Wagon Wheel Ranch
Welcome to the Wagon Wheel Ranch Quarter Horses Library of resources, stories, interviews, and educational information about the American Quarter Horse.

The Quarter Horse industry would not be where it is today without the outstanding horses now called, “Legends.”

Wagon Wheel Ranch Quarter Horses is pleased to own horses with significant percentages of the blood of these Legends.

Below are interesting articles about the greats and how the Foundation Breeding that resulted in great Quarter Horses began.

If you have any articles pertaining to the Foundation Quarter Horse that you believe might benefit other horse breeders, please send them to us with all appropriate bibliographical information.

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The excerpt below is taken from the HancockHorses.com website – a great resource for Hancock breeders all over the world:


“Joe Hancock P-455, the “original” Quarter Horse versatility sire, was a 1923 15.3 hh brown stallion who was inducted in the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1992.


In 2007 Western Horseman magazine chose Joe Hancock as number three on their list of top ten ranch horse bloodlines. HancockHorses.com is dedicated to providing a complete portal web& presence to serve & represent all breeders of this important foundation bloodline whose horses are as successful & “modern” today as their ancestors were in the founding years. All members of the Hancock Horse Breeders Group list free in the Breeder Directory (below).


This website is visited 150 – 200 times daily, and is kept updated regularly to provide a reference for all.”


WWR King Hancock, 16.1 hands, 1310 pounds; one of the highest percentage Joe Hancock stallions alive today; stood at Wright Cattle Company, Dryden, Texas until 2012 when he returned home to the Wagon Wheel Ranch in Lometa, Texas.

Randy Wright’s implementation of many of the breeding principles that Fred G. Gist believed in has led to one of the most successful breeding programs for Black Mouth Curs in the United States, and quite possibly the world.

We are very pleased to have Wrights Curs in our Black Mouth Cur breeding program that is still in its infancy. Wright Cattle Co. breeds all day using horses – the kind the working hand can make a living on day in and day out. With an uncommon understanding of genetics, the Wrights line breed Joe Hancock, Blue Valentine, Royal King, Dick Sonoita, King P234, Yellow Jacket and other proven, exceptional foundation genetics with great success.

Many thanks to this true friend of Wagon Wheel Ranch Quarter Horses.

Wright Cattle Co./Wrights Curs
P.O. Box 6
Dryden, Texas 78851
WRIGHTCATTLE (at) hotmail (dot) com

Bill Decker is a valued customer and friend of the Wagon Wheel Ranch. We appreciate his knowledge of horse breeding and dedication to this ranch. Recently retired, Bill now uses his engineering mind and hands as he refines his leather working skills. In 2011, the Midland Reporter Telegram printed an article about Bill and Cowboy Leather Works.


Bill Decker
2117 S. CR 1122
Midland, Texas 79706
(432) 260-8251
becbildecker (at) ridgewoodcable (dot) com

hankad2“King: Why the Monarchy Lives On,” is an excellent article on King. We highly recommend that you read the article if you have not already! You can order reprints from Performance Horse Magazine. http://www.performancehorse.com


…King Hank Bo, a 40 percent King colt bred by (Fred) Gist and owned by Jeff Marchand. With trainer Clay West, the horse earned 41 points competing in 10 different National Foundation Quarter Horse Association events during his first year of showing.” ~Wenholz, Sushil Dulai.


“King: Why the Monarchy Lives On,” Performance Horse Vol. 16 No. 8 (December 2003): Page 70-78.



Cold Creek Land & Livestock Corp.
PO Box 300
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

owner (at) quarterstallion (dot) com



A Scholarly Perspective…

Inbreeding and Hybridization Information with Data Sheet Explanation.
By Pat Taylor
T-Tree Quarter Horses


By Fred Gist
Wagon Wheel Ranch

“King: Why the Monarchy Lives On”

Wenholz, Sushil Dulai
Performance Horse, Vol. 16 No. 8 (December 2003): pp 70-78

“Hybrid Vigor & the Three Bars Factor”

By Thornton, Larry

Performance Horse, Vol. 16 No. 9 (January 2004): pp 88-94
You can order reprints from Performance Horse Magazine @ www.performancehorse.com