High Brow Cat Named Leading AQHA-NCHA Sire For 12th Consecutive Year
Nearly $4 million in National Cutting Horse Association competition was won by he leading sire's 483 money earners competing in 2015.
June 26, 2016
From Latigo Associates
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has named High Brow Cat the leading National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) sire for the 12th consecutive year, having sired 483 money earners competing in 2015 to earn nearly $4 million. The award was presented during the NCHA Convention June 25 in Grapevine, Texas.
“This is a tremendous honor for our operation, Colt Ventures,” said Darren Blanton, owner of the chestnut stallion, who, over his lifetime, has sired earners of more than $71 million, of which more than $68 million was earned in AQHA and AQHA affiliate association competition. “The best news, though, is at 28, ‘Cat’ is still going strong and is an incredible example of the stamina and intelligence he passes on to his sons and daughters.”
By High Brow Hickory and out of Smart Little Kitty, High Brow Cat’s pedigree is a virtual Hall of Fame within itself. His grandsire on the distaff side is American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Little Lena, who continues to appear in the top cutting horse sires list. His line also includes Doc's Hickory and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees Doc Bar and Doc O'Lena.
“One thing I’ve always believed about ‘Cat’ is that he is truly a magical genetic mix that only God himself could have created,” said Blanton. “It’s been a privilege to own him these last few years and I’m excited about having my first set of 3-year-olds by him this year.”
Blanton bought the 1998 stallion from Jack Waggoner in January 2013 and since then has worked to build upon High Brow Cat’s prowess as sire. Bred by Hanes Chatham and Stewart Sewell as part of a package deal that included the colt’s mother, High Brow Cat get have continually dominated the cutting horse arena, making the stallion the leading sire and broodmare sire in cutting, as well as in aged categories. He has sired a record eight National Cutting Horse Association Futurity open champions, including the 2014 champion, Classy CD Cat, and has also been a National Reined Cow Horse Association all-time leading sire, and is an AQHA all-time leading sire of open and amateur Registers of Merit, class winners and point-earners. Furthermore, he has sired 16 AQHA world champions and seven AQHA high-point winners.
Among his top money earners are Dont Look Twice, with lifetime earnings (LTE) $843,096, Metallic Cat, LTE $637,711; High Brow CD, LTE $542,101; Boon San Kitty, LTE $565,504, and Smooth As A Cat, LTE $501,874.
To learn more about High Brow Cat, visit his website at highbrowcat.com or contact breeding manager Christina Kirby at 940-748-2610.