MNCHA Horse Expo booth spreads the word about cutting

Minnesota Cutting Horse Association board members Gary Hansen, left, and Dave Hamilton join MNCHA member Anita Janssen and MNCHA secretary Dava Scribner in the group’s booth at the Horse Expo in St. Paul on the State Fairgrounds, May 26-29.

Many of the tens of thousands of horse owners and others who paraded through the State Fairgrounds April 26-28 while attending the annual Minnesota Horse Expo stopped at the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association (MNCHA) booth.

Staffed by MNCHA secretary Dava Scribner, who volunteered her time over the three-day show, with help from Anita Janssen, Dave Hamilton, JoLynn McDonald, Gary Hansen and others, the booth offered volumes of information about cutting and specifically about the MNCHA to the many Expo visitors who stopped to chat.

In the booth, a video ran continuously showcasing riders and their horses working cows.

Anita Janssen, wife of MNCHA member and trainer Bob Janssen, even brought a few pairs of virtual reality goggles that gave people a chance to visualize what it’s like to sit on a cutting horse while working a cow.

The group’s Expo presence was part of the MNCHA board’s ramped-up efforts to spread the word about cutting, and hopefully gain new members.

The expansive publication gave insights into what cutting is all about and offered a listing of MNCHA trainers who can give cutting newcomers the information they need to get started.

MNCHA members Deborah Moller, left, and Dennis Anderson joined Texas cutting horse trainer and performance coach Barbra Schulte, center, along with Nichole Studenberg, second from right, and Stephanie Shadiow at the Horse Expo. Barbra worked the riders and their horses on flag work, as well as how to read and sort cattle in four sessions over two days at the Expo.

Barbra Schulte Headlines at MN Horse Expo

Veteran Texas cutting horse trainer and performance coach Barbra Schulte was a headline attraction at the Minnesota Horse Expo April 26-28, and a handful of MNCHA members helped her demonstrate to thousands of show visitors what cutting and cow work are all about.

Schulte has won nearly $1 million in NCHA competition, and includes the NCHA Derby, Super Stakes Classic, and Augusta Futurity among her championship wins.

Schulte is also a well-known author and equine consultant who was raised on her family’s Illinois ranch, where as a girl she helped ride, train and prepare for sale some of the operation’s 500 horses.

A resident of Brenham, Texas, Schulte in 2000 was named the National Female Equestrian of the Year by the American Quarter Horse Association, and in 2012 she was voted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She also has been inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Members Hall of Fame.

MNCHA chairman Dave Scribner hauled cattle to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds April 26-27 so Schulte could demonstrate cutting and herd work to Expo visitors

Using a horse trained by MNCHA board chairman Dave Scribner, Barbra Schulte demonstrated how to assess and enter a herd calmly, under control and with a plan.

Over those two days, in four seminar-workshops, Schulte, with help from MNCHA members Mary Jo Lehmann, Nichole Studenberg, Deb Moller, Stephanie Shadiow and Dennis Anderson, stressed the importance while competing of mental, emotional and physical self-awareness.

A certified personal performance coach, Schulte in 1994 introduced her Mentally Tough program for riders of all disciplines.

At the Expo, Schulte also presented classroom seminars that focused specifically on how riders can best prepare themselves for competition — skills that also can be utilized successfully in day-to-day living. Visualization, Schulte says, is a key mental skill. “That’s because we tend to get what we think about,’’ she said. Schulte’s books, videos, online training courses and other information are available on her website,


There will be two saddles awarded for two separate groups of classes – classes included in one group -Non Pro, $50,000 Amateur, $35,000 Non Pro and classes in second group $15,000 Amateur, $2,000 Limited Rider and $1,000 Rider. You will receive one point for each time you enter a class. The top five point earners from each class will be eligible to ride in the Saddle Shootout at the October Cutting. All 15 finalists in each group will receive an award. All MCHA approved cuttings will be included for points. The more times you enter your class; the more points you will earn towards riding in the Shootout. Complete details will be available at the March Madness cutting in Cannon Falls, MN or you can call Dava Scribner for further information at 612-845-1270.