Frank "Pancho" Perez was born on the Duke Ranch â€śway in the brush. I was born among cowhands and horsemen. I guess it must run in my blood. I love workinâ€™ with horses and cattle but my favorite thing is breakinâ€™ and handlinâ€™ horsesâ€ť. His paternal grandparents died in Mexico but his father, Frank Perez, Sr., and his uncle came to South Texas in the early part of the twentieth century â€śwalking up from Mexico with his saddle across his back and becoming a legendary horseman on these ranches.â€ť His father worked mostly for the Oâ€™Connors while his motherâ€™s family worked for the Murphy Ranches. Pancho went to school with Mrs. Wilma Copeland but would miss three or four school days in a row and Mr. Copeland (Oâ€™Connor foreman) would say â€śI donâ€™t think Pancho is going to learn much, he likes to ropeâ€ť. Pancho was young when his father passed, so he had to learn on his own and from the older ranch hands. Pancho became famous as the consummate tophand in the area. He could ride and rope like no other and was completely fearless. He would rope a freight train if asked to do so. His skill as a horseman was unsurpassed, staying on a horse that fell head over heels with him on it and coming up on the horse smiling and riding hard. Tom O'Connor, Jr., [IV] declared "the best damn cowhand alive", Pancho never backed down from anything.
Julian Tijerina - No. Somebody got him by the head.
Pancho Perez – Back feet. Well, if you wants to just try to catch him by the front foots, you got to run him and turn your loop over, over the neck. I was love roping that time. I ain't like roping no more.