With the Longines FEI World Cup Final kicking off this week in Las Vegas, here is a quick insight to the rules.
The final is ridden over competitions held Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The first part of the final, will be a table C class ridden over a 1.50 course. On Friday the riders will compete in a table A class set at 1.50-1.60 meters against the clock and ridden as a Grand Prix class with a jump-off. Riders who are eliminated or who retire in the first competition are not permitted to take part.
In the first two competitions points are given to all riders having finished the initial round. The winner of each competition gets one point more than the number of starters in the first final competition. The second placed gets two points less than the winner, the third placed three points less than the winner, and so on.
Athletes who have been eliminated or have retired in the initial round of the first two competitions do not get points. Points won by athletes who are tied are added up and divided equally. Fractions of 0.5 and more are rounded up; fractions of less than 0.5 are rounded down.
After the second competition points are transformed into penalties. The rider with the highest number of points after two competitions will have 0 penalties. For all other riders the number of penalties will be calculated by multiplying with the coefficient of 0.50 the difference between their number of points and the points of the leading rider after two competitions.
The third and final competition takes place on Sunday. It will be a table A class with two rounds over a Grand Prix course at 1.50-1.60 meters. The 30 best placed riders (plus ties) from the provisional classification following the second competition are allowed to compete in the first round of the third competition.
Eligible for the second round of the third competition are the 20 best placed riders (plus ties) from the provisional classification following the first round. Riders with a clear score in the first round are allowed to start in the second round, even if their total score does not bring them into the top 20 riders (plus ties) allowed for the second round. However, they will compete only for the classification and prize money of the competition itself, and their score in the second round will not be taken into consideration when calculating their position in the final overall ranking of the final.
The winner of the Longines FEI World Cup Final 2015 is the rider that after all rounds has the least amount of penalties. If two or more riders should have the same amount of penalties, there will be a jump-off for the victory.
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