Six-Figure Jump: Cutting Sire Metallic Cat Shatters Super Stakes Record




Numbers from the recent 2017 Lucas Oil/National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes are in, making it official that Metallic Cat is now that event’s highest earning sire. Sixty-nine of his foals won more than $831,500 across multiple divisions, which is the richest single-show payout in NCHA Super Stakes history. Metallic Cat foals finished Champion and Reserve Champion in the 4-Year-Old Super Stakes Open and topped the 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open, victories that helped their sire lay claim to nearly a third of the 2017 Super Stakes rich purse of $3.1 million.

Metallic Cat is following in the mighty horseshoes of his legendary father, High Brow Cat – the cutting industry’s all-time leading sire. High Brow Cat, who has $74 million in offspring earnings, topped the Super Stakes roster every year from 2004 through 2014 with the best being 2008 when his foals earned $716,688.

That trend changed in 2015 when Metallic Cat earned top billing as the Super Stakes’ leading sire with 43 offspring winning $553,926. In 2016, Metallic Cat was again the No. 1 Super Stakes stallion with 46 foals posting $413,422. Interestingly, in 2014 – the first year the Metallic Cat babies were old enough to show at the Super Stakes – 15 of them won $165,930, which placed their rookie sire fifth in a field of dozens of older, highly accomplished stallions.

All along, Metallic Cat has splintered records right and left. With just three full foal crops old enough for the show pen, the stallion’s lifetime offspring earnings teeter at the edge of $13 million, which is the fastest ascent in the history of the cutting horse industry. No stallion has earned this much, this quickly. Following the recent Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, according to figures provided by Robin Glenn, Metallic Cat’s lifetime sire money stands at $12,917,517. Also, in a field of dozens of excellent stallions, the relatively young 12-year-old stallion recently earned the prestigious titles of National Cutting Horse Association Sire of the Year and Equi-Stat Horse of the Year for the 2016 season.

Metallic Cat is owned by Alvin and Becky Fults of Amarillo, Texas.

“We’re just so humbled by his tremendous success,” Alvin said. “This has surpassed all of our expectations. We’re just very thankful to the mare owners who believed in ‘Denver’ [Metallic Cat’s barn name] and the trainers and owners who put so much work, time and faith into his foals.”

Taking a look at the 2017 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, Metallic Cat’s leading offspring was Hashtags, a stallion ridden by Tatum Rice and owned by Jose Raul Garcia. Hashtags won the Stakes Open division and $74,104. This stallion is out of Dual Rey Tag, whose parents are the $31 million sire Dual Rey and Playin Tag – a mare with $235,000 in cutting earnings and winner of the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes.

Metallic Cat’s next 2017 Super Stakes superstar was Melting Snow, the mare who finished reserve in the Stakes Open for a $65,178 check. She was ridden by Clay Johnson and is owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses. At the 2015 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Buck Creek Quarter Horses placed the auction’s highest bid – paying $280,000 for Melting Snow, who is out of Dual Pep daughter Nurse Moss.

At this year’s Super Stakes, nearly half of the Stakes Open finalists – nine of 21 – were Metallic Cat foals. Together they won $382,420 and, inside of the top-10 finishers, Metallic Cat offspring finished first, second, fourth, tied for fifth and tied for seventh. They won money across the spectrum of the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur. In the Classic division for 5- and 6-year-old horses, Metallic Rebel – who was bred by the Fultses and is owned by Thomas Guinn, won the Open Championship with Beau Galyean riding. Metallic Rebel is out of Sweet Abra, an Abracabracre daughter owned by Alvin and Becky.

“I can tell you, it was an exciting Super Stakes!” Alvin said with a smile. “We’ve been blessed with this wonderful sire, and it’s been a dream come true watching foals show and succeed. Metallic Cat’s genes were built for winning, and it looks like those genetics are carrying on into the next generation.”

On the pedigree, High Brow Cat proved to be the perfect match with Chers Shadow, a Peptoboonsmal mare whose offspring have won $639,000. Alvin and Becky purchased Metallic Cat as a 3-year-old in 2008 from professional cutting horse trainer Beau Galyean. One year prior, Galyean ran across a listing for the 2-year-old Metallic Cat on an Internet horse sale site and then put up his truck as collateral to get a bank loan big enough to buy the red roan cutting-bred horse.

That risk paid off – and then paid some more. At the 2008 NCHA Futurity, Metallic Cat and Galyean won the Open division and $250,000 prize check. That was the first of many victories for the pair, and a few years later Metallic Cat retired with $637,711 in lifetime winnings. These days, Metallic Cat is at the heart of the Fults’ breeding program, one that features AQHA’s top sire and two top dams of 2016 (Metallic Cat was the top sire; Sweet Abra was AQHA Dam of the Year, and My Little Abra finished second).

From January through April 2017, Metallic Cat’s foals won just shy of $3 million at major limited-age cutting events. And the season is still young! The Breeders Invitational is on tap for May, and then the busy lineup features the NCHA Summer Spectacular, several lucrative limited-age events and, of course, the NCHA Futurity – which happens to be the cutting industry’s richest event. In fact, Metallic Cat son Stevie Rey Von won the 2015 NCHA Futurity and $200,000 with Ed Dufferena riding.

“When Denver won the NCHA Futurity back in 2008, we didn’t think it could get any better,” Fults said. “But we were wrong. Watching his son win five years later was even sweeter. We were like proud grandparents! Again, it was just more than Becky and I could have dreamed. I can tell you, we’re looking forward to seeing what happens this year!”

Metallic Cat is the contemporary sire to watch, both in and outside of the cutting horse industry. As records are set in cutting pens, Metallic Cat’s offspring are making inroads in other arenas – especially the reined cow horse. At the recent National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes, Metalic Dual and Todd Bergen finished reserve in the Open division. Another finalist in that division – Cats Picasso ridden by 2017 World Greatest Horseman champion John Swales – set an all-time show record by marking a sizzling 228 points in the preliminary cow work round. Also in the preliminaries, Metalic Dual and Bergen finished third in the reining standings.

“We’re very excited about how the Metallic Cat foals are branching into the other disciplines,” Alvin said. “There’s a lot of promise in the reined cow horse, plus we’re looking forward to seeing some of his babies in the reining. We’d love for him to make his mark across the Western performance spectrum, that’s for sure. Metallic Cat is such a smart and talented horse, plus he’s got such an amazing mind. And we’re seeing all of those traits in his foals – on a variety of mares.”

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Hashtags’ Status: Super Stakes Champion

Hashtags & Tatum Rice • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

The horses in the April 15 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals clawed their way through sets of difficult cattle to qualify for a chance at glory. With a field of 21 hopeful 4-year-olds and their riders, cutting fans in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, were anxious to see how the finals would unfold.

Hashtags was one of nine horses by the great Metallic Cat, whose offspring earnings surpassed $12 million this year, to advance to the final round of the Open. The 4-year-old stallion, owned by Jose Raul Garcia, proved to be the best in the pack when he marked a 220 with Tatum Rice from the second draw in the second bunch of the Open finals to walk away with the Championship and a $74,095 paycheck.

“He’s a very good horse,” said Rice, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider who lives in Weatherford, Texas. “He’s been very easy to train and he’s always wanted to get along from the get-go. He’s a real feely horse, and he just wants to please.”

Hashtags, bred by Jim Haworth, of South West City, Missouri, is out of the Dual Rey mare Dual Rey Tag ($57,251). His second dam is Playin Tag, a 2000 mare with more than $235,000 in earnings who carried Cara Brewer to the NCHA Super Stakes Open win in 2004.

This win nearly doubled Hashtags’ Equi-Stat record, which stood at $80,346 prior to the Super Stakes. The majority of that total was garnered during the 2016 NCHA Futurity, where the stallion and Rice finished eighth in the Open.

The Super Stakes Open Reserve title went to Melting Snow, a Metallic Cat mare who is owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses LLC, of Nemo, Texas. Ridden by Clay Johnson, who pushed past the million-dollar mark in lifetime earnings with this performance, Melting Snow marked a 219.5 to miss the win by merely a half-point.

Melting Snow, who is out of Nurse Moss (by Dual Pep), first made headlines in 2015 when she sold for $280,000 at the 2015 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale. Prior to that, the red roan mare brought a $52,000 bid from Rusty Simpson when Holmes Cutting Horses offered the then-yearling in the 2014 Preferred Breeders Sale during the NCHA Futurity.

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Hashtags #1

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Hashtags, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Jose Raul Garcia, Caracas, VZ, scored 220 points under Tatum Rice to win the 2017 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes.  Melting Snow, owned by Buck Creek Quarter Horses, Nemo, Tex. and also sired by Metallic Cat, scored 219.5 points for the reserve championship under Clay Johnson. Hot Revolver, sired by Spots Hot and shown by James Payne, scored 219 points to place third for owner Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

Hashtags made his debut as a 2016 NCHA Futurity Finalist (8th place) and this year has been a finalist in the Cattlemen’s Derby and the Ike Hamilton Futurity. Including his Super Stakes winner’s check of $74,095 and prior official earnings of $81,390, the blue roan stallion has earned $155,485.

Rice, whose biggest single paycheck came when he placed third in the 2013 NCHA Futurity riding Johnny Reyngo, had NCHA earnings of $1,355,492 coming into the Super Stakes; he is slated to be inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame in June.

Hashtags is out of Dual Rey Tag LTE $50,706, by Dual Rey; his second dam, Playin Tag LTE $220,949, won the 2004 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro with Cara Barry Brewer.

Reserve champion Melting Snow LTE $77,803 was an NCHA Futurity Semi-Finalist and 2017 Abilene Spectacular finalist with Clay Johnson, who had won the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes riding  KR Isadora Dual LTE $146,164. Melting Snow, a $280,000 purchase at the 2015 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, is out of a full sister to Dual Rey, cutting’s #3 all-time leading sire of NCHA money earners.

Clay Johnson, winner of the 2013 NCHA Futurity aboard Dual Smart Kitty LTE $316,251, by Dual Smart Rey, is a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame and has earnings of $994,363.

Hot Revolver LTE $65,249 was an Abilene Spectacular and Arbuckle Mountain finalist under James Payne, before coming to the 2017 NCHA Super Stakes. The gray daughter of Spots Hot, sire of 2016 NCHA Futurity champion Second Spot, is the first performer out of Baretta Boon LTE $58,000, by Playgun.

James Payne, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of $2,470,281, has had two previous NCHA Super Stakes finalists and was reserve champion in 2013 on Quick Be A Cat $83,786.

Larson doubles down in John Deere Open

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Rowdy Larson, Overbrook, Okla., pulled no punches in the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open Finals with a 222-point championship win on Johnny English and a 217-point lock on the reserve championship aboard Metallic Ina. Wes Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., placed third with 216 points on HC Tailgate Date.

Johnny English LTE $18,620, sired by Metallic Cat, is owned by Nick Meagher, Antonito, Colo. Larson showed the sorrel stallion to win the Limited Open division of the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby and to place fourth in the Open Derby. He also showed Smartt Catt LTE $19,257, by Metallic Cat, to win the 2017 Cattlemen’s Derby 5/6 Limited Open.

Johnny English, a Western Bloodstock, Ltd. sale graduate bred by Crown Ranch, Weatherford, Tex., is out of Turtle Pie, by Son Ofa Doc, the dam of Jerryoes, 2001 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro champion under Chad Bush, owner of Crown Ranch. Apollo Creed, sired by Metallic Cat, owned by Nancy and Daniel Burkes, and shown by Brett McGlothlin to place fourth in the 2017 Super Stakes Limited Open Finals, was also bred by Crown Ranch.

Metallic Ina LTE $12,902, sired by Metallic Cat, is owned by The Over Forty Ranch, Wichita, Kan. The red roan mare placed ninth in the Bonanza Open with Larson and fifth in the Arbuckle Mountain Limited Open.

This was the eighth major limited open aged event win for Larson, who has NCHA earnings of $278,152. Johnny English and Metallic Ina also both qualified for the NCHA Super Stakes Open Semi-Finals on Friday, April 14.

Johnny English Snags NCHA Super Stakes Limited Open Championship

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During the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Limited Open finals, held on April 9 following the end of the Open second go, 16 determined horse-and-rider teams vied for top honors and a $7,420 paycheck.

Out of the first hole, Johnny English carried Rowdy Larson to a 222, a score that could not be touched through the rest of the finals. Larson himself came the closest to it when he rode back into the herd on Metallic Ina and marked a 217, which earned the Reserve Championship and $6,712 for owner/breeder The Over Forty Ranch.

“It’s amazing. It’s kind of a dream come true for us,” said Larson, of Overbrook, Oklahoma. “I’ve got two really special horses this year, and I’m just happy to do good on them. It’s hard enough to have a good horse and get him showed, but having two of them and getting them both showed in the same night is a pretty amazing deal.”

Johnny English (out of Turtle Pie x Son Ofa Doc) was bred by Crown Ranch LP, of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by Nick Meagher, of Antonita, Colorado. The stallion and Metallic Ina (out of Hickory Badger Ina x Doc’s Hickory) are both by Equi-Stat Elite $11 Million Sire Metallic Cat. “Johnny’s” lifetime earnings now stand at $21,670, while Metallic Ina’s are approaching $23,000. Larson’s bankroll pushed past the $300,000 marker.

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Record–breaker for Metallic Rebel in NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open

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Metallic Rebel LTE $204,825, ridden by Beau Galyean for Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss., set a new Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open record with a 229-point win on Saturday, April 1. The 5-year-old red roan stallion was bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex., who own his sire, Metallic Cat.

CR Tuff Lucy LTE $302,785, shown by John Mitchell for Glade Knight, Weatherford, Tex., scored 224 points for the reserve championship. The 6-year-old mare was bred by Center Ranch, who owns her sire, Woody Be Tuff.

Button Down Supercat $235,116 scored 222 points under Wesley Galyean, for third place. The 6-year-old daughter of Dual Rey is owned by SMF Cutting Horses LLC, Aspen, Colo.

The  NCHA Super Stakes Classic is the third championship for Metallic Rebel and Galyean in 2017. They also won the Abilene Spectacular 5/6 Open and the Arbuckle Mountain 5/6 Open. In 2016, they racked up wins in the Ike Hamilton Futurity, the Pacific Coast Derby, the Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes, and the West Texas Derby.

Metallic Rebel  is out of Sweet Abra LTE $117,725, by Abrakadabracre, and full brother to three individual earners of $100,000-plus: Sweet Metallic LTE $130,962, Magic Metallic LTE $128,165, and Magistic Moon LTE $106,217 – all also bred by Fults and trained and shown by Galyean. Metallic Cat, from three crops to show, was the leading sire of NCHA money earners in 2016 and is on track as leading sire in 2017. He has more than $1 million in progeny earnings already this year.

Beau Galyean, a member of both the NCHA Non-Pro and the NCHA Open Riders Halls of Fame, and 2008 NCHA Futurity Open champion aboard Metallic Cat, is the NCHA earner of $2.9 million.

Metallic Rebel Rules Super Stakes Classic Open

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Metallic Rebel makes his presence known when he steps into the cutting pen, and his showing with Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Beau Galyean at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes was a familiar scene.

The Classic Open brought 26 of the cutting industry’s top athletes to the Will Rogers Coliseum, but Metallic Rebel edged out those competitors by 5 points when he marked a huge 229 for owner Thomas Guinn.

“We’ve had some big scores, and the horse is very capable of that,” Galyean said. “He does a good job as long as I set him up and allow him to show off his athletic ability.”

Their killer run earned Galyean and the Alivin and Becky Fults-bred stallion a hefty paycheck of $28,608. That pushed 5-year-old Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre) to lifetime earnings of $255,460.

CR Tuff Lucy (Woody Be Tuff x Lucindas Catolena x High Brow Cat) and Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider John Mitchell picked up the Reserve Championship and $25,804 after earning a 224. The 6-year-old mare was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Slate River Ranch.

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