Ah yes, in your case a coach is an excellent idea! I took my first horse (absolute pansy about any "weird" jumps) out schooling XC twice but I was too green and he was too scared of everything so we just bumped over a couple of itty bitty logs lol. Not a good combo to attempt anything bigger. Hunter trials means no dressage? That sounds right up my alley baha. I enjoy your blog on FB, especially the photos I love when people break down each ride and talk about strengths and obstacles.