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Lil Ruf Peppy is $3 Million Sire

The offspring of AQHA world champion sire Lil Ruf Peppy push him into the National Reining Horse Association's $3 million sire club.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal
January 16, 2014

Lil Ruf Peppy photo courtesy of NRHA

By American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy by Mr San Peppy, Lil Ruf Peppy was bred and raised by the legendary King Ranch of Kingsville, Texas, an AQHA 70-year Legacy breeder. (Cheryl Magoteaux photo courtesy of NRHA) BELOW: Learn more about Lil Ruf Peppy's maternal grandsire, Mr San Peppy.

After becoming a National Reining Horse Association $2 million sire in 2009, Lil Ruf Peppy has now become the ninth NRHA $3 million sire, with official NRHA offspring earnings of more than $3,006,100. This puts Lil Ruf Peppy alongside the likes of reining legends Hollywood Dun It, Smart Chic Olena, Shining Spark and Gallo Del Cielo.

The 1991 stallion is by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy by Mr San Peppy. Now owned by Green Valley Ranch in Aubrey, Texas, Lil Ruf Peppy was bred and raised by the legendary King Ranch of Kingsville, Texas, an AQHA 70-year Legacy breeder.

Lil Ruf Peppy sports $28,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings, which includes his 1995 NRHA Derby limited open championship, earned with trainer Tom McCutcheon in the saddle.
 
The stallion’s offspring have also made a splash in the AQHA show pen. On the AQHA side of things, Lil Ruf Peppy sired three-time AQHA world champion Lil Ruf Catalyst, the very first AQHA ranch horse pleasure world champion. Lil Ruf Catalyst, out of Foxy Catalyst by Taris Catalyst, also earned the 2010 and 2012 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse open world championships.

A Ruf Gal, up for the illustrious United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year Award, is another Lil Ruf Peppy get boasting AQHA titles. Out of My Topsail Gal by NRHA $ 9 million sire Topsail Whiz, 2006 sorrel mare A Ruf Gal has two AQHA reining reserve world titles to her name.

Lil Ruf Peppy’s top-earning offspring by NRHA accolades include:

  • Rufanicki (out of Chexanicki by Bueno Chexinic): $144,600 NRHA earnings, owned by Shaunda Rai Ruckman of Scottsdale, Arizona; 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 non-pro and open finalist; 2011 NRBC Level 1-4 non-pro and NRHA Derby Level 1-4 non-pro champion; 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 non-pro finalist.
  • Sailin Ruf (out of Pinesail by Topsail Cody): $136,000 NRHA earnings, owned by Giovanni Cioli of Italy; 2001 NRHA Futurity Level 4 open finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby Level 4 open finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby Level 4 open finalist.
  • Ruf Hearted Jac (out of Miss Jac Of Hearts by Hollywood Jac 86): $107,200 NRHA earnings, owned by Turnabout Farm of Gloucester, Massachusetts; 2002 NRHA Futurity open finalist, 2003 NRBC open finalist, 2004 NRBC open finalist, 2005 NRBC open finalist, 2006 Mallorca Western Festival Category 1 open top five.
  • A Ruf Gal (out of My Topsail Gal by Topsail Whiz): $101,900 NRHA earnings, owned by Pete and Tamra Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas; 2011 NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby Level 2-4 champion; 2012 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup freestyle champion, NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby Level 3 open reserve champion, Level 2 open champion and prime-time non-pro champion, as well as All American Quarter Horse Congress freestyle open reserve champion; 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress freestyle open reserve champion and USEF Horse of Honor.
  • Pretty Peppy Chec (out of Chex N Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $94,300 NRHA earnings, owned by The Other King Ranch of Heyburn, Idaho; 2008 NRHA Futurity open finalist and intermediate open reserve champion; 2010 Cactus Reining Classic Derby Level 4 open finalist; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Derby Level 4 open finalist; 2012 NRBC Challenge Level 1-4 non-pro finalist; 2013 NRBC Challenge Level 4 open finalist and Rolex FEI CRIO-A top five.

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