Bully Bullion, 30, one of the first champions sired by world champion and Ruidoso triple crown winner Special Effort, was laid to rest September 2014 at Belle Mere Farms near Norman, Oklahoma, where he stood his stallion career.
Bred-and-owned by Jean Chavers of Lupton, Colorado, Bully Bullion was out of the Bond Issue mare Mary Poppins.
Foaled in 1984, the bay stallion won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts while earning $225,384. Named the champion aged stallion in 1988, he won the All American Gold Cup (G1), Oklahoma Derby-Fall Division (G3), Mr Jet Moore Stakes and Ruidoso Handicap. He was second in the Ventura Handicap and third in the World’s Championship Classic (G1), New Mexico State Fair Handicap (G2) and San Clemente Handicap. Bully Bullion was also a finalist in the Rainbow Silver Cup (G1), QHBC Sophomore Classic (RG2) and Oklahoma Futurity-Fall Div. (G3).
From 23 crops of racing age, Bully Bullion sired 429 winners, 40 stakes winners, 55 stakes-placed and earners of $8.9 million.
Among his get are champion 2-year-old filly Shake The Bank SI-105 ($372,585), multiple stakes winner Bullions N Garters SI-105 ($482,726), Remington Park Futurity (G1) winner Bullet Bullion SI-107 ($219,999), Retama Park Derby (G2) winner Casino Bully SI-113 ($215,225), Oklahoma Distaff Challenge (G3) winner Bullisa SI-105 ($188,087), Mile High Futurity (G2) winner Prowl SI-103 ($180,659), Central Championship Challenge (G2) winner Aint It Fun SI-107 ($177,802), multiple stakes winner Bully Bonds SI-107 ($151,127), etc.
As a broodmare sire, Bully Bullion’s daughters have gotten more than 40 stakes winners including Texas Classic Derby (G1) winner DMNV Mountable SI-107 ($479,521), All American Derby (G1) winner Snow Big Deal SI-107 ($405,333), graded stakes winner SF Royal Bank SI-100 ($359,937), Restricted Grade 1 winner Finche SI-110 ($256,024), etc.
His offspring are following in Bully Bullion’s tracks to success. Along with the success on the racetrack, you will find the name Bully Bullion circulating throughout the barrel horse world.
In the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Kimmie Wall and TKW Bully’s Famous Fox (foxy) placed 2nd in round 1, won round 2, & 6 and placed 3rd in round 10.
Bully Bullion was one of those once in a lifetime horses, not only was he himself amazing as he sired thousands of other amazing horses but Bully was loved and cared for like family at Belle Mere Farm. He is in large part how we are where we are today, he helped us and got us through when we didn’t know we could. Our granddaughters loved Bully, and he loved them in different ways. Our oldest granddaughter Rebecca was Bully’s favorite. It didn’t matter where she was on the farm, she could yell in her tiny voice and here he would come running. He loved coming to see her, and she loved him. We often called him ‘Becca’s Bully’ because of the strong relationship they had. As for our youngest granddaughter, Bully enjoyed playing with her. He would never get close enough to her for her to love on him, every time he would get remotely close it was if he stuck out his tongue and said “betcha can’t catch me!” and take off. He knew how to push her buttons. That was him, that was his personality.
We miss him every day.
Bully passed away at 30 years of age at Belle Mere Farm and is buried on our land by another great champion, Eastex.
We will always be grateful for Jean Andy and Howie Chavers letting us enjoy and be a part of such a great horse …and all of you will always mean so much to us as will BULLY BULLION: 1984-2014