Can someone help me with my question? I was going to only go associate as I only started to get my gelding out there in prelim mid last year and he did really well. My aim is to be competing novice by mid year. Should I consider going official because it's only a $40 difference. Does this mean any associate shows I can still ride in but am not competing against the associate riders? I'm not a hundred percent sure what this will limit me too or if it will actually be more benificial? Are there more associate or official comps out there?