The schedule was packed on Saturday, June 18, at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge, and the competition was tough. Metallic Rebel bested a field of 20 horses with Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Beau Galyean in the saddle. Their score of 225.5 was worth a check for $18,000.
The Alvin and Becky Fults-bred stallion (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre), who is owned by Thomas Guinn, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, surpassed $100,000 with this win. The duo had not been able to clinch a victory since they topped the Derby Open at The Ike Derby and Classic in February, so Galyean was excited about their success in Las Vegas.
“We were able to put it all together today, and that’s been really tough to do with this horse,” Galyean said after his run.
Wendels Little Missy (High Brow CD x Justa Lil Freck x Bob Acre Doc) and Lee Francois secured the Reserve Championship after marking a 225. They added $15,000 to their records.
Travelers Farm’s TF High Chex CD took home the Classic/Challenge Open Championship. With Morgan Cromer aboard, the 5-year-old mare marked a 224.5 and earned $12,500.
The duo placed third in the Classic/Challenge Open at the Breeder’s Invitational in May, and TF High Chex CD (High Brow CD x Tawny B Chex x Rum Squall) now boasts an Equi-Stat record of more than $118,000, all of which has been won with Cromer in the saddle. Cromer, of Templeton, California, is nearing the $2 million mark, according to Equi-Stat.
Cromer had just exited the show pen after her run on Caviar Cat, for which she received a score of 217. She turned her focus to her next mount and felt prepared as she entered the working area again.
“She was awesome,” Cromer said. “She nailed it everywhere and never put a foot out of place.”
Miss Martini Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Miss Martini Play x Freckles Playboy) and Andrew Coates picked up the Reserve Championship. Their score of 221.5 was worth a check for $10,500.
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