By Hayley Lewallen – After becoming a Two Million Dollar Sire in 2009, Lil Ruf Peppy, owned by Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate, has now become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) ninth Three Million Dollar Sire with official NRHA offspring earnings of over $3,006,100. This puts him alongside the likes of Reining legends Hollywood Dun It, Smart Chic Olena, Shining Spark and Gallo Del Cielo.
The 1991 stallion is by Peppy San Badger and out of Rufas Peppy (by Mr Peppy San). He has $28,000 an NRHA LTE that includes his 1995 NRHA Derby Limited Open Championship with NRHA Professional Tom McCutcheon at the reins.
His top-earning offspring include:
Rufanicki (out of Chexanicki): $144,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Shaunda Ruckman; 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level (4) Non Pro and NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist; 2011 NRBC L1-L4 Non Pro and NRHA Derby L1-L4 Non Pro Champion; 2012 NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro finalist.
Sailin Ruf (out of Pinesail): $136,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Giovanni Cioli; 2001 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist.
Ruf Hearted Jac (out of Miss Jac Of Hearts): $107,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.; 2002 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2003 NRBC Open finalist, 2004 NRBC Open finalist, 2005 NRBC Open finalist, 2006 Mallorca Western Festival Category 1 Open Top Five.
A Ruf Gal (out of My Topsail Gal): $101,900 NRHA LTE, owned by Pete and Tamra Kyle; 2011 NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby L2-L4 Champion, 2012 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Champion, NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby L3 Open Reserve Champion, L2 Open Champion and Prime Time Non Pro Champion, as well as All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Open Reserve Champion; 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Open Reserve Champion and United States Equestrian Federation Horse of Honor.
Pretty Peppy Chec (out of Chex N Whiz): $94,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Other King Ranch; 2008 NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Intermediate Open Reserve Champion; 2010 Cactus Reining Classic Derby L4 Open finalist; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Derby L4 Open finalist; 2012 NRBC Challenge L1-L4 Non Pro finalist; 2013 NRBC Challenge L4 Open finalist and Rolex FEI CRIO-A Top Five.
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