Tim Drummond and Metallize won the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship at the West Texas Futurity. • Photo by Katie Marchetti

Drummond and Metallize Sweep 4-Year-Old Non-Pro at the West Texas Futurity

Tim Drummond piloted Metallize to the lead in the first go of the West Texas Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, where a 221 in a field of 56 horse-and-rider teams made them kings of the jungle. He returned with the Metallic Cat gelding, known affectionately as “Tarzan,” the next day for the finals, where he held onto that lead after marking a 219 to beat the best of the best and claim the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro title.

“We had some pretty good luck in the go-round, and then we were a little deeper than I would have liked to have been in the finals, but we still had good cattle. My guys were a great help!” said Drummond, who thanked Grant Setnicka and long-time help Lloyd Cox and Sean Flynn. “We got the right cattle cut and the horse was good, he was really good!”

Although Tarzan, who is out of Lizzys Gotta Babe (by Lizzys Gotta Player), was bred, owned and shown by Drummond, he didn’t always call the Drummond Ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, home. He wasn’t raised on the ranch, but the Drummonds purchased him back as a yearling. Since then, the 4-year-old has earned $33,601 throughout his career, adding another $8,200 to his record after the Non-Pro finals.

“We showed him at the small futurities, so he’s pretty well-seasoned. This is the first time I’ve shown him, and gosh, I haven’t shown in forever, it seems like,” Drummond said with a laugh. “It’s cool when it works ’cause I’ve been on the other side of when it doesn’t work. This is all the sweeter.”

Tarzan was on loan to Drummond by his wife, Melissa, for the West Texas Futurity.

“I had to promise her regardless of how it turned out that she would get him back, but it was fun to borrow one that you could go win on!” said Drummond, who earned his first check in the show pen in 1999. With his paycheck from the West Texas Futurity, he surpassed $200,000, according to Equi-Stat. “He’s a great little pony. He tries to help you and just does his job. He’s got a big reach – he doesn’t mind getting out there, ’cause he’s gunna come back with the cow and cover the cow going the other direction.”

Prior to being gelded, Tarzan was pretty “boisterous,” which is where he acquired his nickname. Since then, he has “chilled out a little bit,” said Drummond. He gave a great deal of the credit for his title to Adan Banuelos, who has trained the gelding since the beginning.

“With a little luck and God’s blessing, it worked!” said Drummond. “He’s just been a great horse. It’s been a lot of fun.”

The Reserve title went to Todd Quirk and the High Brow Cat gelding Mclintockk, who is out of KD Shorty (by Kit Dual). The duo marked a 216.5, bringing home a check of $7,200 for owner and breeder Ten/27 Ranch, of Denham Springs, Louisiana.