Peppy San (1959–1989), a Quarter Horse stallion, has the distinction of the being the first National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA) World Champion to sire an NCHA World Champion.[1]

Peppy San
BreedQuarter Horse
SireLeo San
DamPeppy Belle
Maternal grandsirePep-Up
CountryUnited States
BreederGordon B. Howell
Other awards
AQHA Champion
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Superior Cutting Horse
1967 AQHA High Point Cutting Stallion
1967 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse
1962 NCHA Reserve Champion Cutting Futurity
NCHA Silver Award
NCHA Bronze Award
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
NCHA Hall of Fame



Peppy San was foaled in 1959, a sorrel stallion sired by Leo San and out of a mare named Peppy Belle. His sire was a son of Leo and was out of a descendant of Traveler and Peter McCue named San Sue Darks. Peppy San's dam was by Pep-Up who was bred by the King Ranch and was a double descendant of Old Sorrel. Peppy San's second dam was a mare from the 6666 Ranch named Belle Burnett.[2]

Cutting career


Peppy San was ridden for many years by Matlock Rose in cutting contests, before turning to a stud career.[1] With the NCHA he earned $49,478.40 in cutting contests, receiving their Certificate of Ability, Bronze, and Silver awards.[3] He was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame[4] He was also the 1967 NCHA World Champion Cutting horse and the Reserve Champion in the 1962 NCHA Cutting Futurity.[5] With the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) he was the 1967 High Point Cutting Stallion as well as an AQHA Champion, Superior Cutting Horse and a Performance Register of Merit earner.[6] He was humanely put down due to the effects of old age on April 26, 1989.[1]

Breeding record


Among Peppy San's numerous offspring were Peponita, Sanacee, Miss Peppy Gay Bar, Royal Santana, Sonita's Last, San Tip and Peppy's Desire.[5] Peponita was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame[4] as well as being the NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse for both 1977 and 1979.[5] Three of his offspring won the NCHA Cutting Derby – Chunky's Monkey, Tip It San, and Peppy Lena San.[5]Peppys Doc Bar Aus exported to Australia was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame(Australia).



Peppy San was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1991.[7]


Joe Reed P-3
Joe Reed II
Joe Reed P-3
Little Fanny
Fanny Ashwell
Leo San
San Siemon
San Sue Darks
Sam Watkins
Little Sue
Sorrel Perez
Peppy San
Old Sorrel
Canales Bell
Little Richard P-17
Petra R2
Lucky Mose mare
Peppy Belle
Gold Rush
sorrel mare
Belle Burnett
Red Buck
Triangle Lady 9
riding type mare


  1. ^ a b c Holmes Legends 6 pp. 136–147
  2. ^ Peppy San Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree
  3. ^ Peppy San NCHA Earnings
  4. ^ a b NCHA Horse Hall of Fame
  5. ^ a b c d Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 93–95
  6. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 530
  7. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Peppy San". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 1, 2017.