2012 MCHA ROOKIE OF
THE YEAR - JUSTIN WARNEKE
Congratulations - 2016 MCHA JUNIOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Faith Showalter
Tell Us about your cutting experience:
How long have you been cutting? This is my second year
What initially interested you in the sport? I have been around
cutting my whole life so I wanted to cut.
Which horse gave you your first cutting horse ride? I first rode a
practice horse named Jennifer's Oak
Have horses always been a part of your life? Since I was born
Favorite Cutting Horse Show: Big Sky Aged Event
Most memorable winning run: Winning the bridleless on my horse
Tell us about your cutting horse / horses:
Horse’s Age: 14
Sire: Smart Aristotcrat
Dam: Docs Solita
NCHA Earnings: About $14,000
Who bred and raised your horse: Randy Holman trained and showed her
at the NCHA futurity for the Sabeys. The
Holmans have had her since a 3 year old.
Special story or quirk that is unique to your horse: She teaches me
how to cut!
What does it mean to you to receive the 2016 MCHA Youth Rookie of
It is very special because it
is a lot of hard work to learn to cut and it
makes me feel like my horse and I did a good
2016 MCHA SENIOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Margarita Church
Margarita, or as friends may know her Rita,
shared a few thoughts with MCHA on her
I have been cutting off and on
for three years. I have grown up with horses
,they have always been a part of my life. As
a young girl I rode English and did a
considerable amount of jumping, worked every
summer I could at Del Mar Racetrack and
ponied the horses out to the track for
morning workouts. Both my mother and
grandmother were horsewomen who rode
For as long as I can remember I
had always wanted to give cutting a try but
the opportunity didn't arise and back in my
college days I would never been able to
When my youngest daughter was a
senior in high school I finally decided to
pursue cutting. That is when CD Royal Desire
aka " Goose" came into the picture. He is an
8 year old gelding by CD Royal out of Filled
With Desire (Playgun) He gave me my first
ride in the pen and he has been the only
horse I've ever shown in cutting. He has
$21,027.00 NCHA earning was bred by Lazy H
Ranch of Thorp Inc.of Weatherford,Tx and was
trained by Will Nutall.
The first year we bounced
around from a couple different trainers.
Then in January of
2014 we landed in Absarokee with Travis
Young and have been there ever since. We
started showing that year at the local
reined cow horse shows in the rancher herd
work classes. In August Goose had a serious
hind leg suspensory issue which took him
just over a full year to recover from. I
showed him in one more reined cow horse
shows herd work class last fall and than my
first NCHA show I went to was Farmington
Utah in October of 2015. From that show on
we have predominately showed in NCHA shows.
I would like to thank Travis
for all his hard work and advise and really
just putting up with me. If and when he ever
gets grey hair I know I will have
contributed to a lot of them. I am also very
thankful for my horse being so tolerable of
me especially when I get in the way of him
just trying to do his job.
My inspiration is to keep
improving in showing my horse and
consistently marking better scores.
Receiving the 2016 Rookie of the Year award
is quite an honor, as I am a competitive
rider but with myself. Cutting is a very
frustrating sport to compete in but is
rewarding at the same time.
Favorite quote: "No hour of
life is ever wasted that is spent in the
saddle".... Winston Churchill
Congratulations to 2016 MCHA Open Horse of
the Year Light Up At Noon
Will Nuttall - Owned by: James & Joyce Brown
Tell us about your cutting horse:
Age: 8 Yrs
Sire: One Time Pepto
Dual N At Noon
NCHA Earnings: $10,800.
All but about $500 this year.
Roger Wagner bred the horse and we purchased
Light Up At Noon from the Marvine Ranch at
the NCHA 2yr Futurity sale
2016 MCHA Open
Horse of the year. Nooner was also the 2016
Big Sky Aged Event – Pro Am / Non Pro
Champion with Will Nuttall and Jim. And Jim
was recently the 2016 Northwest Regional
Series Shootout Champion aboard Nooner in
the $5 Novice Horse Non Pro class.
How long have you been cutting?
On and off since the early
1970’s. Until this year showed only
occasionally the last 20 plus years. (Jim
Brown’s NCHA number is 202. That is a what
card players would call a “tell”…..you 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.)
What initially interested you in the
Looked like it was fun
and easy. Right about fun, wrong about easy.
Although the challenge is what makes it so
enjoyable. Still working to get it right.
Which horse gave you your
first cutting horse ride?
horse we purchased from Art Miller named
always been a part of your life?
Kalispell, Big Sky
Aged Events show.
memorable winning run:
the 10,000 NP with 51 entries.
What does it mean to you to receive
the 2016 MCHA Open Horse of the Year?
It came as a complete surprise.
We are very excited to have received this
award. It is something we can look back on
proudly for many years to come.
2017 Goals in the cutting pen?
Win the 25,000 N/NP and 25,000
novice classes. Would like to compete in the
aged event classes if we can find the right
Who or what inspires
My wife Joyce has always
encouraged me and the desire to continuously
Any special thanks?
To Will Nuttall for all the
help he gave me throughout the 2016 cutting
year and the outstanding job he did with
Light Up At Noon.
Congratulations to 2016 MCHA NP /
Amateur Horse of the Year & NP Amateur
Highest Money Earner
Sherie Goppert -
Keele and Merada Jo!!!
Also, a HUGE Congratulations to
MERADA JO & Sheri Goppert Keele on their
13th Place - World Finals finish in the
$5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro!!!
How long have you been cutting?
-Started in 2010 with a good
friend Kim Asay. Though didn't really start
competing NCHA till 2014 and after riding a
year with Tim Stryker. I'm thankful for the
start Tim Stryker and Rachel have given me!
What initially interested you in
-Changes in my life
and I needed something different to
challenge me with horses.
Which horse gave you your first cutting
-A friend of mine
let me ride a few turns on his retired
cutter. It was a rush almost comparable to
jumping cross country.
horses always been a part of your life?
-After breaking a leg on a
horse when I was 6 it wasn't till I was 13
that I talked Mom and Dad into letting me
ride again. I've been blessed to have always
had a horse since.
Cutting Horse Show:
Most memorable winning
-To date.. A 74 in the 2000
LR on my gelding... Booming to the Jazz..
Bred by Bart Heiken. I worked so hard for
years to have that ride on that horse. It
was Awsome to finally make it.
Tell us about your cutting horse /
Horse’s Age: Merada Jo
Sire: Cat's Merada
Dam: Sanjo Sue
NCHA Earnings: 81,347.54
Who bred and raised your horse: Pete and
Special story or
quirk that is unique to your horse:
I Loved Jo ever since I saw Jann Parker
and Jo's winning ride at Western Nationals
2014. It was impressive how easy they made
it look on some tuff cows. When I found out
he was for sale I could hardly wait to see
if Jo and I would get along. After my first
ride I was hooked... for Jo truly is an
Awesome horse and makes me want to be a
better rider every day. Every day I'm able
to throw a leg over him I'm very blessed...
if it is to cut a cow or ride down the
trail. Thank You Jann for giving me the
opportunity of owning such an Awesome horse!
date.. It would have to be Western Nationals
2014 15 Am Finals in Reno on my mare at the
time... Smoothe Scootin Cat.
it mean to you to receive the 2016 MCHA NP /
Amateur Horse of the Year and NP Amateur
Highest Money Earner awards?
-It's been a wonderful year... with abit of
hard change. Jo has been a dream come true.
I hope everyone loves and enjoys the horse
they have... for this is what it's about.
Enjoying what you do with your partner and
good people. MCHA members really are good
people that I admire and am happy to be able
to spend time with. Jo being voted Horse of
the Year was such an Honor!!! For it came
from people I think the world of and there
were so many Great horses up for it. Thank
You So Much!!!
2017 Goals in
the cutting pen?
Blessed day I can spend in the cutting pen
and with the friends I've made there.
Who or what inspires you?
-God.. for I aspire to be the
best I can. My friends.. for they all are so
incredible. People to truly aspire to be
like. And my horses.. for I aspire to be a
better rider with them.
-The world ain't all sunshine and
rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place
an' no matter how tough you think you are,
it'll always beat you if you let it. It
ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how
hard you can get hit and keep moving
forward. That's how winning is done! --Rocky
Hobbies / Interests
outside of the cutting pen?
still jump and ride dressage.
Anything else you would like to add:
-Will Nuttall and his Team has been
great this year with their support..
encouragement to go for my dreams.. care of
Jo and Jr.. and the Great way of working
with my horses and me. I can't Thank them
enough for all they've done!!! Horses are
easy to work with... Amateurs are abit more
Congratulations - 2015 – NCHA AREA 4 Class
Each year the National Cutting Horse
Association (NCHA) recognizes and provides
awards to the highest money earner of each
NCHA class by NCHA Area.
NCHA Area 4 consists of Montana and
MCHA would like to congratulate the
2015 NCHA Area 4 Class Champions!
Sues So Smart
Bambi L. & Tim
Gress, Ennis, MT
Sues So Smart
& Tim Gress, Ennis, MT
Lee, Hamilton, MT
Kelly Zelikovitz, Teton Village, WY
Randy Kinsey, Wilson, WY
$15,000 Novice Non-Pro
Donald Weeding, Jordan, MT
$2,000 Limit Rider
Sarah M. Bauer, Helena, MT
Youth – Junior
Youth – Senior
& Jane Goliher, Moran, WY
$5,000 Novice Non-Pro
Kelly Zelikovitz, Teton
~ Lindsey Lee & Kip Denton ~ 7/23/2016
May your married life
be fulfilled with laughter
And you love and cherish each other forever after!!
Lindsey and Kip are
registered at Target
Champion: $15,000 Novice Horse
Rider: Brian Anderson
Owner: Randy Kinsey
Horse: Spoonful of Finesse
NCHA Earnings : $10,621
Age / Sex: : 7 year old Mare
Sire: Hes a Peptospoonful
Breeder of the horse: David Mc David
Favorite Show: Heart K -
Slinky is a sweetheart of a horse. She
wasn’t shown until she was 5, all her
earnings are from weekend shows. Really
squats down on cattle with a huge stop,
awesome style. Trained by Brian Anderson of
Idaho Falls, Idaho.
2015 Class Champion: $35,000 Non-Pro
Horse: Instant Little
Horses Age: 9
Dam: Quiotes Little Queen
NCHA Earnings: $9682.09
Who bred and
raised your horse: Allen Munger and Vonnie
Westland of the Borderview Ranch at
Brockway, Montana. I got her as a yearling.
Share a special story or quirk that is
unique to your horse: Her Dam had never been
broke and was purchased at an Estate Sale at
Billings Livestock Commission Horse Sales.
Sire was a son of S&R Instant Choice that
was also purchased at BLS. He was a ranch
horse and never trained for cutting.
Favorite Show: Laurel, MT and Livingston, MT
How long have you been cutting? 14 years
Which horse gave you your first cutting
horse ride? Six Pack
Who or what
inspires you? My wife, Betty Lou
Anything else you would like to add? I never
tire of watching good cutting horses. I can
sit through a whole show from the first run
in the morning to the last one in the show.
Also love watching the Futurity which is now
on the internet. Cutting has given me a
whole new world and many new friends. I hope
to compete until I cannot ride anymore.
2015 Class Champion: $15,000
Rachel Showalter - BIllings, MT
spoonful Highbrow "Parker"
Horse’s Age: 8
Dam: High Brow Missy
NCHA Earnings: $16,000
Who bred and
raised your horse: Tim Stryker had him from
a yearling and did a fabulous job with him.
Special story or quirk that is
unique to your horse: First thing I ever
said to Tim Stryker was "I LOVE that
Biggest win: It varies but
being 2nd in the Northwest Regional Series
Favorite Cutting Horse
Show: Big Sky Aged Event
have you been cutting? 6 years
initially interested you in the sport? I did
reined cowhorse and wanted to skip the rein
Which horse gave you your
first cutting horse ride? I tried a nice
gelding that the Cowans owned, at Tim
Smith's and was hooked.
always been a part of your life? Yes since I
was a kid.
2016 Goals in the cutting
pen? Derby my 4 year old and see my daughter
Faith be as successful as she can.
Who or what inspires you? Tim Stryker
inspires me to behave and ride better. God
and my family inspire me to live better, our
clients/horses Inspire me to do a better
Favorite Quote: "slow yourself
down" --Tim Stryker
Interests outside of the cutting pen?
Packing back into the wilderness/back
country areas of the mountains.
Anything else you would like to add: It has
been an honor to own and show Parker these
last few years, good luck to his new owner
2015 Class Champion: $2,000 LIMITED
Lively – Buhl, ID
Horse: Catahoula – 2007 Gelding
This Cats Smart
Dam: is by Color Me Smart
and out of a Starlight Mare
Who trained your
horse: Catahoula has been in training with
Scott Martin since he was started.
Special story or quirk that is unique to
your horse: He has double papers Quarter
Horse and Paint
Horse Show: Henry Lake, ID
Interests outside of the cutting pen? My
studies at the College of Southern Idaho and
work as a colt starter at Scott Martin
Millers Horse Palace NWAB Winner
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2015 Class Champion:
Open / NonPro / Open Horse of the Year
Sues So Smart
Rider: Bambi Gress and
Horse’s Age: 10
Sire: WR This Cats Smart
Meradas Little Sue
Breeder of the horse:
Frank Vandersloot – Riverbend Ranch
Special story or quirk that is unique to
your horse: Loves, loves, loves her job!
Biggest Win: Mercuria NCHA World Series
– Reserve Champion Idaho Horse Park - $8,300
Favorite Show: Calgary Stampede & Las
How long have you been cutting?
Which horse gave you your
first cutting horse ride? Stylish Lil Jubee
Who or what inspires you? So many… my
friends and trainers, I always try to
surround myself with positive people!
Favorite Quote: Teamwork makes the dream
Closing Thoughts: I’m very
blessed and grateful! We were luck to flush
two embryos this busy season!
Class Champion: $50,000 AM
/ Rider: Cody Lee
Horse Earnings: $17,401.92
Horse Age: He is turning 9 years old this
Sire: Mecom Blue
Dam: Badge to
Breeder of the horse: BAR
Nothing Ranches of Avondale Colorado. Leah
Hanson had the horse since he was under a
year old, she raised Bluish.
Special Story: One day while sitting on the
fence after working horses on the flag on a
hot summer afternoon, everyone decided to
open a cold one. As soon as the can was
cracked open, Bluish started begging like a
dog and he eventually grabbed a can from my
sister and bit through it and tried to drink
from the can. It was at that moment we
learned of Bluish and his love for beer.
Biggest Win: On Bluish our biggest win
is Reserve champion for Western Nationals in
the 5,000 novice non pro. My best run that
Bluish and I have had was the last day at
the Moses Lake cutting. He has never felt
better than he did that day.
Show: My favorite show in Montana would be
the Heart K shows. The facility is second to
Cutting History: I started
cutting when I was 14 years old and now I am
32 so I have been cutting off and on for 18
years which is hard to believe.
Cutting Horse Ride: I learned how to cut on
one of the slowest turnback horses that the
industry has ever seen. However he was very
well trained and taught me the fundamentals
of the sport so the transition to a quick
horse was not as difficult as one might
What Inspires Me: I get
inspired by the horses themselves. They work
so hard and love doing it and the integrity
with which they work just amazes me.
Favorite Quote: "Show
me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I
will show you a guy you can beat every
time." Lou Brock
The family oriented nature of this sport is
truly unique and should never be taken for
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.
from Miller's Horse Palace Spring
Spectacular now available from Laurie
Errington, Scootemnshootem Photography,
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
- Non Pro – Sues So Smart, rider Bambi
- 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
- 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
- 15 Am – Reverse Sevens, rider Nancy
- 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
- 1500 Nov Horse – Spoonsula
Sweetness, rider Jamis Johnson, owner
Congratulations to the 2014 Never Won A Buckle Class Winners:
Meadow Vue Ranch Cutting
Lepley Creek Ranch Cutting
Briggs Ranch Cutting
Congratulations to the 2013 Never Won A Buckle Class Winners:
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MCHA sends Congratulations to -
Larsen, Powell, WY and her horse High
Brow Tuesday ridden by Tom Campbell for
placing 14th in the 2013 NCHA World
Finals $10,000 Novice Horse Division.
Tom worked hard showing this horse all
summer long and hauled many miles to
qualify to show in Fort Worth in the top
15. While competing in the World Finals
each rider had 2 runs to show their
horse in the Will Rogers Complex, Watt
Arena, showing to 5 judges, with the
high and low scores taken out. On
Wednesday, Dec. 4, Tom and High Brow
Tuesday landed 12th in the draw and
entered the arena with high hopes,
scoring a 211.5 in their first run. They
came back for their second run on
Thursday, Dec. 5, and showed 6th in the
class, finishing the year with a score
of 214.5. When all the dust settled that
put them in 14th place for the year and
what a great year it has been. High Brow
Tuesdays earning totaled $14,749.
CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Larsen and Tom
Campbell! As a side note, Tom will be
stepping up to be President of the MCHA
Also Congratulations to -
Foote and Times Sneakin Up Onu, aka
“Lola”! This team from Livingston, MT
started hauling early in the year
showing in the $5,000 Novice/Non Pro
Division. With a good start with shows
in Arizona then back to Montana, and a
few other states in between, Kathy and
Lola also qualified to show in the 2013
NCHA World Finals. For their first run
in the Watt Arena on Dec. 4, the team
came up first in the draw and walked out
with a score of 183. They returned on
Dec. 5, coming up 10th in the draw and
leaving the arena with a score of 190.
With everything all said and done, Kathy
and Lola finished in 12th place in the
World Standings and bringing home $9,869
for the year. We are sending out huge
CONGRATULATIONS to this team, we are so
proud to have you in our association and
looking forward to watching you show
Johnson and Dulces Mighty Oak win “ReRun
Cattle Win a Saddle:
New this year to the Montana Cutting
Horse Association’s list of classes and
awards was the “ReRun Cattle Win A
Saddle” Championship which was awarded
to the competitor who won the most money
in the three “re-run cattle” classes:
the $35,000 Non Pro, the $15,000
Amateur, and the $2,000 Limited rider.
Dr. Tim Johnson of Gallatin Gateway
riding Dulces Mighty Oak took home the
inaugural 2013 “ReRun Championship” with
a combined year-end total of $2,891
earned in the $35 NP and $15 Am.
Runner-up was Gayle Weber, Corvallis, MT
with $2,248 and in third place, Travis
Young of Absarokee with $1,451.
“My goal this year was to do the best
that I could”, said Dr. Tim “I started
out in the $50 Amateur at our first show
in Idaho and also showed there in Las
Vegas, but I decided that it was
simplest to show where I was back to
back – in the $35 NP and the $15 Am.”,
he continued. “I rode the same horse all
year, “Dulces Mighty Oak” a nine-year
old gelding by Dulces Smart Lena that I
purchased three years ago from Jeremy
Barwick. The gelding already had a solid
aged event career with Dean Dohmann, and
he is a good horse, he’s like a puppy,
but it took me two years to figure it
out on him”, Tim said. “I kept my other
horse until I felt confident with him,
that I could make it work – most of the
time, anyway”, he added.
Tim and his gelding also took home
the MCHA’s $15,000 Amateur Championship
this year, won fourth in the $35,000 Non
Pro for the year-end, and – won the 2013
Wyoming Cutting Horse Association
$35,000 Non-Pro Championship, as well!
The team started their year off in style
by qualifying for the $50,000 Amateur
Finals at Western Nationals in Reno, NV
this past May.
Tim’s favorite show
this year was the Briggs Ranch Cutting
in Whitehall, MT as he enjoyed showing
outdoors with good weather – but – the
Heart K Land and Cattle Show in
Livingston follows as a close second.
This year Tim made a career change
and during the week you can find him in
Helena, MT. “I’ve settled into something
I can do for a longer time, working for
VA Montana, serving Montana’s veterans
at the VA Hospital in Helena” Tim said.
Tim’s wife, Sara, and chocolate lab,
Dakota, accompany him to many of the
And – the plan for the new saddle?
Well, Dr. Tim has graciously donated it
back to the MCHA’s “Live Auction”
fundraiser held during the MCHA Banquet
this coming April.
Thank you, Dr. Tim
Johnson, and all the best in 2014.
MCHA 2012 “Most Inspirational” Award
Montana Cutting Horse
Inspirational” award recipient
for 2012, Richard Neustaedter
was totally surprised, caught
off guard, and honored.
When asked about the award,
Richard explained “In 2012, I
seemed to be in all the right
places to help out and be able
to step up to the plate at some
of the shows and assist Tom
(Campbell), Will (Nuttall), and
Theresa (Nelson), too. Everyone
has always been really super,
but these three were always
right there for me and I felt
this was a good year to help
them back. Without guys like Tom
and Will, there would not be
amateurs. It is really the
Richard summed it
up with the statement that
“Sometimes it is more fun to
help people than it is to be
Up until 2006,
Richard had shown out of Hailey,
ID. In 2006, the Neustaedter’s
sold their business in Stanley,
ID and moved to North Fork, ID
which is 15 miles from the
Montana border. This move
allowed Richard to cut more in
Montana with the MCHA where he
has been a regular at Montana
Cutting Horse Association events
reflected that he remembers
trainer Kevin Coyner telling him
that is takes about 15 years
before you ever really get it
figured out. Richard commented
“I don’t know if it took that
long, but it took ten years,
Richard has had
two horses in his cutting
career. His first show horse was
named “Stinger” who came from
California. Trained by Don
Ulmer, the gelding was a really
nice, honest horse to start out
with. He was a good,solid
gelding that could get you
going. Richard sold him and
purchased Attractive Wipeout
from Charlie Cord, Sun Valley,
ID. A daughter of CD O’lena and
out of a mare by Bob Acre Doc,
“Wipeout” was originally trained
and shown by Will Nuttall and
won $13,000 or more as a three
year old. Today, the mare’s
earnings are over the $30,000
mark – with $10,000 put on her
to attend MCHA cuttings this
summer and really enjoys the
friends and people he has met in
the cutting arena. Richard and
his wife, Floris, live in North
Fork, ID. Richard enjoy
retirement when he doesn’t have
to sit around – he helps out on
his neighbor’s ranches with
sorting, pairing, and branding –
everything that goes along with
Justin Warneke has shown cow
horses for eight years and competed in
the NRCHA. In 2012, with customer Joette
Brown’s encouragement, Justin expanded
on his cutting abilities and began
showing in the Montana Cutting Horse
showed WSR Dulces Cattalena, a 2008 AQHA
sorrel mare x Smart Little Dulces and
out of a daughter of High Brow Cat. The
mare is owned by Richard & Joette Brown
and was originally bred by Western
the MCHA events for strengthening his
cow horse skills in the cutting
department and also appreciates the
opportunity to expand his business to
those horses who may be more geared to
the cutting pen versus the three
dimensional cowhorse competitions..
Justin grew up in Lewistown, MT and
now lives and trains in Great Falls, MT.
He has a western variety of horses in
training, including cowhorses, cutting
horses, and rope horses. He and his
wife, Cristal, and daughter Rayna, son
Wyatt, and daughter Ashlyn, enjoy the
western way of life.
growth of the Reined Cowhorse industry
in Montana, Justin has found it easier
to stay closer to home to gather
earnings on his horses. He also competes
in the major cowhorse events each year,
including Reno and the NRCHA Derby in
California, the Stallion Stakes in Las
Vegas, the Hackamore Classic in Pueblo
and the Idaho Reined Cowhorse Event in
With his full
schedule, Justin trys to attend cuttings
as much as he can and appreciates the
skills he has learned.
Montana Cutting Horse Association
earnings were won in Dillon, Lewistown,
Justin can be
reached at Warneke Horse Training
Larsen found her dreamhorse on
dreamhorse.com. In 2010, Helen
had been looking for a stud
horse for some time and had gone
down to Fort Worth to the
Futurity sales to look at
horses. Nothing grabbed her
attention. So – she searched for
High Brow Cat on Dreamhorse…and
bingo! He showed up. She visited
with the agent and a trip to
Texas to look at the horse was
in order. Off to Weatherford and
to Darren Simpkins place she
went and the deal was on. Off to
Wyoming High Brow Tuesday went.
Helen thinks it was a big shock
to his system – she got him in
February – he left 70 degrees
and came to his new home in
Powell and a 0 degree reading on
Brow Tuesday is a 2006 stallion
by High Brow Cat and out of the
famous dam Ruby Tuesday DNA.
Making him a full brother to
Buffalo Ranch’s Hydrive Cat.
Originally trained by Darren
Simpkins and shown by then-owner
Carol Dewrell in the Non-Pro
Futurity, High Brow Tuesday has
now amassed over $20,000 in
earnings, including the MCHA
Open/Novice Horse of the Year in
2012 and took home the title of
MCHA $3,000 Novice Horse last
year. He also won the title of
Area 4 $3,000 Novice Champion.
Tom Campbell has had great
success with this horse with
paychecks cashed in Arizona,
Canada, Washington, and Idaho.
Helen credits Tom with the
horse’s show success and this
year’s goals include the Open
and $10 Novice classes. Helen
and her internet find look
forward to a great 2013.
It’s in the
books! To all the Montana Cutting Horse
Association members who competed in Reno and
qualified for their respective finals –
congrats to Tim Johnson on Dulces Mighty Oak
in the $50 Am; In the $10 Novice Will
Nuttall aboard Aristo My Ash for Switchback
Cutting Horses and Randy Holman riding
Pretty Smart Cat for Sandy Sabey, both
marked a 217.5 in the finals splitting 3-5
place; Susan Holman rocked ‘em in the $2000
Limited Rider where she scored a smoking
217.5 aboard Smart N Catty owned by Sandy
Sabey and put her in third place with a
$2,918 paycheck; In the $3000 Novice Horse
class, Brian Anderson and Cat Seup earned
$1,629 and an 8-10 split with Will Nuttall
and Aristo My Ash collected $1,210 for their
run. . In the $15 Amateur, Dr. Gerald Dorros
made the finals aboard Tachitas Brigalena.
In the Open, Will Nuttall showed Fletch My
CD marking 216 earning $2,327 and splitting
4-5 place. Helen Larsen’s stallion, High
Brow Tuesday shown by Tom Campbell won 9th
place and $1,241. In the $15 Novice Non pro,
Jann Parker aboard Smart N Promising earned
Co-Championship honors with a 216.5 and a
paycheck of $4,699. CONGRATULATIONS!
Complete results can be found right here
Todd Banner – 2012 Kim Asay Memorial Award
winning this award is someone
thought to be a fierce
competitor, showing great
sportsmanship and inspiration
both in and out of the arena,
while continuing to place a high
value on family, friends and
Todd Banner grew
up on a small ranch in western
Montana. He competed at a young
age in 4-H and when he was in
junior high, each spring the 4-H
Council would bring clinician
Tom Campbell to Hamilton. Tom
conducted Monty Foreman clinics
on balanced riding and each year
the clinic was a highlight for
horse enthusiasts in the area
including Todd. Todd attended
college for three years in Ranch
Management as his major and
attained his associates degree.
He began working for horse
trainers including Brad Gieby in
Georgia and Jim Mapes in
Colorado. “Working for Jim was
great. He was a good boss. We
got to cowboy a lot in addition
to training cutting horses. He
was such a generous guy – he
would co-sign my cattle notes at
the bank for me”, Todd said.
“Jim is not just a horse
trainer, he knows cattle and the
cattle business, I learned a lot
from Jim”, Todd added. Todd
worked for Jim for four years.
Then back to Montana and to work
for Clay Christian in Anaconda
at the Christian Cattle Co.
where he had 22 two-year-olds to
start. Clay ran 3,000 commercial
cows in addition to registered
cattle, Todd was able to show
some cutters for Clay in
addition to working on the
cattle operation. The place sold
and Todd went off on his own
training horses. He leased the
indoor arena in Anaconda for a
bit then he got married and
moved to Corvallis where he
rented barn space from Bill
Murphy at John Cantrell’s place
and welcomed McCall and
McKenzie. Eventually, Todd
purchased his own land in
Corvallis and built his arenas
and house and trained full-time,
produced cuttings, and conducted
cutting clinics including
international clinics. Todd
married Kate Wimmer in 2003 and
in 2005 they had McCoy. The
first day of 2007 the family
moved to their ranch in Cascade,
Todd was quite
surprised to learn he earned the
honor of receiving the Kim Asay
award for 2012. Todd attributes
his faith in God and with Kate’s
help, in keeping the balance
between his chosen career and
quite a lady. It was a
compliment to me that I would be
compared to her. She raised her
family so positively, her boys
were competitive but it was
obvious they had strong family
ties and values. She stepped out
and trained horses in a tough
field, and I am certainly
honored,” Todd concluded.
Catbaloo owned by Gene and Michelle Morris,
Florence, MT –
“Woody” - The stallion son of
High Brow Cat was purchased as a
yearling at the NCHA Futurity
sale in 2010, and was bought on
the recommendation of the
Morris’ trainer, Mitch Davis.
Mitch had trained his mother,
Sweet Lil Boo, a mare by Sweet
Lil Lena when he was training in
Nevada. Mitch took him home to
Montana and started him as a two
year old. Quickly Mitch knew he
had a very special horse. And –
that the Morris’ needed to get
him to an Open Division rider
and trainer. In September of the
stallion’s two year old year,
Mitch called Lloyd Cox and asked
if he would look at the stallion
and give him his opinion. Mitch
took the horse to the Pacific
Coast Futurity, Lloyd tried the
horse, and told Mitch to bring
him back to him in March of his
three year old year. Lloyd took
over his training in March and
the rest is recorded in
history…the horse marked a 217.5
in the first go of the NCHA
Futurity, came back in the 2nd
go and repeated the 217.5
qualifying him for the famed
NCHA Open Futurity Semi-Finals.
He marked at 217 and that put
him in the finals on Saturday
night. He worked third in the
first set and layed down a 221.
That held for fourth place and
$112,000 in the bank. On to the
Abilene Spectacular where the
duo made the finals and cashed a
check for $5,000. Then to the
Bonanza in Glen Rose, TX where
they captured 6/7 place and
pocketed another $11,836. . Over
the weekend, at the Arbuckle
Mountain Futurity in Ardmore,
OK, Lil Catbaloo earned Reserve
Championship honors in the Derby
and another $17,500. The next
stop: NCHA Superstakes, Fort
Worth, TX in April. The Breeders
Invitational is also on the
“He’s really laid back, loves
people, is easy going, and is
very smart on a cow”, Michelle
says. In a matter of three
months, the big time stallion
has amassed just under $150,000.
The Morris’ truly credit Mitch
Davis for finding this
Congratulations Gene and Michelle Morris and Lil Catabaloo!!
Ridden by Lloyd Cox, Lil Catabaloo marked a
221 in the NCHA Futurity Finals to earn
$112,031 and fourth place. Congrats!
HERE TO READ MORE.
Also Congratulations to Robert Borick
aboard Im Double Smart! Robert made the
Non-Pro Finals, marked a 211 and split 11-12
and took home a paycheck of $33,173.
To those Montana Cutting Horse Association
members who qualified in the NCHA’s Top 15!
See the final NCHA standings right here
Michelle Van Dyke and Texas Brushpopper!
Michelle Van Dyke and Texas Brushpopper have
had a great year at the aged events.
Michelle kicked off her season with two
solid runs at Big Sky Aged Event in
Kalispell in August. Michelle missed the
four year old finals by ½ point. Michelle
now knew she had a solid four year old show
HERE TO READ MORE.
Congratulations, Gayle Weber!
2011 Montana Cutting Horse Association $15 Amateur
and $35 Non-Pro Champion
Gayle Weber from Corvallis, MT has had one
outstanding year. She earned two Montana Cutting
Horse Association year-end titles in addition to an
NCHA Top 15 position in the $15 Amateur for 2011. I
asked Gayle about her achievements, goals, and what
‘I started cutting in 2008. My very first cutting
was the Never Sweat Ranch cutting in Hamilton. I
called Ric Bellwood (her trainer), and said – I am
scared. I am not going. He told me, that yes, I was
“When I finally showed my horse that day, Robert
Pilster (trainer from ID) was in the corner holding
herd. He told me I had to breathe”. I can remember
the first time I cut in the show pen like it was
yesterday”, Gayle commented.
“My year really didn’t start off well. In the fall
of 2010, I asked myself what are my goals? Where am
I at?” I read Barbara Schulte’s book and I
re-evaluated. My husband, Brien, has been so
supportive. I had notes that I had kept on cutting,
I really thought it out. It was time to get outside
my box, get out of my comfort zone.”
“I made the decision to take my mare to Tom Campbell
in Arizona for the winter. I couldn’t find a ride
for her, so I took her myself. I had a great trip,
all by myself! I listened to books on tape and had a
“When you change trainers, you leaern more about
yourself. I think I have learned more about myself
in the last year than I have in a long time” Gayle
“I was fortunate to get to go do it.”
Gayle rides “SIMPLY BE SMART” a 2002 AQHA Bay mare x
I’ll Be Smart and out of Quanahs Miss N Reno by
Quanoah O Lena. . “I love my little mare. In the
spring of 2009 Joy Smith brought her to Ogden, UT
for me to try. She was barefoot and fat. She is so
darn sweet, she is the sweetest horse I have ever
been around. She is so social. She likes to watch
other horses cut. She is such a joy. We have fun
“2012 has already started for me. I showed in Queen
Creek, AZ in January and I am going back the end of
February. My goal is to ride in Fort Worth. I am
going to work myself that way. Each ride is a new
ride. Tom gives me ten minutes to get over my
mistakes and then it is time to move on.”
“My goals are really to keep having fun. I love the
sport and there are so many fantastic people out
there and that’s what makes it worthwhile.”.
Kim Asay Memorial Award: Criteria for
winning this award is someone thought to be a fierce
competitor , showing great sportsmanship and
inspiration both in and out of the arena, while
continuing to place a high value on family, friends
Donald Weeding, Jordan, MT.
I had the
opportunity to visit with Donald about being
selected this very first year to receive the award
given in memory of MCHA cutter, mother, friend,
wife, and very special person - Kim Asay. We lost
Kim this year to a horse accident, and the MCHA
Board chose to honor her memory with the
presentation of the “Kim Asay Memorial Award”.
“It is quite
an honor”, Donald stated, to have been selected for
the award. “I highly respected Kim and her family “,
ago, at NCHA Days in Douglas, Kim was loping,
preparing to show. She asked me ‘would you keep my
buckle for me?’ I said, sure I would, and here it
was a go-around buckle from the National Finals
Rodeo that her son had won!” Kim told me that it was
too heavy to wear while she showed and I was the
“keeper”. “I know that’s the closest I will ever
come to one of those!”
“Kim gave up
her non-pro card, she had to go to training horses,
she was such a good horse person. I was very honored
to receive the award.” Donald concluded.
Weeding began cutting about ten years ago. He said
“I started on a do-it-yourself-deal, and it
took a little while, but I figured that wasn’t the
best way to go!”
helped Donald kick start his career. He went to
clinics and schools, and now trains with Tom
Donald is currently showing INSTANT LITTLE QUEEN, is
a mare that was bred and raised by Borderview Ranch
Quarter Horses, Allen Munger and Bonnie Westland,
their son of SR Instant Choice who is out of Smart
Mililena x (Smart Little Lena and out of Millie
Montana) and out of a Doc Quixote mare, Tom Campbell
has trained her for the past year and a half.
her and I am getting along well, too.” Donald added.
“I look forward to having her for many years.”
along well? It’s better than that…I checked up on
Donald and his mare and skimmed the results of the
recent cutting in Queen Creek, AZ. Just this month,
Donald marked a 73 to win the $35 NP on her – out of
a field of 15 that day in his class.
me that Bonnie Westland had thought the mare was her
best prospect that particular year. Donald bought
her as a yearling and liked the fact that she had
grown up in big country.
his wife, Betty Lou, live within 65 miles of Queen
Creek, AZ in the winter months. Donald says “It’s
just like home here.” Donald grew up in eastern
Montana and learned to appreciate better horses.
his wife, Betty Lou, who has been so supportive of
his cutting, for her contributions to his success.
Donald concludes “If you are having a bad day, get
on your horse and ride across the pasture – just
you, your horse, and the Man upstairs. If you don’t
come back much enlightened, you probably were not