By Katie TimsPacific Range DesignJanuary 24, 2013
The High Brow Cat daughter Dont Look Twice won the 2011 AQHA senior cutting world championship with breeder-trainer Phil Rapp. Most recently, the 7-year-old mare won the 2012 NCHA open world championship. (Journal photo)
The $58 million sire High Brow Cat has been sold. Jack Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, sold the legendary stallion to Colt Ventures, a Dallas, Texas, investment company owned by Darren and Julie Blanton, also of Dallas.
During a press conference January 25 at the headquarters of the National Cutting Horse Association in Fort Worth, Texas, Jack announced the sale of the stallion and his ranch, horses, equipment and High Brow Cat's remaining frozen semen.
"I've spent nearly a quarter-century with High Brow Cat, and those have been the best years of my life," Jack said in a released statement. "But now I've got some health concerns, and it was just time to let this special horse continue with a new owner who could put the time, investment and energy into the High Brow Cat brand."
High Brow Cat is a 1988 chestnut stallion by High Brow Hickory-Smart Little Kitty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Hames Chatham and Stewart Sewell of Aubrey, Texas.
"This stallion is a true rarity, and there's no doubt that he's a legend in every sense of the word," Darren said in the statement. "This is a remarkable opportunity, and I am honored to be part of High Brow Cat's life and legacy."
High Brow Cat’s foals have won $58 million in the cutting, reining and reined cow horse arenas, plus he is sire to offspring that have excelled across the Quarter Horse world – from ranching to barrel racing, roping to versatility events. High Brow Cat was named AQHA-NCHA Sire of the Year for 10 consecutive years, from 2003 through 2012.
Darren said all rebreeds and mares already booked for 2013 will be honored, and the stallion will continue to stand at Weatheford Equine Breeding Facility in Weatherford, Texas.
"Because the supply of semen is definite, we are going to preserve the legacy the best we can by only breeding the most proven producing mares and the top show mares in the industry," he said. "With 'Cat' being in the twilight of his breeding career, we want to be sure that the mares bred to him in the future are the absolute top quality."
Darren intends to sell more than 100 head of Waggoner-branded horses in the next year, both privately and at upcoming Western Bloodstock auctions. The ranch will also be sold.
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