My TB and I were supposed to do Novice last year, but I bumped him down to Beginner Novice because of a sticky stifle issue, and even though he recieved 2 thumbs up from our vet, I just didn't want to over do it.
So we did only 3 HT's last year, and placed 2nd, 2nd, and 1st. My boy, placed 3rd overall area 8, for BN Senior Horse. And I placed 1st overall area 8, for BN Senior Rider.
I have 2, rather large, beautiful ribbons on my wall. One for me, and one for my horse.