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Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. Activity month. Ice Cream Social. June 15. Join us at 6:30 pm.

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month June 15.

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

From our President --- Marcia Gray

Dear Helena Trail Ride Members, Ice cream, anyone?

Our June ice cream social is an annual get together with HTR members, friends, family and neighbors for those members who want to stop by the clubhouse and visit a spell. Former members and family of former members are all welcome to reminisce, talk horses or current issues of the day. We would like to see you and share stories and ice cream. June 15th, 6:30 pm.

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baby draft horse with grown up friends

Welcome new/previous members Kim and Rory Copeland. They have tons of experience to share and a willingness to help anyone in need with a horse on the trail.

Time to plan a slot at the gates for the Stampede. 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 should have a sign up schedule out soon 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. We will try to have Keith and Roger from the Fairgrounds office come to the July 13th meeting to answer questions and explain how the gate process is going to work this year.

Thanks to Tom Johnson who gave us first aid tips at the last meeting.

Julie Muscutt from the Tri-Arabian club invited us to a non-competitive trail ride June 4th.

Rita Newman (formerly Rita McNees) has many ladies size 16 shirts she would like to find a good home for.

East Helena Rodeo Parade is looking for riders to participate in their parade July 9 with lineup starting at 12:30. You can sign up this same day but it would be handy for them if you do it a couple of days ahead. This is also the same time as the National O-Mok-See.

I see the Eastons are hosting lessons at the Fairgounds again, their next session is June 13. This is a great time to get a little tune up on your horse with a nominal fee and small classes. A copy of their flyer is attached, and can be viewed at Contact them for more information and sign-ups.

Hope to see you enjoying ice cream June 15th 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 wasnít in the Pony Tales it didnít happen. It is important to me that no Helena Trail Rider member is left out of the loop because he/she doesnít have the latest social communication device. Send items to Marcia Gray

Trail Director- Cassy Lynn

So far we have had a couple of rides. First ride was at the reservoir. We had a small group and it was a nice, enjoyable day.

Second ride was at Head Lane. It was a nice and fun ride. Chris Warren and I were the only ones for this wonderful ride. I hope to see more people out with us on the trails.

Here is Schedule for rest of June, July & August. I will have more rides on the schedule very soon. The Rides listed without directions, I will get very soon. All weekend rides start at 10 am, expect maybe the July 10th ride (I will let ya know soon). You may want to bring a lunch on some of these rides.

I will need someone to lead the ride for me on July 17, I will be gone. I know some of these rides are schedule on some other groups O-mok-see days, but Sundays are my only open days to do rides. I will need help leading rides, for I have not been to many of these areas. If the directions are wrong on any of these rides, please let me know.

June 12- North Hills = Take I-15 to Lincoln rd. Turn right. Keep going till s curve and take a left on Ferry Dr. Go up to Snowdrift and turn left. Then turn right on 1st dirt road on that side. Keep going up and you'll run into trailhead and open area to park. Has a board with maps on it there too.

June 26- Trout Creek = Follow Highway 280 east of Helena about 16 miles to the small community of York. Proceed northeast along Trout Creek another 8 miles to the end of the road and the campground. Trailhead is located in the Campground.

July 3- Black Foot Meadows = Take Highway 12 west from Helena over McDonald Pass, approx. 1 mile before Elliston. Turn left (south) on Little Blackfoot Road. Stay Right at split to Telegraph Creek continuing up Little Blackfoot Road. Travel approx. 7 miles beyond the split at Ontario Creek and continue past Ontario Creek to Kading campground. If horse corrals are not being used we can park there, if corrals are in use then please park along side of road just past corrals.

July 10- Refrigerator Canyon = Go East on Custer, turn left on York Rd. for about 16 miles, Turn left on Nelson Rd and go about 10 miles, continue onto Beaver Creek Rd. for about 2.6 miles. Destination will be on the left.

July 17- Switchback = (someone needs to lead, I will be gone) -

July 24- Hunters Gulch =

August 7- McMasters South =

August 21- Camels Back =

August 28- Crystal Creek Trail #373 = Take I-15 to Montana City exit and head east; turn right onto McClellan Creek Road. Continue on this road approximately 6.5 miles to Crystal Creek/McClellan Creek junction. Turn right, and then turn left at the next junction. Continue approximately 3 miles to reach the trailhead.

Pictures are included from our Scratch Gravel Trail Ride June 5, 2016.
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Chris Warren Ė Nearby poker rides if anyone in the club is interested:

July 9 - Two poker rides, both with Back Country Horseman. One is with Gallatin Valley BCH, and is located at Bridger Ski resort. All riders have to be signed in by 10. The other is with Upper Clark Fork BCH in Gold Creek. You also have to be signed in and ready to ride by 10. Both BCH rides offer lunch afterwards. I have attended both, and they are worth the drive. They have early sign up, which saves a little pocket change., then go to state chapter. I believe the information is under the events tab for both Gallatin and Upper Clark.

If anyone wants additional information I gave the brochures to Cassie, and will post them on the board at the club as well. Thanks, and have a super day

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

Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

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2016 state entry packets - From Amanda:

Please let me know if you do NOT want packets sent via snail mail, or who want it sent to a different address from the one given to me at the convention! Please pass this on to all club reps!!!!!

Included in the packet are the entry forms, royalty forms, scholarship forms, and stalls /camping info! Please read through carefully when entering your club members. I have an info sheet on top that goes through the process!

Please help your club members try and get their partners/teams together so less needs to be done at the last minute! The forms are to be postmarked by August 4th to prevent late fees!!!!

Send the originals to me, and the copies and payments to the treasurer, the address is located in the packets. There is also an excel form attached that lists out who and how many events individuals entered in 2015! Please refer to this when signing up your club members to see if they owe anything different than just the $10. Please let me know if anyone has any questions and I will help you out!!!

I want this to go as smooth and easy as possible! I think that I explained it well, but I also came up with how to do it.... so who knows :)

From Patsy Althof, HHS Registrar, (406) 324-2212:

Attached to this e-mail is the new O-mok-see schedule, as we have had a few canceled. Donít forget dues for the district need to be paid before the 1st point show (this weekend) or that club members donít get points, also a list of members need to be into me.

Whitehall District Point Show this Sunday. Mark your calendars, hope to see everyone there.

Well, Memorial Day weekend lived up to its reputation. The Anaconda arena holds a ton of water but not as much as we received. For the safety of our riders and horses we cancelled the games that weekend. A makeup date will be announced at a later date.

This year we will be doing a one-time $20 fee for year-end prizes per rider, which must be paid by the third show. Contestants will be eligible for prizes if they attend at least 3 out of 4 shows. For those who have not come to our shows they will be at the Anaconda Saddle Club. The address is 81 Saddle Club Drive Anaconda MT 59711. Google etc. should lead you there or you can call for directions. Any other questions can be answered by Annie at (406) 491-5283 or Jeremy at (406) 690-0225.

Miscellaneous Events
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** Easton Donation Based Horsemanship Clinic, June 13, Lewis and Clark Fairgrounds

Click her for the flyer as a reminder of our next Donation class at the Fairgrounds. If you are planning on attending, please send me an email (, note through FB (, 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

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. I may have one more week in August, but I haven't found out when school starts. Any ? please contact me.

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

Also, I have a young man who is going to do work hauling hay, cleaning corrals, miscellaneous farm work for me this summer, and he wants to do a side business hauling hay. If you would like to have him do the work for you, I can put you in touch with him. He works a morning job, but will spend his afternoons and evenings doing this. We would like to know the level of interest, so if you have friends who would like the work done, please forward this email to them. He is also looking for a trailer to lease or buy to haul the hay, as his family ranch is not in Helena. He came highly recommended to me, has driven tractors and trailers all his life and is very responsive and willing to work. Let me know. Thanks, Candy

** APHA/AQHA shows. They have all inclusive fees. Buckles to High Point APHA at the Columbus show, sponsored by Montana Paint Horse Club. Big Sky Classic Horse Show, June 24-25-26, 2016. Keyser Creek Arena, Columbus MT. Show Secretary Nancy Ostle-Zahn, 116157 N Buxton Rd, Butte MT 59750. (406) 799-3452. Email Visit for show information on all shows scheduled .

**3FSC O-Mok-See, Sunday July 31, 9:00 a.m. Three Forks Rodeo Grounds, Highway 2 South, Three Forks MT Registration from 9-10am Games start asap. Please help with arena set up! See for more information.

**Vigilante and Western Montana Appaloosa Horse Clubs will be holding our Annual Open Judged Trail Ride at the Diamond Dot Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Open to All Breeds, All Ages. Ride on the beautiful ranch while maneuvering obstacles in a natural setting. Meal and Awards, high points and participation awards after the ride. You need to Pre-register, by calling Anita Wilson at (406) 235-4266. She will give you more information and ride out times. Alternate number (406) 594-4267 (Patsy - LOTS and LOTS of fun. I have done this trail ride about 10 times, always a good time, there are obstacles to do at different levels as you go.

**Eastern Montana Appaloosa Horse Clubís 2nd Annual Triple Trail Challenge July 9 and 10. Overnight scavenger hunt@ Meyers Creek Cabin, Absorakee MT. Games for all ages. Contact Kathi Ferguson (406) 697-2716. Email

** check out this facebook page for an extensive listing of horse shows and clinics in Montana: Montana Horse Shows and Clinics 2016

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 You can always view past and current newsletters on the internet at the Helena Trail Riders website,


Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

Gone with the Wind Ė Peggy Huntington 459-2161

Western Patriots- Patsy Althof 439-8916

Helena Valley Blues Ė Moriah Parker 202-5729

Remember: West Arena Schedule is (exclusive use) every Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday of the month. Donít 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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***WANTED TO PURCHASE*** Looking for a nice saddle horse, large enough to carry a big guy, and gentle enough to pony grandkids on. Trail savvy a must, either mare or gelding is fine. Calm, but not a dead head! Please contact Cynthia at 439-8250. Thanks!!

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