Twice as Sweet: Galyean Brothers Tie at NCHA Super Stakes
Onlookers saw double at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Open, with brothers Beau and Wesley Galyean marking identical 229s to share the championship.
“I don’t think it’s ever been done, especially at Fort Worth. It was so cool and sentimental,” Wesley Galyean said.
The brothers helped each other in the pen by turning back. When the buzzer rang on Welsey Galyean’s run in the second set, they both raised their fists in elation. The co-championship paid them both $51,485.
“As far as the cutting world goes it’s a cool as it gets,” Beau Galyean said.
Third Edge & Wesley Galyean
From the time Galyean started Third Edge on cattle, he thought the horse had something special.
“When he was three and we’d be working and he’d work good we’d stop and sit there, and he’d turn around and look back at me, looking for my approval,” Galyean said. “I’d pet on him and tell him good job. I believed in him and loved him.”
According to Galyean, pulling off a 229 or higher in the deep field of 4-year-olds felt like a David-and-Goliath moment.
“Adan [Banuelos] marked a 225 and then Beau marked a 229. But, I really believed we could do it. That 229 was my mountain, my Goliath right in front of me. I was continuously talking to myself in my head and encouraging myself,” Galyean said.
Together, Third Edge and Galyean have earned $118,492. Their earlier successes together include the Derby Open Championship in February at The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity. Third Edge (Metallic Rebel x Lil Rattler x Dual Rey) is owned and bred by SMF Cutting Horses, of Aspen, Colorado.
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by Lillian Kent
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