Mark Your Calendar!
2013 Year End Banquet – March 7th,
2014 at Fort Rockvale Restaurant!
Please call or email Kelly Heiken to make
your banquet dinner request by Saturday,
March 1st, (406) 662-3392 or email
email@example.com. Join us on March 7,
2014 at the Fort Rockvale Restaurant, only
12 miles out of Laurel going towards Joliet.
No host social hour – 5:30pm,
banquet at 6:30pm. Awards
will be presented to the top 5 of each class
along with several other awards including
Open/Novice Horse of the Year, Non Pro/
Amateur Horse of the Year, Non Pro Award,
Rookie of the Year, Youth Rookie of the
Year, Youth Scholarships, Kim Asay Memorial
Award and Most Inspirational Award.
Silent auction, live auction and dessert
auction with lots of fun items to bid on!
For dinner choose from Prime Rib,
Shrimp or a combination of both. Kid’s meal
also available. To donate an item for the
auction please contact Michelle VanDyke at
(406) 596-0805 or send an email to Kelly.
Directions to Fort Rockvale, from Billings,
head south out of Laurel on Hwy 212 towards
Joliet, 12 miles to Rockvale. There will be
more information posted on our website at
MCHA Kickoff Show
March 8 & 9, 2014 at the Cottonwood
Equestrian Center in Silesia, produced by
Parker Horse Company. Fresh cattle practice
on Friday. Banquet Friday night and show
your horse that weekend.
Check out the show
information. Show secretary, Theresa
HERE TO ENTER ONLINE!
“It all started with a pony named Duke that drug me
through a barbwire fence”, Jim Bower stated. “Then,
the next day my Dad sold him. I was 13. That was the
end of my career with horses - until I was 45”, he
“I saw Dan Lufkin’s photo on the
front page of USA Today 25 years ago. I was playing
basketball and Tae kwon do, getting beat up
physically, and wanted a sport to compete in
competitively in my 40’s. I thought cutting looked
relatively ‘easy’, so I called Dan Lufkin’s office
in New York. They transferred me to one secretary,
then to the next secretary and then Dan answered,” a
somewhat surprised Jim reflected.
continued “I had never met Dan, he was a big-time
brokerage firm and I introduced myself as a small
brokerage firm. I was minute to Lufkin Jenrette, but
he took my call. He put me in touch with Lindy
“Now, I had never ridden a
performance horse much less a cutting horse, and
just imagine me – cutting with Lindy, on her terms!”
HERE TO READ MORE.
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.
Denver to host 2013
NCHA Western Nationals
Sept. 27, NCHA and the National Western
Complex of Denver, Colo., reached an
agreement to host the NCHA Western
National Championships presented by 6666
Ranch in Denver, April 28-May 9, 2014.
It has previously been in Reno, Nev.,
and Ogden, Utah.
While NCHA did not
solicit bids for the Western National
Championships, Denver and Nampa, Idaho,
submitted bids along with Reno.
analyzing the bids, the final contenders
were Denver and Reno, and NCHA
appreciates the hard work by the
committees representing those two sites.
It was a very difficult choice for the
Executive Committee because of the
impact the selection has on so many
members and the challenges they face
because of the sheer size and mountain
ranges of the West.
the very competitive bids, the Executive
Committee requested staff investigate
the potential for having championship
shows in both locations. After
thoroughly reviewing the financial
impact of two shows, available dates at
the facilities and access to cattle, it
became clear that having a total of
three championship shows per year is not
feasible at this time.
NCHA Executive Committee has established
an outstanding compromise plan that
addresses the needs of the greatest
number of members by rotating the event
between Midwestern (Denver or similar)
and Western (Reno or other) locations on
an annual basis through at least 2017.
For the 2014 site selection, the
committee voted to go to Denver because
of the city’s competitive financial bid,
number of anticipated entries and drive
time. Substantial numbers of NCHA
members called and/or emailed in support
of both Reno and Denver.
That is why
the Executive Committee has made a
commitment to rotating the Western
Nationals to accommodate the largest
number of NCHA members on an annual
NCHA members have until
November 10 to qualify to compete in the
Eastern Nationals to be held in Jackson,
Miss., and the Western Nationals in
Denver. Qualification requires that an
entry fee be paid and the rider rides to
the herd in the event in which they wish
to qualify. A total of $200,000-added is
offered at each event, along with a
significant prize package that includes
RooHide saddles, Gist Silversmith belt
buckles, Joey Jemison chaps, 5 Star
Equine saddle pads and Platinum
Performance and Lubrisyn products.
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