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Hats Off!

42 Years of Fun

Bitterroot Mountettes Drill Team  

By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer 

 

March 2008 Issue

 

     “I’ve never missed a performance,” says Collette Maxwell, a 30-year veteran of the Bitterroot Mountettes, a ladies drill team that has consistently won in drill team competitions across the West. Her words emphasize the fact that first and foremost the drill team is fun.

     Maxwell says that the team began in 1966. It was initially encouraged by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, who wanted something fun their wives could do with horses like the Posse was doing at that time.

     “Since then, there are only a few times I can remember when we were not the Montana State Champions,” says Maxwell.

     “We are very active. We compete with the five Montana drill teams, plus we perform at events like the Drummond Rodeo; the Missoula Country Fair; the Senior Pro Rodeo (in Hamilton , Montana ); the Arlee, Montana , Rodeo; and all the parades. We have traveled as far as British Columbia , Nevada , and the Calgary Stampede to perform and compete.”

 

     Maxwell says, “Currently, we have twelve active members, including one 15-year-old with her parent. We could use twenty.

     “It’s a big commitment,” she explains. “Beginning on April 1, we practice once a week, but with competitions and appearances we can spend more time.

     “All a person needs is a good, well-mannered horse that can canter and get along with other horses. There are no breed or color restrictions.”

     Maxwell says that she had ridden twelve to fourteen horses over her years as a Mountette, and favors young horses that she is in the process of training because they get great experience in lots of situations.

 

     The Mountettes hold fundraisers throughout the year and have sponsors to defray travel, costume and other expenses.

     Their upcoming 28th Annual Bitteroot Mountettes Stallion Auction will be held March 22, 2008, at the C Max Stables in Corvallis, MT. Breedings to more than 30 nationally-known stallions will be up for bid. The stallions may be previewed at 10:00 a.m., and the auction starts at 11:00 a.m. The indoor facility will also have food and drinks available.

     For more information on the Stallion Auction, contact Linda Olbert at 406-961-3737, or email brm_aution@msn.com. E-mail bidding may be done at: cmaxstable@msn.com.

     For more information on the Bitterroot Mountettes, call Collette Maxwell at 406-961-1985 or visit www.bitterrootmountettes.com.

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