What state are you in?
I am in Australia and have just purchased a filly (3yo) by Son of a Gun (who is by Colonels Smoking Gun) she is a solid though. I haven't seen Sonny in the flesh but this filly is great. She probably won't be a competitive reiner, maybe cutting or something? She is a busy body.
She is recently broken in and is very responsive and smooth to ride. She was dead quiet with everything when being broken in.
Haven't decided what road to take with her but I have some time to decide as we are just going to muck around for a while til she matures.
As for starting out in reining, I was an english rider and bought a 3.5yo reining trained (although not finished) gelding, I haven't competed yet (he is 5 now) due to time and laziness LOL but plan to try it out next season. I have learnt a LOT and have become a much better rider.
If you can ride, have the help (trainer) and know the basics on western (which you do), you should be fine to buy a young horse.
Last edited by EyeofaTiger; 11-13-2012 at 10:49 PM.