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Tentative Show Schedule
March 16th – 18th, 2018 - Aged Event/Weekend
2 shows held over 3 days - Madras, OR –
April 12th - 15th, 2018 - Regional Series/Aged
3 shows held over 4 days - Madras, OR – Norton
May 18th – 20th, 2018 - Aged Event/Weekend Show
2 shows held over 3 days -
Madras, OR – Norton Ranch
June 22nd – 24th, 2018 –Aged Event/Weekend Show
2 shows held over 3 days – Burns, OR – The Bell
(possible 4 day show depending on
July 13th – 15th, 2018 - Aged Event/Weekend Show
2 shows held over 3 days - Madras, OR – Norton
Aug 17th – 19th, 2018 – Show TBD
Sept 21st & 23rd, 2018 – Aged Event/Weekend
2 shows held over 3 days -
Madras, OR – Norton Ranch
Click here for Northwest Regional Series
schedule and info
Oregon Cutting Horse Association Members,
many of you have heard, Roger Freeborn tragically
drowned while snorkeling in the Caribbean last
November. Roger was best known for his horseshoeing and
blacksmithing skills; Roger was one of the first
members of the American Farrier Association and his
membership number was 232.
Roger Johnathan Freeborn was born November 28, 1939 in
Syracuse, NY to Edie and Barney Freeborn. Roger’s love
of horses started at an early age. He learned to love
draft horses on his uncle’s farm in Cazenovia, NY where
he spent his first 8 years; he started helping to drive
the wagons from the hayfield to the barn when he was 4.
His father was a Red Cross field director and after WW2
the family moved to England where Roger’s playgrounds
were the stables in Newmarket and Newmarket Heath where
they train the race horses. When his father was
transferred to Germany Roger took his first riding
lessons—Dressage. After moving to Southern California
through his high school years, Roger always found jobs
cleaning stables so he could find a horse to ride.
grew up riding through the orchards and hills of
Southern California and spent some time
“dudes” on their trail rides.
After serving in the US Navy in the early 60’s Roger
came back to Southern California.
Within a few years
he had apprenticed to Charlie Lampman who had been his
Farrier before he went into the Navy. After his
apprenticeship he started building a clientele; his
break came when a horseshoer he had known came back to
SoCal, down on his luck and with no tools. Jay Sharp had
been one of the best-known shoers in Southern California
and, working with Roger, they soon built up a strong
business. They shod for many big barns and several well
known trainers: Ronnie Richards and Jack & Linda Baker
in the cowhorse and performance horse industry as well
as people in the hunt/jump industry and some racehorse
trainers. They even shod for John Wayne for awhile;
Roger always said he wished he’d kept one of his checks
from John Wayne—they were signed Marion Morrison—but he
needed the money so he cashed them.
In the early 70’s Roger and his first wife, Melinda,
decided to move from SoCal to Williams, OR to raise the
family they were starting. Their first son, Matthew was
a year old and after they moved to Oregon they had Mark
and Luke. Roger started over again but soon was shoeing
for many showhorse barns and some racehorse trainers in
the Rogue Valley. He and his family had acreage, raised
hay and livestock and enjoyed packing on their horses
into the mountains west of Williams. Roger spent a
couple years teaching horseshoeing at Rogue Community
college but soon went back to shoeing full time. He
started shoeing a lot of cutting horses and shod for C2
Cattle Company and Arrowhead Ranch until they closed
In the late ‘80s Roger and Melinda separated and after a
couple years Roger started dating one of his customers,
Mary Benson. Mary got Roger interested in cutting and
the rest is NW cutter history.
Roger learned to make Farrier tools in the 80’s also.
His goal was to start a line of Farrier tools after he
retired from horseshoeing. After he and Mary got married
in June of 1993, he semi-retired and started spending
more time blacksmithing and developing his tool line.
Roger was lucky because his work was his life and he
loved what he did. He loved his horses and riding, but
nothing made him happier than pounding on iron. He loved
teaching people how to do it also, and we all mourn the
loss of that incredible knowledge and skill.
Roger is survived by his wife Mary, his 3 sons and their
wives and 6 grandchildren and his older brother Bill.
His oldest son, Matthew lives in Tacoma with his wife
Connie where he works in the fabrication business. They
have 4 children: Sierra, Mikayla, Autumn and Logan.
Roger’s middle son Mark lives in Phoenix, OR with his
wife Kelly and son Avery; Mark is a woodworker and
cabinet maker. Roger’s youngest son, Luke lives in
Sherman Oaks, CA with his wife Aubrey and daughter Shae
and he works as an art director and set designer.
We will be having a Celebration of Roger’s life sometime
this coming summer and will let you know when as he
would want all his friends and fellow cutters to be
On behalf of the entire Oregon Cutting Horse Association
Board of Directors our thoughts and prayers are with the
entire Freeborn Family.
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Awards/Qualifications show counts towards Oregon
CHA yearend awards – Beginning with the
2017point year, Regional shows produced by other
organizations and held outside of the state of Oregon
will not count as qualifying shows nor will
earnings/points won be eligible for tabulation for OCHA
year-end awards. ... To Qualify for yearend awards for
the 2017 show season contestant must show at 50% + 1
show to qualify. (i.e. 16 show days = 9 show days to
Thank-you to all of the participants & volunteers for
another successful show season. The board of directors
will be working on the 2018 show season! Please continue
to watch the Oregon Cutting Horse website & facebook
page for details.
Click here to view the Northwest Regional Series
Click here to read the OCHA President's
to read the NCHA Directors
is now available!
Entry Close: If a class does not have at least 3
entries, the show secretary will contact the people
entered in the class and give them until 12:00 PM the
day after the entries close to fill the class or it will
be cancelled for the entire show.
Entry Fees: All entry fees must be paid by the start of
the 3rd class from the end of the 2nd day. This will
allow the show secretaries the time needed to reconcile
thier paperwork before leaving the event.
Help support these local clubs and get your horse
ready for the 2015 season.