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☛ Aaron Ranch celebrates Peptoboonsmal purchase 6-25-14



By Glory Ann Kurtz
June 25, 2014


A cake and plates of goodies shown in front of a banner of Peptoboonsmal during a dinner held by the Aaron Ranch for guests of the Celebration who were served cake for dessert.

On May 31, the Aaron Ranch, Commerce, Texas, held a special Celebration of their purchase of the legendary performance horse sire Peptoboonsmal, and the opportunity to provide him a permanent home. It was described by one of the approximately 200 participants as “a huge success and a first-class reception.”

The celebration was an opportunity for people to see the ranch and training facility, as well as Pepto’s new home, barn and four-acre pasture.


“The Legend continues,” said the beautiful invitation, “because of the amazing talent and exceptional earning power of Peptoboonsmal’s sons and daughters. Aaron Ranch will continue to support and honor his legacy.”


The celebration included a buffet dinner, cocktails, entertainment and even a roping in their arena, along with a socializing event in the press box.


The ranch is owned by newcomers to the Western Performance industry, Phillip and Lori Aaron, who truly love horses, “especially horses of color.” They currently have close to 225 horses, including over 50 foals born this year, and run approximately 1,000 cow/calves on 7,000 acres in Commerce.


Phillip works nonstop on the ranch and manages the cow/calf side. Lori studies all of the genetic crosses, and works most of the time in Dallas. Their daughter, Cresha Aaron, is the ranch manager, all the while raising a family.  Jay McLaughlin, who last September was the Reserve Champion of the NRCHA Open Futurity held in Reno, Nev., riding Blind Sided, a beautiful 2006 palomino stallion sired by Peptoboonsmal out of Shiney Chex by Shining Spark, purchased from Carol Rose, manages the show horses and training operation. In fact the Aarons were the buyers of approximately 49 head of horses during Carol’s dispersal sale held Aug. 16, 2013 sale.


Up until that time, one of the Aaron’s main objectives was to preserve the versatile Blue Valentine bloodlines. But their current stallion roster includes A Shiner Named Sioux, a 2006 son of Shining Spark out of Docs Sulena by Doc O’Lena, with earnings of $154,971, that the Aarons purchased for a reported $850,000 at the Carol Rose Dispersal Sale; Jasons Peptolena and Duals Blue Boon, both sired by Peptoboonsmal; Leo Hancock Hayes; Funny B Blue Muchaman; Stone Blue Valentine; Rojo Goose and Dry Fork Roan.


Phillip and Lori Aaron in front of the band instruments used by a band that guests to the Celebration of the purchase of Peptoboonsmal danced to.

“We just love the blue and red roans,” said McLaughlin, giving one of the reasons why the Aarons wanted to purchase Peptoboonsmal. According to Cresha, besides their own mares, they will be open to breeding up to 10 outside mares a year, but they would have to be exceptional mares.




Peptoboonsmal,, a beautiful 1992 red roan stallion, bred and raised by Larry and Elaine Hall, Weatherford, Texas, is sired by Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy), and out of the great mare Royal Blue Boon by Boon Bar.


The Aaron Ranch and Jay McLaughlin families shown during the Aaron Ranch Celebration on the purchase of Peptoboonsmal.

Royal Blue Boon:

The 1980 blue roan mare sired by Boon Bar out of Royal Tincie by Royal King, was owned her whole life by Larry Hall Cutting Horses, LLP. She earned $224,685.37 in lifetime earnings, including finishing eighth in the 1983 NCHA Open Futurity, being a finalist in the 1984 NCHA Open Derby, and Reserve Champion of the 1984 NCHA Open Super Stakes, as well as third in the NCHA Open Finals.


She became a leading broodmare as the dam of 17 foals, with 15 of them earning $2.3 million in NCHA competition, $2,996.89 AQHA World Show and $359.40 in NRCHA competition. They also owned 89.5 AQHA points. Her highest-money-earning offspring was a gelding, Red White And Boon, sired by Smart Little Lena, that was ridden by Mary Jo Milner to five straight NCHA Non-Pro World Championships in 200-2005, plus many other titles for lifetime earnings of $1.8 million.


She is also the dam of Bet Yer Blue Boons, who is also one of the industry’s leading broodmares sired by Freckles Playboy, owned and shown by Lindy Burch to $1.19 million in NCHA and AQHA lifetime earnings.


Phillip shown riding Duals Blue Boon in the roping. The blue roan stallion, also owned by the Aarons, is a 3/4 brother to Peptoboonsmal with $169,424 in NCHA lifetime earnings.

The Aarons also own Duals Blue Boon, a 1992 blue roan stallion that is a well-known three-quarter brother to Peptoboonsmal, sired by Dual Pep, a son of Peppy San Badger, out of Royal Blue Boon, that was owned and shown by Kobie Wood to $169,423.74 in NCHA lifetime earnings, . His full sister, Autumn Boon, a 1994 mare with $244,470.47 in NCHA lifetime earnings, is one of the leading broodmares of all time, owned by Karen Freeman.



According to an article in the April 2006 Western Horseman by Jerry Circelli, in 1991 they bred Royal Blue Boon to Peppy San Badger and transferred three embryos from the dam to surrogate mares. The result was the birth of a stunning red-roan colt, followed days later with the births of a red-roan filly and a pitch-black filly – all full siblings.  The only problem was that only one of the foals could be registered as this was prior to the AQHA rule change following a lawsuit by Kay Floyd et al, that was mediated in court so that multiple embryos could be registered out of a single mare in a single year.


The other two fillies were AQHA registered following the Kay Floyd et al lawsuit and mediation.  According to current AQHA records, TH Royal Red Peppy is owned by Atwood Quarter Horses, Inc., Kenwood, Calif. She was purchased from Larry Hall by Dean Sanders, Houston, Texas, in 1993 and Melissa Lyons, Iola, Texas, purchased her at the 1996 NCHA Futurity Sale. In 2010, the Atwood Ranches, Inc., Kenwood, Calif., purchased the mare. She earned $118,108 in NCHA cutting competition and qualified for the 2003 AQHA World Show in Amateur Cutting. She is the dam of 22 foals, with six earning $58,555.80 and 13 AQHA points. Two foals were born in 2013.


A large, enclosed viewing and entertaining area along one side of the arena above the stalls.

According to AQHA records, Royal Black Peppy is deceased. She was last owned by Black Rock Ranch LLC, Harrison, Idaho. Her last foal was in 2007. She was purchased as a 2-year-old from Larry Hall by Floyd J Moore Jr, in 1994, and 6J Paint Horses in 2000. She was leased by Jack Waggoner in 2001, Luke Lee Gaule, Springfield, Ill., purchased her on Jan. 14, 2002 and Western States Ranch, Poolville, Texas, purchased her on Jan. 23, 2002. Black Rock Ranch bought the mare on May 23, 2006. She had 15 foals, with 8 earning $76,825.09 in NCHA cutting, $4,282 at the AQHA World Show and $1,761.18 in NRCHA competition.


As time would tell, the Halls made the best choice when they decided the red-roan colt would be the one they would register but wanted to come up with a name that wouldn’t be forgotten. That happened when they came up with Peptoboonsmal after they saw an ad in a magazine for the well-known pink stomach remedy Pepto-Bismol.


Jay McLaughlin at the halter of Peptoboonsmal.

According to AQHA records, Peptoboonsmal, won a total of $180,487, capturing the 1995 Open title of the NCHA Futurity with Gary Bellenfant in the saddle; the 1996 Gold Coast Open Derby, finished fourth at the 1996 NCHA Open Super Stakes and was a finalist in the 1996 NCHA Open Derby and Augusta 4-year-Old Open Futurity.


In 2007, Elaine Hall, the widow of Larry Hall, sold Peptoboonsmal to Richard Fields, owner of Jackson Land & Cattle Company of Jackson Hole, Wyo., a native New Yorker and one-time consultant to Donald Trump, who was best known for his business success in the casino gaming and entertainment business.


Seven years later on May 4, 2014, Fields sold the stallion to the Aaron Ranch who are one of the largest landowners in Hunt County, Texas, and have been in the cattle business for decades, as well as breeding and raising working cow horses. The ranch is a family operation, sharing duties with their two children: Nelson and Cresha. Fields said he had agreed to sell the stallion only after he was assured that Peptoboonsmal would be able to live out his life in comfort on the Aaron Ranch, where he will be mainly breeding their own mares.



After his wins in the major cutting events, Peptoboonsmal soon became a legendary sire. According to AQHA records, through the 2013 crop year, he has sired 1,327 foals, with 841 (over 63 percent) being performers, earning close to $22 million in NCHA, NRHA, NRCHA, AQHA, SHOT, team penning and ranch horse competition.  As a Maternal Grandsire, he had 1,407 grandbabies, with 419 (30 percent) performing to the tune of close to $11 million.


The first Peptoboonsmal offspring that made him a household name was a beautiful roan yearling colt named One Time Pepto that was sold by David and Clare Capps, who owned his full brother, and was out of their great mare One Time Soon, sired by Smart Little Lena and out of Uno Princess by Jose Uno.  The yearling was purchased through the 2002 NCHA Futurity Sale by Jeffrey Matthews, Warsaw, N.C., for a whopping $380,000.


“Everyone thought I was crazy,” said Matthews in the Western Horseman article. “They all laughed when I bought him, but there’s probably not one of them who wouldn’t mortgage his house for that horse today.”



And today is no different…except Matthews would not part with his stallion that has himself become one of the industry’s leading sires today.  In fact, in the May 1, 2014 issue of Quarter Horse News, he was named the “Top Junior Cutting and Cow Horse Sire,” with only four foal crops of performing age.  In cutting, he had 242 offspring earning $4,738,651 while in cow horse competition, he sired 60 offspring earning $1,032,459. (Junior sires were sires whose offspring had posted no earnings to Equi-Stat prior to 2009.)


Today Peptoboonsmal is listed in the top of the lists of sires in the performance horse industry in Quarter Horse News statistical issues, with the most recent being the “All-Industry” statistics, published May 15, 2013 through 2012, where Peptoboonsmal is the second leading sire, with a total of $17,473,513 won by his offspring in cutting ($16,239,842), reining ($253,016) and reined cow horse ($980,655).


In the 2013 Quarter Horse News Lifetime Cutting Stats ending in 2012, 667 of his offspring had earned $18931,964 in the cutting arena, toped by Little Pepto Gal, $526,229; Copaspepto, $471,994, One Time Pepto 4331,097, Peptos Stylish Miss $305,712, Boon Too Suen, $261,641, Freckles Lena boon, $259,818 and Sweet Lil Pepto $237,783.






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