The American Quarter Horse excels at sprinting short distances. Its name came from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less. It is the most popular breed in the United States today. This breed is known both as a race horse & for its performance in rodeos, horse shows, & as a working ranch horse. Its compact body is well-suited to the intricate and speedy maneuvers of western riding events. It is also shown in English disciplines.