‘All ages’ saddle club members working hard to promote camaraderie

Members of the Rockin’ Wranglers Saddle Club who rode in the MSCA State O-mok-see include (from left) Club President Brenda Curry, Stacy Fowler, Amanda Hartman, Helaina Fowler, Soni Zarn and Jasmine Brinley.
Photos courtesy of Ida Brinley

Rockin’ Wranglers rider Jasmine Brinley shows off the belt buckle display case and trophy she won at the MSCA State O-mok-see. Brinley placed sixth in her age group at the state event.

Helaina Fowler (left) was chosen as senior princess and Amanda Hartman as queen at the MSCA State O-mok-see.

The Rockin’ Wranglers Saddle Club was formed in 2014 by Brenda Curry, Terrena Fogle, Soni Zarn and Naomi Parry, for horse-loving people young and old. The club holds monthly O-mok-see events at the Denton arena, as well as fun days/trail courses hosted by neighboring communities. One of the many goals of the club is to promote camaraderie among equestrians and create family events everyone can enjoy, even if they don’t ride.
This year the club received many donations to improve the Denton arena grounds. The Lion’s Club in Denton gave many hours of labor, as well as use of personal equipment and funds, to help with the improvements, including setting new posts and hanging new gates. The Club was also able to get the crow’s nest completed at the arena. The Denton FFA Chapter helped the Rockin’ Wranglers club by fabricating wonderful new bleachers.
One of the best things about the Denton arena is the ground. We have been blessed with the help of long-time local Bill Rous, who donates the use of his equipment, time and energy to work up the arena to provide the horses with great footing. None of the improvements would be possible without the help of the Lion’s Club, Denton FFA, behind-the-scenes volunteer Bill Rous and the many volunteers at the workdays. The Club is also fortunate to have volunteer office assistance and volunteer arena judges.
Bill Curry, Heidi Weber, Bridget Ihly, Judy Wickens, Ida Brinley and Curt Fogle work diligently to keep the shows running smoothly, with their skills as announcer, clerical staff and lane judges. Heidi is also a tremendous asset in the fundraising and coordination for the club. Without volunteers it would not be possible to have a successful club -- everyone’s efforts are appreciated, but there are simply too many to list.
In July two young ladies from the club – Jasmine Brinley and Helaina Fowler – were sponsored to attend the NSCA National O-mok-see in Blackfoot, Idaho. Keith Smith and Sawtooth Stable Youth Equestrian Center, who raised over $40,000 for over 80 youth sponsorships over the past nine years, made this opportunity possible. They sent a record number of youth this year, and they plan to continue bringing interested youth into the sport of O-mok-see.
Other competitors at nationals included Brenda Curry, Stacy Fowler and non-rider Ida Brinley. Helaina Fowler competed for the royalty title of NSCA Sr. Princess, and was pleased that a fellow Montana contestant, Olivia Toren, received the honor. Helaina, Jasmine and Brenda placed in the top 10 at the national level in their age divisions, which was an amazing accomplishment for their first year.
Labor Day weekend was MSCA State O-mok-see in Cascade, Montana. Six riders and three non-riders from the Rockin’ Wranglers Saddle Club participated and volunteered throughout the weekend. Amanda Hartman, Brenda Curry, Soni Zarn, Stacy Fowler, Helaina Fowler and Jasmine Brinley competed on Saturday and Sunday in many different speed events, including barrels, poles, key race, figure-eight barrels, polo turn, pair poles, and team turn and burn. Ida Brinley, Bill Curry and Judy Wickens came to show their support for the club, and volunteered many hours in the arena and taking pictures.
Amanda Hartman competed for the title of MSCA Queen and Helaina Fowler for the title of MSCA Sr. Princess. Both were successfully crowned as 2016-2017 royalty, and will be participating in many Montana events throughout the year, including rodeo and parade grand entries. There will be fundraising and community service projects as well.
A successful club is dependent on how much people are willing to volunteer. Ida Brinley has been a great contributor to the Rockin’ Wranglers Saddle Club as the official “show Mom.” She traveled to nationals and state, helping wherever she saw a need, especially behind the camera. If it weren’t for her help around camp and driving the golf cart to pick up tired riders and bring water, members may have not survived. Stacy’s mom, Judy Wickens, came and watched at state and helped whenever she was needed. It was a wet and cold weekend, but she came and supported everyone.
That is what the people involved in O-mok-see are all about. Not many sports can say the same. Rockin’ Wranglers members appreciate all of the volunteers, supporters, family and friends for a terrific year.

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