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  • Quarter Horse Eventers

    I am about to premier my fancy little quarter horse cross (3/4 QH/1/4 Arab) gelding this spring and just wanted to open up some discussion on the successes and thoughts of those out there who are also eventing quarter horses--an atypical choice for eventing...
    "The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse."

  • #2
    I am eventing a little 14.3 QH mare. She is great. Qualified for AEC twice at Novice. My daughter is probably going to do some training level on her this spring while I start over with another 14.3 QH mare. I didn't even want mares but these two are doing well!


    • #3
      I used to ride quarter horses for my old boss and we evented them. Just make sure they are conditioned well and aren't super obese..lol!
      All in all, they are very honest horses who give their hearts, especially the guy I rode when on a XC course! He was 16.1hh.
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      • #4
        I dont think stock breeds are atypical for the lower levels at all. Probably second only to OTTBs in population below Training.

        Mine went through Prelim, topped out there due to age and heaves. But my coach still pines for what could have been. He was foundation bred, 1990 model. Did his first prelim at 19 years old, and hasnt had an injection, or really a real injury, in the 10 years Ive had him.



        Last edited by Bobthehorse; Jan. 8, 2010, 12:55 AM.


        • #5
          I have a QH mare! Love her to death. A lot of people have told me she looks cow bred (idk her lines), but she is one hell of a jumper! We have only done BN, but schooled up to Training! I have hopes to take her prelim done day. Im pretty sure she can do it, but idk if I can do it with her in her time frame!
          ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
          R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor


          • #6
            My horse is a solid paint, same thing though. She loves jumping, and just loves the solid jumps. If I were a better rider we'd move up to Novice, but I keep us back.

            Our first jump.
            To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe-
            for we have not deserved it.
            Marion Garretty


            • #7
              Acapulco Jazz

              Isn't he a quarter horse? Think a junior rider piloted him around rolex for 2 years. Think they w/drew each year before the show jumping, but that's plenty accomplished.

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              • #8
                ^ she wasnt a junior, she was 20, but yes he is a QH "mexican bred".

                ETA he is only a year younger than mine!


                • #9
                  Jazz was still recognized by AQHA. QH journal did a piece on him. Im really not sure what a mexican bred QH is though..
                  ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                  R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor


                  • #10
                    Also, 2 Canadian Eventing hall of fame horses, Crusader and Dial-a-Dream were appendix QHs. Both competed in the long format days.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rescue_Rider9 View Post
                      Jazz was still recognized by AQHA. QH journal did a piece on him. Im really not sure what a mexican bred QH is though..
                      I guess it means bred in Mexico. Canadian bred QHs are still recognized with AQHA, it doesnt necessarily mean American bred.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bobthehorse View Post
                        I guess it means bred in Mexico. Canadian bred QHs are still recognized with AQHA, it doesnt necessarily mean American bred.
                        OO okay!
                        ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                        R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor


                        • #13
                          Twenty years ago (!) I evented a wonderful QH gelding Training and Prelim.

                          Here is Rocky's pedigree:

                          Ainninn House Stud
                          Irish Draughts and Connemaras
                          Co. Westmeath, Ireland


                          • #14
                            Its funny, my horse, your horse, and Acapulco Jazz dont have any TB close up at all. You would expect the QHs that do well in eventing would be mostly TB in breeding, but these ones arent!


                            • #15
                              Bob's pedigree.



                              • #16
                                My mare and I have done Training, and lotsss of jumpers. She is a superstar! Dressage is hard for us because she wasn't gifted with great conformation, not QH specific faults, just in general. But she has the best brain of any horse I've ever ridden.



                                • #17
                                  have to share

                                  the coolest horse I ever had (and NEVER should've sold) was a QH. Placed in the top 3 in N/T dressage against WBs. He was so freakin cool. A pony clubber friend has him now and has done a lot with him. This should make you smile I was pretty competitive in my teen years and i was going to do YR with this horse, but college got in the way. He wouldve been my prelim horse back then i just ran out of time. He is 18 now and still doing training with current owner and has never needed maintenance. Sound as ever.


                                  and with his new mom


                                  Last edited by Cheval Gris; Jan. 7, 2010, 11:39 PM. Reason: another link :)
                                  Honey Badger don't give a s*#^!

                                  "..a three-day event is not a test of speed and endurance, it is a test of character" ~JW


                                  • #18
                                    QHs, Appaloosas, Paints, and crosses like Appendix QH or Paint/TB are actually quite common especially at the lower levels. I have had a AQHA registered QH and Appendix, my current horse is an APHA registered Paint, and the one other pony I leased wasn't registered but definitely had QH in him.

                                    Doc (Doc's Mirror Image) http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...00013841SFInfO was my first horse. He was 14.2/14.3, an all around type of horse, and very sweet. He evented through BN and could have gone Novice. I'm not sure where his papers are at the moment, but he was by Doc's Keepin' Time. He played Black Beauty in the 1994 version of the movie and did some other stuff as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docs_Keepin_Time. My Doc was apparently black when he was born but turned into a mix of dappled and flea bitten grey.

                                    Tyler (Myers Beau) (Jester Beau x Little Peggy Meyer) is a little 15.1 Appendix QH machine. Shelley Lambert evented him when he was young, and then was evented and shown in Hunters and Equitation by Casey Hodges. He showed me the ropes, packed my little sister around, and is very competitive at BN. He's being leased by a girl now, and they won their last recognized BN together with a 33. He's turning 20 on the 17th and has never had anything other than a couple Adequan shots a few years ago. http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...00013841TAyFBP

                                    Sonny (Sonny Side Up) (Sonny's High Life x Lucky Ratchett) is my current eventer, and he's awesome. He has a great brain and has pretty much done everything. He's scored in the 70s at Training and 1st Level as well as in the 20s at Novice. We did two Trainings and had clear jumping rounds at both. He doesn't have fantastic movement, but his steadiness makes up for it. http://sports.webshots.com/photo/267...00013841hbXAZh

                                    And the nonregistered QH-y pony. http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...00013841UmGGxU

                                    I love QHs. I've ridden them most of my life!

                                    ETA: Sonny is registered with APHA but his papers show almost all QHs. I don't know much about breeding, but it's funny to see how he ended up with spots when there are mostly solid QHs on the papers + his dam was a solid Paint.
                                    Last edited by KBG Eventer; Jan. 8, 2010, 11:23 AM.
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                                    • #19
                                      Code Red

                                      I evented my QH gelding, Code Red (Cody) through prelim 10 years ago....He finally retired from prelim to teach some kids the ropes.....Now, at the ripe old age of 19, he's getting ready for a season back at prelim, and in Oct, at 18, he completed his very first Long format at the Mid South T3D with his current YR!

                                      He;s never been a dressage star, but man can he jump and gallop!!

                                      Cody running prelim in 2000 at Midland

                                      Cody running Prelim at Champagne Run, 2000 or 2001?

                                      Cody at the T3D 2009 (18 yr old)

                                      He's an amazing boy!
                                      "Animals can sometimes take us to a place that we cannot reach ourself"

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                                      • #20
                                        Well, my horse doesn't actually have papers, but we're pretty sure he's a paint...





                                        He's my first horse, and I've taken him from his very first jumps (well, technically my trainer jumped him the very first time ) to the AECs our first season at beginner novice. He's been an amazing first horse; he seems to "level up" in talent and difficulty exactly when I'm ready to handle more horse. He is worth his weight in gold to me. He came to me as Sunday, but we call him Val, with the show name Valerius Magnus.
                                        Blue-eyed Eventers