Four cutting sires and two reined cow horse stallions earned the distinction of having a progeny from their first foal crop entered in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity.
The stallions are freshman sires of 2022, meaning their oldest crop of foals — born in 2019 — are 3-year-olds this year and thus old enough to compete in Western performance horse industry futurities. Foal crops were verified with registration information from the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
The stallion with the most 3-year-olds entered in this year’s NCHA Futurity is Hashtags, the 2018 NCHA Open World Champion and a winner of more than $485,293. The son of Metallic Cat and out of Dual Rey Tag (by Dual Rey) has 46 offspring entered in this year’s NCHA Futurity, which begins Nov. 14 and runs through Dec. 10.
Hashtags bred a large and well-heeled book of mares in his first crop, fathering 213 AQHA-registered foals born in 2019, as of Oct. 31.
He has three offspring — Tagg Im It, Tagz and L A Ladie — entered in the NCHA Futurity out of Eazee E, a producer of more than $758,418 whose progeny includes 2018 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Crey Zee (by Dual Rey). He also has Desire Some Tags, who is out of EquiStat Elite $1 Million Dam Desire Some Freckles (by Freckles Playboy) and Hashtag Desire, who is out of a maternal half-sister to Desire Some Freckles, Playguns Desire, who is a daughter of Playgun and has foaled the winners of more than $916,718.
The freshman stallion with the second-most offspring entered is Sir Long Legs, a son of High Brow Cat who has won more than $419,497 during his career.
He has two foals — Jiffy Feet and Star Studded Cat — entered in the Futurity out of Haidandsmoke, a daughter of Smart Smokin Pep who has produced the winners of more than $235,903. His progeny in this year’s NCHA Futurity also includes Hissys Long Legs, a stallion out of Hissys Fit — a winning broodmare by Dual Rey and out of EquiStat Elite $1 Million Dam Hissy Cat (by High Brow Cat).
Other show stallions with progeny from their freshman crop entered in the NCHA Futurity are: AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse World Champion and AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Champion Shiney Outlaw; 2016 NCHA Futurity Open finalist Purrn Likeasmoothcat and J Noble Daggett, a versatile stallion Whitney Hall rode to this year’s World’s Greatest Horsewoman Championship.
The final freshman stallion with an offspring entered in the big event is Incatescent, a son of Metallic Cat.
NCHA Futurity Freshman Sires
Below is a list of stallions with offspring from their first AQHA-registered foal crop entered in the NCHA Futurity. The list includes the number of offspring of each stallion entered the Futurity according to the entry verification list, and includes horses that were cross-entered in more than one division such as a horse entered in an Open level as well as a Non-Pro or Amateur level.
This year’s NCHA Futurity is leveled, which means it has multiple classes within the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur classes. Levels are determined by the total lifetime earnings of the rider.
- Stallion’s Show Earnings: $485,293
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 31 (Open levels), 11 (Non-Pro levels), 22 (Amateur levels)
Sir Long Legs, 13S (High Brow Cat x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena)
- Stallion’s Show Earnings: $419,497
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 3 (Open levels), 2 (Amateur levels)
- Stallion’s Show Earnings: $0
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 1 (Open levels)
J Noble Daggett, 14S (Smart Little Lena x Royal Red Pepto x Peptoboonsmal)
- Stallion’s Show Earnings: $12,708
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 1 (Non-Pro levels)
Purrn Likeasmoothcat, 13S (Smooth As A Cat x Purr N Like Magic x Abrakabracre)
- Show Earnings: $135,820
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 1 (Open levels)
- Show Earnings: $222,758
- Offspring Entered in NCHA Futurity: 1 (Amateur levels)
Snaffle Bit Futurity freshman sires
Four freshman stallions had offspring who made the finals last month at the biggest futurity in reined cow horse, the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRHCA) Snaffle Bit Futurity.
Hashtags and Shiney Outlaw had finalists in the Level 1 Limited Open: KLC Gunuin Hashtags (by Hashtags) finished 12th with G. Leon Lewis for Knight Land And Cattle Co and Shes Lawless (by Shiney Outlaw) finished 18th with Leanne Jetton for owners Chris and Debbie Swain.
Two stallions — Dual Reys Rascal and Metallic Malice — were represented by finalists in the Non-Pro.
Slick Trick (Dual Reys Rascal x Smart Lil Ginger x Smart Lil Ricochet) finished 13th in the Non-Pro and sixth in both the Non-Pro Intermediate and the Non-Pro Limited with owner-rider Chesney Reeves.
Bred by Rocking B Ranch, of Kansas City, Missouri, Dual Reys Rascal is by Dual Rey and out of Born On The Fourth (by Smart Chic Olena). According to AQHA records, he had 4 foals born in 2019 registered with the association as of Oct. 31.
Metallic Malice is by Metallic Cat and out of High Boon (by Mecom Blue). Bred by Gerald and Marguerite Abel, of Elgin, Texas, he earned $5,446 in the show pen and had 94 foals born in 2019 registered with the AQHA as of Oct. 31.
Spicey Metallic (Metallic Malice x Fine Chili Starlight x Light N Fine) was 15th in the Non-Pro and seventh in the Non-Pro Intermediate with Danielle Quinn for owner D & S Performance Horses.