We had a great time
cutting last weekend at the Keyser Creek
Arena in Columbus! Check out the photos from
MCHA lost a
great supporter and true friend with the
passing of longtime Secretary and Treasurer
Shirley Anderson Williams. Shirley, 65, of
Idaho Falls, passed away June 28, 2017, from
injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her
family, including her sister and brother in
law, Dorothy and John Seymour.
Shirley was born
April 1, 1952, in Paso Robles, California.
She attended Cal Poly State University SLO.
After graduating Cal Poly, she taught school
in a one-room schoolhouse in Polaris,
Montana. In Montana, she met the love of her
life, Dr. Tom Williams. The two were married
in Paso Robles, California, in 1977. She
managed their veterinary practice in Dillon,
Montana, for over 20 years. Shirley and Tom
moved to Idaho Falls in 2004, and she became
a full-time roper and part-time farmer. But
her favorite job was being a mom to her
daughter, Tammy, and a "Momo" to her
grandsons, Tristan and Grant.
main passions in life were her family and
rodeo. As a child in California, she
competed in countless rodeos and horse
shows. She was a member of the rodeo team at
Cal Poly. After moving to Dillon, she
enjoyed roping with Tom. She got to pass on
the love of rodeo to Tammy and was an
enthusiastic high school and college rodeo
mom for many years. After Tammy graduated
college and was done rodeoing, Shirley was
back in the arena again with seasoned
horses. She roped every week with her
"roping friends" in Idaho. They roped a lot
of calves, had even more laughs and a lot of
Shirley was a
friend to everyone she met and always had a
kind word, a warm smile and a word of
survived by her husband, Tom of Idaho Falls;
daughter, Tammy (Jason) Neal of Smyer, TX;
grandsons, Tristan and Grant; sister,
Dorothy (John) Seymour of Dillon, MT; and
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Grant and
Burial will be
in Shandon Cemetery in Shandon, California.
A celebration of life will be held at a
later date in California.
memory of Shirley can be made to a charity
of the donor's choice.
In memory of
Shirley Williams MCHA has made a $500
memorial donation to the Larry Jordan
Cowboy Crisis Fund managed in Billings,
be sent to the family online at:
Our hearts are
saddened by the loss of longtime MCHA member
and icon, Bill Parker... Our thoughts and
prayers are with Jann Parker and family.
The following message is from Jann:
everyday, Bill Parker loved his life. He got
up everyday happy and excited about what
that day held for him. This man never had a
bad day, he loved his family, his friends,
and expected the best out of himself and
those around him. He wanted things right,
worked hard to be the best he could be,
believed in discipline, goals, had
incredible focus, and believed that you
earned your success and there were no short
cuts. He believed that we should be
accountable and responsible for our actions
and finish what you start. He left us
yesterday after a struggle with pancreatic
cancer. Thank you all for your texts and
calls - as many of you know we have a sale
this weekend and as he would want it, this
show goes on. Rest
in Peace my cowboy, may we learn by your
A cowboy every day, Bill
Parker loved his life.
proud to be a Montanan, loved the
Yellowstone River, downtown Billings and
died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his
home on Blue Creek Road of pancreatic
cancer. Born to Dick and Millie Parker
on May 19, 1954, Bill loved the western
way of life even as a baby and boy
growing up. In his baby book, his mother
wrote “He was a little cowboy from the
start, and especially liked pictures of
Casey Tibbs and Deb Copenhaver, in the
Western Horseman.” As a child he enjoyed
spending time at Snook Art Gallery in
downtown Billings and marveled at the
Will James prints and books.
graduated from Billings Senior High
School in 1972 and attended Eastern
Montana College and Dawson Community
College in Glendive competing on the
rodeo team and winning a National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
National Championship in the team roping
with partner Phil Luman.
first year in the PRCA, Parker earned
the Rookie of the Year honors in the
team roping and also qualified for his
first National Finals Rodeo, partnering
with David Motes. In 1982, he returned
in the team roping with heeler Brad
Smith. In 1980, he qualified for the NFR
in the calf roping. To this day, Parker
is the only Montanan ever to qualify in
the tie down roping. He was the
International Professional Rodeo
Association Team Roping World Champion
in 1976 and that buckle he won was his
achievements include year-end
championships in the Northern Rodeo
Association team roping, calf roping and
all-around. An accomplished cutting
horse rider as well, Bill won many
regional championships in addition to
top 15 National Cutting Horse
kids of all ages and many will tell you
today how he mentored, coached and
encouraged them to achieve their goals.
On May 5, 1989, Parker married Jann
Marie Johnson and together they built a
life around horses. They were licensed
and bonded horse dealers and managed
their first horse sale at the College
National Finals Rodeo in Bozeman in the
early ‘90s. Bill became an expert in
horse pedigrees and commentary and was a
sought-after authority at sales from
Montana to Texas. He had long-time
relationships with Havard Sale
Management in Lufkin, Texas, as well as
sales produced by long-time friend and
business partner, Bill Richardson of
In 1998, the
Parkers’ assumed management of Billings
Livestock Commission Company horse sales
with then owner Jack McGuinness, “This
is what I always wanted to do,” Bill
said. “And I can see where I grew up
from here. I am a lucky guy.”
In 2003, Pat
Goggins purchased the facility and
assumed the relationship and with this
partnership the horse sale continued to
build and grow into where it is
today—the largest monthly horse sale in
the United States.
liked competition and gambling—be it
trading horses, playing poker or
rodeoing. He got good at all of them and
he thrived on the competition. He was
well known in card rooms and over the
years ran card games in several Billings
establishments. Bill got up everyday
happy and excited about what that day
held for him. “We’re lucky people,” he
said often. In the end, after he was
diagnosed, Bill didn’t complain. He
recognized how great his life was. “I
get to live in the prettiest state, in
the best country in the world, and wake
up everyday and rope, ride or manage a
horse sale.” Bill was baptized in Red
Lodge at the Methodist church and in
recent years was a member and attended
Huntley United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife; his parents;
brother Doyle (Michelle) of Bridger;
nieces and nephews, Delon, Elizabeth
“Elle,” Trevor and Bo Parker;
mother-in-law Anna Marie Johnson of
Fargo, N.D.; brother and sister-in-law
Russ and Lori Johnson of Nampa, Idaho;
nieces Marah and Ciera, and many aunts,
uncles and cousins. He was preceded in
death by his father-in-law, Dexter
Johnson. He is also survived by close
friends, many of who prayed with him in
his final days on earth.
of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Larry Jordan Cowboy Crisis Fund, P.O.Box
1122, Billings, MT 59103. Or, as Bill
would like it – pay it forward – buy a
tank of gas for someone in need, buy
lunch for those who may be hungry, pay
an entry fee for a struggling cowboy.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl
Funeral Chapel, memories may be shared
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
When did you start cutting and
who influenced you?
Congratulations to JoLynn Reyling –
MCHA Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year!
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
horse do you show or ride?
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?
A Colonel is out of Colonels Silly Sister (a
paint mare, my mom and I actually raised)
and by Color Me Smart
JoJo was actually a 5 yr
old when I showed her.
bred and raised your horse?
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 ½ years of work
experience upon my graduation.
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.
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
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
When did you start cutting and
who influenced you?
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
Pretty boy Jax is out of
pretty boy cat by High Brow cat and a
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 -
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?
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
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.
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
Anything else you
would like to share –
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.
Area 4 NCHA Days -
available from Diana Volk Photography
Nationals, RENO, NV
April 26-May 5
Montana PROUD! Congratulations to the
Montana Cutting Horse Association members on
your achievements at Western Nationals in
Reno, NV. YOU ROCKED IT.
15 Novice Horse - Lawson
Hadlock on Hillbilly Handfishin for Denise
Open - Scott Martin aboard Huntin
Time for Sandra Figge split 6/7
Limited Rider - Scott Hulme riding Doctor
Tule to split 6/7/8
Nancy LaCounte aboard
35 Non Pro - CHAMPION!
Densie Cox aboard Hillbilly Handfishin
Amateur - Sherry Goppert Keele and Smooth
Scootin Cat winning 6
5 Novice NonPro -
RESERVE CHAMPION! Cody Lee and Bluish
NonPro - CHAMPION! Jann Parker and Merado Jo
View complete results here.
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
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
Non Pro Award –
Darrell Lee, Hamilton, MT
Inspirational Award – Theresa Nelson,
Kim Asay Memorial Award –
Tami Allen, Roundup, MT
Rookie of the Year – Dakota Arno,
Jr. Youth Rookie of the Year –
Tice Hiner, Walla Walla, WA
Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year –
JoLynn Reyling, Glasgow, MT
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.
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!
Hall of Fame -
Mission is "To Honor Our Cowboy Way of Life,
American Indian Culture and Collective
Western Heritage" through educational
programs and historical collections. We will
strive to capture the traditions, cultures
and values that defined our past and now
direct our future.
Congratulations to MCHA Member Donald
inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of
Fame last Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 in Helena.
condolences to the family of Darlene
Johnson, MCHA member who pasted away
on Jan. 28, 2015 in Hamilton, MT.
Many of you will remember her for
her quick wit and wonderful smile.
Click here to view the obituary.
will be stepping up into the Presidency,
with Kathy Foote winning the Vice President
seat. Incoming new directors are: Van
Greenwell, Jeremy Young and Rachel
Schowalter. Directors remaining through 2015
are James Bower, Wylie Gustafson, Jann
Parker, and Tom Campbell. A very sincere
thank you to those leaving the MCHA Board at
the end of 2014 - Will Nuttall, Tim Johnson,
Cody Lee and Todd Banner - your
contributions, support and hard work has
been instrumental in our Association - Thank
You. Also, thank you to Betty Lou Weeding
for conducting the election. Our National
Directors are Theresa Nelson and Buddy
Aug. 27-Sep 4
a courtesy to our ICHA cutters, we will be
posting confirmations, draws and results
Lake Cutting & LAE
Henry's Lake, ID
here for information.
here to enter online.
of you who have helped make the Henry’s Lake
Cow Cutting possible:
We will be holding a Tri-Tip Steak
dinner on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the
ranch to celebrate the life of Dennis Moedl,
who passed in September of 2013. The Moedl
family would be honored if all of you, who
have become a part of our family, could
Dinner will be provided by
Milliron L Catering at a cost of $18 per
All profits will go towards
incentive money for the Youth Competition
during this year’s cutting, and the Montana
Youth Scholarship Fund, in Dennis’s name.
Please RSVP to C.J. Moedl by
August 18th so we can give the
caterer a head count.
Call or text C.J.
at (801) 910-7702 or email:
food will be served by Milliron L Catering
for the Henry’s Lake show from Wednesday
night through Sunday!
BIG SKY FUTURITY & AGED EVENT
August 9 - Angela Bauer Youth
August 9 & 10 Big Sky Weekend
August 11-16 Big Sky Futurity &
note schedule change! Click here to view
revised schedule for finals and set sizes.
Sponsored by One Time Pepto, Jeffrey and Sheri Matthews, the "Finals Draw
Party" on Thursday evening at the Big Sky Aged Event in Kalispell was well
attended. Finalists drew their positions for both the three year old open
futurity finals as well as the four year old open derby finals, both to be
held Saturday, August 16. Again, thank you to Jimmy and Terrye Kemp for
cooking and serving the evening meal of brauts and salads. Again, nearly
100 people were served at the event.
How about it?
Wednesday night’s tri tip dinner and team
roping at this year’s Big Sky Aged Event in
Kalispell drew a big crowd of cutters and
fans and offered a fun time for all. Thank
you to Switchback Cutting Horses, Will
Nuttall, and Jimmy and Terrye Kemp for the
dinner and roping. Jimmy and Terrye cooked
55 lbs of tips and served a total of 94
people at the evening’s event. A nice get
together and opportunity to visit, catch up
with friends, and meet new ones, too.
MONTANA CUTTING HORSE
Angela Bauer Youth
The Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship fund
was established in 2004 in memory of 29 year
old Angela Bauer of Florence, MT. Angela was
killed September 28, 2004 in a head-on
collision by a drunk driver. Angela was an
avid competitor and held many offices in the
Cutting Horse Association, in
addition to being a show secretary at many
of the cuttings.
At several shows each year, an Angela Bauer
Youth Scholarship Cutting is held, allowing
MCHA youth a chance to compete for a
scholarship. The Angela Bauer Youth
Scholarship fund also awards a yearly $2000
scholarship to a graduating Senior. Through
this Memorial Fund, $23,300 in scholarships
have been awarded out to 16 MCHA youth
Donations to the Angela Bauer Youth
Scholarship Fund can be made to:
Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Fund
252 Convict Grade Rd
Livingston, MT 59047
All donations to this outstanding youth
scholarship program go to promoting and
assisting our youth in being able to fulfill
that dream of continuing on to further their
education. Any donations would be sincerely
to right: Will Nuttall (co-chair), Brianna
Ash, Abigail Brogger, Taytin Young,
JoLynn Reyling, McCoy Banner, and Kathy
Wow, Wow, Wow
We had some great
Youth cutting action this NCHA Days-five
Montana cutters, boys/girls, Jr/Sr, old
pro's and 1st timers - we had it all and
most importantly; we awarded out $1300 in
scholarship $$!! I'll say it again, Wow &
Sr. Youth Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship
1st JoLynn Reyling $200
Abigail Brogger $150
3rd Brianna Ash $100
Jr. Youth Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship
1st Taytin Young $200
McCoy Banner $150
Sr. NCHA $250 Youth
Jr. NCHA $250 Youth Scholarship Winner:
Photos can be found on
Thank you Briggs Ranch Cutting!
Thank you Dean and Wendy Briggs for a great
weekend of cutting in Whitehall. With 110
entries on Saturday, and 96 on Sunday! A
little rain didn't stop it from being a
Click here to view photos from Briggs Ranch
Photos by Kelly Heiken.
Whithall, MT - June 28-29, 2014
To the MCHA Members who competed in Denver
at the NCHA Western National Championships!
Reserve Champion, Sues So Smart, Ridden by
Brian Anderson for owner Bambi Gress;
Huntin Time, ridden by Scott Martin for
owner Sandra Figge.
Bambi Gress aboard Sues So Smart;
Parker on Te Cats N Badger.
Michelle Van Dyke on
Gina McDonald aboard
Stellas Sweet N Low
Didges Smart Kitty ridden
by Brian Anderson for owner Dianne
3 NOVICE HORSE:
Champion, To High For Sue, shown by Brian
Anderson for owner Sharon Waggoner;
Huntin Time, ridden by Scott Martin for
owner Sandra Figge;
CD Royal Fit, shown
by Will Nuttall for Switchback Ranch.
Weeding aboard Instant Little Queen;
showing Dulces Mighty Oak;
riding Scat Mate;
Jason Reed on NRR Jack
2000 LIMITED RIDER:
Travis Young showing Scootin Thru Life.
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
of the Year - Tanya Dvarishkis
Youth Rookie of the Year - Taytin Young
Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year - Abagail
Non-Pro Award - Jann
Most Inspirational Award -
Kim Asay Memorial
Award - Jann Parker
Scholarships going to 1st - $400 Abigail
Brogger, 2nd - $200 Brianna Ash, and 3rd -
$100 Greta Gustafson.
you Sara Pahlke for taking photos at the
click here to view.
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,
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.
LITTLE THINGS COUNTRY
and Jill Miller, St. Anthony, ID have
been married for 37 years. Both have a
strong rodeo background, attending Ricks
College (now BYU Idaho) on rodeo
scholarships and being part of a
National Intercollegiate Championship
Rodeo team. Jill says “We never set out
to be cutters, that just happened!” They
have three children, five grandchildren,
and a successful cutting horse business.
“We were really involved with our
kids throughout their growing up”, Jill
Miller explains, “and when they all left
home, it was a hard time for me”.
“I was walking one morning and it
came to me to share the memories through
children’s books. I came home and told
Russ I was going to write some childrens
books”, Jill continued.
love kids and I have some really good
memories and I want to share those
memories with others. So… I went back to
school at BYU Idaho and took some
classes and just jumped right in” Jill
explained. “ I found my illustrator
on-line – he just kept popping up. His
name is Jeffrey Duckworth from North
Carolina. And, he not being a cowboy, we
went back and forth on the
illustrations. Jeffrey is really good
and helpful”, Jill added.
are restrictions on childrens books –
only so many words and so many pages.
They cannot be too wordy or too long. I
learned this went I went to school”,
Her first book
was published 2010. “My Little Cowboy”
and “Ever After Cowboy Russ” were her
first books. “My Barn Name is Jasper”
“Ever After Cowboy
Russ” is a story about a little boy that
wanted to be a cowboy from the day he
was born. He grew up riding the arm of a
chair. Readers share an adventure each
day with Cowboy Russ because imagination
has no end. The book is based on pieces
of Russ Miller’s childhood.
explains, “Russ was the youngest in his
family, and as a result he didn’t get to
go do what the big kids did. So he
stayed home and rode the arm of his
chair. He insisted on wearing shirts
with snaps and Wrangler Jeans!”
And as time moved on, Jill said “We now
have that old chair in our house.”
“My Little Cowboy” is a story that
is dedicated to all mothers whose wish
is for time to stand still. Children
grow up in a blink of an eye and this
book reminds the reader to enjoy each
“My Barn Name Is Jasper” is
a story about a fun loving horse that
loves to run. His story has a few bumps
along the way but in the end he knows he
is exactly where he is meant to be.
says “All the horses have their own
story to tell. I put the questions in
the books to get the kid’s to think. And
if ‘Jasper’ had that problem, then that
would let the kids open up about that. I
think it has worked, too. I have had
some really good feedback on those
questions. It gives the kids a chance to
tell what may be bothering them, too.”
Jill’s plan is to write a series of
books of “My Barn Name is….” . And the
next one will be “My Barn Name is Boo”,
that is horse that their daughter Kenzie
went to the NFR on. Jill’s next book
should be out in 2014.
“I am not
a good empty nester. I am better now,
but it was hard for me. We spent hours
and hours with our kids and this is my
way of sharing life lessons, good
memories, and the western way of life.”
“Our horses are our
family, too. We spend hours with them,
as well. I didn’t do it to be rich or
famous, I did for the memories, the
kids, other peoples kids”, Jill
You can find Jill’s
just call Jill direct at 801-920-2236.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 2013 Montana Cutting
Horse Association Gold Sponsor: ESMS –
Weatherford, Texas based Equine
Sports Medicine and Surgery, more
commonly known as ESMS, added a Montana
Veterinary division in September of
The Bozeman location of
ESMS is located at the state of the art
Copper Spring Ranch in Bozeman, MT.
The main clinic is located in
Weatherford, TX along with a
reproductive breeding facility “ESMS on
The Brazos” also located in Weatherford.
The breeding facility stands
Peptoboonsmal, Smooth As A Cat, Dual
Smart Rey, Im Countin Checks, Cats
Quixote Jack, in addition to other
ESMS also works on
various race tracks including New
Mexico, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, and
Iowa. In addition to a complete
veterinary practice at Copper Spring
Ranch, ESMS also has a Sports Medicine
Mobile Veterinary Unit that attends
regional horse events including the NILE
Rodeo, the Wrangler Team Roping
Championiships, and the UBRC Finale
Jennifer Grimes, DVM
and Scott Handlin DVM are currently the
veterinarians on staff at the Bozeman,
MT and Sports Medicine Mobile locations.
Dr. Grimes interests include Sports
medicine as well as lameness in horses
while Dr. Handlin has emphasis on
podiatry, lameness and dental health.
A full service reproductive facility
is also included in the Copper Spring
Location, including shipped cooled
semen. They currently stand Midnight
Dr. Grimes enjoys
attending the different activities that
their horse owners are involved in.
For more information
To contact Dr. Grimes or Dr. Handlin,
please call 406-522-9995.
Here are our 2013 Montana Cutting Horse
Association Year-End Champions –
CORRECTED! Congratulations on a
- OPEN – High Brow Tuesday ridden
by Tom Campbell and owned by Helen
- NONPRO – Wylie Gustafson aboard
Irish Whiskey Sugar
- $50,000 AMATEUR – Simply Be
Smart and Gayle Weber
- $35,000 NONPRO – Simply Be Smart
and Gayle Weber
- $15,000 Amateur - Dulces Mighty
Oak with Tim Johnson
- $10,000 NOVICE HORSE – High Brow
Tuesday shown by Tom Campbell and
owned by Helen Larsen
- $3,000 NOVICE HORSE – Cee D
Royal Fit ridden by Will Nuttall and
owned by Switchback Cutting Horses
- $5000 NOVICE NONPRO – Michelle
Van Dyke aboard Texas Brushpopper
- $2000 LIMIT RIDER – Scoot N Thru
Life and Travis Young
- $15,000 NOVICE NONPRO – Rachel
Showalter and Spoonful High Brow
- $1500 NOVICE – Color TA Colonel
shown by Tom Campbell and owned by
- $1000 AMATEUR – Sarh Trusler
Bauer showing Little Acre Player
- OPEN DERBY – Quick N Catty owned
by Wyatt Nuttall and shown by Will
- NONPRO DERBY – Color TA Colonel
and owned and shown by Theresa
- $800 RIDER – Mr Jewelena Bar
shown by Kevini Chesler and owned by
REMEMBERING DENNIS MOEDL
lost a great supporter and true
friend yesterday with the
passing of long time Meadow Vue
Ranch Cutting Producer Dennis
Moedl. Dennis's rock solid
western heritage and beliefs, as
well as strong family values,
were proudly reflected in each
and every cutting and
relationship throughout the
years. The true "ranch" cutting
always proved to be a success,
no matter what mother nature
would throw its way! Dennis
produced the Meadow Vue Ranch
Cutting for going on 30 years
and it has been enjoyed by many
associations and families. We as
cutters are lucky that that
tradition and heritage will be
carried on for many years to
come by Dennis's family and
Click here to read obituary.
Condolences can be
mailed to Meadow Vue Ranch, Box
93, Macks Inn, ID 83433.
The family will
celebrate Dennis' life at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14, at Meadow
Vue Ranch in Henry's Lake.
MCHA 2013 Gold Sponsors –
Hangin 3 Ranch
Greg and Lynn Bervy from
Twin Bridges, MT
Lynn ranch in the Ruby Valley, running
mainly black angus cow/calf pairs in
addition to raising their own hay base.
Cattle are summered out of Dell, MT near the
Idaho border. Greg is originally from
upstate New York and was a real estate
developer. He had a goal early on, to settle
in Montana and get into the ranching
business. The Bervy’s kicked off the new
millennium with their first ranch in
Forsyth, MT purchased in 2000, and are now
settled in the Madision/Beaverhead region.
Lynn is originally from St. Paul, MN and
enjoyed an exciting career as a flight
attendant with Northwest/Delta airlines for
20 years. She flew primarily Asia, India,
and Europe and was based out of Boston,
Hawaii, Detroit, and Minneapolis. Once they
relocated to Montana in 2005, Lynn commuted
to her base in Minneapolis. In 2008 Lynn
took an early retirement from the airlines.
The Bervy’s friendship with Dale and
Karla Camp sparked Lynn’s interest in
cutting. With the power of suggestion from
Greg, Lynn purchased a cutting horse – “Miss
Kitty”. Lynn continues to show cutting
horses and enjoys her many friendships in
the cutting world.