View Full Version : Anyone jump "western breeds"? QH/paints?

Cowgirl Lindz
Apr. 22, 2009, 06:50 PM
Hey just wondering how many people out there uses quarter horses or paints competitively in hunter or jumper events? I've been looking at a QH mare should finish around 15.3hh reining blood just wondering if she could have a future as a hunter or jumper.
How tall are your "western" hunter/jumpers?
What are there lines?
Colour? Stock type or more thoroughbred like build?
pics welcome
I've jumped a few quarter horses and paints and find some are even better then the high $ warmbloods. What do you think??

Apr. 22, 2009, 06:59 PM
I own a registered QH....who is also registered Palomino.

I show him in....HUNTERS *SHOCK!*

He was grand champion last year in our local hunter circuit, and he's pinned and done well at the "AA" level. When he lays a good trip - he gets a good ribbon. When he doesn't pin well, its usually because he didn't ride as well.

He's about 16 hands, and from the "Te" line. He is relatively stocky, was shown halter for 8 years, before i got him and showed him hunters. He's got a BIG stride for a little guy. And, call me biased, but his HUGE white blaze makes him absolutely adorable!

here's a video of us last sunday:

The first trip got us a 6th out of 12. The second trip got us a second. He pinned 4th in the flat class. He was in good company.

Apr. 22, 2009, 07:07 PM
one of the school horses at my barn is a cute little QH. Probably 15 hands, maybe 14.3. He is actually a very nice little jumper when he wants to be. I don't think he's registered and have no clue about his lines. But I know he's been taken to local shows and done well. Looks like a typical QH, no mistaking him for a TB :)

Long Shadow Farm
Apr. 22, 2009, 07:12 PM
I have a 16.2hh QH geldling that comes from the WP bloodlines. We do the Level 2 and 3 jumpers with him, event at Training level and use him for an Eq/Medal horse for the barn. Super fun horse that is an easy ride and does really well. I grew up on a 15.3hh Paint mare that won in good company in the hunters. She had a huge step and super cute jump. She was race bred.


Apr. 22, 2009, 07:25 PM
My retired eventer/jumper is a 15'1 3/4 hh Appy mare. She jumped up to 4'6, with style. She is a very loud colour Appy. I also showed her in Hunters where she also won. Mine had points in Halter, before I got her.

My sister-in-law had a 15'3 QH mare (not an appendix) that she jump with and won every class that was offered in our area. She also won at the QH Congress twice in the jumping classes. I believe they showed up to the 4' mark, but schooled higher. She was western bred.

Apr. 22, 2009, 07:28 PM
I have a 15.2 hand paint gelding with blue eyes! I just got him and have done two shows in the hunters and eq. This is is first season at three foot.
I think he is from WP lines but I am not sure. He has a few offspring that do the WP. But he may be the best jumper in our barn! He will also place in the hack with decent company, but not a super mover.

Forgot to mention: he is definitely a stock type. Although some silly person asked if he was a warmblood at our last show where these pictures were taken...

Apr. 22, 2009, 07:30 PM
I used to ride a couple QHs that were competitive on the "A" circuit back in the day. One was a fabulous hunter even in his older years. He now teaches a little girl how to do crossrails. ;) Another QH I rode ribboned up at HITS Saugerties back in 2006 in the equitation with my friend's younger brother. Both were typical stocky QH builds. Not sure on bloodlines.

Lazy Palomino Hunter
Apr. 22, 2009, 07:45 PM
Well, I don't have any idea what he was, but I had a palomino gelding who I did quite well with. Given his color, he presumably had some stock horse in him. ;)

1999? (http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1124/86/28/50000090/n50000090_30488290_6278.jpg) (omg, that was a decade ago. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
2000? (http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1124/86/28/50000090/n50000090_30488291_6569.jpg)
2001? You can see my riding improved before I moved on from him. He was such a good boy.

His name was (appropriately) Mr. Ed. Show name was Amstel. We did quite well... I can only recall a few occasions when I would say we pinned lower than we otherwise should have. I blamed it on his color then, but it really could have been anything.

He was also my COTH namesake... I can't believe it has been so long.

Apr. 22, 2009, 07:58 PM
I own a full blood chestnut quarter horse. We compete competitively in jumpers. He's about 16 hands and all muscle! He has a very stocky build and moves like a cutting horse, but it is super comfortable to ride. I have people tell me all the time that he should be a roping horse, but he absolutely loves his job and excels at it. He has the most beautiful jump I have ever seen. Knees up to his chin and straight as a ruler. His sire is Cuiton and his dam is Doll Raider, so he has some roping and cutting world champions in his lines. He is very down to earth and has never spooked at a single thing which is very helpful in the jumper ring! I wouldn't trade him for the world.

here's some pics of him:


Apr. 22, 2009, 08:23 PM
Gunnar was a QH. Big and stocky and very successful in the hunters!:


I am 5'11" so he was big! :yes:

Apr. 22, 2009, 08:33 PM
I own a Paint pony. He just didnt grow enough:D:D:D:D I show him in the Hunters and Jumpers mostly, but sometimes in the Eq. Hes a trooper and even though hes barely 14.2 he jumps around 3'6" with no problem.

Hes a stockier build. I know he has Two Eyed Jack and Sonny Dee Bar in his breeding


Apr. 22, 2009, 08:38 PM
I own a registered app stallion (granted he has plenty of TB blood) that has shown hunters, jumpers, eventing and dressage. I have owned MANY QH's that were shown hunters, jumpers and eventing, usually appendix QH's but some were full blooded QH's. I have several students actively showing appendix QH's now in hunters as well as at QH shows in hunter classes. I have another student with a registered paint she shows hunters. I have another student with a VERY stock type appies, 15 hands that was reserve champion at a large show in long stirrup last year and has won his share of ribbons elsewhere. My current horse is a 17.2 hand racing bred QH. I LOVE horses with stock breeding, they are smart and atheletic!!

Apr. 22, 2009, 08:40 PM
I showed a QH for a little while, he was awesome. He has done WEF many times, ribboned in the hunters at Nationals, he's a star! He looks like a WB but is 100% QH.

Also catch rode this awesome 17.1 QH in the jumpers, she was loads of fun.

Apr. 22, 2009, 09:11 PM
I have a 15hh (still growing I hope) QH filly who is Impressive bred (but HyPP N/N) who you'd never guess was halter bred. She is just being started under saddle, but has an impressive free jump! She's got no TB in her, at least not as far as I can find back in there, but she's not very stocky, just smaller. Hoping her free jumping talent translates into decent under saddle skills!

3 is the limit
Apr. 22, 2009, 09:14 PM
I have an 16.2hh, 11 year old AQHA/APHA gelding that I picked up for Western Pleasure 4 years ago. Turns out he HATED that job. So I popped him over a fence and when he snapped his knees up to his chin and rounded himself, I knew there was another career in there. He loves to jump, can jump nicely at 3', and has a really great hunter form. Not so pretty on the flat though, as he does have a shortened stride. He is Impressive bred N/N.

Mimi La Rue
Apr. 22, 2009, 09:22 PM
He's not mine but check out this awesome QH hunter


Paint Hunter/Jumper
Apr. 22, 2009, 09:31 PM
How tall are your "western" hunter/jumpers?
15.1 or 15.2 on a good day :)
What are there lines?
Paint/Quarter Horse
Stock type or more thoroughbred like build?
stock type

He's 12 yrs old and we do the hunters, but could do the jumpers. He jumps 3'6 at home, and 2'6 at shows (3ft sometimes at local shows). Places high at local shows, and places well with good company at rated shows. We do pleasure horse, low children's, children's (obviously not in one day and not lows at rateds since we already have done children's), and medals.

horrible pic of me and not TOO bad of him, but not his best. of course we never get a pic where we both look our best. :D

Apr. 22, 2009, 09:34 PM
At the barn where I ride, there are two quarter horses and one solid paint that are lesson horses. The one Quarter Horse is 16 and jumps around 2'6. The other Quarter Horse and Paint are around 8 and jump up to 3'. They do very well at local shows and B shows and are very fun to ride. :)

Apr. 22, 2009, 09:44 PM
We had a Quarter horse mare (3 Bars) at our barn - she was a polo pony but liked to spend alot of time on 2 legs - not good. One day while playing arena polo - she and owner made a mad play at the ball and before he could do anything they were up and over the arena wall (about 4'!). Owner's wife decided hmmm her jumper was in foal - why not take this mare to do jumpers... needless to say they went to a show and wound up schooling jumper champ that day! Remember Theodore O'Connor (14.1) won US Gold Medal Pam Am Games . there's a lot to be said about breed and what horses are bred to do but nothing can compete with the heart of a horse

Apr. 22, 2009, 09:49 PM
Many moons ago I did lower level stuff and 4-H on a racing-bred QH (3/8s TB and looked it - though you'd still know he was a QH). He trained to race but never made it to the track as he just wasn't any good at it! :lol:

He had some major issues from having been abused and neglected when he was younger, but that horse could jump over the moon. I often wonder what became of him. (He didn't belong to me; I just trained him for a bit.)

Apr. 22, 2009, 09:51 PM
My guy is foundation bred, Poco on top. Mom was a reiner dad was a cutting horse. His favorite thing in the world is XC. He is quick and smart. and 15.09999 He really wants to be 15.1. And can really scoot when he wants to. :D Love the brains, love my OTTB too, just different.

Apr. 22, 2009, 10:11 PM
The horse I credit most of my riding knowledge to is a full quarter horse. He was acctually a cow pony until he was 8, and then a girl at my barn got him and retrained him into a hunter. When she got out of horses, I started leasing him. He had a bit of an attidue, and bucked me off plenty of times. I showed him at 2'6" and schooled him at 2'9". We went to mainly rated shows. All the other kids i was showing against would always make fun of him, but then when i would put in a decent round, we would often beat the fancy warmbloods. And my guy was a stocky quarter horse that was bay with minimal white and 15.2 on a good day. We also often won the hack. By the end of the season i heared some of the kids i usually showed against stand up for him by saying to someother kids, "dont dis the quarter horse, he'll most likley beat you". At the age of twelve he got a lameness problem that limited him to walk trot, so we donated him to a thearapedic riding stable were he is very happy.

Sorry for the rambling, todays the day I strted leasing him two years ago, and sorry for the spelling mistakes, Im typing on my iPod.

Apr. 22, 2009, 10:27 PM
i have a 15.1hh quarter horse that i showed in the low juniors in palm beach (4'3" down there) and he placed and won lots! best horse i have ever owned!!

Apr. 22, 2009, 10:59 PM
I plan on showing my 15.2hh paint mare over fences eventually, she has a daisy-cutter trot and could do well on the flat. She is very athletic and has a very good mind.

Apr. 22, 2009, 11:00 PM
My horse was injured a few years ago. I thought that he would never return to the way he was, but I put him back into serious dressage work awhile back. When I found out that he would hold up to it, I got the vets out. He's been cleared to jump again. I was so happy that I teared up. I never thought we would get our chance, but it looks like we will after all. I like dressage, but it's time to get back to business. He's Skippa Star bred on his sire's side. His sire was a fantastic WP horse. His dam was a regular working hunter. He is a 16+ hand full QH. He will be showing on the A circuit by fall with the final goal being Working Hunter at the 2010 AQHA Worlds (if I can somehow squeak missing a few grad school classes). This one is the best horse I've ever sat on, and he will NEVER be sold as long as I'm alive.





Apr. 22, 2009, 11:30 PM
My old mare was an true appendix QH, from WP lines. Her dad is Zippin Bonanza Flash, who stands at UC Davis in California.

Due to her temperament and size, however, I think she got a lot of her traits from her TB mom. She was 16.2 and very leggy, with a very hot temperament (a full hand taller than her QH dad). I showed her in the jumpers.

Apr. 22, 2009, 11:34 PM
I do! My now 21 year old full blooded QH did the junior hunters and a lot of child/adult jumper classes. He taught me how to ride and remains my fave horse to ride/show ever to this day (including my imported WB's!). You just can't beat his heart, honesty and brain!

I now have a young Paint horse who jumps very nicely. Super tight, square and round. I haven't done much with him yet but I'm hoping he'll also turn into a nice 3'6" horse....I have a sneaking suspicion he might be scopier then that though which would be nice.

Apr. 23, 2009, 12:17 AM
This was my first big jumper:


We started in the children's hunters when he was a rough broke 5yo and I was 12. I sold him after competing in the big GPs and the Junior Jumpers for many years. He was a full QH, barely 16h, and as long-backed as they come. He was also one of my "horse of a lifetime" horses. Wish I'd known then that you only get to know a few horses of that caliber in a lifetime :)

Apr. 23, 2009, 12:29 AM
PNWJumper, what an awesome horse!

I currently have a 6-yo registered QH that I'm hoping will make up into a small junior hunter. He just showed in the pregreens and childrens for the first time last week, and got a few good ribbons. He started out as my boyfriend's ranch horse that I rode once as a 4-yo up at his ranch and insisted on bringing home to my barn after I snuck off and jumped him over a few logs on the trail in a western saddle ;)

The horse in my sig line is a *gasp* registered Appaloosa, though he hasn't a single spot.

Apr. 23, 2009, 12:33 AM
I have a western horse. That i believed was a warmblood when i purchased him, a lighter boned wb i guess. But nope, I found out he is an appalossa tb combo. I heard he came from the dunnies with a pretty crummy barn to an AA show. His old trainer saw the diamond in the rust him and fixed him up. He is a golden buckskin. arround 16.1. He has more tb in him id say, but is developing a salt and pepper mane (im thinking thats his appy side).

He wins anywhere at 3' with me. And gets a nice piece of the hack. He won one at wef. He has scope to spare. He won working classes at tons of AA shows 4 years ago. He is the best ever :) im a proud mommy.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1733551&id=622598173 thats him at his lightest

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1437666&id=622598173 him jumping alright. He jumps better than that normally

Apr. 23, 2009, 02:58 AM
This was my first big jumper:


We started in the children's hunters when he was a rough broke 5yo and I was 12. I sold him after competing in the big GPs and the Junior Jumpers for many years. He was a full QH, barely 16h, and as long-backed as they come. He was also one of my "horse of a lifetime" horses. Wish I'd known then that you only get to know a few horses of that caliber in a lifetime :)

That is what it is all about right there. Breathtaking jumper!

Apr. 23, 2009, 03:12 AM
The best horse I have ever had the privilege to ride was an Appy gelding. He evented up to Prelim, jumped over four feet with EASE, and made all those non-Appy people drop their jaws when we went into the dressage arena. I distinctly remember at one show this girl kept jokingly calling my gelding a Crapaloosa. Well, after we beat her in our dressage test by about ten points she wanted to know if he was for sale! I joked back and said "He doesn't like being called names."

Apr. 23, 2009, 04:00 AM
Hey just wondering how many people out there uses quarter horses or paints competitively in hunter or jumper events? I've been looking at a QH mare should finish around 15.3hh reining blood just wondering if she could have a future as a hunter or jumper.
How tall are your "western" hunter/jumpers?
What are there lines?
Colour? Stock type or more thoroughbred like build?
pics welcome
I've jumped a few quarter horses and paints and find some are even better then the high $ warmbloods. What do you think??

We have several stock horses
2 Appaloosas that are stock horse/TB crosses and both jump VERY well
2 stocky "stock" horse types that don't jump well at all
1 foundation bred Appy that is not the best mover (a bit downhill ) but can jump half decently.

Apr. 23, 2009, 04:15 AM
Oliver, who is by a giant Hols jumper, not only is out of a tiny mare who was by Cherokee Siemon, but on 4/1 I put him with a super western trainer to learn him some Come To Jesus. :lol: My 17.2 dressage horse is out there in a Blue Ribbon saddle and his dressage snaffle bridle, and he's more fluid, elastic, supple and forward than ever. LOVE me the western work ethic! :yes:

Apr. 23, 2009, 09:55 AM
How tall are your "western" hunter/jumpers?
She's 15.2. On a good day :D
What are there lines?
I'm not familiar with good QH or Paint lines, but she has Andy Poco not too far back, and Poco sounds familiar to me, haha.
Colour? Stock type or more thoroughbred like build?
Black and white, she's a registered Paint, and very stocky. I have a video and a picture for you ;) They were both from her second show ever, when we were doing the 2'9" stuff. She's moved up to the Childrens and does pretty well. Her stride is average but she is very willing to move it up to make the strides easier :D



Apr. 23, 2009, 09:56 AM
I sold her about a year ago, but while I was a jr. my large pony was a full-blood, registered AQHA. I don't know her pedigree, but I believe her sire and dam were both horses, she just didn't grow. She was 14.1 1/4 and she was awesome. She was strawberry roan with a ton of chrome and she was a great mover, great jumper (I did her in hunters, but with someone braver she would've been kick butt in the jumper ring). She qualified for pony finals with me in the large greens and she was super fun in the equitation ring. She was the total opposite of the stereotypical AQHA though, she was snotty and very very quick, but I had her for years and we eventually learned to work together and when she was on, she was great!

Hunter Mom
Apr. 23, 2009, 10:29 AM
My girl is a black Appendix QH, but you'd never know she had any TB by looking at her. She's out of racing lines, but never did any racing - was pulled out of a pasture at age 5, started jumping and never stopped. We do well at local stuff, and hold our own at the smaller divisions of area rated shows (I only do 2'6" at shows). I can show her in hunter, jumper or eq at locals, and do eq and hunters at bigger shows.

She is very versatile - I can ride her and get all I can handle (often up to 3' at home) and put a beginner on her and she just trots around with them.


I know that in about a year, I will start looking for my next horse. I will either be looking for a QH cross or a WB. I love the personality - solid, sensible.

Apr. 23, 2009, 11:15 AM
My hunter (who really, really wants to be a jumper ;)) is a registered Paint (chestnut roan), 16.1 hands and by a LOUD Overo (I think sire's name is On Ice, CA bred). A total "packer" mentality--point me and I'll jump, good mover, not a heavy stock type. I love his attitude, although he is the weirdest horse: won't bat an eye at a jump--even the liverpool full of water and bathing birds or a kid being towed on his skateboard by a bulldog, but is afraid of cattle, benches, bumpers on trucks and the timer in the jumper ring...sigh....