Center Stage: Fiddle And Steel & Westfall Win Again at Will Rogers

Fiddle And Steel must really like Will Rogers Coliseum.

The red roan stallion and Brandon Westfall returned to the scene of their biggest triumph to win the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Non-Pro. The winning 225.5-point run on Friday, April 16, in Fort Worth came just four months after they won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro title in December 2020 with a crowd-rousing 227.

“We had a really deep draw in the finals but there were a few cows we really liked,” said Westfall, of Granbury, Texas. “The first cow started good so we built from there. ‘Fiddle’ felt good, really dialed in.”

The red roan stallion by Equi-Stat Elite $41 Million Sire Metallic Cat was bred, raised and trained by Westfall’s parents, Russ and Janet. The family also bred and showed “Fiddle’s” dam, Lil Bit Reckless, a daughter of CD Royal who has an Equi-Stat record of $230,923 in the cutting pen, and as a broodmare has foaled the earners of nearly $300,000. With more than $126,893 in earnings, Fiddle And Steel is her leading performer.

 “It’s really neat. I showed the mare when she was older, and I was little. My parents did well on her and she’s gone on to be a good broodmare,” Westfall said. 

“Fiddle is as smart as his mom and has been a little easier to train. She was a pretty good size, but he is so strong and so athletic that it’s easy for him. Sometimes, it can feel like we’re in a bind. I’ll think I over-sent him right there and that he is fixin’ to miss this cow, but he’s like ‘I got it.’

“He won’t miss it.’”

estfall plans on attending the Breeders Invitational in May and plans to stay home until the NCHA Summer Spectacular in July. The 20-year-old rider gave a shout out to his turnback help during the show, which included his dad, Clint Allen, Boyd Rice, Morgan Cromer, Casey Green and Tatum Rice. 

“Winning this has dang sure one of the accomplishments I hadn’t won yet so it feels good to win that too,” he said. “I also want to thank my parents first and foremost and my friends for always having my back.”

Erin Taormino & Hazardouz Material Win NRCHA Stallion Stakes

The show career of Hazardouz Material has been one of near-misses, but on Saturday, April 3, the stallion put it all together for trainer Erin Taormino in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes.

The son of Equi-Stat Elite $40 Million Sire Metallic Cat won the Open and a $43,786 first place paycheck while taking down the biggest event of his life. He and Taormino scored a 218.5 in the herd, 224 in the rein work and 224 down the fence for a 666.5 composite, edging out Reserve Champions Saddling At Sunrise (WR This Cats Smart x Sunshine Ingredient x Mr Sun O Lena)

“He couldn’t have been more on-point last night, I was so proud of him,” Taormino said. 

Bred by Taylor Carbo, the 5-year-old stallion owned by Linda Mars now has lifetime earnings of more than $92,000.  

“I’ve always known the talent was there but we [haven’t gotten it done.] At the [NRCHA Snaffle Bit] Futurity, the judges got him for a break of gait in the reining,” Taormino said. “The [NRCHA] Derby last year, he tripped down the fence. So, we’ve had a little bit of hard luck along the way. 

“Every show I’ve gotten more confidence on him and he’s one that I know, if I just let him do it, he’s going to do his job.”

Harardouz Material, known as “Skeeter,” is out of successful broodmare Scooters Daisy Dukes, a daughter of Dual Smart Rey who has now produced more than $370,000 in cutting and reined cow horses. She also is the mother of 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes Non-Pro Champion A Gritty Kitty (by Chiquita Cat), and two-time NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Champion Scooters Kat.

“Skeeter’s a really easy, good horse to be around. Westley rides with me on him and he’s just a good guy. Good minded, gentle and very serious all the time,” Taormino said. “He has never ever let me down. He is always trying, he’s always been a really great horse.”

Not one to let Skeeter have the spotlight, Taormino’s 3-year-old son Westley became the adorable center of attention during Saturday night’s awards ceremony as he hustled across the sandy arena to sit in front of Taormino in the saddle. He grappled for the microphone with his mother was interviewed about her victory by Russell Dilday. 

“It’s a big honor to be able to compete and show against the quality of horses and riders that are out there. It’s no easy feat for anybody,” Taormino added humbly. 

Im So Stunning & Erin Taormino Strike First at NRCHA Stallion Stakes

The first horse and rider duo to earn a 2021 NRCHA Stallion Stakes champion trophy were Im So Stunning (Metallic Cat x Absolutely Stunning x Smart Little Lena) and Erin Taormino in the Open Two-Rein Spectacular. With a 662 composite (221 herd/218 rein/223 cow), the 2015 roan gelding and Erin Taormino topped the 33-horse Open Two-Rein Spectacular field by a point and a half. 

Taormino has trained the roan since late in his 2-year-old year. Prior to this win, the horse had earned $28,466 in reined cow horse competition. 

“We’ve made finals and he’s never won anything big but has been a steady horse,” Taormino said. “We gelded him this winter and he really loves the gelding life.”

When she learned of the win, Taormino was all smiles. 

“He’s a really fun horse to train,” she said. “The two rein class, the competition in it is incredible. The horses are amazing and the riders are amazing. To win [this class] in such a fabulous group is just an honor.”

Owner Jennifer Ostenson earned $5,520 for the win.

The Open Two-Rein Spectacular wasn’t the only thing Taormino and Im So Stunning won in Vegas. In the Open Two-Rein horse show class, held concurrently with the Open Two-Rein Spectacular, the duo were second which earned another check for $2,144.

In addition to the purse, the champion received a C.R. Morrison NRCHA trophy, a one-ear headstall with rawhide and silver buckles from Dennis Moreland Tack, a Platinum Performance gift certificate, and an UltraCruz prize pack from Santa Cruz Animal Health. For Reserve in the Open Two-Rein horse show class, they won a pair of Classic Fit Boots from the NRCHA.

Reserve Champion

Reserve Champion Clayton Edsall and Stylish In Socks (Metallic Cat x Stylish In Stockings x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Beverly Servi, scored a composite 660.5 (223 herd/215 rein/222.5 cow). They won $4,320 and prizes that include an UltraCruz prize pack, a saltwater spa session from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and a pair of DyNo Turn Fleece Bell Boots from NRCHA. 

The top two finishers in the Open Two-Rein Spectacular both hail from prestigious female families.

The second dam of Stylish In Socks is the late Stylish And Foxie, a great cutting mare who as of her death earlier this year had foaled the winners of more than $850,000. Stylish And Foxie’s daughters had foaled the winners of more than $1.5 million.

Im So Stunning’s second dam is the illustrious Autumn Boon, who foaled the earners of more than $1.9 million. Autumn Boon also is the mother of Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Sire Im Countin Checks, Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Once In A Blu Boon and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Boon A Little. Her produce record also includes the stallion Wild Thing DNA, who has sired the winners of more than $621,000, and young sire A Tale Of The Cat.

Metallic Cat Leads 2020 NCHA Futurity Sires List – Quarter Horse News

The 2020 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity was a smashing success for Metallic Cat, who topped the NCHA Futurity Sires list with offspring earnings of more than $1 million.

The success put the stallion’s lifetime Equi-Stat record at just shy of $40 million as of Dec. 28. His son, Meteles Cat, also made the top 15 of the 2020 NCHA Futurity Sires in only his second futurity-age foal crop.

Overall, this year’s NCHA Futurity Sire list is a mix of old and new.

There’s industry legends such as High Brow Cat and Dual Rey, but freshman sires Smooth Talkin Style and Reyzin The Cash both had bang-up years to make the top 5 with their very first futurity-age foals.

This year’s group of top stallions also represents several sire lines, with sons or grandsons of High Brow Cat, Dual Rey, Spots Hot, Peptoboonsmal, Nitas Wood and Grays Starlight.

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written by Molly Montag
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Six Figure Metallic Cat Breaks Diamonds In The Desert Sale Record

A money-winning gelding by Metallic Cat broke a sale company’s previous records when he topped the annual Diamonds in the Desert Premier Horse Sale in Fort Worth, Texas.

The horse, Jack B Metallic, sold for $260,000 at the sale held Dec. 5 at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Typically held in Las Vegas, the sale moved to Fort Worth this year as a result of the relocation of the National Finals Rodeo to the Lone Star State.

Though sale organizers never for sure which horse will end up being the sales topper, they said there clearly was a lot of interest in Jack B Metallic going into the sale. He ended up being the sale company’s highest-selling horse ever.

Codi Gines, co-owner of sale manager MM Auction Services, said Jack B Metallic’s status as a broke, gentle gelding trained in cutting and roping made the Turner Performance Horses consignee stand out as a “showstopper.”

“Everything he had to offer was awesome, so we knew that he could be one of the high sellers,” she said. “But you just can never pick.”

Officials with the sale do not release buyer names, but Gines said Jack B Metallic went to a home in Clark, Colorado. Second-high seller Shine Stylin Shine was bought by someone from Texas, she said.

Diamonds in The Desert High Sellers

Consigned by Turner Performance Horses, the $260,000 sales topper Jack B Metallic was a winning cutter with a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $5,459. He competed in the Western United States and the Pacific Northwest for owner Paje Turner, winning money at Rocking K Productions events, the Utah Cutting Horse Association Futurity show as well as other limited-age events and weekend shows.

His dam, Charlotte Rey, is a daughter of the late Dual Rey who has produced two money earners in Equi-Stat: Jack B Metallic and his full sister, Reychel Cat ($14,831).

Jack B Metallic was bred by Mark and Anne Marie Pearson, of Spearman, Texas.

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Fiddle And Steel & Brandon Westfall Score Resounding Win in NCHA Futurity Non-Pro

Brandon Westfall has done just about everything but win the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro outright.

He was second two years ago. Last year, he rode I Reckon So to the co-championship when he shared the win with Kristen Galyean and Coureygous.

He’d felt good about his chances this year with Fiddle And Steel, a handsome red roan Metallic Cat stallion bred and owned by his parents, Russ and Janet Westfall. However, he cut a cow in the finals so tough that he started to have doubts.

“It was a lot,” he said after the finals on Friday, Dec. 11. “Every turn, I thought it was gonna be its last.”

Fiddle And Steel hung, tough, though, and refused to let the cow get away from him. They finished the run with style, and were rewarded by the judges with a huge 227. The crowd went wild.

Westfall was grateful to his herd help, which included his dad, as well as to the horse.

“He makes it pretty easy. Any time you feel like you’re in a bind, or the few times I showed him this week I felt like, oh boy, this is a little hairy, here. He’s like, ‘Oh, no. I got it.

“He’s pretty awesome.”

Their 227 took the lead from the eventual Reserve Champions, Nitreyious and Reyly Plendl, who marked a 222 in the first of the two-set finals.

A gelding by Metallic Cat, Nitreyious is out of the mare Cherrey (by Dual Rey). Bred by Rodney Wrinkle Cutting Horses, he is co-owned by Reyly and her twin sister and fellow cutter, Regan Plendl.

Fiddle And Steel

Fiddle And Steel is one of five money earners our of the mare Lil Bit Wreckless, a daughter of CD Royal who now has produced winners of more than $240,000. Thanks to his $74,605 first-place paycheck from the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro, Fiddle And Steel is his mother’s leading earner.

Before Fiddle And Steel, the mare’s earners were split between the sires Metallic Cat — Gettin Dark ($56,201) and Reckelle ($19,5900) and Kit Kat Sugar — Ringo ($60,794) and Sugarlesss ($30,463).

Like Fiddle And Steel, all four of the mare’s other winners were bred by Westfall’s parents, Russ and Janet.

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Metallic Cat Takes Starring Role in Yellowstone Film Shoot

Leading Western performance horse sire Metallic Cat filmed his long-awaited appearance in the hit series Yellowstone during a film shoot at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity®.

Cast and crew from the series, which airs on the Paramount Network, were at the show in Fort Worth on Wednesday, Oct. 21, shooting for an upcoming season of the show.

Metallic Cat’s shoot was in the John Justin Arena, which that afternoon played host to the Open Hackamore and Open Bridle finals. Crews set up along the concourse to film the stallion, as well as action on the arena floor from some of the day’s classes.

Metallic Cat was led into the arena; he did not compete in Wednesday’s show.

The 15-year-old Quarter Horse stallion was relaxed as he observed the action at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Unfazed by the film crew or crowd, he calmly took in the scene and greeted admirers.

Yellowstone Appearance

The Yellowstone crew filmed throughout the day. One of the stallion’s sons, Jittery, won the Open Hackamore finals.

Metallic Cat’s owner, Bobby Patton, purchased the right for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion to be on the show at a charity auction during last year’s NCHA Futurity.

Money from the $165,000 bid benefitted the NCHA Charities Foundation. Yellowstone co-creator and producer Taylor Sheridan donated the right to have a stallion written into script of the series.

As of the day of the film shoot, Metallic Cat has sired the winners of more than $37 million. More than $3.4 million of that was earned in reined cow horse competition.

The stallion is also the title sponsor of this year’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, presented by Metallic Cat.

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written by Molly Montag
photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska

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FULL STATS: Leading 5-Year Reined Cow Horse Sires

The 2019 Quarter Horse News Equi-Stat 5-Year Reined Cow Horse Sires Stats ranks the top reined cow horse sires over the last five years.

This article includes the entire Top 5 Year Reined Cow Horse Sires Stats as they appeared in Quarter Horse News magazine.


Sire/# Money-Earners/Avg. $/Total $/Top Performers, $

(Includes all reined cow horse earnings from Jan. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2019, excluding close incentives.)

1. METALLIC CAT   189  $13,756     $2,599,896

Call Me Mitch, $184,818; Cats Picasso, $155,101; Metallic Train, $139,752; Metallic Chrome Cat, $83,593; Metallic Cajun, $72,932; Metallic Freckle, $68,263; Shinen Metallic Cat, $68,104; Metallic Masterpiece, $66,588; Metallic Flame, $65,308; Metalic Dual, $62,032

SJR Metallic Beau Makes Up for Lost Time in Reno Open Bridle

SJR Metallic Beau and Ron Emmons didn’t let a myriad of circumstances deter them from clinching the Sherri Gilkerson Memorial Open Bridle Championship at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Emmons, a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame Member and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider, decided to show SJR Metallic Beau straight up in the bridle for the first time at the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. According to Emmons, the added money at the show made the Open Bridle class irresistible. 

On Sept. 17, the pairs’ careful planning and tenacious performance made the chance worth it. Their composite of 439.5 (217 rein/222.5 cow) brought home a $5,340 payday. 

Emmons recalled his winning fence run, saying he remembered the cow from the Non-Pro Futurity Herd Work. 

“I knew it was a little soft so I just hit it a few times at the end, got its attention and took is down the fence. And it had a lot more run than other cows,” Emmons said.

SJR Metallic Beau 

SJR Metallic Beau, sired by Equi-Stat Elite $36 Million Sire Metallic Cat, is out of Shining Juliet (by Shining Spark). The 2014 stallion was bred by the San Juan Ranch of Weatherford, Texas.

According to Emmons, SJR Metallic Beau was started as a 2-year-old and was largely unridden throughout his 3-year-old year. Emmons has patiently worked with him and done a lot of “homework” to catch him up. Emmons graciously thanked the owner Jill Pierre of Red Bluff, California, for trusting the training process. 

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Patton Family Scores Win in Show Pen Debut

The Patton family has been heavily involved with cutting since businessman Bobby Patton jumped into the business with a splash five years ago. But, for all that involvement – including buying leading sire Metallic Cat — no one from the family had ever ridden to the herd in a show. 

Until now.

And, what started as fun father-daughter time in the practice pen during the coronavirus pandemic quickly turned into a show pen debut and, in the case of Rachel Patton, the winner’s circle at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.

Though the 19-year-old was thrilled to win the 4-Year-Old Limited Amateur title, she said the “coolest part” was seeing her dad also saddle up at the show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Because, as passionate as the Fort Worth businessman is about cutting since he entered the sport five years ago, he hadn’t shown a cutting horse himself until he made the jump from practicing with his daughter to the bright lights of the Will Rogers Coliseum.

“We were just kind of looking for something to do [and] this was fun,” Rachel explained. “And, my dad is definitely so into the cutting. His whole heart is into it. He’s into the industry more than anything I’ve seen him be in in a while.”

Family Involvement

Although the Pattons hadn’t competed in cutting until this year’s Summer Spectacular, the family has been extremely active in the sport since entering the cutting horse breeding business in late 2015, when Bobby bought 11 horses at the dispersal of Walton’s Rocking W Ranch — purchases that included the High Brow Cat stallion Boon San and his $244,049-winning daughter Boon San Baby (out of Stylish Baby Doll x SR Instant Choice). 

Acquisitions from the sale were sent to Rocking P Ranch, his newly purchased facility that was formerly Jon and Abby Winkelried’s Marvine Ranch.

Though Bobby was already involved in professional sports — he’s a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team — the Walton dispersal was his first venture into the cutting bloodstock business.

Bobby Patton entered the cutting business with his purchase of the former Marvine Ranch in 2015, but his involvement reached a much larger scale with the purchase of leading cutting sire Metallic Cat in late 2017. The son of High Brow Cat is now an Equi-Stat Elite $35 Million Sire. • Photo by Debbie Roberts.

In 2017, the family got even more involved in cutting when Bobby bought Metallic Cat from longtime owner Fults Ranch Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. At the time, the NCHA Futurity Open Champion was an Equi-Stat Elite $14 Million Sire. The stallion more than doubled his progeny earnings in less than three years after the purchase — recently hitting the $35 million mark.

Rocking P Ranch of Aledo, Texas, now offers stallion services for Metallic Cat, as well as Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Sire Spots Hot (Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena). It held its first production sale during this year’s Summer Spectacular.

As an owner, Rocking P Ranch has accumulated an Equi-Stat record of more than $1.2 million since 2014. Some of the operation’s show-pen highlights include Rockin Sallycat’s third-place finish in the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open and Cinca Im Hot’s win in the 2017 Breeder’s Invitational Derby.

Rocking P Ranch horses have earned more than $1.2 million since the first horse owned by ranch owner and Fort Worth businessman Bobby Patton entered the show ring in 2014. Among the highlights was Cinca Im Hot’s win in the 2017 Breeder’s Invitational with Jesse Lennox. • Photo by Dawn Baxstrom.

Quality Time

Rachel said the main obstacle keeping the family from the cutting show pen had always been a lack of time. Her dad had a busy schedule and she was occupied by school, first high school and then studying government at the University of Texas in Austin.

When the coronavirus hit and restrictions were put into place for travel, schools and large gatherings, Rachel said that opened the door to the cutting pen.

“We were looking for things to do, and my dad’s like, ‘We have all these amazing horses waiting to be ridden, waiting for you to ride. This is the perfect opportunity to learn cutting,’” she said. 

They went to the family’s ranch in Aledo and started riding with resident trainer Jesse Lennox. The high-energy professional had her on cows right away, Rachel said, quickly becoming her “personal hype man.”

He suggested showing at the Summer Spectacular, which was sponsored by Metallic Cat. Rachel, who rode barrel horses growing up on the family’s South Texas ranch but didn’t know much about the rules of cutting, said she was hesitant to jump into an NCHA Triple Crown event on her first start.

So, she showed once at a weekend show. Then, she went to the Summer Spectacular.

‘Spectacular’ Show

Both Pattons proved to be a quick study. In addition to winning the 4-Year-Old Limited Amateur with Cinca Metallic, a daughter of Metallic Cat from the same maternal line as the family’s Breeder’s Invitational winner Cinca Im Hot, Rachel made the 5/6-Year-Old Limited Amateur finals on two more Metallic Cat progeny — Metallic Curveball and Summer Shandy.

Rachel thought her best shot was with the older, more seasoned 5- and 6-year-old horses. Just happy to be in the finals, she thought her chances at a win were most likely over after finishing 13th in the 5/6-Year-Old Limited Amateur finals with Summer Shandy (out of Pippis Longstocking x Dual Smart Rey) and 15th with Metallic Curveball (out of Cinca de Maya x Dual Rey).

However, there was still Cinca Metallic — Metallic Curveball’s younger sister — in the 4-Year-Old Limited Amateur. Things hadn’t gone well with the horse the last time Rachel rode her, so she tempered her expectations. Plus, going in, she said people had prepared her that she probably wouldn’t make the finals with a less experienced 4-year-old. 

Rachel Patton won her first-ever cutting competition in the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular with her family’s Cinca Metallic. • Photo by Video West Productions.

She figured she’d just focus on having fun.

“I was like, why not? Let’s just keep riding for more practice,” she said. “And, then I ended up going to the finals for the Limited Amateur and winning it.”

Her father rode a 5-year-old gelding named One Suspicious Mind in the 5/6-Year-Old Limited Amateur. They marked a 180 and didn’t advance to the next round, but Rachel was impressed with how well her father did in his first foray into the cutting pen.

She said he’d originally entered after hearing talk spectators might be banned from the show due to COVID-19-related restrictions, reasoning that if he was a competitor he’d be able to be there regardless of any restrictions. 

When the spectator ban didn’t materialize, she expected him to withdraw — but he competed anyway.

“He went out there and rocked it. So, that was the coolest thing ever,” she said. “I was probably more nervous for his run than I was for any of mine.”

The Future

Though Bobby didn’t make the finals, Rachel said her dad now has the cutting bug and can’t wait to get back into the herd. In fact, she said that might include an appearance at this year’s NCHA Futurity.

“We have five awesome 3-year-olds at the barn right now, and Jesse [Lennox] will ride the top two. I’ll ride three and four, and my dad’s looking at riding five,” she said. “So, that’s all pretty exciting.”

It’s safe to say the sport won two converts at the Summer Spectacular. And, Rachel said, her experience shows how welcoming the sport is for newcomers — and it dispelled some worries she’d had about not knowing enough, or not having the skills to be able to find a place in the sport.

“If they’re thinking about it, if they’re on the fence, just do it and see what happens,” she said. “Because, good things can come out.”

“Example A.”