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No one.

However, 'doing' and 'excelling' are two different things. It remains a fact that the QH (and Paint) are typically not conformed to excel in dressage.

When the competition dressage ring and the SRS are full of QH's (or Paints) winning in dressage and performing The Airs...then we'll talk.

Until then, I'll enjoy seeing Lynn Palm introduce the western world to the benefits of 'dressage' as a way to improve the western horse in western disciplines.

I would also enjoy seeing Lynn Palm attempt bullfighting on her horse.
Western and dressage are already so closely related it's not even funny. As for "QH's not excelling" in dressage, who cares? They aren't built for it. Does that mean it's not impressive when one can get out there and pull it off?

I don't believe any one breed of horse is "bigger badder better" then any other breed. They are all bred and built to serve a purpose. When one that was bred for and can excel at one discipline can cross over into another, that's something to be proud of, no matter the breed.

Oh and Rugged Painted Lark has TONS of QH blood in him and the build is the same.
 

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I'd just like to throw this out there, but shouldn't we have a thread about the athletes who have given up their students and incomes, spent tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours in training to prepare for WEG?? It's wonderful that someone has been able to train a QH to Grand Prix to go do demos, but lets not forget it's the competitors who are the reason for the event!
Personally, I'd rather see the underdog. The person who came from nothing, the horse that was thrown away, the Kid nobody believed in, the horse that "wasn't good enough".

Money doesn't impress me, because you see... it doesn't matter what sport it is, someone will always buy their way to the top. Nope, I like to see the people that claw their ways to the top through hard work, guts, heart, and sweat but that's just my opinion.
 

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And it's not possible for someone actually competing to be an underdog?
I personally find this offensive. Yes some people buy their way to the top, but most people are clawing their way. A lot of riders in qualification are on horses that had previously been deemed unrideable. A lot of people in qualification have never been able to even think about being in international competition because of constraints and their financial situations. A lot of people in qualifications have students and family at home frantically trying to raise tens of thousands of dollars to keep them in the race to even have a chance at competing at WEG.
For Lynn Palm to just know that she gets to go ride in a demo and has comparably very little pressure on her performance would be so nice for riders who today are riding their GP at Loxahatchee. This is the 3rd last North American GP that will qualify riders for WEG before they have to go to Europe to try and qualify. There is so much pressure on these riders that even thinking about it makes me stressed. For the Stephen Peters' and the Ashley Holzers and the Ankys and Isabelles it is not so stressful. But for the people fighting for that last spot on their nations team? Not so much.
I don't see what's offensive about it. It's what interests me, you posted a thought on what you'd like to see spot-lighted and I posted a thought on what interested me. I would like to see the underdog stories spotlighted.

I was personally offended at your post, I felt like your comment was placed just to put down any horse other than a dressage horse. I actually took it as a "snobby" comment. I did not place my response in order to start an argument nor did I place this post to argue. I placed this post merely to let you know how some of your comments are coming across to "non-dressage" riders.

"Just doing a demo.

In order to qualify horse and rider teams need three scores of 65% and above in the Grand Prix test, one score in te special and one in the freestyle (I'm fairly sure..) from a CDI*** or higher. That's if there's four or less people from your country who are getting those scores. In order to be competitive you need to consistently be in the 70% range."
 
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