Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
If I were looking for an eventing prospect I'd be looking for something that had good dressage potential. I don't know how true it is (i'm not an eventer) but I have always been told that dressage, as far as ranking and winning goes, is the most important phase. Showjumping seems the easiest, and the cross country will need a decent, bold jumper, but these talents seem more common than a good dressage horse.
I'm going to be super prejudiced, but I have rarely, if ever, seen a good dressage paint. TBs can be good, but many of the raced ones end up with soundness issues. They have tiny, tiny legs and they're just not bred for it (some are but they're different). I'd be looking for a warmblood, warmblood cross or other nice cross to get a bit more soundness than a TB.
Just my opinion. Good luck with the horses.