known as ‘Peppy’
Peppy 10 hours after arrival in Australia
AQHA Q-73285   ·   AmQHA 5028467   ·   15.1hh   ·   Palomino   ·   HYPP N/N   ·   HERDA N/N   ·   PSSM1 N/N

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During the 2011-12 breeding season, Brooke and I began discussing our need to find a suitable junior sire to one day fill the big shoes of the now rising 22 year old, ‘Only Foolin Around’.In doing so we reaffirmed our breeding goals. Heart, speed, athletic ability and trainability, wrapped up in a sound, good looking package. This versatile ‘ranch style’ quarter horse, must be able to breed true A grade performance horses suitable for a wide range of arena sports. This new sire must also have some outcross qualities to enhance the mares we are breeding and seeing from our growing client base. During our research one sires name appeared again and again ticking all the boxes. That horse was Sun Frost!


Sun Frost


Sun Frost was a 1979 15.2hh Palomino, residing on the Cowan families T4 ranch, nestled in the big tough country of the Missouri breaks, South Dakota. This is ranching, rope and rodeo country, where horses take pride of place both working the ranch and in the arena. Sun Frosts pedigree carries an interwoven blend of legendary running and performance horse blood, including Doc’s Jack Frost (Doc Bar X Chantella AAA), Driftwood, Joe Hancock and Super Charge AAAT all legends in their own right. Although carrying the Doc Bar line, Doc’s Jack Frost was not widely used in Australia, and the addition of Driftwood, Joe Hancock and Super Charge produce a strong outcross. With such a depth of breeding it should come as no surprise to learn of Sun Frosts’ ability to sire champion horses with earnings exceeding $2,000,000. These include French Flash Hawk (aka Bozo), who carried Kristie Peterson to 5 WPRA World Championships in Barrel Racing.Frenchmans Guy a top 10 All-time leading Barrel Horse sire. PC FrenchmansHayday (aka Dinero), an NRF qualifier in Barrel Racing for Sherry Cervi, and a PRCA Heading and Heeling horse with combined earnings of over $400,000, and now in 2011 for Sherry a granddaughter, MP Meter My Hay (aka Stingray), this 14.2hh mare was crowned joint WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year. Sun Frost has also left a lasting legacy at the T4 with PC Sun Wood, PC Gunnerwood, PC Marwood Sun, PC Reddy Frost, PC Laughing Sundust and PC Paysun Frost all standing to produce the next generation of performance horse.


Sherry Cervi and PC Frenchmans Hayday

Kristie Peterson and French Flash Hawk 'Bozo'

During our research Brooke and I discovered no son of Sun Frost had ever come to Australia (although they were in Brazil and Italy), Wow what an opportunity! So now began the long process together with Tigh Cowan to match the best fit Sun Frost bred horse with us. It was during this time we learned Sun Frost had passed at the age of 27, and his last colts were now 4 year olds and in training, this would be the only Sun Frost son to make the long journey downunder. At this time I would like to thank and acknowledge the genuine efforts of the Cowan family, and single out Tigh Cowan, whom I spend many hours talking with, for their vast knowledge and interest in seeing our needs and concerns were met, and for assembling a top class list of possible colts for us. With that said, Brooke and I chose the ‘stand out’ candidate PC Peppys Jack Frost.


Peppy in Wyoming September 2011
PC Peppys Jack Frost Video -


PC Peppys Jack Frost (aka Peppy) is an own son of Sun Frost and from one of the Cowan family’s best mares, Tuff Time Sal. Her sire Tuff Time Peppy was spotted by Mike Kevil (author of Western Horsemans Colt Starting), who at the time was working for Pat Cowan at the T4 ranch. Knowing Pat was looking for just the right Peppy San Badger son to strengthen their horse program, Mike told of the colt he had seen, and a deal reportedly worth over $40,000 in the early 1980’s was done. Tuff Time Peppy by Peppy San Badger and out of a Jewels Leo Bars mare was not widely shown, but went to stud at the T4 to leave his, and Little Peppys mark on the Cowan horses. Tuff Time Sal’s dam Docs High Cutter was by Right on Jack, again a Doc’s Jack Frost son out of an Orphan Drift daughter Leta Drift, an influential mare at the T4. This proven combination of running and performance horse has been interwoven through PC Peppys Jack Frosts’ pedigree by the Cowan’s for many years and is a hallmark of their program. It has produced versatile horses that are highly sort after by working and arena cowboys and cowgirls alike with the best examples becoming house hold names.


Tuff Time Peppy Peppy San Badger


When negotiations began Peppy was in Wyoming with Aaron and Willow Raley, training as a heel horse for the team roping event. Both Tigh and myself were keen to see Aaron show Peppy at the Black Hills Stock Show (Rapid City, South Dakota) where a team roping futurity has become a feature event, attracting top class competitors from across the United States. The team roping event has evolved from ranch doctoring techniques where animals are often far from a set of yards, but need to be held. It sees the ‘Header’ rope the head and horns, and the ‘heeler’ rope the hind legs to momentarily immobilize a beast for treatment. Team roping’s growing popularity has seen it become a standard event at PRCA and Australian Pro Rodeos, attracting large numbers of competitors. Unlike a pro-rodeo where the event is won by the fastest time, this futurity sees the horses judged for their ability to be relaxed and responsive to the rider, while positioning them in the correct spot to rope as fast as possible and then stopping and holding the steer momentarily. The futurity is run over three head with the time taken into account from only one of the runs, or the average time taken over the three runs, and this component is only revealed after the three runs have been made. This formula requires slick times and great showmanship, which has proved popular among the cowboys and cowgirls who compete. Brooke and I were so pleased and excited when Tigh announced, he could not have been happier with Peppys performance. He had shown with real poise and presence all weekend, and after the time was taken from the third round, where roper TJ Watts had panty hosed (caught high up on the thighs) their last steer, but had managed to hold for a qualified time, Peppy has finished third overall!  To finish so highly amongst a high quality field, and the winning horse ridden by the current world champion heeler is truly a great result, and a credit to all involved.

Peppy competing at Black Hills Stock Show January 2012

PC Peppys Jack Frost -


With the excitement of the competition over it was down to Kentucky to begin quarantine in readiness for transport to Australia, we couldn’t wait to see our investment in the flesh. Two months later we were not disappointed, for before us stood a deep golden palomino stud that just took your breath away! Bold and bright eyed, with near faultless conformation Peppy is a handsome animal, who will only add to the growing reputation of the working quarter horse in Australia.

Peppy 10 hours after arrival in Australia

Brooke and I have planned for Peppy to be shown in the growing sport of Camp Drafting. This uniquely Australian event requires a beast to first be cut out from a penned group by the horse and rider, and then guided around an open course designed to demonstrate a high level of control and stockmanship. Horses achieving success must demonstrate their athletic ability and natural cow sense while cutting, and their speed and responsiveness to the rider while rating the beast over the open course, a tough test for the cowboys and horses alike.



With Peppy's foundation training with Wayne Hinder, and a solid first breeding season of 28 mares now complete, the time has come to get serious about competing. Brooke and I are committed to matching Peppy against the best the industry has to offer at the showcase events of Campdrafting. For this demanding sport we have entrusted Steven Hart, an experienced horseman and drafter to teach the finer points, and show you Peppy at his best. This will be a long road as any competitor knows, but we are confident that Steven & Peppy will prove their metal and leave a successful mark with you, the ultimate judge.

Wishing you every success

Peppy competing in Denver. January 2012


Sun Frost Doc’s Jack Frost Doc Bar
Prissy Cline Driftwood Ike
Josephine El
Tuff Time Sal Tuff Time Peppy Peppy San Badger
Sissy Freckles
Docs High Cutter Right On Jack
High Rae Mandy



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