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I'm reopening this thread after a request but if it goes off topic again it's gone altogether.
 

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You know, I think the "who said QH can't do dressage" was said in the spirit of fun. Let's not take ourselves too seriously.
Actually - now that AQHA is recognizing the discipline and giving points for it, I am very sure you will see more and more stock horses - quarters and paints - excelling in the dressage ring. The leggy types will do very well.

Dressage is excellent cross training for any discipline.
 

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Actually - now that AQHA is recognizing the discipline and giving points for it, I am very sure you will see more and more stock horses - quarters and paints - excelling in the dressage ring. The leggy types will do very well.

Dressage is excellent cross training for any discipline.
What worries me is that just as everyone goes out and buys the dog the wins Westminister to be in fashion, that people will be buying off breeds expecting them all to be the next dressage master.

I was certainly not blinded that I had the "odd horse out" with my quarab and the funny thing is Arabs were considered a no no until I got to FEI then it seemed like everyone thought they were the best choice (and cheap).

I remember judging one arab show ( I think I was chosen because I was "arab friendly....LOL) and gave 2s and 3 for one horse that did a semi false passage in place of a working trot at the basic level.

It is this "in fashion" type of following that we cannot allow those that have off breeds that will never do better than the basic levels to think that because one atypical individual having the best training excells.
 

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I think he is a lovely and talented horse. It is nice to see a horse with so much quarter horse in him able to do dressage, very interesting and I have no doubt he is going to EXCEL in it, he is an amazing animal with a wonderful and talented trainer.

I hope to keep up with his progress.
Thanks for posting.
 

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Wait, is she competing on him?! Or just going for demos and such? Sorry, my computer was having trouble with the video... only watched a snippet.
 

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Wait, is she competing on him?! Or just going for demos and such? Sorry, my computer was having trouble with the video... only watched a snippet.
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.

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!
 

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Besides... what does well is what is currently 'in' just like any other event/show/competition with horses.

What is excelling today would not have excelled years ago and vise versa.

but thats just my opinion...
 

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I am sorry that starting my post by saying, "Who says QH's can't do dressage?" was offensive to some people. That certainly wasn't my intention.

I started it that way because the first day I came on the forum I posted on a thread that said something like "Can QH's do dressage?"
 

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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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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.
Well I am an example that it CAN be done if you REALLY want it and willing to throw everything into that one goal.

Horse $250.00..sold cheap beacuse he wasn't energetic enough, but taking a pair of pliers to his feet and being left in a field with no grass in November probably contribted. I "heard" the new horse in their trailer when I was taking my new boy home.

Trainer...none...I used a book.

Conformationally incorrect and had chronic seedy toe, jack spavins and a healed pulled tendon in the front.

What he had was "try" and that you cannot put a price tag on it.

Had to show amid all the gauffaws because he was a part Arab and Arabs were a serious no no.

To top it off....I wasn't looking for him but another horse. I got lost and was asking for directions when I was told he was at the back and for sale so he was in fact a mistake....but he was in my price range.
 

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Awesome story!!! Thanks for sharing.

My first dressage horse cost $500 (My life savings at the time). He was a TB off the track who was rehabbing from a bad bowed tendon. The owner stopped paying board on with so I was able to buy him for the back board.

He was a tryer too! Gotta love those horses!

Oh yeah...I trained him from a book too. Podhajsky's Complete Training of Horse and Rider. It quickly became my bible.
 

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Spyder and Jane, both very neat stories! My horse is a rescue, and she and I have been learning dressage together...she is a Paint with QH bloodlines and has a LOT of "try" as well! Who knows how far we'll get, but we're sure having some fun along the way and developing the use of a beautiful language we can both understand :)
 

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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.
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.
 

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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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It is no different then reiners trying to qualify. Although it is done a bit differently. Great part is that we make the money back.
 

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Hi Jane - I hope the direction that this thread has taken has not detered you from contributing to the Horse Forum.

I was actually able to meet you in person at a clinic that you gave at Mistover Farm in NY, and I know that you have so much to offer. :clap:
 
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