Metallic Cat helps Beau Galyean match his father and brother at record-setting Futurity.
Beau Galyean, 29, a first-year professional trainer, turned the cutting horse industry on its collective ear as he marked a 222 on Metallic Cat Cat (High Brow Cat x Chers Shadow x Peptoboonsmal), a stallion owned by Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Texas, for a history-making victory in the NCI Building Systems National Cutting
Horse Association Futurity Open and $250,000 on Dec. 14 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
It was the first time that a father and two sons had won the Futurity – Jody Galyean triumphed in 1986 on
Royal Silver King, while Wesley, who was a 21-year-old non-professional at the time, won the Futurity Open in 2004 on Spots Hot.
High Brow Cat, a stallion owned by Jack and Susan Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, thus sired the Futurity Open Champion for the fourth straight year and fifth time in six years, breaking a tie for the record with legendary sire Doc Bar.
“Everyone who has been here in this coliseum in the past 40 years has said everything you can say,” said
Beau Galyean, who turned pro after the NCHA Derby in July. “Just being able to stand down here and be lucky enough to win, it’s crazy. It’s surreal.”
Quarter Horse News
By Robert Eubanks, Mark Thompson, Nicole Webster, Sonny Williams, Rebecca Overton and Susan Morrison
January 15th, 2009