All of today’s horse breeds of the Americas can be traced back to the horses of the Spanish conquerors. For centuries, the Spanish traditions have defined the culture of riding and breeding. The equestrian style of the vaqueros developed along multiple branches around the large territories of the New World, adjusting the attire, the equipment, and the horse breeding as well to the needs of the particular region.
The Mexican charros and the Californian vaqueros placed a high emphasis not only on the reliability and endurance, but also on the appearance of their horses. They were proud of their elegant horses with decorated equipment. They trained them and rode them for years with great care. They bred the locally available strong and enduring mares, (which were also the foundation of the later emerging quarter horses and criollos) with valuable Spanish (Andalusian) stallions. Thus, the Azteca breed was formed.
Later in 1972, in Mexico the official breeding committee was also established for registration purposes. The Aztecas soon proved their excellent abilities. Through its endurance, speed and remarkable sense of herding, it quickly became an essential part of working with cattle. Since Aztecas are also loyal with a huge heart, move in an exceptionally graceful manner, have an outstanding built, are very smart and teachable, they were not only suitable for working on farms. They were, therefore, also introduced in other functions as well. In fact, until this very day, they are used for cattle herding and in the famous bull fights in Spain and Portugal. In the bull fights, they carry their riders with unbelievable speed and elegance.
80% of the today known breeds, including the quarter horse, may be traced back to the outstanding Spanish and Portuguese horses. In the Azteca, the old world meets the new world, resulting in a noble, smart, quick, proud, attractive and spectacular horse. The Azteca teachable and once it learns something, it will never forget it.
The Azteca has truly deserved the „National Horse of Mexico” title.