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Issue 3 2013
Red PeP
For every horse,
there's a story to tell. In the
case of Lena Red Pep, that
story is still unfolding.
Lena Red Pep, a
2001 red roan stallion by
Peptoboonsmal and out of
Lenas Sissy Moon, started
his performance career
as a cutting prospect. A
son of Peptoboonsmal, the
legendary cutting horse
sire whose offspring have
earned more than $16
million, Lena Red Pep was
destined to work cattle. And
work cattle he did.
Early Show CarEEr
Like many young colts, "Red" began his show career in the National
Cutting Horse Association due to
his bloodlines and heritage. Not
only was his sire a multi-million
dollar producer, but his maternal
grandsire was the great Doc O'Lena,
NCHA Open Futurity Champion
and leading sire. Lena Red Pep
earned nearly $15,000 in NCHA
competition prior to becoming one
of the most versatile stallions in the
American Quarter Horse
Association records list William
J. Sheppard, Jr. as the breeder of
Lena Red Pep. Sheppard sold the
colt, and as a young prospect, Lena
Red Pep's owner sent him to Rocky
Vondra. Vondra and his wife, Ada,
ran a training program in Texas
for two and three-year-old horses.
Red was one of nine two-year-old
stallions in Vondra's barn at the
time. Though he enjoyed riding the
colt, Rocky said his wife saw the potential in Lena Red Pep early in his
career. Rocky remarked on Lena Red Pep's attitude, "This horse loves
women. When he was a two year old, that horse would hang his head over
my wife's shoulder without a halter on and follow her around." They didn't
know they would own the stallion eight years later.
After leaving the Vondra program as a two year old, Lena Red Pep
began a journey in which he might have fallen through the cracks as a
performance stallion if not for the chain of events that ensued. Red earned
nearly a thousand dollars in the National Reined Cow Horse Association
competition in addition to his NCHA winnings. He changed owners and
trainers, siring only a handful of foals, until Chris Thibodeaux of Jennings,
Louisiana, purchased him. Thibodeaux had the foresight to send the stallion
to Robbie Schroeder, Quarter Horse trainer and exhibitor. With Schroeder,
Lena Red Pep found his niche in the roping pen.
hitting hiS StridE
In 2009, Lena Red Pep began his AQHA show career, earning his
Performance Register of Merit. In 2010, the stallion was poised to challenge
the leading horses in the industry at the AQHA World Championship Show.
He qualified in four events - Senior Heading, Senior Heeling, Senior Tie-
down Roping and Senior Working Cow Horse. Due to injury, Lena Red
Pep did not compete at the World
Show that year. Despite the injury,
Lena Red Pep placed in the top ten
in the nation for High Point Senior
Tie-down Roping honors in 2010.
During the course of the 2010
show year, Lena Red Pep had won
the All-American Quarter Horse
Congress tie-down roping title and
was the reserve champion heading
horse at the Congress as well.
By 2011, he had earned another
Rocky and Ada Vondra