Dream Come True: Playful Metallic & Christina Cox Win NCHA Futurity Non-Pro

As she fielded hugs and congratulations from dozens of people at Will Rogers Coliseum, Christina Cox couldn’t quite believe she’d really won the Metallic Cat National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro.

“I’m overwhelmed. It’s a dream,” she said. “It’s what we all work for, it’s what we always fight for and I can’t believe it came true for me, to be honest.”

Cox has a deep history in the sport: she’s married to EquiStat Elite $10 Million Rider Lloyd Cox, and her brothers are trainers Beau Galyean ($5.1 million) and Wesley Galyean ($4.7 million). She had an illustrious group helping her in the pen during the finals on Thursday, Dec. 9 in Fort Worth.

“I walked through the herd with my brother, Beau, helping me; my husband, Lloyd, and my brother, Wes, ––  all Futurity champions,” she said. “And also Clay Johnson, and he’s won the the Futurity.”

Though Cox grew up in the sport, she didn’t begin cutting as a non-pro until 2007. Since then, she’s won many titles and the $63,187 first-place paycheck from the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro pushed her lifetime earnings to more than $852,576.

Christina said she and Lloyd bought Playful Metallic as a 2-year-old from Circle Y Ranch. The mare had been trained by Wes Ashlock and then Dalton Vicar.

She said the mare thrives off tough competition: the harder it gets, the harder she tries.

She is one of those horses that gives you all this confidence, because she gives you every time you show her, everything she has,” she said of the mare, who was bred by Jerome Bradford, of Hoschton, Georgia. ” She never makes you feel like she’s not trying.”

Christina Cox was all smiles after she and Playful Metallic won the 2021 NCHA Futurity Non-Pr. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Playful Metallic is by EquiStat Elite $48 Million Sire Metallic Cat and is one of a dozen money-winning performers out of Playful Ricochet, a Smart Lil Ricochet mare who now has progeny earnings of more than $304,283.

The NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion’s third dam is the noted producer Genuine Desire, which means Playful Metallic hails from the same maternal family as great producers Reys Desire ($489,578 in progeny earnings), Playguns Desire ($895,093) and Desire Some Freckles ($1.6 million).

The emption behind Cox’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro victory was not only because it came in the sport’s most sought-after event, but also because it came in Will Rogers Coliseum. It’s the place where all three NCHA-produced events are held – the NCHA Futurity & World Finals Show, the NCHA Super Stakes and the NCHA Summer Spectacular – and where many of the greatest horses and riders in the history of the sport made historic performances.

“This show particular is my favorite. It’s the biggest, it’s what everyone dreams of, [and] what we all work for. It’s why we get up every morning,” Cox said. “So to win in this coliseum and to win at this show, I honestly … I have no words. I never even knew if it was gonna happen.

“I’m in a cloud. I’m in a dream,” she said. “Like, I don’t even know … Someone needs to pinch me and wake me up.”