RE: class rules
I thin you best check with the organisors.
there is no hard and fast rules, but where's the glory of competeing as a novice if youre better than that?
Its certainly not a case of being in the top 3 or even winning a novice that you have to move up, as some shows have such poor numbers of competitios and some guys compete when theyre no where near ready, in some shows its easy to win/place - though in others (in my experience) it's bloody hard. I could pass for a Mr - but in reality if I were to have a chance of winning Id have to compete as a novice.