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MCHA General Membership Meeting
Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 9 am
Miller's Horse Palace

Millers Horse Palace - Year End Show
Billings, MT
Friday & Saturday, Sept 18 & 19
Join us for the last show of the season - Fresh cattle practice Thursday, Sept. 17th.
MCHA Members - please bring a silent auction item or items to help raise money for 2016 awards. To donate an item for the auction or if you have questions please contact
Tanya Dvarishkis at (406)788-7185.

Year End Banquet - Sept 19th - 8 pm
Rib & Chop House, 1849 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT Just off of I-90, exit 443

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MCHA Members on your achievements

Rachel Showalter & PEPTOS SILVER RAP
Non-Pro Futurity Champions at Rooster Rush LAE & Weekend Show, August 28-29-30

Bambi Gress & SUES SO SMART
Reserve Champions at Idaho's MERCURIA NONPRO August 31


Congratulations to JoLynn Reyling –
2014 MCHA Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year!

When did you start cutting and who influenced you?
My Aunt Theresa Nelson exposed me to the horse-cutting world. As far as my love for horses that started early with my Grandpa and the family ranch in Glasgow, Montana . At a young age I was eager to help with all their ranching affairs, particularly anything horse related.
When I was 16 years old my Aunt Theresa lined me up with cutting horse trainer, Tim Stryker, as a “loper”. I was ecstatic and cannot say how grateful I am of this experience. Tim not only helped me to become a better horsewoman, but also opened my eyes to how fun cutting could be.
From there, I was able to lope at number of shows for Tim Stryker and Tom Campbell. It was not until the 2014 NCHA Days that I showed for the first time, and it has been one of my most cherished experiences.

What horse do you show or ride?
The first day I rode my Aunt Theresa's filly, which she had raised – Color T A Colonel or "JoJo". The second day Jim & Michelle Van Dyke were nice enough to let me show their gelding “Smooth As A Hawk”.

How is your horse bred?
Color T A Colonel is out of Colonels Silly Sister (a paint mare, my mom and I actually raised) and by Color Me Smart

How Old?
JoJo was actually a 5 yr old when I showed her.

Who bred and raised your horse?
My aunt Theresa

Tell us about your horse’s past and training history -
JoJo was trained by Tim Stryker and Tom Campbell. She won the MCHA $1500 Novice Horse yearend with Tom Campbell and the MCHA Non-Pro Derby yearend with Theresa Nelson.

What is your biggest, single win on your horse?
2014 NCHA Days Senior Youth Champion – both days!

What are your 2015 plans?
Currently a sophomore at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, I am majoring in material science engineering and minoring in business management. Reluctantly my MCHA and in general, horse experience, have been put to a halt. I will be co-oping with a Johnson and Johnson orthopedic Company, Depuy Synthes, in Warsaw, Indiana. This means that every semester (Fall, Sprint, Summer) I will rotate between my college courses and working for Depuy Synthes, resulting in me graduating in 5 years instead of 4. However, I will have over 1 ˝ years of work experience upon my graduation.
Even with my time away from horses and the cutting industry, I am already egger to get back in the saddle, and cannot wait to return to the amazing MCHA community.

Which is your favorite show and why?
Since the 2014 NCHA Days was the first and only time I ever showed, it is definitely at the top of my list as favorite show. However, with that being said, I absolutely loved being the loper for both Tim Stryker and Tom Campbell. They taught me so much; even in the little amount of time I was able to actually have some down time to harass them with questions. As much as I loved being in the show pen, I cherish the time I spent loping. I was able to see how my work “behind the scenes” could play a huge role in how the horse performed in the show pen, and that in itself was rewarding – plus it kept me extremely busy, which I love!

Anything else you would like to share –
I would like to say thank you to everyone in MCHA for welcoming me into your community. You have all been so thoughtful, caring, and extremely helpful towards me, and I appreciate that very much. I can definitely see how MCHA becomes a second family for some and that doesn't happen every day-so thank you!

Congratulations to Dakota Arno -
MCHA 2014 Rookie of the Year!

When did you start cutting and who influenced you?
October of 2013 is when I started cutting, a few months after I met my girlfriend Andi James.

What horse do you show or ride?
I showed Smashin Aristocrat owned by Andi's parents, Steve and Mavis James in the beginning, and then finished the season on Pretty Boy Jax owned by Andi.

How is your horse bred? Sire and dam -
Pretty boy Jax is out of pretty boy cat by High Brow cat and a Hickory mare.

How old is your horse? Jax is 8.

Who bred and raised your horse? The Waggnors in Texas.

Tell us about your horse’s past and training history -
Jax came from a non pro rider in Idaho. Since then Steve has kept him tuned.

What is your biggest, single win on your horse?
I don't know that I can nail down one single win but being Rookie of the Year in both Montana and Wyoming, plus winning the “Rerun Cattle - Win a Saddle” award and the Area 4 NCHA Days trophy explains some of my best memories.

How did you find your horse or hear about your horse prior to purchase?
Andi was showing Pretty Boy Jax when we met and has owned him since the fall of 2012.

What was it that convinced you to purchase your horse?
Well after winning more than $2000, I either had to buy a ring and get married or buy the horse if I wanted to continue showing. Someday I may do both but for now I bought the horse and have been showing him as much as possible this season.

Tell us what makes your horse special to you -
He is like a family member to us. He has the best personality. Goofy, friendly, into everything, and keeps life real. If we'd open our house door he would come right in and lay on the couch. He is easy to deal with and loves to travel. He has a big heart and loves his job.

What are your 2015 plans?
I am going to travel to as many Montana and Wyoming NCHA shows as possible this year as well as participate in the club cuttings.

Which is your favorite show and why?
I enjoy shows in Montana. The people there are great!

Anything else you would like to share –
Thank you Montana Cutting Horse Association for keeping the sport of cutting alive, and for providing welcoming experiences for all to enjoy. I have learned so much in my first year of cutting, and I want to thank everyone for the support and encouraging words along the way.

New 2015 Membership Prices!
We want you to be an MCHA member!!!
Individual Membership - $35 And for the first time, we now have a
Family Membership- $50 (Immediate family members to include Husband, Wife, and Children)
Youth Membership - $10

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Event Photo Galleries
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2015 Membership Sponsors

Billings Livestock Horse Sales

2015 Gold Sponsors


2015 Silver Sponsors

Montana Ranch of Bigfork LLC
Sandra & David Sabey
Chipotle Cat owned by
Switchback Cutting Horses, LLC
Nelson Ranch
Floyd & Deanna 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

Fishtail Creek Ranch, Bev Hall
$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
Eli Auger
Kalispell, MT
Junior Youth

2015 Bronze Sponsors

Van & Kathy Greenwell
Gayle & Brien Weber
$35,000 Non-Pro
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

2015 Youth Sponsors

Jonathan & Kathy Foote
Livingston, MT
Rachel Showalter & Tim Stryker
Billings, MT 



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