|8/10/13||Trout Creek-10 AM start time-10.4 miles||Chris Warren
|8/10/13||Helena Valley Blues points|
|8/14/13||Head Lane to Camels Back-6 PM start time-3.5 miles
Traveling North on Green Meadow, turn left onto Franklin Mine Rd (there is a church on the west side of Green Meadow), travel west until you get to Headlane, turn Right traveling North (there should be a trail head sign on the right side of rd).
At the top of the road there is a bus turn around and at this point you will see another trail head sign and I will mark it with orange flagging continue forward and take the slight right this will take you to the turn around. Be forewarned the road is not the best at this point.
If anyone is out in my close proximity let me know and may be able to grab you as Pete is not going. We live on the West side of the Interstate at about Applegate and Prairie so as long as it is on the way from there to Franklin Mine Rd I can grab you. Our trailer hauls 5 saddled. Please let me know in advance so I can make a timing allowance.
|8/17/13||HTR 75th Anniversary dinner-4 PM at the HTR club house. We will be celebrating from 4-8.
Sonny Stiger and the Bell Cross Band will be performing with Nashville recording artist Paul Alan Coons!!! This is a treat not to be missed. I have had the honor of hearing Mr. Coons perform with Sonny in the past and loved every second of it. We will be clearing away an area for dancing (just in case the mood strikes you).
Shirley and her partners have been working at gathering up some terrific sounding items for the silent auction.
There will be a celebratory cake as well as lemonade, tea, and coffee.
Please come and celebrate with your fellow members...bid on a few items...and listen to a great musician perform alongside one of our members, who is also a terrific musician.
|Heather 461-9339 email@example.com|
|8/18/13||District O-Mok-See - The District II Point Show will be this Sunday Aug. 18th 10am at the Townsend Rodeo Arena. Please let me know if you would like to pre-register. Sign up by 9 and run at 10.
We still need silent auction items, we have started a bucket full of stuff, polo wraps, halter, shampoo and conditioner, if you would like to add an item, the more they better.
We also will need everyone to get there favorite dessert ready for the taco fest Sunday night. And remember this is a point show, so western attire/gear are a must.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
|Brandy Huntington firstname.lastname@example.org|
|8/21/13||HTR Fun Meeting|
|8/26/13||Deadline for late O-Mok-See entries and Royalty.||Peggy Peggy.Huntington@ngc.com|
|8/31/13||Blackfoot Meadows- 10 AM start time-9.2 miles Located 40 miles southwest of Helena, in the Little Blackfoot drainage, the campground can be reached via U.S. Highway 12, turning south onto the Little Blackfoot Road just east of Elliston. From this intersection, it will be approximately 16 miles to the campground. It is located on the east or left side of the road, directly across from the entrance to Kading cabin.||Chris Warren
|8/31/13-9/1/13|| WELCOME TO TOWNSEND FOR THE MSCA STATE O-MOK-SEE
Banquet – cost – Taco Fiesta, YUM, YUM! Sunday night after events. $8 for adults and $5 for Children over 5, 5 and under free.
Dance – FREE dance with DJ. Sunday night after awards.
Shavings – cost – cheap shavings will be available at the fairgrounds. $6.00 a bag, see Bill McGowan.
Flying D Race – Enter On Site: Friday night, help support the MSCA scholarship program. See attached information. With a D format you could still make money back as they are run with ˝ to 1 second splits so not always do all the fast horses make all the money. Entries will be available Friday during sign up FOR Flying W.
Concessions – breakfast, lunch and dinner. A 4-H group will be hosting the concessions, please support them, find your favorite foods, biscuit and gravy, juicy cheeseburgers, nachos, cold drinks and great food.
Stalls and Pens locations – please STOP as you come in the second entrance gate, there will be a map to show your stalls/pens location. If you have problems, call Peggy, 459-2161.
Super Bucks race. Enter On Site: Make some money to get home from state, a little extra gas/diesel money is always welcome. Entries available at state Omoksee.
50 Entries would net $125.00 For the MSCA and $125.00 for the Scholarship fund, leaving $250 in the jackpot for the winners! 100 Entries $250 for MSCA, $250 for Scholarship and $500 in jackpot...With 300 entries, we could easily get over 100 to enter this!
Vendors, Vendors, we have some fun vendors coming to state please make them feel welcome.
Rocky Mountain supply has all hay, grain or tack needs. They are located in town on Highway 287 going toward Three Forks. Most of our high points awards were bought from them this year. Please thank them for their support of our association.
Reminder we are doing awards after events completion on Saturday this year in the grandstand area. Awards and banquet after Sunday events in the indoor arena. Hope that everyone can attend.
THANKS to all our SPONSORS, state could not run without you. District II
|9/14/13||Switch back (Rimini)
6 mls some rocks. Good morning everyone. We have a ride this weekend on Switchback trail, this is a very nice ride but is up and back. We travel to the top of the CTD trail marker and can have a little snack and then head back down. The trail has some rocks and we have to travel thru 10 mile creek to start. And an FYI, periodically we run into Mountain bikes on this trail. Thought I would let you know. This is a treed ride so we don’t get too hot and there are some really pretty views. Hope to see many of you there; If not there at the meeting next Wednesday.
Switchback trail- Drive West on HWY 12 to Rimini rd taking a left driving to the 10 Mile picnic area. There is not much parking here, just an FYI. Below is a little info from the Helena National Forest Service
The Switchback Ridge trail is 3.6 miles long. It begins across from the Ten Mile Picnic Area and off the Rimini Road #695. It terminates at a junction with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #337.
|Draft Horse Expo - Deer Lodge
We are going to and driving in 5 classes at the Draft Horse Expo this weekend in Deerlodge. If you have time, come and visit there. Weather is so far is looking good and not too hot. We will have our camper/horses/wagon/buggy/etc. There from Friday evening to Sunday late afternoon. All the exhibitors at the barn and camping area love having the public come around to see/pet/ogle our animals and talk to and visit us.
Show starts early Saturday morning and runs to about 4pm Sunday afternoon. There is an admission fee daily/or for the whole weekend. Usually a raffle or two and plenty of under the grandstand vendors and displays. There will be an Antique tractor pull also. At least one other HTR member Carrie Hahn will be showing also.
|Kate Hollandsworth 492-7206 email@example.com|
|9/21/13||Cromwell Dixon (Left
At top of McDonald Pass) 6.6 mls trail is rocky. Good morning….just a reminder there is a ride at Cromwell Dixon tomorrow morning. Pete will be leading this ride as I have a class this weekend but I am hoping everyone has a wonderful time.
Cromwell is at the top of McDonald Pass on the left hand side. After you go over the cattle guard there is a sign that I believe says Quigley group use area on your left, head this direction going over another cattle guard. There is a picnic area and a nice circular turn around to park in.
I hope everyone has a fabulous time and will really try to think of one more place besides the one I have for October and will get that out next week. I am thinking they will both be up Scratch gravel so we will be less likely to have hunters but I would still recommend wearing orange on you and your horse. CYA you know. Happy Friday
| Chris Warren
|9/28/13||Cancelled Hanging valley 12.5 mls- This one will be tentative until I ride the trail as I was told there are 3 trees down|| Chris Warren
|10/20/13||We will be presenting awards, pot luck, rule changes, elections, National happenings and a recap of the state Omoksee.
WHERE: Helena High School
WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 4pm
Share: Please bring a dessert or salad
We are serving Taco Salad. WE hope to see everyone there, enjoying good friends and good times. Please share this with all your members. See you soon, Peggy
|10/25/13||Click here for info Chili Cook Off|
HELENA TRAIL RIDER TRAIL RULES
1. Every ride has a trail boss that will lead or give directions. If you don’t know the exact route, don’t get too far behind or too far ahead. Be sure to look out for each other. Another rider will also be designated to ride “drag” so no rider will be unaccounted for.
2. Dogs and stallions are not permitted on rides.
3. Smoking and drinking are limited to scheduled stops. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
4. Be courteous about running your horse around others.
5. If your animal is a kicker, be sure to flag its tail with red or orange flagging.
6. If your horse has a cough, let him drink downstream or after others have finished.
7. Be prepared for adverse weather and for other unforeseen circumstances. Take the necessary equipment and supplies with you.
8. Any guests (non HTR members) shall pay the sum of five dollars ($5.00) for a one day temporary HTR membership and sign a waiver prior to the ride. (waivers are available from the trail ride director or ride leader)
9. And last but NOT least, bring something to snack on or lunch and a canteen. Some of the rides can be long and water is not always available. There is always a scheduled lunch stop but the time and duration may change per trail ride leaders.
10. All riders on a trail ride will sign a liability waiver before each ride.
11. A tail-gate safety briefing will be held immediately before all trail rides, discussing safety hazards unique to that particular ride, and all pertinent Sections in Article V: Trail Rides. The group will be quizzed by the Trail Boss for any rider that has special needs for horse and/or rider.
12. The trail ride will not start until all riders are safely mounted and ready to go.
13. The trail ride will progress only as fast as the slowest rider. The Trail Boss will enforce this Section by controlling the pace of the ride.
14. All riders will stay behind the Trail Boss, unless specifically asked by the Trail Boss to go ahead for a specific reason.
15. Riders will not be allowed to lope their horses around and through other trail riders. Loping horses may be allowed at breaks if it can be done safely without causing undue stress on other horses and riders. The Trail Boss will make this decision.
16. All trail riders will hold their horses and not move from gates until the gate opener is safely mounted and ready to go. This applies at any time a rider must dismount for any reason.
17. A quick stop will be made after a short distance into the ride to see if all riders are accounted for and that all are OK and safe to proceed. If a rider must return for any reason, at least one rider will accompany him back.
18. If your horse is a kicker, be sure to flag its tail with red or hunter orange ribbon.
19. Do not bring a sick horse on a trail ride. If your horse develops a cough or starts to show signs of possibly having some other transmittable disease during the ride, have him drink downstream or after others have finished.
20. Be prepared for adverse weather and for other unforeseen circumstances. Take the necessary equipment and supplies with you.
Section 21. It is each rider’s responsibility to bring his own snacks, lunch, and water to drink. Some rides can be long and water is not always available.
22. It is each rider’s responsibility to provide for their own safety and to help others as needed. It is everyone’s business to look out for the safety of each other and our horses.
23. Loose horses will not be allowed at any time at the trail head, at lunch stops, at breaks, or on overnight rides.
24. Abusing stock will not be tolerated. Anyone abusing an animal at the trail head will be asked to immediately leave. The Trail Boss will be responsible for stopping anyone from abusing an animal during a ride, and they will be told they are not welcome on future trail rides.
Here’s to another safe and fun trail riding season!