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
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.”
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
Acquisitions from the sale were sent to Rocking P Ranch, his newly
purchased facility that was formerly Jon and Abby Winkelried’s Marvine
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.”
When Olena Shes Metallic, a daughter of Equi-Stat Elite $21 Million Sire Metallic Cat, and Walt Erwin entered the arena from the second draw, the crowd erupted in cat-calls. The cheers grew louder as the duo put the moves on their cattle, earning the Cotton Stakes 3-Year-Old Intermediate Open title in a nine-horse field.“It was good! We cut three really good ones,” said Erwin, who had earnings of more than $548,000 going into the Cotton Stakes. “We got a really good grey cow that settled good that Clay Johnson and Gabe Reynolds both liked, and then we cut a black one that was standing on the top. The last one was just a shape cut on the outside to finish the run; it was good, too.”Although Olena Shes Metallic made her futurity debut look easy, it hasn’t always been a clear path ahead for the mare (out of CD Hot Tamolly x CD Olena). As a 2-year-old, she underwent eye surgery, which took her out of training for a three-month period. “That’s why her barn name is ‘One-Eyed Mary,’” Walt said with a chuckle.With her vision fully restored, One-Eyed Mary is making up for lost time. She brought home a check for $6,000 to owner Mark Senn, of Augusta, Georgia, after she and Erwin marked a 221 to top the finals.According to Erwin, the way the mare stops is what sets her apart in the show pen, but she is still learning the ropes. While she’s a good hauler so far, she doesn’t enjoy the actual loading process. “Once you get her in the trailer, she’s fine,” he said. One-Eyed Mary will get a break after her success at the Cotton Stakes. “Her next trip will probably be to the Southern [Cutting Futurity],” Erwin said, noting that he is headed to the All American Quarter Horse Congress without One-Eyed Mary in the trailer this time around.
Over the weekend with all the help from Team Metallic Cat
we have hit the 22 Million mark in Sire earnings, we are
beyond excited at this latest achievement. We here at
Rocking P Ranch applaud you, these goals would not be
possible without each and every one of you. MC has
earned money in a multitude of shows pens and disciplines
including, Cutting, Cow Horses, Ranch Horse, Barrel Horse,
Halter and Reining.
We thank you for believing in MC the
same way that we do.
The offspring from this elite stallion have earned more
than $1.4 million inside the reined cow horse arena.
Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal)
has become one of Western performance horse industry’s
leading sires, producing more the $20 million dollars in
earners across 14 different disciplines. Metallic Cat is
owned by the Rocking P Ranch of Weatherford, Texas.
Please join us in welcoming this great sire to our
Million Dollar ranks.
* For the 2019 breeding season, Metallic Cat’s stud fee is $10,000. However, as a thank you to those who bred their mares to Metallic Cat in 2018, a repeat booking in 2019 will be discounted $5,000. All paid contracts will guarantee eligibility for the 2019 incentives.
* All Rocking P Ranch LLC horses sold at Western Bloodstock sales, starting with the Mid-Year Cutting Sale at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular, go complete with a breeding to Metallic Cat. This breeding also guarantees eligibility for the 2019 incentives.
* The 2019 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular Incentive pays $300,000 – guaranteed. How does this work? The Derby at the event pays two places in the Open, Non-Pro, and Unlimited Amateur divisions (Open – first, $100,000; and second, $40,000) (Non-Pro, first, $20,000; and second, $10,000) (Unlimited Amateur, first, $15,000; and second, $5,000). The Classic Challenge also pays two places in the Open, Non-Pro, and Unlimited Amateur divisions (Open – first, $40,000; and second, $20,000) (Non-Pro, first, $20,000; and second, $10,000) (Unlimited Amateur, first, $15,000; and second, $5,000).
“It’s our way of thanking the industry and building excitement for the future,” Rocking P Ranch owner Bobby Patton said in a statement. “Without all the support from so many people who believed in Metallic Cat, this would not have been possible. Now, it’s our turn to make sure there are major-league incentives for the Metallic Cat foals on the ground and the ones yet to arrive.”
As a cutting horse, Metallic Cat won the 2008 NCHA Futurity Open Championship and went on to bank $637,711 during his career. He was named 2009 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2016 and 2017, Metallic Cat was NCHA Sire of the Year, thanks to foals that earned $10 million in just those two seasons. Also, for the National Reined Cow Horse Association he was Sire of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
His top five earners in Equi-Stat are: 2018 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel ($437,965, out of Sweet Abra, by Abrakadabracre), two-time American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Junior Cutting World Champion and limited-age event champion Meteles Cat ($437,016, out of Teles Lies, by Lenas Telesis), NCHA Futurity Open Champion Stevie Rey Von ($397,158, out of Miss Ella Rey, by Dual Rey), NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Purple Reyn ($361,880, out of Miss Ella Rey, by Dual Rey) and NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Hashtags ($327,883, out of Dual Rey Tag, by Dual Rey).
Metallic Cat has 720 earners that hold 2,350 event championships and 1,852 reserve championships in 14 disciplines, ranging from cutting to roping and even barrel racing, Rocking P said.
And, officials at the Fort Worth ranch expect there will be 220 Metallic Cat foals showing across multiple divisions at the 2018 NCHA Summer Spectacular. Currently, with five foal crops old enough to show, his offspring roster includes 62 horses with $90,000 in lifetime earnings, 48 horses with more than $100,000 in on their records, and six offspring that have posted $200,000 and better.
“It’s amazing, what Metallic Cat has accomplished,” Patton said. “We’re grateful to the mare owners who believe in the stallion, and we appreciate all the trainers and riders who continue to invest time and effort into his offspring. On our side, we’re committed to the future of Metallic Cat and the continuation of his legacy.”
Some days are diamonds – that summed the long weekend in Tamworth for Lynda MacCallum and her colt Metallic Storm with outstanding success at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Australia’s SDP Buffalo Ranch Futurity. Like so many people on the land today Lynda and her husband Jim MacCallum wake every morning in the hope that rain clouds will appear over their farm near Gundy in the parched Upper Hunter.
Jim, a Scone based auctioneer with MacCallum Inglis, has witnessed first hand the devastation, the now two year drought, has had on the region especially for cattle producers.
So it was something very special to travel over the range to Tamworth (now almost as dry as Scone) and compete against the best in the country and come home with a swag of ribbons and plenty of championship awards and prize money.
Each day the couple train their horses using Limousin infused cattle on their farm to perfect the art of ‘cutting’ or taking stock away from the group in the ring and keeping them separted for 2.5 minutes.
Points are awarded for herd work, control and the ability of the horse to work and understand the stock.
And Lynda riding her three year old Metallic Storm were unstoppable winning champion Amateur Futurity, third non-professional Futurity and most importantly coming second in the big end daddy at the event the Open Futurity. It was Lynda’s best performance to date in her eight year cutting career and its now means she is no longer an ‘amateur’ competitor.
No doubt riding Storm, who had an incredible seven runs for the week, took her mind off the drought and its associated heartache – even for just 2.5 minutes. “He simply got better through the competition he was outstanding, solid and improving with each run which shows his ability, strength and fitness,” she said.
She described him as being her best horse to date due to his athleticism and the fact he is smart.In these competitions the riders do not hold the reins – so the horses have to have the ability and be extremely well trained to cut out the stock.
“They have to understand cattle and Storm certainly does that,” she said.
He will now compete throughout Australia in his age events and eventually the MacCallums hope to stand him at stud.
They purchased the horse at the 2017 Landmark Classic from Tom Williamson, Glen Innes. He is sired by Metallic Cat from Oakes Chime, herself a great campdrafter and Storm comes with Stock Horse bloodlines on his bottom side.
In between those events Lynda will once again represent Australia as a member of the cutting horse team when it competes in the USA in September at the non-pro challenge.
She said it was fantastic to be selected again as a member of the team and take on the USA on their home ground.
The couple’s children 12-year-old Peter and ten year-old Olivia also enjoy the sport and no doubt were very proud of their mother’s achievement and that of Storm’s in Tamworth.