Metalic Al & Tom Shelly (pictured at the PCCHA Futurity) • Photo by Midge Ames

Metalic Al Wows at Idaho Mercuria

The Idaho Cutting Horse Association (ICHA) Futurity and Aged Event is a popular show each year, and the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)/Mercuria World Series of Cutting event it hosts always brings a big and rowdy crowd.

Spectators got behind Metalic Al (Metallic Cat x Amandas Little Star x Smart Little Lena) and Tom Shelly as their run continued to grow in the NCHA/Mercuria World Series of Cutting Open. But the people in the stands were not the only ones who appreciated their performance.

The judges awarded the pair a stellar 225, which topped the finals by a huge 5-point margin. The 7-year-old stallion, who was bred by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, and Shelly collected a big $10,970 paycheck for their success.

That money pushed Shelly to more than $740,000 in lifetime earnings. The Metalic Al LLC-owned stallion now boasts an Equi-Stat record of $147,546.

Kevin and Sydney Knight’s mare Eazee E (High Brow Cat x Zee Dualy Dual Pep) and Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Tatum Rice marked a 220 for the Reserve Championship and $8,653.


Carol Ward posted her first check to Equi-Stat in 1998, and she has continued to make an impression on the cutting industry since then.

It’s no surprise she had a big cheering section when she walked to the herd on her own gelding Spooked By A Cat (Cat Ichi x San Starlight x Grays Starlight) in the NCHA/Mercuria World Series of Cutting Non-Pro finals. The duo didn’t disappoint onlookers when they threw down a 221-point run.

Those marks held on for the Championship, and the pair claimed a $10,823 for their success. The 11-year-old Jeff Barnes-bred gelding now has an Equi-Stat record of nearly $300,000, and Ward’s lifetime earnings were elevated to $850,655.

Kyle Knight Rice and Snap Crackle Cat (High Brow Cat x Dualsnap x Dual Rey) marked a 219 to earn the Reserve title, worth $8,542.

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