Jim, Gay and Frankie lovingly dedicate
this feature to a father,
grandfather and mentor, Dick Pidcock. -
Northern Horse Review
Dick Pidcock tells the story of his cowboy days
and ways. These ways were knowledge acquired through living;
experiences that have all but disappeared for most. Those
experiences, along with the undeniable common sense that good horsemen
seem to just be born with, have been passed along to Gay and Gay is in
turn passing them along to her daughter Frankie. And so it goes
with people - and good horse flesh - building on a solid foundation from
one generation to the next.
Dick packed for the U.S. Forest Service ...fires, clearing trails, lake planting, packing hunters in the Fall.
Gay, her husband Jim, and her father Dick
Pidcock have, collectively, put together; many years of experience,
knowledge, hard work, and gut instinct to build Pidcock/Coates Quarter
Horses - truly as fine a set of Foundation Quarter Horses as you will
Gay Coates' greatest gift from her father
has been his teachings when it came to horses, and she states that 90
percent of what she does with a horse, whether it be riding, breeding or
training, has come to her from his knowledge, experience and basic
Dick Pidcock has very disciplined
guidelines that he worked to instill in his daughter Gay - steadfast rules of horsemanship -
simple, tried and true. He said "GOOD" about all
of his horses - even if they had to be tied down to be shod - he liked 'em
all. Here are a few of Dick's favorite sayings:
Dick Pidcock riding a bucking horse
Twisp, Washington 1942
"When the need to discipline arises, do it immediately so the horse
understands why, then drop the matter and get on with your ride"
"Don't spoil your
horse, and when you set out to do something, always follow
learn the hard way, and the horse can pay with its life."
"A horse is not a
"Never say 'If
you do this, a horse will ALWAYS ___________.'"
disposition and conformation, the rest will follow."
"Always turn a
horse around a time or two before you mount."
NEVER, trust a stallion."
Dick at the Pendleton Roundup. The
mare Gentle Annie, his rodeo pickup horse.
Note: Gentle Annie was ANYTHING BUT! She bucked nearly every
time she was saddled.
"It was her
sport - the rougher it was the better she liked it. She was a good
at age 80. Looking at the (proper) end of a Quarter Horse!
His experience comes from a full and adventurous life of working with
horses in the days when horses were more valued as a work animal rather than a
show animal. Tracking fires by horseback, working as wrangler,
managing cattle ranches, riding saddle broncs and packing hunters to the
remote lakes and the heavily wooded forests of Washington's Methow
Valley near the Canadian border, Dick Pidcock did just about everything
in his life by horseback.
When his children came into his life,
Dick taught them to appreciate and respect the strength, intelligence
and ability of a good horse. He believes that the conformation and
ability of horses is inherent upon their individual width, depth,
strength and intelligence. Today, this type of horse is known as
the Foundation Quarter Horse.
Dick Pidcock and Delilah
his bulldoggin', calf ropin', rodeo pickup horse.
"My father, Dick Pidcock, was one of
the forerunners of the great foundation horses, although in his early
years, the Quarter Horse registry itself was just being developed.
He and his father (a cowboy who traveled and worked on ranches
throughout the states of Colorado and Wyoming and played the odd role in
western movies) learned through experience what made a horse
"good," says daughter, Gay.
|Dick Pidcock, his granddaughter, Frankie
Coates, and his daughter Gay Coates .|
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