The Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular kicked off July 15 at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, drawing cutters from all over to showcase their talented 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses. After a couple days of go-rounds, the Classic/Challenge Limited Open finals were held July 17.
From the fourth draw, Reyvinmetallicat carried Glynn Whitman to a 220, a score that seemed like it would hold for the championship until Isabella Rey and Terry Hollis marked 2 points higher as draw No. nine. Their 222 took the title and earned an $8,081 check for “Izzy’s” owner, Dr. Paul Thompson, of Aledo, Texas.
“I’m very excited to win in this building,” Hollis said. “Any time you can win here, it’s awesome.
“We cut the cows we wanted – I cut a little black cow with a little piece of shavings on it first, and the second cow was a white cow that I was little skeptical of, but my help really liked her, so I trusted them and went with her,” he continued. “The third cow I didn’t know, but I knew she was fresh, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut her with too much time and make a big mistake.”
He thanked his herd help – Craig Thompson, Rowdy Larson, Boyd Rice and Sean Flynn – and expressed his appreciation particularly to Flynn, who stayed to help him after working all day during the second go of the Classic/Challenge Open.
Izzy, who is by Dual Rey, is out of the Heavens Little Lena mare Quixote From Heaven, who won only $3,825 during her own career but has produced five money-earners that have banked a total of $122,123. Her highest-earners are CD Lights offspring Lights N Quixote ($46,550) and Quixote Lights ($32,615). Izzy comes in as her third-highest earner with nearly $30,000.
“We bought her as a 3-year-old,” Hollis said of the Pat Crabtree-bred mare. “She’s been a little challenging at times, but she’s always been super cowy, super smart, and easy to work. It’s taken me a couple years to learn how to work her. I don’t really work her on a cow very much because it ends up in a battle – she’s so cowy, and she wants to work – so I just kind of flag her. It makes it easier and it keeps her stress down, as well as mine.”
Izzy was set to double up at the Summer Spectacular and carry Thompson through the Amateur class, but an accident left him with some broken ribs, so he sold his slot. While he was understandably disappointed, Hollis said they will try to hit up some West Coast shows later this year with the 6-year-old mare so Thompson can get a chance to send her out of her limited-age career in style.
Reyvinmetallicat (Metallic Cat x Reyvorce x Dual Rey), who was bred by Fazenda Barrinha Corp., and Whitman received $7,241 for the Reserve Championship. The mare is owned by Kathleen Moore, of Madill, Oklahoma. Moore bought her from her breeder during the 2014 NCHA Futurity Preferred Breeders Sale Session I for $50,000.
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