One Roan Peptos was famous from the beginning. He first “appeared” at the Tamworth Cutting Horse Sale as an embryo in a trotter mare. The first embryo to be sold in the public arena in Australia. As such a tremendous amount of interest surrounded the auction. Firstly for his amazing genetics, being by Peptos Stylish Oak and from the superstar, One Moore Spin. Secondly, the controversy of whether people would accept buying something “sight unseen”, a new concept back in 2003.
At auction the vendors worked One Moore Spin and then led the trotter in and presented her as a scanned in foal recip mare carrying an egg of unknown sex. More surprises came when a price of $30,000 was reached. Also, the purchaser didn’t come from the mainstream cutting crowd. Well known campdrafter, Ken McCarthy, from Kempsey in N.S.W. was the successful purchaser and with it came a complete change in his approach to the horse industry. This was very different for Ken.
Then there was the wait for the foal to born with the continual questioning of how was it going. Many sceptics still didn’t believe the science involved with an embryo and were waiting for the foal to be born deformed or in some way “not perfect”. Secondly, would it be a colt or a filly.
Time has the answers. One Roan Peptos was born sound and healthy and has fulfilled all that was expected of him. He has become one of the premier Cutting sires of his time.
Ken’s son Tim broke the colt in and he was then sent to Ian Francis to be prepared for the Cutting Futurities. He left Kempsey as a 2 year old and the next time the McCarthy’s saw him was when he went over the time line in GR1 of the NCHA Futurity in Tamworth. Constant contact with Ian, however, confirmed throughout the preparation that he was on track and that he was everything he was intended to be. Athletic, cowy, trainable and with the necessary temperament.
During his very successful Futurity year with Ian Francis (Reserve Champion NCHA Futurity 2007) and Tim McCarthy (Non Pro Futurity Champion DDCC 2007), he was loped and cared for by Teresa Russo.
Teresa travelled to the states for the next 2 years to further her cutting knowledge and on returning continued her association with One Roan Peptos for his final year of aged events with Ian and then his first year as an Open horse with Heath Sinclair.
With an admiration of One Roan Peptos as an outstanding cutting horse and a strong belief in him as a sire, Teresa approached Ken with an offer to purchase the roan stallion. After negotiations a price was reached and Roanie changed hands and made a girl’s wildest dream come true.
Heath Sinclair went on to show him in the big Open events and Teresa Russo showed him in the Non Pro events. He had an illustrious career in which he thrilled and inspired people with his dynamic ability in front of a cow in the cutting pen. He and Teresa cut their last cow at the Victorian Futurity 2018. He will be sadly missed.