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2019 ACHA Championship Show
December 3 - 7, 2019
Bell County Expo Center - Belton, TX

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    When Mandy Schoenst won the American Cutting Horse Association Open Classic Champion award in 2018 riding Sneak A Smoothie, she may have raised a few eyebrows because she is a woman – and a very young one at that. Nevertheless, by the end of the year, she had accumulated more points than all the familiar trainers showing in that class.
    Yet Schoenst says she did not show in the male-dominated class to make a point. Nor was it out of ego to prove she could do it. Instead, it was because Schoenst had to compete against the professional trainers since she had previously shown horses for another owner. She never really intended to become a trainer, but circumstances put her in a position of riding horses for someone else prior to the 2018 point year.
    “I needed a job,” said Schoenst. Simple as that. She says she started trading and showing horses for other people just to make a living. Although she does not regret showing in an Open class, she says it was “misplaced” because she was still learning how to show at the professional level.
    Most trainers agree that perfecting your showmanship on a young horse usually does not work, but in this case it did. The Open Classic class is restricted to horses that are either five or six years old. Schoenst bought Sneak A Smoothie off of Facebook as a five-year-old in December. The mare is by Smooth As A Cat out of Sneakin Cee by Maxi Lena out of Lynx Melody. Schoenst owned her throughout 2018 and still does.  
    Schoenst is very humble about how she won the championship. She says she simply went to more shows. Of course, the number of shows alone does not win championships. Schoenst steadily progressed in her showmanship skills as the year continued. She obviously has talent, but Schoenst suggests that she would have preferred not to be classified as a trainer if circumstances had been different.
    “I was out of my league as far as knowledge and ability, but it made me grow as a rider,” she says. She credits her competitors and mentors for helping her.
    When the year began, the young lady says she was going too fast and getting in her horse’s way. The struggle was not the mare’s fault according to Schoenst.
    “We didn’t do really wonderful at first. We were doing well to mark a 68,” Schoenst confessed. She added that she never felt she was judged unfairly for being a woman. She credits trainer Lonny Morris with helping her learn how to mark more than a 68. With Morris’s advice and more show experience, the scores began to rise. “Once I slowed down, the mare could do her job.”    
    Another person who receives a lot of credit from Schoenst for helping her is Donnie Shore. Schoenst remembers winning a top ten buckle in the ACHA Youth in 1997 when she was just eight years old. She said that as a child she and her sister never left their horses with a trainer, “but Donnie was always there to help us.” Not only is Donny Shore credited with helping her as an eight-year-old but also for recently pulling her back into the ACHA after her stint with other events and other associations.
    Schoenst is happy to be back. She says she feels like the people in the ACHA are more “friendly and inviting” than in other horse sports and organizations. She hopes to continue cutting because she thinks it is something she can do with her five-year-old daughter as a family activity, and she is positive about the future of the ACHA.
    “If we can maintain our morals as a family organization, it will grow when cutting gets bigger again. If we try to change, we will lose what we have. We just need to stay the same. Let everybody else hang themselves. Then the people who want to go to a weekend show will come here.”
    Schoenst offers a bit of advice to other competitors. She recommends that you not cut corners when buying a horse. In her opinion you should “buy a good horse and enjoy it. It is money well spent.”

Article by:  Raena Wharton

Keeping it in the family!  Ron Wright, one of the Founding Directors of the American Cutting Horse Association, is presented with a commemorative plaque listing the 1985 ACHA Founding Board of Directors by current ACHA President, Mike Combs. Mike's father, George Combs, was also a founding director. Ron Wright's son, Phil Wright, has ridden with Mike Combs since he was in the Youth!

Ron Wright, ACHA Founding Director, presents the Founders Open Trophy to John L. Dublin. John won the $1000 Added Founders Open class at the American West Texas CHA Labor Day Bash in Sweetwater, TX. Pictured left to right:  Alvin Turner - AWTCHA President, John L. Dublin, Ron Wright, Mike Combs - ACHA President.

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Visit our photo galleries to view our champions!

Open Rider Hall of Fame
Billy Bob Moore

Non Pro Rider Hall of Fame
Bobbie Sue Shore

Member Hall of Fame
Lee and Judy Barron

Rookie of The Year
Cassie Behrends

High Point Horse
Bearcat Feathers

High Point Open Rider
John L. Dublin

High Point Non Pro Rider
Phil Wright

Honor Roll Recipients
Paul Bassel, Tracy Owens, Janice Little,
Paula Williams, & not pictured) Tony Caporina

Ben Todd Award
Ranessa Crawford

Most Improved Youth
Dakota West

Affiliate Champion
Ashley Knight representing
Australian Cutting Horse Group

Top Hands
Presented & Sponsored by Billy & Tracy Owens
Cletus Hulling, John Dublin, Mike McCarty & Michelle Mowery


2018 World Champions
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John L. Dublin / Super Neat Cat / Jim Spaulding
John L. Dublin / CD Swinging Jane / Deni Grissette

Non Pro
Jennifer Bowers
Tamra Lott

$50,000 Non Pro
James Prater
Candace Harrison

$15,000 Novice Horse
A Dog Bit My Bodee
Mike Combs / Gretchen Hawksworth
Catty Doc Legacy
John L. Dublin / Ranessa Crawford

$20,000 Non Pro
Mary Bauer
Monte Locke

$15,000 NH/NP
Catty Doc Legacy / Ranessa Crawford
Pepto Katz / Phil Wright

$3,000 Novice Horse
Wild Mountain Cat
Alvin Turner / Kennady Moffatt
DB Spotified
Lonny Morris / Ron Jones

Senior Non Pro
Bill Kyle (Not Pictured)
Paul Vaughan

$2500 Novice Rider
Cassie Behrends
Billy Light

$1,000 Novice Rider
Cassie Behrends
Billy Light

Senior Youth
Zach Harbers
Taylor Mowery (Not Pictured)

Junior Youth
Toby Combs
John C. Dublin (Not Pictured)

Open Classic
Sneak A Smoothie
Mandy Schoenst
Sweet Lil Billie
Billy Bob Moore / Martha Wilson

Non Pro Classic
Bobbie Sue Shore
Z Z Smart
Phil Wright

Open Derby
Chiquita Reysmooth
Billy Bob Moore / Lee Barron
JK Ella Rey
Gary Walker / Legal Cut LLC

Non Pro Derby
Mike Randolph
Justa Smooth Shooter
Kelsey Conn (Not Pictured)

ACHA Championship Show featured on KCEN Live TV!! Check out these clips!

Cutting horse skills at their best this week at the Bell County Expo Center
Cutting horse championship show in Belton

Congratulations to the 2018 Championship Show Circuit Champions
Thank You Hart Photos
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$20,000 Non Pro Champion
Cindy Smith

Non Pro Classic Champion
USS Tucker owned & ridden by
Cristy Erickson

Open Derby
Cats Play Tuff/Jonathan Rogers/Tiemann & Rogers
Hott Wish / Faron Hightower / Dawn Jonas

Non Pro Derby
Anotha Brotha / Megan Johnsrud
Cactus Jack 015 / Wade Rust

$15,000 Novice Horse
Smart Georgia Belle
Tom McTaggert / Ray Brazzel
Shesa Metallic Lady
Jonathan Bartock / Mallory Tolleson

$3,000 Novice Horse
The Real Slim Shady
Mike Mowery / Ken Rodgers
Time With Billie
Mike Mowery / Mike & Michelle Mowery

$15,000 NH/NP
CR Short Smart Cat
Ryan Smith

$15,000 NH/NP
Billy Owens

Senior Non Pro
Paula Williams
Jennifer Bowers

$50,000 Non Pro
Champion Andra Wisian
Reserve John Hightower

Open Classic
Close To Metal/Jonathan Rogers/Terry Strange
USS Tucker / Jonathan Rogers/Sweet Blessings Ranch

$2,500 Novice Rider Reserve
Ashley Knight

Open Champion
Hot Kitty Cat
Cletus Hulling / John Hightower Reserve
Smooth Talking
Tom McTaggart / Ray Brazzel

$20,000 Non Pro Reserve
Phil Wright

$1,000 Novice Rider
Champion Cassie Behrends
Reserve Billy Light

JR Youth
Champion JT West
Reserve Sidney Kahla

Affiliate Shootout Champion
Ashley Knight
representing Australian Cutting Horse Group

McDonald's SR Youth
Champion Emalee Hoffman

McDonald's JR Youth
Champion Toby Combs

Non Pro Champion
Metalena / Tamra Lott

Non Pro Reserve
Billie Brow Cat / Bobbi Sue Shore

SR Youth Champion
Dually Husband

SR Youth Reserve
Zach Harbers

$2,500 Novice Rider Champion
Samantha Smith


In continuance of the American West, and the ranching lifestyle, the American Cutting Horse Association strives to promote cutting horses as a competition sport. The goal of the ACHA is to promote the breeding, training and sport of these great horses in a competitive setting.

By the establishment of rules of conduct for cutting horse contests and the keeping of complete and accurate records of these contests, the ACHA seeks to promote and regulate the showing of cutting horses.

There is a place in the ACHA for contestants and their horses at any level and any goal. ACHA membership consists of people of diverse backgrounds and talents and encourages individuals, families and companies to become involved in the sport of cutting

Upcoming Events

November 2
Dorrigo, QLD, Australia

November 2 - 3
Southwest Texas CHA - Belton, TX

November 9 - 10
West Texas CHA - Clyde, TX

November 23 - 24
South Texas CHA - Brenham, TX

December 3 - 7 2019
ACHA Championship Show - Belton, TX


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Thank You Sponsors

Sam Munroe / McDonalds (2 locations Brenham)
Martha Wilson & Jana Lowe
Mitchell Pipe & Supply, LLC / Jackie Mitchell
Whitlock Cattle Co., LLC
Jim & Rhonda Ross
Ballard & Fleetwood PLLC, Attorneys At Law

2019 Year End Sponsors:
O & P Construction / Billy & Tracy Owens
Bobby & Lynn Glover
Kim Lamarr

2019 ACHA Extravaganza Sponsors:
Lee & Judy Barron
Bowers Vet Clinic / Jennifer Bowers, DVM
Bellville Abstract Co. / Leigh Ann Schultz
Quick Be A Cat / Dorothy Lemecha
Chris Woods
Andra & Kirby Wisian
Whitlock Cattle / John Hightower
Carol & Troy Buchanan
Bell County Expo

Lee & Judy Barron
Bellville Abstract Co. / Leigh Ann Schultz
Whitlock Cattle
Bowers Vet Clinic
Martha Wilson
Jana Lowe
Mitch Farris Cutting Horses
Camille Abbott
Mike Combs Cutting Horses
Robert Fuentes Cutting Horses
Graham Land & Cattle/Ron Jones
Lana Wells
Evergreen Cowboy Church
Cletus Hulling Cutting Horses
Chris Woods
That Guy Brands Strategic Consulting / Steven Kahla


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