Boss’ Midnight Cash Wins Missouri Fox Trotter 2012 Stallion of the Year Award

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Multiple World Grand Champion Stallion’s offspring prove to be beautiful and talented.

Owner Harry Patterson and Boss' Midnight Cash

"There were 160 stallions competing for this award."

Boss’ Midnight Cash, a jet black stallion owned by Harry Patterson’s 4P’s Ranch in Wichita Falls, Texas, is the winner of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA)’s inaugural Stallion of the Year award.

The new award, part of the MFTHBA’s Membership Committee’s Awards Program, is based on the accumulated points of a stallion’s offspring in selected MFTHBA-sponsored show-ring classes, according to Membership Chairman, Amy Stangl. “There were 160 stallions represented by offspring in the show ring in 2012,” said Stangl. “That alone tells you something.”

Boss’ Midnight Cash’s offspring were successful in both model (beauty) classes and versatility classes, in which the horses competed in cattle work, speed events, obstacle trail and pleasure riding.

“This shows you how versatile ‘Cash’ is. He is producing winners in more than one arena. And, Cash didn’t just have one or two different horses representing him (in winning classes),” Stangl said. “He had a lot of horses in model and versatility that represented him.”

At the 2012 MFTHBA Annual Fall Show and Celebration, the world show held at the MFTHBA headquarters in Ava, Missouri, the stallion’s offspring garnered a record nine World Championships; six Reserve World Championships; four Reserve World Grand Championships; and the coveted Open Versatility World Grand Championship. One Cash filly also claimed the Three-Year-Old Boss Man Futurity, while another Cash filly grabbed the High-Point Speed horse title.

Boss’ Midnight Cash is an outstanding show horse himself. “He has probably won more World Grand Championships in model than any other horse,” said Harry Patterson, who rode his stallion to win the 2011 Open Amateur Western Pleasure Reserve Championship.

“Every time I ride Cash, it is the ride of your life,” said Patterson, a Texas auto dealer who raises Missouri Fox Trotting Horses and Missouri Fox Trotting Ponies. “I love his beauty and everything about him. But, the thing I love most about him is his mind. He passes that along to his foals. You can go through a lot of horses to end up with one like Boss’ Midnight Cash,” said Patterson.

About the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse

The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse was developed in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Known for its iconic foxtrot gait, in which the front legs appear to be walking and the hind legs appear to be trotting, the Fox Trotter was bred to be an easy-moving all-around farm horse that could comfortably carry a rider over rugged terrain for hours at a time. The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse is popular throughout the world because of its smooth gait, gentle temperament and versatility.

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