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Meeting September 21st, 2011
Board Meets: 6:30 p.m. General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

This month's program is a presentation by the club’s Drill Team-Ballerinas on Beasts! Please be at the West Arena at 7:30 p.m. We'll meet at the club house after the performance.

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hi! ALL! It looks like we are heading into a nice fall season, and hunting season is around the corner. Hope everyone had a great summer and were able to get some great rides in with friends or trail rider members. We still have some good riding weather coming up and hope you are able to attend some of the scheduled rides that are planned. Sorry I missed you at the August meeting as we traveled to Oregon to visit with family. Will See you all at the next Meeting -Sept. 21st @ 730pm.

Sheri Onstott, President

FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT No Report Chris Warren, Vice-President

FROM THE SECRETARY No Report Kate Hollandsworth, Secretary

TRAIL RIDES

September 17th - Black Foot Meadows / Kading Campground

Take US Highway 12 west from Helena over McDonald Pass, approximately 1 mile before Elliston, turn left (south) on Little Blackfoot Road. Stay right at split to Telegraph Creek continuing up little Blackfoot Road. Travel approximately seven miles beyond split at Ontario Creek and continue past Ontario Creek to Kading campground. If horse corrals are not being use we can park there, if corrals are in use then please Park along side of road just past corrals.

September 25th - Crystal Creek Trail #373

Take I-15 to Montana City exit and head east; turn right onto McClellan Creek Road. Continue on this road approximately 6.5 miles to Crystal Creek/McClellan Creek junction. Turn right, and then turn left at the next junction. Continue approximately 3 miles to reach the trailhead.

September 20th through October 2nd – Women’s Campout at Thompson Guard Station

Information is on our website and with an application to fill out. Please have this back to me by September 23.

All scheduled rides begin at 10:00 a.m. Please pack a lunch and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Eileen Taylor, Trail Ride Director

HISTORIAN

Nothing to report – too busy riding… I will be working on the photo album in the fall and the cookbook this winter.

Cheryl Schmidt, Historian

SOCIAL DIRECTOR No report Roberta Lawson, Social Director

PROGRAMS

Last month’s program was given by Hunter Burnham. She talked to the club about her time at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show. She competed against riders from almost every state as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Venezuela. I was unable to stay for her presentation, but I understand that she did a wonderful job representing Montana. Congratulations Hunter and thank you for sharing your experience!

Heather Hollandsworth, Public Relations, Programs

BUILDING MAINTENANCE

Clubhouse and West Arena Area. Installation of the three new Clubhouse windows was completed in late August as was repair of the small damaged section of flooring in front of the furnace. Although Jan and I regret the passage of summer, hopefully, mowing and trimming at the Clubhouse and Announcer’s Stand is now finished for the season. Last, additional gravel was installed around the Announcer’s Stand lower level concrete entrance pad to improve entrance conditions.

HIGH DIVIDE TRAILS WORKING GROUP UPDATE

On August 30th, Gary Bye and I plus representatives of the other organizations present met with Amber Kamps, District Ranger, Lincoln Ranger District, Helena National Forest. Ms. Kamps requested the meeting so she could comment on the Working Group’s July 18, 2011, citizen’s travel plan alternative for the Lincoln Ranger District. The meeting went very well and High Divide members present agreed afterward that Ms. Kamps and her staff apparently agree with about 80 percent of the recommendations made in the Working Group’s July submittal. Furthermore, we agreed the District’s rationale for likely changes in the remaining 20 per cent were not unreasonable and, perhaps more importantly, were not major concessions.

According to Ms. Kamps, the next step will be for her and her staff to use this (and other information they have available) to develop a set of Lincoln Ranger District travel plan alternatives for eventual public review and comment. This document will also contain a recommended alternative. Dennis Milburn, a retired Helena National Forest employee and who represents the Last Chance Back Country Horsemen, guessed this document could be published sometime next winter. It is my understanding a finalized Lincoln Ranger District travel plan alternative would then be developed and adopted. Dennis did not venture a guess as to when this might happen except to say it takes a lot longer than it used to. So, as you can see, this process takes a lot of staying power but, I believe, it is in our best interest to hang in there. (See discussion below regarding the Helena Ranger District.)

The Helena Ranger District has just come out with a Divide (Area) Travel Plan Update. (I received my copy of the flyer on 9/12/11.) The Divide Area consists of about 150,000 acres of public land extending from the Champion Pass area near Deer Lodge northward to Nevada Mountain near Lincoln. The area includes the Little Blackfoot and Tenmile Cr drainages and is the same area where the High Divide Trails Working Group (HTR is a member) has put much its effort the last few years. Now the good news (quoting from the flyer):
--“Many comments received during past comment periods, have spoken specifically to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), and the Sweeny Creek, Kading /Limburger Springs, and Electric Peak areas. These areas generated the most public interest regarding motorized and non-motorized uses. As a result, the following items have been incorporated into the features for the Proposed Action:”

(1) “The Kading/Limburger Springs and Sweeny Creek areas would be closed to wheeled motorized travel for resource and winter wildlife protection.”
(2) “FSR #227 would be closed at the turn around just past Kading Campground and FSR #227-E1 would be closed to wheeled motorized vehicles.”
(3) “FSR #1802 &FSR #1802-C1 would be closed to wheeled motorized vehicles year-long.”
(4) “Winter closures would be in place for the Hahn Creek area as well as lower elevation west facing slopes in Clarks Canyon north to Threemile Creek.”
(5) “FSR #314 in the Spotted Dog area would be open to highway legal vehicles from 5/16 to 10/14 and closed to wheeled motorized vehicles from 10/15 to 5/15.”
(6) “Additional segments of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) totaling approximately 13.5 miles would be closed to motorized use.”

Folks, this is great news and although the formal travel plan has yet to be finalized and adopted, it shows that when groups get organized and work together, sometimes, somebody listens.

On another note, the last of three trail projects in our area for 2011 was undertaken on September 9, 10, and 11. This project constructed several miles of Continental Divide Trail (CDT) from Stemple Pass to Flesher Pass. As you may recall, the other 2011 projects were trail work north from Champion Pass (between the upper Boulder River drainage and Deer Lodge) and finish work on the 13 mile Bison Loop Trail. Clearly, all of this work has created new opportunities for Helena Trail Riders –remember to make use of them and to participate on future projects.

Bob Braico, Building Maintenance

Bits and Pieces Our WEBSITE has been updated. A big thanks to Cheryl Bryant! www.helenatrailriders.org For information or to submit pictures or comments, please contact Cheryl Bryant – govcup@copper.net 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 ornrycwgirl@mt.net. Please have this information to me before the 10th of the month.

Westerns Novels

Do you have a stack of cowboy books that you’ve read and are now piling up? The Lewis and Clark Library is looking for western novels for libraries in our outlaying communities.

Check out your western books and if they’re of good quality, are clean, and don’t have much wear, take them up to the library. You can also drop them in the book deposit box after hours. Thanks! Andrea Ayers

Horse pasture, Helena Valley, but close to town. Water, shelter, corrals, arena and round pen. Good grass. $150.00 per month per horse. Contact Stiger's at 442-1361 or 431-2798.

COWBOY LOAN

A cowboy from Two Dot, Montana walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer he was going to Paris for an international rodeo for 2 weeks and needed to borrow $5,000, but he was not a depositor at the bank.

The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan, so the cowboy handed over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank.

The cowboy produced the title and everything checked out. The loan officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and apologized for having to charge 12% interest.

Later, the bank's president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the cowboy from Montana for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank drove the Ferrari into the bank's private underground garage and parked it.

Two weeks later, the cowboy returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest of $23.07.

The loan officer said, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out on Dunn & Bradstreet and found that you are a highly sophisticated investor and multimillionaire with real estate and financial interests all over the world. Your investments include a large number of wind turbines around Livingston, Montana. What puzzles us is -- why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"

The good 'ole Montana cowboy just laughed and said, "Where else in New York City could I park my car for 2 weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I return?"

Still think Montana cowboys are dumb??! (submitted by Bev Stiger)

“Give others a piece of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.”

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