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




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