Working Equitation

The discipline of Working Equitation (WE) was developed in Europe and is based on their cattle working traditions. At its heart, it is a celebration of the partnership between a horse and a rider that must exist to work successfully in the field. The sport emphasizes the gaits, agility and courage needed for such endeavors. Although different aspects of the sport resemble a variety of other equestrian disciplines, it is important to understand that Working Equitation must be approached as a whole rather than its individual events or Trials. Lightness, control and precision in the movements through the obstacles are key to this exciting sport.

Working Equitation Shows are a wonderful way to test you and your horse on accuracy through Dressage Tests (Dressage Trial) and versatility through obstacle courses (Ease of Handling Trial). Dressage test scores and Ease of handling scores are combined to give a total score for the competition. We will only be offering these two trails at this time. If there is enough interest, we could add the Speed Trial and the Cow Handling Trial at a later date.

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Working Equitation Levels

Level One (Children Level Test- Any age)
Level Two (Introductory Level Test-Any age)
Level Three (Junior Level Test- Any age)
Level Four (Novice Level Test- Any age)

Please do not be intimidated by the large rule book….keep in mind we will only be utilizing the Dressage and Ease of Handling tests. Also, the rule book has information on running a show and information for judges that may not pertain to the participating rider.

Keep in mind that in a typical Ease of Handling Trial there would be 10 obstacles and that would mean you are being judged on about 22 transitions between obstacles. We will also add mounting and dismounting to the competition. A mounting block will be available and acceptable to use.

Check out page 36 of the rules. There is a chart that tells you whether walk (W) trot (T) or canter (C) is used between obstacles. Sitting the trot is preferred, but not mandatory. Obstacles that require the use of your hand: you have to use the same hand throughout the test.

All Dressage tests will be performed in the small dressage arena. A simple way to set up an arena is with cones painted with the letters.

WESTERN OR ENGLISH attire is acceptable!

Helmets will be required.

Working Equitation