Elizabeth Quirk leads way to Classic Non-Pro Final

Elizabeth Quirk, Denham, La., scored 221 points riding Kattalyst on Wednesday to win the second go-round of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro, and claim the top cumulative score with 437 points.

Madalyn Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., who won the first go-round with 221 points, posted a cumulative score of 436.5 points riding Sweet Baby Marie, and Steve Anderson, Victoria, Tex., ranked third with 435.5 points on Littlemak.

Quirk, the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame earner of $689,528, most recently won the 2018 NCHA World Series Mane Event with Cat Sheree LTE $179,988. She also placed as reserve champion of the Ike Hamilton Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro on Catillac Reys LTE $60,718.

Six-year-old Kattalyst LTE $117,710, a Metallic Cat daughter bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, claimed the reserve championship of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open on Sunday, April 1, under Adan Banuelos.

Stevie Rey Von ties Triple Crown record with 231-pt win

2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes – April 1, 2018 – Fort Worth, Tex.

Stevie Rey Von and Beau Galyean rewrote the NCHA Record Book with a 231-point win in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finals. The score was the highest ever marked in the Super Stakes Classic and tied for the Triple Crown all-time record, set in the 2001 Super Stakes by Sunettes Dually and Matt Gaines. Galyean held the old Super Stakes Classic record with 229 points aboard Metallic Rebel in 2017.

Six-year-old Stevie Rey Von, NCHA Horse of the Year and winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, also scored 231 points last month to win the Cattlemen’s 5/6 Classic Open under Galyean for new owners Alvin and Becky Fults, Amarillo, Tex. The Fults’s, who purchased Stevie Rey Von in February, had owned his sire Metallic Cat, the 2008 NCHA Futurity champion and NCHA Horse of the Year shown by Galyean, as well.

Stevie Rey Von brought career earnings of more than $370,000 into the Super Stakes Classic finals.

Until Stevie Rey Von eclipsed the field, as draw 28 from 29, Kattalyst, bred by Alvin and Becky Fults, was the horse to beat and became the eventual reserve champion. Shown by Adan Banuelos, the 6-year-old Metallic Cat daughter scored 226 points late in the first set of cattle. Her closest challenger was Somethingtobelievein with 223.5 points, under owner Brett McGlothlin, for third place.

Kattalyst LTE $94,134, owned by Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., made her debut as a 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finalist with Sean Flynn and has been a consistent finalist in limited age events, including non-pro competition with Ten/27 Ranch owners Todd and Elizabeth Quirk.

Edsall Hits $85,000 Jackpot In NRCHA Stakes


Clayton Edsall earned his first NRCHA premier event title — and a heck of a lot of money — in the NRCHA Stallion Stakes, which he won aboard Metallic Train.
Photo by Primo Morales.
Story by Molly Montag

What happens when you win $85,000 in Las Vegas?

Ask Clayton Edsall.

The Oakdale, California, trainer scored a massive haul with a memorable win Saturday night aboard Metallic Train in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes. He and the mare marked huge 227-point fence score to win the Open and Intermediate Open titles.

That wasn’t all. Edsall also won the Open Novice Horse and the Intermediate Open Reserve championships, riding four horses in the Open finals. Overall, his horses earned more than $85,000 in the NRCHA Stakes finals and preliminary rounds.

Even after accepting his awards, Edsall was still trying to process the night’s events.

“It means a lot. I just don’t think it’s sank in,” said the trainer, surrounded by family and friends in the main arena at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. “I mean, all the horses were really great and so I think it’s going to take a little bit to just process.”

Edsall’s biggest wins of the show were on horses owned by Beverly Vaughn: Open Champion Metallic Train (Metallic Cat x Sparking Train x Shining Spark) and Novice Horse Open Champion Bet Hesa Boon (Bet Hesa Cat x Flo N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon).

Bet Hesa Boon, the Intermediate Open Reserve Champion, also placed seventh in the Open. Metallic Train’s half brother, Bet He Sparks (by Bet Hesa Cat) carried Edsall to an eighth-place finish in the Open. His fourth Open final qualifier was Shining CD Light (by CD Lights), who scratched after the herd work.

Metallic Train won $46,309 in the finals. Bet Hesa Boon earned $17,321 in the finals and roughly $3,700 from the Open Novice Horse title in the preliminary rounds.

“You know, when we got four in the finals, I told [his fiancé] Chelsea, I said ‘You know, there’s a chance something like this could happen’, but you know…How do you know,” said Edsall, who has lifetime earnings of roughly $500,000. “So, it’s just all pretty special, for sure.”

Edsall’s big fence score in the NRCHA Stakes Open finals came just after Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Corey Cushing set the crowd on fire with a sizzling 224.5 run on DMAC Reydar (by Dual Smart Rey). Cushing’s run was, up to that point, the high mark of the cow work, just eclipsing the 223 that Kelby Phillips marked in the first set with 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Duals Lucky Charm (by Dual Smart Rey)

Riding Metallic Train out of the arena after his run, Edsall knew his score had to be at least 227 to catch Phillips. Although Phillips and Sarah Dawson each had a 656.5 composite, Phillips had the higher cow work score, which is used to break ties, so the lead was his alone.

“Kelby was a [2]23, Corey was a [2]24.5 and then I felt like, [with] my two turns and…circles, I wonder what they’re gonna mark me,” he said. “And then as soon as I rode out the gate, and then they announced my score and I told the back gate guys — ‘Oh My God, I just won the Stakes, didn’t I?’ — and, they’re like, ‘Yep’.”

The run put him at a 656.6 composite (215 herd/214.5 cow/227 cow), but his high-scoring fence run broke the tie to give Edsall his first NRCHA premier event championship.

Up in the stands, Chelsea was crying and fielding congratulations. She and Edsall, who have two children – Weston, 2, and Rylee, 15 months – plan to wed in April.

“Just to see him finally get some recognition in an aged event on such a great horse, it means everything,” said Chelsea, who thanked the cow horse community for its support. “It’s so amazing, because he works so hard and he loves his horses and it’s just nice to see. I’m so proud of him.”

The Open Co-Reserve Championship went to Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm (out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena, by Pepcid) and Dawson and Travelin Miss Jonez (by Travelin Jones x Playin With Rubies x Lectric Playboy). They each won $23,803.


Big Heart: “Midget” Wins NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro Championship


Tammy Hays made the most of her chance to ride Metallic Sparks in the NRCHA Stakes Non-Pro on Saturday, March 31, in Las Vegas. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Tammy Hays is thrilled Metallic Sparks is so short.

If he was much bigger, she probably wouldn’t have gotten the chance to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes Non-Pro Championship with him.

“Oh, my gosh! I’m so excited, because that’s the first one out of that mare I’ve ever gotten to show,” said Hays, who co-owns his dam, Shine Smartly, with her father, Walter Greeman. “She’s 19 years old and I’ve never gotten to show one, because they’re all good enough to show as open horses, or we sell them or and [her husband] Shawn shows them -and he’s too little!”

Nicknamed “Midget,” the 2014 gelding by Metallic Cat carried Hays to a winning composite of 640 (209 herd/213.5 rein/217.5 cow). They earned $8,481, doubling his lifetime Equi-Stat record to roughly $17,000.

Going into the cow work, Hays’ best shot at victory appeared to be Hat Six Keep Sparkin, a son of Dual Spark out of Hat Six Little Paws (by Peptos Stylish Oak) she rode to the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Championship. She and the buckskin were leading the competition going into the cow work, but a 199-point score erased any hope of finishing with the leaders.

“[Hat Six Keep Sparkin] just didn’t feel like himself and I kept telling myself, you made a couple little tiny mistakes, but the big problems that went wrong were because he wasn’t feeling like himself,” she said.

Although disappointed, Hays put the poor score out of her mind and focused on what she could do with Metallic Sparks. The sorrel gelding gave her confidence almost immediately. Their 217.5-point run topped the herd work.

“I knew as soon as that cow came out [and] he was bright and quick,” Hays said. “And, when he’s like that he’s usually going to be really good.”

Hays said the championship would’ve have been possible without the help of God and her husband, Shawn.

“I always do a lot of praying before I go and I feel like [God] gives me peace and confidence,” she said. “Of course, I thank my husband, because he gets my horses ready [and] takes good care of me.”

Consistency Key For Clark And Metal Cat At NRCHA Stakes

Metal Cat and Brendon Clark just keep on trucking.

The Metallic Cat gelding and Clark knocked out another premier event title Saturday night with the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes Limited Open Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Clark, of Hollister, California, said he’s learned a lot from the dependable young horse, who he previously piloted to the 2017 NRCHA Derby Limited Open Championship.

“I’m pretty happy with him. He was pretty solid all the way through, and he always is,” Clark said. “He’s not typically the horse that’s gonna blow everyone away during the rounds, in the prelims, but he’s always there at the top.”

They took the NRCHA Stakes Limited Open Championship with a composite of 632 (209 herd/212.5 rein/210.5 cow). The title paid $7,779, boosting the horse’s lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $20,000.

Nicknamed “Banjo,” the gelding is owned by Clark’s friends from Australia, Quinton Kersch and Sandy Kersch, and Las Vegas restaurateur Jonathan Fine.

Clark, who posted his first cow horse earnings to Equi-Stat in 2015, said Banjo’s consistency has helped him as he’s started his career as a trainer. The Australian native switched to horses after a bull-riding career that included time on the Professional Bull Riders tour.

“He’s always gonna give you what you need to do. And, you know, he’s always been a pretty good fence horse,” said Clark, whose Equi-Stat record has surpassed $40,000. “He circles good and you kind of put him in position and then when it’s time to drop the hammer, you just say ‘Go’ and he does it.”

Bred by Bill Coburn, of Redding, California, Metal Cat is one of 8 money earners from the mare Tipofthestar. The daughter of Grays Starlight now has a produce record of approximately $170,000.

Fults Ranch Ltd. Delivers 1-2 Punch in NCHA Super Stakes Classic

Rocking P Unveils 2018 Metallic Cat $100,000 Incentive

The owner of Equi-Stat Elite $17 Million Sire Metallic Cat is offering a new performance bonus for 2018.

The 2018 Metallic Cat $100,000 Incentive is open to anyone who owns a Metallic Cat 4-year-old and has a 2018 contract to breed to the stallion (excluding re-breeds). It pays $100,000 to the highest-advancing Metallic Cat offspring in the 4-Year-Old Open at the this year’s Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular.

“This year has been amazing so far,” stallion owner Robert “Bobby” Patton said in a statement. “It’s been wonderful to see the Metallic Cats do well in the show pen and have the owners of those horses share in the success. We’re just very thankful.”

Patton, of Rocking P Ranch, bought the 2005 red roan stallion (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptosboonsmal) from Fults Ranch Ltd in September, 2017.

The 2008 NCHA Futurity Open Champion, Metallic Cat joined a stallion roster that also includes fellow Futurity Open Champion Spots Hot (Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena) and Boon San, a son of High Brow Cat out of Boon San Sally (by Boon Bar) that has sired earners of nearly $650,000, according to Equi-Stat.

An earner of $637,711, Metallic Cat was 2009 NCHA Horse of the Year and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame the following year. His five crops of foals to reach show age have compiled an Equi-Stat record of $17,754,553. His leading earner is 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, Metallic Rebel ($437,965).

“And we look forward to that getting even better!” Patton said. “We designed this incentive as a way to celebrate that achievement while also giving back to those mare owners who continue to believe in Metallic Cat. It’s going to be an exciting spring and an even more exciting summer!”

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Hashtags posts impressive win February 11th, 2018

Hashtags, cutting’s number one 4-year-old money earner in 2017, earned $20,870 and his first major win of 2018 with 223 points on Saturday, in the Bonanza 5/6 Classic. Ridden by Tatum Rice, the blue roan stallion, sired by Metallic Cat and owned by Hashtag Ventures, was also a recent finalist in the Abilene Spectacular Classic and the Augusta Futurity Classic, and has lifetime earnings of $288,609.

$100,000 Bonus Time

Eighteen is a big number for Metallic Cat, and now it’s gotten even bigger! So far this year – 2018 – Metallic Cat continues his reign as the highest-earning sire of horses competing at the cutting industry’s elite limited-age events. His total offspring earnings stand just shy of $18 million.

Now, Bobby Patton, Metallic Cat’s owner, is pleased to announce 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 (excluding re-breeds). For those who qualify, the program guarantees a $100,000 check to the highest advancing Metallic Cat offspring in the 4-year-old Open division at the Metallic Cat/National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular.

“This year has been amazing so far,” said Patton, who purchased the stallion in the summer of 2017. “It’s been wonderful to see the Metallic Cats do well in the show pen and have the owners of those horses share in the success. We’re just very thankful.”

Metallic Cat is the cutting industry’s hottest sire, one that topped the earnings roster in 2016 and 2017. Both years he was NCHA Top Sire thanks to foals that earned $10 million in just those two seasons. With $637,711 in lifetime earnings, Metallic Cat won the 2008 NCHA Futurity with Beau Galyean and then showed for only 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.

“And we look forward to that getting even better!” Patton said happily. “We designed this incentive as a way to celebrate that achievement while also giving back to those mare owners who continue to believe in Metallic Cat. It’s going to be an exciting spring and an even more exciting summer!”

Metallic Cat Again Tops Abilene Spectacular as No. 1 Sire

January 25, 2018 by QHN – Kristin Pitzer

After performances by his offspring caused Metallic Cat to lead the 2017 Abilene Spectacular as the No. 1 sire, the 2005 red roan stallion hit the mark again at the 2018 edition of the show. Twenty-eight of his offspring garnered $154,934 while in Abilene this year, nearly $50,000 more than No. 2 sire High Brow Cat.

Five of Metallic Cat’s progeny earned more than $10,000 each at the event, including Catarism RG (out of Playgiarism x Freckles Playboy), Copperish (out of Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak) and Sweat Son (out of Travalin Miss Mosa x Travalena).

Catarism RG, bred by Mariposa Farms LLP and owned by Rose Valley Ranch, marked a 220 in the 4-Year-Old Open finals with Michael Cooper, tying for the Reserve Championship. The duo banked $15,000, along with $4,040 for tying for second in the Novice class, as well.

In the 5/6-Year-Old Open, Copperish carried Lloyd Cox to the Co-Championship with her score of 221, which came with a $17,000 check. The mare, who is owned by Jimmie Miller Smith, was bred by Double Dove Ranch. Her lifetime earnings were pushed to more than $134,000 with her latest title.

Metallic Cat’s third-highest earner at the show, Sweat Son, placed third in the 5/6-Year-Old Open with a score of 220.5. Also ridden by Cox, he collected $13,000, which pushed him to earnings of $84,804. Nick VandeSteeg owns the stallion, who was bred by Randy and Jenny Free.

Metallic Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), who was purchased by Bobby Patton’s Rocking P Ranch in September 2017, boasts more than $17 million in sire earnings. As of press time, he was quickly approaching Equi-Stat Elite $18 Million Sire status.