Welcome to The MNCHA

What’s new

  • Welcome to the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association’s new website!
  • Note that our new web address is www.mncuttinghorse.com. (For a while, our old site’s address, www.mncutting.com, will also lead you here.)
  • On this site you’ll find results from recent MNCHA shows, as well as information about upcoming shows and standings in various classes. Show schedules of affiliated Midwest cutting horse associations also are available by clicking on “Links’’ at the top of this page.
  • The Links page also can connect you quickly with NCHA standings, rider and horse earnings, and other information.
  • Be sure also to check out the most recent MNCHA News, such as the club’s appearance at the Minnesota Horse Expo with Texas cutting horse trainer and performance coach Barbra Schulte.
  • Also on this site, we’ll regularly profile MNCHA members, beginning (scroll down) with Bill Zaharia of Owatonna, Minn.

Announcing the MNCHA SADDLE SHOOTOUT for 2019!

Sponsored by Owatonna Motor Company, Owatonna, Minn.

Dates   |  LOCATION

March 8-10   |  Cannon Falls

April 12-14   |  Nevis (Canceled)

May 10-12  |  Cannon Falls

May 17-19  |  Fargo, ND

June 6-9  |  Winona

June 21-23  |  Nevis

July 12-14  |  Fargo, ND *MCHA approval pending

August 9-11  |  Winona

August 26-27  |  Minnesota State Fair

September 21-23  |  Winona

October 11-13  |  Winona


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.


Bill Zaharia

Hometown: Owatonna

As a ranch kid growing up in North Dakota, Bill Zaharia’s recreation options were limited. His family ran a cow-calf operation and farmed small grains. Also they had horses, and from a young age, after school and on weekends, Bill relished saddling up and riding out, feeling the power beneath him as he and his favorite mount moved freely across the plains.

Though he rode broncs in high school and dreamed as many country kids do of competing some day in big arenas — not on rough stock, but on cutting horses — those ambitions were put on hold for a long time after he left home for school and, ultimately, the work-a-day world.