Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show. If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion.
HOW ARE SHOW CHAMPION POINTS CALCULATED?
At RMI Shows, champion and reserve are awarded in all divisions which offer three or more classes. Points for Champion and Reserve are calculated with appropriate differences for each division as explained below. (All rule citations are current USEF rules.)
While generally a class requires three competitors for USEF or state/local organization points, when a Hunter division is offered over two or more days and there are at least three competitors on the first day, then all classes in that division are valid. GR 1113.2 A class with fewer than three competitors is valid for RMI Series points.
HUNTER: Class points are awarded for first through sixth places with a value of 10-6-4-2-1-1/2. Points won in over fence classes are sub-totaled and the top four point holders are then awarded points (if any) for the Under Saddle and the Model (if offered). Model points are half the value of performance classes except for the Regular Conformation Hunter division for which full model points are awarded. GR1113.3 A Champion and Reserve in a hunter division is awarded only when an Under Saddle class is held. HU 137.2 If two or more horses have the same number of points, then the horse with the most points over fences prevails. If two horses have the same number of points over fences and when under saddle and model points are added, then the horses remain tied. In all other cases, a tie will not remain. If two horses have the same number of points over fences and neither has Under Saddle nor Model points, then the tie must be broken by a hack-off showing at the walk, trot, canter. HU 139.1
JUMPER: Class points are awarded for first through sixth places with a value of 10-6-4-2-1-1/2. Points are totaled and ties remain tied. If two or more horses are awarded Champion, then no award is made for Reserve. RMI will always use points; some shows may use money-won to determine champion and reserve, check the prize list.
EQUITATION: Many shows, including all RMI shows, offer a Champion/Reserve in the Equitation division when three or more classes are held. Since the calculations are not specifically addressed by USEF rules, RMI has adopted the "Jumper" point scheme of 10-6-4-2-1-1/2 with total point ties remaining tied, regardless of which class is the source of points. Some shows use the generic USEF point scheme of 5-3-2-1 and award points only to the top four ribbon winners. GR 808.5 If you are at a non-RMI show, check the prize list or ask the show office if and how that show is offering an Equitation championship. Our experience is that state/local organizations generally do not recognize bonus points for show champion/reserve.
For RMI Series Awards, only class points are credited; no bonus points towards Series totals are awarded for show champion or reserve. RMI uses software to validate champion/reserve computations but it is only as good as the information entered in the system. We encourage you to check your points and that of your closest competitors; shows try to get it right, but mistakes do happen, (especially when a show relies solely on human calculations) and you should be recognized for your success.