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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.


President Marcia Gray.                 VP Jessica Erickson.

Secretary Kate Hollandsworth.      Treasurer Sheri Onstott.

Club activities are planned for the odd numbered months. We are planning to have a social event for the regular meeting date on March 16th, 6:30 p.m. We will be playing Bingo, there will be prizes, and there will also be chances to buy tickets for a bucket raffle, $ 1.00 a ticket. I hope to see lots of Trail Riders there, and bring a buddy. This will be a fun time! --- Carol Ham
shedding horse

From our President --- Marcia Gray

Welcome to a fun busy year with the Helena Trail Riders. Last month the board of directors met two times with ½ the board at each meeting to accommodate everyone’s schedule. We discussed the upcoming year in terms of activities, social events, fundraisers, O-Mok-Sees, trail rides, program ideas, the High School Rodeo club and clinics.

As a compromise for those who want monthly meetings and those who want to meet every other month we came up with following plans which still fulfills the requirements of the Helena Trail Riders by-laws.

Even numbered months (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) will have board/membership business meetings with a couple of exceptions, and odd numbered months (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11) we will have a board meeting / membership activity with some exceptions. With February, April, June, August, October, and December being the usual business meeting months; we will have a clean-up day or two in April, the ice cream social in June, a chili cook-off or Halloween party in October, and the Christmas party in December.

For the months of January, March, May, July, September and November - we have elections in January, and the fund raiser in July (at the Stampede).

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.

Kudos to Sharon for issuing the Pony Tales every month. She doesn’t know it, but she is my newest computer techie coach.

The west arena is available to us every Tuesday and Thursday, and the 1st Friday of the month.

Thank-you to Shirley Herrin who has agreed to be the historian for the club.

With Sympathy- We offer our condolences to Bill Inama, a Helena Trail Riders past president, on the loss of his wife, Joann, February 21st, 2016.

The by-laws state when an outside group is in our building a Helena Trail Rider must be present. The Rodeo club asked to use our building as an office in exchange for a monetary donation and some paper supplies. They will sweep, clean and take out the trash. We need volunteers to supervise the clubhouse while the High School Rodeo is going on at the Fairgrounds April 1, 2, 3.

Please call Marcia at 443-2679, email- jambat@3riversdbs.net or Heather at hmtnavy@blackfoot.net if you can come for an hour or two during these times:

1. April 1, Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.
2. April 2, Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3. April 3, Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Marcia Gray

Welcome new board members Keith Herrin, Cassy Lynn, Jessica Erickson, and Bill Gray. A big thank-you to continuing board members Carol Ham, Sheri Onstott, Keith Herrin, and Kate Hollandsworth. Jessica (V.P) and Keith are both newly elected and continuing board members with some duties switched around. Sheri has agreed to continue as treasurer and Kate will keep the minutes as secretary.

Cassy Lynn
trail riders

I am planning on many rides for this summer. If anyone has any ideas for rides, or has a favorite one, go ahead and let me know. I am trying to plan our 1st ride at the end of May. I hope everyone is excited as I am.

Vickie Blixt, O-Mok-See Director

What is O-Mok-See? O-Mok-See is the most common term used in the Western United States for events in the sport of pattern horse racing. Most events are run with contestants simultaneously running in 4 separate lanes (3 for small arenas), with each contestant riding in a 30 foot wide lane, and can include individual events such as barrel racing and pole bending. The origin of the term "O-Mok-See" is thought to specifically originate with the Blackfeet people where they described a particular style of riding as "oh-mak-see pass-kan" meaning "riding big dance".

The MSCA (Montana Saddle Club Association) has adopted and will promote the sport of O-Mok-See. This sport allows the entire family, young and old, to compete and enjoy their horses together. Check out the attached 2016 O-Mok-See schedule. First scheduled date is for May. Vickie

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

MSCA 2016 CONVENTION, Summary of Minutes (Complete copy viewable at Clubhouse)

Introduction of reigning Royalty.
Minutes of Director’s meeting from Friday Feb 5th was read and accepted as read. Treasurer’s Report and Audit report reviewed.

Bids for State O-Mok-See : District 3 put in a bid for the State O-Mok-See to be held over Labor Day weekend in Cascade MT at the Chestnut Valley Arena, 85 Wolfe Rd. Facilities and accommodations were reviewed.

Nominating committee, presentation of officers.


Recommendations: a. No changing the 2015 state show to another date or time in 2016.
b. Entry fees from 2015 show will roll to 2016.
c. Members that entered 2015 state show and are entering the 2016 show will need to pay a one-time $10 rider fee.
d. If you paid fees in 2015 and cannot make the 2016 state show you may provide a written request to either donate your fees to MSCA or get a refund of those events. For entries being refunded due to not being able to attend 2016 State O-Mok-See $1 of each entry is non-refundable (rider and scholarship fee). Refunds from 2015 will not be paid until the completion of the 2016 State O-Mok-See.

a. Accept the requests for reimbursement of the fees for 2015 state show up until the start of the 2016 State Show.
b. Late fees, requested in writing will be refunded unless donated to the MSCA, and those entries will be deemed as regular entries and rolled to 2016.
c. Program fees will not be refunded.
d. $10 club fees will not be refunded.
e. Any age group changes will move up in 2016.


EVEN YEARS: Pole Bending, Flag race, Key Race, Cloverleaf Barrels
v ODD YEARS: Pole Bending, Figure 8 Stake Race, Speed Barrels, Graduated Barrel and Stake, Barrel and Stake.

1. Pg 25 General Information 2. The State O-Mok-See Committee consisting of all members of the Board of directors present at the show and voting delegates of represented clubs, shall be the governing body at the State O-Mok-See. A rule/regulation may be temporarily amended at the State O-Mok-See by the governing body.

2. Pg 27 Entry Information 11. A horse may be ridden only once per age group per event.

3. Pg 27 Equipment and attire. 1. All events shall be ridden with western equipment, western attire and ridden in conventional western manner as defined as 1) safety helmets, western hats, baseballs caps and visors may be used. No inappropriate languages or phrases will be allowed.
2) Western style shirts with a western yolk and/or collar must be fastened closed at the start of the race (woman’s sleeveless western shirts are allowed). No revealing or low cut shirts allowed, this is a family event.
3) Coats are allowed but hoodies are not recommended, especially in team events where dismounting with a hood creates a hazard.
4) Western boots, heeled western sport shoes, or moccasins are allowed. Eliminated 36.

4. Pg 28 Equipment and attire. Contestants using a gimmick; including but not limited to; halter rope, buzzers, third rein, or rubber bands to hold feet into the stirrups will be disqualified in the events. Use of hot shots will be considered a violation of sportsmanship.

5. Pg 31 Re-rides and Ties 1. (add) The rider must complete any re-ride attempt awarded for any reason in the original designated lane. Rider must accept/decline re-ride upon notification from the announcer. If re-ride offered to a child the parent if present will accept or decide the re-ride; if not present the child’s decision will stand.

6. Pg 31 Re-rides and ties. 2. Anytime a constant makes a qualified ride and there is a timer failure or timer interference by another contestant, the rider will be allowed two chances to make a qualified ride. (add) A different horse may be used and the re-ride shall be taken at the end of the event or at the end of the next age group if running the same event. Whenever there is a timer failure or interference the announcer may not stop or alter the contestant since re-re-rides are only awarded after a qualified ride.

7. pg 27 Entry information 12. (add) request must be submitted to the treasurer within 30 days of completion of the State O-Mok-See.

8. Under State O-Mok-See Rules and Regulations under Entry Information pg 26 #4 it currently states: Entries and entry fees for the state O-Mok-See must be postmarked 30 days prior to the show date. Change to say: (add) Entries and entry fees for the State O-Mok-See must be post marked 30 days prior to the show date and sent to the MSCA Secretary, and clubs will send copies of entries and payments to the treasurer.

9. Birth Certificate/lawful age classification. Under State O-Mok-See Rules and Regulations pg 27 #14 change to read: Any riding member must have a birth certificate or lawful identification available upon request at the MSCA State show. Each club will send the name and birth date of their oldest and youngest riders with their entries.

Election of Officers - The following were elected as the 2016 State officers

President - Jay Aspevig
Vice President – Bill McGowan
Secretary – Amanda Hennessey
Treasurer – Chis Oulette
Historian – Patsy Althof
Royalty – Bobbie Shular
State Director – Rene Calvery (3 year)
State/National Director – Moriah Parker, Ronda Lopez
Alternate- Annie Williams


Games Committee Report

Under 8 - Polo turn, fig 8 barrels, mini pair
8-11 - Polo turn, fig 8 barrels, pair poles
12-15 – Polo turn, fig 8 barrels, pair poles, team turn n burn
Adults – Polo turn, fig 8 barrels, pair poles, team turn n burn

Awards Committee: Buckles should cost about $683 to re-do, and about $800 to replace the plates for the trophies. The awards committee is Bobbie Shular, Chis Oulette, Moriah Parker, and Colton Weeks.

Bid for 2016 convention: Dist 3 put in a bid to host convention in 2017 in either Great Falls or Choteau. Anaconda put in a bid to host convention in 2017 in Anaconda either at the Saddle Club or at a convention hall. District 3 held the majority vote and will hold convention Feb 3rd and 4th, 2017.


Royalty budget: Royalty crowns do not need replaced as they did not have dates. Maria made a motion to have $500 budget for the royalty, Peggy 2nd, PASSED

Awards: Peggy made a motion to have the awards budget be $4000 just in case more needed to be fixed for the 2016 year, Maria 2nd PASSED

Presentation of awards:
Scholarship Awards – Danelle Toren for $750
Best scrapbook – State Scrap Book
Best scrapbook page – Tie between the memorial for Sherry McNutt and Butch ( in the state book)
Longest distance traveled- Troy Saddle Tramps
Highest Attendance- Western Valley Wind Riders

Spring board meeting – Will be held at the Chestnut Valley Arena in Cascade MT April 17, 2016 at 1:00, it will then move to a location in town to complete the rest of the meeting.

Miscellaneous Events

**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 www.ThreeForksSaddleClub.com for more information.

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 helenatrailriders@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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For Sale
Saddles for sale: 1) Action Saddlery Arab type saddle. Great for trail riding but nice enough to use for a show saddle. Beautiful tooling, like new excellent condition. Comfortable riding saddle, just doesn't fit my horse! $300. Includes nylon bridle, halter and cool back saddle pad. 2) Vintage ranch/roping saddle. Saddle King of Texas, well built saddle, quality far better than newer saddles you will find today, nicely tooled. Will fit those short-backed horses. Sheepskin and leather in great shape! Includes breast collar. $650 or make me an offer. Can send more pictures and additional details if you are interested. 459-6641.
Arabian saddle roping saddle

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