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Country Music CHA


2015/08/02







Article & photos by LaCresha Kolba

The Country Music Cutting Horse Association (CMCHA) held their fourth show of the 2015 season at the Wilson Country Fairgrounds on June 27-28, 2015.  Competitors came from Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Missouri, with 84 entries on Saturday and 78 entries on Sunday. This show’s judge was NCHA judge, Greg Butenmiller. 

With a centralized location and open air atmosphere, CMCHA enjoys the facility in Lebanon, TN.  Frank Casey is the Show Secretary and he proudly stated the horses who compete at these shows can also be found at NCHA Nationals, Eastern and Western World shows.  “This is a great venue and with the location not far from the Interstate, competitors can get in and out easily.  We offer a great competitive spirit here in a show that can help you get started if you are a beginner, or give you a challenge if you are an advance competitor.”

Jesse Pritchard brought nine horses from his barn Painted Springs Farm, located in Thompson’s Station, TN.  Jesse grew up riding horses, so training horses is in his blood. His grandfather trained and showed cutting horses.  “This facility is great as it is close to home for me. I’ve been to shows in Vegas, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Augusta. Where you can’t beat a facility like Fort Worth, it is nice to be able to compete close to home.” This particular weekend Jesse had high hopes for his horse, Cats Quick Pick.  “She is laid back, quiet; just a good honest horse.  Every day she comes out the same, never waivers.  I started her as a two year old; showed her when she was six; and now she is 12 and I own her.”

A cutting horse is an athlete in motion.  In Cutting a rider enters a herd of cattle, picks out a cow, and keeps her separate from the herd.  The challenge comes from the cow’s desire to be back in the safety of the herd.  A well trained cutting horse will have “cow sense,” so it can turn sharply and stop quickly to keep the cow from returning to the herd. This is a timed event in which the rider has 230 seconds to separate and work the cows picked from the herd.  The judges award points to the cutter based on a points scale that ranges 60-80, with 70 being average.

The CMCHA formerly held their events in Franklin, TN until 2008.  They changed venues and moved their shows to Lebanon, TN.  It didn’t take long for them to decide this was home. They have an affiliate chapter in East Tennessee where they hold shows in Harriman, TN.  Frank Casey encourages anyone who wants to get involved in cutting or with the CMCHA to come to one of their shows.  “We hold eight a year, starting in March and ending in November.  You can also contact the NCHA directly and they will be glad to help you get in touch with us.”

Find more information at: www.CMCHA.com

Country Music CHA High Point Horse (top 10):

1 Circle Bar Cut N Gem 120
2 Alotta Little Lena 119.5
3 Tracker Jones 84.5
4 Dulces Smart Light 83
5 Candy In An Instant 74.5
6 Playboys Joy Reward 69.5
7 Cats Quick Pick 68
8 Young Spoonful 67.5
9 He Da Man 65.5
10 Make Your Bet 62.5
 
Country Music CHA High Point Rider (top 10)

1 Jessie Pritchard 146.5
2 Brian Windham 122
3 Cody Turner 108
4 Matt Williams 104
5 Tim Peters 94
6 Mike Legg 87.5
7 Joe Cameron 84
8 Joshua Eatherly 74.5
9 Ted Barnes 71.5
10 Joseph Caspers 69.5

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