Welcome to Azteca!

Azteca Stables is owned and managed by Donna Murphy. Donna and her husband Michael live on the premises so the horses are watched and monitored closely. She has over 25 years of professional experience and horses are her passion, her love and her life. She started riding at age 6 and has never stopped, her love for the equine continues to grow. Azteca Stables is located in central Texas Hill country, in the Canyon Lake area. We are between Austin and San Antonio. The area is beautiful with hill country vistas and Canyon Lake is nearby with awesome horse trails.



At Azteca Stables we treat horses like part of our family. Horses run in small herds with horses they get along with, and don't live in stalls. We let the horses be horses. However, stalls are available for use during inclement weather. Whether you trail ride, arena ride, or just want to “play with your horse” in the round pen , you are welcome at Azteca Stables, where we have fun with horses! We strive for happy horses in a friendly environment. A happy horse is content and wants to please!



About the Azteca Horse

The Azteca Horse

Donna's love for the Azteca horse is how she came to name her stables Azteca Stables. She bred her first Azteca horse, Shanti in 1989, and has raised a number of  foals and fillies. Donna trained Shanti to be very versatile, she  did dressage, drill team, trail riding, endurance riding, parades, and then Shanti became a broodmare.  One filly was named by the International Andalusian Horse and Lusitano Association a Grand Champion in halter and a colt is now an Azteca sire at a ranch in Wyoming.

Shanti with one of her gorgeous Azteca babies

 The Azteca Horse combines both the new and the old world, resulting in a noble, docile, agile, strong, and  spectacular horse. The breed is very easy to train and once taught never forgets. The American Azteca is the direct result of crossing the American Quarter Horse with the Spanish Andalusian or Lusitano. The Andalusian is from Spain and the Lusitano from Portugal, "Spanish" blood can refer to the Lusitano or Andalusian , as they were all one country at one time in history.  Aztecas, true to their Spanish roots, are a very social breed. They tend to be much more interested in humans than horses, and tend to form a strong bond with their owners. Their mellow, loving temperment, combined with extreme
intelligence, makes them a pleasure to work with and train.
Donna imprinting an Azteca baby

Azteca History
In 1972 the Mexican Charros (cowboys) began a quest to produce a horse with the agility, quickness and cow sense to work  their cattle ranches. They chose the Andalusian to cross with their Quarter Horses and Criollo mares. The astounding cross produced a horse with speed, heart, stamina, grace and  an outstanding disposition and ability to learn. They produced a versatile horse that was discovered to have many uses. The Azteca was born, and in the years following has acquired  much recognition and  has
earned the title of the "National Horse of Mexico".

The Andalusian / Lusitano, is an ancient and rare breed. They are very sturdy with long sloping shoulders, natural collection, extremely sturdy legs and hooves. These horses are sought after for their quiet temperament and are easily handled, yet have a reserve of energy when called upon. The Andalusian / Lusitano throughout history were revered for their abilities when used as a warhorse, and Spain’s  history  owes it’s strength to the  powerful war horses. Still today, these same skills are used in Spain and Portugal to work cattle and are the notorious horses for fighting bulls. In the bull ring they carry their riders with unimaginable grace and speed.  In the Spanish  riding schools, and in all phases of  dressage, these horses excel like no other.  Today 80% of all modern breeds including the Quarter horse trace back to the illustrious, ancient horse of Spain and Portugal.
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Azteca Breed Description
This breed inherits beauty, temperament, pride, agility and spirit from
their Andalusian/ Lusitano blood. Their strength,  heart and speed is contributed from the Quarter Horse Blood. The first generation foundation stock is 1/2 Quarter Horse and 1/2 Andalusian. The second generation foundation stock is usually 3/4 Andalusian and 1/4 Quarter Horse. The third generation is the PURE AZTECA - 5/8 Andalusian and 3/8 Quarter Horse or vice versa. Some second generation crosses are 3/4 Q H and 1/4 Andalusian

Average size ranges from 14.2 t 16. hands.  All AQHA and APHA marking and colors are acceptable. The head is of medium size with a straight, slightly convex or slightly concave profile with a broad forehead, expressive eyes and medium ears  that are mobile and well placed. The neck is well muscled, shapely, and slightly arched with a medium crest and a broad base where it joins on to a long sloping should. A long flowing mane and tail are often seen, which are from the Spanish blood.  The withers are broad and slightly muscled, yet defined. The haunches, strong and well muscled lead to a well-set medium to low tail. The legs are well muscled with strong, dense bone, good joints and strong hooves that many describe as “hooves of iron”.  The Spanish blood contributes to a free shoulder and hip, which allows them to be incredibly athletic and smooth to ride. Their movement is a naturally collected with a variance of knee action from high and brilliant to long and flowing. All of this creates a horse anyone will be proud to own.

The American Azteca  Horse responds brilliantly to the different equine high school disciplines requiring suspended and elevated gaits. They also have the ability to be  a skillful working cow horse or western horse. They can and do excel at many events and in all disciplines. They are unrivaled when it comes to versatility.

So whether you like English or Western, you need a graceful dancer or
cow horse, you enjoy jumping, dressage, cutting, penning or reining  or just desire
a wonderful companion for trail riding. Take a look at the American Azteca They can
do it all and do it well. The Azteca is an athlete that will  win your heart and have a promising future ahead. They can be registered as an Azteca and /or be registered with the International Andalusian/Luitano Association as a Half Andalusian/Lusitano. The Azteca is truly a horse of your dreams.

This is an Azteca bred by Donna, Grand Champion yearling in halter!

 Donna Murphy bred her first Azteca in 1989.  She has found the breed to be a horse of her dreams. The Azteca link is: http://www.americanazteca.com/ For more information about the breed and how to become an Azteca owner please contact Donna