NCHA Announces AQHA Leading Sire and Dam Award Recipients for 2021

From left to right, Metallic Cat, Junie Wood and Metallic Rebel From left to right, Metallic Cat, Junie Wood and Metallic Rebel Photo by NCHA
February 24, 2022

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announces Metallic Cat, Junie Wood, and Metallic Rebel as the recipients of the 2021 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Leading Sire, Leading Dam, and Leading Freshman Sire awards, respectively.
“The growth our cutting industry has seen over the years is largely due to our stallion owners and breeders,” NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn said. “Their commitment to developing the next generation of champions will only propel the legacy of the cutting horse into the future.”

Each year the leading cutting horse sire and dam awards are presented to the sire, dam, and freshman sire whose AQHA offspring have the most earnings within the NCHA point year.
Metallic Cat, owned by the Rocking P Ranch, earned the Leading AQHA Cutting Sire award with over $7.6 million in offspring earnings. This is the sixth consecutive year that the 17-year-old stallion has earned this award.
The Leading AQHA Cutting Dam title went to Slate River Ranch’s Junie Wood, whose offspring earned over $339,605 in the show pen in 2021. Her daughter, Janie Wood, sired by Stevie Rey Von, claimed the 2021 NCHA Futurity Open Champion title with a 230.
Metallic Rebel, owned by Thomas Guinn, secured his title as Leading AQHA Freshman Cutting Sire with his first foal crop earning nearly $484,000 last year. During Metallic Rebel’s show career, he surpassed $411,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings. 
“AQHA is proud to partner with the NCHA to recognize the recipients of the 2021 NCHA AQHA sire, dam and freshman sire awards,” AQHA Registrar Tammy Canida said. “The American Quarter Horse is the world’s most versatile horse and excels in the discipline of cutting because of its athleticism, talent and true grit. The legacy of the American Quarter Horse lies in the efforts of breeders and the bloodlines they preserve through their hard work and dedication. These awards reflect the effort in place to continue that legacy, while also maintaining the integrity of the breed.”
Information on the presentation of the 2021 AQHA Leading Sire and Dam awards will be forthcoming.

By NCHA Press Release