About the SJ6 and SJ6 DTP

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What are the SJ6 and SJ6 DTP?

The SJ6 and the SJ6 DTP are two benchmarking tools for your performance in the show jumping phase. The SJ6 is a jumping penalty average and the SJ6 DTP puts that average into context by capturing the difficulty of the SJ courses you contested.  Sam introduces both metrics in this 1 minute video.

Note: The SJ6 Adjustment that Sam explains is now named the SJ6 Difference to Par to more clearly capture what it tells us. Same exact metric, just a new name.

Sam Watson on the EquiRatings Simple Metrics for show jumping phase



How do I calculate the SJ6?

The SJ6 is the average number of jumping penalties from your last 6 SJ completions.

  • Time penalties are not counted in the calculation.
  • Only completed SJ rounds are included.  SJ retirements or eliminations are not included as one of your 6 most-recent rounds.
  • 6 previous rounds is ideal but as few as 3 will work.


EquiRatings example SJ6 table

EquiRatings example SJ6 Calculation


How do I calculate the SJ6 DTP?

The first step for calculating your SJ6 Difference to Par (DTP) is determining each single DTP from each of your 6 most-recent SJ completions. Then you just average the 6 to get your SJ6 DTP. We show you below.

  • The TOTAL # OF JUMPING PENALTIES ON COURSE is the sum of all the jumping penalties incurred across all competitors who started the SJ course. This includes jumping faults from combinations who retired or were eliminated on course.
  • The COURSE PAR is the TOTAL # OF JUMPING PENALTIES ON COURSE divided by the # OF SJ STARTERS (in other words, it is the average number of penalties per horse)
  • YOUR DIFF. TO PAR (DTP) is YOUR JUMPING PENALTIES minus the COURSE PAR.  This is the number that tells us how much over or under par you were for the course.
  • Don't consider time penalties at all for these SJ numbers.
  • Using 6 previous SJ completions is best but as few as 3 will work.


EquiRatings SJ6 Difference to Par Example Table

EquiRatings SJ6 Difference to Par example calculation

In this example, an SJ6 DTP of -1.2 means your SJ jumping penalties are, on average, 1.2 penalties lower than average for the courses you've contested.  A negative SJ6 DTP is a good thing.

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