It was a quiet weekend at the barn because a large percentage of the equine population was at the Maydaze Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park. I stopped by briefly on Saturday and caught some of the Novice rounds in stadium jumping and cross-country.
“Novice” sounds like it should be easy, but the jumps are 2’11”, which is not small, especially on cross-country. Eventing has this problem where all the levels sound like they should be easy until the last two, but they’re not. Starter, beginner novice, novice, training, preliminary. Get through those and you’ve made it to intermediate, then advanced.
I aspire to starter (2’3″) at the moment, if that tells you anything (like that maybe I should focus on dressage.)