Cattalou 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.