The process by which placings in the individual trials of Working Equitation competitions are converted to points and overall placings are decided is actually pretty simple. But, because it involves several different steps, people sometimes get confused and are not sure how to verify that things are being done correctly.
Competitors, judges, technical delegates, and competition organizers all share responsibility for ensuring that the results are computed correctly, with accurate reporting.
We have provided this guide here to help clarify the process.
Step 1: Prepare a file with each entry on their own row, and spaces to enter the percentages and collective marks for Dressage and Ease of Handling, the # of “0” marks in EOH, and the times and # of penalty points for Speed, as well as the Placings and Points for each of those trials, and the overall points earned across all trials, and, finally, the overall placing.
Step 2: Enter the percentages and collective marks for each entry in Dressage.
Step 3: Based on the percentages, place the Dressage trial. In the event of a tie in the Dressage percentage, use the collective marks to break the tie. If the collective marks are also tied, then the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
Step 4: Convert placings to points
1st place = the # of entries + 1
2nd place = the # of entries – 1
3rd place = the # of entries – 2, etc.
Step 5: Enter the percentages for each entry in the Ease of Handling trial. If there is a DQ, enter DQ instead of a percentage.
Step 6: Based on the percentages, place the Ease of Handling trial. If a tie occurs in the EOH trial, the rider who incurred a 0 will be placed lower than the rider who did not. If the tie remains, the collective marks are used to break the tie. If these marks are equal, the entries remain tied and each will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
If there is a DQ, enter DQ instead of a placing.
Step 7: Convert placings to points using the same formula as for Dressage. If there is a DQ, enter “0” points.
Step 8: Enter the times for each entry (novice and above) in the Speed trial. If there is a DQ, enter DQ instead of a time.
Step 9: Based on the times, place the Speed trial. Ties in the Speed trial are decided by the least number of time penalties. If these marks are equal, the entries will remain tied and each entry will be awarded the points associated with the placing for which they are tied.
If there is a DQ, enter DQ instead of a placing.
Step 10: Convert placings to points using the same formula as for Dressage and EOH. If there is a DQ, enter “0” for points.
Step 11: Mark any entries with DQs at the end of the row for easy reference. Entries with 1 DQ may not be placed ahead of any entries who successfully completed all trials, regardless of how many points they earned. Entries with 2 DQs may not be placed ahead of any entries with zero or 1 DQ.
Step 12: Based on (a) overall points, (b) those with no DQs, and (c) the various tie breakers (first, average of Dressage and EOH. If still tied, EOH. If still tied, fastest Speed time) figure out the overall placing of the class.
As a competitor, there are several things you can do to help ensure that final results are accurate. Ideally, it’s best to verify accuracy as soon as each section of the competition is available for review.
In all cases, if you find a discrepancy or error, please bring your scoresheet to the Technical Delegate or Competition Organizer ASAP. Errors in computation must be corrected right away so that the overall competition results will be accurate.
- Double check the addition / division for your Dressage and EOH scoresheets. When there are coefficients (such as in Dressage, when certain movements are given double the points), verify that the score was, indeed, multiplied.
- Double check the placings. Verify that the highest score is placed first, etc.
- Double check that the placings were correctly converted to points. In the case of a tie, verify that the correct tie-breaking criteria were used (remember, the criteria is different for each of the three trials), and if the placings are still tied after the criteria were applied, that tied placings were each given the same # of points.
- Once all trials are complete, double check to be sure that the Overall Placings correctly handle competitors with one or more DQs. (An easy way to check this is to verify that if you did not DQ, and somebody else in your class did DQ, that you are placed higher than they are in the Overall Results, irrespective of total points earned).
Please remember that the vast majority of Working Equitation competitions depend on volunteers to assist with adding up scores / computing results. If you do find an error, remember that mistakes do happen, and they are not intentional. We’re all part of the same WE family and depend on each other to help make sure the competitions run smoothly. Thank you in advance for doing your part to help the sport continue to grow!
Last updated: December 11, 2016