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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday / This month September 30

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

Kim copeland, 439-4320

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

Trail Rides: Rory Copeland, 459-8093

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

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


Social Director Rita Newman, 458-4725

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting.

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From Our President -----------Marcia

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 doesn’t 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.

Trail Rides

Hi everyone - There will be no trail rides for November.

If you have any questions, please call 439-4320.

Thanks, Rory and Kim Copeland


Club Contacts:

Helena Trail Riders- Vickie Blixt 442-1717

O-Mok-See Coordinator – Keith Herrin 461-3614

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

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

Remember, the facebook page is not the website.

From Bev Stiger:

By now a lot of you have heard about Hunter Burnham Joppa’s loss of her newly acquired yearling buckskin mule, Buddy, to Potomac Fever. Buddy was hauled to Montana Equine down near Three Forks, kept five days and treated with antibiotics, blood plasma, every treatment they had, and then he died. In addition to the emotional trauma, Hunter was left with a $9,000 bill and a dead mule. She’s been trying to make extra money, besides her job and her husband’s job, to pay off the vet bill.

One avenue of revenue she’s working on is hand-made mohair cinches. The cinches are beautiful and very well done. She is taking orders for them (how about Christmas presents for your avid horse owner friends??) and she can make any color or color combinations, any width, any length. I’ll attach a couple pictures here, but you can view all the colors and styles on her Facebook page or the HTR Website. (Go to the For Sale page.)

Hunter had big plans for Buddy and had already begun his groundwork and prepping him for the show ring and as an advertisement for the people she bought him from. He had a sweetheart disposition and a good mind to go with his unique buckskin coloring. A loss like this is so hard to overcome for young people just getting their lives established in the equine world. Young ladies like Hunter are the future of our Equine Industry and it breaks my heart to see them suffer through something like this.

When I was 7 years old, my Grandpa told me something I never forgot: He said, “if you are going to have livestock, sometimes you are going to have dead stock.” I had bottlefed and made a pet out of one of his milk cow’s calves, and then it died, for no apparent reason, and I was devastated. But I came to realize even at that young age, that life is fragile for these large animals with their delicate inner systems. Through no fault of your own, you sometimes lose one. Hunter will carry on and get this handled because that’s who she is, but let’s help her out with her cinch sales.

Beverly Stiger

Hunter’s contact information is: burnham193h@gmail.com or phone 465-7694.

Vocalizations are highly important to horses. Examples: Whinnying and neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Stallions (adult male horses) perform loud roars as mating calls, and all horses will use snorts to alert others of potential danger. (Source: www.Onekindplanet.org)

Approximately 4.6 million Americans work in the horse industry in one way or another. The US horse industry has an economic effect of $39 billion annually on just nine million American horses. There are approximately 58 million horses in the world and the vast majority are cared for by humans. (Source: American Horse Council)

An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human. (Source: The Equinest)

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