rack. Room for a few trailers. There is more parking on side of highway on top of pass, before the turn down to the trailhead.

August 28-Competitive Trail Ride and Poker Ride with the Tri-Arbian Club. at Dagnell Ranch

September 4- Trout Creek (unless someone has a different ride they would like to do)

September 17 & 18- Overnight ride up at Heart Lake. Will need lots of help to put this together!!!

October 2- Head Lane - May change location. (unless someone has a different ride they would like to do)

October 9- Travis Creek ( if weather holds and all is good. This will be our last ride for the season with HTR) Take I-15 south. Take exit 182 towards Clancy. Turn right onto Legal Tender Lane. Turn right onto Cut Off Rd. Turn left onto Lump Gulch Rd. Take slight right onto Travis Creek Rd. Right to stay on Travis Creek Rd.

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:

Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

Please let us know if at any time you wish your mailed copy of the Pony Tales to be sent to you by e-mail, or if you wish to have your name deleted from the monthly mailing. If someone has been missed please email or call us, and we can add you! You can e-mail us at trailridershelena@gmail.com. You can always view past and current newsletters on the internet at the Helena Trail Riders website, http://helenatrailriders.org. Tidbits

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

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Horse bucking on a lunge line

Stampede Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay everyone it's time for the fair and running the gates!!! In the past this responsibility has fallen to a select few so let's all pull together and make sure that doesn't happen this year. Bring your friends and family and help us out!!! It is important that all trail rider members do their part in our annual fund raiser. It's a lot of fun and won't take up much of your time.

We have the East and West gates Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It would be great if we could do some trading so that all of us can see one night of the rodeo or concert when we wouldn't have to work a gate the same evening. This is our fund raiser for the year that helps to pay for insurance, Saddle club dues, incorporation fees, building and arena upkeep, parties and other activities that are not self supporting. Please lend a hand during the Last Chance Rodeo and Stampede July 27th-July 30th.

We are contracted for both gates:
- Wednesday July 27 5:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
- Thursday July 28 1:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
- Friday July 29th 1:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
- Saturday July 30 11:00 A.M. to 9:30 P.M.

Jessica has a sign up schedule out on the Facebook page (a copy is in this newsletter) so check your calendars and be ready to sign up for a few hours either day or either gate. Chairs, water and mosquito spray are handy to bring with you. Please give Jessica a heads up so she can continue to fill out the schedule. You can send a personal message through Facebook, call Jessica at 459-4907, email at jessbham@gmail.com; or call Marcia at 443-2679, email at jambat@3riversdbs.net; or e-mail in care of trailridershelena@gmail.com!!

sign up sheet for Stampede gate work

Horse jumping a man

Miscellaneous Events
Man on grey horse

** Easton Donation Based Horsemanship Clinic, Monday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena. If you are planning on attending, please send me an email
eastonhorsemanship@gmail.com, note through FB (www.eastonhorsemanship.com), or text (465-2653). We do need at least three folks pre-signed up to make it a go. Thank you for your understanding and hope to see you soon!

Happy Trails, Joanna and Eric

** Subject: Kids Summer Horse Camp Dates From: Candice Score stormcloud@aol.com

Here are my summer horse camp dates. All camps start at 9 a.m. and finish at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $200. Again, I will supply snacks and water. Students should bring a folding chair for the chalk-talks.

Beginner Camps
June 13-17 and 27-July 1
July 18-22
Aug. 1-5 and 15-19

Intermediate Camps
June 20-24
July 11-15 and 25-29
August 8-12

**3FSC O-Mok-See, Sunday July 31, 9:00 a.m. Three Forks Rodeo Grounds, Highway 2 So, Three Forks MT

Registration from 9-10am Games start asap. Please help with arena set up! See www.ThreeForksSaddleClub.com for more information.

Our own Keith Herrin!

U.S. Cavalry School. Keith Herrin, Calvary Commander, and the Cast of Characters at the Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment, June 2016.
Keith Herrin
Riders crossing the Little Big Horn River
Riders cross the Little Bighorn at Cavalry School.
Keith Herrin firing a gun to train horses
With a bucket of grain and a gun full of blanks Keith Herrin teaches horses to tolerate gunfire during training at the U. S. Cavalry School.

Incitats, Caligua's horse

Famous Horses in History

Incitatus – by Cheryl R. Lutring

(Horse History article, copyrighted by Saddle & Bridle Magazine).

Few horses have ruled an empire. Less have been considered as marriage partners by ancient emperors. But such was the fate of Incitatus. His owner, the Roman Emperor Caligula, (AD 37-41) infamous for his psychotic extremes, was consistent in at least one aspect his devotion to his horse. Just as his father, Tiberius, had favored a pet dragon, so Caligula’s darling was his best racing horse.

The original stable name of the stallion was Porcellus, which meant little pig, but Caligula thought this unsuitable and renamed him in recognition of his swift-speeding as Incitatus.

Incitatus was a chariot racing stallion of no mean repute. It is said he never lost a race. Caligula was fanatical about the sport. To ensure his favorite s best chance, the night before a race Caligula would send his soldiers to impose silence in the neighborhood of the marble stable, so that the horse might rest peacefully. Caligula’s normal driver was Eutychus who had the onerous duty of steering the imperial team to a win. Once Caligula was so pleased with his daring skills that at a post-game triumphal feast he awarded him a fortune of 20,000 gold coins.

Chariots were raced by teams of horses harnessed in varying arrangements: a pair was a biga; three together was a triga; and the most popular, a team of four abreast was a quadriga. The latter were the most glamorous and most popular, and have been dramatically depicted in the epic film Ben Hur. Each race had to circuit the narrow 340 meter long oval of Rome's Circus Maximus seven times, negotiating its tight turns in a three-mile gallop.

He also used him as a riding horse. Horses of the time were around 14hh and slightly larger ones were used by military officers and people of status, so Incitatus is considered to have been around 14.2hh. Certainly in ancient times most horses that were ridden by people of status were gaited, a great asset in the days before saddles and stirrups!

Caligula had built for Incitatus a new palace of his own where he could hold state in suitable surroundings. This was situated alongside Caligula's own magnificent palace and was designed to incorporate many of Rome's more ancient buildings. Incitatus had a marble bedroom with a big straw mat for a bed, a fresh one every day, an ivory manger, a gold bucket to drink from, and pictures by famous artists on the walls. If he fancied a change of scene he could move into a different stall of ivory. He was draped in blankets of the royal purple and sported a gem-encrusted collar. He had his own slaves who attended to his every whim, and magnificent feasts were staged when senators and citizens of high rank were invited as guests of Incitatus.

In addition, whenever he won a race the horse was seated in the place of honor beside the emperor at the table of royal banquets and Caligula would ply him with fashionable delicacies such as sea urchin, parrot and dormouse. But Incitatus resisted such epicurean delights and would only take barley (dusted with gold in his honor!) from the golden bowl.

When it dawned on Caligula that if he was to create a dynasty to follow in his wake, he would have to marry and produce a son, he wavered long over whether such a momentous honor should be given to Incitatus or a woman called Caesonia. After much soul-searching, and probably much delicate advice from his household, Caesonia became the chosen one.

So convinced was Caligula that Incitatus was irrevocably grief-stricken by his marriage to a woman that he continually tried to make recompense. He included his name in every sentence he spoke, and had his name used as part of the binding oath for legal documentation. When new temples were built in honor of the new god, Emperor Caligula, the loyalty of Incitatus was rewarded by appointing him deputy head priest, which meant he had great responsibility for supervising the rites of the temple, in consideration for which he received an excellent salary. It was a requirement that Incitatus had to be consulted in the making of tactical decisions.

Caligula was so excessively fond of him that he made him first a Citizen of Rome, and then a senator, and nominated him as a future candidate for the coveted Consulship.

Some sources report that eventually Incitatus tired of his duties and privileges,and reverting perhaps to the implication of his original name Little Pig, turned on Caligula, savaging him severely. Caligula was swift with retaliation and beheaded his treasured Incitatus.

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