Levels Tracking: What is it, and why should you care?

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Although the United States Rules for Working Equitation have included information about levels tracking since they were initially released, this section of the rules did not go into effect until the 2018 Competition Season, which started December 1, 2017.

WE United provides a convenient way for competitors to track their advancement point accrual and for show organizers to look up the performance level for which competitors are registered.  This information is provided on our website’s Levels Tracking page. 

We update this list as licensed competition results are sent to us throughout the year. Please note: the levels tracking page only reflects mandatory advancement points earned at shows judged by WE United licensed judges.

How are these mandatory advancement points calculated?

Section 1.8 in the United States Rules for Working Equitation outline requirements for advancement of horse/rider pairs competing in Working Equitation. That section of the rules is paraphrased here, for easy reference.

a. A rider initially selects the level he/she believes is the most appropriate upon entering their first licensed competition of the season. This establishes the horse/rider performance level, after which the following advancement requirements apply.

b. A horse/rider combination may choose to self-advance to the next higher level. Once they have earned a combined Dressage/EOH score percentage of 62% at the higher level in three competitions under at least two different judges, they are established and registered at this level effective immediately upon earning the third qualifying percentage. Until earning the three qualifying scores, a horse/rider combination may elect to move back to the previous level.

Note: This also applies to the horse/rider combination’s initial performance level registration.

c. In licensed competitions (beginning December 1, 2017), scores for Dressage and EOH trials are averaged together and awarded tracking points for that competition. Points are only accrued if all trials are completed (no DQ). Once a horse/rider combination has earned 30 points using the following formula, they are required to advance to the next higher level the following competition year:

57.500% thru 59.999% = 1 point

60.000% thru 62.499% = 2 points

62.500% thru 64.999% = 3 points

65.000% thru 67.499% = 4 points

67.500% thru 69.999% = 6 points

70.000% and above = 7 points

d. Once a horse or rider has competed at a given level, that horse or rider may not compete at any lower level with the following exceptions:

(1) Riders may ride at a lower level with a horse that has not competed higher than that level.

(2) Horses may compete at a lower level with a rider that has not competed higher than that level.

(3) Horse/rider combinations that score 57.499% or less at their registered level in either Dressage or EOH at three competitions with at least two different judges may elect to move to the next lower level. They may do so immediately upon earning their third qualifying score.

Below, we share a snapshot of the Levels Tracking information after the first two licensed competitions of the 2018 Competition Year. Please remember, though, that the numbers will continue to accrue with every additional competition. Thus, it’s important to refer to the WE United Levels Tracking page on our website for up-to-date information.

2018 Competition Year Horse/Rider Competition Levels
(Updated January 17, 2017)

Below, we list riders, horses, regions, and mandatory advancement points, organized by registered level.

Maddie Harding, Pecos Bill, R4, 0 pts

Cheryl Martinez, Jokar’s Crown Royal, R1, 2 pts
Debbie Jenkins, Stash, R4, 0 pts
Erin O’Shaughnessy, Shining Spartan, R1, 2 pts
Heather Humelbaugh, Billy Forever Shines, R1, 4 pts
Ida VanWormer, Zippin Midnight Moon, R1, 2 pts
Julie Horton, Valentine to AJ, R4,, 2 pts
Julie Sweeten, LVF’s Solar Eclipse, R1, 2 pts
Lisa Harding, Sandhaven Celebration, R4, 6 pts
Madalene Anderson, Milo, R1, 0 pts
Meagan Hansen, CDC Sonrisa, R1, 0 pts
Melanie Etter, Steppin in Cool, R4, 1 pt
Meredith Villarial, Georgias Starbuck, R4, 1 pt
Michelle Harris, Jane, R4, 2 pts
Nancy Fenimore, Dulce, R4, 0 pts
Patricia Nunley Mertz, Mr. Gunsmoke Dunnit, R4, 0 pts
Riley Pirkle, Broomers Lil Lena, R4, 3 pts
Rochelle O’Connor, Scenic’s Lucky Ice, R1, 0 pts
Sarah Kress, Lanza, R1, 3 pts
Susan Dossett, IL Postre, R4, 3 pts

Novice A
Ashley Smith, Delirio DC, R1, 2 pts
Debbie Hogevoll, Nice N’ Sonny, R1, 0 pts
Denise Lukins, Mahon II FLH, R1, 0 pts
Denise Richards, Peppy’s Opinion, R1, 0 pts
Emily Elias, Nakita Ljeb, R1, 3 pts
Fern Thomassy, Solar Eclipse, R4, 1 pt
Fern Thomassy, Bellona, R4, 0 pts
Karin Hansen, Padre, R1, 0 pts
Kristina Eckert, LDR Poncho Wow Factor, R1, 0 pts
Prissy Rumel, Morita de Mali, R4, 3 pts
Rebecca Algar, Azahar MSM, R4, 2 pts
Stacey Peuplie, Sharp Drezzed Man, R4, 2 pts

Novice B
Katy Spell, Francesca’s a Cocoa Chica, R4, 0 pts

Intermediate A
Carrie Parker, Misty River, R1, 0 pts
Deidra Keithley, Kiss My Angel, R4, 3 pts
Ellen Chappell, Arria, R1, 0 pts
Jade Gonzales, Finleehetouchedme, R4, 3 pts
Jade Gonzales, Luppy’s Boyfriend, R4, 0 pts
Jill Lovelace, Driftin Juniper, R1, 3 pts
Julie Alonzo, CDC Memoria, R1, 2 pts
Kiki Pantaze, Sandhaven Late to the Party, R4, 4 pts
Lisa Harding, Sandhaven Shameless, R4, 0 pts
Makenzie Holley, Terra-Blanca, R1, 3 pts
Morgan Wagner, Sephiroth, R1, 1 pt
Rochelle O’Connor, Navigational Escort, R1, 2 pts
Terri Watts, DEM Latte Con Leche, R4, 2 pts

Intermediate B
Andrea Galbraith, Dylan Casimoro, R4, 3 pts

Morgan Wagner, Endo the Blind, R1 (schooling rides to date/class not yet offered this year)

Cari Schwartz, Exsarena, Region 1 (schooling rides to date/class not yet offered this year)
Doreen Atkinson, Obadi del Dios, R4, 3 pts