Metallic Mandy proves her mettle with 220-point win

NCHA Daily Chatter
Written by Sally Harrison

Metallic Mandy and Chris Hanson scored 220 points on Wednesday to win the NCHA Futurity John Deere Open Limited, while Metallic Moon and Gabe Reynolds claimed reserve with 217.5 points.

“I knew we had a good horse,” said Hanson, who showed Metallic Mandy, by Metallic Cat, for John and Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex. “She’d been good through the go-rounds and was good in the Non-Pro.

“She’s very consistent, has a big stop, and is really smart about a cow. She’s there for you every day and nothing ever changes with her.”

Going into Thursday’s second day of Non-Pro second go-round competition, Hope Mitchell, reserve champion of the 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity aboard Lannies Freckles, is the leader with 433.5 points on Ms April Cat, by Cat N A Hat, and also a second go-round contender on Metallic Mandy.

Hanson also came close to another 220-point run in the John Deere Finals on Little Too Sly, but lost his relentless second cow, with no time for a third cut. Even so, he was awarded 205 points.
“I knew on (Little Too Sly) that I could have a good run,” said Hanson. “We had a good first cow and spent a lot of time getting our second cow set up and cut right. That cow was good for a bit, but then it just wouldn’t turn away.

“She’s a real good cowhorse. She tries hard every time and will fight them off.”

Hanson is resident trainer for Arlis Justice, Camden, Ark., Hope Mitchell’s father, who owns Little Too Sly, by That Sly Cat.

Gabe Reynolds, who drew first to work in the second set of the John Deere Finals, used Chris Hanson’s ride on Metallic Mandy in the first set, as his template.

“I watched the first group of cows and those guys tried to cut what they thought were the best,” said Reynolds, who showed Metallic Moon, by Metallic Cat, for Sandy and Jeremy Patton, Washington, Ohio. “They were mostly gray cows and they didn’t prosper from them. So I decided we were going to keep it simple and cut some black cows, because that’s what Chris cut. And it worked out really well.”

Metallic Moon, trained by Cody Frye, was purchased by the Pattons a year ago, after Reynolds and Sandy Patton watched Frye work the mare on several cows.

“She was just so broke,” said Reynolds. “Everything (Frye) did, she was just so soft and smooth. It was a no-brainer. I thought, this is going to fit what we want. We are really lucky to have her.”

AQHA Cutting World Champions Named

Quarter Horse News Online
Written by Jordan Henderson

As a large crowd gathered in Oklahoma City, 17 horse-and-rider teams entered the Jim Norick Arena in hopes of taking home a share of the $53,891 purse in the Junior Cutting at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show. When it was all said and done, Cody Hedlund and Meteles Cat’s score of 221 won the Junior Cutting World Championship.

Drawing up 15th in the working order left the Wilton, California, rider with plenty of time to watch the competition.

“I know what’s been marked and I knew there was room up there at the top and then in between all those people that I could try to sneak in if I could and it just worked out that we won it,” said Hedlund, an earner of $438,122. “We cut everything we had talked about, for the most part, and then the last cow was just really good and it just capped off the end of run.”

Meteles Cat (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) has had quite the success under the saddle of Cody and his father, Rock, who bred the horse. Meteles Cat has lifetime earnings of $111,279, and is currently in a battle for the 2014 NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year title.

Purple Reyn

What a way to start our Sunday morning – Congratulations Purple Reyn owned and shown by Brandon Dufurrena, on your Championship run in the finals of the Derby Non Pro at the Southern Futurity. This pair are true . . . . Rock Stars!

Cashs Catmando

We would like to Congratulate Cashs Catmando and Grant Lindaman on your Reserve Championship, in the Non Pro and Int Non Pro at the IRCHA Futurity. Magicat and Wilder Jones placed 4th in both events.