The Boon Sold to Creek Plantation

The iconic Creek Plantation has acquired senior ranch stallion The Boon from the historic King Ranch of Texas.

The Creek Plantation, of Augusta, Georgia, announced its purchase of the stallion on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The 2008 red roan stallion has a royal lineage, descending from King Ranch foundation stallion Old Sorrel and National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Famer Peppy San Badger. The Boon is by Equi-Stat Elite $28 Million Sire Peptoboonsmal, a top 10 all-time leading cutting horse sire. The Boon’s dam, Boon San Kitty, earned more than $570,000 in the cutting pen and was the first horse to win back-to-back NCHA Open Classic/Challenge championships. Her foals have earned more than $1,000,000. The Boon’s grandsire is Equi-Stat Elite All-Time Leading Sire High Brow Cat, a stallion with more than $90 Million in offspring earnings.

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“We have done business with and have had family relations for more than 40 years with the King Ranch and are grateful for the opportunity to purchase The Boon,” said William S. Morris V. “We were looking for a ranch stud to breed to our ranch mares, so when he became available, we thought it would be a good fit. Besides continuing the legacy of the two ranches and our shared desire to produce the best all-around horses possible, this stallion elevates our ranch horse program and our commitment to excellence.”

As a performer, The Boon sustained an injury while in training as a 3-year-old but recovered and began showing – and placing – at the age of 4. During his career, he finished in the top 15 of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open, was the PCCHA Fall Classic/Challenge and Chisholm Trail Fall Classic Open Reserve Champion, as well as the NCHA Classic/Challenge Open Reserve Co-Champion. The Boon earned $76,000 in the cutting arena, and he has sired foals that have total earnings of $74,000, according to Equi-Stat.

King Ranch Quarter Horses Manager LeeRoy Montalvo added, “Boon crossed with our ranch-bred mares has been proven to be an outstanding cross. His offspring have proven to be great working all-around ranch horses with a lot of cow, grit, well-minded, and all-day stamina. We are excited for Creek Plantation, who has been breeding great horses for a number of years. We know The Boon will continue to make their horse program even better and the relationship between our two ranches even stronger.”

Both Creek Plantation and the King Ranch have historic breeding programs. Creek Plantation has produced numerous winners and industry icons, including: Wheeling Peppy, Shes Pretty Smooth, the dam of fifth All-Time Leading Cutting Sire Smooth As A Cat (who has offspring earnings totaling more than $34 Million), Doc Solena, Dulces Joker, Short Nip Nap, Miss Jamaica Peppy, Miss Kim O Lena, dam of Elite NRHA Million Dollar Dam Snip O Gun, High Wheeling Doll, Gincoe and others.

Creek Plantation and the Morris family have also been involved with multiple stallions over the years including: Equi-Stat All-Time Leading Cutting Sire Tanquery Gin (who has offspring earnings totaling more than $2.3 Million), Shorty Lena, NCHA Triple Crown winner Smart Little Lena, One Gun, El Pobre (leased from the King Ranch), and now currently, Boon Too Suen (who has offspring earnings totaling more than $4 Million) and Cattalou.

According to Equi-Stat, Creek Plantation has bred horses with earnings totaling more than $3.3 Million. The King Ranch has bred horses with earnings totaling more than $7.2 Million.

Frozen Semen is available through the 6666 Ranch on The Boon for $1,500 plus chute fee.

About Creek Plantation

In 1968, William S. Morris III of Augusta, Ga., acquired Creek Plantation, a tract of land near Martin, S.C., fronting on the Savannah River and comprising 2,526 acres of timberlands and open fields used for agriculture. The plantation offered Billy Morris the opportunity to pursue a lifelong interest in horses and to begin breeding Quarter Horses.

In the mid-1970s, Billy Morris became interested in the sport of cutting, and was instrumental in founding the Augusta Futurity. Morris has maintained a consistent interest in cutting horses, and Creek Plantation has been fortunate to have had the services and help of outstanding trainers, among them Larry Reeder, Bill Riddle, David Stewart and Phil Rapp.

Morris’ interest in animals isn’t limited to horses. He began building a commercial cattle operation, which consists of some 2,200 commercial brood cows. In addition, Creek Plantation is home to a herd of registered Texas longhorns.

Over the years, Creek Plantation has been expanded with the acquisition of additional land, so that today it consists of nearly 14,000 acres and encompasses three commercial enterprises: horses, cattle and timber.

About King Ranch

Dubbed “The Birthplace of American Ranching,” the King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Capt. Richard King, who came to Texas in 1846 during the Mexican/American War. King saw many parts of South Texas as a steamboat captain and decided it would be an ideal place for a ranch. King soon began buying land in the area, and with two land grant purchases totaling 68,500 acres, the nucleus of The King Ranch was born. 

The ranch’s horses as we know them today began with Old Sorrel, who was foaled in 1915 and was purchased by Bob Kleberg from George Clegg of Alice, Texas. Bob Kleberg was quoted as saying Old Sorrel was the best cow horse he had ever ridden. 

In 1941, the King Ranch earned AQHA’s first registration spot by winning grand champion stallion at the Fort Worth Stock Show. The honor went to a stallion named Wimpy, who had Old Sorrel on both sides of his pedigree. 

In the late 1970s, the ranch purchased Mr San Peppy, who was by Leo San (by Leo) and out of a mare called Peppy Belle. At that time, Mr San Peppy was the youngest horse to be named the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Champion and the youngest horse to be named to the NCHA Hall of Fame. He was also the youngest horse to win more than $100,000 in open cutting competition in a single year. Among his get was Peppy San Badger, who was the next stallion the ranch bought.

Better known as “Little Peppy,” Peppy San Badger won the NCHA Futurity in 1977 and the NCHA Derby in 1978, and he was AQHA Reserve World Champion in 1980. He, too, was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame, and, of course, he continued that direct line to Old Sorrel.

Old Sorrel, Wimpy, Mr San Peppy and Peppy San Badger are all in the AQHA Hall of Fame, along with trainer Buster Welch, Robert Kleberg Jr., his nephew, Richard “Dick” Kleberg Jr. and Dick’s son, Stephen “Tio” Kleberg. 

Today, the family ownership of King Ranch is in its seventh generation. The ranch has extensive agricultural interests in addition to ranching and horses.