Leprechaun planting shamrocks

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

President: Marcia Gray, 443-2679 jambat@3riversdbs.net

Kim copeland, 459-8903

Treasurer: Sheri Onstott, 431-1014 nighthorse1970@gmail.com

Trail Rides: Rory Copeland, 459-8903

Building/ Maintenance: Bill Gray, 443-2679 jambat@3riversdbs.net

Historian: Shirley Herrin, 442-8858 Shirley.herrin@gmail.com

O-Mok-See: Keith Herrin, 461-3614 cavtrooper@uscavalryschool.com

Public Relations/Social (Combined this year): Carol Ham, 458-9779 sundowndun@yahoo.com

Director Representatives: Vicky Blixt, Montana Saddle Club Assoc, 202-2355, tovikywho@q.com


Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. No activity on schedule yet. See you on the 15th.


Dear Helena Trail Riders Happy St. Patrickís Day
Welcome to spring time in the Rockies. Maybe itís a good time to clean tack. You can let it dry a little outside and when it looks like snow, bring it in.

Our next Helena Trail Rider meeting is March 15th at the Clubhouse. The board of directors meet at 5:30 and the general membership at 6:30 pm if there are people in attendance. This is a non- activity month but we would welcome any ideas you may have for a program before the general meeting.

Cassy Lynn, our former trail rider director, has said she is unable to continue her membership with the Helena Trail Riders. We wish her well in her new endeavors and perhaps we will see her again on one of the trail rides.

Welcome to the Helena Trail Rider Board: Rory and Kim Copeland , director and vice president respectively, graciously accepted the nominations for these positions at the February meeting. Rory has expressed interest in the trail ride position.

Since it will be Kimís first experience at running the gates at the Stampede, we (the board) all agreed to help her a lot. We hope you are able to help too, by volunteering July 26, 27, 28 and 29 for a few hours. Many hands make light work, so the short, polite, saying goes. We are also in need of a director for programs. Since this position came up after the election, it is filled by appointment. If this is something you have been wanting to help with, please let me or another board member know. I would like to end the dry spell we have had lacking speakers at our meetings.

Keep August 19th in your mind. Horses for Heroes is an organization that will receive the proceeds from a poker ride on this date in Townsend. They will need volunteers and riders. Iíll keep you posted on new developments. It sounds like fun and is raising money for a great cause.

The High School Rodeo club has asked to use the Clubhouse as a rodeo office, April 1st and 2nd. The general membership needs to vote on this because we will need many hands to help stay in the building while they are using it. A good time to finish a book, get some knitting done, clean tack, organize something or finish some paperwork. If HTR okays their request, I know Iíll be bringing in correspondence to get caught up on. A cot in the back room to catch up on zzzzís might be an option also.

As I go to several elementary schools around the district, I meet several former and current HTR members. Some say they want to come to meetings but they donít drive at night or get home and donít want to come back to town. It would be great if you are in a position to pick up a member and share rides to the meetings.

See you the 15th! Marcia Gray, President

An introduction from Rory Copeland, a newly elected director to the Helena trail writers.

Hi, I am Rory Copeland. I was elected to be a director of the Helena trail riders, with the interest of doing more trail rides.

I just wanted to take a minute and let you know who I am. My wife Kim and I have been riding horses since 1987. We love to take the horses up into the mountains and go fishing and hunting. I was a professional horseback elk hunting guide for over 20 years. We live in Montana City, and currently have five horses.

We use to be members of the trail riders in the early 90s when the trail riders went on quite a few rides every year and had rides that included up to 30 people. Over the years, the number of people that were riding has steadily gone down. What I would like to do is try to rebuild interest in the club by doing more trail rides and making them fun. What I would like to do is have two trail rides a week. One of these rides would be during the week and one on the weekends.

In addition to this, I would like to see if there is any interest in having a horse trainer come to the West arena on nights that we have scheduled to help people with trail riding problems. These could include trailer loading, walking through creeks, walking over boardwalks, walking over bridges, and maybe walking in mud.

I donít know who the current members are, or what options are available at this point, but I feel that if we had this available, not only would it make the trail rides more pleasurable for the members, but also attract new members.

Please let me know what your ideas on this are. You can contact me by email at copelanr2@gmail.com or by phone at 406 459 8093.

Blessings, Rory and Kim Copeland

I would like to invite you all to the stick horse O-mok-see March 12th at the Helena HS Gym 1-3 pm. Patsy Althof HHS Registrar, 406-324-2212

From Keith - Hey, friends and family:

5-part Big Muddy series premiere was Saturday, Feb 18, in Dillon, Mt. Big Sky Movie Theatre ($5). Matthew (and I), Cav School and National Guard friends made the big screen.

Search movie on Facebook. DVDs available by March 15.
Big Mudddy

Trail Rides No current rides scheduled.
Trail riders in the mountains


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 2chalkie@gmail.com

Join us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/helenatrailriders

Remember, the facebook page is not the website.
Open barn door with draft horse coming in

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 doesnít 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. Send items you wish included in the newsletter to trailridershelena@gmail.com
Horse shedding out for spring


Interesting horse stories from the archives of the Smithsonian.


Homer Calvin Davenport was one of the most important and influential political cartoonists working in the United States during the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. A native of Silverton, Oregon, he worked with prominent newspaper editors and developed a friendship with Theodore Roosevelt, who was the subject of many of Davenport's cartoons. He was also a skilled breeder of horses, a line of which became known as the Davenport Arabians.

Haleb was an Arabian stallion, first shown to Homer Davenport in the palace grounds of Nazim Pasha, Governor of Aleppo, on the sixth day of August 1906. He was seal brown without white markings, stood 14.2 hands high and weighed 960 pounds. According to Homer Davenport, the horse was acquired from Nazim Pasha, the governor of Syria and Aleppo, who had received it from the supreme sheik of the Anezeh. The origin of the stallion was cited as Mesopotamia (Anezeh Arabians). He was supposedly bred by the Gomussa tribe of the Sebba Anezeh and presented as a token of appreciation to Turkish Governor of Syria who had shown unusual fairness in dealing with the children of the desert. His mother was the last of the distinguished Maneghi Sbeyel mares, tracing back more than 500 years, and his sire was a stallion of the family of Sueyman Sebba of the southern desert.

Also known as the "Pride of the Desert," on JUNE 17, 1907, Haleb won first prize in the Justin Morgan class at the Rutland, Vermont, horse show, competing with and winning over the best Morgans on their own home grounds. Haleb was conceded to be the most remarkable horse. Horse breeders considered him "the salvation of the Morgan breed". But tragedy was soon to follow on the heels of this historical event. With the Justin Morgan cup his prized possession, Homer Davenport lost his invaluable horse. A few days later Haleb died -- supposedly poisoned.

After Haleb's death on November 10, 1909, at the age of 8, his skull and partial skeleton, prepared by Ward's Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York, were donated to the Smithsonian by Davenport. The Division of Mammals assigned a catalogue number to the specimen on December 9, 1910, and placed it in the research collection.

Shamrock and horseshoe

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