Trying Something New

This Texas couple have found a new sport.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Duayne and Amy Williams (Andrea Caudill photo)

Duayne and Amy Williams of Canton, Texas, are experience horsefolks, but new to ranching events.

The couple for many years rode all-around horses, but a few years ago, Amy’s new horse, General Frecklespoco, encouraged her down a different path.

“I started this horse in the all-around, but he was acting like he’d like to do something more cow related,” she says. “I’d been doing the all-around my whole life, over 20 years, so I decided to try something new. And it’s been fun.”

“Gus” is a 9-year-old son of Freckles Bucknic out of the Spicy Bar Trouble mare Miss Poco Spicy Bar. He was bred by Tom Lindley of Childress, Texas.

“He’s allowed me to grow a lot as a horseman, because I have had to be more open minded and think outside the box to get him finished out,” Amy says. “I started him as a 2-year-old, so we’ve come a long way together.”

Her favorite thing about her gelding, she says, is his personality.

“He’s a huge ham,” she says. “We’re really connected. He’s sensitive to energy and emotion, so he knows if I’m not having a good day. It makes me aware of where I am (emotionally), because he’ll pick up on it.”

The pair will compete in National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance classes, as well as AQHA Level 1 Cattle Championships classes.

Their enjoyment of the ranch classes brought Amy’s husband with them, too.

Duayne also rode all-around for many years, even working as a trainer of pleasure and futurity horses for years. But he has retired from that career and got his amateur card back, and now works as a bit and spur maker.

He owns and shows Seven S Dream On, an AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred mare from the Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Stuart Ranch. She is by Catty Hawk and out of the Playgun mare Seven S Valentina. The 5-year-old mare, he says, has taught him a lot.

“She’s been a blast,” he says. “This is just different as day and night (from showing pleasure horses). I love it. It’s addictive.”

Amy is a production quality engineer for Cardinal Health, and the couple – who celebrate 10 years of marriage this year – enjoy the horses together as a hobby.

“We have been riding our whole lives, but this is totally different – it’s a huge learning curve,” Amy says. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s super fun. Everyone’s really helpful, especially in the cow stuff. Everyone helps everyone. I like the saying (cow horse trainer) Robert Chown says, any time you’re working with cows, somebody is going to look stupid!”

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