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.
Johnson and Dulces Mighty Oak win “ReRun
Cattle Win a Saddle:
New this year to the Montana Cutting
Horse Association’s list of classes and
awards was the “ReRun Cattle Win A
Saddle” Championship which was awarded
to the competitor who won the most money
in the three “re-run cattle” classes:
the $35,000 Non Pro, the $15,000
Amateur, and the $2,000 Limited rider.
Dr. Tim Johnson of Gallatin Gateway
riding Dulces Mighty Oak took home the
inaugural 2013 “ReRun Championship” with
a combined year-end total of $2,891
earned in the $35 NP and $15 Am.
Runner-up was Gayle Weber, Corvallis, MT
with $2,248 and in third place, Travis
Young of Absarokee with $1,451.
“My goal this year was to do the best
that I could”, said Dr. Tim “I started
out in the $50 Amateur at our first show
in Idaho and also showed there in Las
Vegas, but I decided that it was
simplest to show where I was back to
back – in the $35 NP and the $15 Am.”,
he continued. “I rode the same horse all
year, “Dulces Mighty Oak” a nine-year
old gelding by Dulces Smart Lena that I
purchased three years ago from Jeremy
Barwick. The gelding already had a solid
aged event career with Dean Dohmann, and
he is a good horse, he’s like a puppy,
but it took me two years to figure it
out on him”, Tim said. “I kept my other
horse until I felt confident with him,
that I could make it work – most of the
time, anyway”, he added.
Tim and his gelding also took home
the MCHA’s $15,000 Amateur Championship
this year, won fourth in the $35,000 Non
Pro for the year-end, and – won the 2013
Wyoming Cutting Horse Association
$35,000 Non-Pro Championship, as well!
The team started their year off in style
by qualifying for the $50,000 Amateur
Finals at Western Nationals in Reno, NV
this past May.
Tim’s favorite show
this year was the Briggs Ranch Cutting
in Whitehall, MT as he enjoyed showing
outdoors with good weather – but – the
Heart K Land and Cattle Show in
Livingston follows as a close second.
This year Tim made a career change
and during the week you can find him in
Helena, MT. “I’ve settled into something
I can do for a longer time, working for
VA Montana, serving Montana’s veterans
at the VA Hospital in Helena” Tim said.
Tim’s wife, Sara, and chocolate lab,
Dakota, accompany him to many of the
And – the plan for the new saddle?
Well, Dr. Tim has graciously donated it
back to the MCHA’s “Live Auction”
fundraiser held during the MCHA Banquet
this coming April.
Thank you, Dr. Tim
Johnson, and all the best in 2014.
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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