By Stephanie DuquetteNational Reined Cow Horse AssociationOctober 10, 2013
Smart Little Pepinic's own performance earnings total $87,762, and John Ward piloted the brown stallion to the majority of that money, both in the National Cutting Horse Association and the National Reined Cow Horse Association arenas. (Photo courtesy of NRCHA)
The National Reined Cow Horse Association recently welcomed Smart Little Pepinic to the its elite $1 million sire club.
Smart Little Pepinic (Smart Little Uno-Pepinic by Peppy San Badger), bred by Sheila Head of Bodega Bay, California, was foaled in 1993. He became a part of the iconic reined cow horse breeding program at the Ward Ranch of Kingsburg, California, when ranch founder Greg Ward purchased the brown stallion as a 2-year-old. On his dam-side, Smart Little Pepinic traces back to the cornerstone of the Ward Ranch breeding program, Fillinic, inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2013.
Smart Little Pepinic's own performance earnings total $87,762. Greg's son, John Ward, piloted the brown stallion to the majority of that money, both in the National Cutting Horse Association and the National Reined Cow Horse Association arenas. Smart Little Pepinic made his debut as a cutting horse, making the open finals at the1997 Gold Coast Winter Derby and the Abilene Spectacular Derby.
In the reined cow horse show pen, John Ward guided Smart Little Pepinic to numerous championships and top placings, including a NRCHA two-rein national championship; the open two-rein championship at the 1999 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, NRCHA Stakes and NRCHA Hackamore Classic; third place at the 2000 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman; and the 2007 World's Richest Stock Horse Championship. He also won the open bridle championship at the 2006 NRCHA Derby, the 2007 and 2008 Hackamore Classic and the 2007 Stakes.
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Smart Little Pepinic is known for siring talented cow horses with a particular flair for the fence work. His top-earning foal, Black Pearl, a 2005 Ward Ranch bred-and-owned mare out of Sugar Babe Taffy (by Master Remedy) won the Snaffle Bit Futurity open championship with John Ward at the reins. She earned a total $120,203 in the cow horse arena, according to Equi-Stat.
Other leading cow horses by Smart Little Pepinic include Kiss Me A Little (lifetime earnings of $101,616), Smartlookinboots (LTE $62,930; and Miss Smokin It ($61,601). His most recent winner is Lites Out (out of Justa Hot Chic), who was the reserve non-pro champion at the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity with Laurie Ward in the saddle.
Smart Little Pepinic will be recognized at the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity with a Carol Owens bronze trophy to commemorate his NRCHA $1 million sire status. He is the 13th horse to reach that milestone.
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