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Dressage Tests/Scores in the 1990's

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  • Dressage Tests/Scores in the 1990's

    So I was looking up my old horse's record on the USEA website and was really shocked with his dressage scores!!

    According to the records he was consistently scoring in the mid 50's to the mid 60's with one 41 and even a 75 at one event- yet he was placing in the ribbons and even winning multiple events on his scores at the prelim/intermediate level. He usually jumped clear with maybe a time fault here or there- so I guess my question is- were the tests scored differently circa 1995 or was his dressage really that bad but because he jumped clear he was able to win with a 77 at prelim?

    Starting in 1996 his scores started to decrease and he was getting low 40's and high 30's and in '97 was scoring in the low 30's. He was a really nice dressage horse when I got him in 2001 and we consistently scored in the low 30's and finished in the top 3 at the majority of our events so unless he was REALLY bad when he was 6 years old and just time and training got him to where he was when I had him OR the scoring system changed- heck I feel like the scoring system has changed since I was competing in high school OR people really have improved their dressage tests b/c mid 30's would be winning the dressage not placing out of the ribbons

    Was there some change in the way the numbers were divided to get your penalty point score? At least around '95/96 and even since the early 2000's!! I've been out of the game since 2002 and just getting back into it so I'm figuring out how much eventing really has changed in the past 10 years!!!
    proud owner of a very pretty but completely useless horse (and one useful horse!)

    Horse Thoughts

  • #2
    Yes, there was. It was before my time, but I remember my trainer mentioning that.


    • #3
      I can't remember when the Eventing tests came into being--I think mid-90's, but prior to that we rode the regular dressage tests--TL for Pre-Training/Novice, 1st Level 1/2 for Training & 1st Level 3/4 for Prelim (though I seem to remember 1st 2 for prelim, too, but that's pretty foggy). The scores were calculated on good marks from total marks possible, remainder of points times a coefficient--usually .6 to make the penalty point score. Scores were higher back then.


      • #4
        I think it was around 96.


        • #5
          We also rode those BHS tests for a while. I don't remember how they were scored though.
          Gwen Dean
          Erie Hunt & Saddle Club HT Secretary


          • #6
            94-95 rules
            subtract total good marks from maximum possible good marks, then multiply by 0.6

            98-99 rules

            subtract total good marks from maximum possible good marks, then multiply by 0.5

            So, if the max good mark were 120, and you got 72 good marks (60%) your score would be

            (120-72)*50% = 48*50% = 24

            But if max good marks were 240, and you got 144 good marks (60%) your score would be

            (240-144)*50% = 96*50% = 48

            and so on.

            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


            • Original Poster

              got it! thanks! this makes so much more sense now
              proud owner of a very pretty but completely useless horse (and one useful horse!)

              Horse Thoughts