In 2000, when National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Champion and million-dollar producer Bet Yer Blue Boons was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame, her owner and trainer Hall of Famer Lindy Burch ponied her into Will Rogers Coliseum on the mare’s daughter, Bet Yer Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Bet Yer Blue Boons).
Bet Yer Boons was a competitor that night.
It was only one of a string of competitions that would net the 1997 red roan mare $73,281 in lifetime earnings, according to EquiStat, and led to a distinguished career as a champion producer. Among her winning offspring is the stallion, Bettin Yer Smart, who is a Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Champion and NRCHA Hackamore World Reserve Champion. Owned by Long Pines Land and Livestock, this son of Bet Yer Boons is now standing to outside mares at the Colorado State University Equine Reproductive Lab.
Bettin Yer Smart boasts winnings in all NRCHA divisions (snaffle, hackamore, two-rein and bridle) and has qualified for the World Show in all but snaffle. He is one of an honored few named NRCHA Supreme Working Cow Horse.
A product of the Oxbow Ranch while under the direction of Lindy Burch, Bet Yer Boons comes from a long line of champions. Her sire is Peptoboonsmal. Her dam is the great Bet Yer Blue Boons, one of 24 performers out of this record-making mare, which is certainly testimony to the dominance of her winning genetics. Her granddam, on both sides, is Royal Blue Boon.
Bet Yer Boons chalked up her own impressive list of titles in cutting:
As a broodmare, Bet Yer Boons continued to honor her heritage. She produced 17 AQHA foals of which an incredible 13 are money earners with a total of $539,675 (November 2020 QData).
Some of her top offspring include:
Bettin Yer Smart (Smart Little Lena), LTE nearly $40,000; 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Hackamore Champion; 2013 NRCHA World Open Hackamore Reserve Champion; NRCHA Supreme Cow Horse and much more
Little Red Bet (Smart Little Lena – full sibling to Bettin Yer Smart), LTE $37,196; multiple finalist lists; sold to Brazilian ranch; dam of offspring with earnings in excess of $220,000
Little Royal Blue (Smart Little Lena – full sibling to Bettin Yer Smart), LTE $49,355; 2008 San Diego $10K Open Champion; 2010 Utah Futurity 5-6 Year Old Open Reserve Champion; and more
Smart Lena Boon (Smart Little Lena – full sibling to Bettin Yer Smart); top non-pro producing stallion of 2008 NCHA Futurity; injured during early training so never competed
Bet This Cats Smart (WR This Cats Smart), LTE $123,080; 2010 NCHA Futurity 3 Year Old Open finalist; 2013 Calgary Stampede $50K Champion; 2013 Canada Cutting National Finals Open Champion, and more
Bet Yer Metallic (Metallic Cat), LTE $118,309; 2016 PCCHA Futurity 3 Year Old Open Reserve Champion; 2017 El Rancho Futurity 4 Year Old Reserve Champion and multiple finalist qualifications
Smooth Bet On A Cat (Smooth As A Cat), LTE $61,469; 2009 PCCHA Open Derby Champion; 2009 El Rancho Futurity 4 Year Old Derby Reserve Champion and more.