My only concern is the AQHA Appendix program. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the cross, QH/Thoroughbred makes an awesome sport horse. But with the AQHA Appendix program you can breed a QH with a Thoroughbred and they get an "Appendix" added to their breed papers. They can be registered under AQHA but don't become fully registered until they get so many points at recognized shows. At that point the appendix gets dropped and they are considered straight up Quarter Horses. I worry over time this may dilute the breed, and opening the field up to dressage may quicken that dilution since the cross is usually quite good at it. I've noticed over the years already that "Quarter Horses" for sale are looking more and more like their taller slender buddies, the Thoroughbred.
But all in all I'm in huge favor of AQHA recognizing dressage. I think its a big step and may change how people view quarter horses in the future. They will no longer be seen as just pleasure and cow horses, but the real well-rounded sport horses they are.
|Rugged Lark - The first "Spokes-Horse" for AQHA Dressage|