|How to interpret driving trials
The rules and scoring of horse driving trials competitions are quite complex and the scorer's life is not an easy one. In recent years more and more use is being made of computers to aid in the calculation of scores, giving an increase of both speed and accuracy of the final results.
Scoring software has been developed specifically for FEI driving trials by Philippe Lienart from Belgium and is now used at virtually all major competitions. Results from International CAI events, as well as UK Nationals and Scottish Points events are processed using this system, which allows a direct upload to the website, thus reducing time and eliminating errors.
This article explains how the results are presented.
The Driving Trials competition (Concours Attelage) is divided into three phases - A, B and C. These are more commonly known as Dressage, Marathon and Cones. The results are normally presented as three separate pages - one for dressage, one for the marathon and one for the final scores (including the cones competition). This gives the maximum amount of information about each competitor's progress throughout the competition.
The final results table carries the scores from the three phases of the competition - A (dressage), B (marathon) and C (cone driving). Each CLT column gives the driver's placing in that phase.
The FINAL column contains the total penalty score (PNTS) and the final placing (CLT).
The Marathon results
The CLT column shows the placing of the competitor after the marathon.
The A-E column gives any penalties, time or referee's, incurred on sections A to E of the marathon course.
The 6 numbered columns give the times for the individual obstacles, with the 1-8 column giving the total time taken in all 6 obstacles.
The MARAT PNTS is the total of all marathon penalties, calculated at 0.2 penalties for each second of the total obstacle time, plus any other penalties added (such as knock downs or course penalties).
Manually scored competitions
A number of competitions, including a few nationals and novice qualifiers do their scoring manually. The results are normally hand-written onto a master score sheet, which is then transcribed onto a web page. This process is not only time consuming, but also open to possible errors.
The presentation of this type or results is shown below. The results from all three phases of the competition are combined on a single page.
The dressage column contains a presentation mark, which
is only applicable to novice classes. The obstacle scores
are given as penalties, rather than time in seconds. The
cones score shows penalties for faults (balls down) and
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