Thank ya!! Well just the whole atmosphere really...all very proper, very on time. They did the bit check before dressage which some of the schooling shows didn't bother with. They checked my spur length as well, which no one had done before. Everyone had their horses braided and was dressed to the 9's! In cross country you HAD to have your medical armband and again most of the schooling shows around here don't bother checking for it.
They had an announcer (you can hear him on the video!!) there which was really neat! Not sure if they do that at other recognized events, but they did here and it was cool! And then just the fact that the next day everyone wore their jackets for stadium jumping too, it all looked so professional and neat, I loved it! Stadium is done in reverse order of placing, so if you're currently 1st place after dressage and xc, you'll be the last to do your stadium round which is so nerve racking because you know you're fighting to keep your blue ribbon!
In my case, I was holding the 4th place spot. The person after me (in 3rd) went clear, but the next person (2nd) knocked 2 poles down which moved her down to 4th place, me up to 3rd, and the 3rd place guy up to 2nd! So it's interesting watching it all go on and watching yourself potentially move up!
And of course, the Awards ceremony! When my division was done, everyone went immediately into the arena to get their ribbons and then in placing order took a victory lap to music around the arena which was so much fun!