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Phillip Ralls & Call Me Mitch * Photo By Amy Olson

Outside the Pen: Call Me Mitch

With his bay roan coat and stellar pedigree, Call Me Mitch is a fan favorite competing with the top reined cow horse performers in the bridle.

The 2011 stallion has a number of major event titles under his belt including the 2023 Worlds Greatest Horseman. His career started out with a bang when he was the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Champion in 2014. The momentum continued with his 2016 NSHA Derby Championship, 2017 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Western Derby Two-Rein Championship and his lengthy bridle career.

Call Me Mitch and Phillip Ralls share a special bond earned over the many miles they’ve covered together. Ralls purchased Mitch as a yearling and has had him in training ever since. Although his breeding schedule takes a toll on their time together now, Phillip made the trip to Tulsa, Okla. for the Hackamore Classic where he qualified on Call Me Mitch and Short N Catt for The Run For A Million.

Quarter Horse News talked with trainer Phillip Ralls at this year’s Mars Equestrian Hackamore Classic presented by Oswood Stallion Station to learn more about what Call Me Mitch is like outside the pen.

Fast Facts

Barn Name: Mitch
Age: 12
Pedigree: (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Docs Hickory)
Owner: Estelle Roitblat Living Trust
Breeder: James Leakin
Home: Paso Robles, California
Equi-Stat performance record: $424,843
Equi-Stat Sire record: $317,917

Favorite treat?
Roses. “We have rose bushes all around our barn so Mitch gets a rose every day,” Theresa Ralls said. He is also a fan of Mrs. Pastures cookies and apples.

Typical Personality?
“He is as as quiet and relaxed as you can possibly imagine. He’s a gentleman all the way around. I mean, we will go down to the breeding farm and visit him. We can go there with our kids who are four and six, and you open the stall and he comes over and sticks his head down on the ground and they just hug on him and love on him,” Phillip said. “He’s been that way since he was a baby, he is an absolute gentleman. He loves being spoiled and loves doing his thing and he takes a good three to four hour nap every day.”

Personality when turned out?
“Mitch will put on a show for about five minutes but thats about it,” Ralls said.

Best friend, human or horse?
Short N Catt AKA Jack, he and Mitch have been stalled next to each other, and hauled together since Ralls began riding Jack in 2018.