The American Quarter Horse AssociationDecember 23, 2013
In his heyday, the George Loeb was among the leading Quarter Horse owners at Los Alamitos Race Course, and Loeb was a former Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association president. (PCQHRA photo)
Longtime Quarter Horse racing enthusiast and AQHA Director Emeritus George Loeb, 90, of Sun City, California, died December 9 due to kidney failure.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Loeb loved racing horses. Loeb met his wife, Shirley, in New York City, but the couple eventually ventured west, first living in New Orleans, then Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Houston. Loeb worked at a ladies department store while in Houston that would later open up a store at the Lakewood Mall near Los Alamitos, California. Loeb eventually ran a very successful vending machine business in Southern California and owned an outstanding stable of horses at Los Alamitos Race Course.
In their heyday, the Loebs were among the leading Quarter Horse owners at Los Alamitos Race Course and were named the 1979 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association champion owners. Loeb was a former PCQHRA president.
The Loeb family, racing out of Loeb Ranch in Menifee, California, was also one of the all-time leading Thoroughbred owners at the Cypress racetrack. Shirley preceded him in death in December 2003.
Loeb and Shirley campaigned the 1979 Champion of Champions winner Mr Doty Bar. In 1978 and ’79, the Loebs also campaigned multiple stakes winner Elmer Go and AQHA Superior race horse Drat It. During the 1978 winter meet, the Loebs won 35 races in three months.
In the 1990s, the Loebs raced Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Brotherly, a horse that Loeb claimed for $8,000 after watching the Ed Allred-owned gelding walk to the receiving stall under a pouring rain.
Loeb is survived by his sons, Randy and Sandy, and his sister, Suzanne Kaskel. Memorial services were held at Riverside National Cemetery at 10 a.m. December 12.
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