Family Tradition

Lanham Brown continues a long history of ranching at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show.

Ranch Horse Journal Editor

Lanham Brown and RAB Go Pep Hancock are representing the ranching heritage of the RA Brown Ranch at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show in Houston. (Andrea Caudill photo)

Lanham Brown and RAB Go Pep Hancock are representing the ranching heritage of the RA Brown Ranch at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show in Houston. (Andrea Caudill photo)

Lanham Brown of Throckmorton, Texas, is continuing his family’s long tradition of riding great ranch horses, as the cowboy is riding RAB Go Pep Hancock this weekend in the cowboy division at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show.

The cowboy division is for working ranch cowboys. The rider of the horse must either be an owner, family member or full-time employee of the ranch that owns the horse, and cowboys are limited in the competition earnings they can have.

Lanham’s grandfather, R.A. Brown Jr., is an AQHA Past President, and the family manages about 40,000 acres of the ranch, which is a Best Remuda Award winner.  

Lanham is a freshman at Texas Tech and competes on the school’s award-winning stock horse team. He is pursuing a degree in animal science with an eye toward ranching and training horses. While his experience with ranching is long, he is relatively new to arena competition, having only shown since his senior year in high school.

It was a tough year for him, though. While coming home late from a horse show, Lanham fell asleep and crashed. His horse, which he’d already qualified for the Zoetis Versatility World, died in the accident. Through the hardship clause, Lanham was able to bring his family’s horse RAB Go Pep Hancock to the show.

“Frito,” now 11, never saw an arena until he was 9.

“Casey Zboril trained him to ranch on,” Lanham says. “I have trained him in the arena.”

The sorrel is a fourth-generation homebred for the ranch. He is sired by Gold Peppy Freckles and is out of the Hesa Eddie Hancock mare Mis Smooth Hancock. His sire was a National Cutting Horse Association and National Reining Horse Association money earner, as well as being an AQHA point earner in working cow horse and reining. The grandson of Hollywood Gold is also a great-grandson of Colonel Freckles and Peppy San Badger.

His damline goes four generations back to Blue Class, whom the ranch bred in 1968.

Now that is family tradition.