Red Hot Hancock
**September 2010 Breeders Feature**
Haden Quarter Horses Michael and Pam Haden, Hennessey OK

Red Hot Hancock, bay roan stallion (1979-2001)
by Hancocks Dude (Joe Queen x Flicka Hancock)
out of Mira Bay Hancock (Lowry Hancock Jr x Bay Ella)


Melvin Young and I were raised on a ranch in the southern Flint Hills just north of Cedar Vale, Kansas. At the time we found Red Hot, Melvin was the manager of the Radcliff Ranch in Cowley County. I ran a few cows, did day work for neighbors, and had a brush control business. Melvin called me and told me his boss and two other ranchers were going to buy this stud, but their partnership fell through, and did I want to go in with him? We drove up to Lincoln, Nebraska to a roping at the college to look at the horse. We ended up buying Red Hot Hancock.

Melvin and I bought Red Hot in 1983 from Schroeder Land and Cattle of Palisade, Nebraska. He was fully trained when we made the purchase. We started showing him in AQHA shows in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Tyler Magnus grew up in Cedar Vale, KS and was going to college at Labette County Community College and was on the rodeo team. Tyler showed him for the first year. He did really well as expected, but the judges never placed them. Tyler and Red Hot placed 6th on both ends in the Billy Allen Heading and Heeling Futurity in Wichita, but they used multiple judges to score the runs.

We learned that you had to use a name brand rider to get the judges to use your horse. So, as money allowed, we hired a fellow that had a little name recognition and kept going down the road. When we ran low on money we would bring Red Hot home and put him to work on the ranch Melvin managed. We never thought about him getting hurt. I guess that was pretty dumb of us, but he was such a pleasure to ride and when he was saddled you wouldn't even know he was a stallion. Anyone could ride Red Hot, from a novice to the best hand on the ranch, a two year old kid or your 80 year old Grandma.

When we'd get enough money we would send him back to the show arena. The fellow showing Red Hot always commented on how refreshed Red Hot was when he returned to the show ring. The only time I heard of Red Hot being hard to handle was when they hauled him to Tucson, Arizona to a show in a two horse trailer with a mare that was in heat. Now go figure.

As the kids say, back in the day, Red Hot was the only Hancock influenced horse being shown that I remember seeing. There could have been others. I guess other Hancock breeders were smarter than us. We did get Red Hot qualified for the 1985 World Show in Oklahoma City. He qualified in Senior Calf Roping and Senior Heeling. Red Hot also earned his Register of Merit that year! The calf roping didn't go so well. Red Hot worked real well, but stepped up on the slack before the calf was tied. In the heeling he made the top 15. In the final round our header, who happened to be the fellow that had been showing for us missed both of his head loops and that disqualified the run.

All the while we had Red Hot, we hand bred all the mares. He was real easy to handle. He was smart enough to tell when the mare was not receptive of his idea and would back off. Melvin and I raised a few colts by Red Hot. My best cross was to a Mills Ranch-raised mare called My Country Babe. She was out of a Harlan bred mare and sired by the stallion Country, who was by the stallion Rey. My Country Babe's dam was Babe Gardner. A granddaughter of Harlan and Roper Boy.

My family now lives in Hennessey, OK. We raise some Paint Draft-cross horses that my wife's dad started for teams. On occasion if I find a good draft mare, I would breed her to my Red Hot Stud. It gives you a cross similar to what started the Hancock legacy. I kept one stud colt by Red Hot for breeding. He is a 1989 model out of My Country Babe. His name is Red Hot Hancock, Jr. I also had two full sisters by Red Hot and My Country Babe. I have been breeding to Walter Lamar's stallion in Isabella, Oklahoma. I am now down to one daughter of Red Hot. She is a 1986 model and is still producing. Her name is Country Lady Hancock. She is bred currently to Walter's Driftwood bred stallion Six Drift.

My broodmare band consists of a daughter of Setumup Speedy, a granddaughter of Red Hot Hancock and Hancocks Duplicate, a daughter of my stallion Red Hot Hancock, Jr, and a cutting bred mare. We breed a few outside mares locally. I have never advertised.

Melvin and I sold Red Hot Hancock in 1990 to Bill Reids in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Mr. Reids ran cattle on the Chapman-Barnard Ranches before moving his ranching operation to Spinger, Oklahoma. Red Hot was later sold to another breeder in Southern Oklahoma before he was put down due to an injury.

Out of all the horses I have owned, Red Hot will always stand out. Never will there be another, any better, anywhere. He met and exceeded any expectation we ever had!

Red Hot Hancock Jr, bay roan stallion foaled in 1989, by Red Hot Hancock and out of My Country Babe, out of a Harlan bred mare and sired by the stallion Country, who was by the stallion Rey. My Country Babe's dam was Babe Gardner, a granddaughter of Harlan and Roper Boy.

Michael and Pam Haden

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