Placing Working Equitation Competitions

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The United States Rules for Working Equitation explain how to compute points and placings for the different trials in a Working Equitation competition, as well as how to compute overall results in Section 4.8.2.

In all cases, results are converted to a point system based on the number of competitors in the class, where the first-place competitor is awarded one point for every competitor in the class, as well as a ‘bonus’ point for being first. The second-place competitor earns points equal to the number of competitors in the class minus one. Subsequent places earn one point less for each placing down.

In a class with five entries, for example, the points for the dressage trial would be:

Entry 1   63%    Place = 1    Points = 6
Entry 2  61%     Place = 2   Points = 4
Entry 3  60%    Place = 3   Points = 3
Entry 4  59%    Place = 4   Points = 2
Entry 5  55%    Place = 5    Points = 1

Competitors who have withdrawn or been disqualified in any of the trials or eliminated from the competition are not awarded any points for that trial. However, they are included in the number of competitors when computing trial points. This is important, as the number of points possible in each trial for a class must remain consistent throughout the competition in order to ensure that the final placings represent the different trials fairly. 

There are different rules for breaking ties, depending on the trial.

To break a tie in the Dressage trial, the competitor with the higher score for collective marks places higher and is awarded the number of points associated with the higher placing, while the competitor with the lower score for collective marks places lower and is awarded the number of points associated with the lower placing.

It is essential to write down the collective marks scores when writing down the Dressage scores in the placings worksheets so that one has this information should it be needed to break a tie.

If both the dressage and collective marks scores are the same, the competitors remain tied for the Dressage trial and are awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

To break a tie in the Ease of Handling trial, a competitor with a “0” in the obstacles marks places lower than a competitor without a “0” in the obstacles marks. Note: the way the rule reads currently, there is no differentiation between a competitor with one “0” and a competitor with more than one “0”.  If the ‘0-rule’ does not break the tie, then collective marks for Ease of Handling are used, with the competitor with the higher score for collective marks placing higher.

It is essential to write down both an indication of whether any “0” marks were awarded as well as the collective marks scores when writing down the EOH scores in the placings worksheets so that one has this information should it be needed to break a tie.

If the tied competitors have the same score, either neither or all have “0” marks in the obstacles scoring, and they have the same collective marks, then the competitors remain tied for the EOH trial and are awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

To break a tie in the Speed trial, the competitor with the least number of time penalties places higher. It is essential to write down the # of time penalties when writing down the Speed scores in the placings worksheets so that one has this information should it be needed to break a tie.

If competitors share the speed time AND # of time penalties, then the tie remains and each entry is awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.

To break ties in the Overall Results for a competition, the competitor who earned the higher average of combined Dressage and EOH score places higher. If there is still a tie, the competitor with the highest score in EOH places higher. If there is still a tie, the fastest time in the Speed trial will place higher.

To help reduce errors in placings and scoring, WE United’s Show Licensing and Oversight Committee has created a Placings Worksheet which automatically breaks ties and awards the appropriate number of points to each competitor in a competition. The worksheet is available free of charge to those who license their competitions with WE United. Show Managers are encouraged to request a copy of the worksheet as well as instructions for its use by emailing Competitions@WEUnited.us. 

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