Thank you for your input, eeo11horse!
Dustbunny-I figured if I don't place, it's not the end of the world. I just know I was once offered an opportunity to ride a horse (for free) at a Western Event show (Pleasure, Barrels, etc) and I declined it due to not having lessons, which okay-it makes sense why it was more 'intimidating' then, but they were still offering to teach me how to do it and to this day I wish I would've gone after it. And now I have a couple of phenomenal instructors, a barn full of laid back and caring people, as well as an amazing family and group of friends who are going to be there supporting me regardless of the outcome. The positives definitely outweigh the "negatives" (if there are even any negatives). :P
Thank you for the comment though!