Haidas Little Pep Dies at 29

Haidas Little Pep and Buster Welch at a cutting in 1984

Haidas Little Pep, a 1980 stallion who had many memorable runs in the show pen with Buster Welch, died Oct. 26.

Bred by Norman Bruce, Rutledge, Ga., Haidas Little Pep was by 1977 NCHA Futurity Champion Peppy San Badger and out of Doc’s Haida, a daughter of Doc Bar. Doc’s Haida produced nine money-earners with a combined $947,507; Haidas Little Pep was her leading offspring.

The stallion earned $425,174 in a career that began at the 1983 NCHA Futurity, where Welch showed him to the Open Reserve Championship and earned $164,397 at the show for the Haidas Little Pep Syndicate, Fort Worth, Texas, which had taken ownership in June 1983. In 1984, he was a finalist at the Augusta Futurity, NCHA Derby and Super Stakes, and won the Texas Quarter Horse Association’s National Stakes for a paycheck of $38,189. The following year, he was the Reserve Champion at the Augusta Classic.

By 1986, Haidas Little Pep and Welch had become road warriors, winning a steady stream of paychecks and becoming the NCHA Open Reserve World Champions with earnings that year of $90,542. In 1987, the pair won the NCHA World Finals with a score of 230.5.

In 2000, John Walker, Pinson, Ala., purchased Haidas Little Pep and owned the stallion at the time of his death. Haidas Little Pep spent the past 10 months at Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s 4RK Ranch, Stanfield, N.C.
“Haidas Little Pep came to 4RK following the 2009 Augusta Futurity,” said Julie Pinion, whose husband, Billy, manages the ranch. “Dr. Tom said it would be an honor to let Haida live out the rest of his life at 4RK, and he did. Haida is buried on the ranch.”

Haidas Little Pep proved to be a remarkable sire, with 589 money-earning offspring that have earned $9,459,260, according to Equi-Stat. Fourteen of those horses earned $100,000 or more. An additional 54 had AQHA points. He sired 1,389 AQHA-registered foals, with the first crop arriving in 1983 and his last 20 foals born in 2007.  The stallion had relatively small foal crops, with only one – 113 foals in 1989 – going over 100.

His leading earner is Snackbox, a 1991 stallion out of Brudders Sunday Best by Docs Sugs Brudder, with $204,929. Owned by Jerry Durant, Weatherford, Texas, and shown by Craig Morris, he was the 1988 World Champion Stallion and placed third in the Open World standings that year.

Haidas Jan, out of Lemac Jan by Dan’s Sugar Bars, earned $169,022. The 1994 mare, owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Green III, was shown by Greg Welch to win the 1999 Bonanza Cutting and the 2000 Pro Cutters Shootout. She tied for Reserve at the 2000 South Point Futurity 5/6-Year-Old, and took Reserve at the 2000 NCHA Super Stakes Classic and the 2000 Bonanza Cutting 5/6-Year-Old.

Sporty Little Pep, out of Warm Up Sport by Sport Model Nick, followed with $168,546.  The 1988 gelding, owned by Ken and Dixie Welch, was shown by Ken to tie for Reserve at the 1992 Abilene Western Cutting and win the Bonanza Cutting. For 15 years – from 1991 to 2006 – the reliable gelding earned steady checks for the Welch family.