Updated: Mar 17
Cutting Horse Champion
Being the son of a cutting horse trainer, he loved it from a very young age. He grew up in Arizona and showed his first cutter in 1964 and showed in his first NCHA Futurity in 1974. Some of his favorite memories were made at the Sun Circuit in the 1970’s and 80’s. The show was held at a feed lot in Arizona and was always a big show. Mike said it was kind of like an annual meeting of friends at a really good cutting. Mike moved his family to Texas in 1982, and served on the NCHA Executive Committee during the 80’s. He served as an NCHA officer for three years and then was NCHA President in 2005, along with spending countless hours on various committees. Mowery holds his NCHA judges card and is a AAAA judge. With this, he has judged some great cuttings including multiple Limited Aged Events. However, the highlight of Mike’s career is winning the 1997 NCHA Futurity on Some Kinda Memories (which I thought was kind of neat that I have a granddaughter of hers). Mike gives his dad and Shorty Freeman credit for having the most influence on his training and showing career, stating that each of them contributed so much to his success. Today, Mike lives with his wife Michelle and daughter Taylor in Llano, Texas. He shows mainly at weekend shows. Taylor shows in the youth and you can catch his older daughter Megan Mowery Johnsrud at shows with her husband Chris and their sweet baby girl, Credence.