Jul 13, 2020

How Strong is Your Beginner Novice Game?

Kalie Beckers and Madoc Mari had the best Beginner Novice finishing score in 2019. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Last month, we introduced this series with a look at the Preliminary level. Now, EquiRatings is showing you the key stats from Beginner Novice. How strong have your Beginner Novice results been? What’s a good final score? What’s a good dressage? What scores should you be aiming for if a top finish is your goal? Read on to evaluate your Beginner Novice game.

How are people scoring at Beginner Novice?

These graphs show Beginner Novice performance across the board, from sub-28 to DNF (Did Not Finish). Take a look to see what scores the Beginner Novice crowd has been earning. What scores do you usually get? We give you some of our takeaways to get you started.

The Show Jumping Zones and the Cross-Country Zones include time and jumping penalties.

The Big Picture at Beginner Novice

Finishing Score Zones

  • Sub-28 Zone: Only one in 25 Beginner Novice starters (4%) finish sub-28.
  • 60+ Zone: For every one Beginner Novice starter who finishes sub-28 (4%), there are about three starters who finish with 60 penalties or more (13%).
  • 32 to 40: Nearly one-third of Beginner Novice starters (30%) finish in the 32 to 40 range.

Per-Phase Zones

  • Less than one in 10 Beginner Novice starters (7%) earn a sub-28 dressage score.
  • Almost half of Beginner Novice starters (44%) get a dressage score between 31 and 37.
  • Over half of Beginner Novice show jumping starters (54%) keep all the poles up and finish within the time. This is the highest percentage of any US national level.
  • Over three in five Beginner Novice cross-country starters (61%) finish clear and within the optimum time.

The Target Score for a Win at Beginner Novice

Eventing is about putting all three phases together to finish strong, but what is a strong finish at the Beginner Novice level? What does a top performance look like? The graphs and tables below show you what it takes to win.

TOP FINISHING SCORES

  • The majority of Beginner Novice winners (73%) finish sub-32.
  • Nearly 2 in 5 Beginner Novice third-place finishers (38%) score between 32 and 36.

Dressage - What Does a Strong Start Look Like at Beginner Novice?

Final Position

Average
Dressage Score

Started as Dressage
Leader

Started 10 Marks or Less from Dressage Leader

Started More Than 10 Marks From Dressage Leader

Winner

29.1

53.4%

45.6%

1.0%

Third Place

33.4

4.4%

83.5%

12.1%

Using 2017 – 2019 Beginner Novice data.

  • Beginner Novice winners average a dressage score of 29.1.
  • 99 out of every 100 Beginner Novice winners (99.0%) are no more than 10 marks behind after the first phase.
  • Most Beginner Novice third-place finishers (Over 4 in 5, 83.5%) are not the dressage leader but are within 10 marks after the first phase.

Show Jumping - Can You Afford to Knock a Pole at Beginner Novice?

Final Position

0 SJ Penalties

1 to 4 SJ Penalties

5 or More SJ Penalties

Winner

87.7%

10.9%

1.4%

Third Place

74.9%

19.1%

6.0%

Using 2017 – 2019 Beginner Novice data. This table includes show jumping time penalties and jumping penalties.

  • A clean show jumping round is critical for a win at Beginner Novice. Almost 9 in 10 winners (87.7%) keep all the rails up and finish under time. This is the highest percentage of any U.S. national level.
  • One in four third-place finishers (25.1%) do have show jumping faults but, of these, few have more than a pole.

Cross-Country - Do You Need to be Clear Inside the Time at Beginner Novice?

Final Position

Clear Inside the Time

Average XC Time Penalties

Winner

95%

0.1

Third Place

87%

0.5

Using 2017 – 2019 Beginner Novice data. Clear Inside the Time includes all runs that were clear jumping with no time penalties (whether for going over the optimum time or for going too far under the time).

  • A clean jumping cross-country round is critical to success, but it’s also important to get the time right. Almost all Beginner Novice winners (95%) finish clear and without cross-country time penalties.
  • Beginner Novice winners have the highest clear inside the time rate (95%) of any U.S. national level.
  • Nearly nine in 10 third-place finishers (87%) complete cross-country clear and without time penalties.

What are the 2019 record performances?

Lastly, we have pulled the 2019 record dressage scores and record finishing scores from the Beginner Novice level. Beginner Novice competitors have put forth some very impressive numbers!

How Can You Use These Numbers?

Have these stats been eye-opening? They’re here to help you set goals. But we don’t want you to spend tons of time comparing yourself to everyone else – that takes all the joy out of it! If your main goal is to have fun with your horse and put your game face on every once in a while, that is great. Use these numbers just for fun. If your goal is to be a bit more competitive, now you know what it takes. Maybe we will see your name in the record books soon.

Aug 01, 2021 Competitions

Major Contenders Pass Final Horse Inspection at the Tokyo Olympics

All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.

The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.

Aug 01, 2021

FEI Statement on Equine Fatality at Sea Forest Cross-Country Course

The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.

Aug 01, 2021 News

From the Magazine - Travers Schick: A Day In The Life

In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .

Jul 31, 2021 Competitions

Tokyo Cross-Country Catapults Great Britain to Top Heading into Final Show Jumping Phase

The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.

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