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How are they calculated? - All about the rankings

How are the rankings calculated and produced?

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The rankings are calculated in co-operation with the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The point allocations for the Rolex/WBFSH breeders' ranking in jumping, dressage and eventing work the same as for the well-known FEI RIDER RANKINGS.
The largest difference is the time-span in which the points gathered by one horse are summed for the rankings. The RIDER RANKING knows an ongoing time-span, while the Rolex/WBFSH rankings have a fixed time-span throughout a year from October 1st until September 30th.

Below a short explanation of the rankings per discipline.

More information and exact point allocation about the FEI RIDER RANKING JUMPING can be found here.

The point allocation from this document is also working for the Rolex/WBFSH rankings.
Competitions are divided in groups, mostly based on their prize money and type of competition. Each group has his own scale of points. The higher and more difficult the competition, the more points a horse can earn. The group allocation of a competition is known in the competition schedule, and can be found in the results of a horse under “point group”. Only the first 16 placed horses of a class during a competition can earn points.

For special competitions, like Olympic games and so on, extra bonus points can be earned.
In jumping all gathered points by a horse during October 1st and September 30th are summed and this makes the final points for the horse.
The studbook rankings are the sum of the horse points from the best 6 horses of a studbook. (also this way for dressage and eventing)

More information and exact point allocation about the FEI RIDER RANKING can be found here.

The Dressage Rankings are based on: Percentages scored in international competitions under FEI rules. Each Grand Prix level result will count from each international CDI3/4/5*/CDI-W event.
Bonus points are given for special competitions like Olympic Games and World Cup.
The scores obtained in a maximum of 8 tests per year will count.

More information and exact point allocation about the FEI RIDER RANKING can be found here.

Points are awarded on a basis related to the star rating of the individual event and a set of points has been devised that rewards the horse according to the status of the qualifying event and its finishing position. A horse must complete and achieve the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) in the event in order to receive points. A horse's best six scores over the season count towards its position in the ranking.

Vilhelmsborg, May 2015.

By September 6th 2013:
New smaller changes in the method of calculating the WBFSH/FEI rankings.

The FEI Dressage Committee has made a small adjustment in the allocation of points for dressage riders and horses in the rider rankings point system. As the WBFSH/FEI rankings are connected to this point system the change is also effective in those rankings.
The change in points is already effective in the FEI systems and the new monthly rankings will be presented in the new system already as per August 2013.

In the file below you will find the new rules regarding to this point system.
The new added item is the allocation of bonus points to riders and horses competing at the mentioned types of competitions (see page 3 in the middle).

It is a logical change, since what the FEI tries to do is to give horses/riders competing at higher levelled competitions extra bonus points.

In the old situation it might happen that a horse competing at the Olympics and achieved 80% in the Freestyle, gained the same amount of points as a horse which competed at a 3* event in a small country and also scored 80% in the freestyle. So by now competitions at the Olympics, continental championships, world cup finals and qualifiers and CDIO5*, CDI5* and CDIO3* competitions are rewarded with extra points.

For further questions regarding rankings, please refer to

A rankings statement from the Board as per April 15th 2011

FEI/WBFSH world rankings for horses and studbooks

From 2004 onwards the International Equestrian Federation, FEI, produces the world-rankings for horses and studbooks. WBFSH delivers the pedigree information of the horses involved, based on corrections from the member studbooks. Please see above the procedure for correcting pedigree data.

The starting date of the rankings is 1st October each year. During the first three months of the calendar year - October, November and December - the final results of the preceding year are published. From January onwards results of the running year are published and updated each month. Rankings are produced for the disciplines showjumping, dressage and eventing. Apart from the individual rankings of each discipline, the studbook rankings are produced.

FEI Rankings and the registered horses

Back in 2003 FEI sent an excel file with 6.843 horses to WBFSH, where 2.093 were registered as "unknown", so it was obvious that we needed the help of the studbooks to complete the pedigree information. This help is needed each year.
As this is a very comprehensive work, we kindly ask you to pay attention to the excel file coming from WBFSH and only to send in the missing/corrected information that has to do with your studbook's horses.

The WBFSH breeding guide

Because of the active web-rankings published during the year, the WBFSH breeding guide CD is no longer produced.