I'm confused... You're looking at a horse this caliber and you are worried about traveling 7 hours to see it??? Most people horse shopping in this price range are flying to different parts of the country to horse shop. I'm not being flippant about throwing money around, it's just that... most people don't have a surplus of horses like this an hour or two away and need to travel to find what they want.
I think he's absolutely lovely. He's a beautiful mover, lovely expression, nice jump, and has an excellent length of stride to float down the lines. Yes, JDI, he does change late behind. I'm not going to downplay it, but it happens more then it probably should in the hunter world. I mean, he's 5. What level do dressage horses need a change? Not at 5. In a good training program his changes will get cleaner. If only all horses were that calm in their first (or second, or third...) derby! Heck, I'd be EXCITED he was only 7 hours away! Shoot if my kid hadn't already found her small junior I'd be all over this horse..