Metallika and Rice Brothers Claim BI Derby Open Title

Quarter Horse News
Written by Mark Thompson

Metallika, a gelding with $8,001 in prior cutting earnings before heading to the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) in Tulsa, Okla., returned to Texas with more than $92,000 earned and as the BI Derby Open Champion for his owner Scotty Rice, after marking a 225 in Saturday’s finals with his trainer and Scotty’s brother, Tag.

The BI’s 2009 Derby Open Champion Metallic Cat sired Metallika. Nyoka Pep, a Dual Pep mare owned by breeder Billy Martin, of Millsap, Texas, produced him.

While securing the Derby Open title and about $68,000, including a 10 percent fee actually split between his sire and his dam’s owners, Metallika also earned $10,000 as the BI’s Derby Open Sales Incentive Champion. Two days before topping the Derby Open finals, the horse and Tag Rice earned another $6,764 by tying for fifth place during the May 22 BI Derby Open $10,000 Novice finals.

Scotty is 37, lives in Weatherford, Texas, and owns a Fort Worth, Texas, Internet access provider. He had planned to ride Metallika in the Non-Pro at the BI, too. Scotty switched horses, though, after Tag, who is 39, and Metallika posted 219 and 220 scores in the first two Open rounds. Scotty and Super Smart Rey earned about $9,000 by tying for ninth in Saturday’s Derby Non-Pro finals.

Tag said his brother made a great team decision by deciding not to ride Metallika in the Non-Pro division. “Any time you can avoid running the wheels off of them, it’s better,” said Tag, who has trained several horses for his younger brother. The brothers’ father, Ronnie, has trained several horses for Scotty, too.

This is the first time that Tag has won a big limited-age title riding one of his brother’s horses. Scotty had earned a prior title riding a horse trained by Tag. Scotty left cutting for a while to concentrate on building a business he started with horse earnings. “He got out of it [riding cutting horses] for a few years and he just got back in it last year,” Tag said. “It’s been great having him around. We are best friends.”

Metallic Cat Incentive

To be held in conjunction with PCCHA Core Balance Derby in June

$40,000 to highest advancing metallic cat open finalists
1st Place ~ $25,000 2nd Place ~ $10,000 3rd Place ~ $5,000

The Metallic Cat Incentive will be available to all 4 year olds sired by Metallic Cat who compete in the Pacific
Coast Cutting Horse Association Core Balance Derby, held annually in June. Beginning in 2014, all Metallic Cat Foals entered in the PCCHA Open Derby may pay an additional $1,000 and thereupon become eligible for the
Metallic Cat Incentive Purse.

** No monies will be paid in go-rounds. In the event only one horse advances to the finals only $25,000 will be paid. In the event only two horses advance only $35,000 will be paid. In the event no horses advance to the finals, no monies will be paid.

The Metallic Cat Incentive in being offered by the Fults Ranch, owners of Metallic Cat, and may be canceled withoutbnotice, prior to the final entry due date of the PCCHA Open Derby. All Incentive are guaranteed by the Fults Ranch and Metallic Cat. In the event of cancellation, any monies paid by contestants toward the Incentive Purse being canceled, shall be returned. The PCCHA will act as a handling agent of receiving and distributing Incentive Funds.

“Non Pro Bonus”

$5,000 Bonus to any Metallic Cat that wins the PCCHA Non Pro Derby in June. (No additional fee charge).

2013 NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sales

Metallic Cat offspring continued to received strong recoginition at the 2013 NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sales. Top sellers included:

Metallic Little Cat
Metallic Cat x Seca Rey Lena

Denvers Purdy
Metallic Cat x Smart Aristocrat

Chrome Catillac
Metallic Cat x Tootsie Rey

Crimson Bet
Metallic Cat x Bet Yer Blue Boons

OSB Open Futurity

Here is your OSB Open Futurity Champion Monopolie owned by Dan Churchill – shown by Ashley Baxstrom. They not only won the Futurity with a score of 147 this pair also won the go round. Congratulations!

West Texas Futurity Results

The West Texas Futurity has concluded and with only a small handful of Metallic Cat Offspring showing we could be not more thrilled with how great theses babies looked! Metallic Avenue / Beau Galyean Open Futurity Finalists. Metallic Avenue / Ashley Galyean was 4th in the Non Pro and Res Champion in the Limited and the gelding classes. Sweet Metallic was a Non Pro Futurity Finalist and took 3rd in the limited. The Metallic Gun / Alvin Fults was a Non Pro Futurity Finalist and took 4th in the gelding class. Over all what a great show – We are so blessed and can’t wait to see where next venture with Metallic Cat takes us.

West Texas Futurity Prime Rib Dinner

Becky and I would like to personally thank everyone that came to the Prime Rib Dinner we had at our place during the West Texas Futurity. This is our way of saying thank you to all the mare owners out there, we are over whelmed in your continuing support of our young stallion.

WOW! – 2012 NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sales

84 Horses selling – $2,099,900
Averaging – $24,999

84 of Metallic Cat’s offspring went through the Western Bloodstock sales during the NCHA Futurity totaling $2,099,900.

Top Preferred Breeders Sale: Metallic CD “Metallic Cat x Sweet Little CD” topped the sale bringing $110.000; Cowcat “Metallic Cat x Cowstruck” was the 3rd highest seller going selling for $95,000; Snow Me The Rey “ Metallic Cat x Nurse Moss” came in as the 4th highest seller, selling for $80,000; Ruby Shadow Cat “Metallic Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA” was the 5th highest seller going for $77,000.

2 Year Old Sale: With only a select few 2 year olds in the sale, Liphys Black Cat, Metallic x Lipshy sold for $100,000; Metalic Al “Metallic Cat x Amandas Little Star” brought $90,000.


“In fact, it was the popular Metallic Cat who proved he has the mettle as an up-and-coming star sire. He topped the 2011 cutting sales, as ranked by the median price of his foals. He actually rounded out the year with the seventh-highest net sales in cutting auctions, with 25 offspring selling for $734,000. Metallic Cat, who is owned by Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Texas, won the 2008 NCHA Futurity with Beau Galyean and then went on to a remarkable career that concluded with $637,710 in earnings at the close of the 2009 season. The stallion’s first foal crop, one with just 54 AQHA-registered individuals, arrived in 2010 and will be hitting the show pen next year. “