Southern Arizona Cutting Horse Association
Our club's mission is to promote the sport of Cutting by organizing events (Cuttings) at a reasonable cost for local competitors (Cutters) to show their horse's ability to work and control a cow. We develop interest and awareness of Cutting by sponsoring several jackpot shows per year at Marana Stockyards with classes for everyone from beginners to professionals. Riders compete for points toward year-end awards such as silver belt buckles and other prizes.
To learn more about the sport of Cutting, visit our "Links" page which has some good resources or click on "Contacts" if you need more information about our club shows.
Southern Arizona Cutting Horse Association Celebrates 50 Years
At their April Show in Marana, the Southern Arizona Cutting Horse Association (SACHA) celebrated their 50th Anniversary and recognized several original members that were able to attend. Those original members recognized were Fred Frye, Waylon Heatley, Ron Searle, and Ruth Roddis. Fred Frye, who was president of the club at least 4 different times over the years, was also recognized for being the longest continuing member of the club.
In 1965, a group of Tucson horsemen started the local NCHA Affiliated Club to put on affordable cutting horse shows in the Old Pueblo area. In the early 60ís the closest shows were in the Phoenix area, making it difficult and expensive for Southern Arizona horsemen and women wanting to learn or participate in the sport. Tucson trainers Grove Johnson, Fred Frye, and Ron Searle were instrumental in starting the new organization.
Grove Johnson was elected the first president of the club and hosted the first cutting at his stable on the south end of Harrison Rd. Ron Searle was the Vice President and Marilynn Searle was the first Secretary. The first directors of the club included Alan (Doc) Collier, Jay Dusard, Ruelon Goodman, and L (Doc) Radmacher. Gene Payne, at that time the owner of the Tucson Livestock Auction, was also an early member and hosted many of the early competitions at his arena on North Highway Drive. The cuttings at this time were held mainly in the evening. Payneís arena was across from his auction barn, not far from where Arizona Feedís Country Store is now located on the west side of Tucson.
The original goal of the organization was to put on affordable cutting horse competitions so as to make it easier for beginners to learn the sport. Although the club has always followed NCHA show and judging rules, to keep costs low, most of the shows were and continue to be non-sanctioned by the NCHA. For the last 50 years the club has used a point system for year-end awards instead of large jack pots to reward class winners.
The first NCHA sanctioned show that the club put on was in March of 1965 at Gene Payneís arena. Duane Johnson of Tucson was the judge and there were 7 horses in the open, which was won by Bill Rogers from Phoenix who marked a 73 on Chuckawana. The $1,000 Novice Horse Class was won by J. Rowley from Safford, Arizona on Pokeys Mark with a score of 73. Ron Searle, riding Hungarian Alsab won the $500 Novice with a 72, and Dave Faulkner from Tucson won the $250 Novice Horse on Tidy Twist.
Other cutters that helped make SACHA successful in the early years included Doc Doherty, Charlie Nix, CP Honeycutt, and Charlie Maynard. The club would have never survived 50 years without the continuing support of long time Tucson trainers Scott and Cherie Raftery, and Fred Frye who have helped keep the club alive through thick and thin.
Over the years the club has put on shows at various arenas throughout Southern Arizona. 50 Years later, SACHA continues to put on seven to eight monthly jackpot shows a year with the same goals that the original members set. For the last six years the club has been using the facilities at the Marana Livestock Auction for their monthly jackpots. The club has access to plenty of fresh cattle and a good arena which still makes it one of the best places in Arizona for beginners and experienced cutters alike to work their horses.
Scott Raftery Receives Plaque at Western Nationals in Reno
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