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Janssen, Daniel crowned Fall Festival Futurity Co-Champions!

The Minnesota Cutting Horse Association Fall Festival Futurity, featuring $2,500 added, was exciting to the finish, with Open riders Bob Janssen of Rush City, Minn., and Grant Daniel of Norfolk, Neb., ultimately being crowned Co-Champions on the Sunday, Oct. 13, finale.

Janssen (below left) rode Sweet Sugar Kit (Kit Kat Sugar x A Merada Star) a mare owned by Margaret Mehle of Rush City, Minn., while Daniel piloted Lil Sneakin Metallic (Metallic Cat x Lil Miss Sneakin), a stud owned by Larry and Michelle Thompson of Belgrade, Minn.

Brian Cottrell and Jenna Brantner win 2019 MNCHA Saddle Shootout!

Sponsored by Owatonna Motor Company, Owatonna, Minn.

Dates   |  LOCATION

March 6-8  |  Cannon Falls

March 21 |  ICHA Challenger Show, Lime Springs, Iowa

April 24-26 |  Nevis, Minn.

May 8-10  |  Cannon Falls

May 23-24  |  NDCHA, Bismarck

June 20-21  |  NDCHA, Bismarck

July 11-12  |  NDCHA, Fargo

August 1-2  |  NDCHA, Bismarck (rain date)

Aug. 22-23  |  NDCHA, Medora

September 12-13  |  NDCHA, Bowman


Whether you’re a novice rider or have spent a lifetime in a saddle, the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association and its members invite you to join them for the ride of a lifetime, aboard the world’s most athletic equines. From March through October, the MNCHA typically holds at least one cutting a month. And now, our parent organization, the National Cutting Horse Association, is offering FREE one- year memberships to qualifying members. Contact the MNCHA today for details.



In his high school days, Brian Cottrell rose most mornings at 3:30 to help milk the family’s 40 cows. This was near Finlayson, about an hour south of Duluth, and the youngster’s farm work would continue a couple of hours. Then he’d power-nap before boarding the yellow bus that stopped at the end of the family’s driveway, ready again for a day of school.

The young boy didn’t begrudge the labor the cows commanded. But neither was he intrigued by them the way he was by horses. His grandpa was a draft horse trainer who had taught a stud of his to jump into the back of his truck. Mares at the time expected their paramours to come to them, not the other way around. So grandpa and his stud rode the circuit.

“That horse would jump into the truck without a problem. He knew where he was going,’’ Brian, now 60, said. “Grandpa didn’t always get paid in cash. Sometimes he’d come home with eggs or a couple of chickens.’’

Brian was recalling this a short while after he won a new saddle last weekend at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona. A cutting horse rider, he was aboard Moneymaker, his 8-year-old gelding, when he marked a 75 to best a veritable bunkhouse full of riders who also had their eye on the new stirrup-hanger.

Click here to read last month’s Member Spolight: Jack Bell.