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
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.
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/
4] Judges / Contracts / Follow Up
Fairgrounds Negotiations / Site Negotiations / Video
8] Sponsorships / Fund Raising.
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
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
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
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!
WCHA FINALS SHOW AND LAE
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.
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
BOARD & GENERAL MEETING
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
WCHA Members have
taken NCHA Western Nationals by storm! Congratulations
to the following class champions as well as any and all
Emma Lanning riding BNL Bo Taz - Senior
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
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
and BNL Lucky Duck, High money winning amateur
Chilly, High money winning novice horse (with
his amateur owner Michelle Barnes)
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;
Alexa Dahl, Reserve World Champion,
Congratulations to all on a great finish
For all results, see
FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR!!!
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
CLICK HERE to view the LAE/Finals show
CONGRATULATIONS TO RALEY MAE RADOMSKE, INDUCTED
INTO THE NATIONAL YOUTH CUTTING HORSE HALL OF FAME!
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
here to read the commentary that was written by
the NCHA and read during the induction ceremony.
SPOTLIGHT: Vicky Poole
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
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
Pop’ In and Out Drive-In
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
Big Sky Aged Event show
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
De Leigh, Reserve Champion Nonpro Classic Challenge on Busy
Bob Hulden, Nonpro Classic Challenge finalist on Cowboys
Way to go, Washington cutters!
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.
AUCTION TOPS $2000 +
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
A big thank you to C.M. Blum photography for the great
photos of NCHA Days! Please visit their site to order your
NCHA & AQHA
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 ALL THESE WINNERS!
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.
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
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
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
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
Alexa Dahl * Peter Spadoni * Harland Radomske
Jody Radomske * Robert Tower * Mike Walker
Lindee Curtis * Tamara Garcia * Emma Lanning *
Idaho Spring LAE and Weekend Show!
We are proud of
Josh Sleeman, Kenny Pugh, Diehl Hiner
And their NonPros
For the many
CHAMPIONSHIPS and RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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!
on image to view the photo gallery
Meet & Greet
Equi-Cam and the Women of WCHA
Thank you Patti for such a wonderful party!