I purchased Big Ad in April 2013, unfortunately my work is taking me out of town and I will not have time to ride. I was a beginner rider (at age 52) and Big Ad has taken me on many rides and taken very good care of me. He has gone over, through and around every trail obstacle we have come across. Please read the following advertisement as written on Van Bert Farms web site. "VBF Big Ad Venture is a 6 year old registered Rocky Mountain black gelding. His date of birth is May 7, 2007. His sire is Chocolate Venture and his dam is V.B.F.'s Witchy Woman (a Choco Dock mare). Big Ad stands 15.1 and has a great personality that is easy going and travels with an easy going gait. He has been trail ridded and will take anyone on a nice trail ride and take care of the rider."