Dual Pep running in his pasture in 1998. He was 13 at the time. • Photo by John Brasseaux.

From the Archives: Dual Pep

Dual Pep — a chestnut stallion with three white socks and a proud, intelligent aura — made a lasting impression on the Western performance horse industry through his own accomplishments and progeny.

Dual Pep’s Performance

Dual Pep and Pat Earnheart competeing in 1990, when Dual Pep was a 5-year-old. • Photo by Teresa Jett.

Dual Pep accumulated a hefty $307,384 in lifetime earnings throughout his six-year cutting career. The stallion competed in the 1988 NCHA Futurity with Larry Holley in the open division, advancing through the first two go rounds and eventually being knocked out in the semifinals with a score of 200. 

The $4,918 paycheck wasn’t the stallions final stop, though. 

His 4-year-old year Dual Pep threw down the gauntlet, earning nearly $125,000 in 1989 — which would mount to $260,000 in 2020 considering inflation. His biggest victories that year came at the NCHA Super Stakes, where he and Pat Earnheart tied for third place in the Stakes Open, earning $32,182.

Another strong year of performance in 1990 solidified Dual Pep’s reputation as a consistent competitor. He found success at The Ike Derby & Classic, The Augusta Futurity & Classic and The Bonanza cutting. Winning checks at 13 shows in 1990, Dual Pep earned $116,954, according to Equi-Stat

Dual Pep’s Genetics

Bred by Nic-A-Lode Farms of Cody, Wyoming, Dual Pep had hardworking, cow-smart bloodlines racing through him. 

Sired by the gritty Peppy San Badger, also known as “Little Peppy,” Dual Pep had cutting favor on his side. Little Peppy won the 1977 NCHA Futurity Open with none other than Buster Welch, earning $48,208 of his $56,835 lifetime earnings in one show. Little Peppy went on to become an Equi-Stat Elite $25 Million Sire, with Dual Pep coming in as his fifth highest earner. 

Dual Pep was out of Miss Dual Doc (by Doc’s Remedy), and she was adequately named due to having Doc Bar on both sides of her pedigree. The double helping of Doc Bar gave Miss Dual Doc a genetic boost — often referred to as linebreeding — and the mare went on to produce 13 money-earning foals that averaged $60,898 in earnings each. Dual Pep is the 1980 mare’s highest-earning offspring. 

Dual Pep’s Legacy

Photo by Don Shugart.

According to Equi-Stat, Dual Pep has 832 money-earning offspring in the books averaging $31,205 each, making him an Equi-Stat Elite $25 Million Sire. 

His leading earner Dual Rey Me (out of Miss Smart Rey Jay x Smart Little Lena) cashed in a whopping $818,177 in the cutting pen, earning distinctions such as 2004 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic Challenge Open Finalist and 2005 Brazos Bash Open Champion with owner Jeremy Barwick.

But Dual Pep’s most memorable achievement was siring Dual Rey (Nurse Rey x Wyoming Doc), Equi-Stat Elite $46 Million Sire and the second leading all-time cutting sire. The dynamite in a small package. The ying to the yang of all ‘cat’ mares. Dual Pep’s name will continue to appear on pedigrees as long as his sons and daughters are sought-after breeding stock. 

Quarter Horse News publishes Lifetime Cutting Statistics every July 15th. The 2019 rendition of the statistics shows Dual Pep as the 7th leading paternal grandsire and the 6th leading maternal grandsire. 

The 2020 Quarter Horse News Annual Cutting Statistics shows the stallion ranking 59th out of all sires with 36 own-sons-and-daughters winning in the cutting pen in 2019 alone. 

 The late stallion, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 33, remains a relevant sire in the cutting horse industry.

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