Phillip Ralls Dominates At NSHA Futurity

Quarter Horse News
Written by Kelsey Pecsek

As the final horse-and-rider duo to go down the fence in eight sets of Futurity Open competition, Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch dominated the Protect the Harvest/Lucas Oil National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Open. The event, held Aug. 19-24 in Paso Robles, Calif., marked the home stretch for 3-year-old horses on their way to Reno, Nev., for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity. Ralls and his mount went into the cow work comfortably with a 433 (217 herd/216 rein). After marking the fourth-highest score down the fence, a 220.5, Call Me Mitch and Ralls’ 653.5 total on three secured the Futurity Open Championship by a two-point margin.

Ralls and Estelle Roitblatt’s stallion son of Metallic Cat earned $18,526 for his win. Futurity Open Reserve Champions and Intermediate Open Champions Justin Wright and CR Stylish Danny Rey accumulated a 651.5 (221 herd/211.5 rein/219 cow) to take home checks totaling $16,273 for owner Eric Freitas.

Metallic Cat becomes $1 Million Sire

NCHA- The NCHA would like to congratulate the Fults Ranch on the success of their young sire Metallic Cat who, with just one foal crop in the showpen, has surpassed the $1 million sire status. We are proud to have this sire representing NCHA as a corporate partner!


Congratulations – Metallicat ( Metallic Cat x Mates Matrix) and Brad Lund on your 3rd place finish in the Futurity Open at the ECRCHC Futurity. We are so excited watching Metallic Cat’s 2nd foal crop hit the show pen.

2014 West Texas Futurity

The Open Derby Finals are complete at the West Texas Futurity and we couldn’t be prouder! Sannman was Co-Reserve Champion, Sweet Metallic was 4th, Magic Metallic finished 6th and Red Metallica ended up 10th. Over all a very good day! Have a great night!

PCCHA Open Derby

Sweet Metallic (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra), a mare owned by Beau and Ashley Galyean, of Fort Worth, Texas, and ridden by Beau, placed fourth with a 218.5. As the top-placing Derby Open entry sired by 2005 stallion Metallic Cat, Sweet Metallic earned a $25,000 Metallic Cat Incentive bonus. Including a total of $40,000 in Metallic Cat bonuses, 4-year-olds sired by “Denver” earned more than $75,000 in the PCCHA Derby Open. That allowed Metallic Cat to surpass $1 million in offspring earnings.

Metallic Cat Offspring Break Records at the 2014 Breeder’s Invitational

Pacific Coast Journal
Taylor Renner

Among the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and cutting horse industry, Metallic Cat is a widely recognized name. The 2005 red roan Quarter Horse stallion, out of High Brow Cat and Chers Shadow by Peptoboonsmal, debuted in the futurity with trainer Beau Galyean and retired 12 shows later after never losing a cow throughout his entire show career. He was the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity Champion and NCHA Horse of the Year in 2009 as well as the top money earning horse all ages all divisions and Derby Open Champion at the 2009 Breeder’s Invitational (BI).

Metallic Cat, also known as “Denver,” has lifetime earnings of $637,711, earned from all 12 of the shows he competed in. He is the 2nd highest money earning stallion in the history of the NCHA (following Smart Little Lena) and the highest money earning stallion within the last 33 years.

As a retired NCHA champion, Metallic Cat (owned by the Fults family) now spends his days at Fults Ranch in Amarillo, Texas breeding new champions to continue to live out his legacy within the cutting industry. There are currently 34 offspring of Metallic Cat actively competing, including Metallika out of Metallic Cat and Nyoka Pep by Dual Pep.

Metallika (owned by Scotty Rice) was the Derby Open Champion at the 2014 BI recently held on May 10 – 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a score of 225 shown by trainer and Scotty’s brother, Tag Rice. Metallic Cat is the first stallion to ever win the BI himself and then sire an offspring (Metallika) to also win the BI. This has been a huge accomplishment within the cutting sport and for Metallic Cat as a sire.
In addition, other offspring of Metallic Cat who experienced success at this year’s BI were Metallic Jones (out of Metallic Cat and Smart Starlight by Smart Little Lena) owned by Kelsey Lee Weeks and shown by Kathy Daughn and Kelsey Weeks, who was a Non Pro Derby Finalist finishing in 4th. Meteles Cat (out of Metallic Cat and Teles Lies by Lenas Telesis) owned and shown by Cody Hedlund was a Non Pro Derby Reserve Champion and an Open Derby Finalist. Metallic Warrior (out of Metallic Cat and One Time Soon by Smart Little Lena) owned by Jessica Banuelos and shown by Adan and Jessica Banuelos, was an Open Derby Finalist. Sannman (out of Metallic Cat and The Smart Look by Smart Little Lena) owned by Galyean and Fults and shown by Beau Galyean, was an Open Derby Finalist finishing in 3rd. Sweetallic (out of Metallic Cat and Sweet Little Boon by Smart Little Lena) owned by Julie Sheedy and shown by Eddie Flynn was a Non Pro Derby Ltd Reserve Champion, Non Pro Derby Finalist, Amateur Derby Champion, and an Unlimited Derby Finalist finishing in 4th. Dr Metallica (out of Metallic Cat and Nurse Gray by Grays Starlight) owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill and shown by Gary Gonsalves was a Derby Unlimited Amateur Finalist finishing in 4th and a Derby Amateur Finalist. Sweet Metallic (out of Metallic Cat and Sweet Abra by Abrakadabracre) owned by Beau and Ashley Galyean and shown by Ashley Galyean, was an Open Derby 10k Finalist, Non Pro Derby Ltd Finalist finishing in 5th, and a Non Pro 10k Finalist finishing in 4th.

Metallic Cat also broke a new personal record at the 2014 BI with his offspring surpassing the earning amount of his own Sire’s earnings. The 27-year-old sire, High Brow Cat, was the top sire earner at the BI until son, Metallic Cat, exceeded his father’s earnings and became the new top earner. Metallic Cat’s 12 offspring that competed at the 2014 BI, all 4-year-olds, earned a total of $260,402, while High Brow Cat’s 27 offspring ranging from 4 to 6-year-olds earned a total of $227,576.

Metallic Cat has proven to be a top cutting horse sire, creating quality competitive cutting horses time after time. The two main traits Metallic Cat passes on to his offspring, according to owner Alvin Fults, is his near perfect conformation and cow smarts. These two traits combine to make well rounded, easily trainable, and successful offspring within the cutting industry. Even with all of the success Metallic Cat has had as a sire already, he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

“His future is very bright. This year [Metallic Cat] had 34 colts showing out of 45 which is over half of the foals that just hit the ground running in this sport. Next year we have over 200 that are registered, and the year after that we have over 200 as well,” said Alvin Fults on Metallic Cat’s future as a cutting horse sire. “His offspring so far have earned approximately $1,018,303 so we’re very excited to say the least.”