I think my preparations have gone as well as I could have hoped for. I had one last great weekend of riding down at Shannon's (where I figured out one of the horses I've been struggling with to the point where I was able to do all the second level movements, where before I'd had a hard time getting her on the bit - yes!), and had a somewhat humbling but very edifying run through of the test with Heidi Gaian.
Today, I ran through the test one last time with Ringo bareback and thought it was one of my smoothest tries yet. Fingers crossed that that's a good sign! Hopefully if I can do it without a saddle, I'll have no trouble at all with one to help me out...
(though ok I admit: I DID use a bridle... sigh. Clearly getting soft! ;D)
All right. New Jersey, here we come!!