I have a Percheron/Fresian gelding. I originally got him to use in Montana as a cart and sleigh horse, but i have moved him back to California and we are now starting him in Western Pleasure and Gymkahna. I did do 4 months of Dressage with him, but it is too big of a time commitment with all the rest of the stuff that we do. He's big, but he is a good all around horse.
California has a Gymkhana association that breaks down events into speed classes so everyone has an opportunity to win in their class.
I also volunteer in a mounted patrol and I think I will probably use him in that once he gets a season of shows in.
Reading Carrie's comment about people either overwhelming or shunning is interesting to me. I find that it is quite an adventure to ride my boy to the trails - I have to go about a mile on asphalt. I literally have people pulling into driveways in front of me to ask what the heck I am riding - a bit un nerving - but excellent training. At the few playdays I have brought him to I get a lot of curious people and certainly I get some teasing - they usually shut up when we get going - mucho thanks to Beth Parrish for putting those pretty moves on him for me:) He loves to be seen - and by the end of the day everyone seems to want him to win something. I have yet to take him to a schooling show - so I am sure it will be very interesting. I will keep you posted on the remarks.
I have a question I have a draft cross and I am looking to buy a new saddle pad, Which would you choose Back on track or Sheepskin saddle Pad