The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Classic Open finals took place on April 6 before the Open finals, and the field was stacked with some of the best 5- and 6-year-old horses in the industry.
The first three entries out had a tough time with the cattle, but draw five, Second Spot and Lloyd Cox, blew everyone out of the water when they marked a 225. While there were several good runs that followed, the first set ended with the duo still securely in the lead.
The show wasn’t over yet, though. Rollz Royce and Beau Galyean entered the pen as the first draw in the second set, and they made easy work of their cattle to the tune of a 228. No other team could match their score, and Rollz Royce added another title to his already impressive record. After just missing the Super Stakes Open title in 2018, it was a great redemption for the stallion.
“To start off the run, we talked about four or five calves,” Galyean said. “The first cow that I cut, I told the guys — Matt Miller and Lee Francois — she’s the least favorite of the four or five I named. We had intentions to cut another cow, and as I was walking down there, she just walked right out. I just went [with her], and she was one of the best cows I’ve cut. She was just so good.
“That was pretty exciting because my brother-in-law and good friend, Lloyd, put up a 25 on a Futurity champion mare, so you know that’s extremely difficult to beat, if you can even beat it,” he added. “Just to have that run put together and the second cow working out so well, it was just exciting to be able to have that run.”
Bred by Royce Stallcup, Rollz Royce, a son of Dual Smart Rey, stands at Beau Galyean Stallion Services. The 5-year-old stallion had been collected just that morning before the finals, but that obviously did nothing to hamper his performance.
“[Owners] Tom and Lisa [Guinn] have been great from [Metallic] Rebel to Rollz Royce, so that was a big part of me opening Beau Galyean Stallion Services, to basically stand hopefully what I ride and the studs that I’ve had a part of,” Galyean said. “For them to give me that opportunity to do that, not all owners will let you do that. There’s a lot of big stud farms that are very good and have a lot of experience, and they trusted me to handle their stallions, and that’s awesome. I do everything I can to try to take care of them, and then to top it off with a win on Rollz Royce at the Super Stakes, that helps breeding!”
The winner’s paycheck of $24,675 pushed Rollz Royce to more than $230,000 in earnings, and with the stallion’s stellar pedigree, it’s easy to see why Galyean had sold more than 100 breeding contracts to Rollz Royce prior to the Super Stakes. Rollz Royce is out of Show Biz Kitty (by High Brow Cat), a mare with four money-earning offspring that have won $673,073. Three of those four have won more than $100,000 each, and the fourth isn’t too far away from that threshold with more than $84,000 on her record.
Second Spot and Cox settled for Reserve with their 225. The 6-year-old mare, who won the 2016 NCHA Futurity with Matt Gaines in the saddle, is by Spots Hot and out of the Cats Moonshine mare Reycy Moon. Owned and bred by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses, Second Spot’s $22,241 payday brought her bankroll to $388,589.