50-Year Breeder: C.G. Mason
50-Year Breeder: C.G. Mason
By Richard Chamberlain for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Charles Goldman "CG” Mason caught a bug and wound up with a fever.
“In 1962, I bought a 2-year-old son of Zantanon H named Play Money,” says CG. “He only had three colts and died young, but I had been bitten by the American Quarter Horse bug. I had a great desire to raise colts.”
So he tried again. In 1965, he bought a weanling colt named My Roan Gold.
“I called him ‘Poison’ and he was my true start in American Quarter Horses,” CG says of the blue roan son of the Chudej’s Black Gold stallion Bar Gold out of the Masota mare Prissy Roan. “Poison was the best individual I ever rode. He could run faster and cow harder than any other horse I’ve ever been around. He was a great kid’s horse – he loved our daughter. We would let our three children and their friends ride him in a full arena. He would take care of them. People couldn’t believe he was a stud, as he took care of the children.”
CG and Madlyn Mason raised daughter Jerri Jo, and sons Chuck and Kent on their Diamond M Ranch at Hindsville, Arkansas. They now have six grandchildren.
“I was raised around horses, and just worked up from Shetlands,” he says. “When I was about 10, Dad bought me a cold-bred mare ‘Ginger’ who I broke and rode for several years. When I was 16, I bought a 2-year-old half-Quarter mare called ‘Cherokee,’ who was by Squirrel, whose sire was Oklahoma Star. I broke and trained her, and she turned out to be the best cow horse I had ever ridden to that point in my life. I started roping calves on her when I was 20, and that fueled my passion to acquire American Quarter Horses.”
CG acquired some nice mares. One of them was by their Doc’s Drifter stallion Docs Grand Image and was out of a mare by the Masons’ stallion My Roan Gold. Shearose Easter Morn – “Rosie” – was foaled in 1994 by Poison’s daughter Bar Gold Sassie.
“Rosie had quite the personality,” CG says. “I had her in reining training for a while, and loaned her to a friend running for Arkansas Rodeo Queen. Katie Wolford and Rosie won the horsemanship and the Ms. Arkansas title.”
Docs Grand Image – “Doc” – was a grandson of Doc Bar and was out of the Jo Jo Hancock mare Kathy Hancock.
“Doc was the best breeding horse we ever owned, the real foundation of our breeding program,” CG says. “His offspring were very athletic, with good minds. They could do anything you wanted. A lady brought Doc to Arkansas to sell him. I went and looked at him, and he ran up to the fence and looked like he was just floating, feet barely touching the ground. I bought him. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Doc outbred himself every time. His colts were good-boned, structurally sound, with pretty heads and good minds, and they could do anything.”
The Masons used other stallions, too, such as Hollywood Drive (Hollywood Dun It-Titans Kachina by Titan Cody), whose foals “had lots of ride and could really stop”; The Wright Magic (Lenas Wright On-Miss Magic Command by Fritz Command), who was a “beautiful buckskin, his colts are very athletic and have been used for roping, reined cow horse, breakaway roping, poles and barrels”; and Smart Lil Riddler (Smart Little Lena-Docs Little Peppy by Peppy San Badger), “a very stout, athletic horse, the best-bred and one of the best individuals I have ever owned. We kept some of his daughters for our herd, and our other mares crossed good on him.”
The Masons currently have two stallions, CC Wilys Fullof Try (Wily Playboy-Flamewood Miss Roan by Plenty Try) and Playboy Boondoc (Playin With Nitro-Illunimated Highbrow by High Brow Peppy Pine).
“We wanted some Driftwood influence,” CG says. “ ‘Wily’ goes back to Driftwood twice on top and twice on bottom. We have used ‘Playboy’ the past two years to put bone and structural soundness on our Smart Little Lena mares.
“I enjoy trying to cross bloodlines to produce good all-around horses that you can take to the arena or pasture and you know they will do their part,” he continues. “I haven’t shown horses, and I know awards are how people measure quality, but we only know by the stories of our clients that they want to ride American Quarter Horses with the Diamond M brand on them. That’s what kept us in this business: offering horses that have the mind, athletic ability and good looks at a price people can afford. We’ve been breeding 20-25 mares a year, but at 80 years old, I’m ready to slow down some.”
His horses have not slowed down.
“I have always enjoyed a good-looking, great-minded, structurally sound horse that I can get on and go rope a calf, cow or hog, and know that I was riding the best,” CG concludes. “The American Quarter Horse has always rated at the top, along with my Lord and family. We worked together and played together on horses. When our children were rodeoing, we would assist with the Sunday morning worship service for the families, and then watch them compete or pick up bronc riders on our horses. Our hobbies are horses and our vacations are horses. As Winston Churchill said, ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ Make mine an American Quarter Horse.”