In 2008, a stallion named Metallic Cat and his rider, Beau Galyean, won the National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, which is billed as the sport’s most prestigious show.
Today, Metallic Cat, which is owned by Alvin and Becky Fults of Amarillo, is a high profile breeder.
At this week’s NCHA Super Stakes, a gelding named Metalic Man, which is a son of Metallic Cat, has qualified for the Classic Open Division Finals.
The horse is smart. He reads a cow well. His stop is noticeably better than most.
Stacie McDavid, who owns Metalic Man
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Metalic Man is owned by David and Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth and ridden by veteran Clint Allen.
“The horse is smart,” Stacie McDavid said. “He reads a cow well. His stop is noticeably better than most. If you were to watch 20 horses, they would say that that horse [Metalic Man] has a very dynamic stop.”
Metalic Man advanced to the finals after turning in a two-ride aggregate score of 436. The gelding turned in a 218.5 in the first round and a 217.5 in the second round at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth.
The second round concluded Sunday night. A field of 29 horses that turned in a score of at least 434 advanced to the finals, which is scheduled for Saturday.
Maid of Metal, another horse that was sired by Metallic Cat, finished with the highest aggregate score of all horses, a 439 after making two runs. With rider Morgan Cromer in the saddle, Maid of Metal turned in a 222 in the first round and a 217 in the second round.
Cromer also earned finals berths on two other horses. He made the cut on Little Dirty Deeds after the duo turned in a 435.5. He also made the cut on TF High Chex CD after turning in a 435.5.
Cat Sheree, ridden by Sean Flynn, finished the prelims ranked No. 2 with a 438. Cat Sheree turned in a pair of 219s.
However, no previous scores will count during Saturday’s final round. The horse with the highest score of the night will win the title.
The Super Stakes Classic features 5- and 6-year-old horses who are second- and third-year competitors.
Junie Wood and rider John Mitchell, the Super Stakes Classic defending champions, were eliminated.
Junie Wood got off to a great start with a 217.5 in Round One. But during Round Two, the mare turned in a 213.5, and finished with an aggregate score of 431, three points shy of qualifying for the finals.
However, Mitchell earned a finals berth on a horse named CR Tuff Lucy. The duo made the cut with a 435.
Former Super Stakes champion rider Phil Rapp used come-from-behind tactics to earn a finals berth.
He and a horse named Dont Stopp Believin turned in a score of 214.5. But in the second round, the duo turned in a 220, and finished with an aggregate score of 434.5.