Bottom line is the quarter horse has not competed in dressage. It has been dominated by 16+ hand European warmbloods. If anyone has been to USDF sanctioned shows or schooling shows 70% of the entries are in the lower levels.
This year a 15 hands quarter horse stallion won reserve champion in training level, Dressage at Fairhill beating all the warmbloods.
People in the stands were surprised. It would be like a Cowboy coming out and roping a steer on a Hanovarian.
Quarter horses are showing and becoming successful in dressage whether people understand it or not.
PS: The quarter horse stallion was an American Warmblood Registry licensed stallion and licensed by AQHA. Yes the quarter horse is a warmblood????????
AW and CW are also considered a "joke" by most dressage people. And no it's not for horses that are warmblood crosses. My horse is a Hano X Danish, but he's not registered with CW he's a branded swedish. IMO along with most dressage people I know CW is a joke and only for horses that their owners would love to believe are these amazing dressage horses.
Yes that quarter horse might have won that particular dressage test, at training level. But I'll bet you it wasn't a beginner rider on it, and I'll bet that it doesn't pull of that same feat at second, third + levels.
Also if your horse is registered by AW or CW, it is an American Warmblood or a Canadian Warmblood. In order to be a true warmblood your horse has to be by breeding a warmblood.
And also, yes lets start hating on those European horses. Because trying to advance in a sport that requires a horse bred for it is a sin. And quarter horses have competed in dressage. 5-10+ years ago the dressage ring was dominated by quarter horses, appaloosas, TBs, Arab, etc. Then people got sick and tired of getting their butts whooped in the international ring and started importing horses bred for the sport.
I'm not hating on quarter horses, get me straight. They are awesome, I've competed many at the lower levels of dressage and hunters, but without any real expectations of doing well. And the dressage training was only ever basic, to help them carry themselves better. They are well suited to beginner riders that haven't made a "career choice" yet and want an animal that can do marginally well at the lower levels of most competitions. Not specifically for dressage.