Cloudy, I haven't really considered an aussie saddle, although they were never officially ruled out. I think that one would definitely be an option, but I don't know anyone who can vouch for the better brands. I haven't heard of any of the names I have searched before. You mentioned Down Under...I looked for a company website, but I think all I found were general aussie saddle sale sites, nothing official. Do you have a site address? What are some other reliable brands to look for?
I don't have an unlimited amount to spend, but it is worth it to me if I know it makes my horse comfortable, makes me comfortable, and LASTS!!!