Keeping Score

 

Combined Driving – Keeping Score

Keeping Score in Combined Driving.

 
Lusitano-Keeping ScoreKeeping Score in Combined Driving:   Since there are three events, all the penalty points are added together first.   Then the execution times are turned into points too.   Everything is added up and the winner is the one with the lowest score.   Since a minimum of five judges is required for the professional competition, the scores of all of them are added and divided by the number of judges to get the final average.
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Lusitano-Keeping ScoreIn the Dressage competition the teams have to execute a minimum of twenty five moves in the professional competition.   Each move is awarded points from zero to ten according to accuracy, style, coordination and handling by the driver.   These points are added and then subtracted from the total possible points.   The result of this subtraction gives us the total of penalty points.
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Lusitano-Keeping ScoreIn the marathon, points are awarded according to the time spent to complete each stage of the course.   Since there is a fixed amount of time assigned for each stage, going over or under that fixed time frame will be penalized.   If the team arrives within the given time window there are no penalties.   The time going around the obstacles is also penalized if the team goes through it too fast or too slow.   Coming in contact or dropping part of an obstacle is also penalized.   At the end of the run the judges get together and add up all the penalties received.   The team with the lowest number wins.
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Lusitano-Keeping ScoreIn the obstacle cone driving event penalties are also given for going too fast or too slow.   The time allotted for each part of the cone driving competition is measured by the distance and the speed allowed during that specific section of the exercise.   Speed must be constant at all times.   Dropping a ball or a complete cone is severely penalized.   Touching or disturbing a cone without dropping it or the ball, either by a horse or the carriage is also penalized but with less points than dropping either one of them completely.
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Lusitano-Keeping ScoreThere are other general faults which are also penalized during any of the phases.   The first is when the driver or the groom gets off the carriage without a very serious reason to do it.   Not carrying a whip during dressage and cone driving.   Making a course mistake during dressage, marathon or cone driving is also penalized.   Not correcting the course is penalized by elimination.
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