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EquiRatings Updates - June 2015
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The start of an exciting journey
June 2015 - NL 1

EquiRatings Directors - Diarmuid Byrne & Sam Watson
EquiRatings Directors - Diarmuid Byrne & Sam Watson
A very warm welcome to our first newsletter!

Firstly, thanks for signing up - we are very grateful to have you on board at the outset of the EquiRatings voyage. We say outset, but for us, there is already some history to this venture. In 2007, we were both undergraduates at Trinity College Dublin. At the time, witnesses would testify that our living together was ‘unproductive’ to say the least, but it was where the partnership really began. It was also the year that the concept of EquiRatings was born.

Sam needed a subject matter for an already overdue statistics project, and like most eventers, could concentrate on very little other than our great sport of eventing.

The bread-and-butter concept which formed back then is hardly recognisable when compared to the product which is nearing public launch today. Sam started to interrogate results on a larger scale from 2010, but still very much in an investigative fashion. Diarmuid was by then a lawyer in Ireland’s top law firm and was absorbing occasional conversations about eventing exploits. By the end of 2013, he decided that the time for talking was over and, a serious career change later, a blueprint for EquiRatings the business was first drafted.

We have analysed 96,228 international eventing results to date. We have designed a unique database that allows us to analyse the sport in a ground-breaking new fashion. We hope to join forces with eventing governing bodies and increase the scale of our analysis, but we needed to show what we can do and what we can offer our sport.
 
A huge thanks to our small team working behind the scenes to make this a success.

Drop us an email, facebook or tweet if you have questions for us. We have tested and re-tested our newsletter in various email formats but if yours still looks a bit off its probably best to view it in your browser.

Lots of exciting times ahead. We hope you'll enjoy the ride. 

Sam and Diarm

The first four star of 2015 (Rolex Kentucky) was won by the increasingly dominant Michael Jung. He already has 23 internationals under his belt this year, taking five wins and 16 top five finishes. 18 of his dressage tests have scored below 40, that’s eleven more than any other rider so far this season, and his first phase average is a staggering 37.6.

Since the beginning of 2010 he has won an astonishing 61 international titles, over twice as many as any other rider in the World.

At the CIC2* in Kreuth, rising German superstar Pia Munker posted a new dressage record in our database with her 10 year old Louis M. Their score was an astonishing 20.6, beating our previous record of 25.4 recorded by Lucinda Fredericks (pictured right) and the then 6 year old RF Smoke On The Water at the Brightling CIC1* in 2011. Lucinda is the only non-German rider amongst the ten best dressage scores in our system. Michael Jung, in 8th place, is the only male rider to appear at the top of these dressage rankings.

The largest international class so far this year was the CIC3* at Belton which had 106 starters. The spectacular British venue produced another nail biting contest as only one combination finished on their dressage score (Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy and Simon Porloe – eventual 4th place).

However it was an interesting one-two for the entire competition as two 12 year old geldings by Limmerick battled it out from pillar to post. Australian Bill Levett led the first phase with Shannondale Titan (36.6), but they were overtaken over the coloured poles by American Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen. Both were quick in the final phase to hold out for an Irish-bred one-two.

William Fox-Pitt’s Badminton win was an incredible display from the king of the CCI format. He now has 22 CCI victories since the 2010 season kicked off, 5 more than winning machine Michael Jung.

14 of those titles have come at CCI3 and CCI4 star level which is even more impressive. In the five and a half seasons we have on our records, William has contested 116 CCI classes and has landed 57 top five finishes, a strike rate of 49.1%. 

On the subject of wins, we leave you with the current leader board for 2015 international wins. The top five hail from four different continents, with the two European riders representing the current two superpowers in eventing. Aside from the table being a close contest, the global representation can only be a fantastic thing for our wonderful sport.
International Wins Table 2015

We hope you have enjoyed your first EquiRatings newsletter. Please do spread the good word any way you can, either via social media, word of mouth, or by forwarding this to any email contacts who might enjoy a fresh angle on this great sport.

We believe that we can help the sport using our tailored and unique software. Data driven decision making is vital in so many areas of eventing. We hope to expand the reach of our audience by communicating the sport in an interesting but understandable new light.

We really want to help grow the sport and put eventing in the limelight it deserves. Any retweets, shares and feedback you can give is much appreciated.

 
Sam & Diarm
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