Robert (Bob) Peckinpah

Robert (Bob) Peckinpah war der 9. ApHC (Appaloosa Horse Club) Präsident.

Seine zentrale Aufgabe während seiner ersten Amtszeit

war die klare Definintion des Rassestandards für Beurteilungszwecke festzulegen

und die Vielseitigkeit der Rasse aufrecht zu erhalten.

Robert L. Peckinpah   1919  -  2006
By: George B. Hatley
article courtesy of Sundance 500
Bob was born September 19, 1919, at Fresno, California, the son of C. L. (Linc) and Martha Elizabeth Martin Peckinpah.

He grew up in a horse using environment as his father was a U. S. Forest Service District Ranger during the era when much of a Forest Ranger's time was spent horseback.  After high school he received a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Hastings College of Law.

Bob attended the first National Appaloosa Horse Show and Appaloosa Horse Club membership meeting June 21, 1948, at Lewiston, Idaho, even though it prevented him from attending the marriage of his only sister.  Bob had worked at the prestigious Cow Palace horse show at San Francisco and was qualified to be most helpful.  He operated the back gate, helping entries get into the proper class and getting classes into the ring on schedule.  At subsequent National shows he served as ring master and show manager.

Bob understood the merit of moving the National show to new locations where it would serve different owners and introduce the breed to new people.  He made arrangements to have the 1952 and '53 National shows held at the Plumas County Fairgrounds at Quincy, California.  Realizing the shows potential for breed promotion, he employed a writer and publicity man, W. H. Hutchinson, to make certain the show was properly publicized in newspapers, radio and television.  The increased media exposure increased the number of show spectators and increased the number of horses sold during the show.

Bob was employed by the Cal-Farm Insurance as a district claims manager.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Central California Adjusters Association and served as secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president of the Fresno Claims Manager's Council.

He served as chairman of the Yuba City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Red Cross Disaster Committee Chairman for Butte, Yuba, and Colusa Counties, and was appointed to the Yuba-Sutter Fair Board in 1960, serving as chairman of the board in 1965.

Employment during his college years at four different county fairs, the Cow Palace, and Golden Gate Fields gave him broad experience in the fields of horse shows and horse racing.  He was elected to the Appaloosa Horse Club Board in 1950.  He was elected president in 1952 and served in that capacity for a record nine years.  As a director for 32 years, he spearheaded work in horse shows, racing, political education, and distance riding.  He served on the following committees: Medallions, Racing, Expo, Political Education, Finance, Distance Riding, and Regionals.  He represented the Appaloosa Horse Club at American Horse Council meetings.

Bob saw the advantage of owners riding their own horse under trail riding conditions.  He encouraged the board to sponsor the Chief Joseph Appaloosa Trail Ride which began in 1965.  He and his wife Evelyn rode the fourth 100-mile segment of the ride (the Lolo Trail) in 1968.  In addition to pleasure trail riding, Bob saw the merit of Appaloosa participation in competitive and endurance riding and encouraged the board to establish a Distance Riding Program, which recognized horses that excelled in competitive, endurance and pleasure trail riding.

An advantage of endurance riding is that riders are not competing with each other, they are competing with time and the trail.  Everyone who finishes the allotted miles in the allotted time wins a belt buckle.  This concept helped to develop a new market for Appaloosas.

Bob and a friend named George Y. Blair were acquainted with a sculptor named Bill Minschew and retained him to make a bronze bust of Chief Joseph.  After the sculpture was cast, a plane-owning friend flew Bob, Blair, and the bronze to Moscow, Idaho, where they presented it to Jesse Redheart, a Chief Joseph descendant, who presented it to the Appaloosa Museum.  It is a treasured addition to the Museum.

Bob served as chairman of the "Committee for Appaloosa Horses" of the American Horse Shows Association; authored over 25 articles on bloodlines, history and breed characteristics, published in Western Horseman and Horse Lovers Magazine; was instrumental in producing, supervising and editing the movie "Appaloosa", designated the best documentary of the year by the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center; helped organize and guide regional Appaloosa clubs; helped gain passage of the bill that allows Appaloosas to race under parimutuel in California; was appointed a member of the Horse Drugging Advisory Committee for the California Department of Agriculture in 1972, reappointed in January of 1976.

In recognition for untiring contributions to the light horse industry, he was designated "Horseman of the Year" in 1968 by the California All-Breeds Association.
In 1988 Bob was among the first people elected to the Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame, which has a prominent place in the Appaloosa Museum.

The narration under his photograph says: Mr. Peckinpah worked diligently to get Appaloosas approved in other circles of the industry and helped organize numerous regional clubs.  He served as a director first from 1950 to 1979, again from 1980 to 1983, and also served as president from 1952 to 1961.  He was active in establishing Appaloosa racing under pari-mutuel rules and published the "Forewords" in several Stud Books.  Co-authored The Appaloosa Horse in 1951.
Instead of focusing on competing with other breeds of horses, Bob encouraged horsemen to compete with other forms of recreation such as boating, snowmobiling, mountain biking, and four-wheeling.  During several autumns in the mid 1970's, Bob Peckinpah came to Idaho and went on a pack trip in the Lochsa area for elk hunting.  Members of the party valued both his stories of unusual insurance claims and his camp cooking skills.  Using a 12 inch Dutch oven and huckleberries that grew near camp, he produced fantastic huckleberry cobblers.

Bob's latest writing accomplishment was writing a series of three cookbooks:  Bob Peckinpah's Recipes From Peckinpah Mountain; Bob Peckinpah's Good Cooking & Hair Raisin' Stories; and Bob Peckinpah's Last Book of Recipes and Riotous Tales.  For those who enjoy both good eating and good stories, the cookbooks are a joy to own.      

Bob's wife Evelyn Horton Peckinpah was raised on a South Dakota cattle ranch, which increased her tolerance for the large amount of time Bob spent on horse activities.  She passed away in 1999.  He is survived by his sister, Wanda Justice, and his children, Marla, Ross, and Monte.  Memorials to Robert L. Peckinpah can be mailed to the Appaloosa Museum, 2720 Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho 83843.


Bob Peckinpah was never a breeder, nor did he show or race Appaloosas. Instead he worked for the light horse industry and the Appaloosa breed. He created some of the most successful programs of the ApHC.

He contributed a great deal through his writings. They speak of a great love and respect for the Appaloosa breed. They still pertain as much today as they did when they were written. I never had the honor of meeting the man personally, however he touched me and my ideas with his written words from so long ago.

When he was chosen California Horseman of the Year, an honor that was not easy to come by. More than 300 horsemen from the Golden State honored Mr. Peckinpah at the awards ceremony.

Mr. Peckinpah will be greatly missed, but always remembered and honored for his role in putting the Appaloosa breed on the map and his contributions to the promotion of the Appaloosa horse as a breed and the ApHC.

 He left us a legacy......"Breeders, do not pamper, spoil or corrupt him. Keep him virile, tough and speedy. Improve, if you can, his fine disposition, crowd his staying capacity, enlarge his field of activity, so his stamina and versatility will continue unequalled and unchallenged throughout the world."