IntheBlood DonasSuenBoon pedigree

In the Blood: Donas Suen Boon

IntheBlood DonasSuenBoon pedigreeKobie and Paula Wood’s Donas Suen Boon was recently named the World Champion Senior Cutting Horse at the Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. The title adds to a long list of accolades for the mare, who has built an Equi-Stat record of $351,125 with Kobie, an Equi Stat Elite $5 Million Rider, and non-pro Paula, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider. The success of this mare has truly been a family affair not only for this family of cutters, but for her pedigree family, as well.

IntheBlood DonasSuenBoon KCMAQHA Senior Cutting World Champions Donas Suen Boon and Kobie Wood • Photo by K.C. MontgomeryThe highlights of Donas Suen Boon’s career clearly illustrate the Wood family ties. Paula rode the mare to the 2012 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Championship, while Kobie was seventh in the Open. Paula and Donas Suen Boon were the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Champions. Kobie and the mare were Reserve Champions in the 2014 Cotton Stakes Classic Open. The Woods’ daughter, Marley, has shown the mare several times and won the Big Country Cutting Horse Association Senior Youth Cutting in July.

Sire Line

The Woods bred Donas Suen Boon, who is by Boon Too Suen and out of Donas Cool Cat, by High Brow Cat.  Boon Too Suen ($263,795), trained and shown by Kobie, was the 2010 NCHA Open World Champion Stallion. Equi-Stat records show that Marley rode Boon Too Suen in some Youth classes in 2010, as well. Boon Too Suen is the sire of 28 money-earners that have banked nearly $775,000, among them, Suen You Will See ($134,457).

IntheBlood BoonTooSuen2010 NCHA World Champion Stallion Boon Too Suen and Kobie • Photo by Suzanne ForrestBoon Too Suen is a son of Peptoboonsmal, the No. 7 all-time leading cutting sire with earnings of $26 million. His foals include Little Pepto Gal ($526,229); Copaspepto ($476,232) and One Time Pepto ($331,097). Peptoboonsmal is sired by Peppy San Badger and out of Royal Blue Boon, by Boon Bar.

Meradas Little Sue ($730,552), the dam of Boon Too Suen, is a three-time NCHA Open World Champion who was trained and shown by Kobie. Meradas Little Sue is the dam of foals with Equi-Stat records totaling $1,580,370. Her money-earners include eight foals that have earned more than $100,000, including Mighty Fine Sue ($140,694), Goody Two Sue ($133,233), Sueyou ($128,288), Sueper Kitty ($123,310) and Sues Last Time ($121,457).

IntheBlood MeradasLittleSueKobie also rode three-time NCHA Open World Champion Meradas Little Sue • QHN File PhotoMeradas Little Sue is by Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Freckles Merada ($106,900). His get include Meradas Sunset ($248,386), Merada Destiny ($93,605), Merada Doc ($125,985) and Royal Merada ($125,139). Freckles Merada is by Freckles Playboy (Jewel’s Leo Bar x Gay Jay x Rey Jay) and out of Lenaette (Doc O’Lena x Bar Socks Babe x Bar El Do).

Meradas Little Sue is out of Docs Hickory Sue, who earned $7,466 and also produced Merada Missy ($85,012), a full sister to Meradas Little Sue. Docs Hickory Sue is by Doc’s Hickory (by Doc Bar) and out of Docs Secretary, by Doc’s Wombat, by Doc Bar.

Dam Line

Donas Cool Cat ($318,908) was purchased by Kobie and Paula as a 4-year-old. She is another contributor to the Wood family record, as she was ridden by several family members. In 2010, she helped Lane Wood win the NCHA Youth Junior World Championship. Donas Cool Cat has several top 10 finishes in the NCHA Non-Pro World Finals including a win in 2007 and three Reserve Championships.

IntheBlood DonasCoolCat PWoodDonas Cool Cat was a regular mount for Kobie’s wife, Paula Wood. • Photo by Suzanne ForrestDonas Cool Cat has an Equi-Stat dam record of $555,705. Her performers include Cool Cat Dual Rey ($156,733), who has carried both Kobie and Marley in the cutting pen. The horse’s biggest payday came with Kobie in the saddle when they finished in a tie for fourth in the 2014 Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Open.

The dam of Donas Cool Cat is Sweet Peppy Again ($13,602). Kobie rode this mare in 1997 and 1998 for Kenneth Hammett, who bred Donas Cool Cat. Sweet Peppy Again has offspring earnings of $441,567. Her money-earners include Scat Daddy ($62,295).

The sire of Sweet Peppy Again is Peppy San Badger. Her dam is Sweet Sugar Again, an unshown mare by Sugar Again and out of Sweet Personality, by Sugar Maker. Sweet Personality is an AQHA Superior Trail Horse with 68 AQHA points in that event.

A Familiar Nick

The presence of Jewel’s Leo Bar, Sugar Again and Sugar Maker in the pedigree of Donas Suen Boon represent the Sugar Bars/Leo nick. Jewel’s Leo Bar and Sugar Again are full brothers by Sugar Bars and out of Leo Pan, by Leo. Sugar Maker is by Sugar Bars and out of Lena Leo, by Leo. This makes Sugar Maker a three-quarter brother to Jewel’s Leo Bars and Sugar Again.

A look at the whole pedigree of Donas Suen Boon shows that her paternal grandmother is Meradas Little Sue, by Freckles Merada, by Freckles Playboy, by Jewel’s Leo Bars. The dam of Meradas Little Sue is Docs Hickory Sue, by Doc’s Hickory, resulting in a Sugar Bars/Leo/Doc’s Hickory cross.

Donas Cool Cat is by High Brow Cat, by High Brow Hickory, by Doc’s Hickory. Taking into account the pedigree of Sweet Sugar Again (Sugar Again x Sweet Personality x Sugar Maker), there is another Doc’s Hickory/Sugar Bars/Leo cross.

Bloodstock analysts call this a “returning the blood of the sire’s dam” pedigree pattern. This happens when linebreeding occurs when a stallion is mated with mares that carry the blood of his dam. This increases the influence of the sire’s dam (in this case, Meradas Little Sue) on the foal being produced by linebreeding to the blood found in her pedigree.

Donas Suen Boon has truly carried her human family to some big wins, and by doing that, she has carried the banner for her pedigree family, as well.

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