NO my european friends are not WP riders.
I however was until the mid 80s when the peanut roller trend and all the silver really turned me off. Seeing better riders and horses place lower because their owners did not wish to spend 5-10,000$ on a silver saddle or force their horses head to the ground while they stumbled around an arena showed me what was imoortant in the WP classes. Trends not substance.
My family has raised QH's for years since before I was born and I am 53.
The arabian WP classes are even more enamored of silver trappings than the stock breeds.
I understand that people are breeding these horses for that class.
IMO it is limiting pleasure bred horses to those classes only and just like halter horses most will not be able to be a versatile animal outside the arena.
I will not beed, sell, or have a horse trained for the class.
I will watch the new ranch pleasure classes as I and my family still own QH's and I do breed half arabians.
Horse have 3 gaits walk trot gallop unless they are gaited.
Are we now raising QHs and paints to walk, jog, trot, lope, gallop? If so it is news to me. Shalom