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Metallic Jaguar
The Cat with Size!

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Metallic Jaguar's story
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Darren Palmer knew Metallic Jaguar was something special from the start. The young colt was sent to him to be broken in by breeders Jenny Kingston and Wal Shepherd. He was one of the first of the Australian foal crop by world leading sire Metallic Cat. Darren, at the time, wasn’t sure what to expect of the first Metallic Cat colt he would start, but quickly realised that this horse was special.

Photo by Ken Anderson. Metallic Jaguar as a 3yo.

“He had an extra something I had never felt in a horse before. He was the best horse I had ever ridden. I knew I was on something special”.

Darren said that right from the get go Jaguar was easy to train. He had a good, natural low head carriage; a good stop; and a nice turn. He was quick footed, sharp and quick into the stop.

“He was just easy the whole way through. He is naturally a really intelligent cow horse. He is never a handful and he has never fought me”.

Sadly, Wal Shepherd passed away and Darren put Wal’s sale horses through the Landmark Classic Sale. After the sale, Darren acquired Jaguar and gave him a spell for a few months before starting his cutting training.

Throughout his training, Darren never wavered in his belief that Jaguar was going to be a great show horse. By the time he started taking Jaguar to preworks, leading up to the Futurity, he was feeling confident.

“I knew I was on a Futurity contender. I knew he was a horse with the ability to final”.

At this stage, Darren was still developing his showmanship skills, and is the first to admit that his nerves got the better of him in the first Go round of the Open Futurity.  “I was lacking experience and my nerves kicked in – I kicked too hard when I shouldn’t have and sent him passed the cow”.

Photo by Ken Anderson. Metallic Jaguar & Darren Palmer. 2015 NCHA Limited Open Futurity Champions.

Darren was disappointed in himself at the time but came back in the second round, wiser and instead of feeling defeated he was determined to show his horse off.  The pair put together a nice run which bumped their aggregate up nicely and qualified Jaguar for the Limited Open Futurity final.  Darren and Jaguar finished as Reserve Champions and Darren said by that final, Jaguar was really hitting his stride.

“He got better every round and I was happy with the result – I would have been devastated not to final him in anything, because I knew he was so good”.

By this time Darren and his wife Danni, already had progeny on the ground, having joined Jaguar to 3 of their own mares as a 2-year-old. Even as a 3-year-old the colt was appealing to mare owners and was already standing to outside mares.

Jaguar demonstrates his outstanding temperament at breeding time and is no problem for Danni to handle and conduct the breeding work. Darren and Danni praise Jaguars cool mind and he is proving to be an exceptional sire over hotter mares, still throwing his cool-minded nature even with mares that normally breed hot progeny. His progeny, like him, are resilient and able to handle training, and pressure. This is a huge asset in a sire.

Photo by Southern Belle Photography. Metallic Jaguar & Darren Palmer. 2020 Goondiwindi Open Champions.

Jaguar has another exceptional feature that is highly sought after – he is a Metallic Cat with size! Standing at 15.1 hands, with a beautiful length of rein and good stretch. He travels well because of his type. He is truly an exceptional individual.

It didn’t take Darren long to realise he had a very versatile horse on his hands. While it is now a common occurrence to see good cutting stallions cross over to campdrafting, and to go on to sire competitive progeny across disciplines; this horse had the goods to really stand out as an exceptional multi-discipline competitor and sire. Once again, it became quickly apparent that Metallic Jaguar was a very special individual.

As soon as Jaguar finished his last run as an aged-event horse in the NCHA Classic Challenge, Darren handed the reins to Mark Buttsworth for an assessment of his potential.

“We put a stock saddle on him and Buttsy rode him in the AELEC campdraft arena”.

Jaguar went home with Buttsy, but it became apparent that the talented stallion was sore somewhere and upon veterinary assessment, an injury to his meniscus required surgery.  This ligament injury was the result of Jaguar’s big stopping and turning moves.  Following  surgery and a year off he returned briefly to cutting, placing 4th in his first start back at the Open at Condamine before winning the Open at Goondiwindi a few weeks later.  That was to be his final cutting run and his future in the campdraft arena was to follow.

Darren & Danni Palmer with Metallic Jaguar. 2018 Limited Open Classic North Star.

In January 2021, Darren and Danni donated a service fee to Metallic Jaguar to the Ride for Baz’s Evie Charity Campdraft at Pittsworth. It was the perfect opportunity to give Jaguar his first run in a draft.  Knowing that he was soon heading to Buttsy, Darren just gave him a couple of steady runs.

Jaguar then went to Buttsy and at their first campdraft at Burrandowan in February 2021, they made the final of both the Maiden and Novice drafts.

Buttsy is taking his time to get to know Jaguar, and says that at this early stage he is showing his great temperament and a good ability to rate cattle at speed.

It is now a case of “watch-this-space”. The future of Metallic Jaguar in his next chapter as a competitor is very exciting. His first cutting progeny made their debut in 2020 and Darren is quietly confident in the mare he has trained for the 2021 NCHA Futurity, out of Miss Badgerette.

The first of Jaguars campdraft progeny will also start competing in 2021.

Darren and Danni recently expanded their breeding herd, acquiring a line of well-bred mares to be bred to Jaguar. They aim to produce their own competition horses as well as to start and market a line of horses to the campdraft market.

Results
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Winner and placegetter at numerous events.  Highlights include:

 

2021

  • St George Restricted Open – =5th with Kimberley Sammon
  • Dirranbandi Maiden A WINNER with Kimberley Sammon who had never even sat on him prior to their first run!
  • Beaudesert Maiden finalist with Darren Palmer
  • Rathdowney Maiden finalist with Darren Palmer
  • Burrandowan: First start for Mark Buttsworth and Metallic Jaguar ran an 89 to final in the Novice, before backing up to make the Maiden Final.

2018 - 2020

2020

  • CCCC Goondiwindi Open Champion. Ridden by Darren Palmer.
  • SQHA Condamine Show – Open – 4th

2018 - 2019

2018

  • Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club, North Star
    • Limited Open Classic Challenge Champion.
    • Open Classic – 4th.
  • Peel Valley Cutting Club  Open – 4th. Ridden by Darren Palmer

2017

  • NCHA BI Open Classic Challenge Finalist. Ridden by Darren Palmer.
  • Kilcoy $15,000 Novice – 3rd. Ridden by Darren Palmer.
  • Beaudesert Novice Champion, Ridden by Danni Palmer.
  • Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club. Year Standings, $15,000 Novice Reserve Champion.

2015 - 16

2016

  • Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club. Year Standings, $15,000 Novice Reserve Champion.

2015

  • NCHA Limited Open Futurity Reserve Champion.

2015 Photoshoot

Photoshoot taken at the 2015 NCHA Futurity as a 3yo.

Progeny
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Metallic Lynx

  • Mare
  • Dam: Lynx Little Oak
  • Foaling date: 28/10/15
  • Owner: Matthew, Amy and Joshua Cullen

2020

  • DDCC:
    • Non Pro Derby – 5th.
    • Amateur Derby, Reserve Champion.

Metallic Cougar

  • Mare
  • Dam: MCV Jay Denius Doc
  • Foaling date: 5/10/2016
  • Owner: Brett Ainsworth

2021

  • SQCHA Burrandowan Rookies – =6th with Brett Ainsworth
  • ACHA Dorrigo, $3,000 Novice – 1st with Brett Ainsworth.

2020

  • Injune 3yo NP Futurity – 3rd with Brett Ainsworth.
  • Goondiwindi 3yo Open Futurity – 6th with Darren Palmer

Jaguars Little Twister

  • Mare
  • Dam: Condor Chica Lyn
  • Foaling date: 23/10/16

2021

  • Sold Nutrien Supreme Sale, Toowoomba – $37,000.  Presented by Darren Palmer on a/o Allan MacDonald.  Purchaser Ruan Grazing Co.
  • Rathdowney Novice campdraft – 3rd with Darren Palmer.

Jaguars Iron Mike

  • Colt
  • Dam: Tamulena Rosewood
  • Foaling date: 5/1/209
  • Owner: Ryan & Shannan Wighton

Filly: Name Pending

  • Owned by Mick & Renee Casey.
  • Dam: K P Spirit

2021

  • Bangalow Buckle 2yo Challenge – 3rd.

2019 filly

  • Filly
  • Dam: Khamaly Pledge.
  • Owner: Keanbah Quarter Horses

2020 filly

  • Filly
  • Owner: Brett and Bec Ainsworth

2020 filly

  • Filly
  • Owner Trevor Stephen

2019 Colt

  • Filly
  • Owner: Ryan & Shannon Wighton

Colt

  • Colt
  • Dam: Lexus

Gelding

  • Gelding
  • Owner: Andrew Aultmann
  • Dressage competitor
Pedigree
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Sire: Metallic Cat

  • LTE: US$$110,784.
  • Progeny LTE: > $72 Million

USA major achievements:

  • 2008 NCHA Open Futurity Champion
  • 2009 NCHA Horse of the Year
  • 2009 NCHA Super Stakes Open Reserve Champion
  • 2009 Breeders Invitational Open Derby Champion
  • 2009 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open Champion
  • 2009 Music City Open Derby Champion
  • 2009 NCHA Open Derby, 3rd
  • 2009 Equi-Stat #1 money-earner
  • 2010 NCHA Hall of Fame
  • 2016 NCHA Sire of the Year
  • 2017 NCHA Sire or the Year
  • 2018 NCHA Sire of the Year

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Find out more on his website >>

PATERNAL GRAND SIRE: HIGH BROW CAT

  • US NCHA LEADING SIRE, ALL AGES, ALL DIVISIONS.
  • US AQHA ALL TIME LEADING SIRE OF PERFORMANCE HORSES
  • Sire of more than $70 million in money-earners across five disciplines
  • Sire of  EIGHT US NCHA Futurity Champions
  • Sire of 15 US AQHA World Champions

Visit www.highbrowcat.com website for a full list of this outstanding sire’s accomplishments.

PATERNAL GREAT GRAND SIRE: PEPTOBOONSMAL

Earner of $180,487. NCHA Certificate of Ability; NCHA Futurity Open Champion; Bonanza 4-Year-Old Open Champion; Gold Coast 4-Year-Old Open Champion; 2005 Equi-Stat, in the top 10 for 5-Year Leading Cutting Horse Sires, in the top 15 for Top Lifetime Sires All Ages/All Divisions, and a top 5-Year Leading Reined Cow Horse Sire. Sire of offspring earning in excess of $12,000,000 including LITTLE PEPTO GAL ($514,950: 3rd, NCHA Futurity Open; 5th, NCHA Super Stakes Open).

Dam: A Little Joyful

  • Playboy Roy Imp x A Little Playful IMP

A Little Playful won the CCCC Futurity with Todd Graham, and has LTE of $8,252. She retired shortly after due to injury. She bred other competitive progeny, including Open and Non Pro cutting horse A Little Leroy.

Studbook
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AQHA # Reg: Q-80354
Foaling Date: 10/01/2012
Colour: Red Roan
Height: 15.1hh
HYPP: N/R
HERDA: N/Hr
OLWS: N/R
Current Owner: Darren Palmer

VIEW FULL INTERACTIVE PEDIGREE CHART ON ICOMPETE >>
(Click on PEDIGREE TAB within icompete)

Sire: METALLIC CAT (IS)
Q-72828
HIGH BROW CAT  USA-2706274 HIGH BROW HICKORY USA-2075796
SMART LITTLE KITTY USA-2198722
CHERS SHADOW USA-3684197  *  PEPTOBOONSMAL
 *  SHESA SMARTY LENA
Dam: A LITTLE JOYFUL PLAYBOY ROY  SENORITAS PLAYBOY
GENUINE ROSE
A LITTLE PLAYFUL PEPPY SAN BADGER
PLAYFULENA

 

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2021


2020

2020 Metallic Jaguar ad designed by Lauren Clarke.
Video Gallery
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2021 Dirranbandi Maiden A with Kimberley Sammon
Round 1 – 88

Final – 86


2021 First campdraft run with Mark Buttsworth. Burrandowan (89).


2015 – NCHA Limited Open Futurity Final, Metallic Jaguar & Darren Palmer.


Progeny

Jaguars Little Twister  

  • Sold Nutrien Supreme Sale, Toowoomba – $37,000. [View Video]
  • Rathdowney Novice campdraft – 3rd with Darren Palmer.  [View Video]

Contact

Darren & Danni Palmer
24 Podlich Rd
Coulson  QLD  4310

Mob: 0414 746 396
Email: dpalmer1@live.com.au


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