Four horses that collectively earned more than $1.5 million in the show pen will head the National Cutting Horse Association’s annual Hall of Fame class to be inducted later this year.
2013 gelding Crafty With Cows, 2009 gelding He Bea Cat, 2013 mare Second Spot and 2014 stallion Rollz Royce will be honored during the NCHA Hall of Fame Gala, held in conjunction with the NCHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, May 30.
In order to qualify for induction, a horse must have earned at least $150,000 in open competition as well as $400,000 total, orwon $150,000 in career open earnings and at least two of the eight NCHA major events.
Of the four inductees, three earned $150,000 in open competition and sealed the deal with $400,000 in earnings. Rollz Royce took the latter route, winning $150,000 in the open and two major event titles.
Athleticism, trainability, grittiness and endurance are just a few of the qualities it takes to become a Hall of Famer, and these four equine athletes have passed the tests with flying colors.
Crafty With Cows
Bred and owned by Carol Anderson Ward of Rancho Murieta, California, the sorrel gelding certainly had it in his genes to become a champion. Crafty With Cows is sired by Equi-Stat Elite $10 million sire High Brow CD and out of Miss Haulin Hickory (by SR Instant Choice), a producer of nearly $700,000 in offspring earnings.
Boasting $436,657 in earnings as a performer, Crafty With Cows has prowled the cutting pen for four years predominately with Equi-Stat Elite $2 million rider R.L. Chartier and Ward, an Equi-Stat Elite $1 million rider, in the saddle.
Punchy performances in the 2016 NCHA Futurity under the guidance of Chartier gave Crafty With Cows a strong start on the Hall of Fame trail, bagging $140,419 in the Open finals alone for a third-place finish.
Other standout accomplishments Crafty With Cows has garnered include the 2017 Pacific Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Derby Open Co-Championship and the 2018 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Non-Pro Reserve Champion.
He Bea Cat
Sired by industry staple and Equi-Stat Elite $83 million sire High Brow Cat, He Bea Cat has raked in $404,382 to become the legendary sire’s 11th-highest earner — a head-turning feat considering Cat’s 1,800 offspring earners. On the gelding’s bottom side is Mae Bea Marie, sired by Freckles Playboy. Mae Bea Marie currently boasts producer earnings of more than $1 million, no doubt with the help of He Bea Cat, bred and owned by Jim Crawford of Lexington, Nebraska.
Ridden nearly exclusively by Equi-Stat Elite $2 million rider Tarin Rice, He Bea Cat has consistently stepped into the herd with confidence and out of the herd with a check.
The biggest payday for He Bea Cat came at the 2012 NCHA Futurity, where he and Rice earned $217,024 for the Futurity Open Co-Championship.
Show ring partners for seven years, Rice and He Bea Cat posted their last check together in June 2019.
Second Spot has done more than just hold her own amongst the male ranks. Bred and owned by Barker Ranch Cutting Horses LLC of Madill, Oklahoma, Second Spot won the 2016 NCHA Futurity Open with Equi-Stat Elite $9 million rider Matt Gaines.
Lloyd Cox, another Equi-Stat Elite $9 million rider, began showing her in 2017 and the pair went on to have multiple strong showings in the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular, including a reserve championship in the 2019 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Challenge Open.
A bumper year of winnings for Second Spot in 2019 finalized her place in the Hall of Fame, with Cox and owner Gary Barker earning more than $112,000 in the cutting pen. Second Spot accomplished the gargantuan Hall of Fame checklist with only 29 shows on her performance record.
Sired by Spots Hot and out of Reycy Moon (by Cats Moonshine), Second Spot leads her sire’s top earners with $463,563 garnered.
This year’s youngest Hall of Fame inductee and the only horse to qualify by winning two of the eight NCHA major event titles is 2014 stallion Rollz Royce. Bred by Royce Stallcup of Seymour, Texas, Rollz Royce is owned by Thomas Guinn of Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Owning an Equi-Stat performance record of $257,246, “Royce” has only three years of show ring experience, exclusively ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $4 million rider Beau Galyean.
Together, Galyean and Royce found success at the 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Derby Open, where a second-place-finish netted more than $66,000. However, 2019 proved Royce’s Hall of Fame worthiness. Championships at the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular in the Classic Challenge Open earned him more than $40,000 and a place in the Hall of Fame.
Sired by Dual Smart Rey and out of $839,596 producing mare Show Biz Kitty (by High Brow Cat), Royce will continue to be shown and stand at stud to sire the next generation of cutters.
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