I have all of the paperwork done. Now, I have to decide if I have the courage to move up to Novice.
My horse is more than ready.
Because the last jump on the cross country course at Spring Bay (BN) scared me enough to ride it badly, I do not feel that I am ready.
In the Omnibus, it says that BN-T are good move up courses. For those of you who have ridden Novice there, is the Omnibus correct? Is the Novice course like an AEC or Championship BN course?
I rode Novice in 2008, and I thought it was very straightforward and fun. It was on the smaller side IMO. The stadium was also on the smaller side and had a nice flow to it. I was grazing Tiamo by the cross country warm up at Spring Bay, and I saw you and Tess. You should trust your gut instincts, but the first thing I thought of when I saw you guys over the first two jumps was "She should be doing Novice!". Seriously! From afar when I was walking over, I thought you two looked the absolute best in the warm up out of everyone. Don't let that one jump discourage you from moving up if you want to do it. Did the last Novice jump scare you too or just the BN?
I can think of most of the Novice course at the 2008 Maydaze so I'll go over it...
1. Small log
2. Small green, coop
3. Left turn through the fenceline to a slightly larger, dark coop
4. Through the fenceline, right turn to a log, several strides to a ditch. I'm pretty sure there was also an option of skipping the ditch and jumping a log or coop to the right of it.
5. Left turn, going downhill a bit now, nice fat log next to the fenceline that was a little more narrow than the fences before. Not super skinny or huge though. Nice brushy groundline.
6. Left turn into the little patch of trees, a ramp or something inviting
7. Left turn, downhill a bit to a square table with mulch on top. One of the bigger jumps on course but brown, natural looking. Rode well.
8. Another bigger jump in the shade, red cabin.
9. Left turn, log pile in the shade, smaller.
10. Left turn, slightly downhill, short cabin but on the wider side.
11. Nice gallop uphill, slight right turn to a small log pile.
12. Sharper left hand turn, a few strides, up the little bank (no log or anything on top)
13. Through the patch of trees, another sharper turn to the right over small barrels.
14. Straight ahead to a teeny brush fence.
15. Right hand turn down towards the water and then a left. Hardest part of the course but really not a big deal if you rode positively. Log a few strides before the water.
16. Log out of water.
17. Left hand turn to a table.
I think you and Tess could handle it fine and have a great time.
The only scary jump on the BN course was the last BN jump. The last Novice flower box/ramp jump looked much more inviting, than the huge black coop. In fact, the flower jump was our first jump for BN/N at Spring Bay a couple of years ago. We did it just fine.
Noooooo .... you have to take the $700 pony. Let's have a COTH whip-round to make sure you get there. I went last year on the $400 pony and came 2nd. wooo Hooo - Go Pony. This year I'm taking Mr. 'Buy one get one free' Pony, so we just have to a have an old ladies on cheap ponies meet-up