Yerr, we looked at 2 geldings and a mare, and the mare and one gelding were very versatile! I rode them, and they weren't exactly a beginner's ride, but they responded really well. And we're really trying to find a family horse, and I like them but I'm yet to find one that could behave and be forgiving to my brother's wild legs.
Its kinda hard because in my area, a lot of the people I ride with give ASH's a bad rep, but I really like the nicely conformed ones. In my area, ASH's aren't very popular, and the ones that people have are normally hot-blooded runt looking things with weird necks. So I'm sticking to horses out of this area.
Its interesting to find out about the actual classes. I always watch them at the shows I go to, and I'd love to participate. Hmm, maybe one day soon?