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President’s Corner

Vanessa Michels - President

President's Bio

Hello Cutters!!

For those of you that don't know me, my name is Vanessa Michels. I am fortunate to be married to a wonderful man, Gregg, who supports me in this crazy sport. Hoping to see him in the show pen this year.

Although I did not grow up with horses I was that little girl that always wanted a horse of my own. Noted by my copy of Black Beauty that is very dog eared.

I was a young mother when I bought my first horse. I loved trail riding and still do. I was looking for a sport to keep my horse legged up in the winter and was given the opportunity to ride a cutting horse. That was all it took. Its been my life passion ever since. Cutting can be a very humbling experience, but when that great run happens there is nothing like that rush of being one with your horse.

Looking forward to 2019!!
Vanessa Michels

President's Letter

Happy New Year Fellow Cutters:

Looking back at the 2018 show season, it was great to see many new faces and several familiar faces.

I feel the NCHA Challenger Program was well received. Many of our members qualified for the year end award of spurs from NCHA. Members also earned NCHA monies toward their achievement buckle and Certificate of Achievement on their horse.

Moving forward to 2019, NCHA has raised their Challenger Program fee from $100.00 to $200.00. Some of this will be covered by entry fees, but we are seeking sponsors @ $100.00 per show to cover the rest. We do already have some members that have stepped up, however, we are still looking for additional sponsors. These sponsorships would be separate from our regular sponsors. This is your club and in the past with a few exceptions, the board has gathered and done sponsorships themselves. Please help us get the word out. You can reach out to the people you do business with or maybe consider sponsoring yourself. Sponsorship letters are available on our website or you can reach out to Linda Beck if you would like a copy of one sent to you. Every little bit helps. Sponsors and members help keep our club strong and enables us to give great year end awards.

SOCHA-Southern Oregon Cutting Horse Association located in Tenmile, Oregon also participates in the NCHA Challenger Program for our Region. COCHA-Central Oregon Cutting Horse Association located in Madras, Oregon has also been in talks about possibly doing some Challenger shows. By traveling it earns more points for the Challenger shows and it is always good to get your horse away from home.

Adding to the information above, the board has decided to do 4 Co-produced shows with SOCHA. Dates chosen are SOCHA 5/25/19; 8/31/19, and CRCC 6/8/19; 9/7/19. More information will be coming out soon on this.

We have made a few changes to our classes this year. We changed the description of the Ranch Horse Cutter to Ranch Horse Open. We removed the Two-Handed class and added a Ranch Horse Novice NonPro. The updated Class List/Explanation will be on the website. Please read the definitions for all classes so you can determine which classes you are eligible to ride in. We are really hoping to bring some more people in for those beginner classes. If you know of anyone from Western States Stock Horse Club or any one else that is just starting out, these classes are a great way to get yourself going.
If you need anymore information, please contact Linda Beck.

The board works very hard to make the shows a success. If anyone is interested in helping at the shows, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Linda Beck or any board member and we will be happy to put you to work.

Our goal is to grow the club while keeping the friendly atmosphere and welcoming everyone. More members will only make us better. Get those horses legged up. First show of the season is 3/2/19.

See you all soon.

Vanessa Michels
President, CRCC


CRCC Secretary
Linda Beck

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