As we move forward in 2021 we can only hope that things slowly return to some type of normalcy. The cutting world has been fortunate for the most part that we have been able to continue with our events and the sport that we love. Welcome and congratulations to the newly elected MCHA Board Members – Leigh Gall, Jeff Pauly, Denny Benson and Justin Namken. They will be joining the Board members that have a year remaining – JP Bell, Travis Grover, and Mary Jo Lehmann (someone will be appointed to fill Dave Scribner’s remaining year).

The first MCHA cutting will be the March Madness Cutting, March 12th – 14th in Hinckley, MN. The MCHA awards banquet will be held Saturday evening, March 13th following the show. The complete 2021 show schedule is listed below.

Looking forward to a great 2021!

Dear MCHA Members –

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dave Scribner on December 24th, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. There are those who claim to be cowboys, but there are very few who actually live the cowboy way. Dave was a mentor, a friend, and countless other things to so many people. You could tell that Dave loved his chosen life. He had worked so hard for it and had nothing given to him. He was proud of all the work he had done on his property with his own hands. He loved his family. He loved the horses he had dedicated his life to and buying and feeding cattle.

The cutting pen will never be the same without Dave out there helping everyone. We will miss his smile. We will miss the sound of his laugh. We will miss hearing him yell “all the way” when he was helping us in the pen. Thank you Dave for all you did for the MCHA and for everyone that had an interest in cutting or just horses. Our hearts go out to Dava, Michelle, and his beloved granddaughters.
Gone but never forgotten…..Rest in Peace Dave.

Welcome to The MCHA

The MCHA would like to encourage anyone with an interest in the thrill of cutting to come and attend an event. Check out the dates and locations for the remaining cuttings below. The MCHA is extremely please to see the large number of beginner cutters that are showing. If you want to try showing a cutter; the Rookie class is a great place to start. Come and join the fun.

Jack Bell congratulates Noah Edwards on winning the Sylvan Nelson Memorial trophy.

Kate Grover scored a 75 on Spoon LaDual to bring home the MCHA Shootout Championship saddle this weekend! A huge thanks to this amazing team that helped it all come together, Dave Scribner, Bob Janssen, Justin Namken, and Travis Grover, couldn’t do it without you guys in my corners! Another big thank you to my support system on the other side of the fence! Thanks to the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association and RS Saddlery for sponsoring this beautiful saddle. And thanks to the MCHA for putting on such a great event. We all appreciate the hours of hard work that goes into these shows!

Saddle Shootout qualifiers for the $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider, $1,000 Rider division

JP Bell presents Morgan Pliszka with her saddle for winning the $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider, $1,000 Rider division of the Shootout.

Mary Jo Lehmann gives Kay Fasnacht an MCHA embroidered halter for being a Saddle Shootout qualifier.

Kay Fasnacht proudly displays her Rookie Buckle with Justin Namken and Erin Johnson.

Dates   |  LOCATION

MCHA 2021 Show Schedule

March 12 – 14, Hinckley, MN
April 9 – 11 Nevis, MN
May 14 – 16 Nevis, MN
June 18 – 20 Waterloo, IA
June 25 – 27 Nevis, MN
July 30 – Aug. 1 Nevis, MN
August 27 –29 Waterloo, IA
September 17 – 19 TBD
October 8 – 10 Hinckley, MN
October 22 – 24 Nevis, MN

What’s new

2020 MCHA Year End Winners

The MCHA Fall Festival of Cutting was held October 9th – 11th in Winona, MN. Unfortunately many people had conflicts arise and the turn out was not as large as we had hoped for. Those that did attend had a lot of fun. The cattle were very good, more sand had been added to the show pen that made the ground really nice. There was a lively calcutta and super competitive Saddle Shootout Saturday night. Morgan Pliszka was the first to go in the $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider, $1,000 Rider division. She had a beautiful run on Fed Ex marking a 75 and setting the bar very high for the rest of the competitors. There were some more great runs marking 74’s and 73’s but no one could top Morgan. In the Non Pro, $50,000 Amateur, $35,000 Non Pro division it was Kate Grover on her always super consistent mare, Spoon LaDual, that bested the group with a 75. A huge thank you to RS Saddlery for their sponsorship towards the saddles. Also, thank you to all the helpers that stayed late to help the saddle shootout entries and who helped throughout the entire weekend. As always, you guys are awesome! A special thanks to JP Bell for working non stop to keep the show running smoothly.

Noah Edwards won the Sylvan Nelson Memorial trophy for the second year in a row. Kay Fasnacht earned her Rookie Buckle. It was just so much fun for so many people; that’s what the cutting is all about.

Morgan Pliszka and Kate Grover win Shootout Saddles!

Sponsored by RS Saddlery.


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.