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Leadership Proposal- Washington Cutting Horse Association

This proposal would eliminate the officer positions of the President and the Vice President. The positions of Treasurer and Secretary would be appointments by the Board of Directors.

The association Board would consist of a Board of Directors numbering nine individuals. There would be one Executive Chairperson who would be the key leadership position to run all board sessions, day to day operation and run the general membership sessions. This individual would lead the organization and lead the board along with responsibility for follow up with board members on their assigned duties for the association. This position would rotate each two years with that person assuming the duties of the director who moves into the Executive Chairperson position. The board would also select an Executive Vice Chairperson from the other eight board members to serve in the Executive role if that person was unable to fulfill their duties due to circumstances [i.e. - illness, extended leave, etc.]. Board elections would remain as is with each term being three years.

The other eight directors would be assigned equal responsibilities for association business. They would have multiple duties and they would be responsible for these duties while in position as directors. They each could have members assist them for execution but the overall responsibility would fall to them. They would provide updates to the chairperson along with the board as needed or required.

An example would be the board member who is responsible for the show judges. This individual with the assistance of their team would review the judges available and then select them for the shows. Upon selection of the judges and the judge’s verbal approval the director would provide that information to the secretary to mail out the contracts. Upon the return of the contract the secretary would update the director. They would then provide the chairperson with said information.

The responsibilities would be grouped under categories to align themselves for ease of execution. Some suggestions are:
1] LAE / Regional Series
2] Weekend Shows / Show Management / Set Up.
3] Awards / Banquets / Hospitality/ Concessions.
4] Judges / Contracts / Follow Up
5] Fairgrounds Negotiations / Site Negotiations / Video Contracts
8] Sponsorships / Fund Raising.

The key here is that all directors must understand it will be a working position with responsibilities that must be met for the association to succeed. During the first board meeting with this format the areas of responsibility would be brainstormed under each area and placed as responsibilities for that role. Once completed, the board would then select which board member would be assigned to that area of responsibility.

Each year the responsibilities assigned to each individual could be reviewed and updated if needed. Also, throughout the year if an item arises that needs to be added to duties the Chairperson would assign that item to the director responsibility best aligned with said item.

Lastly, these responsibilities could rotate yearly and assign directors to other areas if the board votes to do so. This does not mean they need to change but sometimes exposing individuals to other areas brings new ideas.

This proposal is fashioned on county board operation. The Executive Chairperson is the moderator of all meetings and the spokesperson for the board. This individual must be able to communicate, hold all responsible and be willing to challenge for the good of the association. The chairperson is elected by the board itself.


CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Burck on Rip Rap Cat winner of the 15,000 Amateur
Co-Sponsored WCHA, CCC and Bonina Saddle Competition!

The 2014 Finals Show and LAE were exciting with some Year end Championships decided on the last ride. It was great to see Oregon trainers, Jolene Nelson and Tohni Davis who traveled to Washington to join us. The judge was California trainer Mike Warman. Thanks for coming Mike. Watch the web for results.

The Awards Banquet was lively with lots of laughter, good conversations and an excellent Tri Tip meal provided by Top Gun Concessions. The high selling auction item was a barrel of “spirits” provided by the Tim Johnson barn. Sarah Sherman purchased the barrel. Thank you to Tim’s barn and Sarah for their generosity. Sarah then donated it to Jeff Sleeman, in appreciation for his hard work as Show Chairman and Cattle handler. Jeff decided to take a break from these jobs in 2015.

A very successful meeting with lots accomplished was held Sunday morning. Keith McGinnis was elected as the 2015 Chairperson/President. Mike Boone was elected Vice President and Nancy Wagner is the new club secretary while Carol Kneeshaw was elected to continue as the 2015 Treasurer. Becky Sleeman will be the show secretary. Also elected to the Board were Diehl Hiner, Rob Burnside, Jeff Sleeman and Brent Mathews. WCHA has an excellent Board who will work hard to bring you the best cutting shows possible.

Carol reported that every show had some profit with the July show being the most profitable. The July show follows Calgary, so the world haulers catch the WCHA show on their way south. They not only enter the OPEN and NONPRO but also increase the entries for other classes. The 2014 shows made over $7000. Even with the club having to purchase a flag this year, and some higher VIDEO costs that the club absorbed, WCHA is just about financially where we were at the beginning of the show season. We started and finished the year financially strong!

CONGRATULATIONS To Joe Jones, Recipient of the Zane Schulte Award

This award is presented in memory of Zane Schulte to a trainer who exemplifies integrity, service, values, respect of peers and a contribution to the industry. A bronze trophy will be presented to Joe at the 2013 NCHA Futurity.

Congratulations to our NCHA Hall of Fame Inductee Harland Radomske!

WCHA Members have taken NCHA Western Nationals by storm! Congratulations to the following class champions as well as any and all finalists!

Emma Lanning riding BNL Bo Taz - Senior Youth Champions
Haylee Sleeman riding Patty La Cat owned by Jime and Luana Wriglesworth - Junior Youth Champions

Josh Sleeman riding Ichi Mama owned by Robert and Jeannie Tower - 10,000 Novice Horse Champions
Kenny Pugh Jr riding Cat Splash owned by Amy Becken - 3,000 Novice Horse Champions



Kay Lynn Pugh and Cat With A Hat, High money winning nonpro Holly Jones and BNL Lucky Duck, High money winning amateur
Cats Chilly Chilly, High money winning novice horse (with his amateur owner Michelle Barnes) Cats Chilly Chilly, High money winning novice horse (with pro rider and trainer Kenny Pugh)
Patty La Cat, WCHA horse of the year (owned by Jim and Luana Wrigleworth and shown by Josh Sleeman).  

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Susan Walker for her tireless work behind the scenes to make our show season a success. She garnered sponsorships, took photos, produced dinners and silent auctions. Thank you, Susan, we appreciate you!


Our northwest contingency at the World Finals did us proud! Here are the final standings:

  • Ho Chi Minnie and Josh Sleeman, 15th in the Open;

  • Smooth As A Lady and Sarah Sherman, 11th in the $5,000 Novice Horse Nonpro;

  • Cat With A Hat and Kay Lynn Stevens-Pugh, 8th in the $15,000 Novice Horse Nonpro; and

  • Alexa Dahl, Reserve World Champion, $15,000 Amateur.

Congratulations to all on a great finish to 2012!

For all results, see http://www.nchacutting.com/world/schedule.shtml


WCHA strives to produce high quality shows with good ground, cattle, and facilities. In 2012, WCHA paid out $171,974.99 at our weekend shows, and $76,189.13 at the WCHA/OCHA Limited Age Event. We paid out a grand total of $248,164.12 in 2012!

Thank you to everyone who made 2012 a year to remember! 2012 year end results and LAE results are posted. Please contact a board member if you have any ideas or suggestions for next year.

CLICK HERE to view the year end award winners.

CLICK HERE to view the LAE/Finals show results.



Raley Mae, her parents and grandparents recently returned from the 2012 National Youth Cutting Horse Association's convention in Ft. Worth, Texas where she was inducted into the National Youth Hall of Fame.  Click here to read the commentary that was written by the NCHA and read during the induction ceremony.




Vicky Poole, long time WCHA member, just began a new venture. She recently purchased The Silver Shop, a traveling tack trailer, from Kim Kelly. Vicki calls her business VP Tack and Supply. Click here to read more!



The following restaurants have generously donated gift certificates for dinners to the WCHA. Each weekend names are drawn to receive a dinner.

The Porterhouse Steakhouse
Michaels on the Lake
Dominos Pizza
Pop’ In and Out Drive-In
Sporty’s Steakhouse

Congratulations to Loraine Varriano who won the dinner to Michael's on the Lake and new member, John Partridge, who won the gift certificate to The Porterhouse Steakhouse. Welcome, John, to the WCHA! The Porterhouse Steakhouse also provided a dinner to our judge.

Big Sky Aged Event show report
Congratulations to Kenny Pugh, Big Sky Aged Event Futurity Champion on Wild Wanda 409, owned by Barry Barnes. Kenny is also the BSAE Classic Challenge Champion on Cats Chilly Chilly, owned by Michelle Barnes. Kenny made it to the Classic Challenge finals on Smart Spooky Cat, owned by the family of Bill Benson.

Josh Sleeman made it to the Futurity finals on Scratchin Cat, owned by Roxy Kinnaman, and on Hydrive Deesel, owned by Jim and Luana Wriglesworth. Josh also made the Derby finals on Clutch Light, owned by Cody Erwin.

In Nonpro results, Alexa Dahl made the Pro-Am finals on Rita Wood and Jenifer Whisler made the 5-6 nonpro finals on TR Smart Rey.

De Leigh, Reserve Champion Nonpro Classic Challenge on Busy Being Little
Bob Hulden, Nonpro Classic Challenge finalist on Cowboys Onstar
Way to go, Washington cutters!

Ellensburg fire relief
The Taylor Bridge Fire Animal Rescue fund has been created to help the victims of the fires in Ellensburg, to which WCHA has made a contribution. Here are the contacts if you would like to help:

Taylor Bridge Fire Animal Rescue fund
Kittitas Valley Chamber of Commerce
609 N. Main St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Ellensburg Red Cross 509-925-5866; Or you can make a $10 donation via your cell phone by texting REDCROSS to 90999. The charge will be added to your next phone bill.

Thank You Thank You Thank You

The high selling items were a metal art piece created and donated by Candy Wagner and three cow prints donated by Linda Freed. If you would like to order another cow print talk to Linda. This money will go to purchasing WCHA yearend awards.

CM Blum Photography http://www.cmblum.com
A big thank you to C.M. Blum photography for the great photos of NCHA Days! Please visit their site to order your photos today!


Washington Cutting Horse Association would like to thank the NCHA and the AQHA for their donations to NCHA Days. NCHA donated two $250 scholarships to the Youth. Jesse Stratton won the Sr. Youth class riding Telesis War Leo. Haylee Sleeman, riding TR Smart Rey, won the Junior Youth Scholarship and the AQHA youth trophy. NCHA sponsor Dennis Moreland, donated two bridles. Randy Brooks and Sonya Leanos were the lucky names drawn to win these! Tony Dunlop was the winner of the trophy for the 2000 Limit Rider Class. This trophy was also donated by the NCHA. Purina Feed, a NCHA sponsor donated certificates for bags of feed. The certificates were given to the turnback help. They were much appreciated as there were 460 rides!
AQHA donated $3000 and trophies for the AQHA classes.





Congratulations to Show one’s Open Derby Champion Diehl Hiner riding LCR Cash and Carry, and NonPro Derby Champion Carolyn Edson who rode Radger Dadger Badger. These winners both received a Grand Meadows gift tote. Grand Meadows is the maker of quality supplements. Thank you Grand Meadows.


Grand Meadows Supplements sponsored two classes at our May show! Victor Dickson, riding Little Miss Cougar won the Non Pro class and Holly Jones and BNL Lucky Duck won the 50,000 Amateur class. CONGRATULATIONS these fine riders and horses! They each received a gift tote from Grand Meadows.



Attention Cutters
Sat June 2nd in the Ardell building, Top Gun Concessions is offering an all-you-can-eat BBQ Pig Dinner with several kinds salads-dinner rolls w/butter is being offered for only $12.50.
Tickets are limited. First 150 cutters and guests that purchase tickets will be entered in a drawing for a show headstall. Purchase tickets early at the Ardell concession stand.
Good luck to all.
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Grand Meadows, known for its quality supplements, is sponsoring two classes at each weekend show. Kay Lynn Pugh, riding Cat With A Hat, won the  15,000 Nov. NP. Michelle Havens Barnes, riding Cats Chilly Chilly, won the 5,000 Nov. NP. They each received a gift tote. Thank you Grand Meadows!


Washington State Riders bring home $31,000 + from the Western Nationals !

  • Josh Sleeman - Res. Champion Open on Patti La Cat, owned by Jim and Luana Wriglesworth
    Res. Champion 3000 Novice horse on Ho Chi Minnie owned by Duane Bruner

  • Holly Jones - Champion 35,000 NP on BNL Lucky Duck
    Finalist 15,000 NP

  • Haylee Sleeman - Co-Champion Junior Youth on TR Smart Rey, owned by Jenifer Whisler

  • Emma Lanning - Res.Champion Junior Youth

  • Ruby Mineer - Res. Champion Senior Youth

  • Alexa Dahl - 5th place, $2000 limit rider

  • Finalists:
    Alexa Dahl * Peter Spadoni * Harland Radomske
    Jody Radomske * Robert Tower * Mike Walker
    Jenifer Whisler

  • Youth Finalists:
    Lindee Curtis  * Tamara Garcia * Emma Lanning * Madeline Schott

WCHA Members
At the
Idaho Spring LAE and Weekend Show!

We are proud of
Josh Sleeman, Kenny Pugh, Diehl Hiner
And their NonPros
For the many
CLASS Wins and Checks!

To see who won what go to:

Congratulations to Jody Radomske on her tie for 3rd place in the $5000 novice horse/nonpro at the Eastern Nationals.

3/13/12: Our condolences go out to one of our members, Lori Wigley, who lost her horse "Lil Red" to colic last night. We are so sorry for your loss.


Happy Birthday Chuck Black!

Chuck Black celebrating his 80th Birthday,
Accepting the buckle Sept 30th for his WIN
March 26th in the “Specialty” Class!

Click on image to view the photo gallery
Meet & Greet
Equi-Cam and the Women of WCHA
Thank you Patti for such a wonderful party!


Our Mailing Address:
Carol Kneeshaw
WCHA Treasurer
PO Box 864
Eatonville, WA 98328
Phone:  253-843-1760

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