Joe Hancock has become an institution in the roping industry and he is
considered one of the finest rodeo and roping sires who ever lived. A grandson of
the Foundation great Peter McCue, Joe Hancock was 25% Percheron. However,
this Percheron stallion was not of the draft type, but used to work cattle and ride
on the ranch of Ralph Wilson in Texas. This unique ancestry that many credit
with giving Joe Hancock the much sought after combination of speed, bone, cow
sense and calm disposition. Joe Hancock made his name on the racetrack. Before
his career was over, it was said Joe Hancock was open to the world at 3/8 of a
mile. There were few takers; Joe Hancock retired to stud unbeaten at the quarter
mile distance and losing only once at half a mile. Tom Burnett, of the famous
Four Sixes Ranch, purchased Joe Hancock as a stallion for his Triangle Ranch
because of his speed and the consistency of the foals he produced. He went onto
produce Race and Performance ROM earners and outstanding roping horses.
Clay O'Brien Cooper, a world champion team roper, won two of his World
Champion Team Roping titles on a Red Man bred horse. Joe Hancock bred
horses are still valued today for their speed, strong bone, cow sense and a
willingness to work hard. Since most of Joe Hancock horses were used on
ranches or in rodeo events, there are few that managed to gain many AQHA
recognized performance points. However, he was considered a premiere stallion
and his offspring must haves for any serious ranch or roping work.
You can visit the Hancock Horse Breeders Association or AQHA Foundation site
for more information about Joe Hancock. Try this link for more information
about "Hancock" horses.
THE HANCOCK HORSE