Born in El Paso, Texas on November 2, 1929, Peppy McKinney moved to the Pecos with his parents. Before moving, he competed in rodeos at both the high school and college level.
He started competing professionally in 1947 in calf roping, steer roping and team tying and continued to compete until 1980.
Peppy served on the West of the Pecos Rodeo committee for several years and was the arena director from 1960 until 1969. Thanks to his untiring efforts, Peppy was instrumental in getting the steer roping approved for Pecos for the first time in 1966. He also assisted in bringing the National Finals Steer Roping to Pecos, Texas, in 1969.
One of the biggest thrills of Peppy’s rodeo career was tying the fastest calf at Madison Square Garden in 1955.
Peppy now resides in Midland, Texas, where his three sons, Mark, Jim and Jack visit often.