Trying Something New
This Texas couple have found a new sport.
By Ranch Horse Journal Editor Andrea Caudill | June 12, 2018
The American Quarter Horse Journal
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!”