Here you will find links to different Working Equitation sites around the world for explanations on the rules and an overview of the different components that make up Working Equitation. For more in-depth explanations be sure to check out any of the below links.
The discipline of Working Equitation (WE) was created to celebrate the partnership between horse and rider. Working Equitation became a competitive sport in 1996 after being developed by four countries:
Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France. In 2004, the World Association for Working Equitation (WAWE) was established to govern the sport internationally. However each country has it’s own set of rules to govern domestic competitions.
The sport tests the horse and rider’s partnership and ability to manoeuvre obstacles. There are 7 levels of Working Equitation, Introductory, Novice A, Novice B, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Advanced and Masters.
The first of the Working Equitation trials is the Dressage trial. During this trial, the horse and rider must ride a pattern of movements prescribed by the Dressage test for their level. Each movement is scored on a scale of 0-10, and collective marks are provided at the conclusion of the test for paces, impulsion, submission, rider, and presentation.
Ease of Handling
Ease of Handling (EOH) is the second trial comprising a Working Equitation competition and consists of a minimum number of obstacles that must be completed. The EOH trial is required at all performance levels–
Introductory, Novice A, Novice B, Intermediate A, Intermediate B, Advance and Masters. Riders are provided a numbered course map and it is up to them to plan their route how they see fit as long as an obstacle is not crossed before it is completed.
The third trial of Working Equitation competitions is the Speed trial. This is a test of a horse and rider’s ability to navigate obstacles with accuracy as quickly as possible in the correct order. The Speed trial is included at all performance levels except the Children’s and Introductory level.
The fourth and final test of Working Equitation team competitions is the Cattle trial, an optional trial, during which horses and riders must work as a team with other combinations to sort and pen a cow. This event is not always available in all countries or competitions and is never offered at Introductory levels.
Working Equitation Sites Around the World
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