If there was a horse who shaped the course of ranching and cutting, it would be, without a doubt, Mr San Peppy. Bred by Gordon B. Howell, Leo San and Peppy Belle’s last offspring, born in 1968, ended up being one of the most legendary horses in history.
Started by Buster Welch, it didn’t take Mr San Peppy long to start making a name for himself in cutting events. Buster purchased him, and went on to win the NCHA world title in 1974. In 1976, King Ranch purchased the cutting sensation. Buster stayed with Mr San Peppy and continued to work with him. The duo continued to win impressive titles, including an AQHA World Cutting Championship and another NCHA World Championship.
While Mr San Peppy earned a staggering amount in NCHA competitions, $107,850 to be exact, his foals also made bank, bringing in over $2.63 million in NCHA competitions alone.
Mr San Peppy passed away in 1998 at the age of 30. In 2011, he was officially inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
To this very day, his offspring are still making waves of their own, a testament to this once in a lifetime horse.