Reining: The judging system
The NRHA Judging System is recognized as the leading format for judging an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of "degree of difficulty". Each horse-rider combination starts with a 70 score and each maneuver is judged on a scale from -1 ½ to + 1 ½, with increments of ½ points. Penalties, where they incur, are also deducted from the score. Five judges are in the chair at the 2014 Games with the highest and lowest scores discarded. The total score is the sum of the three remaining ones.
For the first time in international competition, during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, not only are the judges’ final scores shown to the public on the big screen: all the scores and penalties of each maneuver from each of the five judges is shown on the adjacent screens.
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