Stacey Johnson (Chairperson) 218-591-1006 ∙ Dava Scribner (Secretary)

MCHA Fall Festival of Cutting 2017

It was a wonderful celebration of cutting in Winona, MN October 13th – 15th. The cattle were good, the ground was good, it is a beautiful facility; but it was so much more than that….it was a return to just “good ol fun”. There was a VERY competitive egg and spoon class Saturday night following the conclusion of the cutting classes. 29 entries paid a $10.00 entry fee which was donated to the American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge, plus over $1,000 that was raised on a calcutta auction of the 5 egg and spoon finalists. Jim Halligan riding his 20 plus year old turn back mare balanced his egg on the spoon the longest to be declared the Egg and Spoon Champion! There was also a silent auction with many wonderful items that also raised significant funds for the great cause. Barb Halligan organized a delicious “Chili Cook Off” along with brats and other goodies so there was lots of food for everyone to enjoy at the end of the day. Thank you to Pam Herrington and Mary Wilkinson for organizing the American Cancer Society benefit and thanks so much to everyone that contributed in any way.

The MCHA Breeders classes were held in conjunction with the Open Limited Aged classes. There were Co-Champions in the 3 Year Old Open. Wileys Lil Redhead, sired by Wiley Cat, owned by Gary Henderson and ridden by Carlos Pacheo tied with Rey Zooms, sired by WR Tams Peppy Cat, owned by Tom Holmes and ridden by Seth Kirchner. They each earned $1,107.00. The 3 Year Old Non Pro Champion was Rey Zooms ridden and owned by Tom Holmes. The pair won both go rounds and earned a nice pay check of $3,321.00! The MCHA 4 Year Old Open Champion was Janie Merada, (mare enrollment), owned by Kathleen Strain and ridden by Seth Kirchner. They earned $1,322.00. The Reserved Champion was Highbrow Hey Zeus, owned by Joanne Yahnke and ridden by Bob Janssen. The 4 Year Old Non Pro Champion was Desire Some Style (mare enrollment), ridden and owned by Lou DeJong. The pair collected $1,058.00. The Reserve Champion was Shesa Altisimo Cat (mare enrollment), ridden by Scott McDonald.

Embroidered sheets were awarded to the non- breeders limited aged event winners based on their scores from showing all three days. The winners were – 3 Year Old Open – Keep It Metal, owned by Wayne Gunderson and shown by Bob Janssen, 3 Year Old Non Pro – CR To Tuff To Beat, owned and shown by Michael Schreck, 4 Year Old Open – Janie Merada, owned by Kathy Strain and shown by Seth Kirchner, 4 Year Old Non Pro – Play N Dirty, owned and shown by Michael Schreck, 5/6 Year Old Open – My Redemption, owned by John Kolar and shown by JP Bell.

A special presentation was made to Dave Scribner and his “champion” turn back horse Jack. Everyone who has ever attended an MCHA cutting knows the long hours that Jack (and Dave, of course) have spent in the show arena helping everyone! Jack is 22 years old this year and is just starting to show some signs of getting tired. He truly is an “MCHA Champion”. Jack is owned by Mark and Susan Asch.
The MCHA is putting together a list of candidates to run for the Board. Anyone that is interested in running for the Board should contact Mary Jo Lehmann 715-235-4418. It is the MCHA’s plan to take significant steps in finding ways to welcome new people to the great sport of cutting.

Dave Scribner accepting Jack's Turnback Champion Award from Mary Jo Lehmann
MCHA 3 Year Old Futurity Co-Champion, Rey Zooms, owned by Tom Holmes and shown by Seth Kirchner
MCHA 3 Year Old Futurity Co-Champion, Wileys Lil Redhead, owned by Gary Henderson and shown by Carlos Pacheco
Seth Kirchner accepting the MCHA 4 Year Old Open Derby Champion award for Janie Merada, owned by Kathleen Strain
Lou DeJong won the MCHA 4 Year Old Non Pro Derby riding Desire Some Style

The show season will have wrapped up by the time you receive this newsletter. Congratulations to everyone on another successful year.
Until next time,
Mary Jo Lehmann


August 2017 News

Almost here!! The MCHA is hosting the Fall Festival of Cutting this year; October 13th – 15th. Although the MCHA approves a large number of shows every year, it seldom produces them. If you can make it; please come and support the show; we hope to make it a really good time. The will be 3 Year Old Open and Non Pro classes each day, as well as the 4 Year Old and 5/6 Year Old classes. Remember, there are still two more years for the Minnesota Breeders Futurity. These classes will run as a class within a class in the open division classes. If you have a 3 year old offspring by one of the following stallions, they are eligible to enter the Breeder’s futurity –

Little Disco Tucker, Howy, Little Lido, Dual Lena San, Fuego Del Corazon, Peptos Blueprint, NRR Cat King Cole, Black Catamount Rey, Instant Starlights, WR Tams Pepy Cat, Smart Badger Lano, Smart Chicaway, Guitar Gun.

We will hold a 4 Year Old Breeders class if there are enough entries.

If you need more information on the Breeders Futurity; contact Mary Jo Lehmann, 715-235-44418.


April 2017 News

The first MCHA cutting has already come and gone– March 10th – 12th at Simons Arena in Cannon Falls, MN. This is always a really fun show. The MCHA Awards Banquet was held Saturday evening at the arena in the hospitality area. There was plenty of food, the live auction, and awards presentation.

For complete details on our shows and the tentative schedule for future shows; go to the

A celebration of life was held for Bob McCutcheon on Saturday, April 29th in River Falls, WI.

Hope to see you all cutting soon!
Mary Jo