Breeder/Owner Carl Pevehouse Dies

Oklahoma horseman won last weekend’s Remington Park Derby with This Candys Awesome.

Oklahoma breeder and owner Carl Pevehouse died April 27. PHOTO: Q-Racing Journal

Prominent American Quarter Horse owner and breeder Carl Pevehouse died Sunday, April 27, at his home and surrounded by family after a battle with cancer.

Carl was born December 10, 1933, in Oktaha, Oklahoma, to Theo Henry Pevehouse and Edna Marie Jones Pevehouse.

Carl accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at an early age and was of the Assembly of God faith. He graduated from Oktaha High School and attended Oklahoma A&M. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He married Rozella Baker and to that union three children were born: Cheryl Pevehouse, Tammy Pevehouse-Townley, and Curtis Pevehouse.

Carl was self- employed in oilfield valve repair and separator business starting PV Valve in 1976. His hobby, and passion, was breeding, raising, and racing quarter horses. He was a true horseman in the Quarter Horse industry. He started the “Candy” line of horses in 1979.

For over 30 years he was a member of AQHA and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association where he served on the Board of Directors for several years.

Carl bred 145 race starters, 112 winners with 331 wins and earnings of more than $5.4 million. He is the breeder of 20 stakes winners with 30 stakes win and 17 stakes-placed horses. Among his biggest money earners were Send Me A Candy Tree ($409,434), Send The Gals Candy ($291,286), This Candys Red Hot ($251,502), etc. Last weekend, he captured the $298,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) with homebred This Candys Awesome. Pevehouse was named the 2013 Champion Oklahoma Owner by the OQHRA, an honor he also recieved in 2011 and 2012.

One of his earlier points of pride was in the early 1960s when he was the second rancher to bring Charolais cattle to Oklahoma. He and Rozella had a small ranch by the name of Rose P Ranch. He was also a very accomplished auctioneer.

Surviving Carl are his wife, Rozella; children, Cheryl Pevehouse, of Ratliff City; Tammy, and husband, JR Townley, of Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Curtis Pevehouse, of Ardmore. He is blessed with eight grandchildren. Shawn, and husband Jerry Ellis, of Oklahoma City; Mark, and wife, Kristen, of Moore, Oklahoma; Jenna Jameson, of Oklahoma City; Jessica Jameson, of Oklahoma City; Brianna Pevehouse, of Blanchard, Oklahoma; Logan Townley, of Ardmore; Noah Townley, of Ardmore; and Victoria Townley, of Ardmore. He has 10 great-grandchildren: Ashton Ellis, Oklahoma City; Alexee Ellis, Oklahoma City; Lillian Rowe, Oklahoma City; Ella Rowe, Oklahoma City; Truman Rowe, Oklahoma City; Bryce Hance, Moore; Jayce Hance, Moore; Marlee Jameson, Moore; Taylee Jameson, Moore; and RJ Jameson, Moore.

Pevehouse was profiled in the August 2012 issue of the Q-Racing Journal.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home of Ratliff City. Funeral services are Wednesday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Ratliff City Baptist Church.

Serving as pallbearers are nephews Bill Pevehouse, Bret Pevehouse, Ronnie Pevehouse, Craig Baker and grandsons, Logan Townley and Noah Townley.

Honorary pallbearers are Jim Kegan, Richard Wilburn, Clint Crawford, Danny Briscoe, Mike Womack, Kelly Tucker, and all employees of PV Valve and PV Farms.

In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund and the Nazi Zuhdi Transplant Center, c/o Integris Baptist Hospital, 3300 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Carl was a true patriot and a generous supporter of the local community. Condolences may be shared online at

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