After eight years as Equi-Stat's leading cutting sire, Smart Little Lena has been knocked out of the top spot by the unstoppable High Brow Cat.After eight years as Equi-Stat's leading cutting sire, Smart Little Lena has been knocked out of the top spot by the unstoppable High Brow Cat.
After eight years as Equi-Stat’s leading cutting sire, Smart Little Lena has been knocked out of the top spot by the unstoppable High Brow Cat.
When the 2009 NCHA weekend show results were added to the Equi-Stat database in mid-January, High Brow Cat’s get had earned an astounding $5,909,295 during the year, while Smart Little Lena’s offspring added $880,970 in earnings. Those totals put High Brow Cat in the lead among cutting sires with $38,030,300 earned by his get, while Smart Little Lena has sired earners of $36,737,823.
The two stallions are linked by their tremendous siring power, but also by blood. High Brow Cat wouldn’t exist without Smart Little Lena. The 1988 stallion is by High Brow Hickory and out Smart Little Kitty, a daughter of Smart Little Lena. Both stallions were bred by Hanes Chatham, Pilot Point, Texas, with Stewart Sewell listed as the co-breeder of High Brow Cat.
Smart Little Lena reigned as the top cutting sire from 2001 when he replaced the legendary Peppy San Badger through 2008. Shown by Bill Freeman, Smart Little Lena (Doc O’Lena x Smart Peppy x Peppy San) made cutting history when he won the 1982 NCHA Futurity, and 1983 Super Stakes and Derby, thus claiming the NCHA "Triple Crown." He earned $743,275 in the cutting pen and has sired 1,198 performers, according to Equi-Stat. The 31-year-old stallion is owned by the Smart Little Lena Syndicate and stands at Manion Ranch in Aubrey, Texas.
High Brow Cat, owned by Jack and Susan Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, earned $110,784 during his show career, but far outdid himself in the breeding barn. His first seven foals were born in 1993; one of them died, and the other six earned money. Since then, High Brow Cat has sired an unending string of winners in the cutting pen. He currently has 1,804 AQHA-registered get and 42 APHA-registered offspring. Of those, 933 have Equi-Stat performance records (with six additional horses having AQHA show records) and 374 are not yet of performance age. He stands at DLR Ranch in Weatherford, Texas.
Metallic Cat out of Chers Shadow by Peptoboonsmal provided a big boost to his sire’s record in the last two years. The 2008 NCHA Futurity Champion, shown by Beau Galyean and owned by Alvin Fults, Amarillo, Texas, added $387,711 in earnings during 2009. That included wins at the Abilene Spectacular, Breeder’s Invitational, Music City Futurity, and the Reserve Championship at the NCHA Super Stakes. Metallic Cat is the leading horse by High Brow Cat with earnings of $637,711.
Boon San Kitty is High Brow Cat’s second-leading get with earnings of $555,504. The 2000 mare, out of Boon San Sally by Boon Bar, was shown by Eddie Flynn for Walton’s Rocking W Ranch to win the 2003 PCCHA Futurity. In 2004, she went on to win the Abilene Spectacular, South Point Winter Championship, PCCHA Stakes and Music City Futurity, tie for the Championship at the Galles Ranch Cutting and take Reserve at the Breeder’s Invitational. In 2005, she won the Western Horseman Cup Open finals and the NCHA Classic Challenge Open, a victory she repeated in 2006. Boon San Kitty retired to the breeding farm, and in 2006 she produced Rockin W, a Dual Rey colt who went on to win the 2009 NCHA Futurity for Walton when he was shown by Tony Piggott.
In 2009, High Brow Cat was represented by 15 NCHA Futurity Open semifinalists, including Cats Hitman (out of Smart Lil Addition by Smart Aristocrat), owned by James Hooper and shown by Austin Shepard to the high score of 224 in that round. Six of those horses made the finals and earned a combined $452,738. That includes Yadacat (out of Rio CD Yadayadayada by CD Olena), the Reserve Champion shown by Michael Cooper and owned by Darol Rodrock, Bucyrus, Kan.