British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 – scrutinise the scores

British Dressage have just completed another successful Winter Championship over 5 days at Hartpury. I have already shown some interesting graphs and charts on the results from the Regionals which are the qualifying competitions for the Winter Championships. I have now produced some more charts and graphs about the Winter Championships.

The graphs, charts and comments below are all based on the Top 10 in each of the Championship classes – both Freestyle and normal dressage tests. The Area Championship tests are not included in the analysis.

Championship Winners – where did they qualify?

British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 winners qualification Regional ChampionshipThe pie chart on the right shows that the around a third of winners at the Winter Championships qualified at Merrist Wood.

British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 top 10 qualification Regional ChampionshipHowever, a similar pie chart for the Top 10, on the left, shows a much more even split with the largest percentage of the top 10 qualifying at Patchetts with Merrist Wood a close second.

Are Championship Scores and Qualification scores significantly different?

British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 score change from Regional Championship score for Top 10 places
British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 score change from Regional Championship score for Top 10 places
The chart shows the average difference between a competitors score at the Regional and their score at the Winter Championships for the Top 10 in all classes. So the 0.0% vertical axis represents the same score in the Championship and the Regional.

The championship class winners at the British Dressage Winter Championships were, on average, able to improve their qualification scores by just over 1%. Compared to 2nd to 10th place where the average score was less than the competitors qualifying score.

The key to winning at the Winter Championship therefore seems to be to improve on your qualification score with an error free dressage test. Obviously this is a challenge with the additional pressure and “big competition” atmosphere at the Winter Championships with errors in dressage tests being penalised heavily at this level.

Do competitors who qualified with a wildcard do well at the Winter Championships?

British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 Wildcard Entries in Top 10
British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 Wildcard Entries in Top 10
Wildcard qualifiers do very well at the Winter Championships with just under a third of classes being won by competitors who qualified with a wildcard. The pie chart shows that the wider top 10 also includes just under a third of competitors who qualified with a wildcard.

So, if you qualify for a Championship with a wildcard you are not just making up the numbers you stand a reasonable chance of getting into the top 10.

I qualified for the Area Championship with a wildcard and came 3rd. So, from personal experience, I know that it is possible to get a rosette with a wildcard entry.

How do the top 10 scores for different classes compare?

The chart shows the minimum, average and maximum score for the top 10 in each class:

British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 Top 10 Scores for each class
British Dressage Winter Championship 2015 Top 10 Scores for each class

Note: It is possible to compare this chart directly with the same chart for the Regionals.

The chart shows:

  • Open classes, as expected, score higher than the restricted classes.
  • Freestyle tests score higher than “normal” dressage tests
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