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Royal Blue Boon. * Photo by John Brasseaux.

From The Archives: Royal Blue Boon

Foaled in 1980, Royal Blue Boon had the genetic potential to become a great cutting horse. The blue roan mare found success after success in the cutting pen under the hand of Larry Reeder and Larry Hall, competing from 1983-1987.

Bred by Curt Donley of Whitesboro, Texas, Royal Blue Boon was sired by Boon Bar and out of Royal Tincie (by Royal King). She kicked off her cutting career at the 1983 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where she competed in the Futurity Open with Reeder and placed eighth, earning $39,269. 

Royal Blue Boon & Joe Heim. * Photo by Fred Miller.

In her 4-year-old year she tied for second place in the NCHA Super Stakes Derby Open with Reeder, good for a hefty $111,371 payday. Royal Blue Boon, who also competed with Larry Hall and Joe Heim, retired with $381,764 to her name, according to Equi-Stat

The mare was skillful in the cutting pen, and surely her connections awaited her first foals with bated breath. 

Royal Blue Boon’s Foals

Royal Blue Boon’s produce report totals 18 performing foals with more than $2 million in earnings. The list is peppered with well-known names such as Equi-Stat Elite $27 Million Sire Peptoboonsmal (by Peppy San Badger), NCHA Open World Champion and stellar producer Bet Yer Blue Boons (by Freckles Playboy), not to mention the highest-earning cutting horse of all time, Red White And Boon, a son of Smart Little Lena who earned $922,063.

Her progeny also includes Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Sire Duals Blue Boon (by Dual Pep) and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Mecom Blue (by Haidas Little Pep)

The wild success of Royal Blue Boon’s foals resulted in an explosive second generation. According to Equi-Stat, 140 horses with Royal Blue Boon as their grand-dam have earned a combined $5 million in competition. 

Topping the list in earnings are stallions Im Countin Checks (Smart Lil Richochet x Autumn Boon x Dual Pep), Once In A Blu Boon (Peptoboonsmal x Autumn Boon x Dual Pep) and Bet Hesa Cat (High Brow Cat x Bet Yer Blue Boons x Freckles Playboy) who have sired $5 million, $2 million and $4 million in progeny respectively.  

There’s also at least three other Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sires in her first two generations of foals:  

  • Royal Fletch (Jae Bar Fletch x Royal Blue Dually x Dual Pep)
  • Bet On Me 498 (Smart Little Lena x Bet Yer Blue Boons x Freckles Playboy)
  • Boon A Little (Smart Little Lena x Autumn Boon x Dual Pep)

With the new wave of cutting performers is competing in the NCHA Futurity, Royal Blue Boon’s heritage will continue to be carried by the horses who possess her cutting blood.