Lindy Burch – Bet Yer Blue Boons is top NCHA combo

When it comes to winning at weekend shows, it doesn't get any better than Lindy Burch and her great 10-year-old mare, Bet Yer Blue Boons. The pair are leading the open category going into the 2000 NCHA John Deere world finals, which will take place next February during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The mare's total for the year is $57,817, all earned in weekend cuttings.When it comes to winning at weekend shows, it doesn't get any better than Lindy Burch and her great 10-year-old mare, Bet Yer Blue Boons. The pair are leading the open category going into the 2000 NCHA John Deere world finals, which will take place next February during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The mare's total for the year is $57,817, all earned in weekend cuttings.

Story originally posted by: John BrasseauxHorseCity.com Western Content Director

When it comes to winning at weekend shows, it doesn’t get any better than Lindy Burch and her great 10-year-old mare, Bet Yer Blue Boons. The pair are leading the open category going into the 2000 NCHA John Deere world finals, which will take place next February during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The mare’s total for the year is $57,817, all earned in weekend cuttings.

Burch, of Weatherford, Texas, and "Bet" are leading the second place combo, Glen Blankenship and Dont Hava Cow, by $2,364. But, with four go-rounds and an average payout, the championship is still very much in doubt, what with the doubling of money paid. Last year, a go-round win was worth $3,475. This year, it will pay $6,410. If a competitor wins all four go-rounds and the average, his take would be $32,050, a dramatic increase from last year’s $17,375. Total money paid during the event has shot up from $156,400 to just over a quarter of a million dollars, thanks to a large infusion of added money from John Deere.

The NCHA World Finals is the culmination of a year of showing at weekend events and features only 15 horses in two classes, an open and a non pro. As in the world of rodeo, cutters qualify for the event based on money won during the year. The World Finals consists of four go-rounds and what’s called an average, but in reality is a point total. At the end of the fourth round, the rider with the highest cumulative total is the average winner and receives a check equal to a go-round win. However, the winner of the title of World Champion Horse in the open and World Champion Rider in the non pro is based on total money won during the year, including the finals, not points accumulated during the World Finals. The 2000 year began Nov. 16, 1999 and concluded November 20 of this year.

Burch has never won a world title and she’s looking to do it on Bet. She’s said the Houston show will probably be the horse’s last, as the Freckles Playboy out of Royal Blue Boon mare has spend several years successfully showing on the weekend and now earned her retirement to full-time broodmare status. Burch would dearly love Bet’s last show to be her best, retiring with the title of NCHA world champion cutting horse.

That would be the capper to a career steeped in accolades. She’s won the sensational total of $296,341 in lifetime earnings, half of that in gritty weekend competition. She also has the distinction of marking the highest score in NCHA history, an astounding 233 nearly two years ago in Houston.

In addition to her fabulous show record, Bet is on her way to leaving a legacy as a producer of cutting champions. She has been bred to the top cutting sires in the industry and one offspring, a mare called Bet Yer Boons, finished 10th at the recently completed NCHA Futurity. The cutting community believes in the mare’s producing potential, as a yearling Smart Little Lena/Bet Yer Blue Boons stud colt – The Smart Bet – sold for $160,000 during one of the NCHA Futurity sales two weeks ago.

During the NCHA Futurity finals Dec. 10, Bet Yer Blue Boons was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame for winning $150,000 in weekend earnings. A world title would be fitting end to her show career.