Cattalou and Beau Galyean Top Arbuckle Mountain 5/6-Year-Old Open

cattalouCattalou and Beau Galyean winning in 2013 • Midge Ames photoCattalou and Beau Galyean, Derby Open Champions at last June’s Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Derby in Las Vegas, experienced good fortune again Friday as Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open Champions with a 222 finish worth $15,116.

The 5-year-old stallion (High Brow Cat x Louella Again x Dual Pep), owned by Curtis Chester, of Weatherford, Texas, topped $100,000 in career earnings with his second career win. The horse, bred by John Harrah, of Reno, Nev., headed to the Feb. 17-24 limited-age cutting in Ardmore, Okla., with $93,690 earned, according to Equi-Stat records. Cattalou and Galyean, who recently relocated from Amarillo to Fort Worth, Texas, placed third in the 4-Year-Old Open at the same show last year.

There was a tie for the Reserve Championship between the 6-year-old mare Fort Worth Pipeline (Cats Merada x Fort Worth Skyline x Mr Skyline Peppy) and R.L. Chartier, of Weatherford, Texas, and the 2008 stallion Thundercat (High Brow Cat x Desire Some Freckles x Freckles Playboy), ridden by Wesley Galyean, of Claremore, Okla. Both finished a point behind the winners with 221 scores to earn $11,941 checks.

Thundercat, owned by Steve Feiner, of Aspen, Colo., headed to the show with $248,241 in prior career earnings. Fort Worth Pipeline, owned by Lisa Bankston, of Fort Worth, Texas, headed to the show with $85,156 earned, according to Equi-Stat. It originally appeared that Fort Worth Pipeline and Thundercat had tied as Co-Champions with their 221 scores during Friday’s 14-horse finals, but a judge’s review reset Cattalou and Galyean’s original 217 to a 222 to give them their second major victory as a team.

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity continues through Monday, when it concludes with 4- and 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals.