I'm in VA too. I have a four horse slant load goose-neck with a huge dressing room, A/C, and an awning. I do have 6 horses at home, however I only show ONE! At first I thought the huge trailer was overkill but i have loaded up my friends on several occassions. I had a 2 horse bumper pull first, I LOVE the goose-neck. the maneuverability is awesome. You do have to get the hitch, BUT if you get one that is recessed, you dont loose your bed space. I also like the way my older horses ride in the slant load, it's easier for them to balance in it. We've also taken our Rhino with us to the bigger shows so that we can have a horse and a rhino to get from point a to b... (i.e. lexington)
the heater is nice in the winter and the A/C is AWESOME in the summer. I will say it gets messier becuase everyone under the sun wants to change in it. The awning is a must have for summer time, I also plug a fan into it and hang it form the awning so we can cool off between classes. BUT, the shows I go to last all day, if you are only there for a few hours, no big. One great thing about a goose-neck is that you can put an air mattress in the front and use it for camping. ALSO, not as many people have the hitch so less people ask to borrow it... I hate that... can I borrow your trailer??? NO!
I don't like the ramps though... but not for any reasons that would hold up in a debate, just don't like ramps.
So... that's my 2 cents....