But it was a cutting horse that drew the star of the original Broadway production of "Cats" back to her native Texas.
Purple Badger was the name of the horse she had bought after finally acting on a lifelong dream to ride in cutting horse competitions - where a rider and horse try to separate a calf from the rest of a herd of cattle.
I suddenly was just obsessed about finding a cutting horse.
Royal Blue Boon, the 26-year-old mare from whose DNA the clone was produced, was a top-class cutting horse
- a type of performance horse developed from working ranch horses who were used to separate, or 'cut' individual cows or calves from the herd.
The cutting horses
are another business Leuschen has started on the ranch.
This animal has created a legacy in the cutting arena that is unmatched by any other mare, and I simply could not imagine not being able to continue to breed this fine animal and improve the genetics of future generations of cutting horses," says Elaine Hall of Weatherford, Texas, the owner of Royal Blue Boon and Royal Blue Boon Too.
The legendary cutting horse Royal Blue Boon, a registered American Quarter Horse, became the first mare to be commercially cloned when a foal was born to a recipient mare on Royal Vista Southwest farms in Purcell, Okla.
Her experience includes working as a veterinary technician, a ranch manager specializing in reproduction with cutting horses
and as a senior dog trainer.
We are talking about cloning incredible Peruvian Pasos, champion cutting horses
, Lipizzans, Palominos, Arabians, Hanovarians, Norwegian Fjords, Clydesdales, champion jumpers and what-have-you (http://www.
Designed for both thoroughbred and cutting horses
, Bacacita Farms includes a five-bedroom Spanish-Style mansion and 434 acres containing a six-furlong race track with starting gates, two indoor arenas and a comprehensive equestrian facility.
Bill and Lyn, along with Steve and his older sister, Sandy, were all champion cutting horse riders when the children were teenagers in the 1970s and '80s.
Besides, he "can't take my friends for a ride on a cutting horse," he says.