Joe Hancock, who had known Percheron ancestry, exhibits some characteristic “drafty” points of conformation. This stallion has a “drier” head than many draft crosses and his conformation is harmonious, with body balance tilted enough downhill to advantage him in racing. Compare his conformation to Clabber’s—both sired good ranch horses and ropers, but my bet would be on Joe Hancock in a quarter-mile sprint.
Jo Jo Hancock was out of an excellent Billy-Rondo mare with a deep pedigree containing the names of Peter McCue, Texas Chief, Pony Pete, Old Billy and Barney Owens. Though some distaff ancestors are unknown, I doubt they were draft. Note the smooth topline, near-level body balance, rounded pelvis and overall substantial build. His owner, H.P. “Buck” Price, of Clovis, New Mexico, always referred to this stallion as “a roper’s dream horse.”
A series of four Joe Hancock sons shows the conformational variability that must be expected with crossbreeding. This is Red Man (1935), the least drafty-looking of the group, whose ears appear stumpy because the tips were frozen off in a blizzard. Red Man is out of an “unknown” mare, but based on his conformation my guess is that she was Billy-Rondo with Thoroughbred or Peter McCue but no draft.
Burnett Hancock’s build is less harmonious than Jo Jo’s. Percheron ancestry comes out here in the heavy, although shapely, neck, and note the steep, rounded pelvis— compare to Dan Casement’s stallion Buckshot (page 69). Massively muscular, this stallion stands on just enough “bone,” although the feet and joints are well formed. BURNETT HANCOCK