Clayton Edsall Rides Metallic Train to Win 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes

Metallic Train ousts her half brother and a herd of talented contenders to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association limited age event in Las Vegas.

Clayton Edsall and Metallic Train (Credit: Primo Morales photo courtesy of Metallic Cat)

Oakdale, California, professional Clayton Edsall qualified four horses for the 2018 National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes open and intermediate open finals in Las Vegas and won the championship March 31 in both divisions riding Metallic Train. 

Clayton and Metallic Train marked a 215 in the herd work, 214.5 in the rein work and a smokin' 227 down the fence. 

After earning $35,471 for the NRCHA Stallion Stakes open win and $10,838 for the intermediate open championship, Metallic Train's lifetime earnings now stand at $78,880.

Metallic Train is owned by Beverly Vaughn of Durango, Colorado, and bred by Gardiner Quarter Horses of Ashland, Kansas. By $18 million sire Metallic Cat, the 2013 red roan mare is out of Sparking Train by Shining Spark. Sparking Train won the AQHA senior heading world championship in 2007, senior working cow horse reserve world championship in 2006 and was named the NRCHA open two-rein world champion in 2004. In total, she earned $112,274, according to Robin Glenn Pedigrees.

Clayton's other mounts in the open finals included Bet Hesa Boon (Bet Hesa Cat-Flo N Blu Boon by Pretty Boy Boon), finishing seventh; Bet He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat-Sparking Train by Shining Spark), finishing eighth; and Shining CD Light (CD Lights-Jennys Spark by Shining Spark). 

Earning the 2018 NRCHA Stallion Stakes open reserve championship was Duals Lucky Charm, ridden by Kelby Phillips for owners Mike and Robyne Stewart. The team was fresh off the 2018 NRCHA Cow Horse Classic Derby open championship, which they earned in February during the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas.