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Meeting March 21st, 2012

Board Meets 5:30 p.m    General Meeting 6:00 p.m

This month L&C Fairgrounds’ representatives, Keith Hatch and Bob Fusi, will give a talk on the future of the fairgrounds and how HTR will fit into this new plan.

March Minutes

Hello All! This won’t be much of a newsletter because I’ve been sick but I will do the best I can.

First and foremost, the time of the meeting has changed. General membership will meet at 6:00 p.m. and the board will meet at 5:30 p.m. At our February 11th “think-tank” meeting, the time change was discussed and the majority agreed it would bring in more people with children and those who work in town but live further out. There were enough board members present to vote on this and it was thus decided. In the event, it doesn’t work out, I see no reason we can’t change it back. So if you are upset about the time change, please come to the meeting this next week and hopefully it can be discussed or questions can be answered. I was not at the regular membership meeting in February so I cannot report on what was discussed. (February minutes linked on February Tails or click here.)

I hope everyone comes to this month’s meeting as there will be a discussion on the future of our clubhouse. I think it’s important that everyone has a say in this matter. Cheryl Schmidt


Wow can you believe the weather, bring on spring. Hoping that all of you have gotten a chance to get out and enjoy a little bit of the nice weather we have had on and off so far this year; although I have not gotten a chance to go and try Renee Pipinich's arena on Wednesdays I hope that you have, if not I hope you get a chance to very soon.

I am very excited about the new meeting time, selfish reason it may be but I will not have to go home prior to the meeting which is such a good thing for gas mileage.

Looking forward to the riding calendar coming out and hope to see many of you on the rides this year. See all of you at the next meeting, HAPPY SPRING TO ALL. Chris Warren


I have had more membership cards printed and they are available now. If you have paid your dues and not received a membership card, please see me at the meeting or call me at 458-5296. Thanks! Mary Kelley


March HTR Indoor Arena Ride RSVP BY March 21st 406-461-0821. Total cost is $50.00 for 4hrs this will be split by number of riders.

Saturday March 24th 2pm -6pm
• Easy Obstacle Course
• O Mok See Games
• Round Penning Exercising

Directions: Tom Knight Arena, 4160 Oesterle Drive Helena, MT
• Head North on Birdseye just past the North Gate at Ft. Harrison and right after the RR tracks make a LEFT on Barrett road. Go all the way to the end of Barrett you must turn RIGHT on to Oesterle drive. Continue down Oesterle drive about .5 miles. You will see Big White Barn on the Left. Please follow parking signs.

March HTR Indoor Arena Ride RSVP BY March 21st 406-461-0821. Total cost is $78.00 for 3hrs this will be split by number of riders.

Tuesday Night March 27th 6-9PM
• Easy Obstacle Course
• Barrels
• Poles

Bring a dessert we will have coffee and Hot water at the club house.

Directions: Multi Purpose Building L & C Fair Grounds Helena, MT

I would like to encourage you all to attend one or both of these riding events. We are planning on having a lot of fun and horsing around! Bring as many horses as you would like and bring a friend. I hope you all are thinking ahead for condition your horse/mule; you will also have additional opportunity to do some indoor arena riding in April.

HTR first ride of the year coming up on Saturday May 12th.
** Family Membership $35.00year
** Single Membership $ 25.00 year
** Non Member 1day ride $5.00
(Click here for membership form.)
Eileen P. Taylor

(From Clinton Anderson)

No matter who you are or how hard you try, you will make mistakes as you travel the journey to better horsemanship. But if you can recognize that mistakes are normal and everybody makes them, you’ll realize that you’re not hopeless. I’ll be the first to say that I’ve made lots of mistakes in my career. Early on, I wrecked a few horses by overtraining them or not paying attention, but I learned from those experiences and I’ve never made those mistakes again. Any great horseman who says he hasn’t made mistakes and wrecked a good horse or two is lying. To be really good with horses, you’ve got to have desire and passion and a work ethic that almost makes you make mistakes - just because you’re trying so hard! So acknowledge the fact that you will make mistakes, you’ll learn from them and then let yourself move on. That’s the great thing about horses. They’re such forgiving creatures that if you make mistakes, they’ll forgive you and let you correct those mistakes.


Since the last meeting, I have replaced the leaking hot water faucet in the men’s restroom; I could not obtain parts to repair the existing, ancient faucet. Per a recent member request, Jan and I installed handicap handrails in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

Also, the stripped out hinge on the storage closet door in the cloak room has been reset.

Last, Jan did a general sweeping and straightening up in the meeting room, kitchen and restrooms and Gary Bye was successful in obtaining from Valley Bank a wide screen television that should allow satisfactory viewing from most meeting room locations.

On another note, given comments received at the February meeting, I am not planning a clean-up/fix-up work day this spring. I believe it will work out just as well to ask for a couple of volunteers when I need a little extra muscle.


There have been no meetings since the first of the year. John Gatchell (Montana Wilderness Association) has been asked to speak at our April General Meeting. John is the coordinator for the various groups (HTR is one) making up the High Divide Trails organization. John will give us an overview of High Divide Trails goals and objectives as well as discuss trail work completed in the last few years.

Respectfully Submitted, Bob Braico

Bits and Pieces

For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant – govcup@copper.net. Please submit pictures ONE AT A TIME.

If you have anything you would like to post in the Pony Tales, please contact Cheryl Schmidt at 458-3913 or email your request to ornrycwgirl@mt.net. Please have this information to me before the 10th of the month.

Upcoming Events:

March 30-31. Ten Mile Drivers Garage Sale. Friday - 2:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 8:00-2:00 – at Carrie Hahn’s, 4023 Floweree Drive, Helena, MT.

For Sale: Working Stock Dogs. Border/McNab Collie mix pups from registered working dogs. $150 for males and $200 for females. Peggy Rossberg at (406) 788-0026.

Did You Know?

Tiny Horse got even Tinier as Planet Warmed James Gorman, New York Times

Rising seas, killer storms, droughts and extinctions are not the only things to worry about on a warming planet. There is also the shrinking issue.

It happened to Sifrhippus, the first horse, 56 million years ago. Sifrhippus (siff-RIP-us) shrank from about 12 pounds average weight to about 8 ½ pounds as the climate warmed over thousands of years, a team of researchers reported in the journal of Science on Thursday. The horse lived in what is still horse country, in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming, where wild mustangs roam.

Sifrhippus was not much like the mustangs or any other modern horses. It was the size of a cat, ate leaves rather than grass and counts as a horse only in scientific classification.

Its preserved fossils, abundant in the Bighorn Basin, provide an excellent record of its size change over a 175,000-year warm period in the Earth’s history known as the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, when temperatures are estimated to have risen by 9 to 18 degrees Fahrenheit at the start, and dropped again at the end.

Scientists have known that many mammals appear to have shrunk during the warming period, and the phenomenon fits well with what is known as Bergmann’s rule, which says, roughly, that mammals of a given genus or species are smaller in hotter climates.

Although the rule refers to differences in location, it seemed also to apply to changes over time. But fine enough detail was lacking until now.

In Science, Ross Secord, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a team of other researchers report on the collection and analysis of Sifrhippus fossils from the Bighorn Basin.

Using fine-grained detail on both climate and body size, the researchers concluded that the change in size was driven primarily by the warming trend.

In Closing…

Again, I hope everyone makes an attempt to come to this month’s meeting. I’m sorry this month’s newsletter is not much. I would love to have more information to add. The bylaws state I must mail the newsletter the Thursday before the meeting. That means all directors’ reports, scheduled events or other information has to be to me before that date, every month. Thanks! Cheryl Schmidt

“People are like pianos – grand and upright, but no good unless in tune.”
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