Dressage Ireland

Grading & Points

Points

Points

Please enter either your horse’s registration number or your horse’s full registered name.

Grading Bands

New Grading Bands - from 08.04.2013

Preliminary 0 – 99 points
Novice 100 – 174 points
Elementary 175 – 249 points
Medium 250 – 349 points
Advanced Medium 350 – 424 points
Advanced 425 points and over open to any horse

Old Grading Bands - from 01.05.2008 until 07.04.2013

Preliminary 0 – 49 points
Novice 50 – 124 points
Elementary 125 – 199 points
Medium 200 – 299 points
Advanced Medium 300 – 374 points
Advanced 375 points and over open to any horse

Old Grading Bands - until 30.04.2008

Preliminary 0 – 37 points
Novice 38 – 74 points
Elementary 75 – 149 points
Medium 150 – 249 points
Advanced Medium 250 – 324 points
Advanced 325 points and over open to any horse
General Information

Horses and Ponies are awarded points in registered classes in accordance with the scales set out below, providing that the judge on the day is recognised by Dressage Ireland and qualified to judge at that level. Points are not awarded in restricted classes, i.e. Pony, Junior, Young Rider, Freestyle, Amateur or Riding Club.

Please pay attention to the following:

From 01.01.2010, horses are upgraded continuously. This means that once your horse leaves its grade, you can only compete the horse at its new level or above.

Regarding qualifications for championships, the following rule comes into effect from 01.01.2010:

A horse can only qualify for a championship level, if the qualifications are gained in full before the horse is out of that level.

e.g. a horse which gains 1 qualification score but needs 2 scores to qualify for championships, and is out of its level after the first qualification and before gaining the second qualification: this horse CANNOT compete at that lower level any longer and can therefore NOT compete at the championships at that lower level.

BUT: a horse which gains its full qualification BEFORE leaving its lower level CAN compete at the championships at that lower level.

Points Scale
60.00 – 61.99 % 1 point
62.00 – 63.99 % 2 points
64.00 – 65.99 % 3 points
66.00 – 67.99 % 4 points
68.00 – 69.99 % 5 points
70.00 – 71.99 % 6 points
72.00 – 73.99 % 7 points
74.00 – 75.99 % 8 points
76.00 – 77.99 % 9 points
78.00 – 79.99 % 10 points
80.00 % + 11 points

Downgrading

This is only allowed under exceptional circumstances. All applications must be made in writing accompanied by a fee of €30, and sent to the Secretary of Dressage Ireland. All downgrading is at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Dressage Ireland.

Foreign Imports

Grading for horses bought abroad must be applied for in writing from The Board of Dressage Ireland. Please enclose as much information as possible about the horse’s career with the application.

Downgrading applications must be accompanied by a €30 fee.

Grading for Event Horses

Horses registered with Eventing Ireland or British Eventing who wish to be registered with Dressage Ireland will be graded as follows:

  • competed below 1* starting at 0 points.

  • competed at 1* level will be given: 100 points starting Novice.

  • competed at 2* level will be given: 175 points starting Elementary.

  • competed at 3* level will be given: 250 points starting Medium.