What, no pictures??? ;)
Don't be so hard on yourself! This was your first one and now you have set the bar as to know what you need to work on or do different next time.
The ones that I was going to the format was different, there was several different classes(pleasure, trail, reining and cow work). The first time I did a trail class on Stilts, he thought it was a speed event! It was horrible! We stepped on, not just nicked, but stepped on, every log, he spooked on the bridge and jumped off and apparently he thought we were team roping in the log drag, it was 90 mph, the dust was flying and came close to wiping out the judges.
I got dead last. But it was a starting point and today was the same for you and Red :)
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.