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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday

General Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on odd months only.

From our President

Greetings once again fellow Trail Riders…This past month we had our clean up days… On April 18th 6 of us met at the clubhouse where we washed windows, dusted, scrubbed the bathrooms, and steam cleaned the floors. The 6 of us spent about 3 hours down there and got quite a bit accomplished for such a small group. Thank you Sharon, Marcia, Cynthia, Carol, Keith.

On April 23rd 4 of us met up with kids and parents from the Helena High Schools Rodeo Team at the West Arena. We picked up rocks and trash from the arena and the warm up area. The kids loaded old rotten poles and weeds into the back of a truck and hauled them away with them when we were finished. The last thing they did was empty out the property shed … it got swept out and everything put back in a rather tidy fashion. Vicki cleaned out the Crow’s Nest in preparation for using it this year. Thank you Vicki, Carol, Perri.
Life is simple, eat, sleep, ride

Then on the following Sunday, April 26th … Keith met up with Adam Bell (brother-in-law to our new Trail Boss) who offered to help us replace broken posts at the West Arena. Adam brought his skid steer and a couple friends and they dug out old posts and replaced 7 posts in the arena as well as replacing some rails. Thanks guys!!!!

The Equine Expo is coming up on May 16th. There are several Trail Riders who will be helping to put on an O-Mok-See demonstration. Come down and support those riding and help Vicki set up and move properties if you can…the help is always greatly appreciated.

We are going to try a different kind of competition this year. We are putting on a 3-event competition. Riders from the Helena Trail Riders may compete in all 3 events for a chance at a High Point Prize. Guest of Helena Trail Riders are invited to join us. In addition we are inviting members of the other District II Saddle clubs. The high point awards for this competition series can only be awarded to Helena Trail Rider members. The 3 events in this competition will be: a horse show, a judged obstacle course, and our O-Mok-See. On May 30th, we will be having our Helena Trail Riders Invitational Schooling Show at the West Arena.

I had some feedback on the flyer that I appreciate and need to clarify something. The prices that were listed on the flyer are for the day …. NOT per class. So $5 for 12 and under, and $10 for 13 and over, and that is for the entire day no matter how many classes you enter. Hope that clarifies things.

As a closing note: we are having a general meeting this month. The Board of Directors will meet at 530 and anyone who would like to come to that meeting is welcome. The General Membership will meet at 630. As always please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas. 406.492.7066, Heather


Hi there fellow Trail Riders!! I apologize that my Programs Report is a tad late, but I was in the process of lining up an awesome speaker for our next meeting!

WHO: CRYSTAL WHITE, Nutrition and feed consultant

WHERE: HELENA TRAIL RIDERS BUILDING, Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds

WHEN: MAY 20, 2015

TIME: 6:30 PM

I have attended one of her presentations, and Crystal is extremely knowledgeable, and a great speaker to boot. I have had horses for most of my life, and I learned a lot!! She will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about your horse's feeding needs.

I have been riding with Eric and Joanna of Easton Horsemanship at their donation based classes, and have been learning a lot there as well! If you haven't had the chance to check it out, I encourage you to do so. You can get info about it at their website at

Well folks, that is about the long and the short of it! Mark your calendars, and be sure to come to the next meeting of the Helena Trail Riders, and meet Crystal White. Be there, or be square!!!

Cynthia Warner, Programs Director

Vickie Blixt, O Mok See Director

Boy, the weather has been beautiful! I hope you all have been taking full advantage of it. Things are going to start getting busy with horse activities. On May 16th the club will be putting on an O Mok See demonstration during the Equine Expo. This will be held in the multipurpose building from 9:00 to 9:45. I want to thank those that have volunteered to ride in this demo. I could use a couple more adult riders if anyone is interested. We also are putting together a judged horse show on May 30th at the West Arena. The show will begin at 10:00. More information will be put out on this soon. These events are a good start to our season. Hope to see you all there.

Please feel free to email me or give me a call at 442-1717 if you have some input.

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 8th ~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

Chris Warren, Trail Director

Good day my fellow HTR members just wanted to send out a reminder that the Springfest/Equine expo is on the 16th of May and hoping to see several of you there. I know I am excited to see some of the things that will be going on.

Wanted to let everyone know that there will be a tack swap (so bring any unwanted items you may want sell), a horse sale (Sunday), parade of breeds, the O Mok See demo as well as several other equine activities. There also be training folks to speak with and several vendors, and there is also a Clay Walker concert, along with the North Star carnival.

If you would like to put a particular breed of horse in the parade that would be wonderful as we want to show off as many of our equine members as possible. There is no charge and you can ride or walk your equine companion. If anyone is interested please fill out a form and submit it to the fairgrounds so we can get a count and a line up.

The link to the form is shown below.

I hope to see a few of you on the HTR rides that will commence next month and can’t wait to get out there with you and see what fun we all can have.

Trail Ride Schedule for 2015

June 6th (Saturday) Trout Creek Trail Ride
June 17th (Wednesday) John G Mine Trail Ride
June 28th (Sunday) Head Lane Trail Ride
July 11th Upper Clark Fork Back Country Horsemen Annual Poker Ride, Gold Creek, Montana
July 11, Gallatin Valley Back Country Horsemen 28th Annual Poker Ride, Bridger Bowl.
July 18th (Saturday) Cromwell Trail Ride
August 1st (Saturday) Blue Cloud Trail Ride
August 12th (Wednesday) Switchback Trail Ride

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

Miscellaneous upcoming events
*** Easton Horsemanship.

From: Joanna Easton []

Hello to everyone, Thank you to all the riders who came out and braved the rain to drive to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday. Once in the rain free arena everyone got to riding and working their horses and having a nice time. Also, we had a few spectators which is always good to see.

Reminder that our next Donation based horsemanship instructional class is on Tuesday, May 26th from 6 -7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. This is open to all levels of riders so bring your horse down and enjoy the atmosphere. Whether you have specifics you want help with or simply want to learn and absorb in an inviting atmosphere... it's up to you.

See website for signup. Lastly, we now have a facebook page so be sure to "like" us. Easton Horsemanship Happy Trails, Joanna and Eric Easton

***Western Horse & Mule Day & Consignment Auction (
May 8 & 9, 2015
Demonstrations, training sessions, consignment auction. West Kootenai, Rexford, Montana

***Miles City 65th Annual Bucking Horse Sale (
May 14-17, 2015
Miles City, Montana.

***Springfest and 2015 Equine Expo
May 16-17, 2015
Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, Helena MT.
Carnival (May 14-17), Concert, Demonstrations, Vendors, Horse Sale, Tack Swap.

Demonstration Schedule

Saturday May 16,2015
9:00 am Open
9:15 – 10:00 O-Mok-See Demonstraton
10:00 – 11:30 Working with colts Part I, Remington Campbell
11:30 – 1:00 Parade of Breeds
1:00 – 1:45 4-H Demonstrations-Clancy Olsen/Neal Stephens
1:45 – 2:45 Emotional Code and Equine Body Work, Nancy Iverson Potts
2:45 -3:30 Working Cows, Team Penning and Sorting, Joe Enger
3:30 – 4:00 Bridleless Presentation
4:30 – 5:15 Barrel Racing Hints, Nancy Iverson Potts
5:15 – 6:15 Packing Demo, Back Country Horsemen
6:15 – 7:45 Working with Colts Part 2, Remington Campbell
7:30 Doors Open for Clint Walker Concert
7:45 Horse Expo Closes

Sunday, May 17

Rocky Mountain Breeders Show and Sale
Preview: 11:00am.
Sale: 1:00 pm

Schedule of full events will be viewable at Fairgrounds address 98 West Custer Ave, Helena MT 59602. Office hours M-F 8:00 – 5:00 pm, Box office hours M-F 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Phone (406) 457-8516.

***MSHA Spring Shows 1 & 2 (
May 23 & May 24, 2015 Metra Park Billings, MT

***Third Annual Montana Horse Progress Days and Auction (
June 5 and 6, 2015.
Reuben Miller farm near Moore, Montana. Logging, harness and horse health workshops and demonstrations, and auction.

***Treasure State Horse Show (
June 6, 2015 Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Main Arena 98 W. Custer Avenue Helena, MT

***Big Sky Classic (
June 7, 2015 Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Main Arena 98 W. Custer Avenue Helena, MT

***Montana’s Largest Mule & Donkey Show (
JUNE 12, 13 & 14, 2015
Hamilton Montana at the Ravalli County Fair Grounds. Montana Mule Days is an annual event that is great for all ages, over 100 classes that include log pulling, driving classes, western pleasure, trail classes, team penning, costume class, plus many more -- for both kids and adults. Admission $5/per day or $10/all 3 days (6 and under free).

***Great Falls All Breed Show (
August 8, 2015 King's Arena, Great Falls 50 Foothills Lane Great Falls Montana

***A miswritten ordinance in Wolf Point, Montana: "No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter."***


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.
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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

From: Perri Knize,

Dear Friends of the Horse,

Ethan Zimmerman and Lorri Roy, Parelli licensed two-star Junior Instructors from Hamilton, have offered to come to Helena one weekend this summer if there is enough interest in holding two, three-hour clinics. The dates they have available are:

June 20-21—three hours Saturday afternoon, 3 hours Sunday morning.
June 27—one morning and one afternoon workshop, 3 hours each
July 25-26—a three-hour workshop Saturday afternoon and a second one Sunday morning

Which of these dates work best for you? Does anyone know of any important equestrian events that conflict with any of those dates?

I studied privately with Ethan and Lorri before moving to Helena. They are gifted teachers and mentors. They can offer clinics in the Parelli Seven Games both on the ground and in the saddle, Parelli Patterns both on the ground and in the saddle, and a trail obstacles class. Ethan and Lorri have both taken top honors in regional trail challenge competitions and serve as instructors at an annual trail challenge day in Lolo.

Each three-hour class is $100 per person, with six participants per class. In addition, the arena cost and their travel expenses would be split among the participants. They are also offering private lessons for $50/hour.

Here are their descriptions of the potential offerings:
We would like to do two workshops if possible, one in the afternoon on a Saturday and the other the next morning. Each workshop would be three hours in length. The first workshop: 7 Games, the next day would be a Patterns workshop and would start out on line and then proceed to advancing the 7 games using patterns while riding. The other option for the second day, if it suits your group better would be an obstacles workshop depending on what obstacles your group can provide. At the very least we would need barrels, a tarp, some cones, rails and a pedestal if possible but this list is flexible, of course.

Seven Games workshop:
Learn the language horses use. Focus on winning the 7 games, starting out on line and then proceeding to freestyle riding.

The first 3 games are the ABC's. These principle games will help you establish better communication with your horse.

The last 4 games are the purpose games. Use these to put the principle games to use. Gain better leadership with your horse by winning the 7 games.

Freestyle Riding workshop:
Freestyle riding helps you horse become braver, calmer and more athletic. Learn about rein positions and why they are effective. How to get your horse prepared to ride and go through your pre-ride checks. Learn about impulsion and how to get your horse to the point where his whoa and go are more equal. We will also cover saddling, bridling and mounting and dismounting.

Patterns workshop:
Learn the patterns you can do on the ground with your horse including Touch-It, Figure 8 and Weave. Patterns are a great way to put both consistency and variety into what you are teaching your horse. Riding patterns include Follow The Rail, Figure 8 and Weave. These patterns will help your horse learn to follow your focus, help with your turns and rein positions and improve your balance.

Trail Obstacle Workshop:
Have fun teaching your horse to navigate a variety of obstacles. Obstacles are a great way to increase your horse’s confidence in himself and you as his leader. Whether you want to have more fun and be safer out on the trail, or enter a trail challenge, an obstacle workshop can help you and your horse get there!”

Horsey Helenans, please share this email with your friends and fellow club members, and let me know which weekend is best for you and which classes most interest you. I will announce the dates and the curriculum as soon as we have a tally. Because they are holding these dates open for us, and need to know if they should offer any of them to other interested communities, please reply as soon as you can, but no later than May 15th.

(The following is the newspaper obituary for Lloyd Casey. Lloyd was a solid, long time member of Helena Trail Riders and participated in anything involving horses. He seldom missed an O-Mok-See. I have an impressive (to me) memory of Lloyd not using a horse trailer, but training his horses to jump in the bed of his pickup. No ramp, no steps they just flat footed jumped. It was so easy for him to take his horses anywhere he was going! Marcia Gray)

Lloyd Casey
Lloyd P. Casey, 90, of Helena, passed away on Sunday April 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Alfred and Ida Casey on Nov. 13, 1924, in Fallon, Nevada. He married Helen L. Hannifan on April 7, 1946. They had 10 children in Nevada until moving to Montana in 1964.

His favorite pastime was HORSES, HORSES, HORSES -- anything he could do from the back of a horse was perfect. As a young boy he spent many hours mustanging with brother, Alfred, and his Uncle “Wild Horse” Casey, later as a young adult turning to team-roping, calf-roping, and rodeoing with Alfred. As a result of all that mustanging, our dad trained and kept many of these horses as great horses for the family. We all have a love of horses from one extreme to the other thanks to our dad.

Even after moving to Montana with five horses, he kept on trail riding and competing in O Mok Sees well into his 80s with friends, family and lots of grandkids.
Our dad was in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, from 1943-1946, being in many conflicts in Europe during WWII, which included areas of Ardennes, The Rhineland, Central Europe and The Battle of Bastogne. He was awarded numerous medals and commendations to include Parachutists Badge, Marksman Carbine Badge, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Bronze Arrowhead Medal, Netherlands Orange Lanyard and Distinguished Unit Badge during this time.

After he married our mom in 1946, he began ranching in his hometown and also worked for the city of Fallon and The Petrolane Gas Co., until 1964. At that time, they moved to Montana, and he began working in the logging industry, always outside until he retired at 62, when he was able to ride horses full time.

Lloyd is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Casey; his son, David G.; two daughters, Betty J. and Judy K. White; and granddaughter Kathy R Mowrey.

Lloyd is survived by daughters Barbara Chasson (Leroy, deceased), Gail Brown (Jim), Dorothy Lyght (Dave) and Janet Harris (Jim); sons Mike Casey (Loni), Bob Casey (Gayle) and Cliff Casey; and son-in-law Lester White; 23 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family is not having a service at this time but will have a celebration of life at a later date. If you wish, a donation can be sent to the Helena Trail Riders Club, P.O. Box 4801, Helena, MT 59604, in Lloyd's memory. Please visit to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Lloyd

We love and will miss you greatly Dad and Granpa.

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