Witch falling off her broom

Odd numbered months will have a membership and board meeting. Even numbered months we will have an activity and board meeting. This month Board meeting October 19th.

This month we are going to have our Annual Chili Cook Off and Pumpkin Carving Contest!!!! Please see the attached flyer for details and plan to join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, October 19th.

President Marcia Gray. VP Jessica Erickson.
Secretary Kate Hollandsworth. Treasurer Sheri Onstott


Witch riding a horse, caption "Brooms are for sissies'.
From our President --- Marcia Gray

Hi Helena Trail Rider friends,

We just came in from doing chores on a cold October night and I am in need of a finger warming keyboard to thaw frozen fingers. Any typos that escape Sharon are my fault.

I hope you are having a spooktacular October. If you have been fortunate enough to ride during the week days you certainly have had the weather in your favor.

We have been keeping the routine of board/ membership meetings in odd months and board/activity meetings in even numbered months as a trial that was requested by a few members. We have 6 months of membership meetings and 6 months of activities. Program or activity ideas for both types of meetings are welcomed. As you can tell, it is necessary for the board to meet monthly for business.

As you may know, our old furnace needed to be replaced. Our HTR policy requires membership approval of large expenses prior to the event. This was an unusual occurrence when we were unable to observe established voting procedures. We had two members and several board members at the last meeting. Because of the necessity to keep the building up to date and the urgency of the repair, the board okayed the expenditure before formally polling a larger membership. The new furnace is in at a cost of $2,733.00.

There are a few changes in how we operate the new system. We no longer are using the Occupied and Unoccupied switches. We are not using the directional damper in the back room. We do have the expense of replacing the filter every six months.
One of the Helena Trail Riders self-described missions is community service. Usually it is in the form of a horse related activity but not always. Our club has received a letter from the Salvation Army requesting our continuing participation in a program designed to help a needy family at Christmas. The board has always voted in favor, while counting on the membership’s generosity to fulfill the Christmas wish list for the family. Typically, we choose a smaller family of 3 or 4 who remain anonymous. We will be voting at the board meeting October 19th so if you have preference one way or another please let us know.

It is time to be requesting a nominating committee who will be responsible for submitting names of members who are willing to run for an office in the January 2017 election. Please contact a board member if you are willing to run or if you want to be on the nominating committee.

My children have pointed out to me that I am one of those suffering from the digital divide. I seem to be on the wrong side which makes it difficult to keep up with technology.

Thanks to Sharon Hopkins, who edits and publishes the Pony Tales, and makes sure our snail mail readers get their copy. That is why it so important to have upcoming events and activities announced in the Pony Tales.

I have also had an IT lesson from Cheryl Bryant who generously manages, contributes to, and edits our website. There seems to have been some confusion about what is on our website and what is on a Facebook page regarding Helena Trail Rider activities and calendar. Evidently, information is not shared between the two, so if you have something you want publicized please note if you wish to contact only one, or both sites.

To help celebrate this lovely autumn please join us at the Clubhouse October 19th for fun fall fellowship. The past few years we have been having a chili cook-off and jack-o-lantern contest. For the chili, you will be voting with your taste buds. The carved pumpkins earn popularity another way. Note the details in other Pony Tales articles, and the attached flyer.
HAPPY HALOWEEN! Marcia Gray***

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.
tiny pumpkin 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.
tiny pumpkin 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.
tiny pumpkin Send items you wish included in the newsletter to trailridershelena@gmail.com.

Bill Gray, Maintenance

News from the maintenance director

It was a busy time getting ready for our O- Mok- See dates at the west arena. The Helena High School rodeo club members and their parents helped us put up new rails, dig post holes, pound nails, and of course, picked rocks. This is in exchange for the once a month use of the meeting room of the clubhouse during the winter. Several Helena Trail Riders were there to assist and work also. Marc at Murdoch’s gave us a generous discount on lag screws and rails. Pop and pizza followed the event.

Our fire extinguishers have been updated in the HTR clubhouse.

I have plans to have the furnace serviced for winter next month.

(The board tentatively okayed the purchase and replacement of the furnace in the Clubhouse for $2,733.00 from All Season HVAC (Rowsey family business). We need club members to confirm acceptance of the purchase because of the cost, but we have scheduled replacement for Monday, September 26 based on the necessity of having heat before the pipes froze and we have more expensive repairs. Bill, maintenance, will be at the Clubhouse Monday to let the repairs be completed. Rowsey estimated it would take most of the day.)

Bill 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:

Helena Trail Riders
PO Box 4801
Helena MT 59604

Please let us know if at any time you wish your mailed copy of the Pony Tales to be sent to you by e-mail, or if you wish to have your name deleted from the monthly mailing. If someone has been missed please email or call us, and we can add you! You can e-mail us at trailridershelena@gmail.com. You can always view past and current newsletters on the internet at the Helena Trail Riders website, http://helenatrailriders.org.

Trail Rides, Cassy Lynn

No current rides scheduled. If you have questions please contact Cassy at her e-mail address, redrodeogirl35@hotmail.com.

Riders in a fall landscape


For Sale: Sweet, kind-hearted 5-year-old mare. Green-broke, however she is very calm, quiet, and bold. She is easy to work with, walks, trots, lopes, moves off your leg, collects, and is very soft in the face. She would make an excellent trail or ranch horse. Adult or intermediate youth. $2,200 obo. Broke and trained by Hunter Burnham Joppa. Contact Hunter at 465-7694. Leave a message. Thank you. Beverly Stiger

FOR SALE: Two-horse, bumper pull, straight load horse trailer. Logan brand, very good condition. Good tires, padded divider, manger and tack compartment with saddle racks. This trailer has been used very little. $5,500 obo. Contact Hunter Burnham Joppa at 465-7694. Leave a message. Thank you. Bev Stiger

Just a side note for you:Hunter boards her horses here with us. The horse she has for sale and this trailer are here also, in case anyone asks where they can see them. Hunter works days during the week, but she is usually available in the evenings and on weekends. The Burnham's have been Trail Rider members for years, since Hunter was a baby! She's all grown up now and one heck of a horsewoman. Her husband, Doug Joppa, is training a young mule to ride and pack. He works for the Forest Service. They are good kids and we are so fortunate to have them here helping us old feeble people out with the "farm" work and anything else we need.


Frank Hayes, jockey

A truly Bizarre story : On June 4, 1923, jockey Frank Hayes took off through the gates at Belmont Park on Long Island. He and his horse, Sweet Kiss, made it to the finish line first. But all was not well. During the race, Hayes had a heart attack and died. Nonetheless, he was declared the winner.

It was later determined that Hayes had died of heart failure shortly after Sweet Kiss took the lead, and the New York Times speculated that the jockey’s heart had given out as a result of severe training in order to make weight, coupled with the excitement of winning his first race. Hayes, dressed in his colorful racing silks, was buried three days later. In light of the incident, Belmont’s Jockey Club waived all of the rules and thus made Hayes’ win official. This ruling makes Frank Hayes the only jockey to win a race while deceased. In fact, it is the only time in sports history when a competition was won by a dead man.


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

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horse in a skeleton costume

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