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MCHA Recognizes 2015 Champions

Montana Cutting Horse Association held their year-end wrap up show September 18-19 at Miller's HorsePalace, Billings, MT. The final weekend show of the season for Montana welcomed 204 entries over the two days and featured $500 added Opens and NonPros.

Congratulations to the Year-End Champions for 2015:
OPEN - Sues So Smart owned by Bambi Gress, Ennis, MT shown by Brian Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID
NON-PRO - Sues So Smart, owned and shown by Bambi Gress, Ennis, MT
$50 AMATEUR - Bluish, Owned and shown by Cody Lee, Hamilton, MT
$15,000 NOVICE HORSE - Spoonful of Finesse, owned by Randy Kinsey, shown by Brian Anderson.
$15,000 NOVICE/NON PRO - Spoonful of Highbrow, owned and shown by Rachel Showalter, BIllings, MT
DERBY Open - Zees Smooth Cat, owned by Ellen Carter, shown by Brian Anderson.
NON-PRO Derby - Stylin Short Catt, owned and ridden by Kathy Foote.
$5,000 NOVICE HORSE - Shalikos Pacohontas, owned by Keith & Jeanne Mcginnis, shown by Tim Johnson.
$5,000 NOVICE/NONPRO - Shalikos Pacohontas, owned and shown by Jeanne Mcginnis
$15,000 AMATEUR - Pain In My Acre, owned & shown by Ehrin Dawson.
$35,000 NONPRO - Instant Little Queen, owned & shown by Donald Weeding.
$2,000 LIMITED RIDER - Catahoula, owned & shown by Ashley Lively.
JUNIOR YOUTH - McCoy Banner riding Lilbit Smartnflashy, owned by Bill & Betty Wimmer.
SENIOR YOUTH - Ouana Harkins riding Little Fantasy Pep, owned by Jeff & Tara Bilharz.

Special awards include - Kim Asay Most Inspirational Award - This award goes to someone thought to be a fierce competitor, showing great sportsmanship both in and out of the arena, while continuing to place a high value on family, friends and faith. 2015 recipient Brian Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID.

The Kim Asay Most Inspirational Award winner
Brian Anderson (center) with
Sherie Goppert-Keele (left) and (Bambi Gress) (right).

Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year, Ouana Harkins
with MCHA Vice Pres. Kathy Foote.

Jr. Youth Rookie of the Year, Gage Banner
with MCHA Vice Pres. Kathy Foote.

The 2015 Non Pro/Amateur Horse of Year winner
Instant Little Queen, owned and ridden by
Donald Weeding from Jordan, MT.

The 2015 Non Pro of the Year winner
Rachel Showalter (right) with Vice Pres. Kathy Foote.

Congratulations to Esther Peterson -
MCHA 2015 Rookie of the Year!

In April, Esther Peterson and her husband, Joel, made the trip to the famous Pitzer Ranch in Ericson, NE for their Spring Catalog Sale in search of a rope horse for Joel.

Joel had a short list of seven or eight horses picked out prior to the sale and when sale day came, the Peterson's purchased Oh Brother Boon, a 2008 AQHA Red Roan Gelding x Peptoboonsmal and out of Little Shiney Twist.

On the trip back to Montana, Esther googled Peptoboonsmal and found out that Gary and Alycia Bellenfant bred and raised the gelding. And the news gets better - Gary had trained the gelding as a cutting horse and - "Boon" had actual NCHA earnings to his credit.

Esther had met trainer, Kip Denton, in Bozeman earlier that spring. She made the phone call to Kip and asked Kip to work the gelding. Everyone was pleasantly surprised and Esther left the gelding with him for a refresher course for three weeks. Esther eagerly made the trip to Belgrade on a daily basis to keep up with Boon's progress and to take lessons on her new horse. Ester had always wanted to cut. Life has its ups and downs and finding “Boon” this past spring as perfect timing.

Esther's first show was on June 6. Her first class was described by Esther as a "royal disaster" however she redeemed herself on her second run in the Never Won A Buckle class and earned her first cutting buckle and the championship.

Esther's cutting career was off and running. Onto Whitehall, the Big Hole, Kalispell, Henry's Lake, and Billings - and - a 2015 MCHA Rookie Championship and fifth in the $2,000 Limited Rider.

Esther and Boon have now set the new goal of earning Esther her NCHA Achievement Buckle in 2016.

And - her new bucket list item is to one day meet Gary Bellenfant. You go, girl.

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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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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