We did it! We survived Beginner Novice! Last year we competed Starter/Elem. There is such a huge difference between those levels and BN. We tanked on dressage, but we didn't leave the arena in one of the corners, though I give him credit for trying every chance he got.
We may have been a bit overfaced when it came to jumping. Due to horrible weather, schooling outdoors has been next to none, so all I've been jumping are 1-3 fences or a grid. But there were no refusals in SJ just 2 poles and only one refusal XC. I'm actually glad he refused on XC because he had stumbled a few strides from fence 3. We would have never made it if he had tried to leap. It didn't seem to phase him and he jumped everything else including into the water like a champ.
We def need to work on our galloping though. I got the comment "Well he was out for a nice sunday canter" after we got passed on XC.
Yes I'm gushing... I nearly cried afterwards cause this horse has been one project after another. And we finally have pictures... I think there are a few here that I will order! =)
PhotoReflect - GRC Photography - Fair Hill ST May 2011
I don't mind any comments anyone has... I know we have a few things to work on. Ok .... a lot, but well that's what riding's all about.