Hall of Fame

Truman Kennedy – Breeder – 2002 Inductee

Truman Kennedy

Truman Kennedy

I owe my success as a breeder to the great heart, exceptional intelligence and enormous athletic ability of one horse, Genuine Peppy.

The first year we campaigned Genuine Peppy (“Jeepers”) in Canada was 1989. That year with Les Timmons riding, and only limited showing, he was the CCHA Open Reserve Champion. It was also that year that we first nominated him to the Sire program of the Canadian Cow Horse Supreme.

Since then, as they say, the rest is history. In 1990, Jeepers and Les won the Calgary Stampede Open Cutting, the Pacific National Exhibition Open Cutting and went on to win the CCHA Open Championship.

In the beginning we had only one stallion, Genuine Peppy, one mare, Dolly Gun, and their foal, Genuine Dolly. In 1991 Genuine Dolly and Les marked 150 to win the Canadian Cow Horse Supreme Open Cutting Futurity. Soon we had a small band of brood mares by stallions such as Mr. Gunsmoke, Doc Olena, Smart Little Lena and Colonel Freckles, and had started breeding outside mares.

Genuine Peppy

Genuine Peppy

In 1992 Genuine Dolly was sold to James Hooper, of Alabama. In the Super Stakes that year, with Paul Hansma riding, she won the Open Reserve Championship, and who could forget the ride off between James Hooper and Bob Zirnhelt, when James and Genuine Dolly won the Super Stakes Non Pro Championship. They also placed third in the NCHA Non Pro Super Stakes.

1996 was probably our best year. Genuine Sandflake won the Canadian Super Stakes Open Championship, Rated PG won the Canadian Supreme Futurity Open Championship, Genuine Gambler was the Canadian Supreme Open and Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion and Wee Bee Genuine was the Canadian Supreme Open 3 year Old Cutting Champion.

Our most memorable year was 1997. That year, I was to be presented with the Sire Award for 1996 (won by Genuine Sandflake). The presentation was to be made during the Saturday evening performance. Les and I decided that since Genuine Peppy had been retired to stud for seven years, and so many people hadn’t had the opportunity to see him and that he should come to the show. During the Sire Award presentation, Les rode Genuine Peppy into the arena and approached the herd, it was though he had never been away from cutting. They cut one cow and then Les, living up to his name “Hollywood”, dropped Jeepers’ bridle and gave a bridleless demonstration that brought the crowd to their feet, stamping, clapping and cheering. For us it was a dream come true! That same weekend Wee Bee Genuine came through and with Denton and Binky Moffat riding, won both the Open and Non Pro Super Stakes Championships.

Rated PG

Rated PG

Every foal of Genuine Peppy’s means a lot to us, so we are overjoyed when ever they win. Over the years the Canadian Supreme has proven to be a wonderful showcase for their talent. Having three disciplines in the Supreme allows a breeder to show his stallions’ ability as a sire to a wide cross-section of mare owners and the public.

Jeepers’ foals have consistently been winners in the cutting pen and last year it was satisfying to see that his foals were competing in all three disciplines of the Supreme. Genuine Gina was Open Hackamore Champion. They are also showing well in barrel racing, roping and team penning.

The most gratifying thing of all is that two of Genuine Peppy’s sons Rated PG and EF Pepi Kola are also Canadian Supreme sires.