Sep 21, 2020

How Strong is Your Training Game?

Kendyl Tracy and Bobbie Burns had the second-highest finishing score at Training level in 2019. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

How competitive have your Training results been? What’s a good dressage score? What scores could earn you a top finish? We’ve been taking a look at each USEA level and as we continue this series, EquiRatings offers some stats and graphs to help evaluate your Training game.

How are People Scoring at Training?

These graphs show Training performance across the board, from sub-28 to DNF (Did Not Finish). Take a look to see what scores the Training 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 Training

Finishing Score Zones

  • Sub-32 Zone: Around 3 in 25 Training starters (13%) finish sub-32.
  • 60+ Zone: On the other end of the spectrum, the same number of Training starters (13%) finish with 60 penalties or more.

Per-Phase Zones

  • About half of Training starters (47%) get a dressage score between 31 and 37.
  • Almost half of Training show jumping starters (45%) keep all the poles up and finish within the time.
  • Over half of Training cross-country starters (54%) finish clear and within the optimum time.

The Target Score for a Win at Training

Eventing is about putting all three phases together to finish strong, but what is a strong Training level finish? The graphs and tables below show you what it takes to win.

Top Finishing Scores

  • Two out of every 3 Training winners (66%) finish sub-32.
  • One-third of third-place finishers (33%) score between 32 and 36.

Dressage - What Does a Strong Start Look Like at Training?

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

29.3

48.9%

50.0%

1.1%

Third Place

33.0

6.1%

82.1%

11.8%

Using 2017-2019 Training data.

  • Training winners average a dressage score of 29.3.
  • Almost no Training winners (1.1%) have come back to win after starting more than 10 marks behind the dressage leader.
  • Most Training third-place finishers (over 4 in 5, 82.1%) are not the dressage leader but are within 10 marks after the first phase.

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

Final Position

0 Show Jumping Penalties

1 to 4 Show Jumping Penalties

5 or More Show Jumping Penalties

Winner

81.9%

15.0%

3.1%

Third Place

63.5%

26.1%

10.4%

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

  • A clean show jumping round is important to a Training win. Over 4 in 5 winners (81.9%) keep all the rails up and finish under time.
  • More than 1 in 3 third-place finishers (36.5%) do have show jumping faults.

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

Final Position

Clear Inside the Time

Average Cross-Country Time Penalties

Winner

88%

0.4

Third Place

75%

1.1

Using 2017 – 2019 Training 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 cross-country jumping round is critical to success, but it’s also important to get the time right. Almost all Training winners (nearly 9 in 10, 88%) finish cross-country clear and without time penalties.
  • About 3 out of every 4 third-place finishers (75%) 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 Training level. There are some recognizable names on these lists but also some combinations who may not always make the eventing headlines.

How Can You Use These Numbers?

Now that you know how your Training peers are performing, what are some goals you can set? Do you want to improve toward the middle of the pack or aim for a top finish? Either goal is great. Progress is progress. Of course, long-term goal-setting is not about comparison - you have to stay in your lane or risk being robbed of joy. If your main aim is to enjoy your horse with a few outings a year, these numbers can just be fun! But, if you want to be competitive, now you know what it takes. Either way, enjoy the journey.

Oct 22, 2021 Young Event Horse

The YEH Yearbook: Class of 2014

With 24 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Program competitions on the 2014 calendar, young event horses all across the country had the opportunity to shine and qualify for the 2014 USEA YEH Championships. The YEH West Coast Championships were held at Galway Downs in Temecula, California, while the YEH East Coast Championships took place at Fair Hill International in Elkton, Maryland. Following 2014’s YEH finale, many of the graduating class of the 2014 USEA Young Event Horse Championships have gone on to make their mark on the upper levels of eventing.

Oct 21, 2021 Eventing News

One-Week Bid Process Now Open for Week 19 CCI4*-L in 2022 on East Coast

Following the cancellation of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event for 2022, US Equestrian will open a one-week bid process to fill the date on the 2022 U.S. Eventing Calendar. Per the 2022 U.S. FEI Eventing Calendar Policies and Procedures, applications to host the CCI4*-L level during the 2022 competition season are accepted by invitation only.

Oct 21, 2021 Competitions

Fast Facts: The Event at TerraNova

The addition of a new event to the competition calendar is always exciting, but the Event at TerraNova in Myakka City, Florida aims to really wow their first-time competitors at their inaugural event with top-notch competition facilities, stunning course design, exceptional amenities, and a horse show experience unlike any other. With a roster of 142 entries altogether from Starter to the in their CCI4*-S level, the Event at TerraNova is off to a great start!

Oct 21, 2021 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: October 22-24

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

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