3 New Breeding Incentives

3 New Breeding Incentives Offered For Equi-Stat Elite $20 Million Sire Metallic Cat

The owners of Metallic Cat have announced three new breeding incentives for owners of offspring by Equi-Stat Elite $20 Million Sire Metallic Cat.

Rocking P Ranch, which bought the stallion last year, on Friday announced the new incentives to celebrate the success from the son of High Brow Cat out of Chers Shadow (by Peptosboonsmal), who recently crossed the $20 million mark as a sire.

The incentives are:

* 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.”

Metallic Cat • Photo by John Brasseaux

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.

IntheBlood02 MetallicCatAnd, 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.”

More details about the incentives are available at www.m4by5hxkoi-staging.onrocket.site.

Top Sire

Metallic Cat dominated in the show pen last week, claiming Top Sire in two disciplines.


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The PCCHA Derby:

Metallic Storm and Lynda MacCallum combine for memorable success



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.

Lynda MacCallum riding Metallic Storm at the NCHA Futurity: Photograph supplied by Liz Speed Photography.


One Sweet Victory

When Bittersweet stepped in the arena at the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) for the Derby Non-Pro finals, she and Chad Bushaw had only shown at two prior shows, where they were named 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro Champions and 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Co-Champions. When they rode out of the pen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they had marked a 223, garnered $23,758 in earnings and secured yet another title as the Derby Non-Pro winners.

“I’ve only shown her in three events, but she feels like I’ve been showing her for years,“ Bushaw said. “Bittersweet just has a very special feel about her – I have a lot of confidence in her. If I do my job, I know she’s going to be right there, which is such a great feeling.”

Bittersweet did her job, as well, leading out from the first hole of the second set in the finals.

“Kenny Platt drew first yesterday in the Derby Open Wildcard round – and he’s one of those guys that I always like to watch, he’s just a winner – and he was telling me that he was so thankful to draw up first, because he felt that that was the best place to be. So, I had that thought in my head when I saw my draw flash up on the screen,” Bushaw explained.

“Casey Green, who has helped us for a long time, was there to settle those cows, so that was a good feeling – being first in the second set, knowing you had somebody out there who was sure going to do a good job of getting the cattle ready,” he continued. “[It] was right where Bittersweet and I wanted to be.”

Bittersweet, bred by Marilyn Jo Franz, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, is the leading offspring out of Miss Sea Rey (by Dual Rey), who has produced eight money-earners. She is a half-sister to Heza Sea Hawk ($57,193, by EBR Kitty Hawk), Lu Sea Lu ($29,731, by Smart Mate) and others. Bushaw purchased the daughter of Metallic Cat, who had $113,106 in lifetime earnings on her Equi-Stat record prior to the BI, as a yearling. He has trained the mare throughout her career.

“It’s sure been a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a lot. Bittersweet’s very smart, very honest, very pure-minded,” he said. “She’s got a real big heart. She’s a very, very good athlete, good stopper and mover, very cowy. I’ve been doing this a long time, and every horse I’ve had over the years, I’ve wished that they could have done this or that a little better, but she just feels like the complete deal. She’s one of those special ones… one that I’ve spent 30 years waiting on.”

Bushaw doesn’t have plans to show the mare again before the NCHA Summer Spectacular, where they will chase cutting’s Triple Crown title in the Non-Pro. Instead, he intends to support his sons at youth cuttings, focus on getting his 3-year-olds ready and taking care of things at the ranch.

Weatherford, Texas-based Bushaw, who boasts nearly $3.5 million in earnings, said the BI holds a special place in his heart.

“It’s the show that I really attribute to getting my boys hooked on cutting, with the BI kids cutting, which Jan Seago is so gracious and generous in putting together,” he said as he drove to Nebraska to meet his family at a youth cutting.

Hashtags Proves It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

The Breeder’s Invitational (BI) kicked off May 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Classic/Challenge Open finals, held May 15, hosted a field of 23 horses. One five-year-old superstar had to wait for 22 of them to make their runs before he could spar for the championship as the last draw of the second set. Two-and-a-half minutes later, Hashtags marked a 224.5, naming himself and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Tatum Rice, of Weatherford, Texas, the Classic/Challenge Open Champions!Hashtags appears to enjoy the anticipation – during the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals, he brought home the title from the Will Rogers Colisieum as the second draw of the second set. As a 4-year-old, the son of Metallic Cat also won Derby Open championships at the West Texas Futurity, Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity & Aged Event and the El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta. He wrapped up the year as runner up in the race for the 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year.This year, Hashtags and Rice have taken the Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open Reserve Championship and the Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship. Hashtag’s BI win earned $21,707 for owner Hashtags Ventures LP, pushing the blue roan’s lifetime earnings well over $327,000. The stallion out of Dual Rey Tag (by Dual Rey) was bred by Jim Haworth, of South West City, Missouri.

Tic-Tac-Tie in the Super Stakes Non Pro

Tic-Tac-Tie in the Super Stakes Non Pro
Posted on April 22, 2018 by Julie Bryant

In a field thick with potential winners, it was no surprise that two rose to the top. “Cutting with the Stars” would have been an apt description of Sunday night’s Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Non-Pro finals.

Among the 21 finalists were 2017 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champions Chad Bushaw and Bittersweet, as well as Megan Miller and Carolena Reyn, who won the first go-round, composite and Non-Pro semifinals. Both teams scored a 222 to share in a well-earned victory in Fort Worth, Texas, and take home $36,319 each.

Bushaw stepped up first when he rode Bittersweet (out of Miss Sea Rey x Dual Rey) onto the sandy stage of Will Rogers as the eighth to work. With more than $62,000 in earnings to her credit, Bittersweet essentially made her first return to the arena since last December. The dark red roan daughter of Metallic Cat was clearly ready to make her reappearance memorable.

“I felt that we got the three best cows that were in there, my help was great as always and the girl who gets her ready was great, as always, so we just got it done,” Bushaw said. “She had kicked herself when I was working her in February trying to get her ready for the spring events and had developed a little bit of cellulitis. But she’s been working great this past month and it worked out.”

Bushaw was quick to thank his business partner, Alana Chalmers, whose support allows him to take the time he needs to compete, as well as Crystal Hensley, who prepares the horse for competition.

“She is so devoted and is a special girl. We’re very lucky to have her on the team. The four guys helping me, they’re all close friends and are guys my boys can look up to, good family men.

“My boys and my wife mean the world to me and the fact that I am able to share this sport and this hobby – this passion for horses – with them means everything,” he continued. “I used to take it too serious, but now I am just thankful to be here. I take a lot more pride in seeing the boys do well than myself.”

Oh, Brother!

The first go of the NCHA Super Stakes Open continued on Friday with eight sets of horses and riders. Michael Cooper and Matt Miller turned in the highest scores of the day – a 222.
Miller set the pace late in the second draw on Metallic Mister, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses. Metallic Mister, also known as “Brother,” was an open finalist earlier this year with Miller at the Ike Derby and the Cattlemen’s Derby. The flashy red roan by Metallic Cat is out of Smart Crackin Chic, the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion that went through the NCHA Futurity Sales as a yearling and then to Singleton Ranches through the Snaffle Bit Sale as a 2-year-old. Metallic Mister got his nickname early on as he is a full brother to Metallic Mistress, earner of almost $150,000, and Mistresssis, earner of $165,000. Cooper, who topped day one of the first go as well on Pharrel, spurred his way to another high score on Friday when he showed Judgement Day, also owned by Rose Valley Ranch. Both horses are out of Bet On Houston, by Peptoboonsmal. They currently serve as the mare’s No. 4 and No.5 top money earners. Bet On A Cat leads that group with $386,577 in winnings. Judgement Day is sired by High Brow Cat and Pharrel is by Metallic Cat.
An NCHA Open Futurity finalist, the Judgement Day possesses earnings just shy of $50,000.

Tour De Force – Metallic Cat Style

From the looks of things, it appears that Metallic Cat is working toward yet another record-breaking season. Last weekend, his foals dominated at two of the performance horse industry’s richest events, earning Open championships at both the Lucas Oil/National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes in Fort Worth, Texas, AND the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Over just a few days of those shows, Metallic Cat offspring posted a nice $177,164 and broke an all-time score record in the process.

At the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, Metallic Train and Clayton Edsall clinched the top spot after marking a 215 in the herd work, 214.5 in the reined round, and wrapping up with a hair-raising 227 down the fence. The 656.5 composite earned the Open and Intermediate Open Champion’s checks totaling $46,309 for owner Beverly Vaughn. Metallic Train, a mare, is out of Sparking Train by Shining Spark. That combination was also a hit in the Non-Pro division where Tammy Hays rode her gelding Metallic Sparks (out of Shine Smartly by Shining Spark) to the Championship and $8,481.

Yet another Metallic Cat foal – Metal Cat – finished first in the Limited Open class with Clark Brendon. This gelding is out of Topofthestar by Grays Starlight, and he collected $7,779 for the win. That was just one more success that played a part in making Metallic Cat the NRCHA Stallion Stakes’ No. 1 sire with total earnings of $90,139.

On April 1 – Easter Sunday – it was Stevie Rey Von who stole the headlines. This 6-year-old stallion and Beau Galyean worked second-from-last in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open finals, marking a tremendous 231 to win the division and $26,216. This is the highest score ever marked in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. Stevie Rey Von, owned by the Fults Ranch, is out of Miss Ella Rey by Dual Rey. This latest win brings the stallion’s lifetime earnings to $397,342, which includes having won the prestigious NCHA Futurity Open Championship in 2015.

Kattalyst, a 6-year-old mare also by Metallic Cat, worked to an impressive 226 score to finish Reserve in the Classic Open with Adan Banuelos. That placing paid $23,576. Kattalyst, owned by 10/27 Ranch, is out of Hotness by Spots Hot.

“This Super Stakes was just amazing!” said Bobby Patton, owner of Rocking P Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. (Rocking P Ranch owns both Metallic Cat and Spots Hot.) “To say it was a big day for our breeding program is an understatement. We couldn’t be more gratified.”

Six Metallic Cat offspring graced the elite field of 29 Classic Open finalists, adding up to a total take of $87,025. One of those finalists, Hashtags, won the Open Stakes at the 2017 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes – an event where Metallic Cat shattered records when 69 of his foals won more than $831,500 across multiple divisions, which still stands as the highest single-show payout in NCHA Super Stakes history.

As for this year, there are nearly three more weeks of Super Stakes action. The show concludes on April 22 with the Open Stakes finals. Dozens of Metallic Cat offspring are performing, so it’s possible for yet another record-breaker. Metallic Cat’s owner, Bobby Patton of Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Texas, is keeping his fingers crossed.

“Last weekend was a huge one,” Patton said happily. “We were extremely pleased that Metallic Cat’s foals had such a magnificent showing. Plus, we were thrilled by his success at two very different shows – one cutting and the other reined cow horse. Once again, it demonstrates the remarkable consistency of Metallic Cat across multiple disciplines, also proving his mind and ability carries over with a variety of mares of diverse bloodlines. We’re excited about what’s happening right now and in the future.”

One of those future opportunities is right around the corner at the NCHA’s next Triple Crown event in July.  The 2018 Metallic Cat $100,000 Incentive, a bonus available to everyone who owns a Metallic Cat 4-year-old and has a 2018 contract to breed to Metallic Cat. For those who qualify, the program guarantees a $100,000 check to the highest advancing Metallic Cat offspring in the 4-year-old Open finals at the Metallic Cat/NCHA Summer Spectacular.

“We’re hoping someone wins it!” Patton said. “The 2018 show season has been amazing so far, and we’d really love for the owners of Metallic Cat’s foals to share in the stallion’s success. It’s our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to the mare owners who believe in Metallic Cat.”

Metallic Cat is on his way to becoming one of the biggest sires in cutting history. Right now he has $18 million in offspring earnings. In 2016 and 2017 he was NCHA Sire of the Year, thanks to foals that earned $10 million in just those two seasons. With $637,711 in lifetime winnings, Metallic Cat won the 2008 NCHA Futurity with Beau Galyean and then showed for a few months in the 2009 season. Even with limited showing, Metallic Cat was 2009 NCHA Horse of the Year and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 2010. Now, with just five crops of show age, Metallic Cat is among the top 10 of the cutting industry’s all-time most successful sires.