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Meeting September 15, 2010   Board Meets: 6:30 p.m.   
General Meeting: 7:30 p.m.

Video of last fall’s trek to Deer Lodge made by the Ten Mile Drivers.

No Report Scott Stoner, President

No Report Chris Warren, Secretary/Treasurer

Building and Maintenance

The final segment of the 13.5 mile CD Trail loop in the vicinity of Bison Mtn was completed yesterday, August 28th. The work crew was led by Roy Barkley (Helena NF) and organized by Shannon Friex (Continental Divide Trail Alliance coordinator). I represented HTR, Dave and Connie Cole represented Last Chance BCH (they are also past members of HTR). Bicyclists and hikers made up the rest of the work party. The trail crew consisted of about 12 people.

At this month’s meeting, there will be a letter for the membership to sign. This letter will be sent to Keith Hatch, Fairgrounds Coordinator thanking him and his staff for the the improved appearance of the Fairgrounds and for helping HTR in its efforts to maintain facilities we are responsible for.

Bob Braico, Maintenance

Trail Rides

August 21st, we rode with the Ten Mile Drivers up Granite Creek. We started out with a couple more riders than we ended up with… Okay there were some accidents and malfunctions. However, I think everyone was fine and hopefully lessons were learned about doing your homework before you ride. The ride was perfect; we had a leisurely ride to our lunch spot and got back to the corrals before the heat got to us. Thanks so much to the Ten Mile Drivers for inviting us.

On September 4th, I led an impromptu ride from Mc Masters’ West gate. We had nine riders and the day was uncommonly beautiful. Not too hot, not too cool. We made a good loop then rode down to the river and had lunch. The river is quite high and not ONE horse would go down there to drink. The colt I’m riding took one look at that big body of water and did a “mutiny on the bounty” for the first time he (literally) put his foot down and said NO. The ride was wonderful and I sure appreciate people coming on such short notice. I don’t know about anyone else, but I got home, unloaded the horse and got in the house before the downpour! There are no scheduled rides that I know of but I would like to lead a ride up Trout Creek before the summer ends. I am busy the weekend of the 18th and 19th but could do a ride Saturday, September 25th if anyone is interested (weather permitting).

Cheryl Schmidt

Kurt Burnham, Trail Ride Director


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

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.


We are looking for a weekender or large 3-horse minimum that we can use for 4 HS Rodeos for BaileyJo, starting Sept. 18 ending Oct. 10th. We basically need an insulated trailer with heat/lights etc. If you or someone you know has a trailer that we could use/trade/lease/buy- please contact me asap. Thank you very much! Sue The Thompsons

For Sale: Three Haflingers who ride and drive. They are about 13 years old, 13 to 14 hands. Two have been driven as a pair and need to stay together. The horses must go to a good home and the purchase price is reasonable. For information please contact Steve and Janie at

Upcoming Events/Activities:

Draft Horse Show – September 18th, 19th and 20th. Deer Lodge. For more information please log on to their website:

October will be the club’s Halloween Party. If you would like to help with the party, please contact Rita McNees at 458-4725.

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.


Random thoughts...

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong...

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood…

-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods.

We've discovered that when I'm in a good mood, it turns green and when I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

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