The VCHA was formed in 1979 as a non-profit California corporation. The original directors were Chris Brown, Art Grunig, Rose Eichenberg, Maureen Detoy, Joe Gilardoni, and Craig Manning. The primary purpose of the club was, and still is, to encourage the development of public interest in the cutting horse breed through promotion, presentation, and sponsorship of cutting horse contests, teaching clinics, and other events involving the use and exhibition of cutting horses in an effort to attract new participants to the sport of cutting and the breeding of fine cutting horses.
To expand these objectives, the VCHA has developed cutting horse events for its members including the Mini Series Shows in which points are accumulated toward year-end awards as well as playdays where members can practice showing their horses and socialize with fellow members. For the benefit of members and non-members, the VCHA also sponsors educational clinics by trainers and professionals.
Until 1993, the original cutting shows were held at the private ranches of Chester Dennis or Jimmy Rogers. Subsequently, cutting events were held at the Gary Deniz Ranch, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, and the Cresta Ranch. They are currently held at the Petaluma Riding & Driving Club in Petaluma.