Proud Lil Pepto (IMP)
He loves what he does and he does it very well.

Versatile | Athletic | Smart | Proven Genetics


Service Fee

  • $1,650 inc GST


Lifetime Earnings


Morrison Equine Pty Ltd
Koumala  QLD

Proud Lil Pepto story

Proud Lil Pepto.Forrest and Kim Saunders are relative newcomers to the Cutting and Campdraft arenas, but since becoming involved 12 years ago they have watched, listened and learnt alot. They now own a very successful team of horses and have experienced the true highs of both industries as owners, with Little Rey of Hope winning the NCHA open Futurity in 2012.

After first being introduced to cutting by a friend they thought it was something they should have a go at. Forrest wasn’t a rider but he encouraged Kim to try the sport. Kim started learning and competing and Forrest  followed, learning to ride and then after attending several Ian Francis clinics he started in Snafflebit competitions and then One Handed.

However it is as owners where they truly lead by example. They have always wanted Hi-end Open Cutting horses so they have watched horses working and studied breeding, always looking to chase better horses.

With quality horses already in their team they decided to add a world class stallion to the stable. This was a task that was never going to be a quick process because the brief included top class cutting genetics, impeccable type and temperament and a horse that was versatile to come back to Australia and compete in the campdrafting arena after he finished his cutting career.

Photo by Forrest. Proud Lil Pepto & Hayden Upton,
Photo by Forrest. Proud Lil Pepto & Hayden Upton. Futurity Fortworth Texas

Several agents were commissioned in the US to find this special horse and two years later after several false starts where people were simply trying to make the deal rather than source an exceptional animal, Hayden Upton came up with the right horse for the Saunders.

Proud Lil Pepto was by the 1995 NCHA Champion Peptoboonsmal and from the Smart Little Lena daughter, Little Proud Mary who was an NCHA Open Finalist herself. This cross had also been very successful in reining Cow Horse events in the States so the genetics were there to transfer to the campdraft industry in Australia.  He was exceptional in all areas and Hayden bought him as a 2.y.o for Forrest and Kim.He then stayed in America where Hayden prepared him for the 2011 US NCHA Futurity. He was the first Futurity horse Hayden had trained since moving to the US, so the young duo entered the Futurity as relative unknowns. In the GR1 they finished 2nd which was an amazing feat for a Rookie trainer. They continued on to qualify for the Semi Final and finished 3rd in the Limited Open.

Proud Lil Pepto & Warwick Lawrence. Paradise Lagoons 2015.
Photo by Wild Fillies Photography. Proud Lil Pepto & Warwick Lawrence. Paradise Lagoons 2015.

After two successful seasons in the US which included winning the 4.y.o Breeders Invitational and finalling in the Bonanza Open Derby the decision to bring him back to Australia was made. He was sent to Dean Holden and he had more success winning the Q14 Senior Cutting Horse of the Year and was a regular Classic Finalist at the Australian Futurities.

Campdrafting was Proud Lil Peptos next challenge and he changed stables to Warwick Lawrence where he has achieved a great deal in a very short time frame. He started drafting at Upper Horton in July 2015 and five draft later he was an Open Horse having placed in the Stallion Draft at Paradise and won a Novice before winning his Open at Singleton.  Few drafts followed because they were continually washed out in 2016 and cancelled in 2017 due to drought.

Warwick rates Proud Lil Pepto very highly, he knew he was a great cutter, but he can’t believe his achievements after so few starts.  He’s a natural who can cut a circle, hold his ground and does so at speed.  Warwick has been taking it steady with him because he sees him as a long term horse.

Breeding their top mares to him last season, Warwick and Fiona have complete faith in him.

The full story of this exceptional colt is covered in his promotional video.

In 2020 circumstances dictated that Proud Lil Pepto was to be sold at auction, a reluctant sale without doubt but at the 2020 Nutrien Classic auction to two young brothers, Matty & Luke Morrison.  A realisation of a dream that’s for sure.  Read their story in the Tab below.

Proud Lil Pepto - The Next Chapter

In 2020 Proud Lil Pepto was purchased at the Nutrien Classic Horse Sale by brothers Matty & Luke Morrison and so begins a new and exciting chapter for this stand out stallion.  Here’s their story as told by Matty…

Photo by Purple Fairy Photography. Matty Morrison & Mr Sylvester.

Luke and I have followed and competed in campdrafting since our junior years, circumstances dictating time in and out of the arena.  For us, horses have always been the one thing that we can come back to and we appreciate the time we have with them, and the time we share together.  In later years I branched out taking a very keen interest in the cutting horse world, working for various trainers, following futurities up and down the east coast and spending many, many hours in the turn back saddle.

For me especially, owning a quality stallion was the long term goal. That is where I saw myself in the years to come. I knew I wanted a dual purpose horse that could dominate in the cutting pen & have the shape and mind to run outside and circle a cow with ease.

I remember my first time at the Landmark Classic in Tamworth I was sitting on the hill watching the Stallion draft, just dreaming that one day, that could be me on one of those horses. As most people do, we had a few favourites that came to mind when the word stallion came up in conversation, and I was eager to ring Luke and tell him that I had just seen his personal favourite Proud Lil Pepto in the flesh and he looked as good as he did in the magazines.

Later that month, once home, we flicked through the latest performance horse magazine and there he was again.  Proud Lil Pepto just kept coming up.  A fair few beers later we were still talking about him and said, “If I was to buy a stud, that would be him!” And here I was thinking “Isn’t it nice to dream!”

Proud Lil Pepto with new owners Matty & Luke Morrison.

Little did I know at that point in time, that maybe dreams really do come true. The 2020 Nutrien Sale catalogue was sent to home as it always is, and over smoko on the verandah I was flicking through like I normally do, and there he was Lot 110 -Proud Lil Pepto.

I was shocked at first, I told Luke and we both went wow and just turned the page thinking he was way out of our league. Like most people’s catalogues I had him circled, underlined and multiple ticks beside his name, I wasn’t going to miss watching him go through and wishing it was me who was taking him home.

Day 1 of the sale came around and I had my heart set on an open age gelding that for me ticked the boxes to bring home and have a lot of fun on at the Campdrafts.  When it came to the crunch I didn’t even bid on him, something told me it wasn’t right. My head was saying yes, but my heart said no.

The stallions’ starting coming though the ring, and I thought I’ll just ring Luke to see where his head is at! Like me his heart was racing knowing Pepto was the next horse to be sold. Luke said “What do you reckon’, should we have a go at him?”.  I thought keep dreaming mate, but stay on the line and we’ll see what happens. Pepto was in and the auctioneers started and so did I, I knew it was the right thing and I wasn’t letting anyone else take him home. Within minutes Luke and I were the very excited new owners of Proud Lil Pepto.

Warwick Lawrence with new owner Matty Morrison & Proud Lil Pepto. 2020 Nutrien Classic Horse Sale.

Warwick and Fiona Lawerence had done the most magnificent job with Pepto, keeping him fit, healthy and looking second to none. We cannot thank them enough for the smooth transition with Pepto and to Forrest Saunders and Kim Tahu for parting with the horse of their dreams.

You have made two young fellas dreams come true, we are humbled, excited, and still pinching ourselves that the horse of our dreams has now become our reality.

Luke and I vow to take the best care of Pepto and give him the best opportunity to continue the magnificent legacy that you guys have formed and maintained. We hope to showcase Pepto for many years to come and give people the opportunity to breed their very own Proud Lil Pepto.



Proud Lil Pepto was sold for $58,000 to Matty & Luke Morrison at the Nutrien Classic Horse Sale. [View Video]

He competed with Warwick Lawrence Lawrence prior to the sale.

  • Nutrien Stallion Shoot Out:


  • ILLABO OPEN FOR OPEN – 1st (90 90)
  • COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND LADIES – 1st 92 (23 65 4)
  • GEURIE LADIES -=2nd with Mary Williams (1st ride)
  • LANDMARK CLASSIC: Open – 3rd.


Limited starts due to the ongoing drought.

  • COMBOYNE: Open – 1st (90 89)  |  Open for Open – 5th (89)
  • LANDMARK: Stallion Draft – 10th.  [View Rd 2 Video (88)]

2016 - 2017

Limited starts due to drought.

  • GRESFORD: Open for Open – 2nd
  • TIMOR: Open – 4th
  • MUSWELLBROOK: Open for Open – 1st.
  • CESSNOCK: Open for Open – 2nd (80 entries)
  • LANDMARK: Stallion Draft – Rd 2 – 2nd


Limited starts due to the season essentially being washed out.

  • LANDMARK: Stallion Draft.  Placed in both rounds. Cutout – 2nd
  • NEWCASTLE HUNTER CUP: Cutout – 1st
  • ABERDEEN: Open for Open – 3rd


ABCRA Eastern Zone MAIDEN HORSE FOR 2015/2016
(with only 4 months of drafting)

  • PARADISE LAGOONS: Stallion Draft: = 9/10
    • Maiden Draft: cutout – 1st
    • Novice Draft: cutout – 1st
    • Maiden Draft: Rd 1 – = 1st  |  Final – 2nd
    • Novice Draft: Rd 1 – = 1st / Final – = 2/3
    • Juvenile – = 4/5 with Jack Lawrence
  • GRESFORD RODEO: Novice Draft: 1st
  • GEURIE: Open – 2nd
    • Open – 1st  (89)  |  Open cutout – 1st (23)
    • Novice – 2nd (89)
  • TIMOR: Novice cutout – 1st
  • MERRIWA: Novice cutout – 1st
    • Open – 1st (91,91)  |  Open cutout – 1st (23)
    • Open for Open cutout – 1st (24)
  • ELLERSTON – Open – 5th
  • ABERDEEN CAMPDRAFT: Open Draft Cutout – 1st

Cutting in Australia

  • Trained/Shown by Dean Holden


  • Open Classic Challenge Finalist at:
    • NCHA Futurity
    • Comet Futurity
    • CCCC Futurity Goondiwindi
    • NCHA Victorian Futurity
  • AQHA Q14 Senior Horse Champion

Cutting in the USA

  • Trained/Shown by Haydon Upton, Weatherford, Texas


  • The Cattlemen’s Limited Open Classic Champion


  • Breeders Invitational Open Derby Finalist
  • The Cattlemen’s Limited Open Derby – 4th
  • Bonanza Open Derby Finalist


  • NCHA Open Futurity Semi-Finalist
  • NCHA John Deere Limited Open Futurity – 3rd



Proud Lil Bo Duke

Owned by Hayley Smith who purchased him from Ed Smith Performance Horses.

2018/2019 season Bo competed successfully in:

  • Stockmans Challenge
  • Reining
  • AQHA State show
  • Ranch Horse. Western riding and reining


  • Pacific Coast Reining Spectacular, Gatton.  Ridden by Kayla Kington
    • Limited Open Futurity Champion
    • Intermediate Open Futurity – 3rd

Hunter View Conmaze

  • Dam: Con Air, inaugural Landmark Classic winner.
  • Mare


Nutrien Classic 2020 Lot 485, Stable F409 HUNTER VIEW CONMAZE 3 year old mare, 14.3h Sire: Proud Lil Pepto Dam: Hazelwood Con Air ‼️ Warwick correct mobile number 0436842472 ‼️

Posted by WarwickFiona Lawrence on Tuesday, 28 January 2020

GB Bubba Gump

  • Sold Landmark 2017.

Landmark 2019

Mister G

  • Dam: Hamiltons Captivate
  • Gelding


  • Sold Nutrien Classic for $16,000

Whole Lotta Rosie


Proud Lil Pepto progeny are proving to be infinitely trainable. This filly, Whole Lotta Rosie, was only started by Adam Wrobel 28 days prior to videoing and she displays the common traits passed on from her sire. She has an easy nature, is well balanced, is super athletic & she has a great mind.


  • Dam: Amaroo Just Crusin
  • Mare


  • Sold Landmark Classic as a 2 yo for $20,000.

2021 Nutrien Classic Horse Sale

The 2021 Nutrien Classic Horse Sale saw 2 Proud Lil Peptos on offer and both sold.  The top seller was Proud Duck who was is bred by the late John Breckelmans. Not only is he cutting trained, he is a very handy campdrafter whom trainer Jason Richards says can be ridden by the whole family & would also suit a juvenile or lady campdrafter.


Sire: Peptoboonsmal

$26+ Million dollar sire.

Standout progeny include the 2002 and 2007 NCHA Horse of the Year honorees Little Pepto Gal and Copaspepto, plus 2001 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Boonlight Dancer and 2009 NRCHA Derby Open Champion Smart Boons.

One Time Pepto is Peptoboonsmal’s second-leading single-season money-earner, with $264,145 banked in 2005. One Time Pepto, Little Pepto Gal and many other offspring are influential sires and dams in their own right.

Paternal Grand Sire: Peppy San Badger

NCHA Hall of Fame. NCHA Open Futurity Champion (USA) and NCHA Open Derby Champion (USA). An All Time Leading Cutting Sire, and an NRHA & NRCHA All Time Leading Sire, siring earners of over $25 Million; including LITTLE BADGER DULCE (NCHA Horse of the Year, NCHA Open Reserve World Champion, NCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion).

  • [View video of Peppy San Badger]
    – There are great images at the beginning and the end, as well as footage of Peppy San Badger in action. Italian translation would be welcomed.

Dam: Little Proud Mary

Progeny earning $400,000+

  • NCHA Open Futurity finalist
  • Augusta 4-Year-Old Open Futurity Reserve Champion
  • Polo Ranch $50,000 Amateur Classic finalist
  • El Cid Amateur Classic finalist

See her in action.  [View Video]

Maternal Grand Sire: Smart Little Lena

  • The All-Time leading money earning cutting stallion: LTE $743,275.
  • The All-Time leading living sire of producing daughters. His daughters are producers of offspring earning $34.6 Million.
  • Sire of Red White and Boon, the All-time highest money earning cutting horse: LTE $922,063.
  • Leading Sire of NCHA Money Earners.  >$36.8Million.
  • 2008 NCHA Hall of Fame Inductee.
  • NCHA Triple Crown Winner.

See him in action in the video gallery.



Reg Number: Q-75102
Foaling Date: 09/05/2008
Colour: Sorrel
Height: 14.3 hh
Current Owner: Morrisons Equine P/L

View full Interactive pedigree chart  >>


* Information courtesy of Pedigree Online Database.

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Video Gallery

Promotional Video


  • Nutrien Classic Stallion Shootout Rd2 with Steve Comiskey (88). [View Video]


  • Nutrien Classic Horse Sale – Sold for $58,000.  [View Video]
  • Nutrien Classic Stallion Shootout Rd 1, with Warwick Lawrence (89).  [View Video]


  • Warwick Stallion draft Rd 1, with Warwick Lawrence (88).  [View Video]
  • Landmark Classic Open, with Warwick Lawrence.
  • Landmark Young Guns, with Jack Lawrence

2018 Landmark Classic Stallion Draft, with Warwick Lawrence.  [View Rd 2 Video]

2014 – Q14 Senior Horse Champion, shown by Dean Holden.   [View Video]

2013 – Cattleman’s, Texas.   [View Video]

2010 – NRCHA 2 year old Select Sale, shown by Hayden Upton.   [View Video]
(Make sure you watch the end where he chases a mechanical cow with no rider.)


Maternal Grand Sire: Smart Little Lena.


Proud Duck

Hunter View Oaks Willow

Hazelwood Conmaze 


Matty Morrison
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