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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday (July meeting on the 15th)

General Meeting follows at 6:30 p.m.

From our President --- Happy July to everyone!! Hope you are all surviving the hot weather and the smoke. I was unable to attend the June activity which was our annual ice cream social. I took my mom over to Missoula to see Willie Nelson. Allison Kraus and Union Station opened for him and they were very definitely worth the drive over. But I have to say, we would have rather been eating ice cream with you all once he took the stage. We left after the fifth song. So I hope that those few folks who attended the ice cream social had some for me too.

This month is the Last Chance Stampede and Fair. As you have probably noticed from your inboxes (for those of you who have email) we are looking for volunteers to work the East and West Gates. We have already had a few folks sign up, but the spreadsheets are still looking kind of bare. Please give Keith or me a call (492-7066 for me & 461-3614 for Keith) or shoot either of us a quick email to volunteer for a time slot. Whatever times aren’t filled, we will have to work
blaze faced sorrel horses
smiley face … and while I can’t speak for Keith, you don’t want to make the pregnant lady any crazier than she already is.

We have been having some trouble getting our trail rides going this year… I apologize for that. If anyone is able and willing to lead any of the rides, please let me know as soon as possible, so that I don’t have to send out any more cancellation emails.

Please be sure to come to our July meeting…630pm @ the Club House. Our speakers with be from the Fairgrounds. They will be going over the expectations of working the gates with us. So this is a great time to ask questions if you have any about how this works.

As always … if you have questions or concerns, please let me know. Heather 406.492.7066

Vickie Blixt, O Mok See Director

Hi folks. Please mark your calendar next month to join us for the club's O Mok See point show. This will be on Sunday, August 9th. I know that the schedule of events shows it as being on Saturday the 8th, but that is incorrect.

The show will begin at 10:00 with sign up starting at 9:00. I will get more info out to everyone as it gets closer.

As always, we will need lots of volunteers to make this a success. So, even if you aren't riding please come down and help.

Remember that the west arena is open for club members on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Friday of the month.

Please feel free to email me,, or give me a call at 442-1717 if you have some input. Until next month, ride safe and have fun!

Hi all, I hope that you are all enjoying the summer weather, and getting to "horse around" as much as possible!

I would like to encourage all of you to come to the meeting this month on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:30, at the Helena Trail Riders building. We will be getting the 411 on working the gates at the fair. There is a ton of planning that goes into the Stampede to make it a great event, and we will be part of the finished product. Everyone that attends the fair, has to enter through a gate, and the Trail Riders will be there! Please come and sign up, and join the fun.....Where else can you ask a cop for his ID ?

Be there, or be square!! Cynthia Warner, Programs Director

2015 Omoksee Show Dates

May 31st ~Western Patriots Fun Day--Broadwater Country Fairgrounds, Townsend, MT
June 14th ~Whitehall Saddle Club Point Day--Whitehall arena, Whitehall, MT
June 20th ~Helena Valley Blues Saddle Cub Fun Day--Birdseye arena
June 27th ~Helena Valley Blues Saddle Club Point Day--Birdseye arena July 19-25th
~National--Buffalo WY August 2nd
~Western Patriots Point Day--Broadwater Country Fairgrounds, Townsend, MT
August 9th ~Helena Trailer Riders Point Day--Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds, West Arena
August 15th ~Anaconda Saddle Club Point Days--Anaconda Saddle Club Arena
August 22nd ~District Finals--Birdseye arena
September 5&6th ~State Finals--Great Falls Saddle Club Arena, Great Falls
September 12th ~Poker Run--Canyon Creek, MT

Marcia meandering-

We have been watching the place across the highway from ours and observed some most interesting equine behavior.

The pasture contains about 50 cows and calves and one horse. We have puzzled over why only 1 horse until we began watching what was happening. No humans are involved as daily the horse herds the cattle out to pasture, rotating grazing areas throughout the day. He makes sure there are no stragglers, keeping pairs together.

Midday he will take care of a bunch of calves while mommas contentedly lie down chewing their cud away from the cavorting calves. At what seems to be the appropriate time, the horse will herd the calves back to their mommas.

In the evening, the horse herds the whole group back to the buildings and creek at the south end of the pasture. We have yet to see a person around anywhere.

Our question of why only one horse has finally been answered. He does his job very well without interference.

Now is the time for the Helena Trail Riders to herd people through the gates of the Fairgrounds. Sign up for your times to help at the gates with Keith. I hope you are able to wear those new T-shirts. They don't glow in the dark for increased visibility while taking entrance fees at night. However, accessorized with the orange florescent vests, the most inattentive driver should be visually shocked into paying attention to the person standing in the middle of the road. Scrapbooking has been put on hold until worse weather. I am continuing to collect labeled pictures and short descriptions of Helena Trail Riders members involved in an activity. Bring them to the meetings or give me a call to pick them up, 443-2679.

Marcia Gray

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

HTR, We are doing pretty good; but need more members/friends/family to sign up to help on gates. Sign up early and pick your dates and times, before I have to work them all!!! LOL. Benefits- get into the fair free, see old friends and new ones, help support our club and more. Email me at or call 461-3614 for volunteering.-------------------------------------Keith Herrin


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

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joke about a rough rider and his horse

Heat Stroke in Horses (

Also known as heat exhaustion or hyperthermia, heat stroke is a condition that occurs with horses performing a great deal of work in excessively hot or humid conditions. When the horse is unable to lose body heat, its body temperature goes up rapidly, causing severe (and sometimes fatal) health concerns. Therefore, heat stroke must be treated promptly and properly.

Symptoms and Types

Rapid pulse and breathing
Heavy breathing/panting
Increased sweating
Excessive salivation
Redness of the tongue and oral area
High body temperature
Erratic heart beat
Muscle spasms
Stumbling gait


Exposure to a very hot or humid environment, combined with inadequate ventilation, can lead to heat stroke. Other common causes include:

High level of physical stress
Excessive exercising
Increased weight (obesity)
Respiratory diseases


Heat stroke is not hard to diagnose at all. A horse that is overheated will act strangely and will display the symptoms listed above. If you suspect your horse is suffering from heat stroke, you must cool it down immediately and take it to a veterinarian for medical assistance.


Treatment for heat exhaustion must be done as quickly as possible in order for the horse to survive. Cold water should be applied to the skin, usually poured over the horse’s body; adding ice to the water can help in severe cases of heat stroke. Also, fanning the horse and guiding it to a shady area will assist in cooling the animal.

Heat stroke indicates a severe loss of electrolytes, so intravenous electrolyte administration is a critical part of the treatment process for heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke can be prevented by taking caution not to expose the horse to hot and humid conditions, especially if the animal is doing manual labor or when racing or riding. And be sure to provide plenty of water, as well as shade, to horses that roam out in the open for a long time.

Miscellaneous upcoming events

Perry Knize -----The Tri-Arabian Club invites and encourages members of HTR to participate in the Fun Ride option of their Pioneer Cabin Endurance Ride. They have asked me to share this information with you. I will be doing this ride myself and would love to see other HTR members there. Please note: Fun riders can do an 11-mile trail each day, $35, start anytime between 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. each day. Fees include dinner Saturday evening. Entry forms available at


AERC & AHA Sanctioned

August 08-09, 2015, Canyon Creek, Montana (25/50 mile rides on both days)

Introductory 11-mile fun ride each day

AHA Regional 50 mile Endurance Championship Aug 8th

AHA Regional 25 Competitive Trail Championship Aug 9th


To get to our ride camp near the town of Canyon Creek, MT: From I-15, take exit #200 onto Lincoln Rd. (CR 279) going west. Ride camp will be on the left at the Dagnall Ranch look for the White Coverall Arena across the road from the Canyon Creek Store. If coming from the town of Lincoln, MT, going east on Lincoln Rd. (CR-279) ride camp will on the right.

Ride camp

On private ranch. Lots of room for big rigs. Horse water is available. Bring your own people water. Pack out your trash. Porta potty’s available. Dogs are welcome - please keep them in control because we will be near a county Hwy. Weed-free hay is required and will be available for purchase. You may spread manure. No camp fires.


Great views and beautiful mountain scenery. All private ranch land. Varied terrain with mostly good footing on two-track trail and road. One stretch on county public access road. Some rocky areas. 25-mile riders will have two different loops, each returning to ride camp. 50-milers will have three different loops returning to camp. Each loop will have a long climb and downhill stretch. 50-milers will cross a county highway to access one of the loops and will encounter some gates and maybe some cattle. There will be water crossings, also.

Vet in

Pre-ride vet in for Saturday riders will start at ride camp after 4 p.m. on Friday. Pre-ride vet in for Sunday riders will start Saturday afternoon at a time determined by the vet.

Ride meetings

For Saturday riders, meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For Sunday riders, the meeting is Saturday evening immediately following dinner and awards presentations, which starts at 7:00 p.m.

Entry fees and start times

25 miles, $95, 06:00 a.m. start each day. 50 miles, $120, 05:00 a.m. start each day. However, start times are subject to change. $10 discount for registering before Aug. 1. Fun riders can do an 11-mile trail each day, $35, start anytime between 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. each day. Fees include dinner Saturday evening. Entry forms available at

For more information

Contact Allison 406-422-4335 or 623-670-8906 & Cherie 406-227-0885, website at

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