Backstory: I have a 5 year plan for retiring my mare from my primary riding horse while simultaneously ramping up her replacement. She has a good brain, a good heart and a personality that I work well with and that she's passed on to her previous foals. (I am friends with her previous owner who bred her.)
I would prefer an out-cross for maximum versatility as I have a variety of interests. My primary interests are fox hunting, hunter trials, competitive & pleasure trail riding, extreme cowboy challenge and gaming.
The later half I usually use and compete with my husbands quarter horse but every so often we go to play days and I do in fact run barrels with my Swedish Warmblood.
I of course have a list of attributes I would like to see and improve upon, and so I mostly focusing on individual stallions instead of specific breeds, with the exception of Irish Draughts as I haven't found an Irish Draught I wouldn't consider.
I prefer the heavier more traditional heavy hunter types, and even the more baroque styles (P.R.E/Andalusian, Lusitanos). Plus at 16.2 1/2 I would very much like to keep as much height as possible or even improve upon if at all possible.
Color is only important in the most general sense as in, she's a very dark bay and I will not consider crossing her with anything grey or any paint hybrid.
So far my front runners are:
Huntingfield Proud Tim RID
Blacktree Farm :: Standing Buckskin German Warmblood Stallion, Yeager GF.
Bridon Belfrey, RID
Irish Draught Stallion Bridon Belfrey RID
What do ya'll think? Is there any one else you might consider? Who do you prefer?