From Endurance to Dressage
I am back on the Centerline Scores thing. I know many of you don't care about scores, but I do. Scores are feedback for me; they tell me how I am improving and where I still need to focus my energy.
You already know that I show at a variety of show types: unrated schooling shows, California Dressage Society (CDS) rated shows, and USDF/USEF shows. I choose my shows based on a wide variety of criteria: price, distance from home, time of year, etc. While I value the comments from all judges, whatever the show rating, I recognize that the most critical, and hardest earned, scores come at USDF shows. which is why I love Centerlinescores.com.
Jay Stevens, the creator and mastermind, designed the site just for me; I know it. I love how I can track my progress at USDF shows through his multiple "windows." Lately, I've been watching my scores grow at Training Level Test 2 and Test 3. Granted, there aren't that many scores to compare, but even so, there is a small pattern of improvement emerging.
My favorite feature of the site is the Lifetime Median Scores percentage. For a while, my median score at Training Level was hovering at 59%. My goal has been to push my median to over 60%. I am curious to know why Jay chose to show median scores (the score in the middle) rather than mean (the average). My median score is 60.893% while my mean score is 60.387% - very close to one another.
I would guess that it is because an outlier score (an overly high or overly low number) would tip the mean up or down which could create a number that doesn't really reflect a typical average. For example, if you scored 60%, 61%, 63%, and 80%, your mean would be 66% but in actuality, you were mostly a 60%ish rider. Using those same scores, your median would be 62% which seems more in line with your typical scores.
In order to raise my median score of 60.893%, I need to earn scores higher than 60.9%. This goal fits right in with my goal of eliminating the 5s from my score sheets. A sheet filled with 6s and 7s will easily be in the 65% range - that kind of score will push my median ever upward.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: