I wouldn't expect my draft to be my primary show horse. I've seen draft crosses do well and there is a lady in our area who shows 3erd level dressage with her Percheron.
Are they ideal jumpers for the bigger stuff? Nope, not at all. However I am going to be looking for a big ol steady eddy that I can use for adult beginners, that my fiance can ride and take out in the woods to play with and something for me to just have fun on the lower stuff and will be used for my students to lease and take to lower level stuff.
I am in the process of breeding for a foal that I have high hopes for.
But I just LOVE draft horses. They are the gentle giants with huge hearts. And I think it is safe to say there are a lot of them out there that do jump, do higher level stuff and do it well. Obviously not every draft out there is going to be higher level material. But there are enough out there that are higher level to say they have a good chance. There was a man here that used to event his draft(I want to say he was a perch) prelim and he had no trouble making the time allowed.
Last edited by NBEventer; 01-30-2013 at 08:18 AM.