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Boon San Sally made her name as a cutting horse, and then became the cornerstone of a line of horses that produced show horses, breeding stallions and valuable broodmares. • Photo by Betsy Lynch

From The Archives: Boon San Sally

Boon San Sally was a competitor worth her salt before stepping into matronly shoes and producing cutting champions, successful breeding stallions and valued broodmares.

Dubbed “The Queen” at her longtime home Rockin W Ranch in Millsap, Texas, Boon San Sally lived up to her nickname. 

Foaled in 1980, Boon San Sally was bred by Dr. Leon Hibbs of Durant, Oklahoma. Sired by Boon Bar and out of Hula Stopa (by Hula San), Boon San Sally was by the same sire as powerhouse producer Royal Blue Boon. 

Boon San Sally’s Performance

According to Equi-Stat, Boon San Sally earned $60,463 in the cutting pen throughout the mid-1980s. Successes included splitting fourth place in the Open Classic at the 1985 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Classic Challenge, earning $10,154. In 1986 she became the Reserve Champion at the Bonanza Cutting in the 5/6-Year-Old Open, earning $7,084. She was ridden by NCHA Hall of Fame rider Jody Galyean during a majority of 1985 and 1986.

Boon San Sally finished her career with a Certificate of Ability and Bronze Award from the NCHA. She then became the cornerstone for Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch breeding program.

Memorable Mother

Boon San Sally has 14 performing progeny according to Equi-Stat, and her money-earning foals racked up $1,093,731 in the cutting pen. Her leading performer was spitting image 2004 NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, a 2000 mare by High Brow Cat.

Boon San Kitty forged a legacy herself, earning $555,504 during a career that included two wins in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge, and championships at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Derby. She won several other limited-age titles during her career.

Boon San Kitty (pictured with Ed Flynn) won more than a half million dollars during her show career, before carrying her mother’s legacy in the breeding shed. • Photo by Don Shugart.

Other high-achieving earners include RW Sallycat, a multiple aged event cutting finalist by High Brow Cat who earned $143,731 during her career. Boon San Lena, a 1987 stallion by Smart Little Lena rounds out the top three, earning $120,966.

Another son of Boon San Sally sired by High Brow Cat is Boon San, who earned $57,580 in the show pen before siring the winners of more than $892,000.    

Generations of Success

As a granddam, Boon San Sally continued to contribute to the cutting industry as an influence in the maternal and paternal lines of top Western performance horses. 

Her greatest success as a granddam thus far has come through daughter Boon San Kitty, who produced earners of $931,493 including 2009 NCHA Futurity Open Champion Rockin W (by Dual Rey). Now an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire, Rockin W’s top offspring are cutting horses — but he showed versatility in the breeding barn by also siring accomplished barrel horse Rockin A Lil ($79,809). 

Boon San Kitty’s other leading earners include Breeders Invitational Open Reserve Champion RW Rockin ($202,578, by Dual Rey) and NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open Champion Boon San Spoon ($171,297, by Hes A Peptospoonful).

A son of Boon San Kitty who aims to make a mark on the Western performance horse and ranching breeding industries is The Boon. A son of Peptoboonsmal, The Boon earned $75,156 in the cutting pen before embarking on his breeding career. The 13-year-old stallion is now owned by the famed King Ranch.

Boon San Sally’s daughter Boon San Acre (by Bob Acre Doc) produced $228,129 in progeny including Dualin Boon (by Dual Rey) who earned more than $150,000 and was a semifinalist in several major limited age events including the NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes. 

Dualin Boon has so far sired the winners of more than $830,000, including 2019 NCHA Open World Champion CR Gotcha Covered ($301,106).

Boon San Sally has already proved her staying power with generations of capable cutting horses. But, with today’s producers and performers still sporting her name in their pedigrees, there are sure to be more winning ways for Boon San Sally and her legacy.