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Joe Hancock (horse)

<tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Honors</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">AQHA Hall of Fame</td></tr><tr style="font-size:80%; font-weight:lighter; text-align:center; color:#555;"><td colspan="2">Horse infobox last updated on: January 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Joe Hancock P-455

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: John Wilkens

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Peter McCue</td></tr>

Dam: Hancock mare

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Percheron stud</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1926
Country: United States
Color: brown
Breeder: John Jackson Hancock
Owner: 6666 Ranch
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Joe Hancock was an influential Quarter Horse sire in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA).



Joe Hancock was registered as number 455 in the American Quarter Horse Association.[1] He was foaled most probably in 1926, although the dates are somewhat hazy.[2] He was a brown stallion, registered as bred by an unknown breeder, but later research determined that his breeder was John Jackson Hancock.[1][2] His sire was a son of Peter McCue named John Wilkens and his dam was a half Percheron mare, although the stud book gives his dam as "unknown."[2][1][3] John Wilkens was inbred to the Thoroughbred stallion Voltigeur, as well as being a descendant of the Thoroughbred Glencoe.[4] When he was registered, he was owned by the Tom L. Burnett Estate in Fort Worth, Texas, which later became the 6666 Ranch.[5]

He had a streak on his face and, when grown, stood 15.3 hands high. Unlike his sire, he had good feet.[3]

He raced in match races for a number of years, although no official records of these races exist. At one point, there were advertisements run in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Daily Oklahoman stating that "Joe Hancock is open to the world, from standing start to ⅜ths of a mile." There were no folks willing to match their horses against Joe Hancock.[3] All of Joe Hancock's racing took place before the formation of the AQHA in 1940.[2] By the time the AQHA was founded, Joe Hancock was busy siring ranch horses on the 6666 Ranch. He sired seven foals that earned their Race Register of Merit with the AQHA.[6] He also sired two foals that earned their Performance Register of Merit with the AQHA - Brown Joe Hancock and Red Man.[7]

He died in 1943 and in 1992[8] he was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[9] In 2007 Western Horseman magazine chose Joe Hancock as number three on their list of top ten ranch horse bloodlines.[10]


Barney Owens
Dan Tucker
Lady Bug
Peter McCue
Voltigeur (TB)
Nora M (TB)
Kitty Clyde (TB)
John Wilkens
Alarm (TB)
Wawekus (TB)
Maggie B B (TB)
Katie Wawekus (TB)
Voltigeur (TB)
Lucy Hitt (TB)
Miss Hitt (TB)
Joe Hancock
Percheron stallion
Hancock mare
Mundell mare


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 1-5 p. 93
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Simmons, Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares p. 88
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Beckman "Legends: Joe Hancock" Ralph Wilson owned the registered little-boned Percheron. He was a black horse that stood 14.3 hands and weighed around 1,100 pounds. He wasn't a draft-horse type. He was Ralph Wilson's personal saddle horse. This information was found in the first Legends book published by Western Horseman in 1993.Quarter Horse Journal April 1990 p. 36-37
  4. Joe Hancock Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 22, 2007
  5. History of the 6666 Ranch retrieved July 4, 2007
  6. Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 553
  7. Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 314
  8. American Quarter Horse Foundation - Joe Hancock accessed on February 3, 2008
  9. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
  10. Denison "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines" Western Horseman October 2007 p. 34-41


  • American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5 Amarillo, Texas:American Quarter Horse Association 1961
  • Beckman, Bruce "Legends: Joe Hancock" Quarter Horse Journal April 1990
  • Denison, Jennifer and Ross Hecox (ed.) "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines: Western Horseman ranks the top bloodlines used in today's working ranch remudas" Western Horseman October 2007 p. 34-41
  • Simmons, Diance C. Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1993
  • Wagoner, Dan Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition Grapevine, Texas:Equine Research 1974
  • Wagoner, Dan Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976 Grapevine, Texas:Equine Research 1976

Further reading

  • Denhardt, Bob "Joe Hancock P-455" Quarter Horse Journal February 1964
  • Hancock, Billie Jack "Joe Hancock's Dam: Unlikely and Unimportant?" Western Horseman November 1994
  • Reynolds, Franklin "Franklin Reynolds Tells ... The Story of Joe Hancock" Quarter Horse Journal September 1957
  • "The Story of Joe Hancock" The Quarter Horse April 1949
  • Historical articles and photos of Joe Hancock and his sons and daughters can be viewed at Hancockhorses.com
  • First Legends Book-A Western Horseman Book, 1993 pages 87-94. Includes pedigree and photos

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