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The scores for eventing are cumulative, each phase is added together to get the final score. The rider with the lowest score (fewest penalty points) at the end of the competition takes home the blue ribbon!


Each movement in the dressage test is given a score between 0 and 10. In addition there are 4 collective marks: gaits, impulsion, submission, rider, which are scored the same way.

  • 10 – Excellent
  • 5 – Sufficient
  • 0 -Not Performed

All of the judge’s marks are added together, then any penalty points are deducted. Penalties are given for errors in the test.

  • First Error – 2 points
  • Second Error – 4 points
  • Third Error – Elimination

That total is now divided by the total possible points, multiplied by 100, and rounded to two decimal digits. This number is than subtracted from 100 and the resulting score is the score in penalty points that you carry on to the next round.

Full explanation of Dressage Scoring is available in the rulebook EV136.


Penalty points in the cross-country round are accumulated through faults at obstacles (such as refusals, run-outs, and circles) and time faults. A fall of rider results in Elimination from the entire competition.

Faults at Obstacles:

  • First refusal, run-out or circle – 20 penalties
  • Second refusal, run-out or circle at the same obstacle – 40 penalties
  • Third refusal, run-out or circle at the same obstacle – Elimination
  • Fourth penalized disobedience on the entire course – Elimination

Time and Speed Faults:

Full explanation of Cross-country Scoring is available in the rulebook EV141.

Show Jumping

Similar to cross-country, show jumping penalties are accrued through faults at obstacles and time penalties. However, in show jumping penalties are also earned from knocking down obstacles and rails as unlike cross-country jumps, show jumps fall down easily.

Faults at Obstacles:

  • Obstacle knocked down while jumping –  4 penalties
  • First disobedience – 4 penalties
  • Second disobedience at Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced  – Elimination
  • Second disobedience at Beginner Novice, Novice and Training – 8 penalties
  • Third disobedience at Beginner Novice, Novice and Training – Elimination
  • Fall of horse or competitor or both –  Elimination

Time and Speed Faults:

  • Exceeding the time allowed – 1 penalty for each second or commenced fraction of a second

Full explanation of Stadium Jumping Scoring is available in the rulebook EV143.

How to read the scoreboard

W: Withdrew

E: Eliminated

R: Retired

RF: Rider Fall

MR: Mandatory Retirement (Horse fall)

X: Didn’t pass veterinary inspection

DQ: Disqualified

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