Amid the COVID-19 national emergency was this piece of news announced by the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).
Stallion Bet Hesa Cat is the organization’s newest Million Dollar Sire.
The 2006 red roan stallion, who is owned by the Bet Hesa Cat Syndicate and stands at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, has sired NRCHA earners of $1,155,263.14 to rank 19th overall on the NRCHA top sires list.
“It’s extremely rewarding to witness Bet Hesa Cat achieve the $1 million mark in progeny earnings at this early point of his breeding career,” said Glenn Blodgett, a veterinarian who manages the 6666 Horse Division. “We try to align ourselves around the ‘all-around’ type stallions and Bet Hesa Cat really fits that role.”
An earner of $267,465 in the National Cutting Horse Association, Bet Hesa Cat has a royal pedigree from top to bottom. He is by the acclaimed High Brow Cat, the No. 1 all-time leading cutting horse sire, and out of Freckles Playboy daughter Bet Yer Blue Boons.
His dam, Bet Yer Blue Boons, is a two-time NCHA Finals Champion and NCHA Hall of Fame inductee. Her foals have earned more than $1 million.
Bet Hesa Cat’s top NRCHA money earner is 2017 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Plain Catty, ridden by Jake Gorrell for then owner and breeder Kevin Cantrelle. Out of mare Miss Plain Plain (by Just Plain Colonel), Plain Catty is now the property of Kalpowar Quarter Horses. The 2014 stallion has NRCHA earnings of $183,217.23.
Bet He Sparks is Bet Hesa Cat’s second-highest earner with $178,847.64. Bet He Sparks has numerous NRCHA wins to his credit, among them the 2019 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open championship and 2019 NRCHA Derby Open championship. In 2017, Bet He Sparks was the NRCHA Futurity Intermediate Open Reserve Champion. The 2014 roan stallion is out of the mare Sparking Train, by Shining Spark, and is owned by K&L Phillips, LLC, and ridden by Clayton Edsall.
Bet Hesa Cat also sired the 2017 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity reserve champion Bet Hes Black, and is one of only three stallions in NRCHA history to sire horses that went on to earn the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity championship and reserve championship in the same year. Bet Hes Black, out of the mare Soula Jule Forever, by Soula Jule Star, is a 2014 stallion owned by C Ranches, Inc., and ridden by Zane Davis to lifetime earnings of $133,381.80.
Bet Hes Black currently ranks as Bet Hesa Cat’s third-highest earning offspring with numerous NRCHA wins and placings, including 2019 Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Derby Open Champion.