Good neighbors team up to create a top horse.
By Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Mix a little running blood with some old-school rodeo blood and what do you get?
A year-end junior high-point horse with points in halter, tie-down roping, heading, heeling and pole bending.
Streakin Boon Dox, owned by Joe and Carla Spitz of Lamar, Colorado, is the 2011 AQHA high-point horse, but the versatile bay roan’s beginnings stretch back to South Dakota, when neighbors and friends James Colombe and Brian Fulton had a bright idea.
James sent his proven bay mare PC Joesy Dox to Brian’s red roan stallion, A Streak Of Fling. “Joesy Dox” came from Cowan Cattle Co. in Highmore, South Dakota, where James picked her out in 1988 as a weanling.
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“That Boon Bar stud they had (Boon Dox John), was really spectacular,” James says. “I’d ridden some of his colts, and I just liked them. (The year I bought Joesy Dox), there were about 20 head of them, and I wish I’d picked 10 now. There wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference in any of them.”
But Joesy Dox had the keenest head, James says, so she went home to his ranch in Mission, South Dakota, where he rode her on the more than 5,000 acres of pasture until an injury sidelined her to the broodmare band. James had always intended to breed the mare, so he crossed her on Calyx Wish and Sun Frost and still has some of her daughters in his broodmare band.
“I’ve done quite a few things with her,” James says. “It just worked so well with Brian’s stud, we’ve been doing that.”
Streakin Boon Dox was foaled in 2006 from A Streak Of Fling’s second foal crop. Brian and his wife, Lisa, recently talked James into selling Joesy Dox to them. James liked the top side of the mare’s breeding, but Brian and Lisa had personal reasons for liking the bottom side.
“The reason I like this mare so much is that the horse I went to the National Finals Rodeo on in tie-down roping and steer wrestling is Joesy Dox’s mother’s full sister,” Brian says. “And crossed with Boon Dox John for the cowiness.”
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Brian’s NFR-quality horse, Mr Bar None Cactus, was by Bar None Joe and out of Crow River Sioux by Habit, same as Joesys Rose, the dam of PC Joesy Dox.
“It’s been a nice cross,” Brian says. “She’s just a nice, solid mare. I’m tickled for Jim. It was his mare (that produced Streakin Boon Dox). A Streak Of Fling has been proving himself in the barrel racing as well as the roping, and that’s what’s nice about Streakin Boon Dox.
“What it has proven to me is A Streak Of Fling is a universal sire – he can go any direction. And for the type of mares I like, rodeo horses, that’s where Joesy Dox really fits.”
The 2011 AQHA year-end high-point horses and their breeders were featured in the April 2012 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal. Don’t miss out on the stories behind Certify This Chex and Brianna Tamulewiz, Hours Yours And Mine and Kaleena Weakly, and the striking red roan mare Vital Signs Are Good.