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Cutting Horse Association!
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Year End Awards.
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THANK YOU PLATINUM SPONSOR:
Mays of Flying M Livestock has been
supplying the WCHA with cattle for the last
few years. Marcus is the son of Don and
Paula Mays. Don has been in the cattle
business for about fifty years. The Mays
family owns and runs Flying M Livestock LLC.
Their home base is Ellensburg. Paula works
in the office and on the ranch while Don
does the buying and marketing. Son, Miles,
is the bookkeeper. Marcus handles the
day-to-day cattle activities. It is
interesting to learn about the different
branches of the business. You hear that with
many businesses diversification is a key to
success. Flying M Livestock is an example of
that being actually three cattle businesses.
is their grass fed cattle. They own about
550 Black Angus mother cows, which they
breed to registered Angus bulls. The
resulting steers will be grass fed and sold
to that specific market. Some of the raised
heifers will be sold as grass fats, but the
majority will be kept as replacement heifers
or sold as bred heifers.
branch is their stocker cattle. They
purchase about 5000 calves. Spring calves
will be pastured on grass from Coos Bay, OR
to Oroville, WA near the Canadian border.
Marcus must keep track of thousands of
cattle covering hundreds of miles. The fall
calves will be fed through the winter before
they are sold. Flying M likes to sell at the
850 – 900 pound weight. Agri-Beef buys 99
percent of their cattle.
third branch of their Flying M Livestock
operation is being a receiving station for
Hawaiian cattle arriving in the spring and
market diversification can only be a plus in
the ups and downs of the cattle business.
Thank you Marcus Mays of Flying M livestock
for your sponsorship and including WCHA as
perhaps your fourth business branch,
supplying cattle to cutters.
2013 WCHA Horse of the Year -$1000
Boonsmal had an amazing 2013 year winning over $ 42,000
while being ridden by Josh Sleeman and owner, Sarah Sherman.
The pretty roan mare is by Peptoboonsmal out of Darling
Nurse, by Dual Rey. Judd and Sarah purchased “Dooney” when
she was a day old. The 2013 season started with a bang when
Dooney and Josh marked a 155 at the Spring Idaho LAE. They
went on to win a Championship and were a multiple Finalist.
Dooney and Sarah were Reserve Champion all three days. At
the Western Nationals Dooney was a Finalist in the 3000
Novice class. The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association
was a show Sarah will long remember. They were the 5/6 Non
Pro 10,000 , 100,000 and 200,000 Champion. Plus, they were a
Finalist in the Non Pro 5/6. Of course, there were also many
weekend show successes for Dooney. The year ended with
Dooney winning the 5/6 Open at WCHA and the 5/6 Open Reserve
Championship at Calgary.
||Reyguns Merada is the 2013 WCHA
Novice Horse. -$500
Barry Barnes purchased him under the guidance
of Kenny Pugh Jr. as a three year old. “Willy” proved to
meet their expectations. Shown by Kenny in the Open and
Michelle in the Non Pro novice classes he always gave 100%.
Michelle says that above all he has a kind and gentle soul
that just wants to please. Reyguns Merada, now seven, was
sold and he is a Canadian.
Non Pro - Sarah
Sarah Sherman is the 2014 WCHA Non Pro Division
Champion. She has always had a love for horses. As a child
she was in 4-H. She decided that horses were going to always
be a part of her life. Dental School and two children
delayed her horse dreams, but if you have ever been around
Sarah you can tell that she is a very high energy, goal
oriented person. Before being involved in cutting she
enjoyed success in snaffle bit futurities and was a NRCHA
Amateur Futurity Champion.
She and husband Judd
purchased some well bred cow horses. When some showed more
aptitude in cutting they switched disciplines and started
working with trainer Josh Sleeman. Sarah still plans to ride
snaffle bit horses when the right horse comes along.
Sarah showed three horses in 2013, Dooney Boonsmal, Handling
Kitty and Dual Reys MS Bobbi. She works hard juggling being
a mother, working in their business, Todays Dental, and
riding her horses. Congratulations Sarah and good luck in
future goals. We know you have some young horses coming up,
so the dream continues.
2013 Amateur Award Alexa Dahl - $500
Alexa has been showing
cutting horses competitively for about 6 years. In 2012 she
stepped up to the 15,000 Amateur. As the summer rolled
around, she found herself very close to the top fifteen in
the world. With the help of Kenny and Kay Lynn Pugh, she
traveled to shows much farther from home and as far as
Arizona resulting with her being in the Top 15. She went on
to compete in the World Finals at Ft. Worth. She won all
three goes and ended up the 15,000 AM World Show Champion
and the 2012 Reserve World Champion. Alexa would like to
give a huge thank you to Dan and Karen Hansen (KP Bar
Ranch), Ron Crouch, Kenny Pugh and Josh Sleeman for their
help at the show!
Alexa’s greatest mentors and
inspiration come from Dan and Karen Hansen. They have helped
her set goals for herself and achieve them. She spends every
minute she can learning from them, not just cutting, but
also running her P3 Equine Therapy business. Both Alexa’s
horses, Rita Wood and Woody Jazz, come from the KD Bar
of Alexa’s recent accomplishments include:
2013 NCHA Area
1 50,000 Amateur Champion
2013 WCHA Amateur of the Year,
50 AM Champion, SR. Youth Champion
2012 NCHA 15 AM World
Show Champion, 15 AM Reserve World Champion
Nationals: 50 AM Co-Champion, 15 AM Finalist, Sr. Youth
5000 Novice Horse NP Finalist
currently finishing high school on line and plans to
graduate in June 2014. She would like to thank everyone who
helps her at all the shows and appreciates their hard work
and dedication to the sport she loves so much.
SENIOR CLASS AWARDS
Ron Davis, Senior Class Ride Off
Champion and winner of $500!
Ron Davis and RD Bud Light
are a team to be reckoned with. They are no stranger to
Awards. They were 2007 NCHA World Champion $3000 Novice /Non
Pro. Of course, they have also won many affiliate Year End
titles and NCHA Area titles. Congratulations Ron!
||Senior Class Saddle Winner
riding Tomahawk Taz won the beautiful saddle built
by WCHA member Chuck Black. This was the second
saddle Chuck has donated to WCHA for the Senior
Class. It is awarded to the high money winner for
the year. Susan would like to thank Chuck and
“Tommy’s” trainer, Josh Sleeman, plus the wonderful
turnback helpers who so willingly help us all.
2014 Senior Class
WCHA is offering the Senior Class in 2014.
The Ride Off
for $500 will be held during the Finals show in September.
To be eligible to compete in the Ride Off you must have
ridden 50 % + 1 the number of times the class is offered.
Chuck Black is generously donating another handcrafted
saddle for the 2014 high money winner in this class.
WCHA thanks you, Chuck!
2014 WCHA Board
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contact board members.
April 11, 12 & 13
May 15 & 16
May 17 & 18
May 30 - June 1
June 14 & 15
July 11, 12, & 13
September 26 & 27
Derby & 5/6
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complete details as they become
system will be used to determine
winners of Year End Awards.
& Pat Noble of Noble Panels & Gates
Don and Pat Noble are
WCHA 2013 Gold Sponsors. I finally tracked them down at
the fall Idaho Futurity where they were a vender. They
are very busy people between the business and an
occasional fishing or hunting trip.
They took two trips with
friends and WCHA members Jim and Luana
Wriglesworth. One trip took them to Africa
where they hunted. Don had hunted there
before and determined it was a good place to
take Pat. While Jim and Luana took photos,
Pat wanted in the action. She shot a 2000
pound Eland, which is the largest of the
antelope family. For you hunters she used a
7mm gun. Another trip they took together was
an Alaska fishing trip. Some great kings
were caught and all had lots of fun. This
fall you will find Pat in Wyoming. Pat will
hunt for elk and Don will be the
photographer. Pat explained to me that
whenever they hire an outfitter, Don is
adamant about checking out the experience of
the horses that they will be riding. Some of
the terrain is steep and rough.
Nobles have been around livestock all their
lives. When Don was a teenager he took
hunters into the Sierra Nevada. He had mule
strings as large as thirty-five mules. Their
livestock knowledge, insistence on quality
and safety is the cornerstone of Noble
Panels. It all started about 1980 when they
needed some holding areas for their horses.
Don could weld so he made some panels.
People liked what he was building and in a
few weeks he had hired five people and
started producing for others. I learned that
what separates their panels, gates, and
fencing from their competitors is that when
they have the steel milled they insist on
more carbon in the metal. This makes it
stronger. Also they can custom build for
your needs. You can find examples of this
custom work at the Gorge Amphitheater where
they built small “beer stalls,” or the large
renovation of the stock holding pens for the
Pendleton Round Up. Recently they worked
with Chubby Turner to build a Texas facility
for the J5 Ranch in Weatherford. Chubby was
very specific about certain things like
having all the metal colored green.
manufacturing facility is on the Noble
resident property and is managed by their
son, Chris. They employ about thirty
employees. Materials are milled in other
states and sent to them in 24foot lengths.
All materials are USA made with the
exception of a nut and bolt they haven’t
been able to find in the USA.
my chat with Don and Pat and learned so much
about their adventures and the beginnings of
Noble Panels. If you have the opportunity to
talk with Pat ask her if she shot that
trophy elk this fall. I hope we can get some
pictures on the WCHA Website.
Brent and Tina Mathews
Tina Mathews, owners of King Feed, have been
great supporters of WCHA for many years.
Both Brent and Tina grew up in Puyallup, WA.
Brent worked many years in road
construction. Tina managed King Feed in
Graham for ten years before they purchased
it a few years ago. Brent left the
construction business to help run King Feed.
Brent manages what he calls the backside of
the business, in charge of the farm
equipment and the bookkeeping. Tina is the
store manager handling customer service,
feed, the gift shop, tack and pet supplies.
They have been married for fourteen years. I
asked how they met. I think you can credit
their mutual love of horses for getting them
together. Tina was boarding a horse at a
stable where Brent was hired to take out
trail riders. He caught Tina’s eye and she
expressed to friends, “He rides a horse very
well.” Tina continues to trail ride with
girl friends and do an occasional team
sorting. Brent enjoys working with friends,
Jeff Sleeman and Mike Boone, gathering and
doctoring cattle. Brent says this experience
is not only fun but he has learned a lot
about cattle care and feeding for a gain.
This knowledge has proved valuable at King
Feed as Brent has been able to advise
customers who are looking for the optimum
health and gain on their stock.
in the future for Brent and Tina? King Feed
has been growing and experiencing success.
Eventually they would like to be in a
position to be able to get away more to take
trips. Brent likes hunting and of course,
cutting. Tina loves vacations to sunny
places, sandy beaches and blue water. Brent
would like to eventually get back in the
cutting pen with a younger horse, maybe a
four year old. Let’s hope that as King Feed
continues to prosper we will see more of
Brent and Tina at the shows.
to Gold Sponsors, King Feed, and Brent and