Cody Hedlund Dominates The Ike 5/6 Year Old Non-Pro

Quarter Horse News – Written by Hannah Harrel

The action in West Monroe, Louisiana, continued on Thursday, Feb. 4, with the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals. Meteles Cat (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) and Cody Hedlund were victorious over a field of seven horses when they marked an impressive 225 to claim the Championship and $12,245.

This was Meteles Cat’s second title at The Ike Derby and Classic. He carried Hedlund’s father, Rock Hedlund, to the 5/6-Year-Old Open Reserve Championship on Saturday, Jan. 30. The 6-year-old stallion is the highest earner by Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), with an Equi-Stat record of nearly $340,000.

Meteles Cat has been quite successful with Hedlund in the saddle since their first appearance in the show pen at the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. The 2015 season was a memorable one, with championships won at the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown In Cowtown and the Breeder’s Invitational in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Alvin” has proven to be very special to the Hedlunds and they have big expectations for his future in the arena, as well as the breeding shed.

“My mom and dad raised him, my dad trained him, and my dad and I have shown him everywhere we’ve gone,” Hedlund said. “He’s just a very exceptional horse.”

Metallic Rebel Tops The Ike 4-Year-Old Open

Quarter Horse News – Written by Kelsey Pecsek

As the 2016 show season gets in full swing, talented 4-year-olds are making a name for themselves at The Ike Derby and Classic in West Monroe, Louisiana. Metallic Rebel and Beau Galyean left the event with the 4-Year-Old Open Championship notched onto their résumés.

Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre), bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, of Amarillo, Texas, wowed the judges to the tune of a 225. In exchange for their intense run, the stallion and Galyean took home a hefty $21,751 paycheck.

Thomas Guinn, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, owns Metallic Rebel, who began his career with a trip to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open semifinals. The stallion went on to finish third in the 4-Year-Old Open at January’s Abilene Spectacular, where he garnered $17,731.

Galyean, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider from Fort Worth, Texas, advanced three horses to the 4-Year-Old Open finals. He finished fifth with a 218.5 aboard Chrome Catillac (Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey x Dual Rey), who also won the Gelding and Novice Horse classes. His other horse, Catish (High Brow Cat x Peppys Stylish Lena x Docs Stylish Oak), finished in a tie for 13th after marking a 214.5. Altogether, the rider amassed $44,685.