It was great reading all the posts on this thread. It just goes to show you that all horse breeds have their own talents - some are unique and some aren't. My riding buddy's TW gelding has a wonderful canter and he can fly like the wind in his paddock - he is a short stocky built little fellow that I originally thought was a QH!!
The group I ride with has a diverse amount of breeds - Rocky Mountain, (who we all envy and would scoop up "Dan" in a flash!!!) Spotted Mountain, Tennessee Walker, Arabians, Quarab, QH, Paints, Morgan/Friesan cross, and good ole grade horses. I love getting behind the Rocky Mountain - I put Biscuit in his jog and away we go.
I am very interested in getting into endurance riding and my chunky QH is being conditioned for it right now. QH are tough as nuts if conditioned and Biscuit can go and go and go at a jog for hours and hours without becoming winded. But there may come a time that I will switch to an Arabian in the future.
As for "fancy" that tag goes to my husband's sassy Quarter Horse. Sarge always has his head on the vertical, tucked up and collected and prancing as he goes. LOL I think he is channeling a distant Saddlebred ancestor!! Everyone points out our "fancy" fellow!!