our Arieana Notebook: THE
STORY OF ANTEZ
in all lines from horses imported from the desert to the United States
Davenport, bred and foaled in Southern California, then homes in Tennessee, Poland, Arizona, then back
again to Southern California, this brilliant chestnut stallion Antez saw more of
this world in his lifetime
than I ever have or ever will ~ a horse so appealing and with a story so
unique that he needs his own special page here in our Arieana Notebook.
EARLY KELLOGG YEARS
bred by F.E. Lewis II and foaled in what is now Diamond Bar, California,
was one of a group of six purebred Arabians purchased
from his breeder by W.K. Kellogg for his purebred Arabian breeding
program at Pomona, California. The
year was 1925 and Antez was four years old. Antez quickly became a
ranch and public favorite for his amenable disposition and the
beauty of his iridescent coat. In 1927 he won First Place at two fairs
in California, and in 1928 Antez was named Champion Arabian Stallion at the Los Angeles County Fair
in addition to winning a championship under saddle at the Orange County Fair.
Then in 1933, following several seasons at stud with one of those years
on loan to William Randolph Hearst and all the while continuing to serve
as a riding horse and publicity ambassador for the Kellogg Ranch, Antez was sold to
General J.M. Dickinson of Franklin, Tennessee (Travelers Rest Farm).
Price paid by Dickinson was $5,000.
TRAVELERS REST YEARS
General J. M. Dickinson
wrote the following words about Antez in his Travelers
"He is one of the few five-gaited Arabians. His gaits are done upon
command of the rider and without mixing. He does a prompt, airy, flat-footed walk, and a good square
trot with free movement and balanced
natural action. He is spirited in motion and full of ambition, yet so
gentle as to be ridden constantly by a girl of 13 [Margaret Dickinson
Fleming, daughter of General Dickinson]."
goes on to say: "Antez
is a model of symmetry and elegance. He is stoutly made on the most
finished lines and one will seldom see a better muscled Arabian in the
breast, arms, loins, quarters, and gaskins. His bone is exceptionally
large for a horse of his inches. In style, magnetism, and exquisite
refinement, he is truly Arabian, and in appearance and manners every
inch a gentleman." (Travelers Rest Catalogue p. 43)
a private test conducted by the writer [Dickinson] in 1932, Antez,
carrying a moderate weight for an Arabian, 225 pounds, was ridden
steadily twelve hours a day for five days over fields, country roads and
hillside trails, simply to verify the endurance of the breed. At the end
of the test the little horse was in perfect condition and apparently
ready and willing to go the distance again immediately." (Travelers Rest Catalogue p.
proving Antez's worth and ability in the Endurance Test, Dickinson
decided to see
what he could do in the way of running. So at 12 years old
Dickinson placed Antez
in race training and ran him in the Tennessee Timber Toppers Gold Trophy
Steeplechase at Overton Downs against Thoroughbreds in
which Antez ran third against two seasoned Thoroughbreds; his time: 1:471/2
for one mile over rolling turf, date: May 1, 1933. He then ran him in a
speed trial on May 23, 1933, where his time was recorded as 51 seconds
for 1/2 mile, thus equaling the world's record for Arabian racehorses at
fact that Antez had been trained for the track brought him to the
attention of Arab breeders in Poland, where all Arabs are first tested
for speed, soundness and courage in races before being used for
breeding, and he was sold to that country for breeding purposes. This
was a most unusual occurrence during those years between the two World
Wars and brought much international attention to this stallion.
During his three seasons at
stud in Poland, Antez sired 10 foals including Haschim Bey (x
Dywersja), winner of the 1940 Polish Derby. Unfortunately
all of his Polish-born progeny were lost in World War II, but his
Polish-bred son *Latif (x *Lassa) did breed
on in the United States.
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, Antez was purchased by Rufus Riddlesbarger for his
Foundation at Hereford, Arizona and thus returned to the United States.
The Lanteen Arabian Foundation ranch bred Half-Arabian Palominos as well
as purebred Arabians, and Mr. Rufus Riddlesbarger consulted several American
horsemen about an outstanding foundation sire for this purpose with the result that
Antez was decided upon and finally purchased. At Lanteen Antez sired
many Palomino foals of superior quality as well as a few registered
which inherited his rich golden chestnut iridescent coat coloration with
flaxen mane and tail.
dam Moliah were also both of this
color, so this feature was a strong point of the
line. This flashy coat coloring has long been popular and is outstanding in
parades and shows; today you can still see this glorious coat coloration
in the rising star and future herd sire Haat Pursuit.
FINAL YEARS AT KELLOGG
had not been long in Arizona until war caught up with him again,
this time conditions incidental to World War II forced Mr. Riddlesbarger to
close down his Lanteen Arabian
Foundation with the result that W.K. Kellogg purchased Antez
and many of the other Lanteen Arabian horses which were of his Kellogg
Ranch bloodstock descent (see also Surrab and Tamma).
always a favorite of Mr. W.K. Kellogg's due to an incident that happened during the
early days of the Kellogg Ranch, prior to the stallion's stellar show career and
European travels, and Mr. Kellogg had not forgotten him through all the
intervening years. The following is an account of what happened as
related by both Ms. Parkinson and Mr. Reese in their books:
day Mr. Kellogg was
riding Antez in the hills in the company of several friends.
Suddenly his saddle slipped due to a loose girth, and Mr. Kellogg fell
under the belly of Antez with
one foot caught in the stirrup badly injuring his back. Although the average horse would be inclined to
bolt and run away under such circumstances, dragging and possibly killing its
rider, Antez, like a well-trained Bedouin war mount, stopped in
his tracks and stood stock still until Mr. Kellogg's companions, who had
ridden on ahead, came back to see what was wrong and quickly
released Kellogg from the stirrup.
Mr. Kellogg wanted to provide for Antez, then 22 years old, and purchased
him, placing him in the care of H.H. Reese for the remaining days of this
public admiration and publicity surrounded this
horse in his lifetime; just one example is this photo
which shows Antez with Gary Cooper and Clara Bow
taken at the Kellogg Stables February, 1927. For additional
photos, information and details on Antez's life and his foals, please
go to this web page: Antez:
The Versatile Arabian. There is also a film in
the archives of the W.K. Kellogg
Arabian Horse Library showing Antez being ridden at
five gaits which you might enjoy viewing; please ask for directions to
the vault. And as if all this is not
enough to have given Antez a high place of honor in our Arabian heritage
and lore, in addition to his purebred Arabian and his Half-Arabian Palomino
foals, Antez's influence as a sire was also felt in the Morgan breed through his Half-Arabian daughter Pontez,
the dam of Antman, making them among the first registered Morabs of their day.
gentle, a good sire of quality foals for several breed registries ... yes, definitely, Antez
horse to be admired, and we at Arieana Arabians are proud to
claim that we are enthusiastically perpetuating his influence through our carefully-bred CMK
Heritage bloodstock and the rising star and future herd sire Haat Pursuit
now owned by Kristi Johnson,
Suzi Morris (Updated 09/27/2012)
Dickinson, J.M., A Catalogue of Travelers Rest Arabian Horses
1947. Reprinted by the Arabian Horse Trust, Denver, Colorado.
1988. pp. 42-45.
Reese, Herbert H. in
collaboration with Gladys Brown Edwards. The Kellogg Arabians ~
Their Background and Influence. Borden Publishing Company,
Alhambra, CA. 1958. pp. 114-117.
"Travelers Rest Arabian Horses - Antez." A website courtesy of
Margaret (Peggy) Dickinson Fleming and Travelers Rest Plantation & Museum, Nashville,