Welcome to the Montana Cutting Horse Association. The purpose of the MCHA shall be to encourage education in equine activities, interest in cutting horses and to promote the sport of cutting in and around the State of Montana.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
First and foremost, we start the new year saying good bye to Kelly Fraser who has served MCHA for many years as our secretary. We definitely will miss Kelly in the office but will get to see her more in the show pen. She will be replaced with Valee Miller who you may know as the wife of one of our directors, Clayton Miller. Valee has helped Kelly at many of the Miller Horse Palace shows and has show secretary experience so we welcome a familiar face. We also welcome new board members Cindy Fraser and John DelMonte and say thank you to Darrell Lee and Rob Fraser for their past two years of service on the board. I am so luck to follow Peri Suenram’s term who has been our fearless leader this past year. She has been a force in raising funds, organizing shows and donating a multitude of hours to make this organization shine. I know I will never be able to fill those shoes in such fine style but I hope we can keep MCHA moving forward. Peri and Kelly have been working together to put statistics and a list of our accomplishments as an association so we can submit an application for MCHA as Affiliate of the Year for 2023.
The board members met on January 13, via a zoom meeting to plan for our 2024 season. We will continue to work closely with Wyoming in approving shows in Gillette, Torrington and Big Piney and will also approve the April show in Ogden. To be consistent with 2023, we are making it a requirement to attend 3 Montana in state shows to be eligible for yearend awards. Check our website to see which shows are approved and which shows are yearend awards qualifier shows.
We also have approved the same list of classes as 2023 for year end awards and after last years awards which were coordinated by Josh Keimig, John Seymour and Peri Suenram you will want to make a run for them. Thanks to those three, we had wonderful awards.
Please note a few changes that coincide with NCHA rules. If you have the ownership of your horse in an LLC, partnership, ranch name or other entity, you will be required to have a membership for that entity as owner and a membership for a rider if you are showing that horse. The other main point that may affect MCHA members is the requirement to report all earnings regardless of the club or association the money was earned from. The Board would like to make sure the membership is aware that it is their duty to report earnings outside of NCHA and to remember that when they enter their classes. Just a reminder to our membership, dues deadline is May 1.
We will be hosting NCHA days this year in Deer Lodge and if there is anyone who wants to help, we welcome volunteers. Please contact any director or officer if you have ideas to help promote cutting at the grassroots level and we need to encourage youth to participate.
Let’s all work together for the benefit of our association. Dust off those boots and let’s go cut!
Michelle Van Dyke, President
Year in Review and Gratitude Report
As we enter 2024, I feel it is important to do a “look back” at the accomplishments of our 2023 year and to recognize the contributions of members and sponsors. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
2024 Show Schedule
The tentative dates for our 2024 Show schedule have been posted.
Please visit our show schedule page for entry forms and info.
Congratulations to your 2024 MCHA Board Elect!
Vice President - Doug Pearce
Board of Directors - Mike Hoffman, Cindy Fraser, and John DelMonte
CONGRATULATIONS 2023 CLASS WINNERS
Jr Youth - Kylee Williams Riding Panolas Spot
Derby Non Pro - Peri Suenram Riding Dont Lose Your Cool
Also the Non Pro Horse of the Year
Classic Open - Reyzin The Line - Ridden by Roy Oliver - Owned by CW Bar Ranch
Also the Open Horse Of The Year
Classic Non Pro - Jann Parker Riding Twisted Mister
Open - Smokin Metallic - Ridden by Roy Oliver - Owned by Sue Trible (Not Pictured)
Non Pro - Cindy Fraser Riding Boon A Litl More
50 AM - Randy Kinsey Riding Furst Base
Derby Open - Lil Mickles Cat - Ridden by Roy Oliver - Owned by CW Bar Ranch
Sr Youth - Cole Johnson Riding Miss Shorty Lou
Kim Asay Award Recipient - Justin Johnson
25 Novice Horse - Rey Bounder - Ridden by Will Nuttall - Owned by Andy Hart
25 Novice Horse Non Pro - Shaun Musselman Riding Shorty Hughes
35 Non Pro - Kelly Fraser Riding Catty Dual
15 AM - Michelle Musselman Riding Tuff Catty Dual
5 Novice Horse - Stylish Freckles Cat - Ridden by Will Nuttall - Owned by Bob Hulden
5 Novice Horse Non Pro - Bob Hulden Riding Stylish Freckles Cat
MCHA Rookie of the Year - John Robitaille
2000 Rider - Andy Hart Riding Rey Bounder
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2023 Membership Prices
Individual Membership - $35
Family Membership- $50 (Immediate family members to include Husband, Wife, and Children)
Youth Membership - $10
Event Photo Galleries
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