Crap. I've been wanting to try my first BN show for awhile. (in eventing speak, that's 2'6" jump height. I had been doing 2' to 2'3", but am ready to try more. I found a schooling show where the XC round is just schooling round, so if I see anything out of my league, I can just skip it. The problem is, this place is very hilly and it's supposed to rain all day combined with 20 to 30mph winds. I don't have stud holes drilled into my horse's shoes, so I don't know if I should go. While my horse has been very game lately about competing, I don't want to do anything that would take either of our confidence away.
I get that whole suck it up and go thing, but it's 90 mile drive one way with just me and horsey. If anything goes wrong, I'm on my own.
The stadium ring is small with tight turns and it would be our first round ever at this height. My horse is not a fan of slop, so it might be an ugly 2 minutes.
The XC is hilly and I won't have the option of studs. The point of this was to keep our confidence moving forward, not back.
I like a pretty ribbon as much as the next gal, but it's a long drive for what could be a very unproductive day. I also don't want him to slip and hurt himself. There are other shows, and it's not the worst thing in the world if we stay home. I only have the entry fee invested. I don't have a trainer fee to pay and I trailer myself, so I'd only lose the entry money.
For those of you who have been in similar weather conditions, is a rainy 30mph wind day a good time to move up, or should I just bag it?