I competed yesterday, had a pretty cruddy day of it unfortunately. I could make all the excuses in the world, but I just didn't ride well.
Spighi was great, gale force winds, arena chains blowing all over the place and he didn't spook once. Big improvement on his straightness, looking at the video's of both tests the only times his quarters swung to the left was when he lost some rhythm in the medium trots - but I haven't done any lengthening work with him for a good couple of months, and he's not terribly strong at the moment so that will come in time.
I feel that I didn't warm him up as well as I could have, he was against my hand and had so little bend that I felt as though I was trying to steer a barge around the arena. I'm lucky that he is such an honest little horse, he is a rhythm machine so even though it felt attrocious to ride, on the video he doesn't actually change rhythm at all, and the only thing that gives his tension away is my grimace!
We placed 3rd and =7th of 20 in both tests, but I'm not happy at all with the work. I am thinking of bumping him up to elementary by the end of the year, as with more components within the test it will give me more oportunity to keep him together, he is much better with the lateral work then doing basic walk, trot, canter in the prelim/novice tests.