Bet Hesa Cat’s first aged event champion was crowned at the American Cutting Horse Association (ACHA) Championships, held Sept. 17-20 in Belton, Texas. In the Futurity Open, Bet Sheza Cat, a homebred mare belonging to Randy Bright, of Kingsville, Texas, carried Mark Lavender to a 145 in both the first and second go-rounds and a 73 in the finals, which won the class and the mare’s first paycheck, worth $1,994.
With Bet Sheza Cat’s (out of CD Pretty Lights x CD Lights) win, Bet Hesa Cat (High Brow Cat x Bet Yer Blue Boons x Freckles Playboy) has sired six money-earning offspring. His top performer, according to Equi-Stat, is reined cow horse Hez The Kats Meow ($6,665), followed by Peter Pumpkin Eater (out of Snorty Girl x Snorty Lena), who has won $5,308 in the cutting pen.
Bet Hesa Cat’s money-earning offspring, all from his first foal crop (2012), had won a total of $18,921 as of mid-Oct. Proving the stallion’s versatility, his offspring have picked up checks in the cutting, reining and reined cow horse arenas.
Bet Hesa Cat was represented at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity by two of his offspring. JJ Cat O Lena (out of Christa Lena Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) was a finalist in the Limited Open, placing ninth, and Hez The Kats Meow (out of Miss Lucky Starlight x Grays Starlight) won all four levels of the Open preliminary rein work and placed in the top 15 in the Level 1 Limited Open.
Bet Hesa Cat, who was bred by Oxbow Ranch and has lifetime earnings of $272,000, first made headlines at the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity sales as the fourth-highest seller. Consigned by Teddy Price, he sold for $400,000 to eight equally contributing individuals who formed the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate, which still owns him today. He came back into the limelight in 2011 when he won the NCHA World Championship, beating out cutting’s all-time leading mare, Dont Look Twice, with his year-end total of $91,821. In 2013, he made the cover of the Stallion Register (look for the 2015 edition to be shipped with the November 15 issue of Quarter Horse News).
After futurity season comes to a close in December, it is likely that more Bet Hesa Cat progeny will have made their names known, pushing the stallion to even greater heights as a sire.