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Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday (September 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm)

General Meeting follows at 6:30 p.m.


Animals at the table
From our President Trail Riders November 2015

Well fellow Trail Riders it looks like we are finally into the winter-ish weather. I see on Facebook that there are still some folks out riding…good for you all!!! I have to admit that I missed getting out this year. Just about every time my neighbor pulled out of my yard with my mare this summer I wanted to beg her to take me too. smiley face

For those of you who missed the chili cook-off and pumpkin carving contest in October, you missed a fun time. There are some seriously talented people in this club. I was pretty impressed by the pumpkins, both the painted and the carved. As I am typing this her name escapes me (and I profusely apologize) but Trail Rider member Cassy Lynn’s mother won the pumpkin carving contest with a couple of horse heads carved into her pumpkin. Sherri Onstott and I tied for first in the chili cook-off which lead to a riotous round of rock-paper-scissors for the prize. Sherri had never played before and so a tutoring session by Jessica Erickson and Keith Herrin took place prior…which made it all the funnier; mostly because Jessica kept getting distracted while she was explaining the rules. However, the tutoring session paid off because Sherri ended up the winner!!!!! The winners of the both contests went home with a pretty cool grooming tote from Murdoch’s with a few goodies tucked inside. Thank you to Jessica Erickson and Cassy Lynn for putting this activity together. I am fairly positive that a good time was had by all.

The Helena High Schools Rodeo team is once again using our clubhouse for their monthly meetings. In return for the use of the clubhouse, they are again going to help us with clean-up of the West Arena come spring!! They did a fabulous job last year so we are getting a good deal with this arrangement. However, Marcia and I are the two members that have been going to the clubhouse on the second Tuesday of the month to be there from 7-8 while they have their meetings. As I am due to have my baby next month, I won’t be able to come in for a while. If you can be at the club house from about 650 to 810ish on the second Tuesday of any of the next few months, please let me know so that we can plan in advance.

If anybody has an opinion regarding the Christmas party, I ask that you please attend the November meeting. Last year we had a pretty small number of attendees. I have had it mentioned by a couple of people that maybe we should not have one this year. Additionally, I have been approached by the Salvation Army asking if the club would like to sponsor a family again this year. If either of these are of any interest to you, or if you have any questions about them, I ask that you please come to the November meeting and engage in a conversation with us. If you cannot come, please email or call me (hmtnavy@blackfoot.net or 406.492.7066) and let me know your thoughts.

As a quick reminder, November is our last month for meetings this year. The meeting will be on the 18th with directors meeting at 530pm and General Meeting beginning at 630pm.

And last, but most certainly not least, once again if you are interested at all in running for a board of director position please let me or someone on the board know. We need to fill 5 slots to include President, Vice President, and 3 director slots. If you are interested in either the Treasurer or the Secretary positions, please come forward as well. The director positions are assigned at the discretion of the President, but if you would like one “job” in particular you just need to let someone on the board know. Heather 406.492.7066 hmtnavy@blackfoot.net

Vickie Blixt, O Mok See Director

Hi members! It's starting to feel like winter out there already. The O Mok See season is all wrapped up so I don't have any news on that end.

I hope some of you are considering putting your name into the hat for one of the director positions that will be coming up for election this new year. If you are interested in the O Mok See director position and have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Vickie

There are a few changes at the National level, here are the games and board.

Pole Bending
Graduated Barrel & Stake
Barrel & Stake


Western Jumping
Polo Turn
Speed Barrels
2 Barrel Flag
Figure 8
Half 8
360 Eight
Express Rescue
Pair Sack
Pair Poles

Team Arena

Western Relay


President: Shawn
1st Vice: Bob Jones
2nd Vice Rance
3rd Vice: Keith Smith
Advertising & PR: Heather
Awards Historian: Lynn Caffery(sp)
Royalty: Stefanie Griffey(sp)
Sponsorship: Tonya
Secretary: Shorolyn (sp)

Sorry, I do not have any more information from the National meeting. Thanks, Peggy

Marcia meandering

Did you ever see a deadline so far in the future that you knew you would have lots of time, then procrastinate so much you miss the deadline? That is me this month. I do have one recommendation that is easy to fulfill: Thank the Veterans in the Helena Trail Riders and the community. Marcia Gray

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

Please let us know if at any time you wish your name deleted from the monthly mailing of the Pony Tales Newsletter. You may respond direct to this email at trailridershelena@gmail.com. You can always view past and current newsletters on the internet at the Helena Trail Riders website, http://helenatrailriders.org.


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. 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
Horses having Thanksgiving

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Club Members – Can You Help?

>> I was wondering if you could help me in finding a place to board a horse in the Helena area. I’ve found a number of stables and farms in the area but none that really fit my needs. I was hoping to find one that borders public land for easy access to trails. None of the ones I’ve found fit this bill except M bar R ranch, but their charge for pasture boarding is a little out of my price range. Summit stables was another but I can’t get a reply from them so I don’t know if they’re still around or what their rates are. Do you know of any places other than those? Thanks in advance for any help/advice. >> Peter Mathes, >> wumbleteed@gmail.com

From Kate Hollandsworth: 2015 Big Sky Draft Horse Expo

We haven’t been getting much driving in this year with Heather expecting a baby and one of our driving mares being gimpy off and on. But enough of excuses. Enter Alex Fraser (Fraser School of Driving in Deer Lodge Montana).

Our driving mares, Maggi and Dolly, had been boarding at the Mountain View Arena in Deer Lodge for about 6 weeks prior to the Draft Horse Expo while Alex and Phil Murphy, the vet next door, tried to figure out what was up with the gimpy horse. We made weekly visits so that I could drive with Alex as a partner and then Alex took them out during the week. 3rd drive about half-way thru the trip Dolly started gimping again and then about 50 feet later she walked herself out of it. And that was the last of the gimps. We still have no clue what that’s about but it came to an end at the right time.

Whatever could go wrong, went wrong. We ordered a Kutzmann Carriage thru Alex and Kayo in June, supposed to be delivered by end of July. Unfortunately, it still hadn’t arrived by the time the Expo rolled around and I was entered in the Canadian Maze with it. Once again it was Alex to the rescue. He had a spare marathon carriage that was loaned for my first time ever “running” in the Canadian Maze. Alex fitted and adjusted our working harness so that we could use our work harness with his vehicle.

On the first day of the show Heather and I arrived early in the morning for harness cleaning and grooming of the girls. Heather was in charge of banding their manes so all the hair hung on one side of their necks. Luckily Maggi was the only one who needed a partial hosing down. I was a wreck trying to get ready. Since we boarded the girls at the Fraser’s place I just drove behind another team of horses being used by a couple of Montana State University students (Joanna and Talinna) for the Canadian Maze on the first day. Talinna won 3rd place and it was the very first time she had ever ran it. Joanna was 4th! Her first time also. And these are both just students. I had never even had the girls in a lope before and I barely putzed along. But I had a great time.

Next mess up! I was entered in 3 cart classes. Our single harness just wouldn’t fit right. Alex loaned us his single harness – an older harness and still a better harness than my brand new one.

Maggi and I drove in the single pleasure cart class. No ribbon but Maggi took great care of me and we had a good time even though she whinnied her fool head off for Dolly the whole class. Kayo Fraser watched the class from the sidelines and took pictures. She told me later she didn’t even know it was Maggi and me at first. She thought I looked like a man driving frownyfaceSays I need some color to our outfit.

That night, after driving the girls back to the Fraser’s and a quick trip to Elliston to feed horses and collect dogs, we got back to the Fairgrounds for a meal of chili dogs in the camper before both Heather and I literally collapsed into our respective beds. But we didn’t sleep very well. We had a mouse in the camper and I kept expecting it to run across our beds while we were sleeping, so I left the light on. frownyfaceWhat else can go wrong?

On the second day we hauled Maggi and the cart down from the Fraser’s since both of my classes were in the afternoon. Once again Alex was on hand to make sure that our harnessing was correct and secure. He sure makes a terrific coach!!! Heather acted as the go-fer again making sure that I had my competitor number (I tried to forget that), whip, gloves and that I was in place to go into all of my classes on time. The one thing she forgot – to have me change my baseball cap for my cowboy hat after the Gambler’s Choice for the Antique Unique! Bad Go-Fer! frownyface

Unfortunately she couldn’t take my place in the cart for part of the waiting time either. My hips sure could have used a break. By the end of the second day, once I was done and got down, I could hardly walk. Had to stagger around like a drunk for several minutes.

All in all we had a good time at our third Big Sky Draft Horse Expo and sure hope that Alex and Kayo are around for the next one. The best part of the Expo is seeing all the people we don’t get a chance to see during the rest of the year.

Last but not least…….. a week later the woman who organizes the carriages from Poland said ours finally shipped to Germany and would be on its way by ship soon! So maybe by 4th of July 2016 we’ll be ready for the next Fun CDE at Fraser’s.

Horse and carriage

Happy Thanksgiving horses
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