‘AGT’ Season 17: Who is Pepino? Meet the “world’s most talented miniature horse” that can throw a basketball

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NBC’s hit talent hunt show “America’s Got Talent” attracts several unique artists looking to show off their “wild” talents to the world. Over the years we’ve seen every skill imaginable ranging from dislocating shoulders and putting them back in place as part of a dance routine to various death-defying stunts! As the NBC show is set to return for its long-awaited Season 17, the new season will introduce us to a whole host of wilder talent.

One such talented performer who is hoping for the million dollar prize and a chance to make headlines in Las Vegas is a mini horse named Pepino. The adorable little hoofed mammal will showcase his unique talents in front of returning judges – Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. Accompanied by his instructor David Lichman, Papino is ready to show how he won the title of “the most talented miniature horse in the world”.

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You can watch Pepino’s dipping skills here:



Who is Pepino the Mini Hwe?

Hailed as the “most talented miniature horse in the world,” Pepino, a six-year-old American Miniature Horse (AMH), is already something of an internet celebrity. If you’re wondering what’s so special about this mini horse besides its small size, then you might be surprised to learn that it can dunk a basketball! Yes, you read that right. One of Pepino’s famous skills is dipping the ball “over the edge” 5 feet despite being only 30 inches tall.

Besides ducking the ball and showing off his athletic ability, Pepino’s other talents include answering the phone, sitting in a chair, saying “yes” and “no”. blow a kiss, and even open a mailbox or a cupboard. He was named after the farmhand from the 1950s show, “The Real McCoys”, Pepino Garcia. Pepino’s trainer/partner David Lichman was inspired to teach the mini horse how to dunk a ball after watching “Mister Ed”.

Lichman is one of the highest rated instructors at Pat Parelli’s institute. “I travel all over the world to help people achieve extraordinary results with horses. Pat’s teaching system has taken me from Vancouver to Virginia and from Hawaii to Heidelberg. I have handled thousands of horses in hundreds of clinics, of all breeds and disciplines,” he shared on his website. Lichman won the World Grand Championship.



Thanks to Pepino’s dipping skills, he even tried to become the Sacramento Kings mascot! You can find out more about Pepino and his many hidden talents here and here. We can’t wait to see Pepino’s talents on ‘AGT’.

Season 17 of “America’s Got Talent” premieres Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 8 p.m. on NBC. After the show premieres, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using one of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.

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