Spark Plug Cat has earned her place as the matriarch of our broodmares. Cat is sired by the legendary stallion Shining Spark. Her dam is NRHA money earner Catalyst Lady Di by Taris Catalyst, a Doc Tari son who was the 1983 World Champion Open Jr. Cutter (NCHA LTE $181,373).
Cat was a broodmare when we purchased her in 2006. We wanted to prove her talent to us, so we invested in a few months reined cow horse training, which she excelled at immediately. Her limited showing in 2007 and 2008 was very successful, with Cat earning her AQHA ROM and 10.5 points; NRCHA North Central Region 2007 Open Two-Rein high point, and champion Open Senior Working Cow Horse at the AQHA Region II Experience.
Then she came to the ranch. With her phenomenal disposition, strong conformation and never-ending work ethic, Cat quickly became a favorite. Deb chose Cat as her personal ranch horse and continued to show her occasionally at local open events.Cat helped young and inexperienced riders become confident on the range and in the showpen.
Spark Plug Cat has given Long Pines 7 foals. She is the dam of Frexseptional (by Sir Fred Von Freckles x Freckles Playboy) one of Sterling’s favorite ranch horses who joined our broodmares in 2021, Judges Chambers (by Judgemental), who did very well in versatility and cow horse competitions before becoming a rope horse in Colorado, and the next 5 by Bettin Yer Smart. Betting Limits and Bet Ya Shine are top ranch horses. Inside Bet was purchased as a weanling as a rope horse prospect. Yer Destiny Calls, born in the worse blizzard of 2020 and protected by Cat so well that she only froze the very tips of her ears, is the only filly and will be staying at Long Pines.
Cat’s last foal, born in 2021, is a sassy colt who is sure to make his mamma proud. At 23 years old, Cat deserves her rest on the range.