Peppy San Badger

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Peppy San Badger
Breed American Quarter Horse
Discipline Cutting
Sire Mr San Peppy
Grandsire Leo San
Dam Sugar Badger
Maternal grandsire Grey Badger III
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder Joe Kirk Fulton
Owner King Ranch
Other awards
1977 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Champion
1978 NCHA Derby Champion
1980 NCHA Reserve World Champion
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Last updated on: April 2, 2014.

Peppy San Badger (1974–2005) was an American Quarter Horse stallion who won the National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA) Futurity in 1977 and the NCHA Derby in 1978. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]

Life and show career[edit]

Peppy San Badger, foaled in 1974 and also known as “Little Peppy”, was a sorrel American Quarter Horse stallion bred by Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas by the cutting sire Mr San Peppy and out of Sugar Badger, a daughter of Grey Badger III. He was born at Fulton’s ranch and began early basic training there before he became ill with strangles. Upon recovering from the illness, Peppy San Badger was sold to the King Ranch of South Texas in 1977, where he remained a breeding stallion until his death.[2]

Peppy San Badger was trained by trainer and rider Buster Welch, the same trainer who had ridden his sire, Mr San Peppy, to the win in both the 1974 and 1976 NCHA Open World Championships. Peppy San Badger won the NCHA 1977 Futurity with Welch as rider. Shortly after the Futurity, Welch bought “Little Peppy” after the King Ranch decided they did not need him as a junior stallion because they already owned his sire Mr San Peppy. Welch owned him for a year before agreeing to sell him back to King Ranch to become a part of their breeding program. Peppy San Badger, with Welch riding again, won the NCHA Derby in 1978 and reached 10th place in that year’s year-end standings.[3]

Peppy San Badger’s success continued into the 1980s, being named the 1980 NCHA Reserve World Champion.[3] He was also inducted into NCHA Hall of Fame in December of that year.[4] In 1981, he won the Open Division of the NCHA finals[5] and accumulated $172,710 in earnings over the course of his showing career.[2] Peppy San Badger was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

Career as a sire[edit]

Peppy San Badger’s career as a sire had a large impact on the Quarter Horse breed. He was the all-time leading sire of the NCHA for many years up until 2003.[4] Peppy San Badger sired 2,325 foals registered with the AQHA in 19 seasons. Those foals have earned over 7,200 points in all divisions and have accumulated more than $25 million in earnings.[2]

Some of his notable offspring include: Lil Ruf Peppy, who was the National Reining Horse Association’s (or NRHA) ninth $3 million sire,[6] Vintage Little Taris, inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2008,[7] and Little Tenina, who won the NCHA Futurity in 1991.[3]


Peppy San Badger was euthanized on July 8, 2005 at the age of 31 as a result of his failing health due to his old age. He was buried at King Ranch Headquarters in Texas.[4]


Joe Reed II
Little Fanny
Leo San
San Siemon
San Sue Darks
Little Sue
Mr San Peppy
Petra R2
Peppy Belle
Gold Rush
Belle Burnett
Triangle Lady 9
Peppy San Badger
Midnight Jr
Grey Badger II
Grey Annie
Grey Badger III
Greenock (TB)
Mary Greenock (TB)
That's Mine (TB)
Sugar Badger
Lucky Jim
Little Mother
Sugar Townley
R. J. Clark mare


  1. ^ Staff "Hall of Fame: Inductees Represent the Best of AQHA" Quarter Horse Journal p. 47
  2. ^ a b c d "Peppy San Badger - Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Lynch, Betsy. "Tall Tales of Buster Welch". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Quarter Horse Peppy San Badger Dead at 31". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Quarter Horses - King Ranch". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Matsler, Tara. "Lil Ruf Peppy is $3 Million Sire". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Taris Little Vintage". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 


  • Staff (March 2008). "Hall of Fame: Inductees Represent the Best of AQHA". Quarter Horse Journal: 43–55. 

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