Personally, I do feel he's a bit overpriced for what you're looking for. If you are going to spend that much money now, you should intend to get something that has the POTENTIAL to go farther, especially when there are some cheaper options a little farther away - I am not sure what the market is like there, but for that much here you could buy an accomplished horse that could take you FARTHER. And if you have to spend a little more - are you always going to want to do just local shows? This is why we always encourage our clients to buy something of better quality and a little more money, if they have to - if they buy a cheap colt now that is *not quite* what they are looking for, down the road when they decide that they want to show, they will have to invest MORE money in something that is BETTER quality and be that much farther behind with the training, get what I mean? I am a big stickler for balance, and I know "what" I like and what I don't, but could I name it? NO! I am reading Deb Bennett's Principles of Conformation Analysis right now so I can try and "put words" to the feelings I have when I look at horses. I don't feel that he is exceptionally balanced, something just looks a little "off" for me.