You didnt have to do the scary drop in the woods did you? Did you hear how that fence went for the novice riders? From what D said it sounds like only one horse went over it.
That Novice Drop isn't scarey at all. I've done it and it flows nicely. That drop has been a part of that course for years, before I even was there - and has always been a part of the course for riders - both Novice and Training.
Beginner Novice did not had to do the drop, it was not a part of our course, but I've done it and it is quite easy. My friend who compeates GAG and BN did it during the Erika Treis Peterson Clinic and it was easy peasy for him as well.
random question- do you have to have a show coat for BN? Because I want to start eventing soon and don't have one right now and slightly on a budget trying to save for my wedding... what all is required to show BN?
Yes, you have to have a show coat for both Dressage and Stadium. I actually use 1 for both phases. Just a standard black show coat.
You don't have to have a hair net, there are many who Event without. Many actually put their hair in a low ponytail and use one of these:
You can - depending on the rating of the show and the rating of the course. Depending on the Judge as well - get eliminated for not having a stocktie/pin during dressage, and you can get eliminated for not having a show coat. The only time you ride without, is if the Judge states optional *very hot weather*
You don't have to have a stock tie - a collar over your the neck of your show blouse with a stock pin is just fine.
Out on CC - you have have a long sleeved shirt, a short sleeved shirt. Doesn't have to be a Polo - just wear whatever is cool and comfortable. My Coach wears a Sports T-Shirt that has wicking material in it, that she bought from walmart. Again, whatever is comfortable and goes with the weather. In cooler weather, I wear a long sleeved Turtle Neck.
Definitely get yourself an ASTM Approved and Certified CC Vest, tall boots and beige breeches and white breeches. Personally, I wear tights. I hate how restrictive breeches are.
Make sure you also buy yourself a Medical Armband. I also suggest getting a Skul Cpa, while you don't have to - your choice, but Skull Caps are designed for Eventers and the high "can get hurt" risk factor to the sport.
The reason why Skull Caps are designed the way they are, is to protect the rider incase of a fall. If you come off your horse, rotational fall or face first into the ground or into the fence - da helmet with a visor can cause neck damage. Where a Skull Cap with no visor, lowers the risk. So many serious Eventers wear Skull Caps. Not due to a fad - but for how and why they are designed.