High Brow Cat’s genetics are what make him truly unique within the sport, as he has sired earners of more than $63 million and an unprecedented eight NCHA Futurity Open Champion.
High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory x Smart Little Kitty x Smart Little Lena) is a 1988 stallion who was bred by Hanes Chatham and Stewart Sewell, then sold in June of his weanling year to Jack and Susan Waggoner. As a performer, High Brow Cat cut to $110,784 during his four years in the show pen, with trainers Faron Hightower, Jody Galyean and Bill Freeman doing most of the showing in the Open division. In 1994, High Brow Cat’s most lucrative win came with Hightower when they won the 5/6-Year-Old Classic at the Augusta Futurity with a 221.5 score.
It was that same year that High Brow Cat’s first crop of seven foals hit the ground. He would go on to sire rather small crops for five more seasons, then caught his major stride with the 1999 crop when 118 High Brow Cat babies were born. In 2009, High Brow Cat became the cutting industry’s No.1 sire, unseating Smart Little Lena, who had held the top position for several years.