once in a blu boon
Successful cutter Once In A Blu Boon (pictured with James Payne aboard) recently surpassed a breeding milestone by becoming an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

Once In A Blu Boon hits $1 Million Mark

Few stallions have risen up the sire ranks as quickly as Once In A Blu Boon has in the past two years. He shot to No. 8 in the Equi-Stat Junior Sire Statistics earlier this year and recently became the sport’s newest Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire.

As of Dec. 11, the roan son of Peptoboonsmal had sired 65 earners of $1,070,403. His top earners earned prizes on the biggest stages in the Western performance horse industry: leading earner Badboonarising ($293,126) was the 2018 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open Reserve Champion and second-leading earner Here Comes The Boon ($205,564) won this year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.

Once In A Blu Boon was himself an NCHA Futurity Open semifinalist, who went on to win multiple championships and $316,564 in the cutting pen with trainer James Payne. His first crop of a dozen foals hit the ground in 2014. According to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), he went on to sire 64 registered foals in 2015; 284 in 2016 and 263 in 2017. And, as of this writing, the AQHA has registered another 174 foals from his 2018 crop.

With three crops to show, the stallion out of Autumn Boon (by Dual Pep) has found success crossed on mares from a variety of stallions. His top five earners are: Badboonarising ($293,126, Show Biz Kitty x High Brow Cat), Here Comes The Boon ($205,564, Stay Outta My Shorts x Shorty Lena), Blu Velvet ($69,006, Velvets Best Shot x Playgun), Pepsi Boon ($61,118, Paula Dual x Dual Pep) and Blu Too Smart ($51,001, Too Smart Toodie x Smart Mate).

All told, nine of Once In A Blu Boon’s top 10 money earners were out of mares by different stallions. The only duplication was High Brow Cat, who was the maternal grandsire of two of Once In A Blu Boon’s top 10 earners: leading earner Badbadboonarising and his ninth-leading earner, Blu Chip Cat, who won $22,370 and is out of My Sweet Cat (by High Brow Cat).

Once In A Blu Boon looks to continue his success at this year’s NCHA Futurity. As of Dec. 11, he has sired finalists in the three NCHA Futurity classes that have finished so far: the Limited Open, Amateur and Limited Non-Pro. His sire record does not yet reflect those earnings, and he also has multiple progeny qualified for this week’s Open, Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur semi-finals at the show in Fort Worth. 

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