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Heart K Arena
Livingston, MT
May 31-June 1

Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Cutting: Saturday May 31st-Both rider and owner must be MCHA members.

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Congratulations to the Never Won A Buckle Class Winners:


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Our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey. The following is from Sara Pahlke, Audrey's daughter, with an update on how she is doing.

"We just heard from the Dr. regarding Mom's pathology results, surgery was a success. The surrounding margins from the cancer mass that was removed from her tongue and lymph nodes are clean. Meaning, it is a stage 2 and she does not need radiation and is cancer free!!

She has started physical therapy to relearn swallowing and assist with speech. She is doing great!!

Feeling very lucky and blessed, thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers." - Sara

Sara stated that Audrey will be getting to leave the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, and go home earlier than expected. This is very good news! Cards may be sent to her home address:

Audrey O'Keefe
116115 S. Buxton Rd
Silver Bow, MT 59750

Next up - NCHA Western Nationals, Denver, CO – April 28-May 9

Cancelled – Saddle Peak Arena Spring Show, May 17-18, Bozeman, MT

Next show
Get ready for NCHA Days in Livingston!!!
Heart K Arena LAE on May 29-30, 2014, Livingston, MT
Then its NCHA Days on May 31 and June 1, Heart K Arena, Livingston, MT
NEWLY ADDED! Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Cutting: Saturday May 31st - Both rider and owner must be MCHA members.
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2013 Awards Banquet
Congratulations to the 2013 MCHA Class Winners along with our Special Awards:
  Open/Nov. Horse of the Year - High Brow Tuesday owned by Helen Larsen
  Non-Pro/Am Horse of the Year - Simply Be Smart owned by Gayle Weber
  Rookie of the Year - Tanya Dvarishkis
  Jr. Youth Rookie of the Year - Taytin Young
  Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year - Abagail Brogger
  Non-Pro Award - Jann Parker
  Most Inspirational Award - Helen Larsen
  Kim Asay Memorial Award - Jann Parker
  Youth Scholarships going to 1st - $400 Abigail Brogger, 2nd - $200 Brianna Ash, and 3rd - $100 Greta Gustafson.

Thank you Sara Pahlke for taking photos at the Banquet – click here to view.

MCHA Member Spotlight

Jim Bower
“It all started with a pony named Duke that drug me through a barbwire fence”, Jim Bower stated. “Then, the next day my Dad sold him. I was 13. That was the end of my career with horses - until I was 45”, he continued.

“I saw Dan Lufkin’s photo on the front page of USA Today 25 years ago. I was playing basketball and Tae kwon do, getting beat up physically, and wanted a sport to compete in competitively in my 40’s. I thought cutting looked relatively ‘easy’, so I called Dan Lufkin’s office in New York. They transferred me to one secretary, then to the next secretary and then Dan answered,” a somewhat surprised Jim reflected.

Jim continued “I had never met Dan, he was a big-time brokerage firm and I introduced myself as a small brokerage firm. I was minute to Lufkin Jenrette, but he took my call. He put me in touch with Lindy Burch”.

“Now, I had never ridden a performance horse much less a cutting horse, and just imagine me – cutting with Lindy, on her terms!” Jim exclaimed.


MCHA Election Results
The election results are in! The MCHA wishes to thank Betty Lou Weeding for taking charge of sending out the ballets and her team that helped count them: Theresa Nelson, Carole Luetzen and Bart Heiken. We truly appreciate your time that goes in to sending out the ballets, collecting, and counting them. Congratulations to the new Directors for 2014-2015, James Bower from Billings, MT, Wylie Gustafson from Conrad, MT and Jann Parker from Billings, MT. Directors remaining on the Board for 2014 will be Todd Banner, Tim Johnson, Cody Lee, and Will Nuttall. Stepping up to President is Tom Campbell and newly elected Vice-President Tim Stryker. The three Directors that will be leaving the Board are Theresa Nelson, Michelle VanDyke and Gayle Weber. Thank you for your service, time and dedication to the MCHA. The new MCHA Youth Directors will be Abigail Brogger and Breanna Ash.

Denver to host 2013 NCHA Western Nationals
On Sept. 27, NCHA and the National Western Complex of Denver, Colo., reached an agreement to host the NCHA Western National Championships presented by 6666 Ranch in Denver, April 28-May 9, 2014. It has previously been in Reno, Nev., and Ogden, Utah.

While NCHA did not solicit bids for the Western National Championships, Denver and Nampa, Idaho, submitted bids along with Reno.

After analyzing the bids, the final contenders were Denver and Reno, and NCHA appreciates the hard work by the committees representing those two sites. It was a very difficult choice for the Executive Committee because of the impact the selection has on so many members and the challenges they face because of the sheer size and mountain ranges of the West.

After reviewing the very competitive bids, the Executive Committee requested staff investigate the potential for having championship shows in both locations. After thoroughly reviewing the financial impact of two shows, available dates at the facilities and access to cattle, it became clear that having a total of three championship shows per year is not feasible at this time.

However, the NCHA Executive Committee has established an outstanding compromise plan that addresses the needs of the greatest number of members by rotating the event between Midwestern (Denver or similar) and Western (Reno or other) locations on an annual basis through at least 2017.
For the 2014 site selection, the committee voted to go to Denver because of the city’s competitive financial bid, number of anticipated entries and drive time. Substantial numbers of NCHA members called and/or emailed in support of both Reno and Denver.

That is why the Executive Committee has made a commitment to rotating the Western Nationals to accommodate the largest number of NCHA members on an annual basis.

NCHA members have until November 10 to qualify to compete in the Eastern Nationals to be held in Jackson, Miss., and the Western Nationals in Denver. Qualification requires that an entry fee be paid and the rider rides to the herd in the event in which they wish to qualify. A total of $200,000-added is offered at each event, along with a significant prize package that includes RooHide saddles, Gist Silversmith belt buckles, Joey Jemison chaps, 5 Star Equine saddle pads and Platinum Performance and Lubrisyn products.

Event Photo Galleries

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2014 Gold Sponsors

2014 Silver Sponsors

Montana Ranch of Bigfork LLC
Sandra & David Sabey
Chipotle Cat owned by
Switchback Cutting Horses, LLC
Nelson Ranch
Floyd & Theresa Nelson
$50,000 Amateur
Weeding Ranch Inc.
Donald & Betty Lou Weeding
$15,000 Amateur

Lil Catbaloo/Broken Jaw Ranch
Gene & Michelle Morris
$5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro

Bev Hall
Billings, MT
$5,000 Novice Horse

Billings Livstock Horse Sales
$2,000 Limited Rider

High Brow Tuesday
Helen Larsen
$15,000 Novice Horse

Big Sky Internet Design
Tom & Carrie Bruch
$800 Rider
Weeding Ranch Inc.
Donald & Betty Lou Weeding
$15,000 Amateur
Big Sky Futurity & Aged Event
Will Nuttall
Derby - Open
Peppys Smooth Cat
Owned by Allen Munger
Derby - Non Pro

2014 Bronze Sponsors

Flawless Skin Care, LLC
Bambi Gress
Never Sweat Ranch
Cody Lee
$15,000 Novice Horse/Non-Pro
Rimrock Equine LLC
Rachel Showalter

Dynamite Goes Kaboom
owned by Bart & Kelly Heiken
Senior Youth

2014 Youth Sponsors




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