Farewell, Royal Blue Boon

Royal Blue Boon
Royal Blue Boon, a gifted performer and cutting’s top producing broodmare, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 13, at her longtime home, Hall Cutting Horses, Weatherford, Texas.

The 1980 mare (Boon Bar x Royal Tincie x Royal King) had 17 earners that amassed $2,614,201 through the end of last year, according to Equi-Stat records.

Curt Donley, Whitesboro, Texas, bred and originally owned Royal Blue Boon. He sold her to James Eakin, Hondo, Texas, in December of her weanling season. Tommy Bellamy and Larry Reeder, Red Oak, Texas, bought her in December of 1982. Larry Hall and Wendyl Hambrick, Lillian, Texas, bought her in June of 1983. Purchased outright by Hall in August of 1984, she spent the rest of her life with the Hall Cutting Horses estate.

Royal Blue Boon originally stood out as a cutting competitor, with career earnings totaling $224,685. She then secured her legacy as cutting top’s broodmare by producing a long line of winners. They included gelding Red White And Boon, cutting’s No. 2 all-time money earner. She also produced cutting legends Peptoboonsmal, Autumn Boon, Mecom Blue, Duals Blue Boon and Bet Yer Blue Boons.

A pioneer in the field of embryo transfers starting in the early 1990s, Royal Blue Boon also produced cutting’s first filly clone – Royal Blue Boon Too – in February of 2006.

Elaine Hall, Larry Hall’s widow, owned and cared for Royal Blue Boon many years. The mare knew she was someone special, Hall said.