Last year, my mom, who would love to be a there every week kind of show mom, helped me look at my scores from a new perspective. I tend to look at the raw score: below 60% and I feel like I've failed, low 60% and I am at least not a total idiot, mid-60% and above and I feel somewhat competent; 70% and the judge must be blind. Just kidding, but it is hard for me to accept really good scores.
My mom suggested I look at the scores in relation to what everyone else scored. Are my scores in the top half of the field or the bottom half of the field? While this may not be the best way to look at scores, it does help me compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Are my scores comparable to the scores of the riders against whom I am competing?
So with that in mind, here's a more analytical (and less visceral) view of how we did:
Of the 25 dressage scores posted (I am not counting the western dressage scores), only three were higher than my 68.393%.
- 76.600% - Open Rider (won the Open High Point Award)
- 72.143% - Same Open Rider
- 68.514% - Adult Amateur (won the AA High Point Award - good job, Amy!)
This would suggest that on this particular day, we were one of the better teams out there.
The scores fell in this range:
- 1 score in the 40% range
- 11 scores in the 50% range
- 11 scores in the 60% range
- 2 scores in the 70% range
This is an interesting break down. Do most riders score in the 50 - 60% range? It feels like an accurate reflection of scores at shows. Even at USDF shows I feel like the bulk of the scores are in the 50 - 60% range. Those 70% scores always seem to stand out as outliers. And obviously, there aren't usually many scores in the 40% range.
California Dressage Society (CDS) rated shows are usually more competitive than schooling shows. My GMO is HUGE, and the competition at CDS-rated shows can be pretty tough. They aren't at quite the caliber of a USDF/USEF show, but they are more competitive than simple schooling shows. This was a CDS only rated show.
Our second score, 62.200%, also holds up pretty well. There were 14 scores lower than mine, and only 10 scores higher. According to my mom's analysis, this would mean that we did okay, falling just above the middle of the pack.