WE United maintains a publicly-viewable database of scores from all licensed WE competitions judged by WE United-licensed judges in the United States since 2016. Providing the database of scores serves multiple purposes.
First, it allows riders to verify their scores, an essential part of ensuring the accuracy of year-end awards.
Second, it provides an easy way for people interested in verifying performance records to look up the scores a particular horse or trainer has earned in the sport.
Third, it enables us to have ready access to data, giving us the opportunity to analyze trends in performance over time and evaluate areas of need.
For instance, a quick examination of scores and # of DQs in the Ease of Handling trial at the different levels during the 2017 competition year suggests the need for continuing education and — perhaps — greater care in course design to reduce the number of “traps” that might lead to more people disqualifying.
In 2017, 12% of Ease of Handling rides at the Introductory level, 17% at the Novice A level, 13% at the Novice B level, 9% at Intermediate A, 14% at Intermediate B, 16% at Advanced, and 14% at Masters level resulted in a disqualification.
Largely due to the proportionally greater number of riders who disqualify in the Ease of Handling trial as compared to the Dressage trial, the average scores for EOH are lower than the average scores for Dressage, across all levels.
The longitudinal database also enables us to document the continued growth in the sport. In 2016, a total of 482 rides were judged by WE United judges at licensed shows. In 2017, this number had grown to 791, a 40% increase in one year’s time.
One of the most positive trends we see is the growth in rides across different regions. In 2017, we saw a significant increase in the number of judged rides in Region 2 (which went from 15 in 2016 to 103 in 2017!) and Region 5 (which went from 0 in 2016 to 71 in 2017).
The trends also highlight a continued need for finding ways to support the growth of the sport in both Region 6 and 7, something we hope to work with our Regional Directors from those parts of the country to address.
Overall, though, the trends are moving in the right direction, and we’re excited to see what the new competition year will bring!