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What are Simple Metrics?

British Eventing have been working with EquiRatings for several years now, most of the work has gone on behind the scenes but we are now excited to launch a new project and bring an exciting new BE member benefit direct to your inbox!

From next week, each rider and owner of a horse competing with BE will receive a personalised EquiRatings Report which will include your five Simple Metrics and three Context Metrics. Avid followers of EquiRatings or readers of British Eventing Life magazine may already be familiar with Metrics, but for those of you new to it, read on and find out how your Simple and Context Metrics can help you set realistic and measured goals, focus your training and confidently manage your progress.

What is a Metrics Report?

If you are a current member and ride or own a horse competing with British Eventing, an email will be on its way to you next week with eight numbers – five Simple Metrics and three Context Metrics. You will receive one email for each horse, but if the horse does not have enough runs under its belt, we will let you know that we don’t yet have enough data to provide you with your individual metrics for that horse.

What does each number mean?

Here we have explained in a bit more detail what those numbers mean to you and your horse:


6RA or Six Run Average; the average of your horse’s six most-recent dressage scores. Retirements or eliminations are not counted in the average.


The average number of jumping faults from your horse’s six most-recent show jumping completions. Only jumping faults are counted, time penalties are not considered and retirements and eliminations are not included in the average.


The number of clear cross country jumping rounds out of your horse’s 10 most-recent cross country starts. This number is expressed as a percentage. Any jumping penalty (e.g. runout, refusal etc), retirement, or elimination counts as an unclear round and times penalties are not considered.

True Speed Rating (TSR)

The average of your horse’s six lowest cross country time penalty values from its last 10 cross country completions. If your horse has fewer than 10 previous cross country completions but more than six, only the six lowest time penalty values are averaged. If your horse has three to six completions, the time penalties from all completions are averaged.


Opponents Beaten Percentage; expressed as a percentage, the OBP is the total number of opponents your horse placed ahead of in its last six competitions, divided by the total number of opponents your horse faced at those six competitions. 

Only competitions where your horse started the cross country phase are included, even if the phase or the competition was not completed (in which case, the number of opponents beaten at that competition was zero). The total number of opponents faced includes all combinations who started the dressage phase of the competition.

Context Metrics

Within your report you will also see three context (adjustment) metrics: XCJ10 Adjustment, Top Speed Percentage, and SJ6 Adjustment.

These numbers account for the difficulty of the cross country and show jumping courses your horse has competed on by comparing your horse’s performance against the field. 

XCJ10 Adjustment

A positive value means your horse has been doing better than the field, i.e. jumping clear cross country when the others have not been. A negative value means your horse has been underperforming compared to the field.

Top Speed Percentage (TSP)

The higher the percentage, the better. This tells you what percentage of the field your horse has been faster than on his three best days (based on time penalties).

SJ6 Adjustment 

In opposition to the XCJ10 Adjustment, a negative value for your SJ6 Adjustment means your horse has been doing better than the field, i.e. knocking fewer rails and a positive value means your horse has been underperforming compared to the field.

You can find out more about your Simple Metrics HERE.