official! Lil Ruf Peppy, owned by Green Valley Ranch, Aubrey,
Texas, has just been named NRHA’s eleventh Million Dollar Sire.
At the start of the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) held
recently in Katy, Texas, Lil Ruf Peppy was less than $3,000 short
of the Million Dollar milestone. Limited and Intermediate Open
Classic finalists Lil Santana, Pop Tart and Dry Ruf joined forces
to put their sire over the top. Chief Administrative
Officer for the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc.
Lil Ruf Peppy, bred by the King Ranch, Inc, hit the ground in
Kingsville, Texas, on May 1, 1991. He’s by Peppy San Badger and
out of Rufas Peppy by Mr San Peppy. Ridden exclusively by Tom
McCutcheon, who trains out of Wallis Winegar’s Green Valley Ranch,
Lil Ruf Peppy has NRHA Lifetime Earnings of $28,031.55. While
owned by Giuditta Foti, he was fourth in the 1994 All American
Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and he was the Limited Open Division
Champion and an Open Division finalist at the 1995 Carolina Classic
Derby in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1995, he was the NRHA Derby
Open Reserve Champion and the Limited Open Division Champion in
Obviously, Lil Ruf Peppy’s offspring have excelled. NRHA money
earners include Sailin Ruf, Ruf Hearted Jac and Lil Ruf Jac. Each
demonstrates the athletic ability, versatility and longevity of
Lil Ruf Peppy’s offspring. Sailin Ruf, owned by Giovanni Cioli
and ridden by Tom McCutcheon, was third in the 2001 NRHA Futurity
and went on to earn $110,532.52 in NRHA events. Ruf Hearted Jac,
with McCutcheon in the saddle for owner TLC Farms, was a 2002
NRHA Futurity and 2003 NRBC finalist. With Justin Mathison, Ruf
Hearted Jac owned by Tommy Lee Pierce also earned money at the
2004 and 2005 NRBC Derby competitions. Most recently, ridden by
Tom McCutcheon and owned by Sarah Willeman, Ruf Hearted Jac won
the first USEF Open Qualifier of the 2006 show season in Denver,
Colorado. Ruf Hearted Jac has NRHA Lifetime Earnings of $65,548.13.
Then there’s Lil Ruf Jac with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of $52,462.07.
Owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and with Tom in the saddle,
the gelding was a 2001 Congress and NRHA Futurity finalist, but
from that time on Lil Ruf Jac has been shown in NRHA Non Pro competition
and is presently owned by Shevin Schwartzenberger.
It is with great pleasure that the National Reining Horse Association
welcomes Lil Ruf Peppy to the exclusive NRHA Million Dollar Sire
club. He’s in great company. Other NRHA Million Dollar Sires include
Hollywood Jac 86, Be Aech Enterprise, Topsail Cody, Reminic, Gallo
Del Cielo, Custom Crome, Two Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark,
Three Million Dollar Sires Topsail Whiz and Smart Chic Olena and
Four Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.