May 8, 2014
By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
With JCG Dodge City Kitty, however, Antonio is focusing on the 4-year-old mare’s show career right now. (Credit: Courtesy of Antonio Lobeto Tames)
For more than three decades, Antonio Lobeto Tames of Mexico has studied The American Quarter Horse Journal for insight into the halter horse industry. Aside from what he has read and observed from the ringside, Antonio also gleaned a good deal of knowledge from two influential Mexican horsemen.
“I would sit with Alfonso Adame and Cesar Pedrero, and they would explain the show process to me and how a horse was judged. And now I like to do the same thing,” the current Mexican Quarter Horse Association president says. “I’m not jealous if somebody else wins over me; I’m happy for anybody who can do this. I love the American Quarter Horse.”
As part of his love for the American Quarter Horse, Antonio has his heart set on breeding, raising and showing champions. The Mexican is not afraid to import horses from the United States to Mexico if it means improvement for his herd.
For some time, Antonio had his eye on two halter horses from north of the border: one, the 2001 AQHA yearling stallion world champion, Mazeratti; the other, 2012 AQHA Select halter mares high-point winner JCG Dodge City Kitty.
So when the halter stars showed up on the list of consigned horses to the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show Sale, Antonio saw his chance.
“I hadn’t seen the horses before the sale,” he says. “But I knew of them and knew that their conformation was what I was looking for. I had only seen them in magazines.
“I had my horse transporter, Alejandro Castenada, look at the horses, and he told me they looked good, so I said, ‘Adelante; go for it, buy me that horse,’ ” Antonio remembers. “We were on the phone, going back and forth during the sale.”
Antonio says he felt good about the prices he paid for the horses but even better about the quality of horseflesh he imported to Mexico.
“I felt that I made the best purchase ever with Mazeratti. I’ve been watching him for a while, and I was really excited when I saw he was up for sale.”
By Perpetualism and out of Sheza Perfect Clu by Kid Clu, the 2000 sorrel stallion was consigned by the Mazeratti Partnership.
“When I look for a horse, I look at the bloodlines. Even if I don’t look at a horse in person, I know the bloodlines, and I know what I’m looking for.”
What the AQHA 20-year cumulative breeder was searching for was a stallion that genetically fits with his mares, ruling out the chance to pass on genetic diseases.
Mazeratti fit that bill, and Antonio says the stallion already has successfully bred eight mares in 2014.
With JCG Dodge City Kitty, however, Antonio is focusing on the 4-year-old mare’s show career right now. A daughter of JCG Justice and out of Coolest Obsession by Coolest, JCG Dodge City Kitty was consigned by James G. Droff.
“She has already been to a couple shows here in Mexico and has placed first,” her owner reports. “She’s doing really well. And I love her conformation.”
With great buys like that, Antonio doesn’t want to miss out on the excitement for 2014. He says he’ll be in Oklahoma City in person in November.
Stay tuned for more in this continuing series and visit www.aqha.com/horsesale for more info on the AQHA World Show Sale.