The nimble, black stallion Peponita was a fierce competitor throughout the 1970’s and 80’s.
Bred by Douglas Lake Cattle Co. Ltd of Douglas Lake, BC, Canada, Peponita was sired by Peppy San and out of Bonita Tivo (by Poco Tivo). The stallion was the culmination of decades of specific breeding for cow sense and ranching versatility.
Acquired by Matlock and Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas in 1975 as a six-year-old, Peponita’s cutting reign was just beginning. Showing under the hand of famed trainer Matlock Rose, Peponita earned multiple American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championships in cutting, as well as his National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Certificate of Ability. He also earned NCHA Bronze, Silver and Platinum awards.
In 1977, Peponita earned more than $38,000 in one year, qualifying him for the NCHA Hall of Fame.
Matlock Rose was a professional horse trainer for over 60 years. He established a reputation as an all-around cowboy and trainer of champions. Rose was often described as stonefaced, a man of few words, but long held the respect of his peers. He was referred to as a trainers' trainer, and considered a legend.
About the Artist: His fame did not come from raising champion Quarter Horses. It was through his paint strokes that Orren Mixer became recognized throughout the world.
Mixer became a well-known local Western artist during the 1950s and 1960s. Livestock, particularly horses, became his specialty, and his work graced the covers of Western Horseman, Quarter Horse Journal, Cattleman, and Oklahoma Today.
In 1968 the American Quarter Horse Association commissioned Mixer to paint "the ideal American Quarter Horse," and six other breed associations followed suit. He depicted the ideal Pinto, Paint, Palomino, Appaloosa, Buckskin, and Pony of the Americas.
Mixer bred and raised eight registered American Quarter Horses. These horses went on to either race or perform in the show ring.
Mixer was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1993, and died in 2008.
Signed and numbered print
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches (W x H)
I was honored to meet Orren Mixer a few times as I traveled through Colorado and surrounding states with my father, the rodeo and quarter horse photographer, James Cathey, in the 1950s and 60s. Dad and Orren were friends, and in 1951 Dad, coincidentally, shot the greatest cutting horse photo of all time, the classic of Matlock Rose on the amazing AQHA Hall of Fame horse, Jesse James, trained and shown by Matlock. When I saw this print of the Orren MIxer painting of Matlock Rose on Peponita being offered by the museum store, I simply had to have it. This is a beautiful print, individually numbered and signed by the artist. I will always hold it as a treasured possession that takes me back to my youth. My only disappointment is that I would have loved for it to be larger, but it will hang in a position of honor in my home, right beside my dad's photo of Matlock Rose on Jesse James.