I don't compete with my mare though. I use her for moving and sorting cows, she is an awesome cutter. She packs my butt on trails, gives my nieces rides around the pasture with a halter and leadrope. If I need to check fences I ride her out. I've shot deer off her and she's hauled them back for me. One time we had a 7 day blizzard, and we ran out of my mom's medicine- (she is a diabetic). I couldn't get out with the truck on the 4 miles of township roads, so when the storm stopped, I rode Belle to town. I can take her out and do a barrel pattern, hitch her to my Meadowbrook cart, and come home and work cows. She really is an extremely versatile working quarter horse, which I wish MORE quarter horses were. I bet you that the vast majority of halter bred horses couldn't handle cattle, or running on hard terrain.
As far as color- who cares? My horse is a bay, I like bays, sorrels, blacks- I don't care what color they are. The best color on a horse is "fat". =)
Reiner I would love to see your website or more about your horses, you don't have any for display in your "stable" on here and I'd love to see them.
I raise Golden Retrievers for assistance dogs actually- I just started showing a bit with my male. He is doing good, but prefers doing Dock Dog competitions. Most of my dogs are NOT show dogs, they are working dogs. There is a difference! =)
Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.