Hancock, Tommy Louis and Billy Jo 1967-06-06

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The Hancock brothers converse about a champion quarter horse that was named for their father, Joe Hancock, who once owned him. Their mother, Mrs. Joe Hancock, adds to the discussion at various points.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Tommy Louis and Billy Jo Hancock

Additional Parties Recorded: Mrs. Joe Hancock

Date: June 6, 1967

Location: Nocona, Texas

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Joe Hancock P455 Quarter Horse Register discussed, Breeding or lineage of the horse discussed extensively, Dispel myths about bogus registration, Comment on horse’s hardiness, Argue about stable of the horse’s trainer Ogles, Talk about distance and weight, Cite specific races and times, Classify horse with champions.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Explain matching of Joe Hancock at tracks, Ruse to trick Dan Waggoner, Appearance and ease of matching, Tell anecdote about Tom Burnett of Iowa Park, Discuss in detail the horse’s first three years (1926-29), One of the horse’s first races described.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Continue discussion of Joe Hancock’s short racing career, Compare horses and racing times, Quote Bob Denhart’s quarter horse book, Remark on the horse’s descendants and siring pattern, Discuss roping horses, Mention characteristics of good horse, Challenge myths about the horse, Retrace configuration again, Offer stories about boyhood.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920s-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1920s

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