Dick and Brenda Pieper share several crucial ingredients that have greatly contributed to their success in the horse industry. Both grew up with passion for the study of equine conformation and behavior.
Born in southern Ontario, Canada, Brenda Pieper grew up surrounded by horses of all breeds with grandparents who earned their living in the farming and horse industry. Her exposure to horse activities ranged from draft breeds to hunters, jumpers, dressage and later western events. For Brenda, the love and study of horses has been a long time obsession.
Dick Pieper was born on a family farm in Southern Ohio near the city of Portsmouth. The farming operations consisted of raising cattle, sheep and horses where both draft horses and saddle horses were used on a daily basis. After high school, Dick attended Ohio State University and served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy while spending every spare moment he could find riding and training everything available. His passion for horses overshadowed all other activities. Since then he has been continuously involved in the horse business as a full time professional.
During the 1970's and 1980's Brenda became active in AQHA competition and was attracted to reining horses at the time the National Reining Horse Association was growing rapidly in eastern Canada. Early competition in reining included wins at the Northampton Super Slide In, the NRHA Super Stakes, various Ontario reinings and a National top five for an NRHA title.
During that same era Dick achieved national recognition in the horse industry showing Mr Jim 45 to the title of AQHA Honor Roll Reining Stallion in 1972. In 1977, he won the NRHA Futurity and then came back to be Co-Reserve Champion of the Futurity in 1979. That same year, he also won his first AQHA World Championship title in the Junior Reining on the same horse, Cee Blair Masota. Between 1976 and 1995, Dick rode 23 NRHA Futurity finalists and was a top twenty money earner for many years following. In 1985, he showed Miss Cee Blair to the title of NRHA World Champion Open Horse, setting a record for money earned in one year that was not broken until 1994 when her son, Cee Blair Sailer, also trained by Dick, established an even higher record. In 1991 Dick Showed Texas Kicker to AQHA World Champion Junior Reining Horse setting another record score of 228 in the finals. During his career spanning four decades, Dick won or placed in every major reining event on the North American Continent and several in Europe.
Dick and Brenda's move to Marietta, Oklahoma in 1987 where they established and developed Pieper Ranch, Inc has been a lifelong goal. Pieper Ranch, Inc. evolved from a highly competitive training and sale facility to a 162-acre breeding facility that develops and sells some of the performance industries top prospects. Management of the breeding program has become Dick & Brenda's primary focus in recent years. Dick continues to train their personal young horses for competition and sale. Pieper Ranch is home to AQHA Reining World Champion, Texas Kicker and leading cutting horse performer and sire Playgun along with twenty exceptional broodmares and their offspring. They breed approximately a hundred outside mares annually and raise and market the produce of their own broodmare band.
Although the breeding program, ranch management and sales keep them busy year round, Dick continues to show as frequently as possible in the NCHA events, judges NCHA, NRCHA, AQHA, and RHAA shows and lends his many years of judging experience to several associations on judging matters.
Dick Pieper is a nationally recognized horseman, and he and Brenda are widely known as authorities on conformation as it relates to performance. They have influenced and developed the careers of many young trainers. Brenda has advised and shaped their employees' careers and knowledge of business and economic management. Dick has assisted many young trainers in reaching their goals of becoming not just trainers, but more importantly horsemen and women.
Dick served as president of the National Reining Horse Association for five years and is a National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame Inductee. He is also currently active on the judges committee of the National Reining Horse Association and has been an American Quarter Horse Association approved judge for eighteen years. He has judged the All American Quarter Horse Congress, the AQHA World Show, the AQHA Youth World Show, and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Dick is also a highly respected judge for the National Cutting Horse Association and the Ranch Horse Association of America.
Today, Pieper Ranch, Inc. is one of the most beautiful and functional breeding and training facilities in the country. The building, including a stallion and show horse barn, office, training/arrival barn, indoor arena, breeding barn, and mare motel are set in a scenic wooded environment. Several cutting pens, turnout traps and many pastures filled with large native oak, hickory and pecan trees provide a pleasant area for raising and training young prospects. Several creeks run through the ranch, adding to the quiet, peaceful atmosphere that the broodmares, foals and yearlings enjoy.