Fireworks and flag

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month June 21

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679

Kim copeland, 439-4320

Treasurer: Sheri Onstott, 431-1014


Trail Rides: Rory Copeland, 459-8093

Building/ Maintenance: Bill Gray, 443-2679

Historian: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858

O-Mok-See: Keith Herrin, 461-3614

Public Relations/Social (Combined this year): Carol Ham, 458-9779

Director Representatives: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355,

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

Horse painted with flag
From Our President Howdy to all!
July is a busy month with the Sports Hall of Fame banquet, fund-raising during the Stampede and rodeo, trail rides, O-Mok-Sees, hay hauling and more. It is a good thing we have more daylight in the summer so we can squeeze more activities into a day. The nights seem quite short though. Naps in the heat of the day anyone?

Please welcome new member Tom Roffe, retired veterinarian. He has been on a couple of rides and is looking forward to meeting more members of the Helena Trail Riders.

Helena Trail Riders has generously offered to sponsor inductees or a family representative of those who rode for Helena Trail Riders at Nationals in 1966 and 1968. Please check out this list of champions included with this month’s Pony Tales. Join us for a reception for the Sports Hall of Famers at the HTR Clubhouse on Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. (Flyer at the end of the page)

4-H Horse- There was a Thank-You published for all the clubs that donated money to the 4-H Horse program. Helena Trail Riders were mentioned as sponsors.

…..Fundraiser-East and West Gates during the Fair….

Many, many thanks to those who have already signed up with vice-president Kim Copeland to take gate admissions July 26, 27, 28 and 29. We are still eagerly accepting more people who could help.

We haven’t been able to schedule a make-up time to work on repairs to the West arena. As soon as we do, Bill will let you know so we can get those posts and poles up in no time.


Fairgrounds staff will be at the Helena Trail Rider meeting on July 19th, 6:00 p.m. to familiarize us with the procedures. A reminder for those working either gate to bring a chair, water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, whatever you need to keep comfortable during a hot day and discourage mosquitoes at night. We have designed signs and will have cones designating lanes for cars to make their entrance quicker.

East gate is reached by Silsbee avenue, turning by the Green Meadow market and continuing until you cross the east gate entrance and park to the north of the road (near the building)

West gate is on the dirt road that continues Custer Ave. and goes by the ball fields. Drive through the gate, which looks out on the west arena, and park where it is convenient for you.

Familiarize yourself with the ticket specifications of the day, colors, dates, stamp, phone tickets, flashlights, etc.) get checked out with the safety vests, money aprons, change, and traffic patterns.

Typically, 2 to 3 people can work either gate from 11:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. It gets very busy about 5:30 p.m. and doesn’t let up until 9:15 p.m. We need 6+ people on the west gate at this time whereas 4 might do okay on the east. Fairground staff will come around frequently taking large bills and checking to see if you need change. On every shift there needs to be an “in charge” person to sign for the dollars that go with the change collector from the Fairgrounds.

Please make sure there are enough people to work the gate before you leave at the end of your shift. We will have a number to call in case someone may be running late and you need to be on your way.

Maintenance - We haven’t been able to schedule a make-up time to work on repairs to the West arena. As soon as we do, Bill will let you know so we can get those posts and poles up in no time.

The roof repairs have been done and we should have no more water leaking down the furnace pipe. The big vent that served no purpose was removed and the nail holes from its installation are well covered. Still waiting to hear from the electrician. He hoped he could be done by Fair time, but it may be afterward.


Anyone with suggestions for programs or activities, please come to a meeting and share, or let a board of directors member 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.
• It is important that no Helena Trail Rider member is left out of the loop because he/she doesn’t have the latest social communication device. Please let us know of any member who is not receiving the newsletter either via e-mail or by snail-mail.
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                       TRAIL RIDES
Horse stuck over a log

Hi everyone - The August trail ride will be Aug 5th. We will go to Heart Lake, which is in the Scapegoat Wilderness area. If someone wants to go on a longer ride we might have a group also go on to Web lake. I would like to gather at the Trail Rider clubhouse at 9 a.m. to ride share and caravan over to the trailhead. If anyone needs directions or wants to ride share please call 459 8093, or email me at

Below are some photo's from some of our rides this year.

Nancy, Kim and Cheryl
Nancy, Kim and Cheryl by Trout Creek
Rory's Horse
Rory's horse.
Tom getting ready to fish on Landers Creek
Rory and Kim
Rory and Kim. She wouldn't turn around so this is what you get.
.Rory and Tom
Rory, Tom and the dog.
Rory's pack horse
Rory's pack horse.
Nancy getting ready to fish
Nancy getting ready to fish.
Landers Creek upstream
Landers Creek upstream.
Landers Creek downstream Raya Bay
Raya Bay resting

Left, Landers Creek downstream.

Please come and join us having fun and enjoying Montana with our horses! If you have any questions, please call 439-4320. Thanks, Rory and Kim Copeland

I need to get the list made up for the gate duties for the fair. Please let me know whatdays you will be able to work a 2-2.5 hour shift and if you have a preference on the day(s). The days are Wed night beginning at 5 pm. to 9:15 pm. Thurs and Friday 1 pm to 9:15 pm. Saturday is 11 am. - 9:15pm. The fair runs Wed 7/26-Sat 7/29.

This is the biggest fund-raising activity that we have, so it is important that we have enough people to do the work so it is not a burden on anyone. (schedule attached) Please let me know as soon as you can! Thanks for your support and help!

Kim Copeland, Vice - President (439-4320)


Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

O-Mok-See Coordinator – Keith Herrin 461-3614

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
anatomy of a horse

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Everett Stiger wrote : I have a number of items of horse tack for sale, priced low to sell:

A Tucker trail saddle, fully rigged, 7-1/2" gullet Quarter Horse tree, in like-new condition. This saddle has only been ridden about a dozen times, just enough to get the "squeak" out. Tucker saddles sell new for anywhere from $1,850 to $2,350, look 'em up. This saddle is the most comfortable saddle I ever sat in, with back support, lots of padding, and stirrup leathers positioned to save your knee s. It measures 14-1/2 inches, but feels bigger due to the way it sits your butt down. It is priced at $750.

We also have a box of bridles, reins, tie-downs; lots of lead ropes, all with good clips; nylon web halters, one leather halter, and four rope halters with the old style Johnson loop fasteners (no knot tying!). A canvas shoer's apron, never worn; a pile of saddle pads, some wool, some acrylic; one black & red Navajo woven blanket. Some priced, some make offer.

One pair of shotgun chaps, quite long, but could be cut off 4-6 inches up to the zippers, excellent condition, good cowhide. These are marked $235 on the belt, probably by whoever made them. Priced at $60.00.

I love horses day

August 4 - 6, 2017

Need riders for natural horsemanship clinic in Helena August 4-6. Extensive one-on-one and small group time with Santa Fe, New Mexico trainer Joost Lammers. Joost’s background is primarily dressage, but English, western, bareback, or liberty, horsemanship is all the same.

Cost would be $300 per rider; everyone would receive 9 hours of small group and one-on-one time with Joost. Please let me know as soon as possible if you want to sign up. If I don’t get 7 riders I won’t be able to bring him here.

Check out Joost’s website: for more information.

A benefit for Horses and Heroes, Poker Ride, Saturday, August 19, 2017,7:00am 5:00pm, Flynn Ranch, 12 miles east of Townsend, Montana.

NATIONAL SADDLE CLUBS ASSOCIATION   THE HELENA TRAIL RIDERS TEAMS OF 1966 AND 1968 HAVE BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE HELENA SPORTS HALL OF FAME.   The following is a list of living members, or their family representatives, of the HTR teams who brought home two National Championships to our club and who will be attending the ceremony on Thursday, July 13, 2017; Lloyd Casey, Mike Casey, Karyn Hamilton (Wolf), Chuck Hart, Keith Herrin, Bobbie Hicks (McGowan), Peggy Huntington (McGowan), Gary Larson,  Pat McGowan, Dan O’Leary, Bonnie Pollock (Allen), Roxanne Register (Score), Luke Rivers, Candy Score, Darrell S. Smithson, Mike Wall and Ben White.


These HTR teams have given us the unique opportunity to take a place at the table of some of Helena’s greatest sportsmen.  We are truly grateful to be included in those ranks.  Please plan to come and meet and congratulate them.   

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