Vanessa Michels -
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
Looking forward to 2019!!
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.
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.
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
See you all soon.