The World’s Greatest Horseman competition showcases the versatility of American Quarter Horses and the men who ride them. The 2016 event was held as a part of the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas. The competitors showed their versatility by working in four events – herd work, rein work, steer stopping and the always-thrilling fence work. Clayton Edsall, riding his gelding Skeets Oak Peppy, earned a combined finals score of 883 to win the event, giving him the title of World’s Greatest Horseman.
Skeets Oak Peppy has an Equi-Stat record of $108,153 in reined cow horse. With Edsall in the saddle, the 2007 gelding won the 2012 NRCHA Derby Intermediate Open and tied for the 2012 NRCHA Stakes Intermediate Open Reserve title. They are no strangers to the World’s Greatest Horseman competition, with an eighth-place finish in 2014 and a fifth in 2015.
Skeets Oak Peppy was bred by Vaughn Zimmerman, of Springfield, Missouri, and is sired by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Skeets Peppy. Skeets Peppy shows some versatility as one of the few individuals that has made the finals of both the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open. He was the 1999 NRHA Open Reserve World Champion, and he was ridden through his career by Ken Eppers and Todd Bergen. Skeets Peppy is sired by Peppy San Badger (Mr San Peppy x Sugar Badger x Grey Badger III).
The dam of Skeets Peppy is Tivios Miss Skeet, who earned $17,549. She was bred by leading cutting horse breeders Lonnie and Barbara Allsup, who also bred Skeets Peppy. Tivios Miss Skeet is a multiple aged-event finalist who was shown by John Tolbert in events like the 1989 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Breeders Cutting 4-Year-Old Open and the 1999 El Cid 4-Year-Old Futurity Open.
Tivios Miss Skeet has an Equi-Stat offspring record of $151,876 that includes Skeets Peppy ($85,306), Little Lady Skeet ($50,376) and Little Peppy Skeet ($12,857). All three of these horses are by Peppy San Badger.
Tivios Miss Skeet is sired by Right On Tivio (Poco Tivio x Doc’s Alameda x Doc Bar). Doc’s Alameda is a full sister to Doc’s Jack Frost, sire of the great barrel sire Sun Frost. Tivios Miss Skeet is out of Miss Adrianna (King Skeet x Marana Rose x Flick Reed). King Skeet was the 1970 NCHA Open World Champion.
The dam of Skeets Oak Peppy is Oak Ill Be, a 1999 mare bred by Jerry Quillian, of Hanford, California, and currently owned by San Juan Ranch, which has facilities in Shandon, California, and Weatherford, Texas. Oak Ill Be has an Equi-Stat record of $50,517. She won the Fresno Valley Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity Open and was the NRCHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve Champion.
Oak Ill Be’s foals have combined earnings of $320,217, according to Equi-Stat. Skeets Oak Peppy has earned $133,153, while full brother Oak Ill Be Peppy has earned $78,533 and a third full brother, Ill Be Skeets, has earned $67,092. Another foal, Oaks In Montana, by Mister Montana Nic, has earned $34,143.
The sire of Oak Ill Be is Ill Be Smart (Doc O’Lena x Smart Peppy x Peppy San), a full brother to Smart Little Lena. Ill Be Smart ($77,740) is a multiple aged-event finalist including a Gold Coast Classic Reserve Championship. Ill Be Smart is an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire of cutting, reining and reined cow horse performers. His leading money-winners include Smart B Back ($122,783), Ote Be Smart ($86,458), HH Handle Me Smart ($97,551) and Ill Be A Lil Smarter ($69,598).
The dam of Oak Ill Be is Gypsy Oak, a Gold Coast All-Age $20,000 Amateur finalist with career earnings of $6,791. Gypsy Oak is sired by Doc’s Oak (Doc Bar x Susie’s Bay x Poco Tivio). She is out of Sunset Red Rose, who is a daughter of Sugar Bars and out of Ricketta, by Ricky Taylor. Ricketta is out of Leonella.
Leonella is by Leo and out of Sorrel Sue, by King P-234, which makes her a full sister to Okie Leo. Okie Leo serves as a great example of the versatility of the Quarter Horse as he was an American Quarter Horse Association Champion with points in halter (20), cutting (16), reining (57) and Western pleasure (15.5).
The World’s Greatest Horseman competition proves that the versatility of the Quarter Horse is still alive and well, just like the days when Okie Leo was a performer. Now Skeets Oak Peppy, a descendant of Okie Leo’s sister, Leonella, is carrying on the family tradition of versatility with the title of World’s Greatest Horseman Champion.
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