KING-BRED HORSES — Lana Weaver Genetics
When that first Cajun-bred running mare, Della Moore (1909-1928), a local turf celebrity in Louisiana, was brought into the bush tracks of East Texas after World War I, she became the most acclaimed racing mare of that generation.
Della Moore’s descendants are legend, animals with superb performance histories leaving a universal impact on the breed. Quarter Horse champions such as Joe Moore.
With their Della Moore DNA and Traveler heritage, Lana Weaver’s horses are further distinguished by the genetics of the phenomenal King P-234.
KING P-234 (1932-1958)
Out of Little Joe bloodlines, King P-234 marks a watershed in Quarter Horse history. His reign was established before the running Quarter Horse strains became predominantly of Thoroughbred breeding.
In the 1950s, King P-234 set the standard for over a decade. And what a prepotent sire this pioneer was, regarded as “The most eminent exponent of the Traveler family.”
As a rodeo horse and rope horse in south Texas, King was owned by Win DuBose of Uvalde, a borderlands town below San Antonio. It neighbors Batesville, Texas, the birthplace of Weaver Quarter Horses. So Lana had the great privilege of knowing Win DuBose in his last years before she moved her operation to Cat Spring.
King’s offspring of the AQHA registry had became famous in cutting, reining, roping, barrel racing and halter competitions. And, as you might guess, Lana Weaver’s conversations with Win DuBose and his family very quickly focused on King’s monumental son, Poco Bueno.
Poco Bueno was on the road to fame early in his life as an impressive cow horse and part-time stud. As a cutting horse, the concentration and determined action of this historic stallion is still the stuff of story telling wherever aficionados gather, whether those be ranchers and cowboys, professional horse trainers… or just students of magnificent horse flesh bred in the bone in Texas.
Poco Bueno lived to the age of 25, passing on his inherited virtues for generations… and generations… and generations after he was bought by the Waggoner Ranch in the Texas Panhandle at Vernon.
He was known at Waggoners affectionately as “Ol’ Pokey” and described as “a friendly horse” that walked over to you as you stood at the corral fence. His handler, Fagan Miller, the manager of Waggoners, said of the way the stallion gazed, “He looks at you just like you’re a man.” That eye, “that integrity gaze,” Lana calls it, “is the blessing of Poco Bueno” at her farm.
Weaver Quarter Horses today stands Poco Bueno El Tres, a grandson of Poco Bueno. Meanwhile, Lana’s stallions Docs Jet Glo and J.D. Shining Jack are of the King Glo line.
Finally, with these “quarter-mile” progeny, when you begin at the beginning, you are always talking speed. King P-234’s offspring’s ability to leave marks on the racetracks of the 20th century is perpetuated in the Weaver herd. Plus, Lana has two modern Quarter Horse mares countingMan ‘O War among their ancestors.
The increasingly contemporary names you’ll find among Weaver pedigrees include the influence of the famous King Ranch. This seminal and world-famous ranch has produced some of the finest cow horses in the world. They have produced get of exceptional beauty, disposition and fine handling qualities, dating back to the Old Sorrel line.
In the 1980’s, the King Ranch family of sorrels eventually produced Mr. San Peppy who sired Peppy San Badger, both famed throughout the globe as cutting horses and prepotent stallions. You’ll find a balance of genetic qualities from this Peppy bloodstock endures today at Weaver Quarter Horses.
See, the old stud books write the story. They begin where you ought to begin.
The genetic qualities of Weaver Quarter Horses will stand the test of time¼due to our constructive breeding.
But we take into consideration more than merely the percentage of genes.
We balance the horses with the environment on the farm, the atmosphere, the handling… and most of all, the attitude. That attitude is called love. Love for the horses, for their destinies… and for the traditions. Love is how you cultivate your “jeweler’s eye.” You can have it, too. Come on out to Lana Weaver’s here in the cradle of the Quarter Horse.