Behind the scenes at EquiRatings, as we've provided complex analyses for eventing's head honchos and top teams, we’ve also been working really hard and thoughtfully to serve you – the non-professional rider, the backbone of the sport.
Without you, we wouldn’t be here and the sport wouldn’t stand. That is why our data scientists conceptualised, developed, tested and validated the Simple Metrics. The metrics represent over a year of diligent analysis, statistical scrutiny, and long discussions between the eventing experts and brains of our operation. We wanted to make sure the metrics were applicable and doable, but also smart and accurate.
Use them to focus and encourage you.
Our Simple Metrics Knowledge Hub explains each metric and offers detailed, how-to examples so you calculate them for you and your horse.
Each metric can be used to evaluate:
- Your horse
- The two of you (horse and rider) as a pair
The five base metrics listed below will provide a strong foundation for measuring and tracking.
Where should I start?
Simple Metrics may seem like a daunting concept, but they can be as simple as picking your weakest phase and calculating the metric for it. This is a starting point to improvement.
A good place to start with Simple Metrics is by calculating the base metrics for your horse. The base metrics are:
- 6RA (Dressage)
- SJ6 (Show Jumping)
- XCJ10 (Cross Country Jumping)
- TSR (Cross County Speed)
- OBP6 (Overall Performance)
We walk you through calculating each one in our Simple Metrics Knowledge Hub.
If you want to go a step further beyond the 5 base metrics, we also have 3 partner metrics. We call these the context metrics because they capture real-world factors that impact performance, like differences in course difficulty. We've written more on the context metrics here and the Knowledge Hub walks you through calculating them for you and your horse.
For now, keep it powerfully simple and take it step-by-step through each of the five base metrics!