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

October 2018

Hello Cutters,
The Fall Festival of Cutting and MCHA Breeder's Futurity/Derby was a great success. It was held October 12th-14th in Winona, MN at the Minnesota Equestrian Center. It is such a wonderful facility to have a cutting. Thank you to everyone that came and supported the MCHA show.

It was the final year for the long standing MCHA Breeders Incentive Program. The MCHA appreciates the many stallion and mare owners that contributed to the program for many years. The 3 Year Old Open Champion was Major League Cat ridden by Bob Janssen and owned by Ann Heimbach. They earned $2,232.46. Ann Heimbach rode her horse to the win the 3 Year Old Non Pro Futurity and collected $2,506.14. Major League Cat was sired by Kit Kat Sugar and was eligible from a mare enrollment. He was bred and raised by Janssen Performance Horses. The Champion of the 4 Year Old Open Breeders was Wileys Lil Redhead, sired by Wiley Cat and owned by Gary Henderson and ridden by Carlos Pacheco. They won $978.20. Tom Holmes won the 4 Year Old Breeders Non Pro Derby riding Rey Zooms, sired by WR Tams Peppy Cat earning $722.70. Congratulations to everyone.

The Bob McCutcheon Memorial Challenge Series was a big hit. The embroidered sheets were awarded based on the cumulative score from the three days. It was really neat that several of the people that won the sheets had learned to cut from Bob. The winners were as follows -
Non Pro : Mary Jo Lehmann riding Euphemia CD
$50,000 Amateur : Jerry Brecke riding Sams Cats Merada
Youth : Jack Bell riding Spin To You
$25,000 Novice Horse : owned by Daniel Burkes, ridden by JP Bell
$25,000 Novice Non Pro : PC Im The One ridden and owned by Pat Collins
$5,000 Novice Horse : My Redemption, owned by John Kolar, ridden by JP Bell
$5,000 Novice Non Pro : Play N Dirty, ridden and owned by Michael Schreck
$35,000 Non Pro : Bill Zaharia riding Chucks Little Pepto
$15,000 Amateur : Stephanie Schadlow riding Rooten N Scooten
$2,000 Limited Rider : Justin Namken riding Im Shorty Nuff
$1,000 Rider (tie) : Jenna Brantner riding Euphemia CD
$1,000 Rider (tie) : Tammy Schwert riding Spoonfuls Lil Cat

The MCHA would like to thank the McCutcheon family for donating the embroidered sheets in Bob's memory.

The Sylvan Nelson $1,000 Limit Rider traveling trophy was also awarded at this show. When the scores from the three days were tallied; it was a tie. Jenna Brantner riding Euphemia CD and Tammy Schwert riding Spoonfuls Lil Cat were more than happy to be Co-Champions. Jenna Brantner also received her Rookie buckle!

It is that time of year again to start thinking about if you have any interest in running for the MCHA Board of Directors. The MCHA made strides this year in adding some events for all levels of cutters. It is the MCHA's goal to continue that trend in 2019. If you would like to run for the Board, please contact Dave Scribner at 651-260-6570. New people and new ideas are good for the growth of the association.
Once again thank you to everyone that helped the MCHA in anyway throughout the year.

Enjoy the rest of the fall,

Mary Jo

Tom Holmes receives his award for winning the 4 Year Old Non Pro Derby Wileys Lil Redhead, owned by Gary Henderson, won the 4 Year Old Open, ridden by Carlos Pacheco Jerry Brecke and Mary Jo Lehmann were very excited to win sheets in honor of Bob McCutcheon. They both learned to cut from Bob.
  Jenna Brantner receives her rookie buckle from Mike and Mary Jo Lehmann Tammy Schwert riding Spoonfuls Lil Cat and Jenna Brantner riding Euphemia CD were Co-Champions for the Sylvan Nelson Traveling Trophy
MCHA President Dave Scribner awards Patrick Collins his Championship sheet Bill Zaharia proudly displays his sheet JP Bell and John Kolar were thrilled to win one of the sheets,



March 2018 News

Hello Cutters,
The March Madness cuttings that were held March 9th – 11th in Cannon Falls, MN were a big success. Thank you to 57 Ranches for all of the hard work they did to put on these cuttings; from all of the setup, to hauling in ground, and securing cattle, there is so much that goes in to having a successful show.

The MCHA Year End Awards banquet was held Saturday evening. There was excellent food that was catered, a great live auction, and the presentation of awards. Thank you to everyone that worked to organize the event – Jolynn McDonald, Pam Harrington, and Mary Wilkerson, are just a few that I know helped. Also, thank you to John Elliot for being our auctioneer. And of course, a big thanks to all that donated items or purchased them.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation by Bill Zaharia to Dave Scribner for being inducted in to the MCHA Hall Of Fame. When Dave’s name was submitted for consideration; it was unanimous that he should be in the MCHA Hall of Fame. Dave has worked for over 30 years promoting cutting in this area. He has hardly ever missed a show and is known for helping all day long in the pen. It never matters whether you are his customer or a trainer showing against him; he gives 100% to every competitor.

Our hearts go out to Lois Bishop and family on the death of Dave Bishop on March 3rd. Dave had been battling Parkinson’s disease and multi system atrophy since 2013. Dave and Lois were inducted into the MCHA Hall of Fame almost exactly one year ago at the March Madness cutting. Happy Heavenly trails to you, Dave.

Wishing for spring warmth……
Mary Jo Lehmann

Dave Scribner presenting Shelly Holmes her $35,000 Non Pro Champion buckle Bill Zaharia receives his $15,000 Amateur Champion buckle from Dave Scribner Dave Scribner shows off his Hall of Fame induction awards
Jack and Jenna Bell were thrilled to receive their Junior Youth awards Ann Heimbach accepts her Reserve Champion buckle for the $15,000 Amateur Stacey Johnson was the Champion of both the Non Pro and $25,000 Novice Horse Non Pro
JP Bell and Nancy Burkes pose with some of the many awards they won Shane Lokken receives his Reserve Champion buckle for the $2,000 Limit Rider  


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



MCHA 2016 Breeders Futurity

The MCHA Breeders Futurity was held in conjunction with the Fall Festival of Cutting at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona, MN on October 7th & 8th.  The total purse was just short of $10,000. There were 7 entries in the 3 Year Old Open and 5 entries in the 3 Year Old Non Pro. 

A Chic Commander, sired by Smart Chicaway, ridden by Bob Janssen, Rush City, MN and owned by Jason Reed, Faith, SD was the 3 Year Old Open Futurity Champion.  He won both the first and second go rounds with scores of 145 and 147 which gave him the high combined score to claim the championship. They collected a total of $2,320.39.

The Reserve Champion was also sired by Smart Chicaway, Highbrow Hey Zeus, ridden by Bob Jannssen, Rush City, MN and owned by Joanne Yahnke, Belle Plain, MN.  He placed a consistent second in both go rounds with scores of 142 and 145.  Their winnings totaled $1,629.21.  
Placing third in the futurity was Kwichermovin, sired by Peptos Blue Print, and ridden and owned by Brad Vance.  They earned $824.48.

The 3 Year Old Non Pro Futurity Champion was Kwichermovin, sired by Peptos Blueprint, and ridden and owned by Brad Vance, Lipan, TX.  They received $1,604.62 for the win.  The 3 Year Old Non Pro Reserve Champion was A Chic Commander, sired by Smart Chicaway, ridden and owned by Jason Reed, Faith, SD.  They picked up checks for $1,063.22.  Coming in third was Highbrow Hey Zeus, sired by Smart Chicaway, ridden and owned by Joanne Yahnke, Belle Plain, MN.  They earned $943.93.

Congratulations to all of the winners.   

August News
There is a lot planned for August.  The Bluff Country Cutting is August 12th – 14th in Winona, MN.  There are Limited Aged Event classes; even for 3 year olds.  The Open and Non Pro classes have $750 Added and the Novice classes have $300 added.  It should be a great show.
The cuttings at the Minnesota State Fair are scheduled for Monday, August 29th & Tuesday, August 30th.  It is always great fun to show at the fair.  The stands will be packed with spectators cheering everyone on.  Check the MCHA web site for the complete details on these shows –

Don’t forget the Saddle Shootout competition.  Classes that are included are the $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider and the $1,000 Novice Rider.  The top 5 participants from each class will compete in the Shootout Class at the October show.  Remember the top 5 riders are decided by the number of times you have entered the class; not by point standings.  The top 15 riders in the Shootout Class will receive a Gist Trophy Buckle and the winner of the class will receive a saddle!  To check if you are in the top 5 or close; look on the web site under standings and the last column states the number of times you have shown.

The MCHA Breeder’s Futurity and Derby classes will be held at the October show.  There is approximately $10,000 to be paid out to the eligible 3 year olds and the 4 Year Old Class will have $1,500 Added.  If you have a 3 year old, or 4 year old sired by one of the following stallions, you are eligible to enter.

Black Catamount Rey, Cant Kick This Cat, Dual Lena San, FCS You Bet Im Rare, Freckles Chex Book, Fuego Del Corazon, Guitar Gun, High Brow Jones, Howy, Little Disco Tucker, Little Eyes of Smoke, Little Lido, Little Smart Playgun, NRR Cat King Cole, Oh Cay Quixote, Peptos Blue Print, Playboy Peppy Elvis, Smart Badger Lano, Smart Chicaway, Smart Colored Hickory, Smart Lil Comanche, WR Tams Peppy Cat, Wiley Cat

Sires that only 4 year olds are eligible are – Cat Duel, Rojo Irish Bay and Poppin Peponita

Mares that have eligible 3 year olds – Desirable and Catty, Starlights Chex, Frappuccino N Pasta, Loola Lou Dual, No Average CD, Rey Of Oak, Snap Crackle N Pep, Ms Pearl Pistolena, , Poppin Hickory Uno, Kit Dual Altisimo

Mares with 4 year olds eligible – No Average CD, Desirable and Catty, Haida Dun Fooled Ya, Uno Del Rey, Ms Pearl Pistolena, Haidaway Haida, Lectric Uno Princess, Snap Crackle N Pep, Skylar Solano, A Smoke N Tivio, Chicks Fancy McQue, Lenas Sioux

If you have any questions, contact Mary Jo Lehmann 715-235-4418. That should cover things for now….

Mary Jo


$2,000 Limit Rider - Dan Henrichs, Black Hawk, SD Dennis Moreland Bridle - Ryan Julin, Bemidji, MN - $35,000 Non Pro Dennis Moreland Bridle - Deb Herold, West Point, IA - $25,000 Novice Non Pro Cutting Horse Training Online Subscription - LaVon Stoppleworth, Gwinner, SD - $15,000 Amateur
Joey Jemison Spur Straps - Mary Jo Lehmann, Menomonie, WI - $50,000 Amateur Quarter Horse News Subscription - Mark Lundee, Fargo, ND - Non Pro Quarter Horse News Subscription - Molly Julin, Bemidji, MN - $5,000 Novice Non Pro NYCHA $250 Youth Scholarship - Regan Plendl, Kingsley, IA - Sr. Youth
NYCHA $250 Youth Scholarship - McKenzie Daniel, Norfolk, NE - Jr. Youth THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORS FOR PROVIDING THESE AWARDS!

March News...

The next MCHA approved cutting is April 9-10 at Strait Rail Ranch in Nevis, MN.

The newly elected MCHA board members that will serve a two year term are: Dave Scribner, Mary Jo Lehmann, Jennifer Jackson King, and Stacy Johnson. The board members with one year remaining are: JP Bell, Gary Hansen, Larry Thompson and Paul Pietz. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please contact a board member.

The plans for a May show are still being finalized. Hopefully there will be details in the next newsletter. TheNCHA Days show is June 4-5. Don't forget the Saddle Shootout that is going on this year. The qualifying classes are the $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider and the $1,000 Novice Rider.

MCHA Breeders Incentive Program News...
It is with great disappointment that I am announcing the MCHA will not be taking 2015 enrollments for the Breeders Incentive Program. Unfortunately, interest in the program has declined to the point that it won't have any value by 2019. There is a large amount of money to be paid out in 2016-2018, so the futurity classes will still be held in the next three years. If, at that time, there appears to be a renewed interest, enrollments could be taken again in 2018. I would like to thank all the stallion and mare owners that faithfully supported the program for many years.
                                                                                                                            Mary Jo Lehmann

ATTENTION $15,000 Amateurs, $2,000 Limited Riders and $1,000 Novice Riders!

There is a great incentive for you to enter these classes this year - Win a Saddle Shootout!

Five riders will qualify from each class based on the number of times you entered the class throughout the year. You will receive one credit each time you enter the class. The fifteen qualifying riders will then compete at the October show for a saddle! PLUS all fifteen riders will receive a Gist Finalist Buckle! Start earning your credits at the March show. You must be an MCHA member to qualify.

Congratulations to our 2015 Year End Award Winners!

$5,000 Novice Horse

1-JP Bell/Paul Pietz, 2-JP Bell/Toni Foster, 3-Bob & Anita Janssen

$15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro

1-Nancy Burkes, 2-Ann Heimbach, 3-Randy Mitchell

$15,000 Novice Horse

1-JP Bell/Dan & Nancy Burkes, 2-Logan Ginkens/David Hamilton, 3-Bob Janssen/Margaret Mehle

$35,000 Non Pro

1-Deb Moller, 2-Toni Foster, 3-Ken Gilbertson

$15,000 Amateur

1-Nancy Burkes, 2-Ken Gilbertson, 3-Toni Foster

$50,000 Amateur

1-Nancy Burkes, 2-David Hanson, 3-Toni Foster

Non Pro

1-Stacey Johnson, 2-Larry Thompson, 3-Bill Retterath


1 & 2-JP Bell/Nancy Burkes, 3-Logan Ginkens/David Hamilton


Carmela King & Cody Cottrell

$1,000 Rider

1-Shelly Holmes, 2-Shane Lokken, 3-Bill Zaharia

$2,000 Limited Rider

1-Nancy Burkes, 2-Cody Cottrell, 3-Alexa Smith

Open Derby

1-JP Bell/Nancy Burkes, 2-Bob & Anita Janssen, 3-Logan Ginkens/David Patee

Thank you Michele Thompson for the photos of our happy 2015 High Point Year End Award winners.

Derby Non Pro

1-Nancy Burkes, 2-Gary Hansen, 3-Anita Janssen

$5,000 Novice Horse Non Pro

1-Paul Pietz, 2-Gary Hansen, 3-Ann Heimbach



Congratulations to our 2015 Fall Festival & Futurity Champions!

Derby Open Champion - Little Believe It, shown by Logan Ginkens for David Patee Derby Non Pro Champion - Third Barmaid, owned & shown by Michael Schreck Breeders Futurity Open Champion - Disco Barbie, shown by Greg Beutenmiller for Hilary Watson
Breeders Futurity Non Pro Champion - Smart Little Guitar, owned & shown by Garth Bullis Catt Olena - Breeders Futurity Open Reserve Champion shown by Dave Scribner and Breeders Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion shown by Larry Thompson Randy Mitchell, $15,000 Novice Horse Non Pro
Carmela King - $50,000 Amateur Nancy Burkes - $15,000 Amateur Nancy Burkes - $35,000 Amateur & $2,000 Limit Rider, Breeders Derby Non Pro Reserve Champion
Ron Stoppelworth - $1,000 Rider Traveling Trophy Stacy Johnson - Non Pro Pink supporting breast cancer awareness!
  Molly Aitken-Julin, Rookie Buckle Winner The Chili Cookoff was a success!

Congratulations to our 2015 Minnesota State Fair Cutting Winners!

Open Champion: Moms Dual N Badger, JP Bell Non Pro Reserve Champion: Stacey Johnson Non Pro Champion: Dennis Anderson
Amateur Champion: Kristen Lundeen Amateur Reserve Champion: Toni Foster