Heritage Hancock Quarter Horses Heritage Hancock Quarter Horses
John Coffee HayesCowboy Valentine • Mares page: 123 • More info

Joe Hancock
Joe Hancock


Red Man
Red Man


Buck Hancock
Buck Hancock


Driftwood
Driftwood


Joe Reed II
Joe Reed II


Leo
Leo


Grey Badger
Grey Badger


Sugar Bars
Sugar Bars


Gold King Bailey
Gold King Bailey

"He's half a ton of poised and controlled energy, held on an easy rein and a hair trigger. He's a working man who can earn his keep on the range all week--and be a handsome dandy at the track on Sunday afternoon. He's proud when he stands; looks lazy when he walks. But when he runs he can whip the tears from the corners of your eyes and plaster your hat brim against the crown. He's big in the haunches, supple in the withers, stout in the neck and wide across the chest... to hold his great heart. He's thunder and lightning between your knees and a poem in flight across the pasture. He's cow-smart and brave--though sometimes a clown-- and to the man with sky in his eye and mud on his boot, the Quarter Horse is a faithful hand ... and a friend." Written by Rex C. Cauble (owner of Cutter Bill)

 

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Heritage Hancock Quarter Horses - Alberta Canada

Amber and her 2013 colt

Amber and 2013 colt

Short speed made the original Quarter Horse ~ “King of Versatility.” Old school racing pedigrees have never gone out of style in the rope horse or barrel horse arena or on the ranch. We choose durable conformation, natural balanced ground eating strides - combined with the ability to start, stop and spin on a dime - along with an agreeable, no nonsense work ethic. Cow sense is never optional!

Our program is based on line-breeding to AQHA Hall of Fame Stallion, Joe Hancock P455, with an emphasis on his sons Buck Hancock, Red Man and grandson ~ Blue Valentine. Joe Hancock was famous for his racing speed. He stood open to the world and was the first Quarter Horse to break the 22 second quarter mile. It was Joe Hancock’s ability to sire speed and performance winners that put him in a class all his own and eventually into the AQHA Hall of Fame. That his blood also made top-notch ranch horses was a given based on his solid structure. Joe Hancock was considered a BIG quarter horse in his day yet stood just 15.2 or 3 and weighed approx. 1300+ lbs. Time and myth have turned him into a giant. His get generally ranged in size from 14.3 to 15.2/3 based on advertisements and articles written by those who actually put their hands on him and his sons & daughters and grand get. They were winners from cutting to steer tripping and on the race track.

Other Quarter Horse sires of speed who have stood the test of time and are important to our program are Leo, Gold King Bailey, Driftwood, Grey Badger II, Joe Reed II and Sugar Bars. Each of these stallions proved themselves as successful racehorses before they became legendary sires. All these stallions except Gold King Bailey have been inducted in the AQHA Hall of Fame. Gold King Bailey sired a dynasty for Guy Ray Rutland, who was the leading breeder of racing Quarter Horse register of merits for nearly 40 years. During his lifetime Rutland was also recognised as a leading breeder of AQHA performance point earners, halter class winners, show ROM, and champions. Guy Ray Rutland was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Blue Valentine was very highly respected among rodeos professional ropers. A stallion with a friendly disposition that saw him also used as a working ranch horse and Rodeo Queen mount. Blue Valentine’s get were topnotch competitive rodeo horses & working ranch horses from Arizona to Montana to the Calgary Stampede.

Hancock bred quarter horses are winners in team roping, barrel racing, cattle events, mounted shooting, ranch horse versatility, ranch rodeo and, no surprise, English events such as hunter under saddle and over fences and dressage.

We believe that true Quarter Horse versatility is more than changing tack at a horse show. Our Blue Valentine/Hancock foundation bred quarter horses have sensible friendly dispositions plus stamina and grit; they will get the job done.

Our horses range in height from 14.3 to 15.3 hh.


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John Coffee Hayes
Cowboy Valentine


Both of our stallions are sired by Leo Hancock Hayes: the # 1 siring son of Blue Valentine and out of a double bred granddaughter of Leo. Leo Hancock Hayes’ get and grand get have earned an enviable record in the AQHA and team-roping arena as well as being reliable partners on working ranches & in rodeo arenas across North America. No small accomplishment for a stallion whose pedigree is considered old-fashioned. Leo Hancock Hayes’ enduring legacy to the American Quarter Horse has just begun.

We took the long way round the barn by breeding our own studs instead of buying from someone else’s program. But it has been more than gratifying to watch John Coffee Hayes and Cowboy Valentine mature and then selectively breeding them to just a few mares a year with the goal of preserving these old pedigrees and the best of conformation and athletic ability. We have waited patiently for these foals to reach maturity and evaluated how they handled being started under saddle. A little extra time has been spent explaining bloodline connections and contributions on our stallion and mare pages because some of the sires and dams on the papers of our horses are now so far back in the pedigrees of the quarter horse population in general, folks may need to be reminded of the influence these original Quarter Horses had, coming forward, in today’s AQHA performance horses.

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Don & Michelle Thompson
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Alberta Canada T0J 1G0
(403) 742-9758 or (403) 741-7151


Stallions: John Coffee HayesCowboy Valentine

Mares page: 123 • More info


Blue and Beauty and Bonita

For more information on Hall of Fame Joe Hancock P 455 visit HancockHorses.com, the Hancock Horses Breeders Group website we proudly co-own with our good friend Donna Vickery of Bucking V Outfit in Montana. On the Hancock Horse Breeders website, the Articles and History page has a wealth of old photos along with facts and observations of Joe Hancock, as well as many of his sons and daughters, by some of the most prominent Quarter horse historians and authors of that time period. We also have a Hancock Horses Facebook Page and a very popular Hancock Horses Facebook Group page.