Escudo II's owner donates to several stallion service auctions, runs specials and will sometimes offer deals to individual mare owners on a case by case basis. In fact, many stallion owners will, so don't be too put off by his fee.
BED is not bad, and certainly one of the better color options out there. There is also Limet Hurry (sp?) that is out there actually competing (I think at PSG dressage) that you may want to take a look at.
I looked at Limet Hurry but he has a very short neck as well. I actually think BED is better suited to my mare. I can't get over his babies - I'm no expert but I saw several that I REALLY liked.