Breeder’s Invitational Win Pushes Earnings For Metallic Cat Over $500,000
The talented Galyean brothers claimed top honors on High Brow Cat offspring in the Open division at the Breeder’s Invitational, held May 13-23 in Tulsa, Okla. NCHA Futurity Champion and NCHA Super Stakes Reserve title holder Metallic Cat worked to a 228-point score to secure first with Beau Galyean riding. Second was earned by Hangem Cat and Wesley Galyean, who marked a 224.
“This was a biggie for us,” said owner Alvin Fults following his horse’s victory. “I know that Fort Worth [NCHA Futurity, Super Stakes and Summer Spectacular] are the big shows, but we wanted to come here and make a big stance. This is just awesome for us. This is just something that we were dying to get to. Today was a goal accomplished for us.”
And the 2 ½ minute path to that remarkable score was no easy feat for horse or rider. Prior to Wesley’s 224 marked in the first set, a 220 posted by Paul Hansma and Nurse Connie was the highest score marked all week due to several herds of tough cattle.
As Beau explained, it was going to be all-or-nothing when he rode to the herd in the final round.
“It was one of those deals that you could be a hero or a zero in a couple of seconds,” Beau said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew we really had to be on edge and give it everything we got. I just wanted to win. I basically put him out there. It was one of those deals, you’re going to have a 228 or a lot of misses and maybe lose a cow.”
The 228 stamped Beau’s highest score of his career, but he gave all the credit to the pretty roan stud known as “Denver.”
“No matter good you are or how much you think you know, it’s all horse power,” Beau said.
Quarter Horse News
By Jessica Robbins
May 20, 2009