I was checkin' out studs today...'cause thats just what I do. I'm talkin' horses here... honest. In reining your top sires run anywhere from $3500- $7500... Reined cowhorses are about the same. WP'ers, HUS, Barrel horses, Halter horses, you can get a true Legend for under $7,500- easy..... But with cutting horses that kind of money will only buy you a good, producing, performing and solid stud.... but not a great... No, not a great. 'Cause with cutting horses its all about the blood! If you want to get the Mojo of a true great, a Legend.... you gotta pay, baby....oh, you gotta pay big...
For example, the truly freakish, truly awesome and nearly untouchable High Brow Cat....
I went to his website today and found this:
-"Stud Fee for 2009: $22,500
Booked full for 2009"
You might be asking, who in God's green earth is High Brow Cat and why in tarnation would anyone pay $22,500 dollars for his love serum!!?? (I've read one to many Nora Roberts books, havent I?)
High Brow Cat is a phenomenon in the cutting world. You see as in Thoroughbred racing, so much of what makes a cutting horse great comes down to pure and simple genetics. And, when the stakes are high enough (as they are in cutting events) and you have a stud that produces freakishly cowy get with a unique style combined with a sought after flare (as High Brow Cat does), you can demand the big bucks for his baby batter. (Dont look at me like that, I didnt make it up!)
Let me hit you with this stat:
In 2008 his 445 performing offspring won an average of $16,688 a day!
A son or daughter of High Brow Cat won the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity (the Kentucky Derby of Cutting) in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
His offspring have won over $33 Million
So the answer is, people pay $22,500 for his swimmers because they make money, moo-lah, deniro.... And lots of it.
Oh yah, and they look pretty damn hot doin' it too...
Now there just happens to be another Legendary sire that demands a hefty price tag and shares a common name, the great TB sire Storm Cat.
His stud fee in 2007 was a cool half mill ($500,000). Yah.
Like I said, its all in the blood.
And you gotta pay for the good stuff.
Lets leave you off with some video of the only cutting horse that statistically can stand up to High Brow Cat...
The truly awesome, the Legendary Smart Little Lena.... (fast forward to a minute in for some cool footage of him cutting)