Bea Pure Cat came away from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Scottsdale National Championships with a double win. He carried trainer Morgan Cromer to the Open Co-Championship and owner Jill Roth to the Non-Pro Championship. The dual wins brought Bea Pure Cat’s earnings to $121,572.
The pedigree of Bea Pure Cat (High Brow Cat x Mea Bea Marie x Freckles Playboy) brings together two icons in the performance horse industry; his pedigree represents the magic cross of High Brow Cat on Freckles Playboy mares. His pedigree also provides an opportunity to look at a magic cross from the past.
High Brow Cat ($110,784) was purchased by Jack Waggoner as a weanling from breeders Hanes Chatham and Stewart Sewell. High Brow Cat proved his show ring ability with wins like the 1993 Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open, the 1993 Abilene Western Cutting 5/6-Year-Old Open and the 1994 Chisholm Trail Derby 5/6-Year-Old Open. By the time Waggoner sold High Brow Cat to Darren Blanton’s Colt Ventures in 2013, the great stallion had become cutting’s all-time leading sire.
High Brow Cat got off to a good start as a sire with the full brothers Pappion Cat ($379,815) and That Cool Cat ($266,724), and the 1999 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion A Hocus Pocus Cat ($166,991) leading the way. Since then, his rise through the sire ranks has been legendary, pushing him to more than $74 million in offspring earnings.
The sire of High Brow Cat is High Brow Hickory, a son of Doc’s Hickory by Doc Bar. High Brow Hickory is out of Grulla San by Leo San Hank by Leo San. Leo San is also the sire of Peppy San and Mr San Peppy, both NCHA Open World Champions and leading sires. The dam of Grulla San is Blackburn 36, a mare sired by Poco Nino by Poco Bueno. The dam of Poco Nino is Patsy Buck by Pretty Buck by Pretty Boy. The dam of Blackburn 36 is Lady Black 62 by Blackburn.
The dam of High Brow Cat is Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena. Smart Little Lena is by Doc O’Lena (Doc Bar x Poco Lena x Poco Bueno). Poco Lena is out of Sheilwin, who is by Pretty Boy and out of a Blackburn mare. The dam of Smart Little Lena is Smart Peppy by Peppy San by Leo San.
Smart Little Kitty is out of 1969 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Doc’s Kitty. Doc’s Kitty is by Doc Bar and out of Kitty Buck by Pretty Buck by Pretty Boy. Kitty Buck is out of Miss Peppy D by Pep Up. Pep Up is the sire of Peppy Belle, the dam of Peppy San and Mr San Peppy. Blackburn, Pretty Boy and Pep Up were all sires for the Waggoner Ranch. When Poco Bueno was mated to mares that carried these sires, they got such greats as Poco Stampede, Poco Mona, Poco Tivio, Poco Lena and Poco Dell.
Mae Bea Marie ($77,640) started her show career with breeder Judy Duncan in 1993 with a win in the All American Quarter Horse Congress 3-Year-Old Non-Pro Futurity. Her last show was as a Non-Pro finalist in the 2003 NCHA World Finals with Dave Behnen in the saddle.
Mae Bea Marie has offspring earnings of $780,603 from 13 money-earners. Her leading money-winners are 2012 NCHA Futurity Open Co-Champion and 2013 NCHA Horse of the Year He Bea Cat and Miss Callie Cat, the 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open Champion. Some other siblings from this cross include Bea Pure Cat’s full siblings I Bea Cat ($63,686), Bea Cats Cat ($34,647) and She Bea Cat ($10,140).
The sire of Mae Bea Marie is Freckles Playboy, the 1976 NCHA Futurity Open Co-Reserve Champion. Freckles Playboy rose through the ranks as a sire of cutting horses and today, 15 years after his death, he is still the No. 4 all-time leading sire of cutting horses with earnings of more than $28 million. Freckles Playboy is also the No. 2 leading maternal grandsire with earnings of more than $43 million. Freckles Playboy is by Jewel’s Leo Bars, or “Freckles,” as he was known. Jewel’s Leo Bars is by Sugar Bars and out of Leo Pan by Leo.
High Brow Cat proved to be a great cross on many bloodlines. His cross on daughters of Freckles Playboy has produced money-earners of more than $4 million. They include Thundercat ($307,654), Hangem Cat ($300,904), Bet Hesa Cat ($272,000) and Cats Full Measure ($241,969).
The dam of Mae Bea Marie is Joan Marie ($31,477), who is the dam of horses with earnings of $300,209, according to Equi-Stat. Her leading money-winner is Teenie Pumps ($112,675). Mae Bea Marie is her second-leading money-winner, followed by Strait CD ($73,354).
Joan Marie is by American Quarter Horse Association Champion Doc’s Solano (Doc Bar x Susie’s Bay x Poco Tivio). This takes the pedigree of Bea Pure Cat back to the cross of Doc Bar on the blood of Poco Bueno. This also brings the blood of stallions like Pretty Boy and Blackburn back into the mix. Poco Tivio is out of Sheilwin, the Pretty Boy/Blackburn mare that shows a pattern also seen in High Brow Cat.
The dam of Joan Marie is Lila Lady by Poco Imprint (Poco Bueno x Jessie Rose x Jessie James). The dam of Jessie Rose is Pretty Rosalie by Pretty Boy. Pretty Rosalie is the dam of Poco Pine and Poco Stampede. This makes Poco Imprint a three-quarter brother to these horses. It also makes him a three-quarter brother in blood to Poco Lena and Poco Tivio.
The blood found on the famed Waggoner Ranch flows through many of today’s cutting horses. The blood of Poco Bueno and his magic cross with mares carrying the blood of Pretty Boy and Blackburn is a great cross from the past – a cross that is perpetuated today by horses like Bea Pure Cat.