Consolidated USA Rulebook Continuing Education: Score Sheets.

The Ease of Handling score sheets have changed for 2017.
The collective marks now more closely match the Dressage collective marks. This is going to make understanding the marks easier and make the evaluation of the ride by the judge more accurate.
On the older version of the score sheets, both Submission and Impulsion were graded in the same mark. However, Impulsion and Submission can be almost exact opposites of each other in many circumstances. Submission and impulsion affect the overall quality of the gaits. On the new Ease of Handling score sheets, there will still be a score for Gaits in the collective marks.
The Rider mark will still be included for the rider’s performance and use of aides. The new relaxed tack and attire standards made it necessary to add a mark for presentation. In addition, often times at the large shows, Dressage and Ease of Handling are performed on different days. Historically, riders are not using the same “presentation” for Dressage and Ease of Handling. Now the Presentation will be factored in to the Ease of Handling trial, as well as, the Dressage trial.
The newest collective mark that may be unfamiliar is the Transition/Navigation mark. This mark is used to evaluate all the transitions on the course. Transitions are also factored into each individual obstacle score. Course Navigation is included in this mark. The lines of travel to obstacles, correct bends, correct leads, and approaches to obstacles are take in to consideration or this mark.
In the penalty section of the score sheet, there are lines for the three different penalties that are not directly related to obstacles. In the new set of rules, Failure to Salute is no longer a disqualification. It will be a point/time penalty deduction in all trials for each occurrence. Use of voice is the same 2-point deduction each occurrence as in the previous rules. This penalty is only assessed in only the Dressage and Ease of Handling trials at the Judge’s discretion. Outside Assistance may be a penalty. If considered severe enough, the judge may even choose to disqualify the rider from the trial. This is true of all trials.
For copies of the new score sheets see Appendix C of the rule book. Information on the specific penalties can be found in the Ease of Handling section of the rule book. The rule book can be found online www.weiausa.comor www.usfwe.org
(contributed by Tarrin Warren and USFWE/WEIAUSA)