Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The great, white expanse of Maine...ugh!
Looking good for the first time! I was going to mention the whole competing-before-schooling thing too, but I just read what you posted about the event in question and if you don't have access to your own cross-country course that sounds like a great way to do things! More places should have things like that - it sounds like a good educational tool.
I won't critique the horse, as he will bascule more over the fences once he's used to them, and probably once the height is increased. You look quite good - you have a solid leg for cross-country, which is absolutely the number one thing to have! It looks like he may have jumped on the half-stride, catching you out a little as you're behind his jump and not releasing. I'm assuming that's not a regular thing, though, judging by your educated base of support.
And now, the men of the Second Armored Division with their famous close-order swanning about.