Okay lets back up two steps.
Cross Country and "3 Day Eventing" are the same thing. And honestly if you want to get into doing horse trials(eventing) its going to be hard to do hunters because your horse is required to go in very different ways in his training unless you are just wanting to do some lower level stuff.
Regardless if you have any thoughts of doing eventing you are going to want a jump or all purpose saddle. A close contact is not going to give you a deep enough seat.
That said I suggest an all purpose(or general purpose) saddle with a cut more towards jumping. It will give you the ability to play in different things until you decide what you want to focus on.
If you have a higher withered TB I suggest looking at HDR, Thorowgood and Bates to start out. Get a tracing of your horse and take it in. You might have to get a correction pad such as a thinline to help the fit. I never suggest padding up but if your horse is a hard fit you might need to.
First start is deciding the style of english saddle, which as I said I think for you the best bet would be an all purpose with a cut more towards jumping. Then go from there.
BB ~ 2014 Trakehner Bratty Mare ~ 1993 CSHA Em ~ 2007 Standardbred
Last edited by NBEventer; 03-01-2013 at 11:25 AM.