Ya I do eventing. I havent done too much the past 2yrs bc I havent had a horse to event with & I have no money. I love it though ! My 4yo is going to start eventing once she's ready. My plan is to get her up to intermediate eventually.
Scout used to compete at novice, but I schooled him up to prelim. He had an injury & combined with his age he had to be retired a few years ago. Until last year I had a horse I was training that I competed training level & some prelim at mini events. We schooled intermediate, but she wasnt a very good competition horse, it just wasnt her thing. I can't wait to get back to schooling at that level & someday competing, but its going to be awhile. & truthfully I like training more then competing.
I suggest looking at TB/WB crosses or an Irish bred horse. While Thoroughbreds definitely dominate the eventing field, personally I like a horse with a little more bone and a little more aptitude for dressage, because it's such an important phase (if not, the most important phase). I'm a huge Oldenburg fan, personally, but not a lot of people can afford a good one. If you can find a Thoroughbred that never raced or one that has a lot of European blood closer up in its pedigree then I'd go for that.
My big horse who was and is an eventer is a TB who was bred for eventing and looks like a WB. He compted up to Training I think but schooled much higher. I love him bc he has spunk and he's a thinker and an amazing jumper.
He's 16.2h with substantial bone and is built pretty wide and he's got pretty nice movement, may not be the best in the world but his impulsion and suspension makes up for the "prettiness" and so does his jump and his big stride and adjustability over the xcountry course
Hmm... I'd have to say a TB/WB cross. I have a thoroughbred x Dutch Warmblood. He's an EXTREMELY willing jumper and LOVES to jump (if you have a jump in the arena and you aren't planning on going over it, he will lead you up to the jump and you have to say NO! We are not going over the jump! Lol)
This is from Buck Davidson - "It doesn't matter what breed, hight, age, color, training, breeding, backround and clean vet bills say about a horse. IT's about rideablity and trainability." Which I agree whole heartedly with.
I ride an Irish Sport Horse, but I would take any type of horse. At my barn we have Conemara's that could do training level (yes, registered ponies), German Warmbloods, Irish horses, TB's, everything.
As for hight, we had a 13 HH pony doing training level stuff, so it's all about their heart if they WANT to do it or not. And McKinlaigh isn't THAT big... maybe 17HH. I've seen 18HH horses event. Again, ride and train - ability. My ideal eventer would be 17HH because I NEED that much horse under me. I ride a 16.2HH horse and my toes can touch his leg-shoulder joint in my dressage saddle.
Hrsrdr - welcome to the eventing world! I was in your shoes a year ago :) I got a good horse under me and now we're getting ready to move up to Novice, and we're schooling training/prelim! :) good luck!