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About Us

Original pencil drawing by Gina Ha’o.

History of the Club

The Hawai’i Island Cutting Horse Association was founded in 1999 by Buck Schipa, with support from Dutch Schuman, Duke Kapuniai, and Alex Penovaroff, to offer regular cutting, cow horse and reining events for individuals of all ages.  The show year culminates with Annual Big Island Cow Horse Championship Show. 


HICHA’s Annual Big Island Cow Horse Championship Show is hosted in November for all members on the Big Island.  This show brings together horses and riders from all over the state to compete in the snaffle bit futurity, working cow horse, reining ,and cutting events as well as other equine events whenever possible.


In May of 2016, HICHA became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, enabling donors to support HICHA through charitable donations - receiving a taxable deduction for their donation against their income. Our amazing sponsors continue to help HICHA further its mission, and provide over $15,000 in prizes and awards, clinics, and youth scholarships. 

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Get HICHA Cutting Updates

The HICHA Cutting Organization will notify you of Shows, Events and Promotions. 


We are gearing up for the 2021 season!

First event of the year will be a Play Day 

March 28th @ Waiki'i Ranch

Check-in @9:30am and be ready to play by 10am.

$100 for two herd work runs (3 minutes each)

$25 per boxing run

*you must be a current member to play

 To sign up please email Pamelaheitz4@gmail.com 



Mahalo to our 2020 Sponsors

Waimea Feed Supply for cow horse class prizes

Duke Kapuniai Ranch & Waimea Hill Country & Tack Inc. for youth class prizes

Pamela Heitz for youth entries

Tia Gaurani for fence work entries

Liz Armenta for Spectacular Awards

Sheila Heads Hawaiian Transport

R.K. Livestock

Turning Point Ranch

Mark & Melissa Lytle

Kerry Schuman

SmartSonofaGun & Hamona Dowell

Black Rock Cattle Company

Pacific Airlift

Kona Castle Ranch

SC Ranch Company Inc. 

Brown Development

Our success was because of you and we appreciate it so very much!