In the interest of being fair to riders from across the regions, the WE United Board of Directors adopted the following criteria for awarding points, to go into effect at the start of the 2020 competition season:
Dressage and EOH trials will be averaged together and awarded points as described in the rules for tracking points for mandatory advancement (see the following criteria).
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
For levels where the Speed trial is offered, the top 5 horse/rider pairs (regardless of # of entries) will also earn points for completing the Speed trial without disqualifying (see the following criteria):
1st place – 2.5 points
2nd place – 2 points
3rd place – 1.5 points
4th place – 1 point
5th place – 0.5 points
A disqualification in Dressage and/or EOH will not impact points earned for successfully completing the Speed trial.
Using these criteria, horse/rider pairs will accrue a maximum of 9.5 points per competition.
The intention of this change is to help ensure that members who live in areas of the country where competitions have fewer entries are not at a disadvantage when it comes to National standings. The suggestion for the Board to re-examine the way points are earned on the Leaderboard came from our online membership survey earlier this year, and the Board has been researching and discussing different options for several months now.
The Board wanted to come up with an approach that would be manageable (as we’re completely supported by volunteer labor), equitable to the different regions, and would continue to encourage our members to get out there and participate in licensed WE competitions as often as they can. The Board was unanimous in their approval of this change and hopes that others will see it as an improvement as well.
This change will go into effect on December 1, 2019.