yep tend to agree with seahorse about the upgrading. tho just to let everyone know, the winner of the B grade only upgraded to B at murray 2 weeks prior. she has done over a year at C very competently and was very sure of her and her horses ability to do so. the 2nd place getter was my daughter, who has already done just over a year at B and did their 1st A grade at murray 2 weeks prior and is doing A grade at Dardanup and hopefully if this goes well is staying at A grade. the other place getters and eliminated riders (only one of which had upgraded at this event as far as i know) have all done at least 1 B prior to serpy and one rider at least has already attempted an A grade. The placings in C grade were riders that had as far as i can recall all done C grade quite a few times. the winning horse having competed at a much higher grade with a previous rider. so yest experience and plenty of practice at the grade does help. dont feel bad tho if you had problems there is always next year to overcome any issues your horse has. hopefully serpy are planning at least 1 training xc day.