I have 2 friends who are Prelim competators, one merged into Advanced and the other didn't make it beacuse her horse was retired due to too many joint issues. The other who made it Advanced, is soon retiring her horse.
They both have green OTTB's, and are in in their 30's - and doing just as you are doing.
So? It may feel foolish, but it isn't about the rider, it is about the horse.
Heck, Darren Chaicchai *sp* comes to Richland Park and rides the Young Event Horse Prospect course, and does Novice as well on young Event Prospects.
How do you think he feels about that? Being an Olypic Eventer, riding amongst those his age, and having to bump down to "our" levels and having ride amongst 12 year old's on Packers or etc, etc, etc.
We have to start somewhere :)
I was merging into Training with Nelson, until his hock injury. Now, we're lucky if we do Beginner Novice.
I was going to do Jump Teams at my barn, High B Division - 2'11. Now, because we've been given the ok - are doing X rails at the trot - and my team mates are 10 and 11 year olds.
It isn't about the height of the fence, it is about the quallity.