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Tentative 2015 Schedule
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Show Schedule  3/11
Show results  4/27
Standings 4/27
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Board Meeting Minutes 4/22
Photo Gallery 6/30
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Congratulations to the Never Won A Buckle Class Winners:



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Coming up Next - NCHA Days in Buffalo, WY!
Hosted by WCHA 
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Photos from Miller's Horse Palace Spring Spectacular now available from Laurie Errington, Scootemnshootem Photography, 801-791-9050.
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Miller’s Horse Palace Spring Spectacular awarded circuit awards for the two day show and what a selection of awards. Congratulations to the circuit winners of the Spring Spetacular!

  • Open- Sues So Smart, rider Brian Anderson, owner Bambi and Cats Smart Richochet, rider Mike Giannini, owner Ron Wheeler
  • Non Pro – Sues So Smart, rider Bambi Gress
  • 50 Am – Bluish, rider Cody Lee
  • 15 Nov Horse - Shes Two Busy, rider Mike Hoffman, owner Kevin Krieg
  • 15 Nov. Non Pro – Merado Jo, rider Jann Parker
  • Derby Open - RW Contessa rider Mike Giannin, owner Ron Wheeler
  • Derby Non Pro - Neat Sweet Finish, rider Suzanne Nellen
  • 35 Non Pro – Studio Play Me, rider Bart Heiken
  • 15 Am – Reverse Sevens, rider Nancy LaCounte
  • 5 Nov Horse – Paralyzer, rider Jonah Deines owner Grant and Jane Golliher
  • 5 Nov Non Pro – Peptos Pocket Pistol, rider Joani Mink
  • 2000 LR – Booming to the Jazz, rider Sherie Goppert-Keele
  • 1500 Nov Horse – Spoonsula Sweetness, rider Jamis Johnson, owner Chalyse Edgar-Debenedetti

Congratulations to our 2014 Champions and achievers!
The Montana Cutting Horse Association Awards banquet was very special and recognized the Year-End Champions in each event as well as special awards including Non-Pro and Open Horse of the Year, Most Inspirational, and the Kim Asay Award. Congratulations to our champions!

Non-Pro Horse of the Year – Miss Chiquita Boon owned and shown by Jim Bower.
Open Horse of the Year – Sues So Smart owned by Bambi Gress, Ennis, MT and shown by Brian Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID.
Non Pro Award – Darrell Lee, Hamilton, MT
Most Inspirational Award – Theresa Nelson, Billings, MT
Kim Asay Memorial Award – Tami Allen, Roundup, MT
Rookie of the Year – Dakota Arno, Daniel, WY
Jr. Youth Rookie of the Year – Tice Hiner, Walla Walla, WA
Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year – JoLynn Reyling, Glasgow, MT

MCHA Member Spotlight

Jim Brown showed Light Up At Noon in the $5,000 Nov Horse/Non-Pro last March & April 2014 at the Cottonwood Equestrian Center in Silesia, MT.
Jim Brown
Jim Brown’s NCHA number is 202. That is a what card players would call a “tell”… can “tell” just about how long Jim Brown has been a member of the National Cutting Horse Association. Early. Try 1972. He has been an NCHA member every year since.

A native of the Golden State, Jim was still living in sunny California. He had some horses and had been playing around with horses in general and met a man named Art Miller, a cutting enthusiast. Jim purchased his first cutting horse from Art, “Albers Jessie” a gray gelding that had won a fair amount of money.

He was 16 or 17 when Jim bought him – Jim followed the advice of another cutter about purchasing an older, seasoned horse to learn on. es for a month. She lost a cow that day … but got the feeling of competition and away she went.


(Left) Dakota Arno with Pretty Boy Jax and saddle donated by Tim Johnson (right)
Dakota Arno
Montana Cutting Horse Association's "Rerun Cattle Win A Saddle" Winner!

In the beginning, I had no idea I would be a saddle winner!

Andi (Andrea James) got me on my first cutting horse in October of 2013, just a few months after we met. Steve (James) has taught me everything I know about cutting and Andi has been my support and traveling partner. And we can't forget Mavis (James), she keeps everything at the ranch alive while we are off showing. Without these people I wouldn't be where I am today!

I started off the season showing Smashing Aristocrat at NCHA Days in June and won the average trophy in the 2000 LR there. We then headed for Whitehall and that is where I learned I was in a class that was in the rerun cattle win a saddle running. I didn't own my own horse so the only class I could show in was the 2000, so we weren't sure if the saddle would be in reach or not. Andi and I love all the Montana people, they always welcomed us and took us in like family everywhere we went. We enjoyed it so much that we traveled to the rest of the Montana shows. I even talked Andi into going 11 hours to Kalispell. Tom Campbell and Tim Stryker were always there to help, and we appreciate them and all the other trainers who are willing to help all day long show after show.


MCHA Show Schedule!!!!!
The MCHA has been working hard to bring you a GREAT show schedule for 2015!
Take a look and make your plans to come cut in Montana! We can't wait to see you.

Northwest Regional Cutting Series

We've had a great start to our Northwest Regional Cutting Series with the Idaho and Oregon shows, both raising over $1000 toward the "Shoot Out"! Thank you to both associations for their hard work and dedication to promoting and producing top notch shows to kickoff the series.
There will be more of the same to come this summer in Washington and Montana, so be sure to mark your calendars now! All show information, results and current standings can be found on all four Associations websites, along with additional information regarding the NW Regional Cutting Series. Check them out!

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

click here for membership application.

Event Photo Galleries

Be sure to check out our photo galleries! Click here to view.

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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