This year’s Event Rider Masters classes were canceled due to COVID-19 … but they’re still going strong, virtually, via ERM SIM Season 2020! Equirating’s new Eventing Manager App launched at ERM Leg 1, Burnham Market in April, and this weekend the party is rolling on to Leg 2 at Chatsworth.
How it works: A field of 20 ERM Riders are chosen for each competition and taking their past form statistics into account, Equiratings runs a computer simulation. Using models powered by SAP Predictive Analytics, they will create the likely results for the dressage, show jumping and cross country phases of the competition. Every competitor in the simulation has a chance of having a good or bad competition; they could have a Personal Best Dressage score, only to throw it all away with a 20 penalty refusal in the cross country phase. It really is eventing as we know it; as the exciting sport of a million variables.
The Equiratings Eventing Manager App (EM App) allows fans to play their own tactical game during each simulation, and a league table pits them up against all other EM App players around the world. With a virtual budget of $10M per competition, players “buy” a team of four riders and hope their team has success in all three phases for a chance to win merchandise prizes.
The Eventing Manager App is available to download for iOS and Android devices.
Leg 2 heavy hitters: Can 2019 ERM Chatsworth winner Laura Collett pull off another win, this time with her 2020 entry Mr Bass (82%/$4M)? The only higher-seeded combinations are Tom McEwan with Figaro van het Boekxhof (84%/$1.3M), Piggy French with Brookfield Innocent (84%/$4.4M), Gireg Le Coz and Aisprit de la Loge (84%/$2.5M), Jonelle Price with Classic Moet (86%/$3.3M), sole U.S. representative Liz Halliday-Sharp with Fernhill By Night (87%/$3.1M), and Ros Canter with Zenshara (89%/$4.2M).
How to Follow: This weekend, dressage takes place on Saturday followed by the jumping phases (AND TIME TEST!) live on Sunday night.
Saturday, May 16 at 2:30pm EST/7:30 pm UK: Tune into the EquiRatings and ERM Facebook pages for dressage phase commentary with the usual cast of Nicole, Diarm and John.
More Updates: Have you joined a private league? In addition to private leagues and playing against your friends, you can now click on your friends’ teams within the league to see who they have selected. Know your competition.
The ERM SIM Season is part of the new #RidersConnected campaign, a joint effort between ERM, EquiRatings, Black Horse (the company behind spectator judging) and Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, brought together by SAP.
Go (Virtual) Eventing!