Meeting November 17th, 2010

Board Meets: 6:30 p.m. General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

The program for this month will be the last drawing and winner of the poker hand. There will be two cards drawn this month to make up for my absence at the September meeting.
Greetings fellow Trail Riders! It looks like we might be getting a change in the weather this week. What a wonderful fall we have had for riding and enjoying all those other outdoor activities. I am anxious to hear how the Halloween party went. Sorry I missed it.

My wife and I were on a cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate her birthday. I've been informed too that all of the maintenance projects have been completed for the year. I am looking forward to seeing those as well and want to give a big thanks to Bob and Jan Braico for all of their hard work!! These repairs were badly needed and it is so nice to have them completed. It is time for elections already and Chris Warren is heading up the nominating committee. Please let her know if you would like to run for an office or be on the board of directors. We are always looking for new ideas to make club activities fun and enjoyable. Be sure to bring any riding stories or hunting stories to the meeting and we'll have a visit.

See you there! Scott Stoner, President

No Report. Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Building and Maintenance

Announcer’s Stand
Installation of the steel door for the upper level, the new stairs, and related activities were completed after a long effort beginning in late August. Thanks to Pete Warren for assistance in removing the old door (including framing), removing and replacing the section of rotted flooring adjacent to the door, and reframing for the upper landing; Sonny Stiger for assistance in removing the old (and well rotted) old stairs and hauling same to the landfill; Bev Stiger for staining columns and bracing for the intermediate stair landing; Gary Bye for helping to install railing balusters and the new, upper level door (which he earlier provided courtesy of Valley Bank’s remodel); Dale and Judy Gardener for assistance in re-installing a portion of the perimeter rail fence; Kurt Burnham for hauling the old refrigerator to the landfill; Scott Stoner for hauling the former concession stand sink to the recycle center; and Dale Gardner for helping install supplemental drip edges, rain gutter and downspout for the Announcer’s Stand roof. Also, very special thanks to my wife, Jan, for helping with nearly every aspect of the project from layout to completion, especially the wire-brushing and subsequent staining of almost every piece of wood used on the project prior to its installation. Jan also took charge of “mucking out” the ground floor of the Announcer’ Stand and was personally responsible for the “Decon” execution of a very large number of resident mice. (Ask her how much she looked forward to “checking her success” on a daily basis.) With the installation of a County padlock on the lower level, everything at the West Arena will be keyed alike. With the final removal of construction debris in early November, Announcer’s Stand work now is complete for this year.

West Arena
In September, the Fairgrounds placed and bladed approximately 12 cubic yard of gravel in the mud hole at southwest corner of the arena. So, next year we shouldn’t lose any more pickups or small children to the “tank trap”.

Our new windows arrived at the end of September and, with the kind assistance of David Burleigh, were promptly installed. In late October, I built, installed, and painted jamb extensions for both windows. Flexible foam insulation was then installed to minimize air infiltration and the inside trim re-cut and installed. In early November, Jan and I cut and installed the outside vinyl trim which had to be special ordered. Cost you say?—don’t ask, don’t tell; at least we’ll never have to paint it! The kitchen windows project is now completed. In between times, Jan has been diligently wire brushing the remaining salvaged dimension lumber stored throughout the summer on the front porch. Most of these materials are now stored in the lower level of the Announcer’s Stand. However, lumber too long for the Announcer’s Stand is still stored on the Clubhouse front porch. With Jan’s second coat of stain on the rear door and scrubbing of the kitchen floor on November 5th, things at the Clubhouse (except for routine maintenance) are now complete.

HTR Sign
On November 1st, I met with Mr. Robert Pearce, Capitol HS shop teacher and went over plans for a new sign in front of the Clubhouse. The sign will be routed and similar to the one at the West Arena. However, it will be longer vertically than horizontally because of equipment constraints and the information we want on it. As you may recall, we had a run at this last spring but, the student assigned to the project changed his mind. I believe we are now off to a good start.

Montana High Divide Trails Status Report
A meeting was held at Montana Wilderness Association offices on November 8th. The following items were discussed:
--A work weekend has been scheduled for June 25-26, 2011, to complete finishing work in the vicinity of Bison Mtn (in the upper Little Blackfoot R drainage).
--There are planning efforts to extend the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) northward beyond Schurchs’s Tunnel (and eventually connect up with the Cliff Mtn Crest Trail). In 2010, work was completed from Champion Pass (near Deer Lodge) north to Schurchs’s Tunnel. (HTR did not participate in this work in 2010.) Additional information on the proposed trail work will be forthcoming in 2011.
--The Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest now has an active and experienced trails coordinator for us to work with in eventually getting the Cliff Mtn Crest Trail completed. However, the paperwork (NEPA process) must first be completed. One should expect the project to be a multi-year process.
--A new non-motorized trail segment was constructed by the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge NF on the Upper Boulder. This trail segment begins at the Saratoga Mine and joins the CDT at Thunderbolt Mtn.
--A meeting will be set up with the BLM to discuss the planning and eventual construction of a non-motorized trail system in the Scratch Gravel Hills. This should be or particular importance to HTR members.
--The Lincoln Ranger District has issued a call for public comments on a proposed summer/fall travel plan for the district. Of major concern is a proposal to establish a new OHV loop on over 11 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) from Flesher Pass to Stemple Pass. This is in conflict with the original intent of the CDT. In addition, there are no proposed limits on ATV traffic on the Gould-Helmville trail within the Nevada Mountain Proposed Wilderness. Comments are due on November 30th and HTR has been asked to participate as part of the Montana High Divide Trails organization.
--A trail is being proposed from the Mt Helena Ridge to the old Brooklyn Bridge Mine and on to Tucker Gulch (near Montana City). This activity is being headed up by Helena bikers and hikers.

Bob Braico, Maintenance

Trail Rides
Nothing from the trail ride director except I got both my elk, a cow with my bow and a spike Thursday with the rifle.

Kurt Burnham, Trail Ride Director

Social Director and Programs Director

We had a wonderful Halloween party and such a lot of good food. For those of you who did not come; you missed a good time, good food and good company. There were some very nice prizes for the kids as well as adults. (Of course, Bob and Jan Braico were the stars!) Thanks to everyone who participated.

Rita McNees and Heather Hollandsworth

(And special thanks to Rita and Heather for making the effort to have such a nice party!)


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 Mailing address: Cheryl Schmidt, 7092 Applegate Drive, Helena, MT 59602

This will be the last time I ask for recipes as I am going to start work on the cookbook. I do appreciate the people who have sent me recipes but there were only about seven. I know you guys can do better than that!

In addition, I will be working on the photo album/scrapbook for the past year. If you have any pictures of rides or events you would like to have in the scrapbook: print them out, write on the back identifying people, event and date and mail them to me. This year we have a beautifully crafted leather scrapbook made and donated by Korey Packer. I would sure like to do it justice. Thanks to the people who have sent me photos already, it’s much appreciated.

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian


For the 4th year in a row we are raffling off a Christmas dinner basket. The drawing will be at the HTR Christmas dinner in December 2010. The basket will contain all the fixings for a lucky family's Christmas dinner. The basket will contain: a ham, scalloped potatoes, a vegetable tray, ingredients for St. Nick Salad along with the recipe, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, chocolates from the Parrot and a bottle of sparkling berry juice.

Raffle tickets cost $10.00 each and will be available to buy at our November 17 meeting. If you can't make the meeting, you can mail your check, made out to Helena Trail Riders. The club address is P.O. Box 4801, Helena, MT 59604. I will fill out a ticket for you with your name and phone number on the back and put it in the ticket box. You may not want to wait until the day of the party to buy your tickets, since they may all be sold out.

Proceeds of this fund raiser are for maintenance of the West arena. A lot of work has been done in the past few years to make the West Arena and the concession/announcers stand something to be proud of. This past year Bob and Jan Braico have done an outstanding job putting new steps on the concession/announcers stand. There is always maintenance work to be done and this is what this money goes to.

Part of our long standing agreement with the Fairgrounds is that our club maintain the arena. In turn, we have exclusive use of the facility every Tuesday and 'Thursday and the first Friday of each month. Since many of you take advantage of this opportunity as part of your membership, it is hoped that you will participate in this special Christmas fund raiser.

Judy Gardner, Chairman

Bits and Pieces

Helena Trail Rider’s Website: For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant –, 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 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.


We are looking for a weekender or large 3-horse minimum that we can use for 4 HS Rodeos for BaileyJo, starting Sept. 18 ending Oct. 10th. We basically need an insulated trailer with heat/lights etc.

If you or someone you know has a trailer that we could use/trade/lease/buy- please contact me asap. Thank you very much! The Thompsons

For Sale: Three Haflingers who ride and drive. They are about 13 years old, 13 to 14 hands. Two have been driven as a pair and need to stay together. The horses must go to a good home and the purchase price is reasonable. For information please contact Steve and Janie at

In need of a handyman? I have been using a gentleman to help around my place since I hurt my finger. He is honest, has a lot of his own tools, a very good worker (and fast!) and reasonably priced. He’s not afraid to do anything and that includes shoveling horse poop, fix fence, dig fence post holes, yard work, etc. His name is Bucky and his number is 465-6309. (Cheryl Schmidt)

Older 2-horse, straight-load horse trailer. Good condition with near-new tires. Floor is good, has mats. Under-manger tack with saddle rack. $1,100. Contact: Sue Thompson in Fort Shaw at 799-2421 or 467-3236. Sue has pictures she can email to anyone interested.

Upcoming Events/Activities:

DO NOT MISS! Our very own Cheryl Bryant is having an art exhibit of her oil paintings (who knew?) at the Lewis & Clark library from December 1 to January 31. There is an open house on December 7, 2010 from 6 PM to 8 PM (with refreshments). Some of the paintings can be seen at Please stop by the library and support our fellow member, she has done such a fabulous job of designing and keeping our website running. Kudos!

The final poker hand will be drawn at the November meeting.

Information on O-Mok-See: contact Keith Herrin at 461-3614.

Information regarding our Drill Team: contact Annette Williams at 227-6941.


The North Dakota Department of government offices claimed a small Bismarck farmer was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

ND Govt. employee: I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.

Farmer: Well, there's my farm hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board.

Then there's the mentally challenged worker. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.

ND Govt. employee: That's the guy I want to talk to...the mentally challenged one.

Farmer: That would be me.

“Blowing out the other person’s candle won’t make yours shine any brighter”

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