FEI Implements New Dressage Ranking Method with March Standings Due to Coronavirus Impact on Events
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The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has changed the method of calculating world rankings as a temporary measure to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has already led to the cancellation or postponement of hundreds of horse shows.
Beginning April ranking points remain valid for dressage, eventing, jumping and para-dressage will be extended for an additional month to the current rolling 12-month period until the competition calendar returns to normal.
Points earned in ranking competitions at events that take place during the current coronavirus or Covid-19-affected period will continue to count and the maximum number of results that count for each athlete will remain–tbe best eight for dressage
How it works: Rankings established after February 2020 remain unchanged, points valid for 12 months. Results from events between Mar. 1 2019 and Mar. 31 2020 will be valid for 13 months. The calculation period will continue to be extended by a month until the competition calendar returns to normal.
What this means is that the latest rankings released Wednesday, April 1, include the best eight results from the past 13 months instead of the past 12 months.
A primary purpose of the rankings is the starting order at some competitions–rider and horse combinations ranked in the top 30 are placed in a draw for later in the class.
The latest rankings are available here.