Autumn Acre, an 11-year-old stallion who earned $365,436 as a cutter and sired several money-earners from his first few crops, passed away on Sept. 23 in Weatherford, Texas. Autumn Acre was humanely euthanized due to injuries suffered during an accident during his daily exercise routine, said cutting trainer Phil Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas.
The Autumn Alliance Limited Partnership, which included Rapp and wife Mary Ann, Waco Bend Ranch owners Corliss and Louis Baldwin, and the Baldwins’ son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Jennifer, had owned Autumn Acre since 2006. Slate River Ranch, of Weatherford, Texas, bred the stallion.
“It’s a loss for the Baldwin and the Rapp families,” said Rapp, who competed with Autumn Acre in the Futurity Open at the 2005 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. They tied for fourth with a 222 to earn $166,000. Autumn Acre earned another $92,076 as a 4-year-old cutter in 2006 and $92,360 more in 2007, primarily with Rapp in the saddle.
Sired by Bob Acre Doc and out of the Smart Little Lena mare Autumn White, Autumn Acre’s top earner has been 2009 gelding Hillybilly Handfishin, a career earner of $56,518 so far. Horses sired by Autumn Acre earned more than $150,000 as cutters plus another $17,000 as reined cow horses through August 2013, according to Equi-Stat.
Autum Acre is the all-time leading money-earner for his sire, the late Bob Acre Doc (Son Ofa Doc x Sapp’s Sandy x Sapp Head). Bob Acre Doc sired earners of nearly $10.4 million after earning $418,926 during his cutting career. Autumn Acre heads a list of 22 Bob Acre Doc offspring that topped the $100,000 mark.