Autumn Boon 1994-2020
Autumn Boon (1994-2020)
AUBREY, TX — Kyle Manion, co-owner Manion Ranch, announced today one of the All-Time Leading NCHA Dams, Autumn Boon, was euthanized on Monday, September 28 due to age-related laminitis. Manion said, “It is with a heavy heart we report the loss of one of the best horses the cutting industry has ever known.”
With lifetime earnings of $258,185, Autumn Boon’s wins included 1998 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion and NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Champion the following year. Upon retiring from her illustrious show career, her life as a brilliant producer began. Many of her offspring are now household names, and she has proven to be a mare capable of producing both great stallions and mares; a rarity in the breeding business. “Boonie” is recognized as one of the All-Time Leading Cutting Dams, and currently has produced offspring earning in excess of $1.9 Million (as of 9-28-20).
Autumn Boon had recently begun showing early signs of laminitis. Manion explains, “After exhausting every possible remedy, it was decided by her veterinarian, owner, and us, that out of respect and love for her, euthanization was our only option. The timing was very important to us also, as we wanted to spare her the pain of a long, inevitable decline. While the decision was soul crushing, we all knew that waiting would only serve us, and not her.” On her last day, Manion related, “She was still bright, in good spirits and being the ‘Cookie Monster’ that she was, enjoying her favorite treats.”
The 26-year-old daughter of Dual Pep, out of Royal Blue Boon was owned by Karen Freeman and had been managed by Manion Ranch for the past 20 years. Manion said, “She was like family. Very affectionate. Just an all-around package, and we all loved her very much! We were privileged to manage Autumn Boon, and honored that Karen Freeman placed her confidence in us for so many years.” He continued, “Someone else who loved her was Smart Little Lena. She was, without a doubt, his favorite mare! He was truly infatuated with her, and there was a genuine mutual fondness there. Although this is a sad day for us, we do find a bit of comfort knowing those two industry greats are back together again.”