I know there have been a lot of threads about draft crosses lately, but I was wondering if those of you that have draft crosses that are or have gone prelim + could post your stories, photos, videos? I have one that has started training level (not yet at any recognized comps because of my own injury this year) and with which I hope to go prelim. He doesn't look at all drafty (1/2 tb, 1/4 qh and 1/4 clyde), but I find myself looking to those horses at the higher levels for inspiration. I was a confirmed ottb owner before I ended up with this guy (bought him as an unbroken 2 year old to be a husband horse (hubby has ridden him 3 times I think?!)). I lost my two thoroughbreds last year and now this guy is my one and only.
Anything that is an Irish Sport Horse is at least 1/4 Irish Draught. There are countless upper level ISH's.
An Irish Draught is NOT the same as a Clydesdale, Belgian, Shire, etc. Not in the least (think more along the lines of old school warmbloods than plow horses). They were never meant for the same type of work as the other breeds and have always been bred for athletic pursuits.