The perfect leaf

Next Meeting: September 17, 2014

Board Meets: 5:30 p.m. General Meeting: 6:15 p.m.

Message from our President: Heather Hollandsworth

Hello fellow Trail Riders!

We had a great Point Show O-Mok-See. There weren’t as many riders as usual with other activities going on the same day such as the youth rodeo over at the main arena. While I cannot speak for everyone, I know that I had a good day. I watched from the concession stand and the day just seemed to fly by. We had good weather and things ran smoothly, in fact it looked like there were plenty of people helping out all over.

I finally managed to make it on a couple of the trail rides as well. I went out with the group on the Crow Creek Falls ride and again on the Blackfoot Meadows ride. Both were great rides and I had a lot of fun. The Blackfoot Meadows was probably my favorite, but only because I had a riding partner that I haven’t had in many many years…my sister Holly. It was terrif-ic to be on a trail ride with her again.

There are a couple of things that I need to mention as we are drawing close to the end of our year…we only have two more general meetings in fact.

We need folks to consider running for the following board positions: President, Vice President and 3 direc-tors. In conjunction with this, we need to have a nomi-nating committee – people who are willing to call around and ask people to run for positions and run the election in January. I will not be running for office again.

While I have enjoyed being your President, this was my second year. In the best interest of the club, we need people with new ideas. If you have any questions you can certainly give me a call or chat with me at the meeting on September 17th.

Hope to see you there. As always, any questions give me a call… 406 461-9339 Heather

This Month’s Program:

WHO: Bill Cook, volunteer, and retired attorney

WHERE: Trail Riders Building

WHEN: Weds. Sept 17 at 6:15

Fun Facts:

horse Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
horse Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
horse Horses eyes are on the side of their head, they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
horse Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).
horse The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).

From the Directors

--Hi all!
I hope that everyone was able to spend as much time in the saddle as possible this summer. I have been riding every chance that I get, and am enjoying both my Montana Trav-eler mare, and our new Morgan mare. This time of year, when we have the beautiful golden days of Autumn, I just have to get outside, and on the top of a horse!!! You never know how many we have left!

One of the concerns that crosses my mind when I am meandering down the trail with just my horse and dog, is what I would do if I came across a bear. Soooo….I am happy to say that we have a wonderful speaker from Montana Wild coming to our meeting this month to address this very topic!

WHO: Bill Cook, volunteer, and retired attorney
WHERE: Trail Riders Building
WHEN: Weds. Sept 17 at 6:15

DON'T MISS IT!!!! It is sure to be informative and AWESOME!!!! Be there, or be square!!! Cynthia Warner, Programs Director

--Well, it's official, the O-Mok-See season has drawn to a close. Over the Labor Day weekend the O-Mok-See was held in Billings. There was a great crowd, the weather was ideal for riding and a good time was had by all. There were several new records set, boy some of those people can ride! Toby and I didn't set any records (lol), but we had a lot of fun. I can't wait for next year.

I hope our next season will see lots of members participat-ing. Young, old and in between. Fast, slow or in between it's great fun and a good way to hone your horsemanship skills. Vickie Blixt, O-Mok-See Director 442-1717 or email me at:

Gilliam takes 7th state O-Mok-See title---September 04, 2014---CURT SYNNESS Independent Record

Helena cowgirl Deziah (Olgle) Gilliam recently cap-tured her seventh State O-Mok-See championship at the Montana Saddle Club Association finals in Billings, winning the Hi Points title in the women's 30-45 years division. Gilliam won four individual races in record-setting time, including the key race, polo, flag and 360-8. She also placed second in the poles and cut bank team poles.

Gilliam's sister, Moriah Ogle Parker, finished third in the age group's hi-points standings, while placing second in the key, polo and cut bank team poles. She took third in the flag and fifth in barrels, as well.

The girls' father, David Ogle, placed runner-up in the men's 45-plus hi-point, and Kevin Parker, Moriah's husband, came in eighth. Ogle won the polo, took second in the cut bank team poles, and was third in barrels and poles. Parker was second in barrels and team poles. Huck McGowan and Bill McGowan placed seventh and ninth in hi-points, respectively.

In the 7 & Under, the Parkers' daughter, JoleahAnn, took sixth in the key, while Gilliam's daughter, Taryn, was 10th in mini pair. Another District II rider, Mesquite Melton, placed runner-up in the 12-15 hi-points by taking second in poles and cut bank team poles, and third in barrels and 360-8.

Two other local riders finished third in the hi-points; Destrie McGowan in the 8-11, and Peggy Huntington in the women's 46-plus. McGowan won the pair poles and was second in flag, while Huntington copped third in the 360-8.

Rounding out the top-10 hi-points placers were Alex Altoff, fourth, 12-15; Trinity Bartmess, fifth, 7 & Under; Durham McGowan, sixth, 7 & Under; and Darcy Alm, seventh, 31-45 women.

Kendall Brandenberger won the 12-15 polo turn.

Other District II competitors at state were Brendon Brewer, Crystal Kelly (the 2014-15 MSCA Junior Princess), Dayla McGowan, Patsy Althof, Shayla Peterson, Taton Brewer, Lacy McGowan and Erin Louden.

Rounding out the top-10 hi-points placers were Alex Altoff, fourth, 12-15; Trinity Bartmess, fifth, 7 & Under; Durham McGowan, sixth, 7 & Under; and Darcy Alm, seventh, 31-45 women.

Kendall Brandenberger won the 12-15 polo turn.

Other District II competitors at state were Brendon Brewer, Crystal Kelly (the 2014-15 MSCA Junior Princess), Dayla McGowan, Patsy Althof, Shayla Peterson, Taton Brewer, Lacy McGowan and Erin Louden.

Woman on horse
COWGIRL Magazine,September 3 · Wednesday words of wisdom. From The Ride Challenge

In a press release today, the National Institute of Health has announced the discovery of a potentially dangerous substance in the hair of horses.

This substance, called "amo-bacter equuii" has been linked with the following symptoms in female humans: *Reluctance to cook; *reluctance to perform housework; *reluctance to wear anything but boots; *reluctance to work except in support of a horse; *physical craving for contact with horses (may be an addiction)

Beware! if you come in contact with a female human affected by this substance be prepared to talk about horses for hours on end.

This was a public service announcement ... Surgeon General's Warning: Horses are expensive, addictive, and may impair the ability to use common sense.

Upcoming Events O-Mok-Sees:

None Scheduled

Trail Rides:---No scheduled rides. Questions regarding trail rides please contact Chris Warren or or 406-461-6257

Don’t forget we have use of the West Arena from 6-9 Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the first Friday of every month.

If there is enough interest, a new section will be added to the ride schedule page on our club website, If you would like to ride with someone during times when no trail rides are scheduled, your name will be added to a list. Then anyone of a like mind can contact you to set up a ride. It would also be helpful if you indicate days/times that you would not be able to ride. If you are interested, send your name, phone, e-mail (and preferred method of contact) to Cheryl Bryant, or call 458-6165. Questions, or comments, contact Cheryl.

Life's Experiences I am wondering if anybody has noticed a marked increase in the mouse population this year? Or am I the only one blessed with great recovery in their numbers?

They started trying to move into the garage last May and early June when it was so wet, and I thought they’d been drowned out of their farm homes. I had a heart-to-heart talk with our three resident cats and they rallied ‘round, and there seemed to be an increase in the numbers of butchered mice lying on my front porch as a breakfast offering each morning. One of the cats triumphantly presents the dog with a mouse from time to time, lays it ceremoniously at her feet. She sniffs it, disdainfully walks away, leaving dead mouse and very disgusted cat.

I am reminded of my last big mouse episode when we lived out by Holter Lake. Mice abounded out there, I guess they loved the country living with a great view. I had noticed mouse-chewed bits of paper and holes in catfood and dogfood sacks in my storage area of the shop, which Man-of-the-House had assured me was air-tight and mouseproof. I set a trapline and promptly caught a mouse about every 15 minutes for a few days. This led me to the conclusion there must be a hole somewhere in my airtight room. Presented this idea to Man-of-the-House, who said, “I hope you find it!” as he left for parts unknown.

I pulled the mountain of HIS stuff we should have sold in the garage sale or taken to the dump years ago, away from the walls, vacuumed up bugs and mouse turds, and a close examination of walls and corners yielded no information as to mouse entry location. Plan B, more traps. Then! I emptied garbage under the kitchen sink and found dog and catfood behind the wastebasket. Closer scrutiny showed what I didn’t want to find, mouse turds. How the heck did she get in there? I cleaned it all out, scrubbed cupboard and contents, plugged holes around dishwasher hoses and water pipes with steel wool and duct tape. Brain cells kicked in and I realized mouse mess was in there, but where was Mouse? I don’t want to know, but I opened up the dishtowel drawer next to the sink, and Mouse had shredded one of my dishtowels into confetti for nesting material, also leaving turds behind. Cleaned all drawers, washed all silverware and other crap we store in silverware drawers, put all dishtowels through the wash. I’m working my way North now. What did Mouse do with the nesting material she made?

You guessed it, next cupboard over was pots and pans. Yep! Mouse had taken up residence in there, had a regular condo under construction in the corner. I’m pulling pots and pans, loading dishwasher, gnashing teeth, and turning the air blue. I’m three hours into “hope-you-find-it” now, and I’m not a Happy Searcher.

I found a tiny hole in top of cupboard where Mouse had come through from drawer area. More steel wool, more duct tape, need to buy stock in those companies. Inside of cupboards looks like a war zone, all bandaged up with duct tape, too bad, no one will know; made a mental note here to always shut cupboard doors, especially when company is present.

Back to pulling pots and pans. Ooops! Behind last stack of pans sits Mouse! Brain should have kicked in sooner. Mouse had nowhere else to go, I was bound to catch up. Slam cupboard door, make a Plan. Maybe cat sleeping in chair can help. “Oreo, on your feet, both eyes open, claws ready! Do what we got you for, you ruthless little killer.” Oreo yawns, stretches, and shows minimal signs of life.

I open the cupboard, shove the cat in there, slam cupboard, wait. Nothing. Open it just a crack. Cat busy washing feet. Vicious predator very fastidious, can’t make kill with dirty feet. Wait some more. Finally, great thumping, bumping, scrowling, ah yes, cat earning her keep. Peek in, expecting to pet kitty, place her carefully outside with Mouse in jaws, clean up blood. Only now Cat is on the bottom shelf, Mouse on top shelf. Plan needs adjustment.

Grab Cat, don’t let Mouse escape, shove Cat on top shelf. Thump, bump, yowl, scrowl! Aha! Maybe this time. Peek in, Cat on top shelf, Mouse back on bottom shelf. Plan needs further adjustment.

Get large towel. Keep Mouse in cupboard, grab Cat, throw Cat back on bottom shelf and towel on edge of top shelf to deter Mouse from skittering up there – I’m very quick by now. Thump, bump, low murderous growl. Yes! Open cupboard, Cat sitting with Mouse in jaws, life is good. No, it isn’t. Cat streaks out of cup-board with Mouse before I can gently set her outside with her prey. I tackle Cat on living room floor, Cat spits Mouse out, and crippled Mouse runs under entertainment center, bleeding on rug enroute. By now, I’m too exhausted to swear. And I’m NOT GOING TO MOVE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER!

Time to call for reinforcements.

When What’s-His-Name gets home, I inform him we need to beef up the trapline. After all, traps come under the heading of Man Stuff. Traps in living room and kitchen, Dog locked up in garage so as not to catch Dog in mousetrap.

rat and mouse Fortunately, this was a really stupid mouse and we caught her the first night, and her husband, friends, and relatives did not find her entry hole or manage to get through my duct tape and steel wool. As for Oreo, she had shaken my faith in predator productivity and we didn’t speak for weeks. And we harvested one or two mice a day in my storage room until we moved several years later.

Sort of blows a hole in his airtight-mouseproof theory, yes?

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