The Animal – The Champion
The Animal, ridden by Lee Francois. Hart Photography.
The Animal, by Cat Ichi, shown for Richard and Beth Carney Partners, Kemp, Tex., scored 228 points under Lee Francois to win $39,474 in the 2018 NCHA/Metallic Cat Derby Open championship.
Catillac Reys, sired by Metallic Cat and shown by Adan Banuelos for Todd and Elizabeth Quirk’s Ten/27 Ranch, Denham Springs, La., scored 225.5 points for the reserve championship and $34,825. In addition to his NCHA earnings, Catillac Reys also received the $100,000 Metallic Cat Incentive awarded by the show’s sponsor, Metallic Cat, owned by Rocking P Ranch., Fort Worth, Tex. The incentive is open to anyone who owns a Metallic Cat 4-year-old and has a 2018 contract to breed to the stallion, excluding re-breeds.
SCR Hydrive Chic, sired by Hydrive Cat and shown by Paul Hansma, for Singleton Ranches, Lamy, N.M., placed third with 223 points.
The Animal was bred by EE Ranches out of My Little Abra LTE $64,220, a full sister to Sweet Abra LTE $117,725. My Little Abra produced 2016 NCHA Horse of the Year Ichis My Choice, by Cat Ichi. Sweet Abra is the dam of 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel, LTE $411,837, by Metallic Cat.
Earlier in his career, The Animal scored 225.5 points with Francois as reserve champion of the NCHA Futurity.
Francois also tied for 7/8 aboard Desires Mamie, by Metallic Cat, owned by Woody Bartlett, Pike Road, Ala., and 14/15 on Rey Reddington, by Dual Rey, owned by MLH Partners, Palm Beach Gard, Fla.
Catillac Reys, ridden by Adan Banuelos. Hart Photography.
Reserve champion Catillac Reys was bred by Michelle Cannon by Metallic Cat out of Tootsie Rey, a $200,000 earner by Dual Rey.
Catillac Reys was a Non-Pro semi-finalist at the NCHA Futurity with Elizabeth Quirk, and carried on as an Open finalist with Hall of Famer Adan Banuelos at the Bonanza, Abilene and Arbuckle Mountain, and in the Non-Pro division with Quirk at The Ike, Abilene, and Arbuckle Mountain.
In third place, SCR Hydrive Chic, ridden by Hall of Famer and two-time Derrby champion Paul Hansma, is a home-bred daughter of Hydrive Cat and Smart Crackin Chic, owned by Singleton Ranches. Smart Crackin Chic was an NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity champion, and a great grand-daughter of NCHA Futurity champion Lynx Melody.