Peppy San Badger's Legacy Lives On

Gallo Del Cielo, Spooks Gotta Gun and Starlights Wrangler become million-dollar sires in the National Reined Cow Horse and National Reining Horse associations.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Spooks Gotta Gun (left), Starlights Wrangler (center) and Gallo Del Cielo (right). Photos courtesy of NRHA and NRCHA.

The late Peppy San Badger enjoyed at the end of October when his son and grandsons were recognized as million-dollar sires with the National Reined Cow Horse and National Reining Horse associations. 

Gallo Del Cielo, aka "Rooster," was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Peppy San Badger and out of Doc's Starlight by Doc Bar. Already an NRHA $3 million sire, Rooster was named an NRCHA million-dollar sire on October 31. Rooster – bred by Harold "Spook" Stream III, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and owned by the Polo Ranch Stallions of Marietta, Oklahoma – died August 20, 2015, following an accident.

Peppy San Badger is also seeing success through another son, Grays Starlight, who sired newly named NRHA million-dollar sires Spooks Gotta Gun and Starlights Wrangler. Grays Starlight is a full brother to Gallo Del Cielo. 

Spooks Gotta Gun, by Grays Starlight, is out of highly acclaimed dam Katie Gun by John Gun. Bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama, Spooks Gotta Gun is now owned by Silver Spurs Equine of Scottsdale, Arizona. Before his breeding career got underway, Spooks Gotta Gun lit up the show pen from 2005 through 2009. The 2002 stallion earned $79,600 with wins at such prestigious events as the Reining by the Bay Derby.  

Starlights Wrangler, by Grays Starlight, is out of Wranglers Connie by Docs Wrangler. His remarkable breeding career was preceded by a successful show career that spanned from 2000 through 2003. The 1997 stallion earned $125,960 in the show pen with wins at such prestigious events as the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Derby with Dell Hendricks in 2002. Bred by Ray Stark of Los Olivos, California, Starlights Wrangler is now owned by Hendricks Broten Equine Assets of Tioga, Texas.  

About Peppy San Badger

Foaled in 1974, the sorrel stallion was by Mr San Peppy by Leo San and out of Sugar Badger by Grey Badger III. Bred by Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, Peppy San Badger, better known as "Little Peppy," traced back to the foundation lines of the King Ranch. Little Peppy later sold to the King Ranch, and with Buster Welch in the saddle, won the 1977 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and the Derby in 1978, was reserve world champion in 1980 and won the 1981 NCHA Finals. His total earnings topped $172,710.

In 19 seasons, Peppy San Badger sired 2,325 AQHA registered foals that have earned more than 7,200 points in all divisions, and won more than $25 million.  The National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2001 illustrated just how prolific Peppy San Badger’s offspring have become. At the Snaffle Bit Futurity, four of the top 10 open horses were by sons of Peppy San Badger. At the NCHA Futurity, four of the top 20 finalists in the open and non-pro were by Little Peppy sons.

Cutting legend Peppy San Badger was euthanized July 8, 2005, at 31 years of age. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008.