Third Edge and the Chickasha bloodlines
Third Edge & Wes Galyean • Photo by Seth Petit

In The Blood: Third Edge and the Chickasha Legacy

Third Edge and his EquiStat Elite $5 Million Rider and trainer Wes Galyean won this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Open Derby and, shortly afterward, became one of the year’s high-profile sales when Teton Ridge purchased the stallion.

Third Edge and Galyean had won two of the three NCHA Triple Crown events for his previous owners, SMF Cutting Horses, including a tie for first in the 2022 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby. They had also won the 4-Year-Old Open at this year’s Arbuckle Mountain Futurity show and recently added the 4-Year-Old Open at the West Texas Futurity to his collection of wins. They have earned more than $169,000 as of the purchase by industry newcomer Teton Ridge, which is owned by entrepreneur Thomas Tull.

Third Edge will join other high-profile Teton Ridge purchased in the past few years – EquiStat Elite $2 Million Sire Smooth Talkin Style, NCHA Futurity Open Champion All Spice and NCHA Open Horse of the Year Twice In Santiago are a few of the others — as part of its stated mission of promoting the Western lifestyle.

But, Third Edge isn’t just a high-profile sale. A look at his pedigree shows that he brings an interesting breeding pattern to the mix. It shows a contribution to the legacy of the Chickasha bloodlines through Doc’s Hickory and how linebreeding is used to perpetuate a bloodline keeping that bloodline relevant in the scheme of things.

Doc’s Hickory and the Chickasha Legacy

Doc's Hickory profile
Doc’s Hickory • Photo by Don Trout

Doc’s Hickory (Doc Bar x Miss Chickasha x Chickasha Mike) was 1978 AQHA High Point Cutting Horse Stallion and the Reserve High Point Cutting Horse that year. He earned his Register of Merit with 42 AQHA cutting points, an NCHA Certificate of Ability.

The sire record for Doc’s Hickory tells his importance as a sire with his foals having EquiStat earnings of over $19 million. His leading money winners include Hicapoo ($442,855), Miss Silver Pistol ($242,275) and Hickadual ($213,880). He is the maternal grandsire, or broodmare sire, of horses that have earned more than $21 Million. His top money-earning foals in this category include Meradas Little Sue ($730,552) and Belles N Bullets ($421,730).

Doc’s Hickory and Chickasha Mike

To get the full appreciation of Doc’s Hickory’s role in the Chickasha legacy, let’s look at the back story and the significance of this line of horses to the history of cutting.

It was Buster Welch who trained and started a stallion named Chickasha Mike (Billy Clegg x Millie M x Old Mike). Chickasha Mike had earned the 1956 NCHA Reserve World Champion Open Cutting Horse ridden by J. T. Fisher – the same year Welch won the Open World Championship on the great mare, Marion’s Girl.

One important cross in Chickasha Mike’s breeding career came when he was bred to Allan Cowden’s mare, Maggie Cowden, a daughter of Tucumcari (by Billy Clegg) and out of Gray Eagle (by Joe Hancock). This cross produced Miss Chickasha, Chickasha Ann, and Chickasha Lady. These three mares have a breeding pattern of 2 x 3 to Billy Clegg, who is an AQHA Hall of Fame stallion.

  • Miss Chickasha, the mother of Doc’s Hickory, would be the show mare in the group. She earned a Superior in cutting with 69 AQHA points. She would earn $7,367 in the NCHA. Her other performer was Doc’s Fox a gelding full brother to Doc’s Hickory, and he earned the NCHA Bronze Award with $46,803. He earned an AQHA performance ROM with 13 points.
  • Chickasha Lady was unshown and her foals include Chickasha Bingo and Chickasha Quixote. Chickasha Bingo was the 1969 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion. Chickasha Quixote is the winner of $31,796 with an NCHA Certificate of Ability.
  • Chickasha Ann was unshown and she was a significant part of the Chickasha Legacy in the performance world — especially in the early years of the NCHA aged events. She was the dam of:
    • 1963 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Chickasha Glo
    • 1964 NCHA Futurity Open fourth-place finisher, Glo Doc
    • 1965 NCHA Open Futurity Champion
    • 1968 NCHA Open World Champion Chickasha Dan
    • NCHA Hall of Fame Annie Glo
    • 1971 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champion Chickasha Gay
    • 1975 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Champion Chickasha Anita
    • 1976 NCHA Derby Non-Pro Reserve Champion Chickasha Annie
    • Chickasha Ann Doc, the 1977 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion.

Another of Maggie Cowden’s daughters who made an impact on the Chickasha legacy was Maria Reed. This daughter of Asido Reed was the dam of Mary Reed Bar, who was bred to Chickasha Danny (by Chickasha Dan) to produce 1981 NCHA Reserve World Champion Junior Cutting Horse Chickasha Mary and Chickasha Maria, a winner of more than $154,186.

Chickasha Danny gives these mares have another tie to the female family: His mother, Chickasha Bay, is out of Chickasha Lady — one of the mares produced form the Chickasha Mike pairing with Maggie Cowden.

This gives these two cutting mares Chickasha Mary and Chickasha Maria a breeding pattern of 4 x 4 x 3 to Maggie Cowden: the blue hen mare that produced Chickasha Lady, Chickasha Ann, Miss Chickasha, and their half-sister, Maria Reed.

Metallic Rebel & Ties to Doc’s Hickory

The sire of Third Edge is Metallic Rebel (Metallic Cat x Sweet Abra x Abrakadabracre) the 2017 NCHA Horse of the Year and the 2021 NCHA Freshman Sire of the Year whose foals have earned over $1 Million. In addition to Third Edge, who is his leading earner, Metallic Rebel’s foals include 2022 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open Reserve Champion Reybels Cause the.

When we take a deeper look at the pedigree of Metallic Rebel, we see that he has multiple links to the Chickasha mares through his sire and his dam.

His sire Metallic Cat is by all-time leading Western performance horse sire High Brow Cat – who is a son of High Brow Hickory (by Doc’s Hickory).

His mother, EquiStat Elite $2 Million Dam Sweet Abra – who Teton Ridge also bought last year – has two links to Doc’s Hickory: Her mother The Better Choice is a daughter of a son of Doc’s Hickory, SR Instant Choice, and her second dam Higher The Better was sired by another son of Doc’s Hickory, High Brow Hickory. This gives Metallic Rebel a breeding pattern of 3 x 4 to High Brow Hickory and a 4 x 4 x 5 to Doc’s Hickory.

Metallic Rebel • Photo by John Brasseaux.

When we look at the produce record of Sweet Abra when bred to Metallic Cat she has twenty-one money winners that have earned more than $2.2 million. The top three earners from this pare are NCHA Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel ($437,964), Pipe Bomb Dreams ($263,506) and Magistic Moon ($187,629)

Highbrow Supercat & the Chickasha Legacy

The dam of Third Edge is Lil Rattler (Dual Rey x Highbrow Supercat), a mare who earned $338,967 and was the winner of the 2014 and 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro 5/6 Year-Old championships. She is now the dam of six EquiStat money winners with earnings of more than $350,000, with Third Edge being her top money earner.

Lil Rattler’s mother, Highbrow Supercat, is a daughter of High Brow Cat and out of Holly Dolly Too (by Colonel Freckles) who won the 2005 NCHA Futurity Open Championship and more than $366,231 during her show career. She’s went on to foal an exceptional batch of show horses, including 26 money earners. In addition to Lil Rattler, who is her leading earner, her other top earners are Button Down Supercat ($289,596, by Dual Rey) and Coureygous ($209,491, by Dual Rey).

Because Highbrow Supercat was sired by a grandson of Doc’s Hickory, the great High Brow Cat, Third Edge has a breeding pattern of 3 x 3 to High Brow Cat; a 4 x 5 x 4 pattern to High Brow Hickory and a 5 x 5 x 6 x 5 breeding pattern to Doc’s Hickory.

The blood of Doc’s Hickory in the pedigree of Third Edge gives him four shots of this stallion’s blood and his ties to the Chickasha bloodlines that have been such a great part of cutting horse industry.

We line breed to perpetuate or keep a higher relationship to an outstanding individual or individuals in the pedigrees of our horses. In this case, we see Third Edge and his linebreeding to Doc’s Hickory as moving this important bloodline forward in the pedigree for the next generation keeping this great line of horses in the mainstream of cutting.