Welcome to The MCHA
The 2020 MCHA show season is off to a great start. Congratulations to our first two Rookie Buckle winners of the new year!
If you have an interest in learning to ride a cutter, the Rookie Class is a great way to start. Come and join the fun. The Rookie Class is held at all MCHA cuttings and is open to any beginner.
Dates | LOCATION
MCHA 2020 Show Schedule
March 6 – 8 Cannon Falls, MN
April 4 – 5 Nevis, MN
April 24 – 26 Nevis, MN
May 22 – 26 at Strait Rail Ranch in Nevis, MN
June 12 – 14 Winona, MN
July 11 – 12 Fargo, ND
July 18 – 19 North Branch, MN (pending)
July 31 – August 2
August – 24 – 25 Minnesota State Fair
Sept. 17- 19
October – 9 – 11
Other shows in the area that are non MCHA approved –
March 21 ICHA Challenger Show, Lime Springs, IA
May 23 – 24 NDCHA, Bismarck
June 20 – 21 NDCHA Bismarck
August 1 – 2 NDCHA Medora
September 12 – 13 NDCHA Bowman
MCHA Off to a Great Start in 2020
The MCHA kicked off the year with it’s first approved cutting at Cannon Falls, MN March 6th – 8th. The weather cooperated with extremely mild temperatures. It was great to see a lot of new people showing which is very encouraging. The MCHA Board held a meeting Friday evening at the completion of the show. The newly elected Board members for a two year term were welcomed; Travis Grover, Mary Jo Lehmann, Dave Scribner, and JP Bell.
BECOME A MEMBER
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 MCHA 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 MCHA 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.