Bates make great saddles. I didnt even know you could by them in America!! They are excellent and $1700, tht is an excellent price. That saddle would go for close to 3 grand here!!
If you are thinking about using it to event tho, you might like the Wintec close contact jumping or wintec pro jumping. They are made by bates, only they are synthetic. The close contact is the same saddle as the Bates Caprilli jumping saddle