Show Horses Sell Well at NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale

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The final session of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales was held on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Fort Worth, Texas. A large crowd was on hand for the NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale, which had 100 head of trained performance horses cataloged and saw two horses sell for more than $100,000.

The highest seller at $140,000 was Magic Metallic, a 2010 mare who had earnings of $128,537 through October. In her limited-age career, Magic Metallic won the West Texas Classic Open, finished third in the Abilene Winter Derby Open, The Ike Open Classic, Arbuckle Mountain Classic Open and Bonanza Classic Open, and was a finalist in several major aged events.

Magic Metallic was consigned by Fults Ranch, which owns her sire, Metallic Cat. She is out of the Abrakadabracre daughter Sweet Abra, who has produced earners of nearly $700,000. Several of Sweet Abra’s offspring are full siblings to Magic Metallic, including Metallic Rebel ($195,124), Sweet Metallic ($157,607), Magistic Moon ($79,253), Magic Metalman ($47,289) and Metallilac ($10,916).

It’s not often that buyers get a chance to bid on a World Champion, but that’s exactly what happened when Hip No. 6020, Mercedes Smoothe, walked into the ring. The 2009 mare had been ridden by Gavin Jordan to the 2016 NCHA $25,000 Novice World Championship. Consigned by Reata Cutting Horses, she sold for $100,000.

On sale day, Mercedes Smoothe had earnings of $148,900, according to the NCHA. The Smooth As A Cat mare is out of $112,127-earner CDs Masterpiece, by CD Olena. Mercedes Smoothe is a full sister to CDs Smooth Cat ($15,376) and a half-sister to NCHA Eastern National Championships Non-Pro Champion Hickorys Indian Macy ($101,375, by Hickorys Indian Pep), NCHA Futurity Open finalist Andreya ($53,906, by Dual Rey), National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalist Thiscatsamasterpiece ($18,175, by WR This Cats Smart) and others.

Many of the consigned horses were aging out of the limited-age ranks, including Hip No. 6041, 2010 mare Stylin Sweetie. John McClaren consigned the Stylin Cat mare, who was the third-highest seller at $80,000. An earner of $97,807, Stylin Sweetie is out of the Smart Little Lena mare Salute This, a winner of $125,647. Stylin Sweetie is a full sister to $10,000-earner Ezzy Stylin Cat and a half-sister to Cat On A Mission ($39,966, by High Brow Cat), Debbie Does Ft Worth ($14,922, by Playgun) and Smart Lookin Lucky ($12,475, by WR This Cats Smart).

Wade Miller Claims NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Title

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As the end of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity draws near, the action is ramping up, and on Dec. 8, the Unlimited Amateur finalists got their time in the spotlight. Thirty-two talented duos competed for the coveted Champion’s check, but it was Wade Smith and Metallic Candlelit that walked away with the $12,656 payday.

In the first go-round, the mare and Miller marked a 216.5, then they returned in the semifinals, where they marked a 214.5 to secure their spot in the finals.

They were the seventh draw in the first set of cattle, and they laid down a solid run that the judges rewarded with a score of 221. After waiting through the rest of the first set and the entire second set, Miller, of Geary, Oklahoma, began to celebrate his victory. This win brings his Equi-Stat record to nearly $300,000.

Metallic Candlelit is by Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire Metallic Cat and is out of the Smart Little Lena mare Light My Candle, who won $11,885 in her cutting career. She has produced one other performer, Metallic Radiance, a full-brother to Metallic Candlelit, and he has earned more than $8,000 in the show pen so far.

“The mare has been so smart and so mature the whole show,” Miller said after his winning run. “I was just worrying about making my cuts and she did everything else.”

Eddie Patterson and Calculated Risk (CD Royal x Trouble Lynn 495 x Smart And Trouble) claimed the Reserve Championship with a score of 219. They took home a check for $11,398.

Metallic Cat 2-Year-Old Sells for $375,000

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Session II of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale wrapped up in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and the hammer fell at an impressive $375,000 for Hip No. 2041, Summer Shandy.

Bobby Patton’s Rocking P Ranch signed the ticket for Summer Shandy, who was in training with Andy Christensen at sale time. Dry Creek Ranch consigned the filly, who is by Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire Metallic Cat and part of the first crop out of Pippis Longstocking, a Dual Smart Rey mare who earned $74,319. Pippis Longstocking is a half-sister to Peps Calm Down ($69,342, by Peppys Boy 895) and Highbrows Serenity ($32,297, by Smart Lil Highbrow).

The second-highest seller, Hip No. 2048, Rey Luis, was trained by Chris Hanson and brought a final bid of $172,000. Chad Bushaw’s Crown Ranch LP consigned the Dual Smart Rey colt, who is out of the That Sly Cat mare Sly Playgirl. During her career, Sly Playgirl won $343,307 and was a multiple limited-age event champion. Her wins included the Breeders Invitational (BI) Classic Open, BI 5-Year-Old Open and Brazos Bash Classic Open.

Rounding out the top three was hip No. 2076, Metallic Lil Playboy. Hayden Upton trained and consigned the colt, who sold for $100,000. Metallic Lil Playboy is by Metallic Cat and out of Stylish Sharon, by Docs Stylish Oak. His dam has produced earners of more than $435,000, including Sir Stylish Lizzy ($209,922), Stylish Lizzorro ($77,634), Mr Lizzy ($41,311) and Notsharonmylizzy ($37,081), who of whom are by Lizzys Gotta Player (Freckles Playboy x Lizzielena x Doc O’Lena). This family is full of black type, as Stylish Sharon is a full sister to NCHA World Champion Gelding Mr Mom DNA ($223,837), NCHA Horse of the Year Playin Stylish and others.

Metallic Quintan 014 Tops Session I of NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale

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The final week of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is underway, and Session I of NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale took place on Dec. 5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hip No. 1024, Metallic Quintan 014, brought a final bid of $100,000, making her the highest seller.

The filly, who is by Equi-Stat Elite $10 Million Sire Metallic Cat and out of the CD Olena mare Quiolena, was consigned by Wes Ashlock, Agent. Metallic Quintan 014 is a half-sister to the great mare Quintan Blue (by Mecom Blue), who was the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and went on to earn $609,140. Some of her other half-siblings include Mecom Bay Roan, an NCHA Futurity Open finalist who is also by Mecom Blue and has earnings totaling $94,579, and Quiaheaven (by Mr Peppys Freckles), who garnered $25,641 in the show pen from 2009 to 2015.

Sylver and Gold top Day 1

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Sylver Dollar and The Golden Shot shared the lead with scores of 221 after the first day of Open competition at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas on November 17.

Clay Johnson and Sylver Dollar hit the mark in the fourth set, while James Payne and The Golden Shot followed up in the sixth set as 101 contestants faced the judges.

Sheza Surefire Kitty, ridden by Steve Oehlhof and Rose Colored Rey, ridden by Beau Galyean, both had the day’s next highest score, a 219.

Johnson, a Hall of Fame Rider who won the 2013 NCHA Futurity on Dual Smart Kitty, rode Sylver Dollar for Lone Oak Performance Horses. The red roan stallion was bred by Linda Holmes by Metallic Cat out of Reymember Me, a Dual Rey mare that was a Non-Pro Futurity finalist with Holmes in 2008.

Reymember Me’s first and second dams, Nurse Elaine and High Brows Nurse, both carried Holmes to reserve championships in the Non-Pro NCHA Futurity. High Brows Nurse is a half-sister to $31 million sire Dual Rey.

Johnson, who also won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes on KR Isadora Dual, has career earnings of $871,000.

The Golden Shot, ridden by Hall of Famer James Payne, is owned by Kathleen Moore. Payne and his wife, Nadine, bred the palomino mare by WR This Cats Smart out of Velvets Best Shot. Payne won the 2009 Chisholm Trail Classic on Velvets Best Shot.

The mare’s first money earner is Velvets Revolver, a full brother to The Golden Shot, which Nadine Payne rode to win the Non-Pro Super Stakes last spring. Velvets Revolver has won more than $158,000 in Open and Non-Pro competition.

Payne is a two-time NCHA Classic Challenge champion with career earnings of $2.3 million. His first Classic Challenge win was with Sarenadual in 2012. The Golden Shot’s owner, Kathleen Moore, had won the Amateur NCHA Derby with Sarenadual two years earlier.

Payne is a three-time NCHA Futurity finalist.

First NCHA World Titles Finalized in Fort Worth

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Todd Gann and Hevvy Metal moved from fifth place in the World standings in the $25,000 Novice to the Reserve World Champion position by earning $4,287 and the Show Championship to start the day’s action in the Watt Arena at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals on Dec. 1.

Gann and “Scrap Iron” marked a 221 in the first round and won the second go with a 223, for an average-winning 444. They ended the year with $26,427 in earnings. Owned by Thomas Guinn, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Hevvy Metal is a 6-year-old Metallic Cat gelding out of the Dual Pep mare Dual Nurse, who was the 2003 NCHA Non-Pro World Finals Show Champion.


Champion Ranch Rodeo Horse

Four Metallic named WRCA World Championship Top Horse.

The Metallic Cat stallion Four Metallic was honored as the Top Horse at the 2016 Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which concluded November 13 in Amarillo.

The 5-year-old red roan Ranching Heritage-bred stallion was ridden by Tripp Townsend of Earth, Texas, as they competed on the Sandhill Cattle Co. team.

There were 22 teams that competed at this year’s event. The Sandhill Cattle Co. cowboys are three-time champions in the event’s history, and were this year the reserve champion team. This is only the second time Four Metallic has been shown, and the first ranch rodeo.

“He’s just been a fun horse,” Townsend said. “This is his first rodeo, ever. I never got to take him to a practice rodeo. I’ve been wanting to ride him in one, and this is the only one I’ve been to since I got him back. I was very proud of him; he took it all very good.

The horse’s strength, Townsend said, comes from a good mind and general talent.

“He’s just good to rope on,” he added. “He’s good to sort on, he’s laid back and easy going and good everywhere.”

Four Metallic was bred by Ranching Heritage Breeder and Zoetis Best Remuda winner Haythorn Land and Cattle Co. of Arthur, Nebraska. He is owned by H&T Horses.

His sire, Metallic Cat, is an 11-year-old son of High Brow Cat. From seven registered crops, Metallic Cat has sired two AQHA world champions and progeny earnings in excess of $10.1 million in events including National Cutting Horse, National Reined Cow Horse and Stock Horse of Texas competition. This is his first Top Horse-winning progeny.

Dam Raspberry Slush is a 1990 daughter of Eddie Eighty out of the Happy Hancock mare Hancock Cinco.

“That old mare was one of the last daughters of Eddie Eighty, and she’d been a super mare,” Craig Haythorn said of selecting her for the cross, noting that she had consistently produced both quality riding geldings and breeding stock, including sires Slush Wood (by Drifts Chip) and Four Gray Gun (by PG Shogun).

“He was always a little smaller than I thought he would be,” Haythorn said of Four Metallic. “The mare wasn’t a big mare, but Eddie Eighty was a big horse, and they bred bigger. But we always liked him. Everything about him.

“He’s real quiet, real laid-back,” he continued. “Anything you want to do, he just does it. He’s not just a knock-out in one event, but you can do just anything on him. And to be only 5, and this is only the second time he has ever been shown in his life, to win Top Horse is quite an achievement.”

This is the fifth WCRR Top Horse award Haythorn’s horses have won, although it is the first time the honor was earned with someone other than Haythorn aboard.

“For me, it has just been an honor to be able to ride him for the Haythorns,” Townsend said. “That they put that much trust in me to send him to me. And when you have a dream for a horse and it starts to come true, that’s really fun. I was more proud for them than anything tonight.”

Four Metallic is scheduled to compete at the Ranch Horse Association of America Finals in Abilene next spring before heading back to the ranch to continue his work as a ranch sire.

“We have some 2-year-olds by him at home that we’ve already started that we’re well pleased with,” Haythorn said. “We’ve had a lot of interest in him and been well pleased with what we’re getting.”

The Reserve Top Horse was Shining Miki Sioux, a 2007 brown mare by Zans Diamond Shine and out of Miki Blue Eyes by Colonel Gaddis. She was ridden by Toby Snyder and owned by Snyder Ranch of Coldwater, Kansas. They competed for the Snyder Ranch & Woolfolk Ranch team; “Diamond” and Snyder won the top horse award at the Meade Co. Fair and Rodeo, where their team got qualified.