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Champions of the 2008 NCI/NCHA World Championship Futurity

Futurity Open:

In his first year as a professional trainer, Beau Galyean won the Futurity Open at Fort Worth's Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on December 14. Metallic Cat is by High Brow Cat out of the Peptoboonsmal mare Chers Shadow. He is owned by Alvin Fults of Amarillo, Texas. Galyean follows in the footsteps of his father, Jody, who won the 1986 NCHA Futurity on Royal Silver King, and his brother, Wesley, who won with Spots Hot in 2004. Beau Galyean won the Limited Non-Pro division of the NCHA Futurity in 2004 with Double Down Merada

The cattle had been tough, but Galyean scored set the high-score in the first set with 222 points. In the end, Metallic Cat became the fifth horse sired by High Brow Cat to win the NCHA Futurity in the last six years.

“The first cow was in a good position, and we built from that,” said Galyean, who had gone through college on a golf scholarship. He made cutting accomplishments as the 2004 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champion on Highlightcat and the Limited Champion on Double Down Merada.

“The second cow was all the way on the back wall. As I started brining him through the herd, I remembered Wesley telling me about the herd that split on Spots Hot, when he won the Futurity. The luckiest part was when I turned around and my third cow was waiting for me, kind of saying, Cut Me. The Futurity gods were looking down on me. It was a tough cutting.”

Beau Galyean, 28, gave up his non-pro status last summer to become a trainer, and became the third member of his immediate family to win the NCHA Futurity. His younger brother, Wes, won the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity on Spots Hot, and their father, Jody, won the event in 1986 on Royal Silver King.

The owner of Metallic Cat, Alvin Fults, is a commodities broker from Amarillo, Texas. He bought the colt following the 2007 NCHA Futurity. “This horse is so pretty, and has so much eye appeal,” said Galyean. “He’s been extremely trainable and, more than anything, a really smart horse.”

Futurity Non-Pro:

Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, won the Non-Pro at the $4.2 million NCI Building Systems NCHA Futurity on Friday. Crumpler rode Woodys Bad Boy, a son of Nitas Wood.

Futurity Amateur:

Chuck Drummond, a third generation rancher from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, won the Amateur Futurity with a score of 215 points, riding My Darlin Girl, by Dualing Freckles. He also won the Senior division championship.

Summary of Champions:

Open: Alvin Fults' Metallic Cat, ridden by Beau Galyean..

Non-Pro: Craig Crumpler riding Woodys Bad Boy.

Amateur: Chuck Drummond riding My Darlin Girl.

Open Limited: Scott Cusick's Hay Maker, ridden by R. L. Chartier.

Non-Pro Limited: William Cowan riding Catty Hawk.

Non-Pro Senior: Dub Leeth riding Duals Fancy Cat.

Amateur Senior: Chuck Drummond riding My Darlin Girl

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