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OCTOBER 22nd at 6:00 P.M.

Happy Fall, Fellow Trail Riders! Well we sure have had some nice weather lately and I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of it to get a few more rides in, get their horses in shape for hunting season, and get those horse related projects done around the barn. I know that's what I've been busy with. If you get a chance, take a drive by the west arena and observe the new stairs and doors in the crow's nest. They look fantastic!!! A big thank you to Bob and Jan Braico; and to anyone else that has helped with this project. This month will be our annual Halloween party and social. It should be a spooktacular good time. Hope everyone can make it as there will be activities for all ages! Chris Warren is heading up the Nominating committee for next year's slate of club officers. If you would like to help on the committee or nominate someone for an office or volunteer to be a candidate please step up and help out. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to make the Helena Trail Riders the best it can be. Thanks to all again and we'll see you at the party.

Scott Stoner, President


No Report. Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Building and Maintenance No Report Bob Braico, Maintenance

Trail Rides September 25th, we rode up Trout Creek from Vigilante Campground. There were ten of us and we had a wonderful ride! The weather was perfect, the ride was beautiful and the colors on the aspen were spectacular. There will be pictures in the photo albums at the December Christmas party for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to everyone who came (and thanks to those who took pictures and shared them for our album) it sure is fun to share our love of horses and the wide open spaces. I received a heartfelt note from Sonny and Bev Stiger that I have added to this report. I agree with his statement, we wouldn’t have much in life without the fellowship of our friends. Cheryl Schmidt

“A club is about fellowship and helping each other. The Helena Trail Riders Club is certainly that. Bev and I probably couldn't have gone on that ride if it wasn't for the help of our fellow Club members. Every one on the ride took time to help us enjoy!! It was a wonderful ride and your help was greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help and for being our friends.”

Sonny and Bev Stiger

Kurt Burnham, Trail Ride Director

Historian 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

Also – if you lead a trail ride, please send me a small write up on how the ride went, how many people attended and mail any pictures you may have taken to me for this year’s scrapbook/photo album. Please give the name of the ride, date and write on the back of the photos the names of the people in the photos. Thank you!

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian

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.


Shirley Herrin is looking for a pair of chink chaps. I don’t know what size she needs but if you know of anyone who has any chinks for sale please call Shirley at 442-8858.

Upcoming Events/Activities:

The Halloween Party is October 22nd 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to help with the party; please contact Rita McNees at 458- 4725 or Heather Hollandsworth at 461-9339. This will be a potluck affair and we will use our tried and true food formula. Desert will be provided but you are welcome to bring sweets if you wish.

A-L: main dish       M-Z: side dish

Hope to see you all there with your costumes on! There will be games and prizes for young and old.

- 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.

HELENA -- All horse enthusiasts are invited to the first meeting of the Montana Horse Welfare Council on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 330 Lola in Helena. The Council will actively address the welfare of Montana horses.

"All of us who own and love horses know not every horse gets the care it deserves. This is an opportunity to come together as Montanans to help horse owners and their horses," said Wendy Hergenraeder, one of the meeting organizers. Hergenraeder, a horse owner and native Montanan is also the Montana state director for the Humane Society of the United States in Billings. "We hope horse people with a variety of interests and backgrounds will get involved in this important effort."

"Horse welfare councils have been successful in other states. The Oregon Horse Welfare Council has tackled a number of challenges such as providing hay to in-crisis horse owners, low-cost veterinary care and placement of adoptable horses," explained Jane Heath, another meeting organizer. Heath is the executive director of Montana Horse Sanctuary in Simms. "Each council addresses the issues particular to their state."

Kathy Luedtke, one of the founders of the Montana Grassroots Horse Coalition sees this project as an opportunity for folks to leave their differences at home and collaborate on finding solutions to the hardships that today's horse owners are faced with.

Council meetings will be open to the general public and everyone is invited. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas on life-saving methods to help horses and actively participate in this effort. The topic of horse slaughter will NOT be discussed at council meetings.

Pizza lunch will be provided courtesy of HSUS. Attendees are encouraged to contact Wendy Hergenraeder at 406-633-0689 so she can get a head count.

For more information, contact any of the organizers: Jane Heath at Montana Horse Sanctuary in Simms (406) 264-5300 or Wendy Hergenraeder in Billings at (406) 633-0689 or Kathy Luedtke in Stevensville at (406) 396-8758.

“We take on the strength of that which we overcome”

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