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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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Results are posted!!

Well our 2020 season is in the books! These two shows were a great success... huge turn out, great comradery, and a ton of fun!

Many many thanks to our judge Roy Rich and his assistants Jesus Roman & Dustin Turk for helping to put on an awesome show and also a fantastic clinic! Kirstin Heid & Ryan Schultz for keeping it all together, the Valenzuela family for an ONO concession! 

Head over to the shows page to view the results with payouts and also the judges cards.

Spectacular Awards Winners: 

Open Division:

Show #1- VerySmart n Stunning shown by Charles Stevens & owned by Lilia Kapuniai

Show #2 - Red Voodoo Remedy shown by Charles Stevens & owned by Erin Ellison


Non Pro Division:

Show #1- Diamond shown by Kelleyerin Clabaugh & owned by SC ranch

Show #2- Lil Outreygous shown & owned by Nahe Nobirga


Amateur Division:

Show #1- Royally Smooth Cat shown & owned by Kimi Nagatoshi

Show #2- Royally Smooth Cat shown & owned by Kimi Nagatoshi

Youth Division:

Show #1- Sit Down Sally shown by Ikaika Valenzuela owned by Roberta Valenzuela

Show #2- Sit Down Sally shown by Ikaika Valenzuela owned by Roberta Valenzuela



Once again we want to give huge Mahalo's to our 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!

© Copyright 2020 by


Hawaii Island Cutting 

Horse Association

PO Box 1222 

Kamuela, HI 96743 

Email: hicha808@gmail.com

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