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Brother-in-law rivalry takes center stage at Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes

Pro rodeo has a famous brother-in-law rivalry between 24-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur and four-time world champion Tuf Cooper of Weatherford.

For the past two years, the two ropers have gone head-to-head in the world all-around title races at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

But the National Cutting Horse Association also has two high-profile riders who have a brother-in-law relationship and a very friendly rivalry. They are Beau Galyean, 39, of Fort Worth, and Lloyd Dennis Cox, 53, of Marietta, Okla.

Galyean and a stallion named Rollz Royce clinched the 5- and 6-year-old open division finals on Saturday afternoon at the NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes with a lofty score of 228. Cox and a mare named Second Spot finished second with a 225.

In the 4-year-old open division final, which is the second jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series, veteran Phil Hanson of Weatherford clinched the title with a 227 aboard Hiss N Vinegar. The horse is owned by Jeffrey and Jennifer Foland of Weatherford who earned the $72,294 prize.

In the 5-and 6-year-old Classic division open final, Cox and Second Spot , who was the fifth duo to compete in the first bunch of cattle, took the lead with the 225. But Galyean and Rollz Royce, who was the first second duo to compete in the second bunch, came in and turned in the 228.

Galyean said he knew Rollz Royce (owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Miss.) would have to make an exceptional cutting horse run in order to surpass Cox.

“It was electric from start-to-finish,” Galyean said of his 2 ½ minute final round run. “It had to be. My brother-in-law on Second Spot put up a 225. He just put it on us out there. I knew we had to come big.”

Galyean said he knew he had to take risks throughout the run by selecting cattle that would give his horse a tougher challenge.

“I kind of took a chance,” Galyean said. “I knew in order to win, I knew that I had to take that chance in order to beat a 225 because a 225 is a huge score.”

As Galyean made his first place run, Cox was among four riders who were in the arena serving as helpers.

“It’s just part of the deal,” Cox said. “I’ve helped him a long time and I want to see him do great, too.”

Cox and Galyean have a brother-in-law relationship because Cox is married to Galyean’s sister, Christina.

Galyean is part of a cutting horse royal family. In 1986, his father, Jody, who is from Marietta, Okla., won the open division title as a rider at the NCHA Futurity on Royal Silver King. The December Futurity in Fort Worth is sport’s most prestigious show and the first jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.

Beau Galyean’s brother, Wesley, won the NCHA Futurity open title in 2004 atop Spots Hot. Beau Galyean won the Futurity in 2008 aboard Metallic Cat, which has become a highly successful breeding stallion. Cox won the Futurity in 2010 on One Time Royalty an unusually high score of 230.

Jody Galyean relished watching Cox help his son, Beau, snare the 2019 Super Stakes Classic open division title.

“Lloyd had that big score, but yet he turned around and was turning back for Beau, which helped Beau beat him,” Jody Galyean said. “That’s pretty special. That says a lot about Lloyd.”

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