A friend of mine has a qh with the registered name "Thorn of the Rose." I always thought it was quite odd... She calls him "Desperado." I think his former owners called him "Thorny." He's definitely not a "Rose."
16.0 and stocky as can be!
The concept of "Show Names" is new to me. (I guess because I don't really go to any major shows.
) I've always made up "barn names using the registered name, except the last horse I bought. His name was "The Desert Splash" but I didn't really want to call him "Splash" so I picked something sort of related to his registerend name: Mirage.