I am SO excited for our first big boy one day next weekend! We have actually done one combined test but it was when he just turned 4 and it was trot a trail. Aka cross rails 12" off the ground and a walk trot dressage test. Yes we did win (even with pulling a rail. Yes that would be us, pulling a 12" cross rail. The last fence to be exact) ;) Other than that our only show outing for jumping was our jumper show the other weekend.
Although I am super excited I also have a lot running through my head and it will just be nice to have our first one day under our belt just so I know what to expect from him and know what he is going to do. He really is pretty game but will question new things and will stop if he is looky and I dont ride him well to it. He just hasnt had much experience over 'scarier' fences. I am actually more worried about stadium than anything else. Although I would LOVE to go double clear in all phases I also know that I should be able to get him around no matter what. Even if we have a stop he isnt a horse (like Tolo) who if he stops there is no hope for getting him over it.
It is super nice to not have to worry about the dressage portion! I always hear eveners complaining about dressage or have horses that always go clear in the jumping phases but place in the bottom of the pack after dressage. Why wouldnt you just work on your dressage so that you could be winning these events?! I mean if I am showing (especially paying $400 to do a recognized) I am going into it thinking I can win! I rode my BN test last night and it is so.freaking.easy! Trot a circle, canter a circle, free walk, trot a circle, canter a circle and you are done. Its pretty pathetic actually! Now it will be really embarrassing if we dont do well :)