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Anyone jump "western breeds"? QH/paints?

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  • Anyone jump "western breeds"? QH/paints?

    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??

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      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


      • #4
        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.

        ~ Jus Passed My Zipper aka Spanky, 11yo QH gelding.
        ~ Muskogee, 2yo Oldenburg Colt.


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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...


            • #7
              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.


              • #8
                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? (omg, that was a decade ago. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
                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.


                • #9
                  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:



                  • #10
                    Gunnar was a QH. Big and stocky and very successful in the hunters!:


                    I am 5'11" so he was big!


                    Rerider/Haydunker Clique

                    RIP Barbaro, you were my hero!


                    • #11
                      I own a Paint pony. He just didnt grow enough 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



                      • #12
                        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!!


                        • #13
                          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.


                          • #14
                            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!


                            • #15
                              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.


                              • #16
                                He's not mine but check out this awesome QH hunter

                                Owned by an Oldenburg


                                • #17
                                  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.


                                  • #18
                                    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.


                                    • #19
                                      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


                                      • #20
                                        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!

                                        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.)
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