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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.

Shirley's two 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 good times.

Shirley was a friend to everyone she met and always had a kind word, a warm smile and a word of encouragement.

Shirley is 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 Flossie Anderson.

Burial will be in Shandon Cemetery in Shandon, California. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in California.

Contributions in 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, MT.

Condolences may 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:

A cowboy 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 example.


William E. Parker
A cowboy every day, Bill Parker loved his life.

He was proud to be a Montanan, loved the Yellowstone River, downtown Billings and everything cowboy.

Parker, 62, 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.

He 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.

In his 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 lifetime favorite.

Bill’s 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 Association rankings.

Bill loved 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 Whitesboro, Texas.

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.

Bill Parker 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.

In lieu 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 at

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


Congratulations to JoLynn Reyling –
2014 MCHA Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year!

When did you start cutting and who influenced you?
My Aunt 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 cherished experiences.

What horse do you show or ride?
The 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?
Color T A Colonel is out of Colonels Silly Sister (a paint mare, my mom and I actually raised) and by Color Me Smart

How Old?
JoJo was actually a 5 yr old when I showed her.

Who bred and raised your horse?
My aunt Theresa

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.
Even with 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.

Which 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 share –
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 Year!

When did you start cutting and who influenced you?
October of 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 dam -
Pretty boy Jax is out of pretty boy cat by High Brow cat and a Hickory mare.

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 -
Jax came 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?
Well after 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 season.

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.

What are 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 are great!

Anything else you would like to share –
Thank you 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 - Buffalo, WY
Photos available from Diana Volk Photography

Western 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 Cox
Open - Scott Martin aboard Huntin Time for Sandra Figge split 6/7
2000 Limited Rider - Scott Hulme riding Doctor Tule to split 6/7/8
Nancy LaCounte aboard Reverse Sevens
35 Non Pro - CHAMPION! Densie Cox aboard Hillbilly Handfishin
15 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.

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

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!

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame -
Our 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.

ongratulations to MCHA Member Donald Weeding!
Donald was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame last Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 in Helena.  

Sending our Condolences
Darlene Johnson, 1938-2015
We send 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.

MCHA Election Results!

Tim Stryker 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 Westphal.

ICHA Futurity
Aug. 27-Sep 4
Nampa, ID
As a courtesy to our ICHA cutters, we will be posting confirmations, draws and results below.

Confirmations: Draws: Results:
Futurity NP 1st Go Thursday
5-6 NP 1st Go Thursday
Derby Amateur 1st Go Friday
Derby Amateur 1st Go Saturday
5-6 Amateur 1st Go
Derby NP 1st Go
5-6 Open 1st Go
Futurity Open
Derby Open
Mercuria NP
Mercuria Open
Derby Amateur Finals
NCHA 50 Am Saturday
NCHA NP Saturday
NCHA Open Saturday
Futurity NP Finals
Derby NP Finals
5-6 NP Finals
Derby Amateur 1st go
NCHA 50 Am Friday
NCHA NP Friday
NCHA Open Friday
Futurity Amateur 1st Go
5-6 NP 2nd Go
Derby NP 2nd Go
Derby NP 1st Go
Open Derby Finals
Open Futurity Finals
5-6 Open Finals
5-6 Open 2nd Go
Futurity 2nd Go
Derby Open 2nd Go
5-6 Open 1st Go
Futurity Open 1st go
Mercuria NP Finals
Mercuria Open Finals
Derby Open 1st Go
Mercuria NP 1st Go
Mercuria Open 1st Go
Futurity NP Finals
Derby NP Finals
Derby Amateur Finals
5-6 Amateur Finals
NCHA Open Saturday
Derby Amateur 1st go
5-6 NP Finals
NCHA 50 Am Friday
NCHA NP Friday
NCHA Open Friday
Futurity Amateur Finals
Derby NP 2nd Go
Futurity NP 1st Go
5-6 NP 1st Go
Futurity Open Finals
Derby NP 1st Go
5-6 Open Finals
5-6 Open Gelding Finals
Derby Open Final
Derby Open Geldings Final
5-6 Open 2nd Go
Derby Open 2nd Go
5-6 Open 1st Go
Mercuria NP
Mercuria Open
Futurity Open 1st Go
Derby Open 1st Go
Mercuria Open 1st Go
Mercuria NP 1st Go

Henry's Lake Cutting & LAE
Henry's Lake, ID
August 21-24

Friday Results
Thursday Results


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To all 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 attend.

Dinner will be provided by Milliron L Catering at a cost of $18 per person.
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:

****Amazing food will be served by Milliron L Catering for the Henry’s Lake show from Wednesday night through Sunday!


August 9 - Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Cutting
August 9 & 10 Big Sky Weekend Cutting
August 11-16 Big Sky Futurity & Aged Event

Please note schedule change! Click here to view revised schedule for finals and set sizes.

Results: Draws:
Results 5/6 NP Finals
Results Derby NP Finals
Results Pro Am Finals
Results Futurity Open Finals
Results Derby Open Finals
Results Futurity NP Finals
Results Derby NP 2nd go
Results 5/6 NP 2nd go
Results Bridleless
Results Pro Am 2nd go
Results 5/6 NP 1st go
Results Derby NP 1st go
Results Futurity NP 1st go
Results Pro Am 1st go
Results 5/6 Open Finals
Results Futurity Open 2nd go
Results Derby Open 2nd Go
Results 5/6 Open 2nd Go
Results Derby Open 1st Go
Results Futurity Open 1st Go
Draw Derby NP Finals
Draw 5/6 NP Finals
Draw Pro Am Finals
Draw Futurity Open Finals
Draw Derby Open Finals
Draw 5/6 NP 2nd go
Draw Pro Am 2nd go
Draw Futurity NP 2nd Go/Pencil Finals
Draw Derby NP 2nd Go
Draw Bridleless
Draw Pro Am 1st Go
Draw 5/6 NP 1st go
Draw Derby NP 1st Go
Draw Open 5/6 Finals
Draw Derby Open 2nd Go
Draw Futurity Open 2nd Go

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.

Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Fund

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 Montana
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 cutters.

Donations to the Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Fund can be made to:
The Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Fund
c/o Kathy Foote
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 appreciated.

Pictured left to right: Will Nuttall (co-chair), Brianna Ash, Abigail Brogger, Taytin Young,
JoLynn Reyling, McCoy Banner, and Kathy Foote (co-chair)

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 & Congratulations!!

Sr. Youth Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Winners:
1st JoLynn Reyling $200
2nd Abigail Brogger $150
3rd Brianna Ash $100

Jr. Youth Angela Bauer Youth Scholarship Winners:
1st Taytin Young $200
2nd McCoy Banner $150

Sr. NCHA $250 Youth Scholarship Winner:
JoLynn Reyling

Jr. NCHA $250 Youth Scholarship Winner:
Taytin Young

Photos can be found on our photogallery page.


Results Thursday 5/6 Open
LAE Results Thursday
Results Friday 5/6 Non Pro
LAE Results Friday
Results Saturday
Results Sunday
Full Results - All Days
Circuit Award Winners

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 GREAT show!

Click here to view photos from Briggs Ranch Cutting
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;
Jann Parker on Te Cats N Badger.

Michelle Van Dyke on Texas Brushpopper;
Gina McDonald aboard Stellas Sweet N Low

Didges Smart Kitty ridden by Brian Anderson for owner Dianne Schaeffer.

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.

Donald Weeding aboard Instant Little Queen;

Tim Johnson showing Dulces Mighty Oak;
Bob Dehaven riding Scat Mate;
Jason Reed on NRR Jack The Cat.

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
  Rookie of the Year - Tanya Dvarishkis
  Jr. Youth Rookie of the Year - Taytin Young
  Sr. Youth Rookie of the Year - Abagail Brogger
  Non-Pro Award - Jann Parker
  Most Inspirational Award - Helen Larsen
  Kim Asay Memorial Award - Jann Parker
  Youth Scholarships going to 1st - $400 Abigail Brogger, 2nd - $200 Brianna Ash, and 3rd - $100 Greta Gustafson.

Thank you Sara Pahlke for taking photos at the Banquet – click here to view.

MCHA Election Results
The election 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, James Bower from 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.


Russ 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.

“I really 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.

“There 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”, explained Jill.

Her first book was published 2010. “My Little Cowboy” and “Ever After Cowboy Russ” were her first books. “My Barn Name is Jasper” came later.

“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.

Jill 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 day.

“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.

Jill 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.” Jill added.

“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 concluded.

You can find Jill’s books at  or just call Jill direct at 801-920-2236.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 2013 Montana Cutting Horse Association Gold Sponsor: ESMS – Montana Division

Weatherford, Texas based Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, more commonly known as ESMS, added a Montana Veterinary division in September of 2012.

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 stallions.

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 Barrel Race.

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 Corona.

Dr. Grimes enjoys attending the different activities that their horse owners are involved in.

For more information  and 

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 fantastic year!

  • OPEN – High Brow Tuesday ridden by Tom Campbell and owned by Helen Larsen
  • 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 Theresa Nelson
  • $1000 AMATEUR – Sarh Trusler Bauer showing Little Acre Player
  • OPEN DERBY – Quick N Catty owned by Wyatt Nuttall and shown by Will Nuttall
  • NONPRO DERBY – Color TA Colonel and owned and shown by Theresa Nelson
  • $800 RIDER – Mr Jewelena Bar shown by Kevini Chesler and owned by Robert Keith


MCHA 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 friends.

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 –
3 Hangin 3 Ranch
Greg and Lynn Bervy from Twin Bridges, MT

Greg and 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.

We had a great time cutting last weekend at the Keyser Creek Arena in Columbus! Check out the photos from Scootemnshootem Photography at this link. Laurie Errington was there all weekend and she took photos of everyone class.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Clinic on Thursday, April 18th. From the fees paid for the clinic the show producers, Bill and Jann Parker/Ralph Young and Melissa Fraze donated back to the MCHA $850!

Would you like to be an MCHA Sponsor?
Introducing for 2013 several different levels for you to choose from including Gold, Silver, Bronze, Never Won a Buckle, and Youth Sponsor. Would you like to sponsor a class – you will receive recognition on our web-site and we’ll announce your name at all the shows.  Click here to read more about being a Sponsor!


 CLICK HERE to view 2012 MCHA Awards and Banquet photos.

Back in Montana - Shorty Rey Jay

So, like, what do old cutting horses do when they are done cutting? Teach young riders how great it is to ride a good horse! Meet Shorty Rey Jay and Palden Schmieding. He’s 17. She’s 9. He’s by the great Shorty Lena and out of Sons Miss Rey Jay x Son O Sugar. He was destined to be a good horse. If you have ever thought the world was big, and things didn’t come back around, sit down and read this story.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


Check out the photos from the summer’s events!  includes NCHA Days in Dillon and Big Sky Weekend and Aged Event in Kalsipell!

Jackie Jensen  covered the Snowy Mountain Spectacular in Lewistown

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's what Lloyd Cox, winner of the 2010 NCHA Futurity aboard One Time Royalty, stated before the finals.

“Mitch Davis had him and sent him to me,” said Cox of Lil Catbaloo, a stud colt by High Brow Cat out of Sweet Lil Boo, a half-sister to the dam of NCHA Horse of the Year and 2007 NCHA Futurity champion High Brow CD.

“I had worked him at Paso Robles last year and he asked if I wanted to take him and see if he might be one I would show here,” Cox added.

“He turned out to be really nice. He’s smart and easy to get along with and it doesn’t seem like many bad things run through his mind. So far he’s been pretty pure, and he usually tries every time.”


Berreta Sugar Doc – His Story
By Franchelle Wisnewski
Click here to read about this great horse!


Montana CHA Receives NCHA 2011 Reserve Honors for "NCHA Affiliate of the Year"

 In an effort to recognize and reward outstanding affiliate organizations within the NCHA, the Executive Committee established an "Affiliate of the Year" award.
In 2011, Montana Cutting Horse Association (MCHA) received Reserve Honors for this prestigious title.
  The award was presented at the 2012 NCHA Convention in Nashville, TN held this past June.
Consideration is based on the following criteria and include: Increase in entries per show (percentage); Innovations at shows; Year-end awards and sponsors; Cooperation, and other activities.
  The MCHA worked closely with the Idaho Cutting Horse Association to enhance cutting competitions for both affiliates and to support the shows.
  The MCHA introduced their Montana vehicle license plate program though the State of Montana which not only promotes the sport of cutting on Montana vehicles, but also directs a percentage of the sales of those special plates back to the MCHA.
  Montana has been a strong supporter of Western Nationals and in 2011 the $35,000 Non-Pro Champ was Cody Lee from Hamilton, MT and the Reserve $5000 Novice Non-Pro Champion was Susie Lucchesi who also rode for the MCHA.
  In years past, MCHA has been the recipient of Affiliate Challenge awards also earned at Western Nationals. Congratulations, Montana Cutting Horse Association!


NCHA Days Rocked!

Congratulations to our circuit winners and thank you to the MCHA Board of Directors and others who put forth the effort to make Area 4 NCHA Days a great event. Dillon, Mt and Beaverhead County Fairgrounds welcomed the event and the three days of cutting saw lots entries!  A big thank you to Laurie Errington with Scootemnshootem who captured the special summer cutting weekend in pictures! View all proofs right here


MCHA Member Spotlight: Tim Johnson

  Five years ago, Dr. Tim Johnson, Bozeman, MT rode his first cutting horse. Interestingly enough, “Top Cat Doc” a three-time World Champion originally shown and trained by Pete Branch, and later in his career owned and shown by Tim’s mother, Mary Jane Johnson, was a sprite 23 or 25 years old.  read more

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Gold Sponsors

Performance Equine Specialists LLC

Montana Ranch of Bigfork LLC

Sandra & David Sabey



Gene & Michelle Morris

Joe Kalt & Judy Gans


Bronze Sponsors

Town & Country Supply Association
 Susan Swanberg
Michelle Van Dyke – Montana Ranch Properties Real Estate Broker
Gayle & Brien Weber
Rankin Enterprises
Sarah Bauer Real Estate LLC
Nancy LaCounte and Rita Church
Doyl & Jacqueline Fritz
Tom Balding Bits & Spurs
Poison Spider Cattle Co

Youth Sponsors

The Dvarishkis Family
Past sponsors can be found here.



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