Luke Brown and Joseph Harrison.
The picture of triumph for Luke Brown (left) and Joseph Harrison. Photo by Rebecca Cornelius (Courtesy of The American Rodeo)

16-Year-Old Bred to be a Cutter Instead a Prized Roper

He was after all bred by leading cutting breeders and owners Phil and Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, so when Main Street Boon was born in 2004, he seemed destined to become a champion cutting horse — just like his sire and dam.

Instead, though, Main Street Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Playboys Ruby x Freckles Playboy) became an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Team Roping – Heeling World Champion, in 2015 with Joseph Harrison. 

Five years later at age 16, “Street,” as the gelding is called, and Harrison won the team roping (heeling) $100,000 championship check at the prestigious The American Rodeo finals, March 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Street’s sire, Peptoboonsmal, was ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Gary Bellenfant to win the 1995 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. The stallion, whose lifetime cutting earnings total $180,487, is an Equi-Stat Elite $27 Million Sire.

Street’s dam, Playboys Ruby, who died in October 2011, was shown by Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Rider Phil Rapp. The mare’s lifetime cutting earnings totaled $268,441 and she produced 21 money-earners that had won $1,923,248 — an average of $91,583 –– before Street’s check pushed her dam earnings past the $2 million mark.

A three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) National Finals Rodeo (NFR) team roping (heeling) qualifier, Harrison of Marietta, Oklahoma, teamed up with header Luke Brown of Lipan, Texas, to rope at this year’s American, which marked Harrison’s third time to compete in the rodeo and the second time riding Street.

Harrison, who works for trainer Bobby Lewis, said Street was about 6 years old when Lewis bought the horse from Waco Bend Ranch, which had purchased Street as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2005 NCHA Super Stakes Cutting Sale from consignors Phil and Mary Ann Rapp.

Street spent a few years with Scott Venable, a good friend of Lewis and Harrison. But when Street was 8 — and he wasn’t being ridden much at Venable’s — another trade took place returning Street to his home with Lewis and Harrison.

“Street probably wasn’t meant to be team roped on, but I’m sure glad he was,” Harrison said. “He’s been awesome for me, personally.” 

Last year, Harrison and Luke Brown rodeoed with what Harrison called “a set of super cool guys, who all got along really well,” but the two themselves had not roped together at any rodeos — just at a few jackpot ropings. When it came time for The American, Harrison said he and Brown were both in need of a roping partner.

“So, we just roped together,” Harrison explained. “And obviously, it was a good decision — Luke does a good job all the time and he ropes really good.”

Street is bigger than a lot of heeling horses, Harrison said.

“He’s a nice-made horse,” Joseph Harrison said of Main Street Boon. Photo by Jake Link

“He’s a nice-made horse,” Harrison said. “He’s big and strong and, he’s not a sprinter by no means, but he can sure run. What I like the best about him, though, is that he hardly ever messes up in a run. He gets right where he is supposed to get every time. He’s sure enough a nice horse.”

When it comes to personality, Harrison said Street is a character.

“He’s always getting into something. He’s kind of like a pet coon. But, he also wants to be your buddy and he’ll be in your back pocket all the time.”

Thanks to The American Rodeo, Harrison’s 2020 rodeo season is off to a good start. (Only half of Harrison’s American Rodeo earnings will count toward ProRodeo’s year-end standings and NFR qualifications.).

Harrison said he will be spending a great deal of time on the road this year, while Street will get to spend some time at home.

“He’s getting to the age now to where he probably won’t make” the summer rodeos,” Harrison explained. “I rode him at the last three NFRs and if I make it [to the NFR] again this year, I’ll go ahead and ride him there again.

“I needed him for about three or four select rodeos and he did just what I needed — he let me win at the spots that I needed to win. Now, he’s pretty much going to have the rest of the year off. My wife [Jodi] will ride him and keep him in shape and stuff, but that’s about it.

“And, he won’t be going anywhere else — we wouldn’t sell him,” Harrison said. “I’ll keep him, and he can live out the rest of his days at my place.”