Update: March 3 Teletrona was humanly euthanized following an accident. Read the obituary here.
A broodmare from classic Quarter Horse bloodlines turned some heads at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Tres Osos Derby and World’s Greatest Horseman Finals in February.
Two champions were out of Teletrona, a cutting mare by Little Trona and out of Telewhisp (by Lena Telesis).
Scrupulous spectators will study the competitors and make their picks. Pedigree buffs will argue about the perfect balance of ‘cat’ and otherwise. But Teletrona partner JD Henley of Diamond LK Cutting Horses in Celina, Texas, knew what the mare was capable of producing.
Mere moments of heart-pounding competition later, Teletrona was finally getting the recognition she deserved. Producing the World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Metallic Cat Rose (by Metallic Cat) and Tres Osos Derby Non-Pro Champion Twice In A Blue Moon (by Once In A Blu Boon), Teletrona added nearly $47,000 to her progeny earnings.
Sorrel, large, and gentle, Teletrona, 17, was one of the broodmares Henley purchased at the 2009 NCHA Preferred Breeders Sale Session 2. He paid $20,000.
“I saw that good, big mare, studied her pedigree,” Henley explained, “and she’s one of those kinds of genetic pools that [you] can breed most any kind of horse to.”
The mare, who won more than $54,000 during her time in the cutting pen, was champion in the 2006 Music City Open Futurity with trainer James ‘Brad’ Mitchell of Willis Point, Texas, and reserve in the 2006 Brazos Bash Futurity Non-Pro with Barbra Brooks of Nashville, Tennessee.
Now living a leisurely life as the matriarch of the Diamond LK Cutting Horses broodmare pasture, Teletrona has shown her motherly versatility, producing earners by stallions Metallic Cat, Once In A Blu Boon, Dual Rey and Athena Puddy Cat. The mare has a handful of Metallic Rebel foals who have yet to make their show pen debut, and 2020 foals sired by Stevie Rey Von and Meteles Cat.
“I just always try to breed good horses. Functional, useable horses,” Henley said. “We were breeding for cutting horses. But we don’t care [what they do], you know, whatever they want. I think it’s because of the size of these horses of Trona’s — big, 15 hands, 1,100 pounds … big-boned athletes. So [Trona’s offspring] went off to the reined cow horse. And Rose [Metallic Cat Rose] was the first one.”
Henley was beside himself when Metallic Cat Rose and Twice In A Blu Moon rose to the top in Fort Worth. For him, it was nod to the broodmare he has always loved.
“She’s a big, nice, gentle [mare]. Catch her anywhere, and she spits them babies out like watermelon seeds and brings them to the feed trough at seven o’clock [in the morning] and they’re all nursed up and ready to go. She’s special,” Henley said. “We feel very fortunate to have owned Teletrona. She’s quite the mare.”
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