The Western performance horse world has lost another of its great performers and producers.
Tuffs Junie, a 31-year-old mare bred by Boyd Summerhays of Sandy, Utah, and owned by Craig Crumpler of Wichita Falls, Texas, was humanely euthanized on Thursday.
Crumpler, who purchased “Junie” as a 4-year-old from her breeder, said: “She was the sweetest, best individual we’ve ever been around. She had the style, she just had everything.”
Tuffs Junie (Tuff Lena x Candy Quixote x Doc Quixote) was ridden by Crumpler and his brother, Don Crumpler, to lifetime earnings of $46,656. Craig Crumpler and the mare won her largest paycheck ($10,840) at the 1994 Abilene Spectacular, where they won the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals.
While she proved herself as a performer, Tuffs Junie is best known for her offspring. She produced 14 money-earners with total Equi-Stat earnings of $1,250,409. Her high-dollar winner is Junie Wood ($541,993), followed by Woody Be Tuff ($351,063) and Wood She B Tuff ($101,079).
Craig Crumpler rode Junie Wood to win the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Non-Pro Championship, which paid worth $56,825. Among Junie Wood and trainer John Mitchell’s victories were the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes 4-Year-Old Open ($90,595); the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes 5/6-Year-Old Open finals ($37,399); the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open finals ($16,175); The Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Open finals ($22,026) and The Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic 5/6-Year-Old Open Co-Championship ($13,000). In 2016, the pair won the Abilene 5/6-Year-Old Open finals ($18,000); and The Ike Derby & Classic 5/6-Year-Old Open finals ($20,160).
Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Sire Woody Be Tuff was ridden by Austin Shepard to win the 2007 Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Open ($26,746) and the Cotton Stakes 5/6-Year-Open finals ($26,908). Don Crumpler and the stallion won two NCHA World Finals Novice Open championships.
Woody Be Tuff’s 241 money-earners have won a total of $5,078,874 for average earnings of $21,074. His No. 1 money-earner is CR Tuff Lucy ($381,757), followed by CR Tuff Hearted Cat ($276,864); CR First Tuff ($191,631; and CR Tuff Taboo ($150,940).
Crumpler believes Tuffs Junie was 7 or 8-years-old when she was retired from the show pen and it was a year or two before they bred her.
Crumpler still owns a daughter out of Tuffs Junie — Wood Be Super Tuff. Crumpler rode one of her offspring, Woodabout Boon, a gelding by Once In A Blue Boon, to 18th place in the 2019 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro finals.
“That bloodline is awful good and I’ve got a full-brother to Junie Wood and Woody Be Tuff named Brother Tuff. I’m riding 2-year-olds by him now. He’s about 7-years-old and he’s beautiful. Nobody knows about him because he didn’t get to go to the show pen because he fractured his hock when he was young and we didn’t get to train him.
“It looks like his babies are going to be outstanding, so that’s my new hope. What I’m saying is, I still have the bloodline, thank goodness.”
Crumpler’s wife, Janet, also will miss Junie: “She was a very sweet and very ‘classy’ creature … we were very blessed and lucky to have her in our lives.”