* Photo by John Brasseaux.

Metallic Cat Sets New High Mark in NRCHA

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) announced Metallic Cat as the association’s first Five Million Dollar Sire. 

The Pilot Point, Texas-based association announced recently that after the conclusion of the Teton Ridge Stallion Stakes, Metallic Cat’s offspring had earned more than $5,064,486 in NRCHA-approved events, making him the first sire to cross the $5 million threshold in NRCHA. 

Owned by Bobby Patton’s Rocking P Ranch, the 2005 stallion by High Brow Cat and out of Chers Shadow (by Peptoboonsmal) recently crossed the $50 million mark in total progeny earnings across all disciplines. He became the NRCHA All-Time Leading Sire last September when he surpassed Shining Spark, who held the record for the past 17 years.

“It says as much about NRCHA as it does about Metallic Cat that this milestone has been crossed for the first time in the association’s history,” Patton said in a statement issued by the NRCHA. “We’re proud of this accomplishment and this partnership. Metallic Cat and NRCHA make a good team.”

Rapid Climb

Metallic Cat became an NRCHA Million Dollar Sire in 2018 and surpassed the Two Million Dollar mark less than a year later. By 2020, he had passed the Three Million Dollar mark before becoming a Four Million Dollar sire in the fall of 2021. In just over the last five months, Metallic Cat’s offspring have earned an excess of $814,000 in the reined cow horse.

“The success of NRCHA and our events depends so heavily on great partners and great horses, and Metallic Cat has played a role in both of those for the cow horse,” NRCHA Executive Director Anna Morrison said in the statement. “We couldn’t be happier for Bobby Patton and all of the Metallic Cat connections for continuing to make history with NRCHA.”

With more than 380 money-earning offspring in the NRCHA, Metallic Cat has become a household name in both the reined cow horse and the Western performance industries.

His top six performers in the association have all earned more than $100,000 in NRCHA-approved events:

  • World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion and multiple event champion Call Me Mitch
  • NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Champion Metallic Train
  • Multiple event champion Cats Picasso
  • NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion Ricato Suave
  • NRCHA Stallion Stakes Open Champion Hazardouz Material
  • NRCHA Open Hackamore World Champion Moonshineandtwoadvil