The Breed Game

Every breed, everywhere has their ups and downs! Let’s look at some breeds in relation to eventing!

Thoroughbreds:

Oh the classic thoroughbred! Bred for their speed and stamina these little fire balls, are brave and have a huge gallop in them! And an even bigger heart! These guys can have an awesome jump, and a quick thinking mind! They can pick up on what they’re about to do. Many thoroughbreds in the top levels of eventing start their lives out as race horses! They were always popular in the long format because of their stamina, and are still the top pick of many riders today!The down side is they don’t have the best movement, but thoroughbred lovers say they more than make it up in heart!

Fun fact: All three TOT bloggers ride OTTBS!

Fun fact: All three TOT bloggers ride OTTBS!

Warmbloods:

The fancier moving, slower, and later to develop warmbloods are fierce competition for the spitty little OTTBs at the top level of competition! Although these guys don’t have quite the gallop that the thoroughbreds do, their movement is far superior! They tend to develop later, and take longer to move up the levels, ut remain at the top ranks of the sport for many years.

Connor Husain riding Piece of Hope, a swedish warmblood Photo credit: Never yet melted

Connor Husain riding Piece of Hope, a swedish warmblood Photo credit: Never yet melted

Quarter Horses:

Although we don’t see many of these guys at the upper levels of eventing, quarter horses make excellent lower level partners and are known to really clean up! They have the speed and stamina (technically they are race horses!) and a jump, with the fancy movement. They just aren’t always athletic enough for the upper levels!

Erin Reilly riding Annie, a quarter horse who was known to pick up lots of ribbons at the training level! Picture credit: Erin Reilly

Erin Reilly riding Annie, a quarter horse who was known to pick up lots of ribbons at the training level! Picture credit: Erin Reilly

Sport Ponies:

Oh the sport ponies! Purpose bred small horses/ large ponies with excellent maneuverability, minds, and movement (The three Ms!) They are mostly a mixture of thoroughbred/ connemaras/ shetland ponies. Famous ponies like Teddy O’Connor really cleaned up at the upper levels! But your every day sport pony can compete anywhere from unrecognized to advanced!

My previous "horse" Dobbin. He was a connemara X sport pony who was awesome! This picture is at the training level!

My previous “horse” Dobbin. He was a connemara X sport pony who was awesome! This picture is at the training level!

Connemaras:

Speaking of ponies! Although connemaras are not known for success at the upper levels, they have had some! A few of them have even made it to the advanced level! These guys are a little naughty, but have a huge jump for their little size!

Erin Go Bragh "The little Connemara that could" photo credit: Hideaway connemaras

Erin Go Bragh “The little Connemara that could” photo credit: Hideaway connemaras

Morgans:

These small horses have exceptional movement, and are a perfect partner for lower level eventing! They love to jump, and numerous morgans I know have competed through the training level, as well as in pure dressage, and show jumping! They’re a jack of all trades!

My cousin Sydney riding the Morgan pony charisma! She only started riding less than a year ago and now this team is unstoppable!

My cousin Sydney riding the Morgan pony charisma! She only started riding less than a year ago and now this team is unstoppable!

So let’s stop all the breed sterotyping and hate! Every breed is beautiful and special in their own way. And hey, you never know who could be the next upper level horse!

Emily

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