Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
Leaderboard Points System Changed
Several changes have been made to the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
Leaderboard that should make the "Race for the Cup" even
more competitive in 2007.
First, the base point increments between the first four places
at each event have changed. In the past, the increment between
each placing was five points. Now, the increments between
the first four places have changed, in some cases quite drastically. For
example, a 25-point gap will now exist between the winner and second
place finisher. The gap between second and third is 15 points,
with ten points separating third and fourth. After that,
the point increments revert back to five. These changes have
been made for both the Advanced and Intermediate leaderboards.
The points that each participant earns at an event for their placings
at the events are known as "base points." The additional "bonus
points" awarded for eventing-specific accomplishments now
becoming more difficult to achieve. The only bonus point
options are now for those who finish double clear (no jump or time
penalties) in cross-country, or show jumping. Bonus
points are only available if base points are first earned.
Tie-breaking parameters have now been introduced. In the
event of a tie for the year-end champion or reserve champion titles,
the tie will be broken by the horse-and-rider combination that
had the least number of cross-country time penalties, averaged
using the time penalties from those events at which they earned
Gold Cup leaderboard points.
If a tie still exists, it will be broken by the lowest average
of final scores at all events (with scores converted to match FEI
with national competitions) where the horse-and-rider combinations
earned Gold Cup leaderboard points.
If by some slim chance there is still a tie, then the tied parties
will split any prize money (if applicable) equally, and an equitable
division of prizes will be determined.
"Keeper of the Cup" has developed into a much sought
after title since the Series began three years ago with a list
of past champions that includes Karen O'Connor, Phillip Dutton,
Gina Miles, and Becky Holder.
The Series is modeled somewhat after other successful sports series
such as NASCAR. The Series runs at the Intermediate and Advanced
levels (the two highest levels of competition), and is based on
a cumulative points system, with horse/rider pairs earning points,
prize money, and prizes at the 12 premier USEA recognized competitions
that hold Gold Cup divisions throughout the year.
Prizes expected for this year’s Series include 7-dose packs
of Adequan, SCS3 field and dress boots as well as Cirrus jackets
from Mountain Horse, 3-bottle packs of Wellpride, Ogilvy saddle
pads, fly sheets and No-Bow wraps from Back on Track, and various
products from Bit of Britain and World Equestrian Brands.
This December, at the USEA Convention which will be held at the
Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a grand prize Gold
Cup trophy and various prizes will be awarded to the rider from
each division with the most points at the end of the year. In addition,
the Gold Cup champion at the advanced level will receive a check
from the USEA for $6,000, and the intermediate champion will receive
a check for $4,000. The reserve champions at each level will
receive an extensive prize pack.
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the
support of its many sponsors: Title: Adequan;
Equestrian Brands, Nunn
Contributing: Cover-All, UlcerGard, Wellpride;
Patron: Back on Track, Mountain
Horse, Ogilvy Horse.
For more information on the Series, including the 2007 calendar,
click on the Gold
Cup logo on the USEA home page.