You guys are funny! Well, I did it! I survived my first BN (that's Beginner Novice Waresbear). We conquered the 3 little extra inches of height. I must say I was more than a bit concerned after walking the XC course. This particular show makes is a rather big leap between elementary and BN. Some of the fences were very solid and maxed out, and the terrain was hilly. I spent the next hour sitting at my trailer thinking about all the other courses I used to think were huge and now think look tiny and how many times my horse has taken care of me before. Time came to warm up, I popped him over our standard 2 practice jumps and headed for the start box. Like every other time before, he poofed up like a rooster and started strutting toward the XC area like he owned the place. I couldn't help but smile despite still feeling a little overfaced. I rode the first 2 fences hard and then he went on auto-pilot from there. If I hadn't managed to pull the brain fart of all time and forget which hill to take through the woods, we probably would have made great time too. I was still thrilled with a clean (and still mounted) finish.
Stadium was probably my best jumping round ever. I wish I had it on video. I am extremely proud of both of us. We had been stuck for a very long time with our jumping, and now can finally start moving on up. We're big kids now!