The Event Classification Working Group recently had a very productive meeting,
regarding the ECS’ status and future.
One of the first items was a review of the scores of over 50 events, and the working
group concluded that the system works well and is a very good reflection of an
event in an absolute as well as in a relative way. The goal is to review all events
Moving forward, it is my hope and request that the riders will continue to assist the
foreign judges in answering the questions for the ECS. The information we are
collecting is very valuable. I have heard the criticism from riders that “the questions
are always the same,” and wanted to clearly explain that that is on purpose to
create a uniform evaluation from show to show. Each show is held to the same
standards and questions for the sake of equal comparison and identifying
weaknesses to improve.
It is often difficult for the foreign judges to request your time and your focus on this
at the shows, but I hope you will continue to be gracious with your expertise so
that we can all work to improve conditions at show jumping events.