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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 WBFSH breeders' ranking in jumping, dressage and eventing work the same as for the well-known FEI RIDER RANKINGS. For the stallion rankings the points of each progeny are added to give the sire his total number of points and ranking.

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 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.

JUMPING:

More information on the point allocation for the FEI RIDER RANKING JUMPING can be found here.. Go to the link for Longines Ranking Rules of the current year and refer to pages 3-5.

The point allocation from this document is also used for the calculation of the WBFSH studbook rankings.
Competitions are divided into 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 accumulate. The group allocation of a competition is known in the competition schedule and can be found in the FEI database 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, such as the Olympic Games bonus points can be earned.
In jumping all points accumulated by a horse from October 1st to September 30th are added to attain the final points for the horse.

The studbook rankings are calculated by adding the points of the best 6 horses of a studbook. (the same calculation method is used for dressage and eventing).

DRESSAGE:

More information on the point allocation for the FEI RIDER RANKING can be found here. Go to the FEI Dressage World Ranking List Rules.

The Dressage Rankings are based on: Percentages scored in international competitions under FEI rules. Grand Prix level results from international CDI3/4/5*/CDI-W events are included in the calculation of the horse-breeder rankings.

Bonus points are awarded for special competitions such as the Olympic Games and World Cup.
The scores obtained in a maximum of 8 tests per year will count.

The studbook rankings are calculated by adding the points of the best 6 horses of a studbook. (the same calculation method is used for jumping and eventing).

EVENTING:

More information on the point allocation for the FEI RIDER RANKING can be found here. Go to the link for Eventing Ranking Rules of the current year.

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.

The studbook rankings are calculated by adding the points of the best 6 horses of a studbook. (the same calculation method is used for dressage and eventing).

For further questions regarding rankings, please refer to General Manager of WBFSH, Nadine Brandtner at nadine.brandtner@wbfsh.org

Vilhelmsborg, July 2019

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.