The journey began in 1972 when Art bought a 2-week-old filly by Sugar Vandy. Her name was IMA SUGAR VANDY. As as a 2-year-old, Art sent her to Stan Fonsen with the intention of training her as Snaffle Bit Futurity prospect. He wasn’t disappointed. Stan and Ima (as they called her) finished 5th that year in the NRCHA finals! Stan went on to show Ima to many wins in the hackamore and she was even pretty enough to be shown at halter.
As things progressed, Art became interested in breeding Ima, to Little Peppy (Peppy San Badger) after watching Buster Welch show him at an event in California. Not long after that, Ima had a colt named; “Im Full Of Pep.” At the time Art, having become interested in cutting, decided to send the colt to Gary Bellenfant. Gary trained him part of his 2-year-old until moving on to work for a private ranch. So, back to Stan! Where he was trained for the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Once again, Art was not disappointed; Stan and Pep smoked them in the finals with 661 points! Becoming the 1983 NRCHA Open World Champion!! Now, Art had a stallion and no mares to breed. It didn’t take long to find a group of mares to fit his pedigree. Though, after some success with Peps offspring he became sterile at the age of 13. Now, Art had the mares but no stallion.
We had really been enjoying breeding and raising offspring so, we decided to look for a son of Little Peppy. Art was competing at the 1993 Northwest Cutting Horse Futurity; Bobby Ingersoll was showing a handsome little stud named Tangys Classy Peppy (CP). Not to mention, winning the Open Futurity on him! We approached Bobby after the show and asked if he was for sale? Bobby told us he was partners with Oxbow Ranch owner Dan Lufkin. Bobby was not willing to sell his half but Dan agreed to sell us his interest in the colt. From there, with a hand shake we became partners with Bobby. It was so much fun to watch CP be shown. People would line up at the fence just to watch him! After many wins in his aged event years, we became sole owners and continued showing him in novice and then open cutting events. Rock Hedlund showed CP as an Open horse, winning the 1999 PCCHA Year End Open Championship.
We never looked back and have enjoyed both CP and his foals immensely over the years. His get have won over 2.4 million to date in; Cutting, Reining and Working Cow Horse competitions. CP’s top money earner is a Reiner with LTE of over $165,000.
CP’s success has now passed on to his daughters who have become very successful producers themselves. We continue to focus on breeding his offspring to a few mares we have shown over the years. Offering for sale each year to the public some fine individuals as; Cutting, Working Cow Horse and Reining prospects.
CP now 27 is enjoying life and looks as fabulous as ever! His last foal,
a filly out of Smooth On The Street was born March 2nd, 2017. We are truly
blessed to have him in our lives.
Coyote Creek Cutting Horses
20477 Liberty Rd
Clements, CA 95227