Metallic cat horse grazing in a field
Metallic Cat • Photo by John Brasseaux

Leading Sire Metallic Cat Sells

Equi-Stat Elite $14 Million Sire Metallic Cat has sold to Robert “Bobby” Patton Jr., of Rocking P Ranch. The stallion changed hands Wednesday, Sept. 20, for an undisclosed price.

2008 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Metallic Cat, previously owned by Alvin and Becky Fults’ Fults Ranch Ltd., of Amarillo, Texas, has been on fire in the cutting industry. After winning 2009 NCHA Horse of the Year and earning $637,711 in his 12-month performance career, he has quickly excelled to become a powerhouse in the breeding shed.

Since the first Metallic Cat foals hit the ground in 2010, the stallion has proved to be a prepotent sire. That first crop is responsible for nearly $3 million in earnings alone. Since 2013, he has sired no less than 320 foals a year, with his 2016 numbers reaching 414, according to the American Quarter Horse Association. His offspring have won money in cutting, reined cow horse, barrel racing, roping and ranch versatility.

Metallic Cat has sired 36 offspring with $100,000-plus each in lifetime earnings, four of which exceed $300,000 each. His leading money-earner is Meteles Cat (out of Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis), bred by Rock and Landy Hedlund, and owned by Cody Hedlund. The 2010 bay roan stallion has garnered $436,054 as a cutter.

Patton, who made a noteworthy entrance into the cutting industry when he purchased 11 horses out of the Walton’s Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal Sale in September 2015, is part of the Guggenheim Baseball Management group that owns the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. He owns Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Spots Hot and Boon San, whose offspring record totals approximately $600,000.

Rocking P Ranch has also accumulated an impressive band of mares since coming on the scene. Their great lineup includes 2010 mare Boon San Baby ($241,649), 2012 mare Rockin Sallycat ($122,983), 2013 mare Cinca Im Hot ($121,630) and others.

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