2023 Breeder's Guide Stallion: HQ Helluva Cat

HQ Helluva Cat is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

HQ Helluva Cat
Hockenson Quarter Horses
Standing at Abraham’s Equine Clinic
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

STUD FEE: $1,500

SIRE: Metallic Cat
DAM: Bound To White Chex by Helluva Chex

HQ Helluva Cat stands in a grass field.
NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity finalist HQ Helluva Cat.

Bred and raised by Hockenson Quarter Horses, HQ Helluva Cat is everything the program could have hoped for—and more. Reid and Melanie Hockenson pulled an embryo from their AQHA performance champion and third-place AQHA Senior Heading mare, Bound To White Chex, with the hopes of having a palomino roan stallion prospect.

“We joked the day they pulled the embryo that it was a palomino roan stud colt,” Reid laughed. “Later when the mare foaled, she had a palomino roan stud colt with three white socks. He was absolutely everything we hoped for.”

HQ Helluva Cat continued to be everything the program hoped for as he started competing. In 2019, Luke Jones rode the stallion to a finalist position in the open finals at the 2019 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Shortly after his cow horse success, HQ Helluva Cat transitioned to roping before an injury permanently sidelined the young stallion.

Now in the breeding shed, HQ Helluva Cat’s first foal crop hit the ground in 2022. Carrying both the cream and roan genes, offspring show a lot of color and have their sire’s refined appearance. Offspring are eligible for the South Dakota Stallion Stakes, National Reined Cow Horse Association Stallion Stakes and IQHA Ranch Horse Futurity.

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