Originally Posted by core
I didn't quite understand your question... what do you mean "Like the middle class"?
I have heard of people calling mutt crosses "American Warmbloods", and supposedly there's a registry for it. To me, it's just a gimmick to sell the horse. People go ga-ga over the word warmblood and the price immediately shoots up by 10k. They call QH/TB an Appendix QH in the western world... but put dressage tack on it, and suddenly it's an American Warmblood. Ha.
Seriously though, I think the use of the term Warmblood (at least as far as this thread goes) means the breeds listed by Allison Finch. I didn't see anything refering to Quarter Horses (Did I miss it?).
There is a registry for it. Not "supposedly" at all. You can view it (and people do) as gimmicky, or not, as you like, but it is indeed a real registry with inspections and approvals and so on. While they get a right slagging on forums like this one, a horse has to be of a certain quality and meet minimum standards in order to be registered. My own horse is registered with them (by her previous owner, not me) and while I don't call her a "warmblood" because really, she's not, the fact that she was inspected and approved by AWS meant to me that some knowledgeable third party thought she was decent sport horse material. So all the more reason for me to buy her.
In any case, the Appendix QH label comes from the way the AQHA stud books are set up, rather than the discipline or training of any individual horse in it.