Meeting May 19th, 2010 Board Meets: 6:30 p.m. General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

No Information on this month’s program.
BUT! I will use this space to wish Sheri Onstott a speedy recovery!


Hello, Trail Riders. Wow, what a work day we had on April 24th. A lot was accomplished and it looks great! I wanted to thank Bob Braico for coordinating this effort and thanks to all of those that worked so hard on that day to make the clubhouse shine and the West arena look so good for our upcoming season. And the food was delicious!! Hope everyone has had a chance to get out and ride by now although the "nice days" have been few and far between. At any rate, I look forward to seeing everyone at the May meeting on the 19th. Be thinking about when you can work at the gates at the fair. It will be coming up fast. Take care.

Scott Stoner, President


The March meeting of the Helena Trail Riders was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Secretary Chris Warren.

Minutes were read and motioned for approval by Cheryl for approval and seconded by Mary.

Treasurer’s report was read and was approved by the general membership.

Brochure from The Horse Sanctuary will leave out for people to read.

Directors’ Reports

Bob Braico-Maintenance, Sat April 24th work day starts at 10 picnic at 4. Please bring a side for lunch. Jan has sign up sheet. Bob has worked on sign at West arena, re-stained and clear coat. Has asked the fair grounds to put up parking perimeters; brought over ASAP. Looking for the lock to the property shed, key is in place but the lock is gone; if you have seen it please let Bob know so it can be put back. Bob is doing a great job getting things back in order and up and running.

Heather Hollandsworth-Program, Had to leave

Cheryl Schmidt-Historian, Need someone to lead a ride, check with Roy Barlet

Rita McNees-Social, Will send a card out to Sherri

Old Business

Board decided on $100 gift for Past Presidents

New Business NA

Louise Stoner did a presentation on 4H horse program and safety

Play date at Sonny & Bev’s June 26th at 10am.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm

Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Public Relations - Programs

No Report

Heather Hollandsworth, Public Relations

Building and Maintenance

HTR Fix-Up/Clean-Up Effort as of Mid-May 2010

Special thanks to all who gave of their time and effort to make our part of the Fairgrounds a better place. Thanks to them, a lot has been accomplished so far this spring.

March 20th
--New metal main roof over the Announcer’s Stand (Completed by Bill Bluck, Jack Kelley, Keith Herrin, Pete Warren and Bob Braico; Jan Braico organized and provided lunch).

April 27th Work Day
--New steel door on the concession area of the Announcer’s Stand (donated by Valley Bank and obtained by Gary Bye).
--Refurbished West Arena sign (sanded and stained).
--Re-stained clubhouse deck.
--New stain on the West Arena Properties Building. (In mid-April, the building was raised, placed on 4-inch thick concrete blocks (Jack Kelley, Jan & Bob Braico), and allowed to dry out. The building was then washed with a mold remover and allowed to dry for several days before staining.)
--New stain on West Arena bleachers and picnic tables.
--Clean-up of Announcer’s Stand upstairs area.
--Thorough, top to bottom cleaning of the Clubhouse kitchen, rest rooms and meeting room. --Replacement of damaged West Arena rails and posts.
--New metal roof on concession area of the Announcer’s Stand.
--Shade trees for West Arena bleachers were pruned.

Tasks were completed by:
Rita McNees, Jack Kelley, Gary Bye, Sonny and Bev Stiger, Cindy Sandru, Pete Warren, Angie Johnson, Lesley Bergman, Bill and Marcia Gray, Kurt Burnham, Scott Stoner, Kate & Heather Hollandsworth, and Jan & Bob Braico (Pete recruited his good friend, Mike ________, who in a weak moment, worked with Pete to accomplish the actual steel door installation.) The Club provided hamburgers and condiments and participants brought a dish to share. We had a good time, got a lot done and, hopefully, no one worked too hard. Working together for a common purpose is how we build the strong relationships that maintain our organization. My sincerest thanks to all of you for your participation and to Mike, the only one who actually knew how to install a steel door. (To those of you who were unable to attend, well, my to-do list seems to have a life of its own.)

Special thanks is also due Keith Hatch and the Fairgrounds staff for installing the Clubhouse concrete parking barriers, placing topsoil in the wheel ruts in front of the Clubhouse, filling in the mud hole at the southwest corner of the West Arena, installing a new padlock on the Announcer’s Stand upper door, using a weed eater around the foundation of the Clubhouse, and most importantly, for helping us to address the vandalism problem at the West Arena.

Bob Braico, Maintenance

Trail Rides

As of now I have no trail rides planned. Could someone pleeeeease lead a trail ride this month as I will be pretty well tied up till after muledays. Hopefully someone will volunteer at the meeting. Thanks Kurt

Kurt Burnham, Trail Ride Director


Please email me at least three recipes (or more) that are your favorites, your mother’s favorites or whomever’s favorites (men, you are not excluded from this!). Please give a little history on the recipe if you can. I would like to have a section of old time recipes, their history, etc. I would prefer the recipes be in a Word file but if you don’t have access to it you can also submit recipes by mail. If you have any questions please call me at 458-3913 or email at ornrycwgirl@in-tch.com. Mailing address: Cheryl Schmidt, 7092 Applegate Drive, Helena, MT 59602

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian

Bits and Pieces

Helena Trail Rider’s Website: www.helenatrailriders.org

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@in-tch.com. Please have this information to me before the 10th of the month.

Remember: West Arena Schedule is (exclusive use) every Tuesday and Thursday and the first Friday of the month.

NOTICE TO MEMBERS: At the April Director’s meeting it was discussed by the Board to change a sentence in our By-Laws (Page 9, Article IX, Section 1) from “The clubhouse cannot be used for fundraisers by other groups.” To now read, “The clubhouse cannot be used for fundraisers by other groups without prior board approval.”

This allows us as a group to decide who can hold a fundraiser in our building. One thing to keep in mind, our By-Laws and Constitution state: Article II, item (d) – “to promote and cultivate friendly relations with other riding and horse clubs in Montana and elsewhere.” This change will be discussed and voted on in our upcoming meeting (May 19th).

Upcoming Events/Activities:

ESTATE SALE There will be an estate sale put on by Roberta Lawson using Silver Fox Antiques Estate Sales. Mark this on your calendar, it will be huge. MAY 15TH & MAY 16TH. All of John's tools, toys and tack will be for sale. All of this will happen at 1925 Lucky Strike Road, Helena. In the North Valley take Lincoln Road EAST. Go left on Glass Drive (north) to Lucky Strike Road. There will be plenty of signs. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days.


This fundraising sale is Saturday, June 5, in the “entry hallway” of the Fairgrounds main building. Sale starts at 9:00 (no earlier!) and runs until about 4:00. If you haven’t done spring cleaning of your tack room or horse trailer yet, get ‘er done! Decide what you want to donate and then call Andy Ayers at 442-5707 and make arrangements to have your donated items picked up for the sale. Or, you can bring them down to the entry hallway between 7:00 and 9:00 the morning of the sale. Remember - things you no longer need or use could be just what the next horseman is looking for. Don’t throw them away. Call Andy instead. Andy is also looking for people to help out the day of the sale. If you’d like to spend a couple of hours at the sale - or help with the set-up or take-down - please volunteer. You’ll see a lot of your friends and neighbors there!

FYI, there’s also a ranch roping and gun show at the fairgrounds that day too!

Tack Room:
Kate Hollandsworth is looking for a well-trained driving burro/donkey/pony/small mule. If you know of anyone who has such a creature, please call her at 492-7206 or email her at h_mtnavy@yahoo.com. (The blank in email is an underscore)

Want to trade a 5-year-old palomino (over 15 hands) for a smaller horse. Please call Barb Northey at 459-6232.

Sharon Kaberline has a 17-yr-old Tennessee Walker gelding for sale. He is Amish trained and Sharon would like to sell him as a package with breast collar harness. She wants $1200. Separate prices are $900 for the horse and $300 for the harness. She also has a training cart for sale for $400. Her phone number is 431-7982.

Julia Valach (a new member) wants to ride your horses, do barn work, whatever… She is new to the area (from Lewistown) and while she does not have a horse here, she can ride. I’m sure plenty of our horses need some exercise after a long winter. Call Julia at 366-7737. (If you can get to her before Sonny does…)

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