The Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, held March 25-April 16 in Fort Worth, Texas, saw its first champions crowned in the Classic John Deere Open finals on April 1.
Two Metallic Cat sons took first and second place during the 10-horse set. Metallics Star marked a 221 from the first draw to win the Championship and send $4,108 home to owners John and Jana Thacker, of Abilene, Texas. The gelding was ridden by former Classic John Deere Open Champion Wes Ashlock, who won the Championship two years ago aboard Amafoxy Cat.
“I just wanted to do good on this horse. This is my last ride on him – we sold him – and I just wanted to have a good run on him,” said Ashlock, also of Abilene.
GS Cutting Horses LLC, in Grandview, Texas, bred the gelding (out of Swingin Star Lady x Justa Swinging Peppy), who is 5 years old. He currently boasts more than $52,000 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat, and is a half-brother to Swingin Star Pepto (by Peptoboonsmal), an earner of $210,581 and producer of $227,895 in offspring earnings.
The Reserve Championship was earned by Hevvy Metal and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Todd Gann, who marked a 218.5. They acquired $3,645 for owner Thomas Guinn, of Philadelphia, Mississippi. Cindy Ann Smith bred the gelding, who is out of the Dual Pep mare Dual Nurse and has achieved earnings of $50,163.
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