Leaderboard Point System

All horses must be registered with the USEA at Limited or Full status and riders must be current USEA members at a competition-eligible level (Life, Full, Junior, or Intercollegiate) on or before an event's starting date for the horse and rider to receive award points.

USEA award points are based on point values detailed in the charts below and only apply for the current competition year (December 1 – November 30).

  • Chart One contains the point values used for the individual award categories at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Modified levels.
  • Chart Two contains the point values used for the overall leaderboard at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and CCI* levels.
  • Charts Three, Four, and Five contain the point values for the individual award categories and overall leaderboard at the Preliminary/CCI2*, Intermediate/CCI3*, and Advanced/CCI4* & CCI5* levels.

Award point values are applied to the top 25 percent of starters in a division that have achieved the Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) at competitions in the U.S. and competitions outside of the U.S recognized by the FEI. Percentile of .5 and higher will be rounded to the next placing.

The top six scores with the highest USEA award point values earned by horse or rider during the current competition year will determine the final leaderboard standings.

In the event of a tie, tie breaks will be determined by taking the average of the top six final scores (not point values). If there is still equality, the tie remains.

MER for National Levels Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced

  • Dressage – no more than 45 penalty points
  • Cross-Country – no jumping penalties and no more than 30-time penalties
  • Show Jumping – no more than 16 jumping penalties

MER for FEI Levels CCI*, CCI2*, CCI3*, CCI4*, CCI5*

  • Dressage – no more than 45 penalty points
  • Cross-Country – no jumping penalties and no more than 30-time penalties for 1/2/3/4-star levels and no more than 40 time penalties for 5-star level
  • Show Jumping – no more than 16 jumping penalties.

USEA award points accumulate during the competition lifetime of each horse, but only the points earned in the current year count toward the year-end awards.

At horse trials offering a dressage test and show jumping test at the higher level, points will be awarded based on the level of cross-country.

Cross-country completions without jump penalties are awarded points at the national three-day event, including P3D, T3D, M3D, N3D, and BN3D and CCI-L levels, regardless of placing within 25 percent of the division.

Chart One Individual Award Categories: Starter, Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Modified/CCI1* Levels

Place

Award Points

BN3D/N3D

T3D/M3D

AEC Championship Points

1st

7

8

15

14

2nd

6

7

12

12

3rd

5

6

10

10

4th

4

5

8

8

5th

3

4

7

6

6th

2

3

6

6

7th

2

2

5

4

8th

2

2

4

4

9th

2

2

3

2

10th

2

2

3

1


Cross-country completion points (no jump penalties):




3




3


And so on to the top 25 percent of Starters with MERs


Leaderboard Qualifications

Starter

  • Starter Rider: Only points accumulated prior to completing more than twice at the Beginner Novice level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards. Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Starter Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEA amateur declaration).
  • Starter Master Amateur Rider: 50+ (with USEA amateur declaration).
  • Starter Junior Rider: (18 and younger).
  • Starter Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Starter Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Starter Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Starter Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Starter Master Rider: (50+).
  • Starter Horse: Any rider. Only points accumulated prior to the horse completing more than twice at the Beginner Novice level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards.

Beginner Novice

  • Beginner Novice Rider: Only points accumulated prior to completing more than twice at the Novice level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards. Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Beginner Novice Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEA amateur declaration).
  • Beginner Novice Master Amateur Rider: 50+ (with USEA amateur declaration).
  • Beginner Novice Junior Rider: (18 and younger).
  • Beginner Novice Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Beginner Novice Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Beginner Novice Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Beginner Novice Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Beginner Novice Master Rider: (50+).
  • Beginner Novice Horse: Any rider. Only points accumulated prior to the horse completing more than twice at the Novice level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards.

Novice

  • Novice Rider: Only points accumulated prior to completing more than twice at the Training level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards. Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Novice Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEA amateur declaration).
  • Novice Adult Amateur Master Rider: 50+ (USEA amateur declaration).
  • Novice Junior Rider: (18 and younger).
  • Novice Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Novice Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Novice Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Novice Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Master Novice Rider: (50+).
  • Novice Horse: Any rider. Only points accumulated prior the horse completing more than twice at the Training level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards.

Training

  • Training Rider: Only points accumulated prior to completing more than twice at the Modified level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards. Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Training Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (USEA amateur declaration).
  • Training Adult Amateur Master: 50+ (USEA amateur declaration).
  • Training Junior Rider: (18 and younger).
  • Training Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Training Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Training Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Training Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Training Master Rider: (50+).
  • Training Horse: Any rider. Only points accumulated prior to the horse completing more than twice at the Modified level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards.

Modified

  • Modified Rider: Only points accumulated prior to completing more than twice at the Preliminary level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards. Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Modified Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (USEA amateur declaration).
  • Modified Adult Amateur Master: 50+ (USEA amateur declaration).
  • Modified Junior Rider: (18 and younger).
  • Modified Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Modified Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Modified Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Modified Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Modified Master Rider: (50+).
  • Modified Horse: Any rider. Only points accumulated prior to the horse completing more than twice at the Preliminary level or above during the current competition year will count toward year-end awards.

Chart Two: Overall Leaderboard Point Values for the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Modified, and CCI* Levels

Place

H.T./CCI*

BN3D/N3D

T3D/M3D

AEC Championship Points

1st

3

8

15

6

2nd

2.5

7

12

5

3rd

2

6

10

4

4th

1.5

5

8

3

5th

1

4

7

2

6th

1

3

6

2

7th

1

2

5

1

8th

1

2

4

1

9th

1

2

3

1

10th

1

2

3

1

Cross-country completion points (no jump penalties):

3

3

And so on to the top 25 percent of starters with MERs

Chart Three: Overall Leaderboard and Individual Point Values for the Preliminary/CCI2* Levels

Place

H.T.

CCI2*-S

CCI2*-L/P3D

AEC Championship Points

1st

6

8

15

12

2nd

5

7

12

10

3rd

4

6

10

8

4th

3

5

8

6

5th

2

4

7

4

6th

1

3

6

4

7th

1

2

5

3

8th

1

2

4

2

9th

1

2

3

1

10th

1

2

3

1

Cross-country completion points (no jump penalties):

3

And so on to the top 25 percent of starters with MERs

Leaderboard Qualifications

  • Preliminary Rider: Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Preliminary Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Preliminary Master Amateur Rider: 50+ (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Preliminary Junior Rider: (14-18).
  • Preliminary Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Preliminary Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Preliminary Young Adult Rider: (19-21).
  • Preliminary Adult Rider: (22-49).
  • Preliminary Master Rider: (50+).
  • Preliminary Horse: Horse may not have completed more than twice at the Intermediate level or higher during the current competition year.

Chart Four: Overall Leaderboard and Individual Point Values for the Intermediate/CCI3* Levels

Place

H.T.

CCI3*-S

CCI3*-L

AEC Championship Points

1st

12

16

30

24

2nd

10

14

28

20

3rd

8

12

26

16

4th

6

10

24

12

5th

4

8

22

8

6th

2

6

20

8

7th

2

6

16

6

8th

2

6

13

4

9th

2

6

13

2

10th

2

6

13

2

Cross-country completion points (no jump penalties):

5

And so on to the top 25 percent of starters with MERs

Leaderboard Qualifications

  • Intermediate Rider: Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Intermediate Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Intermediate Master Amateur Rider: 50+ (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Intermediate Young Rider: (16-21).
  • Intermediate Interscholastic: (18 and younger) USEA IEL Program member
  • Intermediate Intercollegiate: (18-21) USEA Collegiate Eventing Program member
  • Intermediate Adult Rider: (22+).
  • Intermediate Horse: Horse may not have completed more than two competitions at the Advanced level during the current competition year.

Chart Five: Overall Leaderboard and Individual Point Values for the Advanced/CCI4* & CCI5* Levels

Place

H.T.

CCI4*-S

CCI4*-L

CCI5*-L

AEC Championship Points

1st

24

32

60

90

48

2nd

22

29

55

83

44

3rd

20

26

50

76

40

4th

18

23

45

69

36

5th

16

20

40

62

32

6th

14

17

35

55

30

7th

12

14

30

48

28

8th

10

10

25

41

26

9th

8

10

20

34

24

10th

8

10

20

27

22

11th

8

10

20

27

Cross-country completion points (no jump penalties):

10

20

And so on to the top 25 percent of starters with MERs

Leaderboard Qualifications

  • Advanced Rider: Points can be accumulated on more than one horse.
  • Advanced Adult Amateur Rider: 22-49 (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Advanced Master Amateur Rider: 50+ (with USEF amateur card and USEA amateur declaration).
  • Advanced Young Adult Rider: (18-21).
  • Advanced Adult Rider: (22+).
  • Advanced Horse.

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