OK all...I really need some help here :). My trainer has gone on maternity leave and while I have been bombarding her, so to speak, with potentials, I am feeling less inclined to keep doing so right now..she has much more important things on her mind. What am I looking for: a fourth level potential. If base training is in the Intro and/or Training levels age about 5-8. If training level is higher, showing or darned ready to show first level with schooling 2nd level, age 8-12. My range of funds isn't extremely high but decent enough. I am a 30+ yr hunter/jumper rider who now doesn't jump so jumping ability, beyond maybe basic training just for pole work or trail "debris" is about all the jumping I would ever do...it is NOT a priority and my last horse was only trot pole capable. I can handle some silliness under saddle and on the ground but would prefer the horse that doesn't have more of an interest in killing me than being ridden...in other words...registers low on the spook meter.
This potential is out of state but there is another one within that same vicinity, about 3 hours away from each other (12 hours away from me)..I want to see both of them on the same run obviously to save money and time. The first that came across is a 12yr old Belgian Warmblood mare: 16.3, allegedly scoring at First Level with a score in the mid 70s, but I haven't been able to verify that on Centerline Scores as the trainer isn't sure what name she was shown under or if she was just shown in an Opportunity class which would mean her score wasn't recorded; still waiting on vids. What she has going for her is training, her pics show a very stunning mover, plus she has eventing time so is quiet on trails and if she came across a small log that had to be gotten over she wouldn't be a spazz. Trainer indicates she can be mareish on the ground and in the turnout and might be difficult for a kid to handle, which I am not, however, I board at a large lesson barn so kids running in and out are a given and turn out space, while plentiful, is definitely allocated to three or more horses depending upon the size of the paddock; mares are turned out together in two different paddocks; one for the "aged" group and the other for the younger crowd.
The second is twice the cost of the mare. He is a 16.2 registered American Hanoverian; 9 yrs old; showing First Level with a score of 66.489 at his first recognized show about a month ago; score verified on Centerline. Conformation pics show decent conformation, not spectacular, and he is base narrow in front. The trainer, an "R" dressage judge (verified and also the one who showed him), indicates that while slightly pigeon toed in front he travels straight...I have the vid of him trotting straight on to the camera and she is telling the truth there. He has been used in the past for lessons; the trainer indicating that she does this to make sure they are ready for amateur riders, and is quiet and steady. His age, abilities, temperament, and the fact he is a gelding has more or less shot this one to the top of the list. The only issue; he looks like a chestnut twin, or darned close brother, to the horse I just lost...I am worried I am having an emotional vice practical reaction on that line which is why I especially need some other input.
This trainer knows I am looking for fourth level potential.