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    12-16-2008, 09:09 PM
Originally Posted by QuatroClabber    

PS: The quarter horse stallion was an American Warmblood Registry licensed stallion and licensed by AQHA. Yes the quarter horse is a warmblood????????
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Can you post the registered name of the stallion? I would love to see the breeding.
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    12-16-2008, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by QuatroClabber    
PS: The quarter horse stallion was an American Warmblood Registry licensed stallion and licensed by AQHA. Yes the quarter horse is a warmblood????????
I got confused when I read this. Are you saying that the QH that won the lower level dressage was on the approved stud list for the American Warmblood Registry so... Alot of warmbloods have QH breeding in them? If that is what you are saying, I agree, there are a few really great QH studs that are on the Warmblood breeder registry...

Is that what you were saying? Sorry... didn't quite understand what I was reading....
    12-17-2008, 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by QuatroClabber    
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.
    12-17-2008, 01:48 PM
Look up a 14.3h Quarter Horse named Honey Bright Dream. In 2007 she won the USDF All-Breed Award for Intermediare I ridden by Patrick Matley.
    12-17-2008, 03:43 PM
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I remember WINNING a combined training event on an Arab Appaloosa cross. He was only 14.2hh and he finished out first out of 17 riders in the dressage test. He completed the cross country and stadium courses with clean rounds and ended up with a first all around. It was not a high level show but there were plenty of TB's and warmbloods in that show. And I can promise you, it was not me that won that test. I did not know the first thing about bending and collection, it was all in his training.

I'm only saying this because I get really disgusted when people start chirping about how certain breeds are better than others and actually telling people that what they have isnt really that great and so on and so forth. It just doesnt make sense to me. Yes certain breeds are built for certain types of disciplines and some horses excel more than others.

Every breed has it's awesome talents and once in a lifetimes. And EVERY breed has it's junk. I find it hurtful and offensive to listen to comments that are degrading one breed in particular just because a person feels their horse is bigger better badder. Just my thoughts.
    12-17-2008, 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Look up a 14.3h Quarter Horse named Honey Bright Dream. In 2007 she won the USDF All-Breed Award for Intermediare I ridden by Patrick Matley.
Honey Bright just earned the Gold Medal in their first season at Grand Prix. She scored 63.125% at the Pinehurst Fall Dressage show in September.


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    12-17-2008, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
Ever heard of Rugged Lark?

YouTube - Unforgettable Rugged Lark

WOW...that video actually made me cry!!
    12-17-2008, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps    
wow...kinda silly arguement

ANY horse can do dressage...QH, TBs, Shetland Ponies, Fjords, etc. They might not be able to compete in olympics against Anky, but they can still get up in levels as good as any other horse.
Saying a QH can't do dressage is like saying a Shetland pony can't jump...or a Percheron can't do barrel racing. Sure it's not a common thing, but they sure as heck can do it.

Well said!!
    12-17-2008, 09:34 PM
The first picture is the Quarter Horse Honey Bright Dream
    12-18-2008, 02:40 PM
I rode a quarter horse this summer doing dressage and he was really really good :) he was very difficult to get into an outline coz his big muscular neck was very strong but when we got going he was fantastic. We had him paired for a performance at breyerfest with an andalucian gelding and they looked perfect together!!

So yes I think with work they can do great at dressage :)

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