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Rachel Patton, right, and her father, Bobby Patton, left, competed in their first major cutting at the NCHA Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular. It was the first cutting ever for Bobby, who owns Metallic Cat, and only the second for Rachel. • Photo by Lillian Kent.

Patton Family Scores Win in Show Pen Debut

The Patton family has been heavily involved with cutting since businessman Bobby Patton jumped into the business with a splash five years ago. But, for all that involvement – including buying leading sire Metallic Cat -- no one from the family had ever ridden to the herd in a show. Until now.
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Metallic Cat Rose Tops World’s Greatest Horseman

Smashing expectations and outpacing the Reserve Champion by seven points, Metallic Cat Rose (Metallic Cat x Teletrona x Little Trona) and John Swales left no question unanswered on Saturday night during DT Horses and Hastags World’s Greatest Horseman Finals.  After Swales won The World’s Greatest Horseman in 2017 on Heza Diamond Spark (Diamond J Star […]
Sparking Metallic and Hope Miller at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions

Sparking Metallic, Rider Conquer Non-Pro Hackamore

Friday’s Non-Pro Hackamore finals of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions at the John Justin Arena came with a moral of the story. It’s amazing what happens when you just show up. Hope Miller weighed the pros and cons of making the more than 1,990-mile trip over 30 hours from Brush […]
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Metallic Cat Reputation as Sire Spreads

Offspring by Metallic Cat did plenty to enhance their father’s high standing as a sire at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. A 2019 Open finals-high six Metallic Cats competed on the final day, Dec. 15, in the 20-horse field, including eventual champion Metallic Rey Mink, who registered a 226 […]
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Sixteen Carat Cat Clinches Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Prize

Sixteen Carat Cat entered the John Justin Arena with an attentive expression and willingness to handle any cow that came out of the gate. When the dust settled, the Beechfork Ranch-bred and -owned mare scored a 222.5, good for a composite of 649.5 after a 220.5 in the herd work and a 206.5 in the […]
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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity® Open Finalists — The Breakdown

As the final days of the long-awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity®, presented by Metallic Cat, draw nearer, the field has been thinned for the show’s climactic conclusion at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. Below, grouped by rider but otherwise in no particular order, are the NRCHA Snaffle Bit […]
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Metallic Cat: Soaring to New Heights

He wowed right out of the gate at the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, and the spotlight has never dimmed. Indeed, Metallic Cat has stormed the Western performance horse industry.
A Star Is Borne and Michael Cooper at the Cotton Stakes.

Final: A Star Is Borne Solves Futurity Mare’s Nest At Cotton Stakes

A Star Is Borne and Michael Cooper, a cowboy from Bucyrus, Kansas, rode away with the $10,100 grand prize in the Futurity Open of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Cotton Stakes on Thursday in West Monroe, Louisiana. A Star Is Borne, a mare, is by Boon Too Suen and out of Holly Is Smooth […]