Comparing subjective and objective evaluation of show jumping competition and warm-up arena surfaces

Hernlund, E., Egenvall, A., Hobbs, S.J., Peterson, M.L., Northrop, A.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4339-1211, Bergh, A., Martin, J.H. ORCID: 0000-0002-7560-7611 and Roepstorff, L., 2017. Comparing subjective and objective evaluation of show jumping competition and warm-up arena surfaces. The Veterinary Journal, 227, pp. 49-57. ISSN 1090-0233

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Abstract

The development of safety and quality standards for equestrian surfaces needs to be based on objective, repeatable measurements which allow comparisons between surfaces. These measurements should incorporate the assessment of surface performance by riders. This study provides data from objective and subjective assessment of functional properties of high-level show jumping competition and warm-up arenas. Twenty-five arenas in nine international show jumping events were evaluated by mechanical insitu testing with a surface tester, rider assessments using visual analogue scales (198 riders provided 749 arena evaluations), descriptions of arena constructions and by laboratory tests of surface material. Mixed models were used to present subjective evaluation of rider perception of the functional properties for each arena while controlling for rider and event. The association between objective and subjective assessments were also explored creating mixed models, controlling for rider and event. Mechanical measurements of impact firmness, and to a lesser extent cushioning and grip, had a significant positive association with the riders’ perception. Responsiveness as assessed by the Orono biomechanical surface tester (OBST) was negatively associated with the riders’ perceptions, which suggests riders and the OBST had different concepts of this functional property and that further developments of the OBST might be necessary. Objectively measured uniformity showed no useful association with riders’ perception. Even though arena assessments were made by top level riders, a substantial inter-rider variation was demonstrated.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Veterinary Journal
Creators: Hernlund, E., Egenvall, A., Hobbs, S.J., Peterson, M.L., Northrop, A.J., Bergh, A., Martin, J.H. and Roepstorff, L.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: September 2017
Volume: 227
ISSN: 1090-0233
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.tvjl.2017.09.001DOI
S1090023317301673Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 09 Mar 2018 16:00
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 13:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32901

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