Meet two sets of sibling horses in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
With the induction of Poco Tivio in to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame this year, now two sets of full siblings are members of this vaunted hall.Poco Tivio and Poco Lena, who was previously inducted in 1991, are full siblings by Poco Bueno and out of Sheilwin.
The two dams, Sheilwin and Peppy Belle, are the only mares to have more than one foal inducted in to the Hall of Fame.
Peppy San and Mr San Peppy
The “Peppy” horses were both stallions who made their marks in the cow horse industry.
Peppy San was foaled in 1959. Bred by Gordon Howell of El Paso, Texas, he was the son of Leo San by Leo and out of the Pep Up mare Peppy Belle. The sorrel colt was the only AQHA Champion ever produced by the pair.
Peppy San was a natural in the world of cutting. In 1962, he earned the reserve championship at the first National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, ridden by Matlock Rose of Gainesville, Texas. After being purchased by the Douglas Lake Land and Cattle Company in 1963, Peppy San became the ranch’s senior stallion. Over the next two years, he only performed in the cutting arena three to four times a year, but placed well in each show and was ranked fifth in the Canadian standings in 1965.
In 1967, Rose contracted to haul Peppy San for the NCHA world championship. During that year, the duo competed in 52 shows, taking home 50 checks. They easily won the world title and, in doing so, set a record for the most
money earned in one year – $20,112.65. All in all, Peppy San earned 180 cutting points and 26 halter points, his AQHA Championship as a 3-year-old, a Superior in cutting and the 1967 high-point cutting stallion title.
After earning the NCHA world championship in 1967, Peppy San was retired to stud on the Canadian ranch until 1975, when he was moved to stand at the Rose Ranch in Texas. While he stood at the Douglas Lake Land and Cattle Company, he was bred to a limited number of mares. It was not until he was moved south and was bred to a larger number of outside mares that Peppy San was recognized as a top sire in his field.
Peppy San sired 493 registered foals. Of those, 134 earned 2,279 points, 10 Superiors and 56 Registers of Merit. His foals nabbed 10 world champion titles, four NCHA world championships and one National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity championship. Peppy San sired 1991 AQHA world champion and Hall of Fame member Royal Santana and five-time AQHA and NCHA world champion Peponita.
Peppy San was euthanized April 26, 1989, due to complications from old age. He was inducted in to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999.
Peppy San’s full brother, Mr San Peppy, was the last foal from Leo San and Peppy Belle, a 1968 foal bred by Gordon B. Howell. Gordon was an American Quarter Horse breeder with equal interests in cutting and racing.Gordon asked Bubba Cascio to start Mr San Peppy, but Bubba didn’t have time and recommended cowboy Buster Welch.
While Mr San Peppy was getting started in cutting, the historic King Ranch in Texas was looking for a top sire.
AQHA Past President Stephen “Tio” Kleberg went to a few cutting events and eventually saw Mr San Peppy. By that time, Buster had purchased the stallion and was hauling for the NCHA world title, which they won in 1974.
The King Ranch bought him in 1976, and Buster went along to keep the horse in shape. Between visits to the breeding shed, Mr San Peppy won the NCHA world championship and claimed the AQHA senior cutting world championship.
The stallion’s foal crops, meanwhile, were proving themselves. Mr San Peppy earned more than $107,850 in NCHA competition. His foals won more than $2.63 million in NCHA competition, not to mention earning more than 3,200 points in AQHA competition.
Less measurable but no less important is the stallion’s effect on the King Ranch remuda and on the other ranches where no performance records are kept except in cowboys’ memories.
When the stallion died in 1998, he was buried on the ranch where he was ridden every day and where his offspring are still making good cowboy memories.
Mr San Peppy was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2011.
A Second Set of Siblings
Poco Lena was foaled in 1949 on E. Paul Waggoner’s Three D Stock Farm in Arlington, Texas. Poco Lena was by Poco Bueno and out of Sheilwin by Pretty Boy.
Poco Lena was 26 months old when she competed in her first cutting in Stamford, Texas, where she placed second. Pine Johnson continued showing the mare throughout the year, and Poco Lena kept winning in halter and cutting. Don Dodge bought Poco Lena from the Three D in 1953 and showed the mare through 1958. The duo racked up awards and titles in both AQHA and NCHA. Dodge sold the mare to B. A. Skipper of Longview, Texas, in 1959. The Texan showed Poco Lena from 1959 through 1961, and Poco Lena won the AQHA Honor Roll and was reserve in the NCHA’s world standings all three years.
The road took its toll on the 12-year-old mare, and she foundered badly. She recovered to show again but foundered again on the way from Arizona to Skipper’s ranch. The driver abandoned Poco Lena after hearing of Skipper’s death. Found days later, the mare’s founder was much worse.
Dodge heard about the incident and contacted Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Jensen in California. The couple was standing the young Doc Bar and decided to buy Poco Lena. With the help of two veterinarians, Poco Lena was nursed back to health. It took three years, and the mare lived in the front yard because it was the softest spot on the ranch. The couple bred the bay mare to Doc Bar in 1966 and Poco Lena foaled Doc O’Lena. She was rebred to Doc Bar, and in 1968, the 19-year-old mare foaled Dry Doc.
“She went downhill after foaling Dry Doc,” recalled Charlie Ward, the Jensens’ ranch manager. “It was just too much for her.”Poco Lena was the first horse inducted in to the NCHA Hall of Fame and the first mare in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame; she died at 19 in 1968.
More information on her full sibling Poco Tivio will be featured in the March 2013 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum has more information on both prolific horses and industry leaders, where the stories of the best of the best come alive within the walls of the Hall of Fame.
Poco Tivio will be inducted in to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the AQHA Convention in Houston March 8-11, 2013.